Paul ad slams Santorum
February 21st, 2012
10:43 AM ET
2 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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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. CoJo

    well give Ron Paul and Romney credit, Santorum acknowledged he screwed up while he was in congress. Santorum voted for increasing the debt ceiling multiple times and other big government spending. As he stated, he did what was good for Pennsylvania (spend federal money). All politicians can say the exact same thing. So where is the tea party now? They want a person (Santorum) that has publically acknowledged he screwed up and voted for big government spending? Tea party people are hypocrites if they continue to back a person that has a record to goes against what they want. Only now does he come clean (when someone points it out). Only now he is against it when he is no longer in congress...

    February 21, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    It's no holds barred now Rick. Once you're the frontrunner, everyone has the target on your back. I'm cheering for you Surpreme Leader. You're the only one who can knock off Willard in Michigan.

    February 21, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. rob

    I'm curious, what's Santorum's biggest accomplishment to forward the cause of conservatism? Perhaps someone should have asked his campaign manager that question.

    February 21, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Not to really defend Santorum, but which votes is the Paul campaign alluding to really? Were they budget votes which it had to be up or down? Were these amendments that were offered by Santorum himself? We need to be specific here people. Paul has yet to really get anything of significance done in the House. Has he won a primary or caucus state? Paul has some zelots, but they can't get the votes out there when he needs them.

    February 21, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. freelance

    It's no secret that Ron Paul exists in the race solely to provide some support to Romney (who compensates him under the table). Have you ever seen him say anything negative about Romney?

    February 21, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Ozzie

    Well done, Ron. Someone needs to rebuff Rick's narrow-mindedness, his deception, and his self-righteousness. He claims he is an authentic Catholic. Yet, his position on war, capital punishment, the DREAM Act, the environment, and the economy flies in the face of Catholic Social Teaching. Rick is a limited Catholic. I'm not sure what makes his Christianity so authentic and the President's so "phony." Keep holding Rick accountable Mr. Paul. Your honesty is refreshing.

    February 21, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Linda

    This man protrays himself as a TRUE CHRISTIAN and questions the faith of others because they don't belieive the way he does.....didn't God give all of us FREE WILL....so who is this man to tell us that Obama's beliefs or what you and I believe in is wrong, that we are distroying America because we believe in prenatal care, birth control, or because we believe that the less fortuneate should have the rights to Healthcare. This SO CALLED CHRISTIAN MAN acts like he is the only one that knows the BIBLE, but he interpets it to fit his way of thinking. He is truely a WOLF in Sheeps clothing........

    February 21, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Nice Ad Hominem Bro..

    "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."

    February 21, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. HappyAtheist

    The "dude" is obviously not serious. He is looking at lucrative contracts as a FoxNews talking head in his near future. But that room is already crowded with former failed candidates!

    February 21, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. diridi

    Ron, tell you the truth, America is not ready for any of the idiots in Republican party. Most of the people want No Wars. These idiots can and will not comprehend. May be their brain is at their knees. God bless. Tea Party idiots are nauseating the nation, true.

    February 21, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick is a severely serious religious zealot.

    February 21, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick is a social conservative with an ideology that is reminiscent of the Salem witch trials.

    February 21, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. he said what

    The Santorum group have no real response or rebuttal of attack ads... why? Because they are true. Love that they mention that he "won in a state that was mostly democrat." ... but then fail to mention how he lost by a landslide after is uber conservative wacko religious views came to light. The porkbarrel king will soon be brought to light, just like Cain, Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich... and he will fail.

    February 21, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Paul seems to be the only GOPer candidate who is not certifiably nuts.

    February 21, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. enuff

    Not groovy?

    February 21, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Mjmoore

    How can Santorum's campaign can bash Paul for not getting any conservative legislation passed? The nerve of this guy. If these hyporcrites would have gotten behind any of the multitude of bills Paul wrote then we would not be in the mess we are in today. They should be ashamed of the bills they have supported in the name of conservatism.

    February 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Is this dude serious?
    ------------------------
    That's funny. That's the same question we asked ourelves in regards to you, The Saint, Rmoney, The Newtered, No Pain no Cain ("where the White women at?"), Paw, Batty Bachmann, and Er Err Mapface Perry.

    February 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. JJNC

    Great Ad. Nothing but truth. And for all the people questioning Ron Pauls work in congress, look at the legislation he tried to pass and then explain why the success rate was low. He's never sold himself out to lobbiest or special interest. He's the last great stateman that the founding fathers would be proud of.

    February 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Matt

    Listen guys... A vote for Santorum is a vote for Obama. Independents will NOT vote for him. And on top of that, he is exactly what is wrong with the republican party. Santorum wears his red tie, but is all liberal in his record. There is no difference between him and Obama. In fact, I would possibly consider voting for Obama over Santorum even though I'm a life-long republican. At least Obama boasts his liberality whereas Santorum conceals it by his conservative talk.

    February 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Cam

    Rick Santorum reminds me of a sweater vest. On a serious note, Santorum is a social conservative be he is NOT a fiscal conservative.

    February 21, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Matt

    Ron Paul may not be my first pick (he is number 2 for me) but when he goes negative on someone they usually have no where to hide. His ads carry quite the punch, and I must say Rick Santorum deserves every negative ad that is brought against him for all the crying wolf he does on the campaign trail.

    February 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Robert O.

    One happens to be an extremist whose god is Jesus, the other an extremist whose god is Ayn Rand. Neither are electable, and neither represents America.

    It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama will be re-elected in a landslide.

    February 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. george of the jungle

    well now that the republican party has made a shambles of campaning they want a do over. What a bunch of loosers. If it were not for pac money none of them could run at all. When thet get done bashing each other they can bring in Newt and donald to finish the job. Obama 2012

    February 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Kris

    The video is funny. What Santorum has been doing in congress is not.

    February 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. MD

    It's about time someone pointed to Santorum's conservative weakness. Yes, he claims to be conservative, but his record doesn't show it. Romney's record in business and as governor shows that he can balance a budget and get people back to work. And MA is an uber liberal state.

    Romney is by far the best candidate. And maybe he'll put Paul in the cabinet to help with domestic policy.

    February 21, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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