Santorum super PAC tries to narrow financial disadvantage
March 1st, 2012
12:15 PM ET
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Santorum super PAC tries to narrow financial disadvantage

Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum is facing an approximate 6-1 spending deficit in the key battleground of Ohio but the super PAC supporting him is trying to narrow that disadvantage.

The Red, White and Blue Fund bought an additional $257,000 of ad time in the state Thursday, the group's spokesman, Stuart Roy, told CNN.

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The super PAC has two ads running in Ohio both hitting Mitt Romney on the Massachusetts health care plan and touting Santorum's conservative credentials.

Santorum's campaign is also up with a cable buy there.

When combined Mitt Romney and the super PAC supporting his candidacy, Restore Our Future, have bought $3 million of television and radio time through next Tuesday's Ohio primary, according to a Republican media strategist not aligned with any of the campaigns.

In Ohio Restore Our Future is running a spot hitting Santorum on voting to raise the debt ceiling five times and billions in congressional earmarks.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rick Santorum
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Someone in his camp followed my advice before, and made an anti-superPAC ad that was exactly how I described one. He should make another one pointing out that the candidate is more important than their money. That could work well against Romney because it carries a double meaning.

    March 1, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Seems the Ayatollah Santorum is all about narrowing things: minds, hoohoos, financial disadvantages of his campaign....

    March 1, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    " When combined Mitt Romney and the super PAC supporting his candidacy, Restore Our Future, have bought $3 million of television and radio time through next Tuesday's Ohio primary, according to a Republican media strategist not aligned with any of the campaigns. "
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    So, is this how the job creators stimulate the economy and create jobs?

    March 1, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. manhandler1

    Love it. Keep on beating each other up.

    March 1, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. steve

    Lil Ricky go home and find Lucy

    March 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. RINO Bil

    These donors would get get more value by just burning their money than giving it to Santorum.

    If they give it to Santorum they get lies, distortions, and certainly, if Rick wins the Republican Primary, they get Obama back for a second term.

    If they burn their money, al least they get heat!

    March 1, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    That is the face of a true weasel!

    March 1, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. ST

    Oh dear! money is now speaking instead of the candidates themselves. With all 20 debates they had, I get difficulties to recall what each individual candidate stands for. When their pockets dry up that the time we hear "I am suspending my campaign". This has been money contest and not the contest of ideas.

    March 1, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    You know, you hear a lot of talk in some right wing chatter that such-and-such is a RINO. It usually comes from those with the most extreme views, who seem to be taking over the Republican Party. Today's party is virtually unrecognizable from the one that existed 20-30 years ago, which brings me to my point. I think the real RINOs are the extremists.

    March 1, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Jim in San Mateo

    Mitt Romney is taking a page out of Bill Gates' playbook. If you can't earn it, buy it. Not sure the Presidency should be for sale.

    March 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. R

    @ Rudy NYC
    " When combined Mitt Romney and the super PAC supporting his candidacy, Restore Our Future, have bought $3 million of television and radio time through next Tuesday's Ohio primary, according to a Republican media strategist not aligned with any of the campaigns. "
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    So, is this how the job creators stimulate the economy and create jobs?

    How much money has Obama raised so far? Any of that money going towards stimulating the economy and creating jobs? Of course not, this is "play money" for those that are in campaign-mode (one of those rare things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on). None of these politicians deserve a single penny until they start listening to the people, instead of looking at that big endorsement check they just received.

    March 1, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Real Politics

    If Romney gets re-elected there will be a hybrid between Romneycare and Obamacare while he seeks out to keep the poor poor, the middle class poorer, and the rich people take the money from both the poorer and the middle class because that is how he learned his private sector experience at Bain. Vot Rick Santorum

    March 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Sorensen

    Forget it. Save the money. He is gone, forever.

    March 1, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. ST

    @ Real Politics
    If Romney gets re-elected there will be a hybrid between...........
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    When was Romney first elected??????

    March 1, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Old Gaffer

    Congress should just step up to the plate, acknowledge that there is nothing in Obamacare inherently worth saving, and repeal the whole mess once and for all.

    March 1, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Oh dear! money is now speaking instead of the candidates themselves."

    To be honest, it probably has more interesting things to say. I'm going to ask my $10 bill what it thinks of all this befoer I spend it on lunch.

    March 1, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. v_mag

    I think it's amusing that the R's are bashing President Obama for fund raising. These are the guys who say that every rich person deserves to be rich, and they tout how much their candidates have raised. And yet they criticize the president for successful fund raising. What's their point? They also criticize him for having a superpac, which all their candidates had first. Do they expect him to let them have such an advantage? Isn't he playing by the rules, as they are presently written, even though the rules stink?

    In point of fact, behind all the Repugnant rhetoric are 2 things they want you to forget: 1) A large portion of the Repugnant base is composed of staunch bigots, and 2) No Repugnant candidate is essentially any different from George W. Bush, who got us into the mess we are recovering from.

    March 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. johnmenacherjr

    Nice to know who the enemy really is is'nt it. Does anyone even listen to crap from the US Chamber I sure don't it causes temporary deafness.

    March 1, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |