Republicans bombarded by robocalls before South Carolina vote
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls voters from a campaign headquarters January 19, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina.
January 21st, 2012
10:58 AM ET
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Republicans bombarded by robocalls before South Carolina vote

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Dinnertime be damned.

Phones in South Carolina rang incessantly (or annoyingly, depending on your view) throughout the week, as the presidential campaigns and their supporters auto-dialed Republicans across the state ahead of Saturday’s primary.

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One Republican voter in Columbia, who did not want his name printed, arrived home late Friday to find eleven different political messages waiting on his answering machine.

For a flavor of what South Carolina voters were facing this week, the voter provided a recording of those calls to CNN.

Here’s a list, in order, of what showed up on his machine in the course of a just few hours on Friday:

1) A call from “Restore Our Future” – a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney – claiming that Newt Gingrich’s political “baggage” is “good for Obama, bad for America”

2) A call from Ron Paul’s campaign affirming his support for Israel (the recording says Paul wants the United States to be “friends with Israel, not her master”)

3) A call from the Paul campaign explaining the candidate's staunch opposition to abortion

4) Another call from the Paul campaign recorded by a top supporter, South Carolina state Rep. Tom Davis, touting the congressman's fiscally conservative record in Washington

5) A turnout call from the Romney campaign urging voters to show up to the polls on Saturday

6) Yet another call from the Paul campaign accusing Gingrich of opposing “right-to-work” legislation and saying nice things about Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union

7) A call from the Romney campaign that replays, almost in its entirely, an ad that Gingrich cut with Nancy Pelosi to promote at Al Gore-backed climate change campaign

8) A call from Tony Perkins, the head of the conservative Family Research Council, encouraging voters to look at a web site outlining the GOP candidates’ positions on various social issues

9) A call from “Restore Our Future” attacking Gingrich’s “half-baked” policy ideas

10) A call from Ann Romney vouching for her husband’s character

11) A call from the National Organization for Marriage attacking Paul, claiming he “would do nothing” to protect traditional marriage between a man and a woman

Also see:

Santorum: Campaign is surging

Gingrich adviser predicts 4-6 point win in South Carolina

Santorum's South Carolina closer

Romney's lead shrinking in new national poll

Ron Paul looking ahead?


Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Ann

    Paul, Romney, Santorum are at least decent people. Gingrich the bullying guy? Are you kidding us?

    January 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. independent

    Three 'primaries', three different winners. It looks like this will go down to the wire and many will be unhappy.

    January 21, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    “ad that Gingrich cut with Nancy Pelosi to promote at Al Gore-backed climate change campaign” this wont change voters mind they knew already

    January 21, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. diridi

    Just hang up to these idiotic calls. Last time, these idiots calls were linking President to Muslim, and Terrorist. Do they know it Obama that ordered killing Osama Bin Laden? Obama2012.

    January 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. DENNA

    Wow. I thought Mittens "The Richer" had this all sewn up. It would REALLY SUCK to be beaten by Newt "The Womanizer" Gingrich. I am a staunch liberal, but if I had to vote GOP I would pick Mittens. He looks less sleazy than Newt, who creeps me out.

    January 21, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. nintex

    Listen to enough of this crap and it all just becomes white noise. Every candidate has something nasty to say about someone else, who at the same time is saying something nasty about him. It all evens out to blah. . . blah. . . blah. . . .

    January 21, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Dixie Independent voter

    I'm expecting Newt the pompous windbag to win. The extreme Republican intolerable right - "Christians" - do not want a Mormon candidate. Better Newt than Santorum.

    January 21, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    I just heard this described as a horse race.

    Doesn't really matter which horses-a$$ wins or loses in South Carolina – Obama will win in November.

    January 21, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Doug

    Have you ever felt remorse?
    Do you take responsibility for your actions?
    When you are driving do you care about the lives of the people in the cars next to you and do not want to harm them?
    Does it make you sick that a political party in America is defined by hate and deception and its representatives and voters wish harm and even death to those Americans who hold different political views than 'dem?

    If the answer is yes to any one of these questions then you have a moral obligation to vote Republican, thanks for your Republican vote and your desire to defeat hate and lies.

    January 21, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Slammed by phone calls yesterday and today, and slammed by severe weather today. I wouldn't be too surprised if the turnout was significantly less than in previous years, especially for the casual voters who will be happy with any of the Republican Candidates. Only the true partisans for any candidate will be out in threat of severe thunderstorms or tornados.
    Hmmmm... Tornados in January. From what I remember of how weather patterns work, don't you need warmer weather than usual to generate the updrafts needed for these storms? Can't be global warming. None of the remaining candidates believe in it. This must be an act of Divine Providence to keep the unworthy from the polls.

    January 21, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Coloradan

    SC Uses Diebold Black Box Voting State Wide! National Security Lab Hacks Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machine by Remote Control With $26 in Computer Parts: EXCLUSIVE story at Salon. Diebold machine uses standard mini-bar key found everywhere! Florida ditches Diebold after numerous voting irregularities and now uses verifiable paper ballets!

    January 21, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Isn't any call involving Flipper the Elitist Robot a "robo-call"?

    January 21, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. willie floyd

    DOUG
    I can answer YES to everyone of those questions. However, I can't imagine any REP. answering yes. War mongers, not willing to help those in need, and most are racists.
    Did you take toys at Christmas to the Salvation Army, food to a soup kitchen, or pay off lay-away for a needy family who couldn't afford to get theirs?? Well I did-and I'm darn proud to be a Dem.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/ 2012

    January 21, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. willie floyd

    P.S. I'm a white Christian too.

    January 21, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Hair bear

    They called me to! And I don't even live there!

    January 21, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Larry

    I see the people of south carolina only needs a nominee to beat president obama and never mind on that double digit unemployment

    January 21, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Squigman

    Just listened to some of your concession speech, and couldn't turn the radio off fast enough. Just like your opponents, you're long winded, pointless, meaningless and self absorbed. You and your followers are the purist example of what's wrong with the nation, You are completely worthless.

    January 21, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. LDSinSC

    All I got were calls from Santorums team. I wanted one from Newt's so I could ask how being President would work with his book tour! That's all Newt did around here was sign his book (I didn't even know he could read, let alone write)! I think its called "A Fridge too Far" or "I'll changed wives or religion to get elected". Can't remember which...

    January 21, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |