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.

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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. clarke

    Why can't politicians be a good example of how they would lead this country. All they do is put the other guy down, never saying what they will do for the people of this country and how they will get there. Shameful, children who do not set a good example for our youth of today. Bully me, I will bully you back, but worse. I do not see any leadership in any of them.

    February 15, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. lyn

    God help these TWO MORONS who is the real "ELITIST SNOBS" they will never be President.
    " INDEPENDENT for OBAMA "

    February 15, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. JMM

    @ Expat American, are you serious? Palin/Bauchman ticket? They moved you to tears? Do you have a 3rd or 4th grade education? They handed out hot dogs and T-shirts, Oh how sweet. Your post is so detached from reality, it scares me to think that you might even have kids and a family! This country need people who can show leadership and get things done. not people that put their hands together, look to the sky and ask Jesus to makes things alright. The very nature of your statements is a direct reason for the decline of this country!!

    February 15, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. v_mag

    I'm sure these commercials will prompt Rom-money to start wearing white gloves in public to proclaim his innocence. That will also demonstrate that he's never done an honest day's work in his life, and hide the blood on his hands from the lives he destroyed while at Bain.

    It's the new spring line in Repugnant men's clothing. We're calling it the Collect Money Collection.

    February 15, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Please stop with the GOP lies.
    Much to the GOP’s dislike – the healthcare reform REDUCES the national debt, it was DEBATED fully for more than a year, and then PASSED in Congress by the people we all legally elected to govern.
    And it WAS based on Ro-money's Mass. plan along with other SUPPOSEDLY conservative plans.
    When the public blows off the GOP cloud of lies and deception and actually understand what is in the healthcare reform – THEY WANT IT.

    BTW – where would the GOP get the money to pay for the cost to end it and why do they want remove the responsibility of dead beats paying for their own healthcare costs?
    So to the weak minded lizards who keep bleating that it was the opposite – get over it.

    February 15, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. DK

    This is what happens when you cater to birthers, tea party, and extremists. The GOP is nothing but a corporate front. They catered to these people to stop regulation and accountability because they want to continue to manipulate/steal and abuse the system. None of these candidates offer anything new, it's the same policies we have had in America for 30 years now. The only difference is before we had a safety net that could help, now when they double military spending and corporate welfare it's off the backs of the American people and will force even more people into poverty. You might hate Obama, but he is mild in comparison to the destruction these people will bring.

    February 15, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. ANGEL

    get out and run yourself and quit pointing the finger

    February 15, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Larry L

    @v_mag

    Millions of years ago, creatures crawled out of the mud to walk on dry land, in the sunshine, for the first time.

    I thought the Repugnants only wanted to take us back to the 19th century, but it looks like they have a much earlier period in mind. Maybe by the end of this primary season, they will have evolved into a higher life form, but don't count on it.
    -------------------------------------------------------–
    It's interesting to note that Santoorum and Romney claim to believe the Earth to be less than 6000 years old. In their "non-elitist" minds the principles evolution are simply another liberal plot. I prefer an "elitist" to lead America...

    February 15, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Santorum has a point there Romney. If all Romney can do is negative, then he is going to lose.

    February 15, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. tannim

    While both Romney and Santorum are lousy, non-conservative candidates, this ad is actually kind of funny.

    February 15, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Thomas

    2BE in TN
    Both of these guys are scary; if either is elected, the education system in this country is a total failure!!!!!!

    WELL SAID

    February 15, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Get real

    BE in TN – are you kidding? You mean that government education system you came out of? You haven't yet realized what a failed system it is? Oh, right , it's a failed system if some come out of it still able to think for themselves, reason, and NOT give up their Constitutional rights.

    February 15, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. ST

    I wish Romney could have wised up. This time negative attacks are going to finish him completely. Instead he could have gone positively to lift the spirit of those who still have doubts on him.

    February 15, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. anagram_kid

    JMM, I think Expat's post was satirical,. Note the the CPAC cross burning line. At least, I hope it was satirical...

    February 15, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Charlie from the North

    I was asleep in my crib when Kennedy was shot but I've seen the image many times. I was a teenager when President Reagan was shot and the images are haunting. Call me old fashioned but I find Rick Sanatorium's commercial to be offensive. I do not want to the the probable GOP nominee portrayed as pointing a gun at the image of another possible nominee. Not when our Secret Service is working overtime to stop sociopaths like Lee-Harvey Oswald and John Hinkly Jr. from doing it again.

    I get The former senator's message and he is right about "mud slinging" and had they showed him with a bucket of mud throwing hand-fulls at Sanatorium then getting hit himself okay.

    BTW I am a hunter and pro-gun rights but this image is most unfortunate and from the candidate himself. Doesn't it seem like since Huntsman left the race the only adult in this election is the one who already has the job?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 15, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. diridi

    @larry, thanks alot. I am an educated one. I am in disguise, I am posting these for our nation's benefit. I am more worried for our younger generation than mine. Now this nation is going in a right direction, in right track. I do not care what color the president is. Bottom line, is whether he/she does good to the nation. I think, this president is smart, and caring to the nation that we live in. God bless, and our great big nation, the USA.
    PS: Republican idiots are the ones to blame for all this trouble for forty years. Just drive these animals out.

    February 15, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. TONY NYC

    Anyone who would bring home a dead fetus for his children to play with has serious mental issues and is not fit to be leader of nothing. how did this individual pass mental evaluation to become a candidate? republicans be careful who you vote for, not like any of them can beat the president, just shudder to think that something can happen and santorum end up in the white house.

    February 15, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Wyobob

    I'm rubber, you're glue, everything bounces off me and sticks to you.
    These republiclowns are acting like first graders.

    February 15, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Tony

    knowndoyen,

    You will be surprised to know that Obama's plan does not add to the national debt. The CBO said that Obama's health care plan REDUCES the deficits, which means it lowers the national debt. The reason? It raises more revenue than spending. The doc fix does not count in the calculation, because it was enacted by Bush in 2003 and renewed every year since. Republicans are not repealing the doc fix and will pass it if they are in charge. The Massachusetts plan was passed in 2006. Romney said it could serve as a national model in 2009. It was not ancient history.

    February 15, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. cigarman

    Republicans, please make your nominee Rick Sanitarium. Please,Please.

    February 15, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. keeth

    Because God loves guns, right?

    February 15, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Myth Romney is soo Plastic and FAKE he makes Callista Gingrinch looks REAL

    This just takes the cake: Mitt Romney said "that's the nature of politics, which is that you always accuse the other guy of what you're doing yourself."

    So Mitt MorNEY just admitted that his negative ads is accusing people of what he himself is doing?

    The gall...Romney is NOT even hiding his flip flopping anymore!!!!

    February 15, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. v_mag

    How about some new names, in honor of Repugnant mudslinging? Newt, the aptly named salamander of presidential politics, needs no new moniker, but I suggest a few for the others:

    Rom-muddy
    Slimetorum
    Door Number 3 (well, Ron Paul is pretty different from the others)

    February 15, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Mike

    Really? Santorum is criticizing Romney's negative ads with HIS OWN NEGATIVE AD?

    February 15, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Harry Baxter

    Go for it, Rick! I couldn't be happier to than to see you get the nomination, and watch President Obama destroy you in the General Election. If you think that by removing the rights of Women, who constitute more than half of the electorate, you can win the election, you're beyond delusion. You may get a few votes from Stepford Wives, extremist evangelical women, and Michele Duggar, but that's about it/

    February 15, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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