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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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. skarphace

    Truth: nowhere did I ever say that Ron Paul was anything like Obama.

    What I said was that if Ron Paul does not win the Republican nomination, my vote will go to Obama. Next to Ron Paul, none of the other candidates hold a candle to him. There were two bright lights on the Republican side, but the other light, Huntsman, has already dropped out.

    Go ahead and nominate Santorum. See if I was wrong. See how badly Obama beats him. I do not necessarily want Obama to win again. However, I definitely do not want Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum. All of the three are cut and spend Republicans, and that policy is to blame four our country's woes.

    February 21, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. yoshi

    Santorum is 100% worthless. He's spent his whole life as a politician or a "consultant" living off his insider connections.. The guy is all talk and has never done anything significant. He's wishy washy and full of hot air with his "values". The government's job is not to impose values on you, it's to create an atmosphere for jobs and to protect our borders. Mitt is the most qualified by far – I don't know why people don't see this. Because he's Mormon? Because he's successful? Do we want a poor atheist running the country instead? We need to put a full court effort to revise our economy which will help to balance our budget. Mitt has created jobs, fixed the Olympics and balanced the budget in Mass. Santorum has done nothing but vote for increases. If Santorum is nominated,. I guess I will vote for Obama again and so will all the other moderates.

    February 21, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. TRH

    Rick Santorum is a classic demagogue. Look up the definition of this word....his photo should there as an example along with sound bites of some of his religious dogma.

    February 21, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Ally

    Rick Santorum & Mitt Romney are both as fake as they come. The only genuine, authentic candidate in running for president is Ron Paul. Love him, or hate him, at least he's honest.

    February 21, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Kevin

    "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."

    Thank you, Santorum campaign, for confirming that Ron Paul, in spite of over 30 years of congressional service, has nothing to do with the mess we are in.

    February 21, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    They are trying to get to the Tea Party They are in the wrong story they should be seeking out the wonderful wizard. Sanatorium doesn't have a brain, Gingrich doesn't have a heart and Romney has no courage. The characters looking for the Emerald City. Oh and Ron Paul he's at the right place. Every tea party needs a "Mad Hatter".

    February 21, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Ah, Truth, I look forward to you actually dealing with the truth some day.

    Put the blame where it belongs. Start with Reagan and go from there. Politicans allowing their corporate sponsors to marginalize the American worker and move jobe overseas in order to keep bumping up their share price.
    In the meantime, they all ran defiicts (except for Clinton who had a strong tech sector to help). The last Republican excuse ran up huge deficits to pay for his tax cuts, then fought two unfunded wars on the country's credit card, and then game the pharmaceuticals a huge monetary gift also.
    Obama has made mistakes but he is working on fixing the issue. Keep blaming him for all of it but the American public has tuned you out like it appears to be tuning out the Republicans.

    February 21, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Tom

    Believe it or not, there are many republicans that may not be in complete agreement with the policies of President Obama, but they've come to realization that his continued leadership is what the USA needs for the next four years.

    February 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Larry L

    @Taran

    @Truth,,,,and the forecast is for unemployment to go back up to 9% for Febuary.
    ------------------------------------------------------–
    We're in a sad state of affairs when one of two political parties hopes for a decline in our employment rate. Don't bother trying to deny that fact – it's too obvious to all.

    Still, as the economic numbers continue to improve, President Obama's ratings continue to climb, and Americans increasingly reject the Republican Party in droves (check out the voting rates in the primaries) the outcome of the 2012 election becomes quite predictable. Those Fox News sound bites just don't sell like they once did – except to the ignorant fringe....

    February 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. LA Les

    It is simply incomprehensible to me that we still talking about Ron Paul. He Is not; was not; will never be viable. Can we please move on !

    February 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Mike Ikeo

    Neither Gingrich or Santorum are on the ballot in Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois! They are unacceptable and unelectable. Ron Paul is the only true anti-Romney vote. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who talks about the Federal Reserve, which prints money that results in a devaluation of the currency which leads to inflation. This is an indirect tax on the lower and shrinking middle class.
    Ron Paul is the only one who address this issue, along with the War on Drugs, the NDAA, the corrupt Patriot Act, the internet censorship SOPA bill, and many other real issues. The other 3 goons are all the same, big government status quo, no real change. Ron Paul is the ONLY vote for peace, prosperity and liberty.

    February 21, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. max

    Truth blah blah blah...I know it just galls you to see a black president doesn't it? One thing I know for sure come November when he is re-elected you will need therapy for ever.

    February 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Pete/Ark

    Ron Paul is a geriatric joke (I'm 64 and don't object to age jokes in general) ; when even he can see the hypocracy of the Grand Ayatolah Santorsharia there is a major problem with a large portion of the GOP faithful.

    February 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Ferret out the BS

    They're all a bunch of whackos!

    February 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Taran

    @Larry..there is no "hoping" for a decline. I want the country to do well. It just can't do well with the policies implemented by this administration. It is a fact that the forecast unemployment for February is 9%, nobody political party or otherwise has any influence on that. That 9% is the "official" numbers, not the "real" unemployment numbers which was about 15% in January.

    February 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. asp

    im voting for him because hes the best fox news blacks him out what are they afraid of all of them do i think he's winning and the people behined the scenes are pull string so they can steel the vote from him.If your eyes are open you will see ron paul for presz

    February 21, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Jack Watcher

    You've all heard of radical fundamentalist Moslems, well, here we have Santorum, a radical fundamentalist Christian. He wants us to have a religiously directed society. Scary 'dude'.

    February 21, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. longtooth

    For the first time in my life, I feel sorry for republicans. This may spell the death of the party of Lincoln.

    February 21, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. sparknut

    As a Democrat, I certainly hope the GOP nominates either the senile Ron Paul or the religious zealot Rick Santorum.

    February 21, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. JB

    Interesting how everyone is countering that Ron Paul never got anything accomplished in Congress. Look at what all of the laws that he OPPOSED got this country into - we're in this mess because of those laws.

    February 21, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. denis urbano

    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.", yes Santorum, n one, you are right. No one, that's why we have 16 Trillion dollars debt and keep growing... if we can go back 10-15 years ago, everyone now would vot for Paul's legislation.....but no, you vote to increase the debt ceilling 5 time, Paul vote no. There are so many examples, and you never says is true, you said he (Paul) never passes legsilation...why you don't say, it is false, it is true? because there are votes...

    February 21, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. PugPower

    The more honest and rational a GOP candidate is, the less likely he is to be nominated. This bodes well for Santorum. Not so well for Ron Paul.

    February 21, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. RomneyUS2012

    Really guys? You think Santorum has a chance to win the nomination? Santorum has no real chance of winning and is just getting his 15 minutes of fame and Romney will crush him in the end. If you don't believe me, google "the world vote" and check out how badly Romney is beating both Santorum and Gingrich, and is just short of 1st place.

    Romney all the way baby 2012

    February 21, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Santorum's rhetoric is not new, he is spewing the rhetoric of FEAR, which is what the Republicans have always had as their strategy!

    In the 1930's, when FDR was literally saving the U.S., the Republicans called him a communist. The Republicans were behind Prohibition which got a foothold in the U.S. because of FEAR and ....... religion!

    In the 40's, 50's, it was the GOP's cry "the commies are coming! the commies are coming!" Which brought the U.S. Mc Carthyism and the John Birch Society!

    In the 60's & 70's, Rev. Marting Luther King, Civil Rights Movement were SATANIC, EVIl.... Fear...... fear & hate was spread by the Conservatives! The called integration evil, the GOP said it would destroy America! Sound familiar?!

    The GOP's rhetoric has been hate, fear, lies and division. Fear of others, fear of equality, fear, fear, fear!

    Now Santorum (a fellow Catholic!) is picking up the mantel of FEAR and LIES!!!

    Wake up America!!

    February 21, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Obama is a statist, Romney is a statist, Gingrich is a statist, Santorum is a statist. Statists believe that the government should tell you how to live your personal life and how to spend your money. Ron Paul is a libertarian, libertarians believe that individuals should choose how they live their own lives and how they spend their own money. Which are you? Do you think you need the government to tell you how to spend your money and how to live your life? Or do you think you are smart enough to make those decisions for yourself? It really is that simple, that black and white.

    I voted for Obama and change in 2008. What I got was four more years of Bush and I'm pretty pissed about it. If you are pissed about it, look into Ron Paul. Because if any of the statists win, we lose.

    February 21, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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