Santorum video: 'Obamaville' is a house of horrors
March 24th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
3 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. enfilmigult

    Geez, don't overdo it or anything.

    March 25, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  2. david Rutledge

    Rick Santorum likes to flaunt his religion and pray in public (which Jesus said we should NOT do) but his rhetoric sounds much more fascist then Christian. I've always been nauseated by people who brag about how Christian they are but act so mean-spirited. The advantage of having someone like RS in the race is that he is a good barometer of ignorance in the country – because, with all due respect to people's reasons for voting, I find it hard to believe that anybody could not see through this straw man. Both his politics and his manner of condescension toward Obama – as well as his frightening notions of creating a nation with religious ties – are frightening.

    March 25, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. normajean @ verizon ,com

    In a real world, Mr. Santorum is VERY strange........In every sense this man is trying to take women and their personal health back to the dark ages. ...Why can't he just leave us alone and we'll handle it ourselves as we have done for many,many years.The women I know say they wouldn't vote for him under ANY conditions!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  4. parkmore

    Santorum is the real devil that could destroy anything

    March 25, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. Pat

    santorum is a living, breathing, walkiing, talking HORROR.

    March 25, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Margaret

    There will be little or nothing Santorum can do about the price of gas. Not one of them including the current President can do much about the price of gas. They could say did a well on every street corner and it would not happen. I look around my neighborhood, and the houses may not be sold the way they were before the crash, but they have been and either new families or renters are in them. We have fewer empty houses. My neighbors who were not working are now working. No the housing boom is not back and it won't be back for a while. Give me a break.

    March 25, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. dan5404

    This video illustrates the kind of maniacal ultra- right slime ball Santorum is. But he is right about one thing, Obama should bring chills down the spine of any jerk like he or Romney who think they have a chance against a true family man and patriot who is working to better the country with no help from the party of lies and fear mongering. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    March 25, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. DBalt

    Yea Rick. Times for small businesses under Obama are horrific. Yup. Ah, why check facts...that's so un-FoxNews like. My small business? We've had back-to-back-to-back best years ever, with revenues up 81% in three years. We've doubled our staff. We developed new products. We added services for our clients (and included them in our pricing...without raising prices). We continue to offer a near Cadillac PPO insurance program for our employees...despite being able to cut premiums for employees with family coverage by almost $5,000/year plus saved the company 25%. Year end revenue share bonuses for every employee was the highest ever in 2011 (with some associates breaking down crying when they saw how big the checks were!). Yup, things have been really bad under Obama. Oh, wait, that's right...we haven't tried to stagnate growth like the Republicans have tried ("If we just do nothing, more people will suffer and we can win!")...we've just displayed good old American aggressiveness. FYI, I am not a Democrat...I'm a former Republican turned Independent...who did door to door campaigning for President Obama in 2008 after seeing how the Republicans nearly wiped out the world economy with their greed. Rick and his far right, down-trodden, Southern, uneducated Evangelical supporters need to stop pointing fingers, worrying about how they are becoming a dying breed (survival of the fittest proves, once again, to be true!), and start doing something constructive like all us small business owners who are thriving under the Obama administration.

    March 25, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. John J. Puccio

    The GOP loves to make up these fictional stories of the President, this time a ridiculous "horror" story. The facts are that the stock market is way up, unemployment is going down, house sales are up, the auto industry is thriving, we're producing more oil than at any time in our history. So what do the Republicans do? Lie. And then have the nerve to ask the middle class to give even more of their money to the rich.

    March 25, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  10. Paul Ernest Show

    Santorum and his associates are showing how out of touch and naive they are. Santorum would have done a better job at catching up with Romney had it not been his uncultivated and tactless actions. He consistently showed he was anti-women, anti-gays, made racists remarks about giving blacks some else stuff, self righteousness while accusing the president of looking down on people. By engaging in these almost wacky reactions, he dignified Romney, and people deserted him. He's not going anywhere.

    March 25, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  11. Logic N LA

    Vile, unethical, bigoted, mean-spirited, narrow-minded and hateful.
    Those are Santorum's good qualities.
    Anyone that could or would consider supporting this man is not an American or a Christian.

    March 25, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  12. ralph

    It sure is scary under obama.... i mean this whole gaining jobs capturing terrorists, convincing nkorea to give up nukes, guarenting coverage with no limits on insurance, pumping more domestic oil, profitable car companies, the middleclass getting tax breaks... oh wait all of that is only scary if your rich. Equality is coming Obama will win.

    March 25, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    @Randall: "I like the statement where freedom of religion is under attack."

    Sanitorium is pandering to all those right wingers who think that if they don't get their way all the time, they are being persecuted.

    These right wingers are absolutely dumb in so many ways, but in particular, they don't get that we live in a representative democracy, not a theocracy, not a plutocracy, and that THEY DON'T ALWAYS GET THEIR WAY!

    And Sanitorium has the nerve to insinuate those of us who believe in the pluralist society our Founders envisioned are somehow trying to take away THEIR freedom?!?

    C'mon!

    March 25, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  14. chrisnot

    Just how much would this situation change if these candidates had to be responsible for what they said or what their agents (superpacs) said? If they were to be elected, the leaders of other nations in this ever shrinking world wouldn't put one iota of faith in their word. In the eyes of other nations, the character of all candidates has to be extremely suspect.., has to be. These people, above and below the equator are paying attention and we are not.

    March 25, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    A person may hold the religious belief that everyone should conform to their religious belief, but that doesn't fly in the US. Why? Because we have the First Amendment which guarantees EVERYONE'S right to religious freedom.

    Here's a simple analogy: Your religious belief may dictate that you can kill people, but that's a crime in the US, so sorry, bub, you don't get to practice that part of your "faith."

    March 25, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  16. ned

    That video was. . .unpresidential.

    March 25, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Santorum is an idiot...he has no chance of winning. He lost re-election in his own state of Pennsylvania and he is behind in polls there now. If they don't want him why should we?

    March 25, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  18. Ray

    Santorum is an idiot...he has no chance of winning. He lost re-election in his own state of Pennsylvania and he is behind in polls there now. If they don't want him why should we?

    March 25, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  19. angryoldguy

    Santorum is a diseased maniac! The GOP is beyond redemption at this point. It is almost impossible to stomach this crap! It is beyond sick, it is psychotic!

    March 25, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  20. DrJStrangepork

    Blatant propaganda is just so insulting and tired. It is too easily spotted. If any candidate (or PAC) is wasting money on producing the crap... they should be forced to give the equivalent amount used to make it to every person who filed a tax return.

    March 25, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  21. mark

    Ricky was right, the more I see of this, the more I think Obama is a safer choice.

    March 25, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  22. Donaldbain

    This is just an example of the disgraceful ad campaigns to come. Santorum should be totally ashamed of himself for this utter nonsense. The economic problems of the US are firmly rooted in the Republican party and trying to foist that responsibility onto Obama is just a phony blame game. What do you intend to do, Ricky? No one knows, including you. It doesn't matter anyway because you will never be president.

    March 25, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  23. McGuffin

    When did GOP become synonymous with BS artist?

    March 25, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  24. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republican scare tactics won't work this time, Dem landslide coming in Nov. Republicans should be thrown out of government totally and take truth with you. Moon bus maybe???

    March 25, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  25. Brwalem

    This from the candidate that's having MO delegates pulled out from under him due to a lack of organization – by none other than Ron Paul? What a loser!

    March 25, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
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