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. timz

    "'Welcome to a place where one president's failed policies really hit home. '"

    That President, of course, is George W. Bush and Santorum's policies would be even worse.

    March 25, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. evensteven

    When you are a candidate without great ideas, the only thing you can do is demonize, demonize, demonize the President.

    As an independent voter, it got real old about 3 years ago. I refuse to vote for any candidate who is negative, hysterical and has no ideas worth selling to the American public . . .

    March 25, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  3. yuri

    Shall we say these sound like the satanic verses of Santorum? It is not way over the top, yet. We can wait and watch for more of these freakshows from a sickening Santorum, who should crawl back to his wormhole. But then it ain't gonna happen.

    March 25, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  4. ElmerGantry

    What's really awful is Santorum taking a 20 week dead fetus home for his children to cuddle, sing to, and talk sweet things into it's ear!

    Hard to believe, but true. Read it in Karen Garver Santorum's book Letters to Gabriel

    March 25, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  5. BK

    This is the most irresponsible and disgusting campaign video I have ever seen. The image of the man holding the gas pump to his head as if it were a gun is offensive. The mixing of images of the Iranian president and our President is a joke; suggesting that we would enable a nuclear Iran. If I were a praying man, I would pray that once Rick Santorum drops out of this race, he will never get elected to any political office ever again. He is that nuts.

    March 25, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  6. dwhynot

    There is negative advertizing and then there is Nasty adveritzing

    March 25, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. SixDegrees

    Hollow, as already stated. But no more so than "Hope. Change."

    March 25, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. The Film Professor

    One of the many problems with this idea is it doesn't seem to understand that things are getting better every day, all across the country, much to the "horror" of the GOP. I just got a FT job this past Friday, after 3 years of working multiple PT jobs at all hours of the day and night and countless applications and interviews. Millions of others across the country share my story. And we've also been through the nightmare of having to pay for health insurance on the private market to the tune of $1000/month and high deductibles - what they call "Obamacare" is GREATLY needed reform and finally an end to your health insurance being linked to your employer.

    March 25, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Sasquatch

    Replace Obama in the video with Santorum.
    The only thing missing is the zombies crawling out of thier graves.
    When Romney or Santorum has to come back to the center for the general
    election, they wont even know where it is.

    March 25, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. kady

    Excellent video, articulating precisely the concerns of American about this pathetic president. Solutions to economic issues are never found in the government, because governments don't run economies in free market systems.

    You want to try another system, go do it on your own time.

    March 25, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Martha in CF

    Sanitarium is so out of reach with what is happening in America. Sorry, G W's work for 8 years led America down the wrong path.....The President and his people are fixing it, bit by bit......The whole Republican party is out of touch!!!! Let's change the congress's pensions, ability to carry medical insurance when they retire, you name all the benefits they get and see how they carry on!!!!!!!!!
    This ad is dark and that is how the Redumblicans think they can win this next election. Pity all of us if this should happen.

    March 25, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Peter Merkin

    This is just the reality of our first practicing Marxist president.

    March 25, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. pechampion

    He ad proves that the President is holding a 12 plus lead over this person you can hardly call a human being.

    March 25, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. pechampion

    This is what the Bible teaches Ricky.

    March 25, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. NKBL

    I shudder to think of a "Sanatoriumville" life with Ricky.

    March 25, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Jill-IN

    All Americans should be very afraid of the world according to the radical right; it is not the kind of world any of us want to live in. They should be ashamed but sadly, they don't care.

    March 25, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. J.V.Hodgson

    The easiest thing to do is to criticise because you do not have to be right or responsible for the criticism being valid or otherwise.
    When you are president be it of a country or a company whatever you decide has to pass the thru the house and senate in accordance with antiquated rules that need amending.
    These ads or videos are a dissgrace as they do not propose what Santorum/Romney et al or whoever is going to responsible or accountable for, and forecasting outcomes ( nuclear Iran) neither proved or actully happening at this time freedom speech should require " forecasts or future predictions to be stated as such or validated if they can and by source of validation.
    This is awful and serves no real purpose other than propoganda verging on the same type as the Nazi's did.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    March 25, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. TJeff1776

    One writer outlined MORE baggage for Santorum than possessed by Gingrich. Apparently the people of Pennsylvania believed it because they refused to re-elect him. Whats with these Republicans ? Entirely too many flawed candidates. George Bush, previous to running, had his brains burnt with alcohol and drugs. The only way we find these things out is AFTER they take, or leave office, and view the massive damage done. That 2008 fiasco was a lalapaloosa- worse than the Republican 1929.

    March 25, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Stephen

    So now Santaliban has to resort to sci-fi. Well, it's still better than images of women buried to the neck in a soccer field or black people swinging from trees – oh wait – that's in 'Obamaville' part two.

    March 25, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. fernace

    Crows on spindly trees! Hmmm, talk about returning to the past! This is a low to which Santorum is willing to go! He has nothing this nation needs or wants, so he makes a little amateur "horror flick"! If he was the truthful christian he portends to be, he would have made a video called "Santorumville"! His theocratic vision for this nation is what's truly scary! Obama/Biden next 4!!

    March 25, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. DatBamaMoney

    obama 2012!!!1!!!!

    March 25, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. kanawa

    The astroturf comments are a hoot. Keeping 'em coming boys LOL

    March 25, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. GilmoreGirl

    Is Santorum insane? Dont tell me it was put out by his Super Group and he had no idea it was happening. The add is not only insulting to anyone with intelligence it is a blatant lie. I did not see ad boast about the J.W. and his lack of guidance for the country. Nor did it aptly describe the downward spiral the country was in when Obama took over. The man has been in for four year. Ther's only so much that can be done. Face it, when you're at the bottom of the whirlpool it's a hard swim back out.

    March 25, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Sandy

    he is one sick man.an he wants to be are Persident hes sick,sick,sick

    March 25, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Debby

    Honestly its scary as the candidate who is running it. Talk about The Adam's Family. Creepy.

    March 25, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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