Santorum ad paints Romney and Obama as the same
January 16th, 2012
08:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum ad paints Romney and Obama as the same

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's campaign on Monday released a scathing new television ad comparing Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama.

The 30-second spot, set to begin airing statewide in South Carolina on Wednesday, pairs Romney with the president on a number of issues, including federal bailouts and health care reform.

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"Obama supported the Wall Street bailouts. So did Romney," the narrator says, as images of Romney and Obama float next to each other on screen. "Obama gave us radical Obamacare... that was based on Romneycare."

The commercial, pointing to Obama's liberal positions on social issues, also referenced Romney's 1994 Massachusetts Senate run against Ted Kennedy, in which the Republican took a more moderate stance on abortion than he does now.

As the ad ends, the narrators asks: "Why would we ever vote for someone who is just like Obama? When we can unite around someone like Rick Santorum and beat Obama."

The spot, "Easy Answer," reflects the tone of Santorum's campaign in South Carolina, where the candidate has largely focused on contrasting his record with that of Romney rather than attack other candidates in the race.

His campaign also took aim at the former Massachusetts governor over a super PAC supporting his candidacy, Restore Our Future, which recently flooded South Carolina airwaves and mailboxes with ads hitting Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"Unlike Governor Romney, Rick Santorum will put his name behind the ad rather than relying on his SuperPAC friends to do his dirty work," the campaign said in a statement.

A super PAC supportive of Santorum, called The Red, White and Blue Fund, also took out major ad buys in South Carolina but produced positive spots promoting Santorum's values.

The Palmetto State holds the first-in-the-South primary on January 21.

– CNN's Jim Acosta and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Indy

    If you vote for Obama you vote for the people and if you vote for Romney you vote for Corporations so Santorum is dead wrong here.

    January 16, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. SP

    Ron paul is the only one that has sharp contrast with Obama. No wonder he is getting lot of independent voter support and support from younger people. His message makes sense. He is talking about less taxes which will result in less revenue for government and he is talking about decreasing expenses for the govt too. His is the only plan bold enough to decrease government spending. You may not agree with his spending cuts but then who likes cuts.

    January 16, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    wow that's an insult to President Obama if you ask me.

    January 16, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Tam

    Both Obama and Romney are intelligent individuals. The others are the ones who are scary.

    January 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. A Southern Lady

    President Obama entered office dealing with the results of Bush and Cheney running the country into the ground. Two wars that were unfunded, senior drug bill also unfunded and two tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Had McCain and Palin won the election, this country would be in a disaster that would make the Depression of the 1930's look good From the moment he was elected the Republicans have done everything possible to work against him and his ideas to help the economy recover. Every single Republican should hang their heads in shame for their part in stalling the recovery that has hurt so many people. My vote goes to the only intelligent and capable person to lead this country that is running in the 2012 elecation -- and that is President Obama. As far as Mitt Romney is concerned, he is a good and decent man who, to get the Republican nomination, has had to become something he is not and that was very painful to watch. This former Republican voter will vote for the best man, the most qualified to continue to lead the country's recovery and that is President Obama. May God bless him.

    January 16, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ouch that hurts. I guess that there was some level of pain there connecting Romney and Obama. At least Santorum used his own money and name to the ad. I have a grudging respect for Santorum. He stands for his prinicples and is honest about it. Somewhat like Ron Paul, but at least he seems somewhat more reasonable on foreign policy.

    January 16, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Dr. Dunkinstien

    The picture sure does make them look similar...

    January 16, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. m

    Isn't politics disgusting? One lying politician lying about another politician. No wonder at the end of the day they all seem alike. None of them can run on their records since for the most part their records consist of getting re-elected and talking about all the great things they are going to do.

    Lobbyists are dumping equal amount of money into both political parties just to cover their bets. The Founding Father's are certainly rolling over in their graves.

    January 17, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. Toontje

    There's quite a few differences between Romney and Obama. Romney was against the bailout of the car industry for example.Romney's foreign policies are a world apart from that of Obama. My prediction is that Romney will come out strong from the primaries, but be will fail miserably in the presidential debates because if he attacks Obama on foreign policy, he will have to explain how he can raise revenues for the things he has said in the past. And if choose to agree with the president he will come of as being weak or a moderate. Did you know that Barack Hussein Obama is an anagram for Has samurai backbone!

    January 17, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  10. Sandy

    You lie! Except for the fact that they both went to Harvard, there are hardly any similarities. Don't be fooled people. They just want you to believe there is no difference, so that Democrats think they can vote for Romney and things will be the same. Their policies are TOTALLY DIFFERENT!

    January 17, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Concern

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    January 17, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. canuck41

    there are so many stinking lies in these comments!! Either they originate from volunteers of the failed GOP candidates that are still left or the Democratic Party who have been on steriods when it comes to attacking Romney!! The DNC and Mitts GOP opponents have a few things in common. They are jealous, they tell half truths, they fear monger about Mitt and what would happen AND EACH OF THEM ARE LOSIN NOW OR WILL LOSE THIS NOVEMBER!! GGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOO MITT and take your seat at 1600 Pennsylvania Blvd!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. canuck41

    People must search and investigate thoroughly at each candidate running for GOP nomination and they will see what the majority has seen thus far and that Romney!! Clearly hes the only one who can topple the articulate President we have that really needs to retire early.

    January 17, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Gurgi

    I would rather see Santorum win than Romney. A Santorum/Rice ticket would be great, and it would make heads on both sides of the isle explode, but would be good for the country.

    January 17, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Romney is a white obummer, Gingrich is a fighter with experience AND HE IMPEACHED Clinton!!!(correctly I might add) RPaul is a possibility in my mind but he is pretty unrealistic, Santorum I know little of, I will vote Newt long before mitt or any of the rest,

    personally I think military service should be a requirement of the office

    January 17, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Sandy Daniels

    no more obama we are about done for now, The last elections he had people campaigning for him in the UK and europe give me NEWT!!!!

    January 17, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |