Santorum hits the airwaves
June 10th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum hits the airwaves

(CNN) – It seems Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is taking to the airwaves to try to improve his name recognition. The former two-term senator from Pennsylvania will air his first radio commercial next week in his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

The minute-long spot, which focuses on America's economic future, will first air on satellite radio Monday. It will run in early presidential contest states, including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina later in the week.

"When our founders created this country the idea that we were going to borrow money to provide for people today and charge the next generation for the excesses of today would have astounded," Santorum says in the spot. "That is immoral, that is wrong. Someone has to have the courage to go out and tell the American public we can't afford the government we have right now and we need to cut it back across the board."

Despite frequent visits to early voting states and his popularity with social conservatives, Santorum has low name recognition among the overall electorate.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

– On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.


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  1. Democrat Swamp Inspector - Help Wanted, Now Hiring, Overtime Possibilities

    This guy has as much chance as Newt and the hick from Alaska. Obama/Biden 2012

    June 10, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Santorum hits the airwaves"

    God, I hope not. That stuff stinks.

    "the idea that we were going to borrow money to provide for people today and charge the next generation for the excesses of today "

    Yes. Excesses. Excesses like 8 figure CEO salaries and 6 or 7 figure bonuses and 8 figure golden parachutes and the shenanigans on Wall Street that led to the collapse of AIG and Lehmen, etc., ALL WHILE WE GIVE THOSE SAME PEOPLE TAX BREAKS on the theory that it will magically create jobs and middle-class wealth instead of the plutocratic corporatocracy we've landed in. Let the rich pay for their excesses. If they don't want to raise their employees salaries for 30+ years and want to find more and more excuses for and ways to attenuate their employees' benefits, health care, ability to save for retirement in order to create a class of functionally indentured servants and serfs dependent upon consumer debt products while the plutocrats crap in golden toilets on their 180 foot yachts...then fine...they can pay it on the back end through taxes. It's coming out of their hides one way or the other. They can choose the easy way, taxes, or the hard way, French Revolution style...it happens every time...they're all just gambling they can live out their lives of luxury and leave their kids to meet the guillotines instead.

    June 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    When our founders created this country the idea that we were going to borrow money to provide for people today and charge the next generation for the excesses of today would have astounded,"
    ---------------------------------–
    I agree. They would have been even more astounded to learn the reasons why. Once upon a time, the economy was healthy and running surploses, we were paying down existing debt. Then some guy comes along and decides to implement a *temporary* tax cut that created an annual budget deficit despite warnings by his own staff that his idea would create trillion dollar deficits by the time the tax cuts expired. Don't forget that this tax cut was acknowledged to be deep, acknowledged that it would create deficits, but it was promised to be just temporary. It was passed through the Congress using rarely used procedures and enacted into law.

    Then this same guy decides to make history. He distinguishes himself by becoming the first US president to declare war and not raise taxes to pay for it. If that were not enough he started yet another even bigger and larger war. Still, he refused to raise taxes to pay for it, thereby sending the deficit even higher, which forced the country to borrow every 18 months for several years runnning.

    Through an extraordinary set of circumstances, the economy crashes just as his term ends, we hand a trillion dollars to the banks, which further raised the annual deficit to $1.4T for FY2009. A new president took office looking at a country that had annual budget set on a course for multi-trillion dollar deficits, and the pedal was stuck to the metal. Before his first year was out, he was blamed for the

    Yeah, the founding fathers would be shocked. Make sure you tell the truth, Mr. Santorum. You will be called out if you do not.

    June 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Steve

    What a SCUMBAG. RICKY RAT got voted OUT of office in Pennsylvania. What makes him think the rest of the country wants anything to do with him?

    June 10, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. marty

    Santorum says, "When our founders created this country the idea that we were going to borrow money to provide for people today and charge the next generation for the excesses of today would have astounded," The founders would be equally astounded to find government officials like the former senator receiving government entitlements such as free lifetime healthcare, inflated pensions and additional perks for just a few years of work as a government employee. This is a man who rants and rails against big government yet, he followed in his father's footsteps and never hesitated to take home a government paycheck. Nor did Mr Santorum have any qualms about demanding that Pennsylvanians pay for his children's charter schooling expenses while they were actually living in Virginia. This man knows how 'to play the system' for his own benefit, even if we have to borrow the money to support him.

    June 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Jamie from Riverside

    When, o-when, is Rick Santorum going to come out of the closet?

    June 10, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Wes B.

    This fake anger at the US borrowing money is so stupid. As if the US wasn't borrowing money when Santorum was a senator.

    I'm not happy our country is in debt. But don't act like this is a new thing to be blamed on the current administration.

    June 10, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I didn't hear any solutions in his message. Did you?
    Me. Me. Me. Meee. That is not a message. That's opera.

    June 10, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Did he show pictures of his dead baby being held by all his family members HOURS after taking it (already dead) home from the hospital?

    NEVER!!!!!

    June 10, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. kindasorta

    We can't afford the government we have? How about spending BILLIONS and BILLIONS in Iraq and Afghanistan, risking the strength of our miltary on people who couldn't hate us more than they already do? Santorum is already the punchline of a joke. Next candidate (?) with the hat with seven bells, please step up to the microphone.

    June 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Me

    No, our country shouldn't borrow but I would hardly blame Obama for that but the unfunded wars by #43.

    June 10, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America!

    "Santorum hits the airwaves"?!? EWWWWW!

    It's pretty amazing that Crazy Ricky can read the minds of the founding fathers of our country. Normally people who make such claims are locked up in a mental facility. Perhaps that's were Mr. "Man on Dog" also belongs.

    June 10, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |