Santorum ad support continues
January 13th, 2012
03:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum ad support continues

(CNN) – In keeping with his campaign message, Rick Santorum was painted as the "real conservative" in a new ad from a super PAC supporting his Republican presidential candidacy.

The spot is part of a $600,000 ad buy from "Red, White and Blue Fund," in South Carolina, the next state to vote on the road to the White House. It will start airing Friday and continue through the weekend, according to the group.

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The 30-second commercial starts with older images of immigrants arriving in the United States to describe Santorum's familial history.

"They fled tyranny, came to America to live their dreams. Instilling their grandson with the values of hard work, integrity and character," the announcer says. "Those values drive Rick Santorum as he fights the Obama agenda to stop runaway spending and get our great nation back to work."

Red, White and Blue Fund announced the ad buy earlier in the week, in addition to the $190,000 the group previously purchased in the Palmetto State.

Santorum had a close second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, but failed to gain similar traction in New Hampshire. An American Research Group survey released Friday showed the former Pennsylvania senator with 7% support in South Carolina, ahead of the Jan. 21 primary. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich led the survey with 29% and 25% support respectively, followed by Ron Paul with 20% and Rick Perry with 9%.

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Great, maybe he'll waste his money attacking and defending Flipper at the same time.

    January 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Those values drive Rick Santorum as he fights the Obama agenda to stop runaway spending and get our great nation back to work."
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    Santorum was unemployed before he began this campaign of his. So, how is he going to find work for someone else?

    January 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. RINO Bil

    Principled + Conservative = Oxymoron

    January 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Satanorum has confused principled with consistent. He's consistently been trying to impose his bigoted conservative self-serving religious opinions on all Americans.

    January 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Santorum has got to come up BIG in the poll numbers in SC or his momentum will be shot. He just does NOT have the nation wide organization he needs to pull off a Romney upset. He'll likely be gone after Florida.

    January 13, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. yeah right

    Rick Santorum robbed the taxpayers of Pennsylvania to live a lavish lifestyle and calls himself "conservative"

    Ron Paul is the only true conservative running

    January 13, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Seth

    His family members that stayed behind were anti-fascist Italians and have pretty much disowned him for his positions.

    January 13, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Real conservatives is not enough, he has step up attack Romney’s abortion record

    January 13, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Gurgi

    I doubt Santorum can catch up. But I do think he would be a better choice than Gingrich, or even Romney, certainly better than Obama. I think a Santorum/Rice ticket or Huntsman/Rice ticket would be the best version.

    January 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. m

    Principled Conservative – so how it is that your kids went to private school at the expense of tax payers? What a joke.

    January 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    He's an evangelical. That's enough reason to not vote for him.

    January 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. m

    If you absolutely, positively feel the urge to donate to a worthless cause, by all means send money to Santorum. This chicken-livered fraud only has one goal and that is to get the number two spot on the ticket.

    January 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Mussolini was an Italian politician who led the National Fascist Party

    January 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I will NEVER forget Rick Santorum saying publicly to our president "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?""" He showed the height of arrogance the . the incredible hubris!!!!!.. The fact that the question at that time was a matter of basic opinion.....but for this "pipsqueek" "nobody" to mouth off publicly like this was toooooo much!!!!I 'd vote against him if he were the only one running!!!.....He's "gone " anyway....he hasn't got a prayer!!!!

    January 13, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Santorum was unemployed before he began this campaign of his. So, how is he going to find work for someone else?
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    Rudy, are you serious??? Egads man, your posts lately have been lamer than usual. You feeling OK buddy? You out of koolaide??

    January 13, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. anagram_kid

    NVa Native wrote –
    Satanorum has confused principled with consistent. He's consistently been trying to impose his bigoted conservative self-serving religious opinions on all Americans.
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    Well stated! But I have to add that it is not his opinion that is the problem. What he wants to impose is BEHAVIOR, specifically s*xual behavior and/or lack thereof. For example when he discusses birth control he talks about women not having children before marriage as a means to avoid poverty. But his point is not that they should use contraception, but rather that they should not have s*x. IMHO he is a very sick person who is OBSESSED with other people’s s*x lives.

    January 13, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Hope Santorum gets the nomination or is Romney's VP slot. Will pretty much guarantee an Obama landslide.

    January 13, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |