- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, said Republicans need to open their wallets and, if possible, volunteer — or prepare for another two years of Democrats controlling the U.S. Senate.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove pointed to a $100,000-a-person fundraiser senate-majority-is-still-in-doubt-1410996216” target=”_blank”>earlier this week featuring President Obama and Senate Democrats’ campaign arm outpacing its Republican counterpart in August fundraising.

And in an analysis from media buyers for the Rove-supported American Crossroads Super PAC, Democrats and their allies have run or placed at least $109 million in TV advertising between Sept. 1 and election day in 14 key Senate contests, compared to $85 million for the GOP, he wrote.

He said that spending advantage is likely to shrink — but that Republican candidates and groups need to step up. He suggested responding to Democrats’ “War on Women” attacks in a reasonable fashion, making the case for electing someone new who will be a check on the president, and offering a “positive, optimistic conservative agenda.”

“Finally, reducing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction,” he wrote. “That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote. If they don’t, they should prepare for two more years of Majority Leader Harry Reid.”

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