Romney super PAC attacks Santorum over the economy
March 27th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney super PAC attacks Santorum over the economy

Washington (CNN) – The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney is using some of Rick Santorum's own words against him in a new ad focusing on the economy that started airing Tuesday in Wisconsin.

Restore Our Future went up with a spot highlighting Santorum's words from a March 19 speech in Moline, Illinois when he said, "I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be, it doesn't matter to me."

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The commercial also highlights Santorum's votes, while he served in the U.S. Senate, to raise the debt ceiling five times and his past support for billions in "wasteful spending," a reference to congressional earmarks.

Romney's campaign went after Santorum last week after he made those remarks.

Santorum's campaign tried to beat back the attacks saying the former Pennsylvania senator had a larger focus than the unemployment numbers.

"Rick was making the point that the Santorum campaign is not based solely on unemployment rates – it's based on returning freedom and restoring this country's greatness – and it's a mistake for anyone to try and reduce the idea of America to just the 'economy.' Sadly, Mitt Romney thinks the country and this election should be reduced to math, money and spreadsheets," Santorum Communications Director Hogan Gidley told CNN last week.

In the Moline speech, Santorum emphasized the freedom theme when he made the unemployment comment.

"We need a candidate who's going to be a fighter for freedom – who's going to get up and make that the central them in this race, because it is the central theme in this race," Santorum said.

He then uttered the words that became the focus of the attack lines: "I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. There's something more fundamental that's going on here."

This new ad comes as the ad battle intensifies in Wisconsin ahead of the state's primary next Tuesday. The race is shaping up to be a major battle as Santorum hopes he can do well in the state with a large number of blue collar workers, a strong constituency for him, and Romney hopes his economic message, organizational and cash advantages can help him prevail.

Romney and his super PAC together are spending about $3,0279,000, while Santorum and the super PAC backing his bid, the Red, White and Blue Fund, so far are putting $555,000 into the state. Therefore, Romney has a five to one spending advantage.

Red, White and Blue's buy will go up Tuesday. Santorum's campaign told CNN it raised enough money to start a new statewide cable buy but did not say when it would begin.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Wisconsin
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Just Say No to Flipper

    Hey CNN, how about running a ticker on ad spending? Rmoney appears to be outspending the others anywhere from 2-1 to 7-1. Rmoney is owned by about 20 wealthy benefactors who have made over half of all campaign donations. This is a big story and CNN keeps censoring it.

    March 27, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Ed1

    You are right Sandy but with money we don't have.

    we don't need more debt time to say no to spending like the Congress that was elected are doing now that's what they were elected to do. I don't want a party of yes every time you ask for money we don't have it's time to stand up and say no and cut out all the pork.
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    We used to have a budget surplus and millions of manufacturing jobs. What happened to it? All was good....until Republicans controlled the White House. Controlling the Congress at the same time was double trouble.

    Check your facts and do some actual research. Republican administrations explode the annual deficit when they took office. Democratic administrations reduce the annual deficit for when they took office. Reagan multiplied the annual deficit by a factor of 10, and the national debt by a factor of 3. Bush-41 left a bigger annual deficit than what he started with. Clinton started with a deficit and left a surplus. Obama started with largest deficits in history, and they have reduced each year.

    Republican tax proposals would explode the deficit again, adding another trillion before cuts. Did you know that the Romney/Ryan Plan would dramatically increase defense spending? The party that spends money that we don't have are the Republicans. Look it up. I dare you.

    March 27, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    QUESTION: Why do Republicans hail Reagan as the epitome of a POTUS, when he tripled the national debt and multiplied the annual deficit by a factor of 10? During his first term! Let me put that in today's perspective. If Reagan started with an annual deficit of $1.5 trillion like Obama did, then we would be looking at an annual defict of $15T today. If Reagan started with a national debt of $10T like Obama did, then we would be looking at a national debt of $30T today.

    ANSWER: All of that money went into the military industrial complex and the wealthy. Reagan was on pace to bankrupt the SS fund in 6 years. He did it on purpose. He said that it was "the people's money and we need to return it to the people."

    March 27, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Truth, NO ONE was heading to MA in 2002-2006. I worked for a company based in MA from 2003 to 2007, and the only thing I heard from people there was how bad the business climate was there and how little Romney did to improve it. As for numbers, well, I followed your advice and looked up the US Bureau of Labor Statistics or, better still read Katrina Trinko's article in the National Review: she rated him as being worse than Michael Dukakis in terms of job creation.

    March 27, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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