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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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Romney > the rest

    Romney is not only more conservative in actions, but a better leader–in the private, volunteer and public sectors. I trust Paul more than most politicians–but don't support his foreign policies.

    (Unfortunately, I think that only liberals read these posts).

    February 21, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Romney > the rest

    Paul is correct. Romney is the most qualified and best candidate. Paul has good domestic policy, but the rest won't work. Independents and republicans will vote for Romney over the current guy.

    February 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. A real american

    Pres obama and biden in 2012 Hillary clinton @ her vice president for the next eight years and you will see a united states of america again and not just an america No more Repukes

    February 21, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. clarke

    Paul's ad is all true, Rick didn't say it wasn't, he just said Paul got nothing passed. Even Rick can't argue with it.

    February 21, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Tim

    It's weird. All these clowns shout out "conservative" constantly, like it's their own blessed mantra. Nowadays, when I hear the word "conservative" I get squeamish and cringe like there are fingernails on a blackboard. Many conservatives have just gotten too extreme in their views. What has happened to the moderate conservatives? Have they all gone the way of the Dodo bird? It's all quite sad.

    February 21, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Sue

    Is this crew the republican party's best and brightest? Democrats will win in landslide...maybe santorum will want to ban pregnancy tests too? Isn't this another one of his reasonings for abortion? The man is a joke.

    February 21, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Big Al, in Arkansas

    Santorum sacres me more than Obama. He's not that much different. Wears his religon on his sleeve. His platform is to decide who pays for contraceptives, while Rome (US) burns down in it's own debt. Santorum isn't qualified to carry Ron Paul's water bucket. I can't believe that after Obama, people would even CONSIDER a clown like Santorum. Oh yeah, they're just following the media!

    February 21, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. ComeForth

    Rick Santorum is the current frontrunner for the GOP? Really? The GOP has lost its mind.
    Ron Paul 2012!

    February 21, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Davis

    Paul can't get anything passed due to the establishment GOP. This dude wants to abide by the Constitution. The others.....not so much.

    February 21, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. logicnLA

    WIRE PALLADIN- I suggest you read some of Paul's books and writings- he's even scarier than Santorum and right now that is saying something!LOL

    February 21, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. z

    you guys need to actually look at the bills and stuff congress votes on and read them. this do nothing congress is actually most likely the most anti-american congress ever. paul is not part of them, he is voting for what you need, and you call him crazy?

    February 21, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. logicnLA

    Come Forth- if you think Paul is the answer, you too have lost your mind- you just don't kow it yet. Read what he has written over the years and don't be fooled by the nice old guy that talks to you at debaters and rallies. Right now the least dangerous for the country is Mitt followed by Newt ( only because we know he's crazy!) for the GOP and neither are good candidates.

    February 21, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. cf

    Ron Paul is a liar and an excitable grump. Good to see him join the mudslinging, negative ads, and namecalling, even though his supporters still maintain he is "different from other candidates" and doesn't do that kind of thing.

    February 21, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. John

    "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."

    That's because it's pretty damn hard to get anything accomplished when you're the only one voting based on conservative principles.

    February 21, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. GI Joe.

    He sure rallies supporters – for the DEMS,

    February 21, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. MT

    Thank God someone finally called this clown out ! Pennsylvania didn't re-elect Santorum because they couldnt stand him ! He is listed as one of the top ten most corrupt politicians in Washington, WAKE UP PEOPLE, STOP DRINKING THE KOOL AID. .RON PAUL IS THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE ONE IN THE BUNCH

    February 21, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Shardik

    "even hooked Planned Parenthood up with a few million bucks"

    Because God forbid we do anything to limit the number of poor, unwanted children...

    February 21, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    Why is the GOP always looking backward, it's not like their past will ever catch up to them.................

    February 21, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. ML

    Tthe GOP campaign exposes the truth...is that they are all liars and hypocrites and will say ANYTHING to get elected. how stupid do they thing we really are?

    February 21, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Tin Lizzy

    Since when is laying out somebody's voting record "negative" campaigning? If the voting record reflects negatively on the candidate, well, it is his/her actions they must account for. A voting record is more tellling than great, swelling promises. This is where Dr. Paul shines– 100% consistent and full of integrity. You KNOW how he will vote because his convictions on restoring the country's economy and liberty have not changed in thirty years. People are waking up and taking note of the good doctor's prognosis...and recommended treatment.

    February 21, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Liz

    Since when is laying out somebody's voting record "negative" campaigning? If the voting record reflects negatively on the candidate, well, it is his/her actions they must account for. A voting record is more tellling than great, swelling promises. This is where Dr. Paul shines– 100% consistent and full of integrity. You KNOW how he will vote because his convictions on restoring the country's economy and liberty have not changed in thirty years. People are waking up and taking note of the good doctor's prognosis...and recommended treatment.

    February 21, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Squigman

    Voting republican, regardless of the candidates name will be devastating for the economy, as well as international relations. It's evident that the current republican candidates are incapable of taking an active role in leadership. The entire pack of presidential wanna-be's are lacking in ideas, and are lost in the failures of their parties past. It would have been nice to have seen how much more progressed we could have been, had congress not been taken over by the party of no. they have done nothing but be obstructive and politically motivated on every issue. What a shame.

    February 21, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. ghostclown

    Wow. A CNN article that mentions Ron Paul. I thought acknowledging his existence was against their policy.

    February 21, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. arale norimaki

    Rick Santorum is the anti-gay, anti-abortion anti-womyn, anti-science. Who is running on these social issues. Never mind health reform or jobs. Or anything important or non-discriminatory, for that matter.

    February 21, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. GrogInOhio

    Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are both headed for that bastion of failed conservative politicians, Faux Newz. Neither are serious, but they're headed for lucrative contracts from Roger Ailes!

    February 21, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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