Santorum: Romney earmarked his way through the Olympics
February 18th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
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Santorum: Romney earmarked his way through the Olympics

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – It had been a pretty tame week for Republican Rick Santorum in terms of new attack lines on opponent Mitt Romney, but that ended Saturday morning. Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, came out swinging, saying Romney's efforts to rescue the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games were not all he has made them out to be.

“One of the things he talks about the most is how he heroically showed up on the scene and bailed out and resolved the problems of the Salt Lake City Olympic games,” Santorum said, as a few in the tea party audience chuckled. “He heroically bailed out the Salt Lake City Olympic games by heroically going to Congress and asking them for tens of millions of dollars to bail out the Salt Lake Olympic Games - in an earmark. In an earmark for the Salt Lake Olympic Games.”

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His comments came as he went into his common riff: that Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is unfairly attacking him over the issue of earmarks.

“One of his strongest supporters, John McCain, called it potentially the worst boondoggle in earmark history,” Santorum said. “And now Governor Romney is suggesting ‘Oh, Rick Santorum earmarked’ as he requested almost half a billion dollars in earmarks as governor of Massachusetts to his federal congressmen and Senate members.”

“Does the word hypocrisy come to mind?” he added.

The Romney campaign was quick with a rebuttal.

“Sometimes when you shoot from the hip, you end up shooting yourself in the foot,” said spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “There is a pretty wide gulf between seeking money for post-9/11 security at the Olympics and seeking earmarks for polar bear exhibits at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Mitt Romney wants to ban earmarks, Senator Santorum wants more ‘Bridges to Nowhere.’ ”

Santorum was speaking to a room of tea party enthusiasts in Columbus, Ohio. He was kicking off a busy day on the trail in the battleground Buckeye State, with another rally in Columbus, and later, one in Akron.

It all comes on the heels of what the campaign considers a pretty major endorsement Friday - that of Ohio attorney general and former Romney backer, Mike DeWine.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rick Santorum
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  1. slippery

    Santorum wants to return to the Spanish inquisition days.

    February 19, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    "The reason most moderate conservatives are trying to back Romney, and not Santorum or Gingrich, is because Romney has the best possibility to move Democrats who are on the fence with Obama towards the right."

    Not quite. There is no such thing as a "moderate conservative" in today's GOBP deathcult. Rmoney is the designated puppet for Rove's Plan to Elect the Next Neocon robot. His plan is backed by the "embedded money" controlled by the psychopathic predators lurking among the 1%. These people care only about power and money and will do or say anything to further those goals. Flipper the Elistist Robot will do or say anything for the same reason, which is the true reason he is a perfect fit for them. Mr. Frothy and the Amphibian are more social conservatives. Rmoney and his fellow parasites have little use for social conservatives except as a bloc to milked for votes. That's what this clown car show is all about.

    February 19, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    Rick Santorum is an IDIOT despite what his name says when Googled. He is also DANGEROUS. If he were to ( God forbid) somehow win the election for president I would be one of the first out in the street yelling " I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!"

    February 19, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Tom Wittmann

    The attacks "firing" and "swinging" (copying the terminology used by the plainly stupid media to attract low IQ readers or viewers )by Santorum are so childish and irrelevant, that these alone are enough proof that he is totally unqualified to be president. Can you imagine what Obama will do with with a GOP candidate like this??

    Gingrich is already so far out that Adelman is using him as a stooge, and Romney is so damaged by the conservatives that his chances against OBAMA, unless something unforeseen happens neither he has chances to win against Obama. And even if he could win, a GOP with The Tea party and believers that the world is 5732 years ols (a type of irrational belief which supports the atheists to rationalize their goal to destroy Christianity and Relgion) will not let him govern

    The only way would be that after he becomes President, he simply try to govern with the decreasing rationale GOP members, allie with the rationale Democrats (i.e. without the ultra-liberals!).A wihful thinking proposition!!

    February 19, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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