DNC now going after Santorum
February 20th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
2 years ago

DNC now going after Santorum

Washington (CNN) – After months of going after Mitt Romney, the GOP contender Democrats consider the biggest threat, the Democratic National Committee is now starting to attack Rick Santorum.

"Santorum is leading in the polls nationally – it would be crazy to ignore him at this point," a Democratic source with knowledge of the shift in strategy tells CNN.

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The first email from the DNC blasting Santorum went out Sunday, following the television talk shows.

"Rather than focusing on jobs, the economy, or any of the issues that matter most to Americans, he discussed man's 'dominion over' the earth, repeated his patently false claim that prenatal health care is a plot to force more abortions, and questioned the need for public education," said the DNC press release.

The second, just released Monday afternoon, hits Santorum on the economy.

"Rick Santorum has embraced the same philosophy that created the economic crisis. His tax plan would primarily benefit the very wealthy while adding $900 billion to the national deficit. And it would be a disaster for middle class families. Santorum has attacked the very idea of public education and criticized the Paul Ryan plan that would end Medicare as we know it because it did not go far enough. He opposed extending the payroll tax cut that saves the typical middle class family $1,000. And he opposed rescuing the auto industry which saved 1.4 million American jobs." argues the DNC.

Santorum's campaign says it welcomes the new criticism from across the aisle as proof their candidate is a serious contender for the GOP nomination.

"Barack Obama and the administration are attacking Rick Santorum because they see Santorum as a legitimate contrast on all the major issues. He can credibly attack the president on Obamacare, on big bank bailouts, on cap and tax legislation, and on Obama taking away religious liberties," said Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley.

Gidley also took it as an opportunity to take a swipe at Santorum's chief rival for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney, saying the two men's records "mirror each other."

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Also see:

Santorum clarifies 'theology' remark

Santorum rips Obama on social agenda

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • Rick Santorum
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Ron in Ca.

    Dems lie about every issue or position are publican takes

    February 20, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Redrum

    The frightening possibility that someone who might take the office of president is controlled by the Catholic church and is probably an undeclared initiate in OPUS DEI should give anyone pause to recoil in disgust at Santorum. Anyone who places religious faith before service to the nation cannot possibly be logically considered to be suitable for the presidency.

    February 20, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Redrum

    Santorum. Pawn of the Catholic church, and undeclared OPUS DEI initiate.

    February 20, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Nothing new here

    I think Santorum is doing an excellent job of sinking his own ship.
    He will say anything, do anything to appeal to the extreme right-wingers.
    Of course, Santorum will eventually have to answer to the rest of the citizens of this country.
    Now THAT will be pure entertainment :)

    February 20, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. kim

    Why can't we get decent people to run for office? Why do we get these complete psychotics like Santorum and others like him?!

    February 21, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. sheshie

    Who doesn't the DNC go after?? Nothing new here.

    February 21, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  7. P.G

    Santorm surging? Ewwwwwwwwwww.

    February 21, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  8. P.G

    Nice picture Mr. Frothy! Are you telling a scary story about the Muslim, Socialist President again while holding a flashlight under your face? Oooooooo, scary!!

    February 21, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America only!!

    February 21, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  10. Charley

    The DNC doesn't have to go after Santorum. Thier friends in the media will do it for them

    February 21, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  11. Bob

    The Republican rejection of science, as embodied by Rick Santorum, proves once again that the national deficit cannot be totally expressed in dollars and cents. Loans can be paid back. Once a country falls behind in science and technology it will continue to fall behind. New knowledge is not found in ancient manuscripts or sacred writings, it comes from high-tech labs staffed by well educated and well funded researchers. This has been true since the beginning of modern science, and the country that lead the world has always had the advantage. We lost in when Reagan cut funding for primary research and we've been losing ground ever since. Genetic research has gone to the far east to find funding since it is based on evolution and Republicans don't believe there is any such thing. Europe and the far east are developing new technologies to slow the rate of global climate change and at the same time are growing economically because of a market for the their products. New approaches to food and energy production and distribution are being incorporated into the architecture of many cities, making them cleaner, more economical, and more sustainable. Of course none of that's happening here, since the Republicans don't believe the science that says places like Texas and Florida will have droughts and forest fires and that this country will have record breaking damage from extreme weather events as the world gets hotter. The Dutch are raising the dikes while Republicans are arguing religion. If Santorum is elected and the Republicans get control of congress this place will become a banana republic with a wonderful future behind it.

    February 21, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  12. blucorsair

    It's to late for the liberal attack media to go after Santorum, the have literally shot themselves in the foot with religion as a whole, the hispanics and fractured their own base! ...they won't recover from this !!! ...LOL

    February 21, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  13. partysstink

    who ever is in the lead the dems will go after its what your partys supposed to do.

    February 21, 2012 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  14. CD

    Facism comes wrapped in a flag and carrying a bible....

    February 21, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  15. david marriott

    The trap has sprung on the clueless Democrats and its to late for the liberal media to start attacking Santorum! ....can you say holy war? ...LOL

    February 21, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  16. Oh Please

    The best way the DNC could 'attack' Santorum is to fund his campaign...the more Ricky gets his message out to the public the more damage he'll inflict on himself...

    February 21, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  17. Jerry

    Were you expecting anything else from my fellow Democrats?! Thanks to the current president and his lying lapdogs, we don't have a good story to tell. So we resort to personal attacks.

    Besides, they are attacking the wrong individual. I truly believe Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination. He's best suited to take the fight to the empty suit/clueless/lying president. And, believe it or not, I am a life-long Democrat.

    Intelligent/well thought out responses are welcome.

    February 21, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  18. RinosRwinos

    With Santorum the DNC is going to have a big target. So they are probably very pleased. Santorum is just a reflection what the GOP truely believes in. What they really care about is religion and social issues. All of talk about the economy and budget is just lip service to the truth.

    February 21, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So Sanctimonious is 2012's version of the unviable but effective rabble rouser, hater with a purpose Sarah Palin.
    Hmmm.
    There's a sobering thought.
    Obama 2012.

    February 21, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  20. Mr. Davidson

    It is tragic that the GOP has nobody to stand up to Goldmans pet puppet.Santorum actually can speak very well and intelligently enough to debate the scripted empty phrasing we get from the White House today. Its the same Pantomime to the people while handing out hundreds of billions out the back door to special interest.If Santorum could only drop the American Taliban religious zealot act he might have a chance,americans are ready for change.

    February 21, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. Michael 39M

    Romney, Santorum – they are both terrible choices for President, and both offer policies virtually identical to that of GW Bush in the end. Why on earth would any sane person vote for more of that?

    February 21, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. j.j santa monica

    santorum appeals to a very narrow segment of the electorate. the extreme right-wing christian radical holier than thou,
    back to the dark ages, burkhas and sythes snake handlers.
    he will not be able to back off these extremists positions if by some alternate universe cross-melding of realities he should win the nomination.

    February 21, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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