Mud gun aids Santorum bid in new ad
February 15th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
3 years ago

Mud gun aids Santorum bid in new ad

Washington (CNN) – The political back and forth between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum heated up Wednesday with new ads in the next states to vote in the Republican presidential primary.

Santorum's campaign took a comedic turn in a new spot literally taking aim at Romney's record, including the health care legislation passed in Massachusetts. The commercial airing in Michigan uses an actor wearing a tie to portray Romney shooting mud at a cut out of Santorum, but missing his target.

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"This time Romney's firing his mud at Rick Santorum … Romney's trying to hide from his big government 'Romneycare,'" the narrator says.

"In the end Mitt Romney's ugly attacks are going to backfire," the ad continues before mud splatters over the faux-Romney.

Responding to the ad with a chuckle on Fox News Wednesday, Romney said "that's the nature of politics, which is that you always accuse the other guy of what you're doing yourself."

The former Massachusetts governor said his campaign has yet to run negative ads against Santorum, who he said went negative in South Carolina and whose PAC did the same in Missouri. Santorum is also up with biography-touting spots in early voting states.

Although Romney's campaign has run positive spots, especially in his native Michigan where voters head to the polls on February 28, the super PAC supporting his candidacy has not been so kind.

Restore Our Future released a spot in Michigan as well as Arizona, which also votes on February 28, and Ohio, where ballots will be cast on March 6 that characterizes Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, as a "big spender Washington insider."

The new commercial is consistent with Team Romney's line of criticism that Santorum supported increases to the debt ceiling and pork barrel spending while serving in the Senate.

"Santorum voted to raise the debt limit five times and for billions in wasteful projects," the ad's narrator says. "In a single session Santorum co-sponsored 51 bills to increase spending and zero to cut spending."

The group has purchased $640,000 worth of air time in Michigan, in addition to the $121,000 in Arizona, as previously reported by CNN.

The uptick in TV spending comes as Santorum has experienced a surge following wins in Missouri, Mississippi and Colorado. Recent polling shows Santorum is on top of Romney, but within the sampling error, in Michigan and Ohio polling. The two candidates will next meet on stage at a presidential debate co-sponsored by CNN in Arizona on February 22.

Also see:

Gingrich: Santorum 'misunderstands' modern warfare

Santorum slams Obama administration as 'elite snobs'

Romney surrogates attack Santorum's record

CNN Poll: Romney's likability fading

CNN Poll: Gender and income gaps in GOP nomination battle


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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. David Hachadorian

    Romney said "that's the nature of politics, which is that you always accuse the other guy of what you're doing yourself."

    Now THERE'S a quote that will come back to haunt Romney. That's exactly what he does much of the time, and the quote demonstrates that it is ok in his playbook.

    February 15, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. lennon

    Some say that Santorum and Romney are scary, what about the one we have now? All obama kwows how to do is try and fooling the american people. He hasn`t done anything but spend money and play golf.

    February 15, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Kevin

    No way am I voting for Romney OR Santorum, but that ad was hilarious!

    February 16, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. DoneBroke

    Santorum also supported GM going through bankruptcy and not get a bailout. How's that different than Romney?

    February 16, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  5. victoria15

    Romney is the perfect person who can beat Obama this year. He earned his wealth honestly and has given freely to many people. It is not a crime to be rich – Kennedy, Roosevelt, etc. – lots of Presidents were personally wealthy. We need to concentrate on the November election and be sure to give everything we can to help Romney win this job. He is intelligent and strong – and will ensure our country remains on the foundation meant to be and NOT as a dictor from Obama.

    February 16, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  6. Mark

    Both Santorum and Romney have gotten to the point they are probably un-electable. Romney's dog strapping on top of the car thing seems small like what's the big deal. Until you realize nobody in the entire freaking circle of friends and dozens of dog owners I know personally would ever do something so stupid. Santorum has statement after statement that will come out reminding women how as president he will do everything he can to make it hard for them to get birth control. Many people even that are not pro gay rights are wanting desperately to move past that battle because it is exhausting and does not create jobs. For Santorum, it is inevitable we will spend our resources on more laws in the bedroom.

    Sorry GOP... These clowns just don't cut it and you know it. Republican party would be smart to just admit they are losers than trying to make excuses for them. They are already making Obama look good and the polls show it.

    February 16, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  7. Zane

    Santorum was named "most corrupt" senator in 2006 (according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington). No way will he get my vote! He just doesn't like the mud, since there is just way too much of it to throw at him!

    February 16, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  8. Oh, no; he didn't!

    Is... is Santorum insane? Whoever made that ad must be secretly working for Obama. "Mud" gun, yeah... right...

    What a frothy mixture of lulz and lies.

    February 16, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
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