Group backing Santorum running ads in Missouri
February 1st, 2012
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Group backing Santorum running ads in Missouri

(CNN) – The super PAC supporting GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is hoping to boost the former Pennsylvania senator in Missouri with a television spot, the group announced Wednesday.

Missouri holds a non-binding primary February 7, meaning the vote will not have any impact on delegate allocation. The Show Me State then holds official caucuses March 17.

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Although essentially a beauty contest in the GOP nominating race, Santorum allies think they can make a good showing in the state, leading to Wednesday's six-figure ad buy.

The Red, White and Blue Fund produced the ad, called "Trust Missouri." The group does not have ads up in other states holding contests in the next weeks, including Nevada, Colorado and Minnesota.

The ad attacks President Barack Obama, saying: "Obama's reckless agenda must be stopped. And there's only one principled candidate with the courage to do it. Rick Santorum."

It goes on to portray Santorum as the only choice for conservatives hoping to take the White House in 2012.

"Father. Husband. A champion for life. The leader with a bold plan to restore America's greatness. Create dynamic jobs, cut wasteful spending and reform Washington."
In a statement, an adviser for Red, White and Blue Fund said the group recognized the challenges Santorum will encounter moving forward.

"We are realistic about the challenge ahead," Stuart Roy said. "And in order to defeat the Obama agenda you have to defeat Obama in the fall. To defeat Obama in November means you have to have principles, a proven record and be a consistent conservative. The only candidate who fits that bill is Rick Santorum."

Roy said his group was focusing on the state because Santorum had a real shot of winning.

"Missouri is important because it is a state where Rick Santorum already holds a strong lead and where the ballot matchup is essentially Santorum versus Romney for the first time," Roy said.

Santorum, who finished third in Tuesday's Florida primary, shifted his focus after South Carolina to states further along the nominating calendar, including Nevada, which holds caucuses Saturday, and Colorado, which caucuses February 7.


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  1. NVa Native

    Welcome to misery – the GOP candidates are here with their barrage of non-stop nasty ads.

    February 1, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. diridi

    I think this dude is wasting your time, and my time. It is going to be Romney as I told long time ago, from GOP nominee, but not electable. I am positive, because these Republicans stand for "Filthy-Rich" and Tax-Evasion and give Tax-Shelter to Rich not Middle Class. His Bain-Capital and stashing money in Cayman Island and banning Medicare, social security, and health care is bad. Please do not waste money. You need in your later part of your life. Good luck.

    February 1, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. logicnLA

    What is with the Republicans and non-binding votes? why waste the time or money?

    February 1, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    What is the point of conducting a nonbinding primary vote, when there's a caucus a few weeks later?

    February 1, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Looks to me like it's the Show Me and then Show me Again State. A primary first? THEN a caucus?

    Oh well. One state I hate to even drive thru (it's so irrelevant in the bigger scheme of life).

    February 1, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. patriot

    Ron Paul has been demonized in Missouri by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, one of 58 "fusion centers" created by the Dept. of Homeland Security to collect local intelligence and disseminate to police. One doesn't display R. Paul stickers and yard signs if one doesn't want to be viewed with suspicion, if not down-right hostility, by the police. So, yes, Santorom might have a better chance in Mo., especially compared to R. Paul. Sad, isn't it?

    February 1, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    more $, down the drain on a candidate who couldn't even win his own state. His fanatical zealotry is a turn-off to anyone but the thumpers

    February 1, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    partriot wrote:

    n Paul has been demonized in Missouri by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, one of 58 "fusion centers" created by the Dept. of Homeland Security to collect local intelligence and disseminate to police. One doesn't display R. Paul stickers and yard signs if one doesn't want to be viewed with suspicion, if not down-right hostility, by the police.
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    That's an extraodinary tale. I prefer simple explanations over grand, convoluted conspiracies involving wheels spinning within wheels. I would bet anyone ten thousand bucks that young folks with Ron Paul bumper stickers on their cars get closer scrutiny from some law enforcement because they suspect the occupants are more likely to be smoking pot than folks with a Rick Santorum bumper sticker.

    February 1, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    Since he's clearly running for Veep, I feel it should be noted that a Romney-Santorum will lose by at least 10 points in the general.

    The GOP better be hoping that Daniels or Christie is interested in the #2 slot.

    February 1, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Texas Doc

    Interesting candidate. I Googled his name and was surprised to say the least.

    February 1, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Well, at least that one sounds like more of a positive ad. the negative attack ads in this campaign, have become totally disgusting, for the propensity of lies they contain.

    February 1, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. arlindsay

    Newt failed to qualify for the Missouri ballot. The article is a bit obtuse on this fact. Ron Paul will focus more on primaries and caucuses where he can win delegates. Santorum's probable second place finish in a non-binding and mostly uncontested "beauty pageant" style primary may demonstrate more weakness than strength.

    February 1, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Sal

    Santorum's campaign is not running on fumes; it's running on delusion.

    February 1, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Why shouldn't Santorum win this? This just might turn into another Iowa. No doubt, Santorum is upbeat about Missouri because it is almost in his backyard. Both states are close to Indiana compared to NH, SC, and FL. Iowa and Missouri share a long southern and northern border respectively.

    February 1, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Wes B.

    Thank you Republicans for being so vigilant with saving our tax dollars for only the most important things. Wait...they're having a primary that doesn't count? WHAT!?!?! What an absolute waste of tax dollars!!!!!

    February 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Gurgi

    @Rudy, ".....I would bet anyone ten thousand bucks that young folks with Ron Paul bumper stickers on their cars get closer scrutiny from some law enforcement because they suspect the occupants are more likely to be smoking pot than folks with a Rick Santorum bumper sticker."

    Good One!!! And having grown up in southwest missouri, (a little south of Joplin), you would not believe how accurate your statement is. Ok give the benefit of the doubt, change that to "probably is."

    February 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |