March 9th, 2010
11:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Robocalls attack Santorum ahead of Iowa visit

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is being attacked in an anonymous recorded telephone message hitting some Iowa households Monday afternoon.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is being attacked in an anonymous recorded telephone message hitting some Iowa households Monday afternoon.

(CNN) – The jostling for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is already well underway. Apparently the dirty tricks are, too.

An anonymous recorded telephone message began hitting some Iowa households Monday afternoon attacking former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a potential presidential candidate, ahead of his Tuesday evening appearance before the influential Iowa Christian Alliance, two Hawkeye State Republicans told CNN.

In the 40-second call, an unidentified female voice blasts Santorum as "a pro-life fraud" because of his past support for former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Republican-turned Democratic Pennsylvania Arlen Specter, both of whom support abortion rights. Whitman, the call claims, was "the abortion promoting governor of New Jersey." Specter is labeled a "radical abortionist."

Santorum, an ardent opponent of abortion rights, campaigned for both lawmakers during his time in the Senate. He has said publicly that he regrets backing then-Republican Specter, who switched to the Democratic Party last year.

The message urges voters to contact Santorum at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, where he is a senior fellow, "and ask him to apologize for his longtime support of radical pro-abortion politicians."

It is unclear how many people have received the message, a recording of which was provided to CNN by an Iowa Republican.

Santorum, who is openly talking about a possible White House bid, is the featured speaker at the Iowa Christian's Alliance's 2010 "Spring Kick-off" in Des Moines.

"Senator Santorum will put his record up against anyone when it comes to championing social conservative causes such as leading the fight to ban partial birth abortion," said Virginia Davis, Santorum's spokeswoman.

Transcript and full audio of the call after the jump:


[Unidentified female voice]"As a lifelong advocate of the sanctity of life, I know pro-life frauds when I see one, and Rick Santorum is a pro-life fraud.

In 1997, Santorum campaigned for the abortion-promoting governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman

Gov. Whitman has deep associations with radical abortion supporting groups, Republicans For Choice and The Republican Majority For Choice.

In fact, Gov. Whitman was an active proponent of partial birth abortion.

In 2004, Sen. Santorum actively campaigned for radical abortionist Sen. Arlen Specter instead of pro-life congressman Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Today, Sen. Specter, a left-wing Democrat, is a leading advocate of President Obama's liberal agenda in Washington.

If you don't get a chance to speak with Rick Santorum face to face, please call him at 202 682 1204 and ask him to apologize for his longtime support of radical pro-abortion politicians."


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. BrianGTexas

    Can't we produce better candidates for office in this country. I feel like I am living in a third world "war lord" state. Money and lies more often rule than common sense.

    March 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    He may have to go to SC and get politically purified. ONLY after vowing to be a truly right wing-nut religious freak of some sort, he'll have the good ol' boys coving his butt.

    March 9, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa.

    Rick Santorum is a decent guy. Hands down better than 90% of any other persons currently in the US senate. Notice that the call is anonymous, which should be illegal! In my opinion, this is not an republican group attacking him. The progressives will attempt to do the same to him as they do Sarah Palin, they don't even want him to get to the starting gate.

    March 9, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. badger

    How do these people keep resurfacing after they've been defeated for not doing their job when they were in office the first time. Whats really sad is the news media keeps putting their face out there. So give us all a break and quit recycling these has beens, aren't their any new faces out there.

    March 9, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Stephan

    How much you want to make a bet Sarah Palin's folks are behind these calls. She doesn't want anyone usurping her throne of Queen of the Conservative Movement. This is a fight between the bottom feeders – so let's enjoy. Hey, is he another one of those back waxers?

    March 9, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Sue

    I have said it numerous times..........

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the loony left liberal Dems........are making a big mistake by thinking that the majority of the country are as blind, clueless, and gullible as the Obama drones.

    The majority in the country-–Republicans, the majority of Independents, and even some moderate Dems........are NOT going to fall for the lies/spin/manipulation efforts of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

    March 9, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    Even this man would be better than our current leader. Boy do I wish I had my vote back.

    March 9, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. The Calabash Kid

    I don't like the anonymity of these robo-calls. We have no idea who is paying for them. It could be a foreign organization trying to sabotage canidates who propose policies they don't like. I think that if you have a political opinion to express, we should know who is expressing it.

    Even Conservatives shouldn't be treated like this.

    March 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. SC-Pub "no" more

    How does it feel Rickey babe to have these right winged idiots sharing with your their dirty tricks? I hope you folks get your belly full for encouraging these nuts!

    March 9, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Beasley

    Which party will promise to outlaw robo-calls? I've stopped even answering the phone during election season. I'll let their machine talk to my machine.

    March 9, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The biggest joke of the year is Sarah Palin who now claims she is God because God wrote in the palm of his hand. Palin needs a straight jacket and not a microphone.

    March 9, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Duck Fallas

    Arlen Specter IS a radical abortionist. He keeps trying to give me one.

    March 9, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Baddog

    It’s always a good day when the Republicans tear each other apart even before the first ballot is counted. Despite Mitt Romney’s plea for civility in the GOP ranks, the bomb throwers will be out in force this and next year to upset the well placed plans of the Republicans. What a great idea; keep up the good work, all you Tea Partiers.

    March 9, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. jphilly

    this is the teabaggers, they are trying to eliminate the moderates in the GOP. The republican party is ripping itself apart, the corporate elitists vs. the religious right. good this too because I'm from PA and santorum is the devil!!!!!

    March 9, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    "anonymous recorded telephone message" ... I agree with all the people posting the truth about Santorum ... but any organization that has a legitimate gripe should have the backbone to stand behind their positions... it was these same type of "anonymous recorded telephone messages' that lied about John McCain's "black baby" .... and we saw how effective that was in SC,,,

    March 9, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Scott

    We kicked this weasel out of PA. He's the most intolerant, two faced Christian I've ever heard about. POTUS in 2012? It will be the day I leave this country forever.

    March 9, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. didoro

    I just looked up information about Santorum. Turns out he has NO adopted children. I'm insulted. I figured the anti-choice people would be taking care of unwanted children.

    March 9, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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