Radio spot from Perry hits Santorum on earmarks
The answer: Rick Santorum, the Perry campaign says in this radio ad.
December 29th, 2011
12:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Radio spot from Perry hits Santorum on earmarks

(CNN) - Rick Perry's campaign wasted no time going after Rick Santorum following the release of a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll that showed the former Pennsylvania senator surging into third place in Iowa.

In a new radio ad released by Perry's team Thursday, Santorum is portrayed as a free-spending Washington insider who voted for earmarks and wasteful spending during his time in Congress.

Watch a web version of the ad here.

The ad mimics a game show, asking questions of contestants like "Which Republican running for president voted for the bridge to nowhere?" and "Who personally demanded more that $1 billion in earmarks to his sixteen years in Congress?"

Each time the announcer proclaims the answer: "Rick Santorum!"

The spot features a clip of Santorum saying he was "very proud of the earmarks" he wrote into spending legislation.

"Rick Santorum is proud of feeding at the earmark trough in Congress," Perry's ad proclaims.

Nick Ryan, the founder of a pro-Santorum super PAC, accused Perry of hypocrisy and said the Texas governor's administration has a long record of seeking earmarks from Washington.

"Rick Perry has spent this entire race trying to find a message and can't figure it out," said Ryan, who created the "Red, White and Blue Fund" to support the former Pennsylvania Senator. "Attack Newt. Attack Mitt. Attack Santorum. Unfortunately, it's desperation time for Rick Perry. Gov. Perry's own words probably sum up this hypocritical attack and are a narrative for his entire campaign: 'Oops.'"

–CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Good ad Gov. Yeehaw. But too little too late.

    December 29, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Earmarks serve a very useful purpose, which unfortunately has been distorted into a form of abuse. Earmarks are intended to designate federal funds that are given to states must be spent for specific purposes, or the state must pay it back.

    A perfect example of the usefulness of earmarks, and the pandora's box that would result if we eliminated them completely, can be seen with the recent experience of NJ Gov. Chris Christy. New Jersey received several hundred million for a high speed interstate rail project. The project was in its' final phase. Hundreds of millions had been spent in NJ alone. Christie cancelled the NJ portion of the final phase, kept the money, and used it balance his budget.

    In other words, you used the money to pay for a tax cut to job creators. Since it was an earmark, the Obama administration demanded that NJ repay the federal government for the earmark and further compensations. Suddenly, NJ had a billion dollar deficit.

    December 29, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. JT

    Wow the Evangelical on Evangelical attacks have got to stop. (Wait a minute there knocking themselves out of the race right?) Keep it going!

    December 29, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Indy

    Didn't Part Time Perry balance his budget and do major home renovations with ear marks ?

    December 29, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. It is Against Ronald Reagan Rule for Myth Romney and his Super PACs Thug to Attack Fellow GOPers

    These GOP idiots are just gonna kill each other off before this election cycle is over...they are just throwing fire bombs at everyone without even telling us the reason why we should vote for them!

    They all have the point-out-the-tiny-specs-in-your-opponents-eyes mentality...never mind the logs in your own eyes.

    It's all about mudslinging and kitchen sink throwing without offering real substance and solutions...No wonder the US is declining and going down the toilet with these scumbags politicians running for office!! sad sate of politics in America!!!!

    We are doomed as a nation if any of these GOP candidates is voted in as president!!!!

    December 29, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    I love it. Let them tear each other apart. Let the Republican House continue to do nothing. They're only making it easier for the Democrats.
    One additional thought – isn't it ironic that they're fighting for the 'moral majority' vote by slinging mud at each other?

    December 29, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    So says the stinkin', desperate fish that just changed his stance – (Oh, I'm sorry ... had a conversion) – on abortion after watching a DVD full of right-wing propaganda.

    December 29, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Frank

    Ah, the dreaded earmarks! As bad as insuring one's fellow Americans, providing abortion counseling in the event of rape or incest, permitting gay marriage, making an arrangement for law-abiding undocumented immigrants to become citizens, acknowledging manemade climate change, and that evolution explains the presence of the current biomass on Earth. These far right loonies are a danger to the very country they erroneously think they are protecting.

    December 29, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    How can he say a word when he sold toll-roads in TX to foreigners?

    Go back to North Mexico, idiot.

    December 29, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Jilli

    Mr. Perry, what about your taxpayer funded slush fund you use to pay off your cronies? Good lord man, stop embarrassing yourself.

    December 29, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |