Santorum video: 'Obamaville' is a house of horrors
March 24th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum video: 'Obamaville' is a house of horrors

(CNN) – Crows perch on spindly trees. Barren streets and empty swing sets. An antiquated wall clock. A playground carousel spinning slowly with an eerie screech.

The visuals conjure a horror film or the old TV series, "The Twilight Zone."

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But the collection of spine-tingling scenes pervades Rick Santorum's new web video trailer about life under the Obama administration.

It's called "Welcome to Obamaville."

The brief web video is a taste of an upcoming eight-episode series that showcases what the campaign says is Obama's incompetence and the harsh reality of life in America during his watch.

"Small businesses are struggling and families are worried about their jobs and their future," the narrator says. "The wait to see a doctor is ever increasing. Gas prices through the roof, and their freedom of religion under attack."

In one image, a silhouetted figure holding a gas pump nozzle to his head accompanies the warning of rising gas prices.

At one point, as the ghostly music begins to build and the piece nears conclusion, the narrator warns against "a sworn American enemy" and a television flickers between images of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Obama.

"Welcome to a place where one president's failed policies really hit home. Welcome to Obamaville, more than a town, a cautionary tale, coming soon to ricksantorum.com," the narrator said.

John Brabender, a senior advisor to Santorum, told CNN the campaign has no plans to purchase airtime for the video.

"It will illustrate how radically life will change for the average American when we have out of control gas prices, the full impact of Obamacare, and the daily nightmare of a nuclear armed Iran," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Mikey, the only supporters Santorum has left are the ignorant and the fearful. He has managed to alienate everyone else with his public statements about our schools, our desire for our children to be better off than we are, our desire for affordable health care, etc.
    What I would like to ask Ricko is this – given that we are producing more oil and more natural gas than our current refineries can produce, why are our gas prices still so high? Do the chairmen of Exxon-Mobil, BP, Shell, Sun, etc. need new yachts?

    March 24, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. patrick

    when a man running for the persidency can look unemployed people in the face and tell them how unemployed he is, what so scary is that the s.o.b. made 42 million in two years. the president found a 10 trillion defeict & a country to run no revune comming in to pay for the money they borrow to give themselves this hugh break, plus 2 war they borrowed to fight, he ask for revune ,they answer to him not on these so call job creator. how can a man running for the presidency have his money overseas with his tax rate to his advantage putting money in his sons trust fund can be call a job creator & needs to be protcted?

    March 24, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. 1twinsfan

    President Obama wants my group health insurance to cover birth control the same way that it covers Viagra for the male employees. Santorum thinks sex is just for making babies and your religion better be the same as his. And people think there is a choice between these two?

    March 24, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Real Issue

    Rick Sanitarium of the Republi"con" Party has got it the right way!!! The Right of his party is "right". They were right in nominating one of the worst president's ever in U.S. History, Mr. George W. Bush who couldn't find Bin Laudin, who led this country to the worst recession/depression ever, who deregulated Wall Street to its worst, who led Rick Sanitarium to vote for nearly all of his policies that caused the worst financial situation since the Great Depression, who caused the Great Recession and allowed for the worst housing Depression ever. Sanitarium, GingRich and RawMoney (Romney) do not have a clue. Seriously, Santorum was voted out in Pennsylvania due to his policies, GingRich was voted out as Speaker of the House due to his scandal and Romney had romneycare which was the basis for the present Health Plan.

    My fellow Americans, do not be fooled by these candidates including Ron Paul who wrote the most racist letters one would not want to read!! All four (4) have no idea how to run this country and should not be counted to do so. Let them keep their day job, except Romney and Santorum who have no jobs right now and are doing quite well!!! Keep them doing exactly what they are doing. That's the Real Issue.

    March 24, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Dick

    Due the depths of despair have no bottom?

    March 24, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. J Knope

    After this Obama not only my vote but a good sized check. These people don't have a clue what America stands for or is about. If God were here he'd tell it to your face "Man, you are some kind of sinner."

    March 24, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Thomas

    How much did the ad coast to make ? Great editing , true surrealism at it best.

    I think Rick bought it used from Michele Bachmann .

    March 24, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. rude

    Using fear is all they have, I am scared all the way to the bank.

    March 24, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. gina

    I think anyone whos taken the time to get america back on the right track deserves another term ALL ABOARD

    March 24, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. grandmadia

    I thought that TRUE CHRISTIANS showed respect for others even if they don't agree with them. I quess I was wrong or I was brought up to respect others.They should also remember what goes around comes around. So one of these days when they become the recipients of the abuse don't complain.I am utterly disqusted with all 4 of the nominee wanabees.

    March 24, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Orwell shrugs

    The GOP has learned much from Joseph Goebbels.

    Rick now is the time to remake Birth of a Nation, borrow Romney's magic etch-a-sketch. Newt can play Flora and you can be military leader Colonel Ben Cameron.

    Personally I prefer Obamaville, it is much better than Decider Bush, or Bedtime for Bonzo, or Nixxon Wars.

    Looking forward to voting for season two of Obamaville, and voting the republicans off the island !!!

    March 24, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Mike JJ

    How can anyone take these bizarro world characters seriously? President Obama has my vote, too. I cannot fathom the US with any of these Republican candidates in charge. They would bring a whole new meaning to the old slogan, "Be afraid."
    Besides the really strange stuff, they somehow believe the President controls gas prices; that national health care for all is a bad idea (Bob Dole doesn't think so - it was his idea, first); and that they can give tax cuts to the rich and somehow, the deficit will get smaller. Unbelievable. It would be funny if it all weren't so sad.

    March 24, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Andrew

    LOL @ the video. Too absurd. Aren't Republicans ashamed that their followers eat this stuff up. How low can the party go?

    March 24, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Tom

    No, my friends, the "real issue" is that we have no one from either party running for president or serving in congress who is not controlled by and deeply indebted corporate 'people' – including unions. To run for or serve as an elected official at any level you incur 'political debt' which is expected to be repaid. I have not seen an elected official in years who is worthy of the trust and respect of our citizenry.

    Look at big oil. Why is it that our government only collects 12.5% royalty on oil produced on government owned land? And then allows an 'oil depletion allowance' to the oil companies for depleting our oil? Time to claw back most of the special government give aways that do not benefit the citizens directly.

    Finally, perhaps it is time for a constitutional amendment that clearly provides that only a 'real person' can be considered a 'person', that limits campaign and other political contributions in an equitable manner, subjects all elected officials to the laws they enact, establishes clear benchmarks for the role of govenrment and how government performace is to be measured and ties government pay, benefits and budget to how well they perform.

    March 24, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. Mike

    GDP up since almost 6 % since the depths of Bush. Stocks almost double since the depths of Bush. Job growth near half a million a month more than the depths of Bush. Out of a reasonless war in Iraq since the depths of Bush and down Osama and Moamar since the depths of Bush. Top it off with domestic oil production that is up 15% since the depths of Bush.

    It's hard to argue with success.

    Much happier in Obamaville than in Bushville... Yes indeedy!

    March 24, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. ethandy

    Then we are left to wonder. Does Mr. Santorum's toxic rhetoric and false claims and hollow criticisms represent what this country is all about? Has he gone off the deep end in his desperation to win religious zealots predisposed to hate? Unwilling to reason or to reflect or to search their souls for the common goodness that resides in all of us? Mr. Santorum can offer nothing but his antiquated beliefs and misguided vision of America. An America that is intolerant of others. That eats itself from within and leaves this sorry husk of a constitution withering in the cold starlight and completely devoid of the freedom that so many have given their very lives for. I am saddened that so many human citizens find this vision acceptable. Have they forgotten that we are all – each of us – in this thing together? That we are brothers and sisters? I am not a praying person, but if were so inclined, it would be to rid ourselves of the human and national malignancy espoused by Mr. Santorum. President Obama – like all presidents before him and those who will follow after him – loves his country. Of that, I am certain. When Mr. Santorum paints such a picture of darkness, he places all of us in it. Is this what we want?

    March 24, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. hexman13

    How come the very people that have been, and will be further badly
    affected by the Repubs. support and vote for them? They have taken
    away millions of their jobs, have, and want to continue denying them
    health care. It's okay for these so called wannabe "leaders" to make
    millions of dollars, not have their children serve in the military to fight
    the wars they created for the oil industry, it seems.
    Why does a major political party want to destroy the country they profess
    to serve? If they get elected in Nov. the U.S. implosion could be close behind.

    March 24, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. CBR

    If this is how Mr. Santorum uses his campaign funds then his wish to be the GOP candidate is in trouble. He certainly did not have good advice because these spots will not help his campaign. The blame game is alive and well in the GOP. Do you ever wonder why they blame others even though they had a hand in making the problems. The fact that Republicans sat on their hands for three years and did nothing to help us out of this recession is never mentioned.

    March 24, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Orwell shrugs

    After watching it I was surprised Rick could be so creative.

    The video editing was pretty good, somebody only Romney could afford to hire.

    Plus the contract on america message, the impending chicken-little-catastrophe that Newt might croak about:
    "Falling EMP, RETREAT to Moonbase PALIN. Obama killed the greatest nation on earth."

    They must have all pitched in on production, giving Rick the credit for this Cult blockbuster.

    March 24, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. JohnRJohnson

    I just watched the idiot who created this "Obamaville" ad defend it on CNN. This is a guy who is making money by frightening gullible, uninformed voters with disgusting lies and almost childlike accusations against the President. I don't know if the TV spot upsets me more than the fact that there are fools out there who are actually swayed by this sewage. My guess is that this is just a sample of the kind of political commercials we will see from the right during the presidential campaign. The one thing that Santorum and Romney supporters have in common is a pathological hatred of this president. No lie is too great or accusation too outrageous if it will reach this group of half-witted voters.

    March 24, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Libera7or

    Santorum would rather have Obama win than Romney. However, if Romney does win Santorum will vote and work for him.

    March 24, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. citizen9

    Please be careful where you point that gas nozzle.........can't stop laughing.......oh boy.......do people really believe this crap? The Pubbies have gone comletely looney HaHaHaHa

    March 24, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Jeff in San Diego

    Anyone want to take the over under on how many months in office it will be before we start a war with Iran if the GOP takes the White House? I'm sayin' 8 months.

    March 24, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. lll

    Santorum wants to force r@pe victims to have their attacker's child.
    He also calls contraception dangerous and is ok with it being illegal.
    People like Santorum are why we need separation of church and state.

    March 24, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    when you run out of viable attacks then the Karl Rove plan of "fear and mis-information" is what Republicans go to. Used to work all the time but I think the electorate is starting to tire of it and only the true heart Obama-haters now are the ones that enjoy this type of politics.

    March 24, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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