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. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC
    Truth wrote:
    And the insanity cycle just contunues until the cliiff arrives...
    ----
    That shows just how much denial that you have. We have already went over the cliff. All of this excess spending is the "golden parachute" that allowed us to land on the cliff face under control, without smashing to bits at the bottom. Pres. Obama snagged that parachute just as we were going over the edge, and the name of it is The Stimulus.
    ===========================================================================================
    Rudy, Obama and his merry band of economic incompetents (all of whom have resigned) told the American people if we spent nearly a TRILLION in "stimulus" the unemployment rated would not go above 8% and RIGHT NOW it was going to be SIX PERCENT. It went up to nearly 10% and has come down to 8.3% because so many people have given up looking for work and dropped out of the workforce, gone on social security or filed SSI claims for anxiety/mental illness disability.

    Only liberal fools and Obama economic incompetents call that a "success". The American people know what is going on and will correct the situation come November. To describe Obama as CLUELESS when it comes to economic matters gives him too much credit.

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

    I like a lot of what RP says, and dislike a lot too. It's hilarious that Hogan Gidley stated RP hasn't done anything fiscally conservative while in office. He does understand how government works, right? A single legislator can not vote/enact a piece of legislation. It takes the rest of Congress AND the president to do so. So yeah...one person can't do it.

    February 21, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    A vote for the current GOP crop = the loss of centuries in human progress.

    February 21, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. AgrippaMT

    Ron Paul's latest ad is right on the mark. Santorum is a fake as well as an obnoxious racist bigot. He must never be allowed anywhere near the White House.

    February 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. wheat arded

    Would you rather change the oil in this countries high-mileage government engine? Or you want to swap that engine out entirely for a new one? Possibly one that works for the interest of the American people instead of corporate lobbyists? Can you honestly say corporation money and our laws belong intertwined? How can you people continue to fool yourselves? Are you scared to vote for real change?

    February 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Jake

    this ad will also work on santorum's social issues!

    February 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. tim

    Ron Paul is the only Republican I've seen in years with any credibility whatsoever. If he wins the nomination or runs third party, he gets my vote. Otherwise it is Obama, with no reservation at all. The rest of the entire Republican Party is nuts.

    February 21, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. skarphace

    Santorum is a social conservative and a fiscal liberal. This combination is exacly what we do not need as POTUS.

    Of the remaining Republican candidates, only Ron Paul is a fiscal conservative. However, he is a social moderate, so the Tea Party will not back him. Ironic, that, since Ron Paul is the founding father of the Tea Party. Too bad they sold out to Koch money and Fox News publicity.

    Santorum was the Tea Party's last choice, and now he is their only choice. Too bad he is the worst choice. Santorum has no chance to beat Obama in November. He will make most moderates and Independents flee to Obama and will help the Democrats 'get out the vote' like no other candidate could except maybe Palin.

    It seems to me that the Tea Party has given up hope of beating Obama. They are now voting on principle. In the future, they will regret turning their backs on Ron Paul to insist on a 'Christian Conservative'. Oh well, 4 more years it is.

    February 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. jaywing

    Truth & NBTT: keep writing and don't change. The more twisted drivel you write, as baseless and overstated as it is, the more you show how bankrupt the far right is socially, morally and economically, and how much better the President is to lead this country for another 4 years.

    February 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. dorothy

    A modern day "conservative" turns out to be just a guy who takes a dump every three days.

    February 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. matt

    God isn't real and I question the leadership ability of anyone who says they have read any sacred text or mythology and actually believe that they are meant to be historical facts.

    Paul (from the bible) was a nut-case, he never met jesus, and in fact admitted to having to act "sane" so he didn't scare off nonbelievers. All religions are meant for one thing, control.

    February 21, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Emmy Skaddittle

    Ron Paul, none and done

    February 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. WhereIsPalin

    What has Ron Paul done in 3 decades as a politician??

    February 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Sonnie 2

    Well the only one on the ticket so far I would vote for is Santorum, He has values and common sense that is in line with my conservative line of judgement. All have baggage, Some just more than others, All Have records or the lack there of to put a road map out to where they have been and what they have accomplished. Ron Paul has not did much of anything but wine.

    February 21, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. JD in Moraga, CA

    All the Paul-bots crack me up. His lack of accomplishments doesn't necessarily mean he's a man of unbending principle – it could just mean that he's a cranky old coot who can't get a consenus on anything.

    February 21, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Sonnie 2

    Well the only one on the ticket so far I would vote for is Rick Santorum. He has common sense.

    February 21, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Taran

    @Truth,,,,and the forecast is for unemployment to go back up to 9% for Febuary.

    February 21, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Jon

    It dosen't matter how many states Santorium, Romney, or Gingrich win. It is how many delagates you get. The media does not report the fact that the votes in the states that are not all or nothing are how Ron Paul plans to win the nomination. The Delagates are chosen after election night and most of the people that stick around after the caucus votes are mostly Ron Paul supporters. According to the rule, after the first ballot does not choose a winner, the delagates are free to vote for whom ever they want to. Watch what happens in Tampa if a winner is not decided on the first ballot. It will shock most Americans how the rules have played right into Ron Pauls hands.

    February 21, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Mike

    Amazing how gullible people in this country are. Ron Paul is spot on about Santorums record while serving the state of Pa. The truth hurts. Yet some people would rather believe the " say what the people want to hear" then the truth..... which is easily attainable by looking at his voting record. This is the exact same thing Obama did to get elected. Why look at facts, when most simply fall head over heels for the "untruths that come out of these guys mouths. Same goes for Romney and Gingrich. People need to wake up. This country is headed down the wrong path and it will be to late to fix without the citizens of the middle class and lower pay a hefty price. The more these guys speak, the more I am being swayed to Ron Paul. He's not perfect on foreign policy, but he has been correct for a long time to where our reat country is headed. We need a drastic change in this country, and I say drastic only because it must be, due to the fact that we are headed for major problems more then we have now. How can people here not see this? The media, including CNN, have manipulated the people of this great country for way too long.

    Just look at our education ranking in this world. We are no longer on top anymore, and it shows.

    February 21, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. ditty1991

    whereispalin, consistant voting record, consistant message, audit of the FED. the reason why he didnt get much done is because noone listened to him. he predicted pretty much everything thats happened today.

    February 21, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. z

    have you guys ever notice that paul is not attacked at all by the media or his opponents? he has a perfect flawless voting record and stays consistent for 30 years. nothing bad the candidates can say about him in ads. John huntsman did, but it helped paul and he dropped out shortly.

    February 21, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Jake

    Santorum is against contraception, but heavily promoted the beer industry? beer + no contraception = alot of babies! he sounds smart!

    February 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Andrew

    @Freelance You think Ron Paul, who wouldn't even accept Medicare and Medicaid at his OBGYN practice, who doesn't talk to lobbyists, who never changes his tune to pander to a specific audience...you think this guy is accepting bribes to run as president? If you make such a baseless accusation, there is no possibility of trust in any politician and the system is lost already.

    February 21, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    WOW – Ron Paul calling Rick Santorum fake is ratching up the rhetoric on the Nut-O-Meter. Keep going buddies – we're counting on you.
    signed,
    The Democrats

    February 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. skarphace

    Conservatives only need to answer one question: do you want a balanced budget or not?

    If you do, the only candidate that will veto any budget that is not balanced is Ron Paul. In this case, you are a Fiscal Conservative.

    If you don't, but only care about making our civil laws come more in line with "God's Law", then by all means vote for Santorum, because that is the core of his platform, not the economy. In this case, you are a Social Conservative.

    One day, pretty soon in my prediction, the Republican Party will wake up and give these Social Conservatives the boot and force them to start their own party. The Tea Party is what it will probably be called, but the Theocratic Party would be more accurate.

    February 21, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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