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. T'sah from Virginia

    LMAO!!

    Obama 2012 – No one else fits the part!!

    February 21, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. jb

    I typically vote Republican. I cannot stand Santorum. He feels that his interpretation of god superceeds that of any one else. No prenatal testing? Bite me Santorum. Just cause you chose to have a child with a genetic defect, does not mean the rest of us non millionaires without government insurance should be forced to. In one of your debates you spoke of a moral issue being more important than the constitution. It is of course your view of morality. You want to be a dictator, not a president in a constitutional republic. If this loon gets the nomination, I will sit out this election. If this loon gets the nomination, we are looking at 4 more years of Obama.

    February 21, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. sleuth51

    Spot on. Santorum endorsed Arlen Spector who ran in a primary against a true hot blooded Conservative. Spector won and switched parties! We are not voting for a new parish priest, or to turn this country into a theocracy. So...

    Voters who want wars, torture, assassinations, "humanitarian" bombings in oil rich countries, indefinite detentions, drone attacks that kill the innocent, erosion of civil liberties, domestic war on the people (drug war), out-of-control debt and spending, graft and greed, crony capitalism, pandering to special interests, bailouts, more of the same, must NOT vote for Ron Paul.

    Voters who want peace, a humane foreign policy, restoration of civil liberties, an end to the war on drugs, sound money, balanced budgets, honesty, integrity and transparency in government, and a President wholly committed to Constitutional government can vote for Ron Paul.

    Ain't that difficult a choice.

    February 21, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. ndtex

    Santorum is a religious nutbag loon. I am a Libertarian leaning Republican and prefer Paul, but will vote for Gingrich or Romney over this guy. Santorum, because you chose to have a kid with trisomy 18, I should be forced to? Oh yeah, I remember in one of the debates you spoke of abortion as being a moral issue and therefore the constitution can be ignored in relation to states rights. You used Lincoln as a precedent in your argument. Sorry , but Lincoln was dealing with the dissolution of the republic. It was a most extreme time in our history. You are talking about an issue of personal morality. If the constitution can be ignored, then why have it? You are a nutbag sir. If you happen to be the nominee, I will not vote. Many Republicans will not vote. Independents will not vote for you. We will unfortunately have 4 more years of Obama.

    February 21, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Carlin123

    I'm voting for whoever the media tells me to vote for. Why fight it anymore?

    February 21, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Angela

    Ron Paul voted against a lot of crap in congress, not his fault idiots like Santorum was in there voting Yes to raising the debt ceiling and all kinds of other stuff. .. Ron Paul voted against the NDAA and The patriot act... Look up them awful laws...He has stood alone to protect our freedoms its time we all stood up for him..

    February 21, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @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.

    Really? What about 23 straight months of private sector job creation? Or how about homebuilder confidence is now at a 4-year high and Single-Family Housing Starts topped one-half million units for the second straight month? Or GM is alive and bin Laden is dead? Or you can't be dropped by your insurance company if you get sick or you give birth to a special needs child?

    Republican policies are PROVEN FAILURES. Over 10 years of Bush tax cuts HAVE NOT resulted in job creation here (overseas, yes; here, no), even though these folks have been enjoying the lowest tax rates in 50 years!

    Speaking of taxes, Repubs love to flap their lips about "the will of the people," yet are suddenly deaf when 62% of millionaires and billionaires WANT to pay more taxes to help out the country. (BTW, a majority of non-millionaire/billionaire Americans agree taxes on those who can most afford it should be raised.)

    If it weren't for President Obama's policies, we'd be in a Great Depression. You just can't handle the truth, Taran, that despite all the Repub opposition, President Obama IS helping our country. And I feel sorry for you.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 21, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. goodlife

    ron paul should present the actual video clip of santorum at the time of those votes santorum cast and then perhaps explained his vote.

    February 21, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Sue

    Satorum is the Anti Christ that the Bible has predicted will appear......He is Satan in Sheeps clothing......and all the GOP are not supporting Romney because of his Morman Religion????? I'm more afraid of Santorum and his crazy Theology than Romneys Morman faith......

    February 21, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

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

    I don't. They made this bed, they're gonna lie in it. Good riddance, too!

    February 21, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Larry L

    @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 was the policies of the Republican administration which caused the crash – as evidenced by 8 million jobs lost BEFORE President Obama took office and the issuance of the first bailout package by President Bush. You also can't deny the 95 filibusters by the Republicans to prevent initiatives from even reaching the floor for a real debate. It's easy to Monday-morning quarterback the near complete crash of our economy but I've never been satisfied with comments like "let the market work itself out"... or "let the auto industry fail"... or "who cares about America's bond rating"... Republicans focused on social issues and fiscal conservatism to late to help. For these reasons I really believe Republicans are now hoping for bad economic numbers, but would never expect them to honestly make that statement.

    February 21, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Anyone but Ricky

    Protect our constitution that allows each of us to practice our faith in the manner we see fit. Ricky shouldn't be judging whether I'm christian enough. That's a decision our constitution intended a person make for themselves.

    February 21, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I too wonder if this dude is serious but it has NOTHING to do with him being any kind of conservative. It's the stupid crap he's been spewing that I wonder if he really thinks folks outside his right wing circle are going to accept. No public schools, no need for birth control, make a woman bear her rapist's child, going to college and increasing your education makes you a snob, trying to invoke his religious beliefs on everybody else. The list can go on and on. Santorum claims Obama is dividing the nation, well you haven't seen division like you would see if this guy gets in the White House.

    February 21, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. You Want the Truth? You Can't Handle the Truth!

    The great IED in the road for Obama is the USSC ruling on Obamacare in June. It will re-ignite the American people against the Democrats like it did in 2010, no matter what the ruling. If it is ruled Constitutional then the American people will realize to get rid of it is to elect Republicans to repeal it. If it is NOT ruled Constitutional, then the Democrats wasted a year and biillions of dollars violating our rights. Add to that the violation of religious protections of the Constitution by Obama and you have a very good argument to get rid of this unmitigated disaster named Obama.

    February 21, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Even Ron Paul knows Ron Paul is nuts

    The only thing wackier than Ron Paul are his supporters. He sure has developed a cult following. Time for them all to beam back up to the mothership

    February 21, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Attila, The Hun

    Santorum is an self-serving political hack who is only conservative in his social values. He brought more pork to Pennsylvania than a hog farm and yet the people of his state threw him out in a resounding defeat in 2006 by a liberal democrat.

    February 21, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Ron in California

    To: Sparknut
    Don't worry it will be Romney to take out Obama, not either one of these guys. Santorum is running for POPE and Ron Paul is basically just to old for office and can't win. Romney 2012!!!!!

    February 21, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Aaron

    Funny as heck. You go, Ron Paul! You're a crazy old coot, but at least u don't beat around the bush.

    February 21, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Bart

    The debt ceiling issue is what's fake. Anyone voting against the debt ceiling is not conservative they are just idiots. The bills are already there. Do conservative people rack up bills and decide not to pay them? You would think not but I guess the way they vote on the debt ceiling and the way Corporations go bankrupt and magically get released from most their debt to return to massive profits within a few years would say otherwise.

    February 21, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. dubya

    Maybe if obama traded arms for hostages or sold drugs to finance illegal contra wars neocons like hannity would like him

    February 21, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Nick

    For Santorum, conservative means "social conservative" controlling sex, birth control etc. He has not talked about any "fiscal conservative agenda" or his policies.

    February 21, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Nothing new here

    Ron Paul is only telling it like it is!
    Santorum is NO FISCAL CONSERVATIVE – repeat – NO FISCAL CONSERVATIVE.
    Santorum is no better than Romney or Newt. All 3 of these fakes all want BIG $$$$ government. And they want the middle-class to pay out, so that the rich and well-connected can continue to finance THEIR abortions and other secret sins.
    Santorum is nothing more than a religious bigot/zealot that will spend our $$$$, and continue to take away our freedoms, and all in the name of God and religion.

    February 21, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. GF

    Santorum should be focusing less on Paul's inability to turn around a corrupt and sold out Congress for the past 30 years and more on his ability to not break and give in from bribes like he and almost all the rest have. Santorum is such a liar and a hypocrite, growing government for personal gain, promoting war, torture, and destruction of liberty. And he has the nerve to talk about "Conservatism"? Besides, look at the Ron Paul Revolution. Because of Ron Paul there is a Revolution against the Federal Reserve, endless undeclared wars, unbalanced budgets, and liberty-destroying legislation. Where is Santorum's grassroots Revolution? What has he done for our Republic? What a joke this election has become. Santorum? God save us.

    February 21, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  24. Matt Herren

    I get all of my news exclusively from CNN... I am unfamiliar with this 'Ron Paul' fellow. Never heard of him before... sounds like he might be pretty intelligent. It'd be nice to hear more about him if possible.

    February 22, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  25. Bill

    Ron Paul the constitutionalist or no one!

    February 22, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
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