Santorum goes after Gingrich in new ad
February 1st, 2012
03:39 PM ET
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Santorum goes after Gingrich in new ad

(CNN) - In a new national radio ad released Wednesday, Rick Santorum lambasted Newt Gingrich over the former House speaker's declining poll numbers and second place finish in Florida's primary.

"Despite spending millions, Newt Gingrich went from a big lead to a big defeat. Why? Because voters discovered Gingrich wasn't a true conservative," the narrator says in the ad.

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The one-minute radio spot criticizes Gingrich as a candidate who "supported the Wall Street bailouts, job killing Cap and Trade and radical healthcare mandates."

It also hits the former speaker for his position favoring legal status for longtime illegal immigrants who are well-assimilated into society.

"It's time for conservatives and tea party supporters to unite behind the true conservative that can stop Romney, and defeat Obama...Rick Santorum," the narrator says.

Santorum, who trails behind Gingrich in national polls, has ramped up his rhetoric against his opponent in recent days. His campaign lumped Gingrich in a trio with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a new television ad released Tuesday.

And on Wednesday, he told supporters at a campaign stop that should Gingrich drop out of the race, Santorum would pick up his votes.

"If you look at the voters who voted for me, and where they would go if I was not in the race it would be divided between Romney and Gingrich, actually more toward Romney than Gingrich," he said. "Interestingly enough, if Newt's out of the race almost all of his votes come to me."

In the last few weeks, Gingrich has repeatedly implied that the former senator's campaign was splitting the conservative vote.

- CNN's Adam Aigner-Treworgy contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Despite spending millions, Newt Gingrich went from a big lead to a big defeat. Why? Because voters discovered Gingrich wasn't a true conservative," the narrator says in the ad."
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    Two thoughts. Santorum needs to get it out of his head that he'll be Mittens V.P. pick. And, if Santorum wants to spend his time bashing the 3 mill Gingrich spent in Florida and not mention the 15 mil Romney spent, chances are Rick Santorum hasn't been paying attention or is willfully ignorant ... or both.

    February 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Bob

    Meanwhile Santorum is the biggest example of irony and hypocrisy. CNN noted that children with the disease Santorum's daughter has don't live more than a year, yet she is three. Santorum constantly makes snide remarks about "Obamacare" but ignore a few simple facts. 1) Santorum's daughter is probably alive today because he is getting the best health care taxpayer money can buy thanks to a government health care plan. 2) If Santorum were a regular peasant like the rest of us and had private health insurance, his insurance would have dropped him because of his daughter's condition- except they can't do that anymore thanks to "Obamacare". 3) Without "Obamacare" a family would go bankrupt paying for (substandard) care for a child with the same disease as Santorum's. So tell us again, Rick, what's so terrible (or Socialist) about "Obamacare"?

    February 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Get tough with it, Senator. You are perceived as generally being a nice guy. In other words, you'd be a soft POTUS.

    February 1, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. OkieJim

    for Brooke, an explanation of "Politics ain't beanbag". check out Safire's Political Dictionary

    February 1, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Now Santorum wants to gang on?

    His negative ads are just as dishonest as Romney's.

    Where is the honesty in this campaign?

    February 1, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Just Saying

    uhh, Rickster, I think the reason Gingrich tanked is not so much because people realized he isn't a "true conservative" but rather that they have realized that he is an erratic, pompous, overblown bully who can't actually do anything other than run his mouth.

    the reason you are going to tank is that you are an anti-truth, anti-fact, anti-knowledge, anti-science, anti-freedom right wing religious nutjob who wants to use the power of government to compel people to live by your religious convictions. in short, you are not a lot different than the Taliban.

    Just Saying...

    February 1, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt's a dirt bag and women don't like him, that's why they didn't vote for Newt and they won't in the National campaign. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

    February 1, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. RealPolitics

    Honesty+Conservative=Santorum. Vote Rick Santorum! Our country has become so liberal and so immoral that someone that is trying restore innocence and our Faith, which was based on the Bible and nothing more, is persecuted than supported. Romney only won Florida because he has money so that win was basically bought. Newt is using conservatism as platform when he doesn't really live it. So Rick Santorum is the only candidate that represents what our founding fathers were leading our country to be and only Rick Santorum can bring us back to that. Vote Rick Santorum!

    February 1, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. SK

    Does the average citizen even understand the meaning of CAP and TRADE? The candidates continue to use that term which I believe is meaningless to most Americans. Tells me they are not thinking on the level of John Doe.

    Stop the euphemisms and say exactly what you mean!

    February 1, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Gurgi

    Santorum will get all the votes of people that cannot vote for Romney because he is Mormon. I really don't understand what difference his religion makes. Granted I have never read the book of Mormon, but isn't it part of christianity? I mean aren't Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Church of England, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and whoever I left out, all christians? Pretty much everyone that is not Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, etc. are christians right?

    February 1, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Gotta wonder how much of that ad money was funneled to Mr. Frothy from Rmoney the Robot's supporters. And Gingrich really should take a shot or two at Mr. Frothy's lobbying ties, which are worse than Newt's.

    February 1, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice that he knocks Gingrich, but he needs to knock Romney more since he is the front runner at this point.

    February 1, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. anagram_kid

    Gurgi wrote – Santorum will get all the votes of people that cannot vote for Romney because he is Mormon. I really don't understand what difference his religion makes.
    Sadly, It makes a huge difference because every franchise of Christianity is convinced that theirs is the ONLY correct one. The difference between each is the behavior – rules about what one may, must and is forbidden to wear, eat, read, say… etc.
    The real questions are how can there be so many different varieties of a religion with such a simple message. And, more importantly why do members of these religions rarely exemplify that message?
    Hope that helps.
    Obama 2012

    February 1, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    Unfortunately for Mr. Santorum, there are not enough American citizens as completely obsessed with the s*x lives of others as he is to win a general election. But I do hope he stays in the race. The wasted money along with the campaigns void of any positive messages will be a huge help to President Obama in the coming months.

    February 1, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. CoJo

    In my humble opinion, Santorum would jump in rating to somthing close to 1st place IF and ONLY IF he cools it with the religion push. He is more than welcome to follow his religion as he see fit. But do not force it down others throats. If he continues with the he'll lose most nonchristaian votes and even christian voters that feel relligion is a personal thing. Then he needs to cool with his hate of Iran. He comes across worse than Bush/Cheney on Iraq. Trigger happy. Then Santorum needs to instead of bash Romney on Massachusetts's health care, he needs to explain his.. How he is going to handle all of this in detail. Detail like people who don't have insurance. People who have pre-existing conditions. If he would just speek to the common person, he could leap over Romney and Gingrich.

    February 1, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. CoJo

    anagram_kid: the problem is americans still have a lot bigotry. People have and will continue to vote against, race, religion, gender, rich, non-rich. etc... We know Mr Obama got some votes because he is African American, He lost some votes for the same reason. Ronmey will get votes because he is not of the Catholic church, but he will lose votes for the same reason (even from people who say they are christains). In this particular case, Ronmey is not pushing his religion, but that is not good enough. A fair amount of christians what thier religion pushed soo much, it turns people off.
    I'll leave the rest alone.

    February 1, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |