Santorum's new ad shifts to economy
February 24th, 2012
10:44 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum's new ad shifts to economy

(CNN) – Rick Santorum's latest ad in Michigan continues to take on rival Mitt Romney, but over the economy in this round.

The 30-second spot contrasts Santorum's economic plan with Romney's past support of the Wall Street bailouts.

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"He supported the Wall Street bailouts, while turning his back on Michigan workers," the narrator says. "But Rick Santorum's made in the U.S.A. plan changes everything. It cuts taxes for Michigan manufacturers to zero, so we can bring back American jobs from overseas."

The new ad, like Thursday's social issue-centered commercial, is set to run statewide through Tuesday's primary, according to the campaign. It comes on the same day as Michigan native Romney is scheduled to deliver an address at the Detroit Economic Club.

Team Romney said Santorum's campaign is "lashing out with desperate and false attacks in order to prop up his sinking campaign."

"His 'Made in the USA' slogan is also only a slogan, as he drives a German-made Audi," spokesperson Andrea Saul said in an email.

Recent Wolverine State polling shows Romney and Santorum locked in a tight race for the top spot ahead of Tuesday's primary there. The 2012 contenders are vying for support from Republicans, Democrats and independents, all of whom are allowed to participate in the state's open contest.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens gets another slap for his 'severe' stance against American workers.

    February 24, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Contrary to republican thought, the world is not an ash tray for the rich.

    February 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Mikey

    He's promising a zero tax rate for Michigan manufacturers? Who else is he promising to make tax exempt? Is he going to make this promise in every state? Or just the ones he's close to winning against Romney? And how are our grandchildren supposed to pay for this?

    February 24, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Nothing new here

    The extreme social conservative moralizings of Santorum are not going to help him win support outside of the Evangelical base.
    So now the guy is trying to shift attention to financial matters, something he knows nothing about. Ron Paul is right, Santorum is not a conservative, just another politician that votes for only HIS best interests.
    I am so glad that Ron Paul helped out this zealot at the last debate. Even if Ron Paul does not win the nomination, he did more than good by exposing this guys hypocrisy.

    February 24, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. honeybe

    Team Romney said Santorum's campaign is "lashing out with desperate and false attacks in order to prop up his sinking campaign.""His 'Made in the USA' slogan is also only a slogan, as he drives a German-made Audi," spokesperson Andrea Saul said in an email
    ________

    Yup, Ron Paul called it correctly. Santorum is a fake.

    February 24, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Bill

    The Romney campaign need to put out an ad to counter Santorum's argument of "Made in the USA". Show a clip of him driving the Audi and point out his exact stance on the auto bailout as Romney. This guy, Santorum is desperate and is playing the people of Michigan for fools. The Romney campaign need to hit him back and hit him hard.

    February 24, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Just Say No To Flipper

    Pay attention to how often the Rmoney team has used the word "desperate" to criticize everyone else, including both Santorum and President Obama. It certainly appears to be another example of defective rightwing projection of one's own deficiencies onto others. It's pretty obvious to America who's desperate here, and it's not Santorum or the President.

    February 24, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I've said it before, and I'll point it out again. Santorum's two most glaring weak spots are the economy and foreign policy. His economic plans would *increase the pace* of growth of the national debt, by adding another approximately 8 trillion on top of where we are already headed. Meanwhile, Pres. Obama's economic plan would *reduce the pace* of growth of the national debt, by decreasing approximately 3 trillion from where we are already headed.

    In other words, assuming spending stays the same for now, Santorum's plan would add an extra 8 trillion to the growing debt, while Obama's plan would reduce the growth of the debt by 4 trillion. That is a 12 trillion dollar difference, folks.

    Back to spending. Santorum would need to cut 8 tri8llion in spending over a decade just to maintain the current annual deficit of $1.5 trillion. Obama would at least start cutting into the pace of growth of the debt by reducing the annual deficit each year. Seeing how Pres. Obama gives himself a $12 trillion head start over Santorum, it is not hard to see which path is best.

    February 24, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    honeybe wrote:

    Yup, Ron Paul called it correctly. Santorum is a fake.
    -----------–
    Since Romney was made an ad with him driving around in a car made in Canada, does that mean that he's a fake, too?

    February 24, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Dave

    ITs 100 % true That While The Mgr of Bain Willard took Millions & Milions from the US only to desroy most of these Companies. I cant believe the Press aint all over this. Can you Imagine, This guy truely is a Washington Insider, just cause he didnt live their, doesnt mean he cant buy the politicians & lobby sucess for tons of Earmarks sucessfully. This man does not GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS. CAYMAY ISLAND MONEY LAUNDRING, GO DETROITS AUTOWORKERS, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A PG 13 RALLY!!!!!!

    February 24, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Robert Jay

    It won't matter whether it's idealogical / evangelical / religous pandering or economic pandering he's in over his head. Same as all Republicans are

    February 24, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Nothing new here

    Rudy NYC,

    Excellent work! I am going to add this info to my blogging notes, thank you.

    Santorum has made a career for himself in ripping off the taxpayers of his home state, including the debacle with his "homeschooling" mess.
    Santorum has repeated voted for government funds to go to programs that are suppose to be against his values, like Planned Parenthood.
    In others words, a man that is only out for #!, himself.

    February 24, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. A disabled veteran

    Gas was 1.29 a gallon when george bush took office and we had a surplus instead of a deficit no more republicans

    February 24, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Life Long PA Resident

    I have lived in Western Pennsylvania my entire life and support Rick Santorum. I cannot understand how anyone could support Mitt Roomney when he implemented a Health Care plan that was the model for Obama's Health Care. Rick is correct that Mitt Roomney as the republican presidential candidate would take the Health Care debate OFF the table. This is a core issue for conservatives and we cannot put up another moderate against Obama. I woulld like to also state that in Western PA we suffered with Arlen Spector and could not get rid of him because of his strength in the eastern part of our state. Mr. Spector is flat out lying regarding Rick Santorum's statement about why he decided to support Spector as I remember well the issue about Pat Toomey not being supported by the republican party. Rick Santorum made the correct decision to support Spector based on ensuring that conservative Supreme Court judges would be appointed to the court. Pat Toomey is now a senator in Pa and we have conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Spector as was a nightmare to conservatives in our state and used blackmail tactics to ensure his re-election. Thank God he is finally gone and Rick made the correct decision for the country.

    February 24, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    A disabled veteran

    Gas was 1.29 a gallon when george bush took office and we had a surplus instead of a deficit no more republicans
    ---------
    Good point. He began with an annual surplus of $300 billion and the national debt would have been *completely* paid off by 2010 economic growth remained at its' 2000 pace. When he left office, he had doubled the national debt from $5T to $10T, and the price of gas had more than tripled to over well $4.00.

    The only reason it had dropped to $1.78 the day Pres. Obama was sworn in is because of the financial crisis and the global recession. The financial crisis put a lot of speculators out of work, while the survivors were being closely scutinized. The recession caused a world wide precipitous drop in demand, while production had kept pace with pre-crisis levels. In other words, a world wide glut cut the price of a barrel of oil in half from a high of $147.

    February 24, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. logicnLA

    They always talk about these primaries and states rights. but explain to me how a primary for the Republican nominee allows Democrats to vote or a caucus where you can change sides after you cast a ballot. Both party's have these silly rules but the bottom line- Republican should vote for thier own candidate and Democrats for theirs- period!

    February 24, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. v_mag

    For once, I fully agree with Sanctimonious. Not Rom-money. Obama 2012.

    February 24, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Santorum just isn't Presidential material.

    February 24, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Liz

    Not Romney or anyother Republican in that clown car.

    February 24, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Team Romney said Santorum's campaign is "lashing out with desperate and false attacks in order to prop up his sinking campaign."

    Sort of like Mittens' sinking approval numbers? What was, 39% a day or two ago and sinking fast? Even Rasmussen had Obama with a 10 point national lead over Sister Wife Mittens the other day.

    BTW – "Contrary to republican thought, the world is not an ash tray for the rich." Had me laughing with that one :-)

    February 24, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Nothing new here exclaimed:

    Rudy NYC,
    Excellent work! I am going to add this info to my blogging notes, thank you.
    ------------–
    Google this "Steve Rattner Charts"

    February 24, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess tha ads supporting the Inquisistion never made it past the planning stage?

    February 24, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    So he is through beating up women? The media should start telling everyone what this guy's voting record was in Pennsylvania.
    He is as much a flip flopper as the flip flopper!

    February 24, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    I guess that pretty well paints Santorum's appeal to many Republicans. He's not Romney. Wow, what a ringing endorsement. That would get me all fired up.

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