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. Larry L

    Of course Santorum voted to raise the debt limit. It's one of the few sane things this flake has done. That was absolutely required unless you're a Tea Party radical determined to destroy the American government's financial status in the World.

    March 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    OK Mittens.....so if Santorum is so desperate and is not going to be a challenge to your inevitable nomination, why are you still spending over $3,000,000 in Wisconsin? Your comments sound a little ahead of yourself maybe? Truth is you still don't have anything even close to the favorability to even come within 100 electoral votes in the general. Keep pandering away. What will it be in Wisconsin? "Sure love those Packers. Milk does a body good."

    March 27, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "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,.....
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    Good comeback. The truth always hurts the worst. Math, Money, and Spreadsheets. But, seriously, though. Santorum is as weak on economics as Romney is on credibility. Both are far weaker on foreign policy than Pres. Obama. All they seem to know is the cowboy diplomace that we had under Bush.

    March 27, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. J

    Way to ignore the real problem Santorum and make up a fake one!

    March 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Now, will Santorum accuse the Romney campaign of putting out lies and BS? Let's hope he's as consistent as he says he is.

    March 27, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Sorry, Romney superPAC.

    March 27, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Sandy

    Be afraid, very afraid! Santorum voted to pay the nation's bills. How scary!

    March 27, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Was the money spent on the Salt Lake City Games " wasteful spending"? You know, the money Romney begged for and Santorum voted for?

    March 27, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Bill

    The debt limit has been and will contunue to be raised as it has for over 50 years. This ad is useless. But I am glad Mittens contunues to burn through cash. Who knows, by the time the general rolls he may have to charge people 50 dollars for a photo op , a la Gingrich.

    March 27, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Dave

    I cant keep that song outa my head. money, money, money, money... money, will never buy mitt a personality. He is just SEVERLY plastic.

    March 27, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Dave

    what a fundelmental latter day certifyable whackjob!!!!!!!!! Mittens, whata trying to do, create ww3?????????

    March 27, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    Say goodnight Santorum, it's lights our for you and the tea baggers. If he flipped out on a reporter can you imagine him with this?

    March 27, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney is showing just how serious a candidate he is. I like that he is showing EXCELLENT organizational skills and is doing what he needs to do to secure the nomination. After he gets the nomination, he needs to team up with Newt and Santorum and Bachmann's former debate coach to sharpen his debate skills for the Obama slice and dice. And no let up, from the nomination to the election.

    March 27, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. MikeD

    Sorry Tea-baggers, but your still un-electable.

    March 27, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. 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.

    March 27, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. NO to numbskulls

    The nominee is most probably not going to be the person I cast my ballot for. This process is really just kind of a flavor test and I can tell you what it tastes like. They can all just nominate my middle finger. We need a change up at the core and a real fix directed squarely to the middle, not a continuation of the unfair,blind, and ignorant policies of the last 30 years. It’s my guess that people are starting to realize/reject the group thought that has propelled these misconceptions and misrepresentations of the last few decades. At least I can hope.

    March 27, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Just Say No to Flipper

    So, RIck voted to pay bills the US already incurred. Good.
    Rmoney criticizes Rick while ignoring Rmoney tax plan that increases deficit even more. Bad.

    Score:

    Rick 1
    Rmoney 0

    March 27, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Arun

    I don' like Ricky boy, but I bet Mitts would have done the same back then. All this guy (Mitts) cares about is winning at all costs. He doesn't care if he flip flops 1000 times, as long as he wins! We don't need an idiot like this running for President.

    March 27, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. fernace

    W/that final remark, it is cleat what that "fundamental" thing is! Santorum envisions himself as our Savior in Chief, to bring the prodigals back to the Catholic fold, or maybe his own religion, "Santorism"! Either way, Santorum=Theocracy! Romney is picking a fight w/our ally Russia, of all things! Is he aware we have been on friendly terms w/Russia since the days of Gorbachev!? We need our President to be At Least as educated as the people he leads! Obama is that President! I'm glad to know that 2 heads of state had a peaceful discussion about how to increase the peace & trust between our nations! After all, is this not what we pay these people to do, on our behalf!? Obama/Biden Next 4!!

    March 27, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Thomas

    What's up with Rick Santorum dragging his kids around , don't they have lives ?

    Tweet of the day from from Matt Romney.
    It's sure good to have a volunteer Army. It lets the privileged have more time to make money..

    March 27, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Wake up people

    Does Robmey even know that every President has raised the debt ceiling countless times?? My goodness, they act like President Obama was the first. Well just so you know, he wasn't. I think Shrub raised it ~10 times. But this one time, Congress decided to make a big thing out of it. I wonder why? If you don't believe me google raising of the debt ceiling.

    March 27, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Mitt's excellent organizational skills? Like the ones he showed that turned MA in a job-creating machine? Wow, I remember everyone wanted to leave NH, FL, TX, etc, to come to MA from 2002 to 2006. We all remember that, don't we? What's wrong, am I the only one who remember's Mitt's boom?

    March 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The problem is not that Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling, but that he did so during the Bush Presidency claiming it was a necessity but decrying it for the Obama Presidency needing the monies to cover debt incurred largely as a result of the fiscal mismanagement of the Bush Administration.

    March 27, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - Mitt's excellent organizational skills? Like the ones he showed that turned MA in a job-creating machine? Wow, I remember everyone wanted to leave NH, FL, TX, etc, to come to MA from 2002 to 2006. We all remember that, don't we? What's wrong, am I the only one who remember's Mitt's boom?
    ==============================================================================================

    Romney Mass. unemployment - 4.7%
    Obama National Average unemployment - 8.3% (record level for record length of time, actual unemployment 11-15%)

    YES, Romney's years were indeed BOOM years that Obama could only DREAM of attaining!

    March 27, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Austin

    Ya Tom Paine... And what did Obama ever run before becoming President??? And what has he done as President??? That is right, he passed healthcare and has added more to the National Debt than all the previous Presidents COMBINED! And since Healthcare is just about to get struck down that will mean he has done absolutely nothing for 4 years but add a trillion dollars and debt! But your right TOM PAINE, Obama has been such a great President! If President Obama is re-elected I can't wait! 10 years from now will be seeing Obama's face on a dollar bill.... I mean China's currency!

    Romney 2012! This country cannot deal with another 4 years of Obama, cuz god knows what he will promise Russia and China... I wonder if Putin has got the message to just wait until Obama is re-elected, and he will do whatever Russia asks for! What a JOKE! I'm tired of a President who can't stand up to foreign leaders! We're the United States of America! No more apologies!

    March 27, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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