New ad, old refrain from Team Santorum
March 20th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

New ad, old refrain from Team Santorum

(CNN) – A new Rick Santorum radio ad uses a joke and Mitt Romney's recent comments about the English language in Puerto Rico to paint the frontrunner as inconsistent.

"A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. And the bartender says 'Hello Mitt.' Funny, but true," the narrator says, recycling a joke used by pro-Santorum super PAC backer Foster Friess. "You see Mitt Romney doesn't seem to have any core values, just kinda says what he thinks people want to hear."

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The ad, which starts airing nationally on Tuesday according to the campaign, says Romney's comments last week about making English the official language in Puerto Rico are the latest example of his shifting stances.

"After telling us he supports making English our official language, seems old Mitt got caught in Puerto Rico telling voters there he opposes them having to learn English to become a U.S. state," the narrator says. "Where does Mitt Romney stand on issues? I guess it all depends on who he's standing in front of."

Ahead of the nominating contest in Puerto Rico, Santorum said English should be the "principle language" for the territory to be considered for statehood while Team Romney said it was not a prerequisite for the legal recognition. Spanish and English are already the official languages of the island.

Tuesday's commercial also touts Santorum's statements in Puerto Rico, saying the former Pennsylvania senator "went right in there and told them 'you want to become a state, start teaching English in your schools.'"


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    Oh give it a rest, Spanish is not even Puerto Rico's legitimate language, the Taino Puerto Rican Native Indian language is the true language of Puerto Rico, Spain introduced the Taino native Indians to the Spanish language when they colonized Puerto Rico. English was introduced to the US when the British colonized the US ( Spain abandoned the US) If anything the US should have English as the primary language along the Native American Indian language, not Spanish from Spain. Let's not forget the Native American Indians.

    March 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    Santorum is as ignorant and inexperienced as Obama was – I lived in Puerto Rico for two years, guess what? They do teach English in their schools. I was a teaching assistant at an elementary school. Santorum is only concerned about himself. He is a failed politician, a failed businessman and is just looking for a way to enhance his position. Romney is the only one not in the race for himself – he genuinely wants to help Americans.

    March 20, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. B

    When does Santorum Ever talk about what he plans to do for working people in this country?

    Never-ending wedge issues.

    March 20, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Man, this makes Santorum look and sound bad. Hey, Rick! When was the last time you had something positive to say. I know you think that saying "defeat Obama" is a great applause line, which it is, but don't you think that you need to actually sell yourself at some point in time?

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Santorum is weak on the economy and more so on foreign policy. When was the last time you heard him mention the word "middle class" or "my jobs plan"? Oops, I mean have you ever heard him use those phrases. When have you ever heard Rick Santorum discuss foreign policy other than in terms of sort of violence against followers of Islam? Have you ever heard him say France, England, Germany, or Australia? Gotta think about it, don't ya?

    March 20, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. SR

    It's getting real old. I can't wait until it's just Romney and Obama that this is about. Romney will unite the party and draw votes from enough demographics and corners to defeat Obama. It's going to happen. At that time, Santorum will be just a footnote in the events leading up to Mitt's victory.

    March 20, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Jeremy wrote on page 1:

    .... Romney is the only one not in the race for himself – he genuinely wants to help Americans.
    ---------
    Really? I've never heard Romney say that he wants to "help" Americans. Romney says that he wants to protect "economic freedom", which is coded language for "greed."

    I've never heard Romney say that he wants to help the poor, but I have heard him say that he is "not concerned" about the poor. Not concerned because "the poor have safety nets" that protect them from people like Romney who has publicly stated that he wants to cut away at those safety nets.

    I've never heard Romney say that he wants to "help" anyone except for helping the "job creators."

    March 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Debby

    Santorum should just quit. The joke about Romney was silly. This is why our country is in such a mess, because Obama is so far left, congress is all Dems. and no one works together. Core values mean nothing if you don't have common sense Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Jeremy, Mitt is not in the race for the American people. He is in the race for the Replican party only. He does not care about the rest of America. You see, there is more work to be done to complete the damage that Bush did to the country and only a Republican can can finish the job properly.

    March 20, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Keep the political circus going all the way to the convention...although the ridiculous things coming out their mouths, especially Santorum, are getting a little tiresome. All four candidates are showing America that they have very little to offer.

    March 20, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. honeybe

    What a miserable excuse for a "Christian". All he does is snipe, degrade and insult.

    March 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    Debby are you insane?? Congress is all dems?? Since when? If congress was all dems, the President would have been able to accomplish a lot more. Congress is mostly rethugs who say no to each and everything the President proposes. The President has faced nothing but block after block by the rethugs. Do us all a favor and read up on it.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 20, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    Rudy NYC – " I've never heard Romney say that he wants to "help" Americans"

    Then you haven't listened to him. Don't pretend like you know what Romney is about. Google his speeches and you'll see that in almost every one he talks about how he cares about using his experience to get Americans back to work. You are obviously a partisan fool. By the way, I supported Obama in '08, but he has been such a miserable leader – I wish he wasn't, but he is. Vote on the issues, not for Party in 2012.

    March 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Mitt Romney Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    I like the fact that Sanctimonious Santorum is calling Mannequin Mitt for the fluffy lightweight that he is....and I'll be glad if this mudfight is taking all the way to the GOP convention!!!!

    March 20, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Just Say No to Flipper

    Nice to the see the typical LSD groupies out spouting their pro-Rmoney nonsense on primary day. It's as predictable as the sunrise.

    March 20, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |