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. Anonymous

    The premise of this piece is so hollow that I wonder why the Santorum organization would even mount it. It may play well to Santorum's radical base, but I doubt it will win any new converts.

    March 24, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Mike Texoma

    The premise of this piece is so patently hollow that I wonder why the Santorum campaign would even mount it. It may play to Santorum's radical base, but I doubt it will win any new converts.

    March 24, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Scary is Santorum in the White House with Limbaugh as his political advisor.

    March 24, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Jane

    Better than living in Santorum's Whackjobistan. So, I guess all those stories about Mr. Santorum being a truly nasty piece of work when he was in Congress are true. Jesus IS coming, Ricky, and boy is he ticked off at you!!!

    March 24, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Peter

    Republicans have warned us that liberal policies spell the end of the world more times than that crazy preacher who kept predicting and end to the world that never happened. Conservatives cried bloody murder when liberals created Medicare, the weekend, worker's rights, civil rights, and on and on. Each time, our country got stronger and became a better place. So, to my Republican friends, it's OK. Everything is going to be just fine under liberal stewardship of this country. Calm down, relax.

    March 24, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Norepublicans_allowed

    Republicans really live in a delusion. Who do you think brought about the bad economic conditions ? If republicans would love war making and the mileage so much the economy would be far better. "attack on religion " ? What kind of garbage statement us that ?just because mist sane people don't want the US to become a republican theocracy republicans go grazy

    March 24, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. flyers4n

    Pity the poor conservatives who have to put up with this collection of morons, in this election cycle. I never thought I would feel sorry for them!

    March 24, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Conrack

    It's a sign of desperation when your message is one of fear, hate and ignorance instead of a coherent plan to move this natio=n ahead. The sooner that the voters push the reactionary GOP/Teaparty aside, the better off we will be.

    March 24, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. joe

    The full horror of Obamacare? You mean, people being able to get insurance in spite of pre=existing conditions is scary? Try getting insurance without the protection that law provides if you want to see something scary.

    March 24, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Scott

    The article fails to mention the subliminal messages embedded in the video of the Iranian president. The GOP has reached a new low with this.

    March 24, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Deep North

    So now we have Rod Serling running for President?

    March 24, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. Larry L

    @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'
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Great comment Tom!

    March 24, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. a realist

    The Repubs are real experts at showing what whack jobs they are. They are obviously getting desperate and scared as the economy continues to improve. And Obamacare? Hurray for that! The real horror would be a right-wing, Republican theocracy, in which only the rich and Fundie Christians would matter. But as long as the Repubs keep pulling each other and the party apart, things just look better and better for OBAMA/BIDEN 2012. Go get 'em, guys!

    March 24, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. a realist

    And there's another encouraging article right here on CNN tonight: "Two Economists Say All Signs Point to Obama." YES!

    March 24, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. HenryMiller

    "You mean, people being able to get insurance in spite of pre=existing conditions is scary?"

    Insurance is a kind of gambling. Do you really think it's reasonable to try to force insurance companies to accept bets they've already lost? Since you seem to be suffering from the pre-existing condition called "stupidity," maybe you do.

    March 24, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. cathstar

    Same old Republican scare tactics. What we should be afraid of is even the remote possibility that Santorum could become President. His narrow-minded thinking, across the board, is terrifying.

    March 24, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. sparknut

    It's sad that Mr. Santarum has stooped so low. Sad, but not surprising.

    March 24, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama has tried work with other countries when they share the same view as we do on an issue and tried to reach compromise with other when an issue is important because we aren't the only world leader (the greatest but not the only). There are plenty of problems here like heath insurance and care which the GOP doesn't like and can't come up with a replacement at all. I think that whatever "Obamasville" Santorum dreams up isn't real but would be better than his world.

    March 24, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. sparknut

    I wonder if life in Santorum's ideal would would mean going back 60 years or so regarding contraception. Remember when condoms could not be sold to prevent pregnancy, but were supposedly only sold to prevent disease? Santorum has said that states should have the power to regulate contraception. Do you really want Rick Santorum in your bedroom? Is this the kind of "freedom" that Republicans want for the USA?

    March 24, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. cm

    @HenryMiller= What you say is insane..what would you have people do who have cancer or heart disease etc., lay down in a ditch and die? What;s the matter wit you? The idea for insuranve is everyone pays to offset the cost of someone who incurs large medical bills. Believe me, the insurance companies will still make huge profits.

    March 24, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. J Epting

    @HenryMiller

    insurance is gambling for those who choose to or choose not to purchase it. it is NOT gambling for the providers. they collect FAR ABOVE what they ever dream to pay out. it's simply business. to believe that they WON'T benefit in the end is ludicrous. they'll take an initial hit, but they'll be just fine; we'll still PAY them. they'll simply make a smidgen less and the citizenry will be slightly better off (i'd love to say much better off but that is yet to be seen).

    March 24, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. PTNY

    I haven't seen the video but if the photo with this article is part of it..hmmmm

    Looks like he's trying to resemble the Osama Bin Laden watching himself video. ? Yes ? No ?
    Obama a terrorist?

    March 24, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    This ad has several purposes, none of which are to persuade any independent or moderate democrat to vote for Santorum in the fall. He's giving the finger to Romney by ignoring him to concentrate on Obama, which is Romney's favorite tactic. He is auditioning to the right wing and the GOP base how he would campaign against Obama. Lastly, as has been noted in many posts above, he is whipping up the racists and the rednecks and the not-too-bright.

    March 24, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. Canadian Observer

    Wouldnt it be a horrible world if all the poor people in America were allowed to have medical care?!?!?! As most industrialized nations in the world have allready realized...socialized medicine is not only the most popular model in the world...but its the only humane model. It works in Canada (despite the Rebublican fear mongering) I work in Health care in Canada. Everyone who needs healthcare gets it, regardless of occupational or socioeconomic status. People who need acute intervention for emergencies, get help immediately. The ONLY reason some Canadians see longer wait times in emergency departments than whats typical in the States...is because up here, everyone can go to the emergency room when they need to. Obama care is not a sollution, but its the smartest thing to happen in health care in America in a long time.

    March 25, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. ep

    I don't think I saw any black people in that ad.

    March 25, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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