March 9th, 2010
11:07 AM ET
6 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. Regina P

    Rick Santorum is a religious fanatic, prejudiced angainst gays, and his kids don't even go to any type of public or private school. While I acknowledge his right to have all those beliefs, this individual has absolutely no place in any type of public governing position, let alone a run at president. Eeesh, what is the Republican party thinking these days (and I used to be a member)!?

    March 9, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. no name calling

    Santorum was thrown out of Pennsylvania politics. He is the worst kind of politician.

    He claimed he lived in PA, using PA funded cyberschools for his children while living in another state. He used a bogus address for a home where he did not live.

    He said that homosexulity leads to beastiality. He stuck his nose into the Terri Shiavo case where it did not belong.

    He acted like Sara Palin, putting his children in his TV ads, while crying that the media picked on his poor, unattractive, misguided children.

    He is pompous, self-righteous and an ego maniac.

    Wherever he is, I hope he stays there. He is not wanted in PA.

    I could go on and on, but you get my drift.

    March 9, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Flip Flop

    I guess we can Mr. Santorum a pancake since he flip flops so much. Those conservatives are going to eat you alive Ricky.

    March 9, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Attack ads? Looks like there is more to mr. Mittens than $5000 suits and $900 haircuts. He could be another typical nasty lying republican.

    March 9, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Isn't this the guy who bundled up their dead premature baby, who lived for only a couple of hours after birth, brought him (the baby) to his wife's parents' home, with their other very young children, and took turns holding him and photographing him? I'm sorry, but Dear God in Heaven, I have no other words.

    March 9, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Looks like Mike Huckabee is considering a run for Pres after all. Has his hit squad out proactively. Painting Arlen Specter as a left-wing Democrat is hilarious.

    March 9, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Rick Santorum is the creepiest of the creepy. This guy takes "nut cake" to a new level. Sure, you've got your garden variety wing nuts like Mitch "the Twitch" McConnell and John "Beano" Boehner, but Santorum puts them all to shame. Santorum belongs in a sanitarium, or a freak show. What a kook.

    March 9, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. joel palmer

    Why does anyone who can't win in their own state (Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty) think they should be president?

    Unbelievably deluded and surrounded by sycophants, that's why

    March 9, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Its about jobs stupid, not about building a Theocracy,even though the tax free bag money must be great.We cant believe this clown is still around.Talk about recycling waste.hahaha

    March 9, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Anti-choice religio-fascists make me vomit.

    March 9, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. LacrosseMom

    Republicans have a long history of attacking each other viciously with "robo calls." Example: In the 2000 primaries the Bush campaign had "robo calls" made to South Carolina Republican voters saying that John McCain was not really "pro-life." Despicable. Why not allow the voters to decide whom they like rather than have these lies told about the candidates?

    March 9, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    There's only one thing worse than politics......and that is partisan politics.

    March 9, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    When a guy like Santorum is not pro life enough, you know the party has gone off the deep end.

    March 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Ruth

    Cant get over the fact that we lost the election – republicans are at it again. Or should I say -–are still at it. GET OVER IT. MOVE ON.

    March 9, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. rita

    It is never pleasing when you finally get a taste of your own medicine from conservative movements who always add the most bitter supplements. This man is not for abortion. He has about 50 kids. I hope we have enough natural resources to provide for them all and their one million jillion descendants.

    March 9, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Mike

    No surprise there!! Republicans are a bunch of scam bugs who are only good at fear mongering and playing dirty politics!

    March 9, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. mike

    I can't believe Santorum is back! He is a radical that caused all kinds of problems in the Senate. Pennslyvania voters got rid of him a long time ago. His thought processes are scary!

    March 9, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. JeffN

    Wow, a wingnut like Santorum is being attacked by even crazier wingnuts for not being conservative enough! Classic!

    March 9, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Who put the twit in twitter? Sarah!

    Google " Santorum "

    March 9, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. stop the nonsense

    It is so funny to watch these men jockey for the title of most conservative.The Random House dictionary defines "conservative" as "1)disposed to preserve exisiting conditions, institutions Etc, and to resist change. 2)cautious and moderate3) traditional in style and manner."
    "Liberal" on the other hand is defined "1)favoring progress and reformas in politics, religion etc. 2) open-minded or tolerant 3) characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts."
    So by definition, these men are fighting to prove who is the most unmovable and closed minded ( a definition for Conservative found in Websters)
    Too funny!

    March 9, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Shawn

    Santorum is a disgrace but the pure evil behind the Republican party is worse.

    March 9, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Marcus Tate

    Again, I am from PA, and was never happier than when Santorum lost and was finally out of office and no longer our senator. This guy does not belong in politics, and I guarantee he will not get re-elected in PA.

    March 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. amie

    apparently " american christian traditions" and "family values" are name calling and meanness and win at any cost tricks, my grandmother would not recognize the current radical right as anything she knew as amercian christian family values, to her kindness and doing the right thing regardless of the cost where the values she espoused, I guess the teabaggers and other repugnicans would call her not one of the "real americans" .... how these people can claim the moral high ground is just amazing to me!

    March 9, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Joe in PA

    WOW Santorum, what an idiot.....he is just what this country needs, LOL

    March 9, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    Great – now maybe Santorum and the Iowa-based group doing these robo-calls can compete to see which one of them is the bigger nit-wit!

    March 9, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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