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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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. lucy2

    I say "is that guy serious?" every time Santorum opens his mouth.

    February 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. oreo

    Bush's third term is a disaster.
    Ron Paul 2012.

    February 21, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. rightospeak

    Anything to demonize Ron Paul. Mike in above comments is right about media's manipulation of the people in this country for too long. Ron Paul 2012 -our only hope for sanity in government.

    February 21, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. itchypalms

    RE: "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."

    You've clearly NEVER looked at his votes, Rick. Ron Paul is the only conservative running for president. You sir, Are a tool.

    February 21, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Roy

    For all you folks that did not live in PA during his tenure as our senator, you don't know the half of it. Rick Santorum is a zero.

    February 21, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. bearced

    Typical Republican, accuse Democrats of spending too much while they are in power, then regain control and spend more than a Democrat would! Our last Republican president was a prime example of the type of "conservative" that Santorum would be.

    February 21, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. rich4159

    I am not a Paul fan but I have to agree. Santorum is quick to boast about his faith based Christian campaign. However, as a Christian I am deeply disturbed that Santorum is a complete hypocrite. This man bares false witness on a daily basis. He was of interest to me until I started looking at the real candidate. He is playing both ends against the middle and hedging his bet by playing the conservative card. If you look at his record, he is neither a conservative nor a true Christian. He is a typical man of faith who can talk the talk but cannot walk the walk. He lost my vote. When will we find an honest, straight shooting candidate? I personally believe that none of the current candidates will get the nomination because.

    February 21, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Austin

    Tea Party peeps are either huge hypocrites for voting for Santorum, or huge bigots, because they'll just abandon the huge uproar they made in 2010 so they wont have to vote for a Mormon. And I'm a Republican who used to believe in the views of the Tea Party, until I found out they really don't care about spending or debt, they just don't want an African-American as President, I agree he is horrible but I actually want to stop spending and control our debt which is why you wont see me voting for Santorum, and they just dont want a Mormon as President. It is that simple! Romney balanced the budget all 4 years in a liberal state, and even cut taxes IN A LIBERAL STATE! Our biggest problem is spending and debt, I thought the Tea Part peeps, of all the peeps, realized that but I guess not.

    February 21, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. James PDX

    "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."

    With that answer, one can clearly infer that the Santorum party cannot refute any of Paul's claims. No denial and no supporting facts from Santorum. Just a "well you suck too, Dude" response. Total class from the GOP Dopefuls.

    February 21, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. skarphace

    You need to wake up quickly, Republicans. Time is running out. Therefore, I will spell it out for you.

    I am a moderate Democrat, and I know many other moderates and Independents that feel as I do: if Ron Paul does not win the Republican nomination, my vote will go to our current President.

    It is us who will decide our next President, not the equal number of people who have already decided to vote for or against Obama regardless of who is nominated on the Republican side.

    It is Ron Paul or it is Obama. Choose wisely, Republicans.

    February 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. LLOYD ROBERTS

    When will people understand, Bishop Santorum is not a conservative. He doesn't believe in smaller less intrusive government. He is a right wing religious activist from the republican party. And if you think that any one who's main drive in life is religion is going to promote less intrusive government, I got a Sharia law bridge to sell ya' you betcha

    February 21, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Edison

    One side of me wants Rick to win so Obama can destroy him... The other side of me wants Paul to win, since he's the (best) republican candidate.

    February 21, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Disgusted4One

    Paul is right. There isn't a dimes worth of difference between Obama's economic policies and those of Obama. They are both neoconservatives.

    February 21, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Honey

    HELLOOO!!! Everyone please wake up!!! Al Qaeda EQUALS THE CIA PEOPLE !!!!! We have been duped people, I wouldn't believe one thing that our government is saying !!! Al Qaeda equals men exercising on monkey bars people??!! When they are training to crash planes into our buildings or other terror??!! No, I hate to tell you this but Obama is a trojan horse just like Bush pushing our Zionist controlled war mongering puppet government into more and more war. Obama signed NDAA people and is waiting for ACTA to be a treaty. Hear me now everyone !!! 9/11 IS A FALSE FLAG OPERATION!!! nO PLANE HIT THE PENTAGON, MOST OF THE SO CALLED VICTIMS ARE FAKE THE PLANE IN PA AND FLI8GHT 77 LANDED SAFELY. I would bet Barbara Olson and Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham are all very much alive, We have been duped!!! They want to ban our information on the internet, they will do whatever it takes to cover this up, trillions of dollars went missing, billions changed hands, they detonated the wtc and wtc 7 wtc was highly insured and there is a lot more to say but everyone needs to do their homework. Obama is a trojan horse, not an american, when are we going to remove him from office, I say we need to start with the arrest of George Hussein Bush, Cheney Rumsfeld. Everyone wake up we are being duped into wars time and time again. The government does not care about us, they want us gone, they want our land, martial law is coming if we do not pay attention, they are training our young military and police to use force against us

    February 21, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Taran

    "Fox Noise," has much higher ratings than any other MSM network, hmmmmmm, I wonder why. I wonder how Obama's Ministry of Truth, uuuhhhh, I mean Truth Team, which is supported by the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union, among others, is doing.

    February 21, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. ingyandbert

    2 comments:

    Vote Santorum 1312 (yes, as in 12th century - that's where he seems to live)

    Paul should ask himself the same question he asked Santorum; some of his ideas are as whacked as Pastor Rick's.

    February 21, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Orchid333

    I like Ron Paul. It's too bad the Republican base is too dim to make him the nominee. So, Obama it is. And as I've been saying for months now... it'll be a landslide in his favor.

    February 21, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. bonesbone

    Well Ron Paul want to move the country forward, Rick want to take away women's rights, take us back to the 1950's and put colored people back in their place....

    February 21, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Dog

    Santorum, Gingrich, Paul and Romney all believe in and make decisions based on an old book that talks about simple primitive life thousands of years ago and throws in some fairytales about snakes and apples and floods and walking on water and healing blind people etc. This sort of delusion should be enough to disqualify them all! I bet they sit around talking to an imaginary man in the sky. Crazy stuff, eh?

    February 21, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Orchid333

    @Honey, get a life. A plane hit the pentagon, and my brother was there to experience it. Go back to your panic room and spin your conspiracy theories somewhere else.

    February 21, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Church of Suicidal

    Dear Honey,

    If you want to stand any chance of convincing us of your tinfoil hat theories, you're going to have to learn punctuation. Sorry. It's just a prerequisite to being taken seriously.

    February 21, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Joe T.

    I used to not really care for Obama much but when you compare it to these total right wing nutjobs, Obama is somewhat moderate and willing to compromise.

    February 21, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Stephen in VA

    So Ron Paul wins the "Best Obama Campaigner of the Week" award for this week.

    February 21, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Peter

    You know, I am a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I think that is a fine combination.

    But Santorum is a social conservative and a fiscal liberal. The worst of both worlds.

    February 21, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    skarphace - is Ron Paul or it is Obama. Choose wisely, Republicans.
    ===================================================
    Another delusional Paul supporter with bizarre logic. If Ron Paul is so much like Obama that you would vote for either one, then why is Ron Paul runnin gin the Republican primary and not the Democrat primary???

    Since we all know Ron Paul i sNOT going to win the nomination go vote for Obama. You'll be in the minority then as well because the rest of American has seen and heard enough of Obama. The country can't survive 4 more years of failure and class warfare.

    February 21, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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