First on CNN: Santorum super PAC hits Alabama and Mississippi airwaves
March 8th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Santorum super PAC hits Alabama and Mississippi airwaves

(CNN) - The pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund is buying between $500,000 and $600,000 worth of ads in Alabama and Mississippi.

The ad buy begins Thursday afternoon and will feature a commercial criticizing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on health care reform.

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The PAC on Wednesday called for Gingrich to get out of the Republican primary race.

"On the heels of our call for Newt Gingrich to unite conservatives by exiting the race, now we are investing heavily in the next two primary states to ensure that happens with Santorum victories in Alabama and Mississippi. Then voters will be able to have a choice between an authentic conservative in Santorum and a calculated conservative in Mitt Romney," Stuart Roy, spokesman for the Red, White and Blue Fund, told CNN.

The super PACs supporting Romney and Gingrich are already on the air with major television buys in both states.

The Santorum campaign also confirmed to CNN Thursday that it was going up with spots in Alabama and Mississippi. Both states hold Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Mississippi • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. RayJacksonMS

    Please keep these freaks out of Mississippi. We don't wan't them here.

    March 8, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Waste of money, Santorum is still a CHURCH FREAK and won't win any general election regardless of who is running. He is a nut case!!!

    March 8, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Russ

    I can't even begin to imagine the fate of the United States if we were to elect a preacher as President. Doesn't any one see what happens in other countries that elect religious zealots as leaders? Wake up America. Atheist unite and put and end to this magic man in the sky crap.

    March 8, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. jb1963

    A waste of money. Thins guy couldn't be elected president of the PTA.
    Ohh wait their is no more PTA the right wants to get rid of schools.

    March 8, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Why do the GOP candidates and the GOP hate Americans so much? Why does it hate the Affordable Health Care Act, a plan that was originally written by and supported by Republicans?

    March 8, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    And why does the GOP want a war with women? The "mandate" that President Obama proposes (employers or insurers covering the cost of women's preventive medicine and contraceptives) is already law in 28 states, and was signed into law by Republican governors, including Romney and religious nut Mike Huckabee. The GOP faces certain extinction (God willing) if it continues down this path of blatant lies, misinformation, and hypocrisy.

    March 8, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. GI Joe.

    Pope Santorum hits the Souh. They'll worship him there.

    March 8, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Soon the election will be over and we won't have to listen to this creep anymore.

    March 8, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Ricky wants to defund Planned Parenthood, which, through its family planning services, does more to prevent unwanted pregnancy and the need for abortion than any other organization in America.

    Why does Ricky want to increase the need for more abortions?

    Just asking ...

    March 8, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Newt Gingrich has to stay in the race at least until the Alabama and Mississippi contests, just to save face. But, wouldn't it be far worse for Gingrich if stays in a loses those contests? I would think so. Right about now, it looks like Santorum is going to take both states from Gingrich.

    March 8, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. johnmenacherjr

    So exactly what is this guy? Evangelical whooppee or a Catholic like I was raised I have no clue. I do not trust evangelicals!

    March 8, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. ajp40503

    Conservatives need to stop this nonsense and get behind Romney. Santorum and Newt have zero chance of winning a general election.

    March 8, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Keep those negative Super PAC ads going...the more the better. Don't hold back...Bash the other three candidates with everthing you have. Throw in the kitchen sink while you are at it. Keep revealing the dirt and skeletons iin the closets all the way to the convention.

    March 8, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Rogerdoods

    Why should you vote for Santorum ... He is nothing but a noise!!! He is not a President material... But I agree he is a preacher... He is such a mistake... I hope that he too should quit along with 3 other contenders and start build up Romney as the nominee... This is enough... Time to move on...

    March 8, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. dreamer96

    The women of America would like to remind the GOP that they would like the GOP to cancel their primary and just tell Obama he has won already....

    March 8, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. cali girl

    The best way to spend that money is not on commercials, better yet go to any street in America and give that money away to the folks who need it, That way you will get the satisfaction of charity (which you barely did last year), and make someone happy.

    March 8, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. judy

    the money going to rick and newt would be better spent helping people get back on their feet. The super pacs are a super waste. we need to get rid of them for everyone. With out the superpacs Obama would be way ahead. Lets see what happens in the ol south. Land of kissen cousins. Hope they have grown a backbone over the last few years.

    March 8, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    Very good news came out today morning that is “GOP activists fear primary takes a toll on Romney” now who is crying
    Go Rick you will win all southern states please stay in the race we can read more good news like this

    March 8, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. carrie

    Suoer Pacs will go down in history as the worse decision the rright wing / Supreme Court majority ever made. But now it is the law of the land, and all we can do is tolerate it . Ads now have the money from so many hidden sources that they are nastier than ever. I just turn them off !
    I live in Alabama and I will not vote for Newt , Rick, or Mitt......super pac ads will be a waste iof their money!

    March 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |