Romney attacks Santorum on Illinois airwaves
March 16th, 2012
01:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney attacks Santorum on Illinois airwaves

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad on Friday in Illinois, hitting rival Rick Santorum ahead of the state's primary next week.

"Who can turn around the economy and defeat Barack Obama? Not Rick Santorum," the ad's narrator says.

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The commercial, "Wrong Choice," goes further, criticizing the former Pennsylvania senator as an "economic lightweight" and citing media reports highly critical of Santorum's plan for the economy.

Romney has repeatedly used the 'lightweight' term to describe Santorum, as well as President Barack Obama, on the campaign trail.

Switching gears, the ad then highlights Romney's plan, quoting an American Enterprise Institute analysis that describes his policies as "the boldest GOP agenda since Reagan."

The narrator continues: "Mitt Romney: ready to lead the nation to a new era."

With 54 delegates at stake in the Illinois primary on Tuesday, the state has already become prime battleground for the candidates.

Team Romney's ad buys in Illinois totaled $939,000 as of Thursday, while the super PAC supporting Romney, Restore Our Future, had purchased $2.5 million in air time.

Meanwhile, the Santorum campaign and its super PAC–Red, White and Blue Fund–had spent more than $430,000 combined on Illinois ads.

A Chicago Tribune/WGN Poll released Saturday showed a tight race in the state, indicating 35% of likely Republican voters backed Romney, while 31% backed Santorum–a margin well within the sampling error.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. beevee

    Romney's campaign is proving that in this country money makes and breaks. in this case presidential primaries. Romney seems to have a lot of money and so he is going after his opponents maligning them with his expensive advertisements. In reality what Romeny gloats about hsi executive business experience that makes him an idela GOP candidate is nothing more than unscrupulous business activities that made money to him and his shareholders at the expense of many jobs lost. What we need is a leader can lead the nation not a bunch of businessmen. Romney does not fit it.

    March 16, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Four years and still massive unemployment with Obama. Almost a TRILLION WASTED to stimulate the wallets of union leaders and their sheep. Obamacare around the corner wating to destroy our healthcare system. To get rid of Obamacare and record unemployment, we must get rid of Obama.

    It really is that simple.

    March 16, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    @ Tom Paine -

    "sorry, Staples is not a career for anyone long-term."
    --------
    Neither is McDonalds, Home Depot, etc. Tom, I don't know things were for you growing up, but I would have given my left arm for a job at a place as "good" as Staples (you should have seen some of the places I worked). But the fact of the matter is that these entry level jobs put fodder on your resume while at the same time the hard work instills an appreciation of the value of a dollar and builds work ethic... qualities sorely lacking nowadays.

    March 16, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Four years and we still have high unemployment. Almost a trillion wasted to stimulate the wallets of Wall Street executives and thier minions. The Ryan Plan is on deck, waiting to destroy Medicare and affordable health care. Etc, etc.

    It really is that simple.
    ----------------
    It really is that simple to demonstrate just how badly Republicans damaged the US and global economies.

    March 16, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. YOU Decide 2012: A country where 1% have all the money or a country with thriving middle class

    That reminds me. When Reagan was president, unemployment rate was above 10%. And Romney wants to be the next Reagan?

    March 16, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. mike

    Romney and Santorum are fighting to see who gets to drive the Clown Car.

    March 16, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. ourjungle

    Romney....stay focused on the Economy and Energy...attack Obama....Santorum is starting to feed upon himself....he will be campainging against open mouth kissing soon.

    March 16, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think Fair missed Tom's point.

    March 16, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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