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. edpeters101

    You keep plugging away Rick. Can't wait until you're in every bodies bedroom telling us what we can and can't do. And with the "Old Man's" network running the Catholic Church, what could be better!

    February 15, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Out Go The Lights

    *** 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.........

    They are almost identical. You got a problem with the rest of us getting health insurance ?
    Listen up, when Romney was asked what the difference between his health care, and Obama's,
    He said he didnt have to raise taxes in Massachussetts to pay for it.
    Truth is, he got the money from the fed.
    Yup, the other 49 states PAID for Mass health care.
    So Romneys plan is ok, but Obama's is wrong ?
    You repubs are a sick lot.

    February 15, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Mike S.

    This contest between two proven losers – the man who couldn't beat the man who couldn't beat Obma, and the senator who couldn't win back his own senate seat in his own state and lost by 18pts – proves that the current GOP is in shambles.
    If the right wing whack job sector of the party prevails and nominates Santorum, it will be official: the GOP has jumped the shark. No credibility left at all. If they nominate Romney, they'll lose too, but it won't be because of right wing extremism.

    February 15, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Dr. Knownothing, I'm sure that you find comfort in bringing home dead infants, but for the majority of us, its just a little strange. Corpses are not objects to be put on display, and certainly not trash. Perhaps if you showed the same compassion for the living who are down on their luck as you do for the dead child of a person you have never met, your argument might have a bit more weight. As usual, the conservative attacks are like cotton candy: full of hot air, sun out with sugar, and of no value at all.

    February 15, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Jon in Balto

    Good for you ThinkAgain. I have a question: The AHCA fills, to an extent, the doughnut hole for Medicare recipients. Do you think this ever increasing groups of people will support a return to that doughnut hole? How about the parents of kids under 26 who have been allowed to keep healthcare under their parents? Do you think that group of people would like to see their kids go uncovered. You see, in all teh "arguments" all I hear is what is "wrong", yet there are no specifics from the opposition as to haw they would make it "right. I say I don't want to hear you complain until you show, with specifics, how your solution makes it better – and I don't care who or the issue: Rep or Dem, Lib or Consv., Rich or poor, Black or white, or brown.

    Show me the solution – I tired of hearing about the problem!

    February 15, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    The only choice for the thinking majority of Americans is to remove all of these “new and improved” (de-evolved) corporatists GOP from our government.
    These radical neo-cons serve only corporate greed – there is no instance where they have worked for the American people. Everything they push serves corporate greed or a narrow personal interpretation of a religion – corporations are not people.

    February 15, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Left Nut

    The Country needs another rich lying war monger that talks with God to go to war with Iran. It is written!

    February 15, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Jerry

    @Jon in Balto: The solution will be evident in about a year when the Supreme Court throws out Obamacare's unconstitutional edict that everyone must buy health insurance. The only way Obamacare can work is if they can force people to buy healthcare insurance. If they cannot force healthy young people to buy healthcare insurance then the cost of health insurance will be so high that people will demand the demise of Obamacare.

    February 15, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Taylor

    Both are MORONS.....one cant see beyond his nose and the other one is sick and his believes are over the top for 2012. Healthcare is a good thing......the people without Health care who is paying for the bill ? There are so many good things about the Health Care Bill, people just care about what they think is a bad thing. Rick and Mitt dont have a clue on whats going on at the table. Both are loser , they always talking about the Health Care Bill but they don't have any other bill......We as Americans are sick of the clown show (some).

    February 15, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Those negative ads should cost them all votes. We the people have let this happen because these ads play to the school yard bully in us. We need to grow up and set higher standards for our public servants.

    February 15, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. v_mag

    Jerry

    They "force" everybody to pay for the military, police and fire protection, liability insurance, roads, and all the other stuff that benefits us all. What makes you think healthcare shouldn't be in that group? It is in every other civilized country in the world. What have you got against healthcare? If you don't want to be healthy, that's your decision. Just don't expect other folks to pay the bill. You need to pay your share.

    February 15, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Jake

    WAKE UP, AMERICA! Mitt Romney narrowly wins ME caucus, but THREE entire counties go uncounted (including a county that heavily supported Ron Paul). And these decisions not to include the votes are Romney supporters! If the GOP starts to play by the rules, RON PAUL wins Maine!

    February 15, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Land of the High Sky

    GI Joe.

    Notice how it's always guns and violence with the republicans?
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Gotta love that coming from a guy that calls himself GI Joe.

    February 15, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Thomas

    GOP .

    GUNS / GOD / and NO CONTRACEPTIVES
    Rick Santorums ad makes Mitt Romney look like a nut job executive CEO going ballistic on his VP with an assault weapon.

    I don't want my child to see that ad , crazy

    Never in the history of Presidential elections has there been such child like candidates with such deep Daddy Issues.

    MITT / RICK / NEWT

    February 15, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Vader

    Just a small point.

    NO ONE is without access to 'health CARE'. Now, it may only be available through free clinics or emergency rooms, but CARE is available. They may be without access to 'health INSURANCE', but that is not the same thing, so please quit using the terms interchangably.

    And yes, I do favor a national health INSURANCE program.

    February 15, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Joe Smith

    Don't you ever wonder about people who think "elite" and "intellectual" are somehow pejoratives? Most of know thatbeing in the intellectual elite means you are well educated and actually know something. Why on earth would you want a president who is NOT part of the intellectual elite?

    February 15, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. learntoread

    Santorum wants a Theocracy...just like Osama Bin Laden– and oh yeah, just like IRAN. Yep, he'd have the government run by Evangelicals that tell you what you can and can NOT do...there's your small gov't guy! lol.... a man who said " first it's men with men and then men with dogs"...This guy is a complete joke and the people who support him are more of the same...honestly, please, wake the hell up, People... In America there is SEPARATION of Church and State...Thank God.

    February 15, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Moi

    The GOP and it's candidates only care about rich, white christians. No one else matters, as far as they're concerned. Anyway, it doesn't matter though, because neither of these goons will win.

    February 15, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Cedar Rapids

    "our intellectual elites are spewing at Santorum and his family. Anyone who disagrees with their beliefs is in serious needs or reducation"

    too funny rika33. I love the whole 'intellectual elites' insult, its nothing but hyperbole that apparently tries to paint intelligent people as something negative. As for 'disagrees with beliefs is in serious need or education'.....I think that is more santorum's stance isnt it? his whole disagreement with abortion, contraception and gay marriage etc and how 'morally corrupt' those that support those issues are?

    dont worry, we are used to the double standards applied to those arguments by the right.

    February 15, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Lee

    Thomas

    GOP .

    GUNS / GOD / and NO CONTRACEPTIVES
    _________________________________

    I will take all three in large portion please. Never knew I was Republcan. - Lee

    February 15, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @Jerry: "If they cannot force healthy young people to buy healthcare insurance then the cost of health insurance will be so high that people will demand the demise of Obamacare."

    Newsflash, Einstein, Obamacare is NOT unconstitutional. The commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause covers it.

    The commerce clause The first allows Congress to regulate commerce "among the several States." Why? Because, contrary to what Libertarians think, we need uniform regulation for interstate industries, in part to keep states from discriminating against out-of-state businesses.

    The necessary and proper clause is so named because it allows Congress to make laws that are "necessary and proper" for executing its other powers.

    As more of the provisions of Obamacare are implemented, more people will understand and enjoy the benefits of the reform. And you know what? Insurance companies will still be making a bundle on all those new customers; our society's productivity will increase as workers are healthier; and our country in general will be better off as it won't be burdened by spiraling, out-of-control health care costs.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    "More likely than not, the decision to increase your premiums was made where such decisions are always made, by people who could care less about our health and more about taking our money."

    Are you serious? Show some facts to back up your statement. Forcing insurance companies to accept everybody and cover all pre-existing conditions could do NOTHING BUT drive their costs UP and the costs for everybody UP.
    ----------
    Why don't you show some facts supporting your assertion that it drives costs UP? The facts are that insurance companies predicted it would drive up costs, and then turned right around tried to raise premiums 40-75%.

    The facts are that hospital emergency rooms are bankrupting hospitals because so many people are using the Republican health care plan, which is go to the emergency room and get free care. THAT is what drives up the costs for care providers, who in turn pass it along to health insurers. More people out of work means more uninsured people being forced to obtain care in the emergency rooms, which drives up the the costs for care providers. Uninusred people feed a vicious upward spiral in the cost of providing health care.

    Aren't you the one who is always ranting about making everyone pay taxes? How about making everyone pay for their own health care, instead of you and me paying for it?

    February 15, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Wowsors

    Guess what people, health insurance companies don't care about raising premiums as much as they need to make a steady profit for their shareholders. If they price 99% of the people in America out eventually, they will still be making money from the 1% paying them.

    February 15, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. oussu

    rika33 – so I'm to assume that you are one of the far right nut jobs since you reference "intelllectual elites" criticizing Santorum? Only a purposefully ignorant, proudly uneducated individual counts intelligence and education as a negative in citizens and politicians. We need to start requiring that candidates have a(n) MBA. Maybe then they would stop spending money we don't have and be able to figure out that borrowing 42% of all money in our budgets has destroyed the country. Or we can do it your way and continue to elect uneducated people out of fear of "intellectual elites". Run! It's the smart people, oh no!

    February 15, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "NO ONE is without access to 'health CARE'."

    Just to be clear, while it's good you support national healthcare, some people ARE without access to health care. Emergency rooms will not provide a full round of chemo treatments to a cancer patient. So cancer patients, at least, who lose insurance, or cap out, and cannot get on a special plan with a hospital, are very much left without access to health care, at least for the cancer part.

    February 15, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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