Team Obama: Santorum withdrew under barrage of attack ads from Romney
April 10th, 2012
04:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Team Obama: Santorum withdrew under barrage of attack ads from Romney

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign focused on Mitt Romney when weighing in on Rick Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign Tuesday.

"It's no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks," campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement.

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Santorum's campaign frequently took swipes at Romney and a supporting super PAC for their ability to far outspend Santorum in key contests states on attack ads.

Obama's team, meanwhile, has long trained its fire on Romney and rarely engaged other GOP presidential candidates. Without mentioning Santorum, Messina continued to hit Romney in the statement as a misleading candidate.

"The more the American people see of Mitt Romney, the less they like him and the less they trust him," Messina said. "Americans value a President who will fight every day to rebuild an economy in which hard work will pay, responsibility is rewarded and everyone plays by the same rules. And that President is Barack Obama."

Santorum's suspended campaign clears a path for Romney to the GOP nomination, as the former Pennsylvania senator had pledged to stay in the race and collect as many delegates as possible.

Responding to the statement from Messina, Romney's campaign said Tuesday that the race "has always been about defeating President Obama and getting Americans back to work."

"Under President Obama, more people have lost their jobs than at any time since the Great Depression. Mitt Romney will continue his campaign to make Barack Obama a one-term president and restore the promise of America that will turn the economy around and put Americans back to work." Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Gregory

    Hey CNN, why didn't you include the caption at the bottom of the poll???

    "METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone April 5-8, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. (Several questions included an oversample of an additional 100 African-American respondents.) Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.0 points for the full sample. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y."

    April 10, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Perhaps a little overdone, but still closer to the truth than the mindless bromance babble that came out of Plankton's and the Ayatollah Gary's camps today.

    April 10, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. paul

    Now all you Romney faithful get to find out what your candidate is made of. Lets see if he has a vision for America and not a clear path for all of his rich and wealthy friends to prosper more. Remember the food line is for the 99% under Romney, including his supporters. LOL OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 10, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks," campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement.
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    But that is exactly how Obama plans to buy a second term!! All he and his lackeys have done is attack others. Gee, could there be something wrong with there record over the last four years? BWAHAHAHAHA!! Ah yes, it's called FAILURE.

    April 10, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Thank you Jim Messina. It is Game on.

    April 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    Santorum is an extremist lunatic and it's about time he left the race and goes back to "Christian" unreality. Romney did bring Santorum down with nasty untrue ads – outspending him 50 to 1 in the primaries. The Supreme Court has destroyed our democratic process and let money be more important than issues. However, we will NOT let Romney buy the Presidency. He can keep lying, slandering, disrespecting President Obama with his wealth but Romney cannot buy our votes. Romney will lose in a landslide. No solutions. No platform. No ethics. No values. No concern for the People. Just a liar – not a leader. President Obama 1000% in November

    April 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Santorum is a weak and fragile candidate who does not think before he speaks. Willard will find that will NOT be the case against Obama. Get ready for Willard to fall apart in small pieces when he will FINALLY reap what he has sown on the American people.

    April 10, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. 1tonks

    Romney is a "slash and burn" equal opportunist from Bain Enterprises. Do you really want someone like that to "slash and burn" your employment choices, education, climate control, and health care? He is so rich, he's lost touch with reality. Do you think someone like that can right the economy? Absolutely not! This recession we're in will take time to come out of can you cannot judge a president by only three years of what took several to get into.

    April 10, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. LBAM

    Corporations are PEOPLE my Friend. IF ROBmey wins the general election, the white house will be the new Bain; and Utah will be the US Capital. We will all be required to attend a Morman church EVERY OTHER SUNDAY and as for our tax returns, we will be required to donate to the church. In return, we'll get Morman bibles in the mail (well, the postal service would be desolved) and a new company owned by Bain. And for sure, we will be going into war with Iran, North Korea and China, and this will be America's downfall.

    April 10, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Wvazoe

    My hope and prayer is that he dropped out for his daughter's sake.

    April 10, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. scott

    Now he will turn his attacks on Obama, say go bye to the Presidency Obama , Romney will sink him. He has the finances, the backing and the support in place to dwarf OBama.

    April 10, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. scott

    BeverlyNC

    Santorum is an extremist lunatic and it's about time he left the race and goes back to "Christian" unreality. Romney did bring Santorum down with nasty untrue ads – outspending him 50 to 1 in the primaries. The Supreme Court has destroyed our democratic process and let money be more important than issues. However, we will NOT let Romney buy the Presidency. He can keep lying, slandering, disrespecting President Obama with his wealth but Romney cannot buy our votes. Romney will lose in a landslide. No solutions. No platform. No ethics. No values. No concern for the People. Just a liar – not a leader. President Obama 1000% in November

    You must live in a dream world, Your post are so far out their

    April 10, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Penobscot

    Wait for your turn Obama. The only difference is you will be much easier to find fault with than Santorum was. You're the worst POTUS, just behind Carter.

    April 10, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. kel from south carolina

    It's funny that Obama says Romney cannot buy the presidency because that is precisely what he did four years ago. His mantra of we can change means that we have the power to change who occupies the White House. While I prefer Romney, anyone other than Obama would be better for our great country. Semper Fi

    April 10, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Obama has 3+ years of blunders to serve as fodder for Romney's nationwide ads now. Where to start? This will be fun to watch. The Republican ads will remind America about all of the promises Obama made and broke and The Democrats will blow $1 billion trying to change the subject from the economy. Because Obama and The Democratic Senate lose if the voters are thinking about the economy or the pile of national debt when they step up to the booth.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 10, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. lib

    Now when I look at a person who I would vote for as POTUS, I look for a person who can relate to ALL ethnic groups in this country. I dont see Mitt Romney as that person. I do however see President Obama as a man and family who could live in any community around any ethnic group with no problem I can't see that with ole Mitt or any of the GOP. They just don't relate to the True American people of this country. As long as the GOP party is divisive they will never win. It is not President Obama who is divisive, he relates to ALL people. Not Mitt or the GOP. The people in this country will vote again for a president who represents ALL Americans.

    April 10, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Ann

    Team Obama said horrible things about Hillary 4 years ago, and they were wrong. Why should we trust them now when they trash Romney?

    April 10, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. jean

    Obama is President and will be in 2012
    God bless America

    No tea for us please, we really fine

    April 10, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Synthetically Thought...

    "Under President Obama, more people have lost their jobs than at any time since the Great Depression."...
    Well of course this is true but...why not tell it like it is and mention that the greatest job loss since the Great Depression was a result of Republican policies prior to Obama taking office. The course of destruction of this country was set in stone under GOP governing. Pity that Obama was the one to step into the mess and readily take the blame for the GOP's mess. Romney will have to do far better than making statements like the one above if he is to assure Americans that the GOP policies have changed, Unless of course...they haven't.

    April 10, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |