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New Crossroads ads in Virginia play up jobs numbers

Virginia is getting treated to another political ad, this one from Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-advised outfit targeting President Obama.

Karl Rove (Steve Helber/AP)

The TV spot is part of a $25 million campaign to highlight the nation’s “skyrocketing debt and flat-lined economy,” according to Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) organization advised by Rove, a former Republican strategist.

The group will spend $3.4 million of that in Virginia, an important swing state, but one where joblessness might not be the most pressing issue for voters. The state has a 5.5 percent unemployment rate, well below the national rate of 8.2 percent.

The ad also also will run on network television in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and Ohio next week.

In response to the spot, the Obama campaign released a statement saying that the president had “brought us back from the brink of another Depression but he doesn’t believe our work is done ... ”

Read more about it on The Fix.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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