Santorum super PAC running ads in Minnesota
February 2nd, 2012
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Santorum super PAC running ads in Minnesota

(CNN) - The super PAC backing Rick Santorum went up with a television ad in Minnesota Thursday lumping frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney together with President Barack Obama.

The spot, "Only One," is the second ad the Red, White and Blue Fund produced this week promoting Santorum in states with upcoming presidential contests. The group announced Wednesday they were running ads in Missouri ahead of the state's February 7 non-binding preference vote.

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Minnesota holds presidential caucuses February 7, at which time the state's 40 delegates will be allocated.

The 30-second ad released Thursday makes the case that Santorum's rivals would promote the same positions as the incumbent Democrat Obama.

"They're not so different," an announcer says over photos of Romney and Gingrich. "Supporting big government that strangles our nation's ability to create jobs. Bailouts. Government run healthcare. Who can we trust?"

The answer, the ad says, is Santorum.

"He's the only proven conservative with a bold plan to restore America's greatness," the announcer says. "Create dynamic jobs, cut wasteful spending and reform Washington."

The Red White and Blue fund said Thursday they had spent close to $2 million supporting Santorum in two early voting states. The group said they spent $1 million in the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses, which Santorum eventually won.

In South Carolina, the group spent $800,000 in television ad space. Santorum came in third in South Carolina, behind Romney and Gingrich.

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Filed under: 2012 • Minnesota • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does he count Ron Paul in the race? I don't think Paul was for the TARP program. All this extra money in the political race is going to lead to trouble. What happens when foreign companies put their money in these PACs? Has anyone considered this? I doubt that the Supreme Court had any clue or even cared.

    February 2, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Comparing others to Obama?? Now THAT is down right NASTY Santorum. The ultimate insult. Does this mean you're going to take off your sweater vest and get down in the mud too?

    February 2, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    He might want to be careful. That could backfire. Making a case for the financial industry is difficult. It's hard to prove what didn't happen. But the auto industry is a clear example of what DID happen. Chrysler is back in the black and the auto companies are hiring – good paying jobs.

    February 2, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    What happens when foreign companies put their money in these PACs?
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    So what? Foreigners contributed a lot to Obama. Did you have a problem with that?

    February 2, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    As bad as everyone, including me despises/despised bailing out the big banks, it had to be done or we would've returned to the Great Depression era. But miving forward, i stand by the President. "No Bailouts, no handouts & no copouts."

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 2, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. dagoberto

    Ron Paul is the one to fix this economy

    February 2, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "But miving forward, i stand by the President. "No Bailouts, no handouts & no copouts."
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    Just curious – do you include Fannie and Freddie in your statement?

    February 2, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @Truth – "Foreigners contributed a lot to Obama."
    ******************************************************************
    Do you have any facts to back that claim up... or are you just spouting one of your usual lies. We all know you're a charter member of the "I hate Obama for no good reason, or at least not one I can state publically" club.

    February 2, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Just curious – do you include Fannie and Freddie in your statement?
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    Since you're inquiring, no, I don't. With the housing market still in the bad shape it's in, everything needs to be attempted from having people foreclosed on.

    February 2, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    @ Mikey

    This may be hard to believe, but there are a lot of people who disagree with Obama on policy... that DOES NOT mean that we hate him. That's a terrible word and a terrible belief to be carrying.

    February 2, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Haven't seen the ad yet ... no doubt whatsoever Santorum is wasting his campaign money big time.

    February 2, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Since you're inquiring, no, I don't. With the housing market still in the bad shape it's in, everything needs to be attempted from having people foreclosed on."
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    Then you would agree that had the government not become involved in the mortgage market and imposed their will on the eligibility requirements to obtain a mortgage in the fist place, there would have been no need to bail out Fannie and Freddie – past, present, and future. Right?

    February 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    The GOP rightists love to spread "truthiness" – which is simple lies that sound (to their followers) truthful, but are not based on facts or even common sense. And the fox followers just keep repeating the lies over and over.
    They do it over and over – Acorn, Planned Parenthood, Kenyan, birthers, bailouts, job creators, unions are bad, everyone's a socialists, .............blah freaking blah.....over & over. Utter nonsense and they "believe" it.

    February 2, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    is he going to have the bug-eyed Congresswoman from district 6 with him? She's a "real conservative" (anti-gay, rabid-pro-life. guns for everyone, tax cuts for the rich, cut programs for the poor) too

    February 2, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans use the word "conservative" so much until it's drowning them to the point their is no real message.

    February 2, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "Just curious – do you include Fannie and Freddie in your statement?"
    "This may be hard to believe, but there are a lot of people who disagree with Obama on policy... "
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    Fannie and Freddie are totally Irrelevant. The F&F bailouts were pushed for and passed by the Bush administration. They exist because banks want mortgages to last no more than 5-10 years. Most folks need 20-30 years, which is where F&F come into the picture. Without them, the middle class would be able to afford homes.

    Can you cite Pres. Obama's policies? Congressional Republicans work hard each and every day to make sure we stay on the same path our economy was on the day he was sworn in. We still have the Bush Tax Cuts. We still have a foreclosure crisis. Republicans want to repeal consumer financial reform, which hasn't yet kicked in. Republicans want to repeal health insurance reform, which was based upon their own ideas.

    February 2, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Biggge

    Is this guy still in the race, he can't even get by Newt....He needs to watch the ads, does not have much cash at all...

    February 2, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. MN Mom

    The GOP - Santorum included - won't hesitate to "bailout" oil companies by insisting we make no progress on alternative energy but rather decimate our environment and continue to give taxpayer money to big oil in the form of subsidies. They won't hesitate to "bailout" the ultra-wealthy by insisting that they keep ridiculously low tax rates while middle class Americans pay more. The GOP won't hesitate to "bailout" big insurance companies by making sure healthcare reform is never enacted. President Obama, on the other hand, stands up for the middle class on a regular basis. In the past couple of weeks he has proposed initiatives to help middle class families pay for college and help struggling homeowners refinance their homes. President Obama has proposed a great jobs program that would rebuild our crumbling infrastructure (which needs to be done anyway) and create jobs. One can argue that President Obama "bailed out" the auto industry, but that move saved over a million middle class jobs and now the auto industry is doing great. That "bailout" greatly benefited the middle class AND the government has been repaid much of what it gave the auto industry. Santorum and the rest of the GOP will do nothing for middle class Americans and President Obama is doing everything he can. The GOP won't pass most of what President Obama tries to do to help working Americans. STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET 2012 - the only choice for middle class Americans

    February 2, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Dave

    I like Santorum, but Romney will be the GOP candidate in 2012. He has a great deal of private sector experience and has also changed the government in MA. His record of turning bad things into good situations is impressive. He polls best against President Obama. Then again, anyone could beat Obama (based on his record).

    February 2, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |