Mud gun aids Santorum bid in new ad
February 15th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
2 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. Larry in Houston

    @DIRIDI – I'm NOT in Disguise – – LOL I tell it like it really IS – same as You Do !! I've been down here for the last 7 years, and I've Voted Straight Ticket last Time – (makes me feel like my vote counts) lol

    DEMOCRAT 2012
    2016
    2020
    2024
    2028
    2030

    February 15, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. ficheye

    Oh, maybe Obama will lose. Maybe. And then the conservatives will be held to account for what they have done: elected someone who has no better plan to fix this economy than Obama, which, in and of itself, will send this country into a death spiral, never to return. But that's what they want. THAT is how desperate they are to be in control again. And if the truth be told, with population in the US and the world the way it is, SOCIALISM is probably the best form of government since the capitalists have had their day and things really didn't work out. They stole every dime that they could get their hands on, took our pensions and our security just so they could rape and pillage some more. It will end, but in ways that we can't imagine. Between March 12 and the 24, look to the East.

    February 15, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. GimeeABreak

    I love the way people on here say things like "Santorum voted to spend this or that of OUR money..." There MUST have been a majority vote to pass the said spending – hardly just ONE man????? How many DEMS were part of that majority? What a useless point to make .
    But then as a non-American, with no axe to grind, I can honestly say that the Republicans have the upper hand; whereas the Dems appear to be terminally stupid AND gullible. Sad!

    Before you Dems splutter into your cornflakes – I DO have a right to my opinion – if YOU lot godown, you take MY country with you!

    February 15, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. GI Joe.

    Losers attacking losers - who cares. Stop the violence and hate and lies.

    February 15, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Tex71

    From the article's title, I thought Rick was referring to a part of his closet lover's anatomy.

    February 15, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Rmoney lies some more as he tries to distance himself from the SuperPAC ads run by his closest political associates. All he has to do is publicly denounce those ads, yet he has not. Therefore, he owns those sleazy ads and his nitpicky technical defense does not fly because he is being dishonest. Again.

    February 15, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Frank

    I love it when the enemy forms a circular firing squad. Either way, we Democrats are happy with Romney or Santorum as the nominee! Thanks guys!

    February 15, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Dr Knowitall

    bookworm. – the most corrupt ? Amazing how Nancy Pelosi didn't make their 2010, 2011 or 2012 list isn't it ?

    February 15, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The three states were Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado, not Missouri, Mississippi and Colorado.

    February 15, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Val

    Insurers are raising premiums because they can, and they know that there's are a lot of stupid people out there that will blame it on the healthcare reform.

    February 15, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Paula

    Santorum is an atiquated clown, plain and simple, but at least kudos to him for taking that smug/inevitability smile off Willard's overexposed and annoying-looking face.

    February 15, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Dr Knowitall

    @TONY NYC
    The difference between mourning a child at home vs the hospital or funeral home ?
    Of course, I'm sure you would have just prefered the child be thrown out with the days trash.

    February 15, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Of course Mittens' ads are negative – he's got Larry McCarthy (who gave us the despicable Willie Horton ads) working for him.

    Sanitorium's biggest complaint is he didn't get to McCarthy first.

    ALL the GOP candidates are about slinging mud and spreading fear. Lord knows they don't have a record of accomplishments to run on. Why? Because all their economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 15, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. honeybe

    Oh, yes....Sanctimonious Santorum is critizing Romney for mudslinging in his own midslinging ad. Ridiculous.

    February 15, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    No Truth – as if you ever post anything that relates to reality or honesty.

    February 15, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Dr Knowitall

    BE in TN and Thomas
    Your right, the teacher unions and leftist professors have failed and will continue to fail in preventing free thought.

    February 15, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @rika33: "Anyone who disagrees with their beliefs is in serious needs or reducation – and given a chance they would be setting up facilities to make sure we all think correctly. Vote Santorum."

    No, Sanitorium and his (and your) ilk respond to not getting your way by saying you're being persecuted. We live in a society, protected by a Constitution that guarantees rights, which includes the right to whatever faith you choose.

    Ricky wants to inflict his narrow religious beliefs on everyone, and would like nothing more than setting up a theocracy, like they have in Saudi Arabia, where a few wealthy families own and control everything and religious police keeping the masses in line.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 15, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. JT

    It looks like the Tea party's agenda of keeping the Democrats in power for the next 100 years is working.

    February 15, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @knowndoyen: "I sure hope people can see the difference between the healthcare in Massachusetts and the one pushed down our throats by the Dems and Obama."

    The Affordable Healthcare Act was debated for over a year and was posted online for all to read and review. It was voted on by our House members and Senators – NOTHING was "pushed down your throat."

    The rise in our national debt and deficit were caused by GW Bush keeping the cost of two wars off the books and by passing unfunded Medicare Part D.

    Reforming healthcare by opening insurance up to competition (you can still keep your original plan) and by subsidizing those who need help in buying coverage and by requiring insurance companies to spend 80% on the delivery of actual care (as opposed to funding their CEOs salaries) will bring down the cost of healthcare for everyone.

    Try doing a little research before you post next, instead of just parroting what Fox tells you. You might find you actually enjoy thinking for yourself.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 15, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Blink

    They ought to use footage for commercials from these idiots that throw glitter at the candidates.

    February 15, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Truth and yada yada: Here are some FACTS for you to chew on:

    Between 2000 and 2009, workers earnings went up 37% while active employee healthcare costs went up 149%. As a reminder, 2009 was BEFORE the provisions of Obamacare kicked in.

    Other factoids to consider:

    Hospital care and physician/clinical services combined account for half (51%) of the nation’s health expenditures.

    Driving health care spending: Prescription drugs and new medical technologies; rise in chronic diseases (longer lifespans and greater prevalence in chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease); administrative costs (including the average annual salary of an insurance company CEO is $14 million).

    According to Kaiser Family Foundation president Drew Altman, health insurers set this year's sharp premium hikes last year, on the "expectation that the use of health services would go up because of an economic recovery that was starting and then it didn't happen."

    Truth, try doing some real research before you post instead of just parroting today's Fox talking points.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 15, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    The reality, truth, is that few of the provisions in the healthcare law have taken effect yet, with the exception of the people no longer being denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. That alone is not enough to force premiums to increase dramatically: it is the same source of increases that has always existed in the insurance business, that of PERCEIVED RISK, not actual risk. Your willingness to sign your freedom over to a bunch of accountants with actuarial tables when you rant and rave about the government being incapable of running anything is truly jaw-dropping in its naivete. We have had a free-market driven system for decades, and the result is always the same: higher premiums and reduced coverage. Why should anyone be denied when the first law of insurance is that a higher number of people reduces the overall risk? The only thing that's guiding these increases in insurance rates is pure greed, which the GOP worships like the Golden Calf.

    February 15, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans won't be satisfied until they "send a Sheep to the slaughter". LOL

    February 15, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Jake

    Romney and Santorum are both equally unfavorable, and would be TERRIBLE for America!

    February 15, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Expat American

    It’s only a matter of time before Santorum and Romney start accusing each other of being a ‘Muslim’.
    Both respective campaign managers are looking for that ‘Crazy Red Sweatshirt McCain Supporter’ lady as we speak.
    Turn the tide! Bring The Pain! Bring The Fear!

    February 15, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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