Paul ad slams Santorum
February 21st, 2012
10:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Paul ad slams Santorum

(CNN) – Ron Paul is once again taking on rival Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Paul's campaign is going up with a new lively and energetic television commercial in Michigan titled "Fake" that questions Santorum's fiscal conservative credentials.

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"Is this dude serious? Fiscal conservative? Really?" asks the narrator in the ad. "Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling five times, doubled the size of the Department of Education, then supported the biggest entitlement expansion since the 1960's. Not groovy. Santorum voted to send billions of our tax dollars to dictators in North Korea and Egypt, and even hooked Planned Parenthood up with a few million bucks. Rick Santorum a fiscal conservative? Fake."

The campaign of the longtime Texas congressman tells CNN they are spending six figures to run the spot in Michigan on cable television, and they say the ad will be part of a rotation of commercials in Super Tuesday states that they'll be announcing soon.

The Santorum campaign was quick to respond, with national communications director Hogan Gidley telling CNN that "for all of Ron Paul's blustering about conservatism, the bottom line is that he's been in Congress for decades and has not had a single accomplishment to forward the cause of conservatism. Not one."

This isn't the first time that the Paul campaign has targeted the former senator from Pennsylvania, who thanks to his sweep of the three February 7th contests has surged to challenge former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for front-runner status in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Last month ads by the Paul campaign portrayed Santorum as a corporate lobbyist and Washington insider. The Romney campaign, as well as an independent super PAC that's supporting Romney, are also criticizing Santorum's record in Congress.

The ad was first reported by Politico.

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Also see:

Santorum clarifies 'theology' remark

Santorum rips Obama on social agenda

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Angelo

    2012: We Don't Need an Ayatollah ☪

    America needs a Constitutional President not The Ayatollah Santorum ☪

    It's not the president's job to be our Ayatollah.

    It's the president's job to defend the Constitution and uphold the rule of law.

    This is America.

    Not Iran!

    February 22, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  2. Texasman

    Santorum called Romney a hypocrite for what Santo claimed was "earmark" to provide post 9/11 security for Olympics. Turns out Santo voted for this "earmark" who is the hypocrite?

    February 22, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  3. OrangeW3dge

    No New Texans !!! But, of course Ron Paul is anything but new, so we'll just let him slide. I just hope it won't open the door for Ran Paul, though, because that is one crazy kid.
    Ron Paul would be a breath of fresh air after the other Republican candidates...
    President ??? well maybe next time, guys.

    February 22, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  4. truthmonger

    Your options come November:

    1) One of several big government RINOs who say whatever they have to say in order to get elected and maintain the status quo;
    2) Ron Paul, who is 100% consistent – and also 70% correct and 30% batsqueak crazy;
    3) Barack Obama, Dubya's evil twin from another dimension, so opposite that he's exactly the same, and herald of the global socialist monarchy.

    Great options, eh folks?? I'm probably putting down Michael Savage as my write-in and then getting drunk.

    February 22, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  5. Debby

    The add is funny I give it that. lol

    February 22, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. PTBarnumboy

    If you don't like his fiscal ideas you'll love his thoughts on THEOCRACY.

    February 22, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  7. I remember a time when I would've considered voting for a Republican.

    The primary voters must be insane. I can't believe they're hitching their wagon to a guy who thinks the states should be able to outlaw condoms. Senator Frothy Mixture will get no votes from independents, and next to no votes from Republican women.

    Romney has very good odds to beat Obama. But Santorum... Lord have mercy, I thought Sarah Palin was as low as the GOP could go. This is what closed primaries are doing to us.

    Why can't we have half a dozen viable parties, like sane countries?

    February 22, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. JessicaVaughn

    If you want to beat obama, you need ron paul. the republicanparty is shooting themselves in the foot for ignoring him and trying to elect either of the three stooges. they're all unelectable.with ron paul, you get republicans because hes a republican, democrats because he wants change and is a liberatarian, independants because he's not a classic republican, and the rest of the country who have any common sense.

    February 22, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Kelly

    Its a fascinating election. I'm still not sure for whom I'll vote in November–I think that Obama has done pretty well, but could think about voting for Romney. Santorum and Paul both strike me as a completely nuts, but in different ways. Gingrich, welll...I think that ship has already sunk. But I'm still tuning into the debate tonight solely to see what that feisty old bugger has to say.

    February 22, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Wealthy Christian White Males Club

    The are few things more fulfilling in life than to see an ignorant, homophobic, misogynist bigot like Rick Santorum get bashed for all the GOOD things he's done in his career, having momentarily strayed from the ignorant, homophobic, misogynist, bigotry he usually favors!!!!

    February 22, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Terup

    Wake up America!
    There is no way Santorum can beat obummer, and he knows it!

    February 22, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. AFM

    Why isn't anyone talking about Santorum's wife and how she shacked up with an abortion doctor for years, before moving out and marrying Rick? These people truly live a fairly tale "Soap-Opera" life. Nobody could write a script like that! The pro-life candidate who marries the abortion doctor's ex.

    February 22, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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