Santorum links Romney and Obama in ultimate ad dig
April 2nd, 2012
09:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum links Romney and Obama in ultimate ad dig

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's new campaign ad in Wisconsin takes it to Mitt Romney by linking him to the top Republican nemesis, President Barack Obama.

The narrator in the spot airing statewide describes an agenda of mandated health care, cap and trade and tax increases while standing against a large picture of the president. But the picture changes to one of Romney as she ends the commercial saying, "One more thing, what if I told you the man I'm talking about isn't him, it's him."

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Ad spending in the Badger State has exploded ahead of Tuesday's primary, in a state sure to be a battleground in the general election.

Romney and his allies are enjoying just under a four to one advantage in television spending in Wisconsin, according to figures provided by an unaligned Republican media consultant currently tracking spending in the nomination fight.

Team Santorum has used the spending levels to push back against Romney momentum.

"Why is he spending $4 million in Wisconsin, if this race is over?" Santorum said while campaigning in Mishicot, Wisconsin on Sunday. "If it's over and there's no chance, then why he is bothering even campaigning anymore, if it's over?"

Responding to the ad, Romney's campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul slammed Santorum as reaching a "point of desperation."

"Rick Santorum is attacking pollsters, attacking reporters and attacking Mitt Romney," Saul said. "It is sad to see him completely lose his bearings and revert to patently false claims. Senator Santorum is at a point of desperation that he will say or do anything. It is pretty clear that he is lashing out at everyone around him in order to prop up his sinking campaign."

- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz, Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Wisconsin
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Emmy Skaddittle

    how is this guy even still around after calling the President an N-word?

    April 2, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Steven Colo

    It bothers me that people seem less concerned about policies than about who created them. Saying that Obama's legislation is all good or all bad may be easier than thinking and judging, but it makes for horrible politics.

    April 2, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    "Why is he spending $4 million in Wisconsin, if this race is over?" Santorum said
    -------------------------------------------------
    The question is why are you?
    The Koch brothers and the other GOP uber-wealthy puppet masters have made their choice as to who will be representing them this November against President Obama. It isn't you.
    We Obama supporters, however, certainly do appreciate all the campaigning you're doing for us with these types of ads.

    April 2, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    It's a brutal ad, but it's factual enough to work, and it hits GOP voters right in the fear receptors. Santorum's race right now is to demonstrate the size and power of the Christian Taliban. He's setting himself up for 2016.

    April 2, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Grady

    being, "more like Obama" is a good thing...

    April 2, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Anantha

    This guy Santorum is a joke. With less than 300 delegates he acts like a front runner. Empty vessels make the greatest noise. He is fooling the people about conservatism and religion though Christianity does not preach about stopping others from achieving their success especially because oneself has not been able to.

    April 2, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    any linking of Romney to Obama is a definate insult to the president.

    April 2, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Jerubbaal

    Pretty Ricky raises a good point. Romney has all of the advantages, money, organization, pedigree, and endorsements but still has not locked up the nomimation. If he can't defeat the likes of Ricky and Newt how in God's name can he defeat President Obama. He won't be able to buy the general election as he did the primary.

    April 2, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. steven harnack

    I love it! What better way to point out that we need to give the President another term? Turns out that he IS the sane AND experianced one this time.

    April 2, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. PTNY

    Santorum gets under my skin even more than Newt.

    April 2, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. PTNY

    Makes you wonder about how this all worked 30 years ago. Had close candidates stayed in the race instead of being told who the candidate will be and everyone else dropping out so fast. Makes you wonder how crooked the elections were back then as well. Now every vote is counted, before we really had little idea when a race was called if only 49% of
    precients votes were counted. You get my drift.

    April 2, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Keep it up Rick. You are doing Obama's work for him.

    April 2, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    GOP/Tea Party political ad strategists are the masters of negative ads and personal attacks. The right wing of the Supreme Court played right into their hands by giving them unlimited funds to practice their evil craft.

    April 2, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Marry

    @ once upon a horse
    Exactly!!! Thank you for this quote of the day!!!

    April 2, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    You along with the other candidates have been outspent by the Willard attack machine. That being said, it's no excuse. Ya'll are just terrible candidates. If Ayatollah Santorum doesn't watch out, he just may lose Pennsylvania.

    April 2, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Dr. Cole

    Santorum...the guy who wants to be president so that he can tell men that they can't use anything pink. I'm voting for the moderate (Romney)...he at least believes that government should protect, yet stay out of religious issues. Unlike the current president and the Zealot Santorum.

    April 2, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Ever notice how the Repub candidates never point to any evidence that the policies they propose actually work? I guess they don't really need to, because we have the last 30 years of objective proof that they are ALL FAILURES!

    If tax cuts for the wealthy (which we've had for over 10 years now) created jobs here in the US, we'd have them ... AND WE DON'T.

    If deregulation of the financial industry led to a successful, sustainable market, we'd have one .... BUT IT CRASHED INSTEAD.

    If when we invaded Iraq, we were greeted as liberators, we'd be there 6 months tops, and Iraqi oil would pay for the war ... almost a decade later, thousands of US military dead, many thousand more Iraqis dead, trillions upon trillions of dollars spent (causing the Clinton surplus to go up in smoke), and where again is all that Iraqi oil money?

    Yeah, so this is why the Repubs go after President Obama – BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT NOTHING TO OFFER OUR COUNTRY except FAILED POLICIES.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 2, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |