Romney campaign pulls negative ad while Santorum halts campaigning
April 9th, 2012
10:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign pulls negative ad while Santorum halts campaigning

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Monday they were pulling a television ad hitting rival Rick Santorum while the former senator tends to his young daughter, who was admitted to a hospital Friday.

The sharply negative ad, which was set to begin airing in the upcoming primary battleground Pennsylvania, highlighted Santorum's 2006 reelection loss in the state. The ad was replaced on television stations by a positive spot called "Conservative Record," which highlights Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts.

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Originally scheduled to run Monday through April 22, the negative spot was part of a $2.3 million ad buy in the state, according to a GOP media ad tracker not affiliated with a campaign or super PAC.

The commercial focuses on Santorum's loss against Bob Casey in his 2006 Senate bid for re-election to a third term.

"We fired him as senator," the ad's narrator says. "Why promote him to president?"

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the decision was made "out of deference to Sen. Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons."

"While this was the earliest we could let them know due to station closures over the holiday weekend, stations will comply with this request as soon as they are technically able," Saul continued.

Despite Saul's choice of words, Santorum has not formally suspended his campaign, and is currently scheduled to resume campaign stops Tuesday.

On Friday, Santorum's organization announced the candidate was halting campaign stops to be with his daughter Isabella, who suffers a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18. The disorder causes severe developmental and medical problems.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Willard's attack machine will resume as soon as Saint Santorum hits the campign trail.

    April 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. B

    Out of deference, what a joke, it is -all showing- to most witnessing these people from the sidelines.

    April 9, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. TJeff1776

    Well then, a bit of compassion not displayed on "The Grinch".

    April 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Interesting that Mitt is pulling a negative add while Ricko is dealing with a family crisis. I wonder what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot? Would Ricko stop negative adds if Mitt was taking a campaign break to deal with a severe medical condition of a member of his family? Given his track record, I do not believe he would, given his holier-than-thou attitude he expresses.

    April 9, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. carlos

    "Conservative Record," which highlights Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts..........what record, of failures yes, of accomplishments???? ZERO

    April 9, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Larry L

    Ronmey is known as the master of dirty politics – the reason the Koch brothers choose him as their lap-dog. He'll get the "swift boat" of lies and deception fired up for the general election. The Koch brothers know they've bought the nominee and don't want to waste money on Santorum.

    April 9, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We'll see how well his massive negative attack campaign will work in the fall. I don't think that so much negativity will sell from September to Novemember.

    April 9, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Laura, Massachusetts

    @carlos

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news to you but Romney had a pretty good record as Governor of my state. I know he cut taxes numerous times which was a help to middle class Massachusetts residents. He did give us a health care system that you either love or hate. I personally have my own (as most of Massachusetts residents did) so it picked up and helped those who didn't have it. The "mandate" we here so much about can be waived on your taxes if your employer didn't offer health care and you applied for MassHealth. so that isn't a big deal either. Romney also did a lot for the environment (i.e. bottle bill). He left with a balanced budget (all 3 years were balanced) and a "rainy day fund" or a surplus. So he was "all and all" a pretty good governor. Google you will see I am right!

    April 9, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Larry L
    Ronmey is known as the master of dirty politics...
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    Only to you, Larry. That's not Mitt's game. Watch Obama 2012. He has nothing else to run on so this will be $1 billion of personal attacks and trying to invent issues to deflect 2012 from the real issue. The economy. Where Mitt Romney will have the easiest win. But put it this way. 2012 isn't even just about the administration. The Republicans now have their sights set on The Senate and legislator seats throughout the states so that when ObamaCare gets dumped the states can do a good job working with the Romney Administration to get health care set up state-by-state across the nation.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Well that makes ONE positive ad in the last month. His 90%-10% (?) negative-positive ad campaign is not going to work in the general election

    April 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. JOHN

    Oh how considered. Romney did not pull back the ads out of the kindness of his heart. He did because he was afraid of the back lash. Remember depending on the time of day Romney will his answers and tone.

    April 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    @Laura, Massachusetts. Thank you for a great post. Everything I have heard about MassHealth has been good. And that's the way it should be done, at the state level. The founding fathers identified powers for states to govern issues of the individual as one of the key parts of their brilliant plan for the nation. Great ideas stand the test of time.

    April 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Brad

    Mitt is doing the right thing. Santorum has a serious family matter to tend to and he needs to tend to it. Having such pressing family matters at home is enough of a reason not to vote for him. Is he going to be able to handle the job if he keeps having to take time off? No. The RNC knows this. If Santorum just left his daughter alone to deal with her own problems he would be a bad father and a bad husband. He would be better off being a good father and a good husband rather than taking his shot at being a bad president.

    April 9, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Amazing

    How about not running the ad at all? The only way they stop doing these types of ads is if we ignore them and do not allow the ads to influence our behavior. Until that happens, negative ads will never go away.

    April 9, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wroote:

    Only to you, Larry. That's not Mitt's game.
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    The Romney campaign has already redefined the standard definition of "dirty campaign ads" when they aired the ad of Pres. Obama quoting John McCain. The Romney campaign was proud of the deception, claiming that was the whole point.

    April 9, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |