Santorum goes up with first paid ad
December 15th, 2011
03:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum goes up with first paid ad

(CNN) - Rick Santorum is going up with the first TV commercial in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

A senior Santorum campaign aide tells CNN that the ad will run statewide in Iowa Thursday, hours before the final GOP presidential debate prior to the Hawkeye State's Jan. 3 caucuses. At the same time, a newly created independent super PAC supporting the former Pennsylvania senator's run for the White House says they are airing a spot on Iowa TV.

The Santorum campaign's 30-second ad touts the candidate's family and his social conservative values.

The campaign says the ad will run Thursday, prior to the debate in Sioux City, Iowa, and again next week through caucus day.

Meanwhile a new ad from the Red, White and Blue Fund describes Rick Santorum as the only "true conservative" running for the GOP nomination. Their 30-second spot is set to run for the next week in Iowa as part of a $200,000 buy, according to a website for the group.

"Who's the true conservative you can really trust? Rick Santorum," the ad says. "He's fought for conservative values his whole life, father, husband, a champion for life. A visionary that saw and understands the threat of radical Islam and a proven reformer who took on Washington and won."

The Federal Election Commission website lists Chris Marston as the super PAC's treasurer.

Marston ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for circuit court clerk in Alexandria, Virginia and served as an assistant secretary at the Department of Education during former President George W. Bush's second term.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Because nothing says "fiscally responsible" like paying for self-promotional advertising when you have absolutely zero chance of getting nominated.

    December 15, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Do we really want someone who has no respect for the founding fathers desire to keep church and state separate?
    How can someone be *for freedom* but at the same time wishes to *impose his rules* directly into our personal lives?

    Why do conservatives hate government so much that they want to be in charge of everything, running it?

    December 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ">"Every working American got tax breaks under the Bush Tax Cuts. "
    >
    >And the ones received by the exrtemely wealthy were disproportionate and inequitable, making up the lion's share of the >cuts. The charts displaying the data and math are undeniable and all over the intertubez.

    People that paid less got less, people that paid more got more. Everything was in proportion and equitable"

    Let me make something very VERY clear: the Bush tax cuts were not, never were and are mathematically proven...all over the intertubez...to have been severely disproportionate in favor of the extremely wealthy. You can stick your fingers in your ears and scream "lalalalalalala I can't hear you I can't hear you" and repeat your soothing mantra of GOP/Teatroll misinformation all you'd like...whatever helps you sleep at night...but it doesn't change mathematical fact.

    December 15, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Jamie from Riverside

    what a waste of money. Poor Rick will always be remembered as "the other guy" who didn't have the sense to decline the invitation to Donald Trump's circus of a debate.

    December 15, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Save your money and buy your kids presents, preferably science books so they don't grow up displaying the appalling level of ignorance Daddy Santorum has.

    December 15, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Real Conservative

    Hey i am really interested in hearing more about santorum, i think i will go google 'santorum' now, you should too

    December 15, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Jamie from Riverside

    Why is the GOP so bent on running hopeless losers this time around?
    Has there ever been a more annoying candidatethan Rick Santorum?
    He really comes off as a 'grown up' version of Sidney from Tom Sawyer.

    December 15, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @Sniffit – If you look at disposable income (income over the poverty level) and include SS/Medicare taxes as taxes, the wealthy pay much less than the middle class. The middle class pay 22% – 24% of disposable income in taxes, while the wealthy pay 16% to 18%. How is that fair? And the poor: Due to the regressive nature of SS tax, the working poor pay 100% to 200% of their disposable income in taxes. In other words, we put many families below the poverty level with taxes. That is fact based on IRS data.

    December 15, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. David

    The unavoidable truth is that Santorum represents his own self interests, which do not include womens' rights, or support for our honorable men and women in the armed forces. America does not need this imposter. Iowa please give him the boot.

    December 15, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    Rick will be remembered as the frothy-dude. With his penchant for worrying about demons and what adults do in their bedroom he will always have a wikipedia site worth visiting, just not often.

    December 15, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    Satanorum is an embarassment to Pa and everyone with a brain.

    December 15, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Thomas

    @The Real Tom Paine

    No more need be said ,

    Thank you !

    December 15, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    When you don't have a lot of money, you have to spend it wisely. Given that a lot of voters haven't made up their minds and many who have aren't terribly enthusiastic about their candidate, a push at the end could be a smart move.
    That said, I still don't like the guy's politics.

    December 15, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    "...a proven reformer who took on Washington and won." Ok, I'll bite, what reform(s) did he enact that has made a difference in my life or anyone else? What reforms did he specifically introduce and have signed into law, or is this another case of " Where is the career Conservative Politician's Resume?"

    December 15, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Frank

    The Red, White and Blue Fund, a newly-created Super PAC with no need to disclose its contributors. Koch brothers lost out on Herman Cain, time for a new puppet to dance on their stage? So much for GOP integrity...the 1% owns the entire party.

    December 15, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. TD in PA

    Now the whole country gets a look at what we in PA already know...Santorum is god-awful.

    December 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While many were drooling that Bush was sending a check for $200 of their tax money back, to make up for the huge amounts the rich were getting, not everyone got the got a check. Don't cry for me, but I made $156,000 and was not eligible for the $200 nor the millionaires tax cuts.

    December 15, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |