Santorum robo call to Democrats: Send a message to Romney
February 27th, 2012
07:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum robo call to Democrats: Send a message to Romney

Albion, Michigan (CNN) – In a sign of just how tight the GOP race in the Michigan primary has become, Rick Santorum is calling on Democratic voters to come out to the polls Tuesday and cast their ballots against rival Mitt Romney.

“On Tuesday, join Democrats who are going to send a loud message to Massachusetts Mitt Romney,” says an unidentified voice in a Santorum robo call to Michigan voters.

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The Santorum robo call attempts to rally Democrats with a reference to Romney’s now well-known opposition to the bailout for U.S. automakers.

“Romney supported the bailout for his billionaire buddies but opposed the auto bailout. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker,” the robo call adds. It ends with the line: “Paid for by Rick Santorum.”

Michigan’s primary is open to all voters. For weeks, liberal bloggers have called on Democrats to cross over Tuesday to support Santorum as a way to damage Romney’s chances of capturing the GOP nomination.

A Santorum spokesman defended the overt attempt to lure voters from outside the Republican Party, saying the former Pennsylvania senator’s message “resonates with conservatives and Reagan Democrats alike.”

– Also see: Democratic mischief in Michigan

“We’re bringing those Reagan Democrats to our side,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN. “We figured if we can get them in the primary, we can keep them in the general.”

The existence of the robo call was first reported by the blog, TPMMuckraker.

A Romney spokesman slammed the robo call with a new twist on its attacks on Santorum's recent comment that he occasionally took "one for the team" during his time in the Senate.

"Rick Santorum has moved beyond just ‘taking one for the team,’ he is now willing to wear the other team’s jersey if he thinks it will get him more votes," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.

"We believe that Republicans will decide who wins Michigan – and we are confident that will be Mitt Romney,” Williams added.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. justsayin

    Its sad how low Sanitorium will go to win Michigan. I urge republicans in michigan and those voting on super tuesday, to put an end to this circus and send a resounding message to rick and pack him off to newt's moon colony! lets go mitt!!

    February 28, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. Ghostdog

    That's low and in my opinion unethical. For Democrats who won't vote for a Republican candidate to respond to this kind of unethical behavior, so that Santorum can win in Michigan is wrong. Santorum is not going to get my vote at any point in this election. We don't need more corrupt politicians, we need people who will actually work for the people and not their own agenda. Rick Santorum has shown his true colors, corruption.

    February 28, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  3. diridi

    very disgusting idiots of GOP. This guy is a male Sarah Palin zero brain.

    February 28, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  4. vinnie

    vote for santorum, so the circus can continue. i can't wait to see what comes out of his mouth next...

    February 28, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  5. Kay

    Didn't Santorum also say he was against the auto bailouts?

    In any case, voters crossing party lines to make trouble in open primaries is nothing new. Republicans did the EXACT same thing during the 2008 election. Rush Limbaugh openly encouraged Republicans to vote for Hilary Clinton specifically to mess up the Democratic primaries in the action known as Operation Chaos. They can't slam the Democrats for doing it without looking like complete hypocrites.

    February 28, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  6. Rick Douglas

    Santorum just lost me as a supporter. Trying to enlist Democrats to upset a Republican primary shows a definate lack of integrity.

    February 28, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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