Romney ad goes on the attack in Ohio
March 2nd, 2012
01:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney ad goes on the attack in Ohio

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign unleashed a new attack ad on Rick Santorum in the key battleground state of Ohio calling him "just another Washington insider."

The commercial, which started airing Thursday, emphasizes how Santorum has seemingly shifted positions on whether the government should support clinics that provide contraception and other health services for women.

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In the new spot the announcer first states that while in the Senate Santorum voted for funds for Planned Parenthood and then used an old clip of him saying "I support Title X."

Then the announcer says "Now he says differently" quoting Santorum from the CNN Republican Party of Arizona debate saying "I opposed Title X funding. I've always opposed Title X funding."

Santorum has explained the distinction by saying he voted for appropriation bills that included the Title X money because he supported what else would be funded. He said in the CNN debate "there were things in there I didn't like, things in there I did, but when it came to this issue, I proactively stepped forward and said that we need to do something at least to counterbalance it."

The spot hits Santorum saying "except he gets caught" and then uses this clip from the CNN debate: "I have a personal moral objection to it even though I don't support it, that I voted for bills that included it." What the former Pennsylvania senator then added that is not included in the commercial is that "I made it very clear in subsequent interviews that I - I don't support that," which was met by boos in the audience.

"I've never supported it - and - and have - and on an individual basis have voted against it. And that's why I proposed Title XX to counterbalance," which funded abstinence education, Santorum said.

The ad tries to paint Santorum as unprincipled when it says "Rick does this a lot" and then uses a different snippet of Santorum talking at the debate "It was against the principles I believed in, you know, when you're part of the team sometimes you take one for the team." There he was talking about his vote for the "No Child Left Behind" education reform bill. Now he says that vote was a mistake.

The super PAC pushing Romney, Restore Our Future, also released a new ad Thursday, hitting Santorum on the same themes. Airing in Ohio, Tennessee and Oklahoma, the spot argues "Santorum says he's the principled conservative, but that's not how he voted."

It then uses the same clip the Romney campaign commercial used, saying he had a "personal moral objection" to those funds but voted for bills including the money.

The ad ends with the tag line: "Twenty years in Washington changed Santorum's principles."

- CNN's Michael Waldon contributed to this story.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rick Santorum
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Well at least Romney has finally realized he needs to keep the full court press on for the whole game, until the results are in in November.

    March 2, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. nothing new here

    Rommey is the only Republican candidate that stands a ghose of a chance, come November (and that is not saying much for the GOP).

    March 2, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Romney is not My Hero

    Why is this liar accusing someone else of lying? I thought this was just the regular way of talking for GOPers. - Just say something, take it back, change your mind, say you didn't understand and then blame the media for twisting your words. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    March 2, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Dave

    I still find it SEVERELY amazing that this Prez is working hard to get a second term, but if he were a mormon, he could not even qualify to be an Elder based soley on the color of his skin. That is SEVERELY unbelievable.

    March 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Matthew

    Romney's values don't match mine..keep twisting the truth money man. We all bote Rick Santorum

    March 2, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Wake up people

    Is this 2012 or 1952? What's next? Reinstate slavery??

    March 2, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Nothiga

    Vote for me BECAUSE the other guy is bad.

    It might work in the primaries but not in the general election.

    March 2, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    I don’t know why he is wasting time and money attacking Rick Santorum actually Rush Limbaugh sucking GOP air they should attack Rush

    March 2, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. bullet

    finally.. a spot that starts to show the true Santorm and CNN actually posted a link to it.

    March 2, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Peace

    Romney is horrible. Why does he want to win by attacking instead of selling his ideas? This kind of politics is not good at all. He should not complain if his opposition from Dems side will attack him incase he becomes the nominee.

    March 2, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. trick

     Mitt Romney is a man of principals. He is a devoted husband and father. He made his own fortune by working hard. He has given back after he made that fortune. He is not a bitter man. He is a man with a plan and the needed experience in...PALIN So angry with Romney , she must be getting SOME TYPE PROMISE POLITICAL PAYOLA from The fat a ss Newt and now the fat man campaign is falling apart she's HER FREE TICKET TO RIDE POLITICAL FREIGHT TRAIN getting derailed
    She's AIR HEAD ADD NOTHING , was TOKEN by Mc Caine..She's JINX ,take her power of the JINX infect obama by endorsing him

    March 2, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. diridi

    ................Whereas I am an outsider for Washington, to Ship jobs to China....ha..ha..ha..ha..I even bankrupted KB Toys, and pulled money and shipped jobs to China....ha..ha..

    March 2, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. American

    Mitt Romney:
    Just Another Washington
    Insider Twice-Failed Wannabe...

    March 2, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Melanie

    Willard, your wife is starting to become as classy as Sarah Palin. You are going to have to play defense big time if shrewish Ann doesn't get it that she's making you look like more of a wimp than you already are. Fight your own battles. She's starting to look just like the Arizona Scorpion Eater, too. Who wears the pants (or mom jeans) you or General Ann?

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

    What does Romney have to say about Rush Limbaugh's comments? The coward doesn't have the backbone to stand up for what is right and is not Presidential material.

    March 2, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Dave

    Yo Mikey, Good Point!!! Mittens, where you at on this, stop Hidding, you SEVERE coward.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Dave

    I Mitt, highest ranking member of the cult of Lds hereby bow down to the great Rush, I will not go against him, AINT NO BACKBONE HERE!!!!

    March 2, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Dave

    Here is where this SEVERE coward really shows his true colors & kisses 100% of the woman vote off. This Lds coward shound not even be able to be Prez of a Cub scout pac!!!!!

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

    America needs Mitt !!! Don't matter what the Democrats, Liberals want to say. The truth is Romney a a proven leader, a problem solver, knows his math, and no one can't take that away. Say what ever twisted words you want, he is proven in the battlefield.

    No OBAMA 2012 !! Please.....

    March 2, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Jariv

    Dave, Mikey - he has more balls that you and most clan in this post. Most of the people have so much garbage in their background and character they wont run for office, and probably wont take as much risks as he does with so many things.

    March 2, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Marcy

    Put Ohio aside for now and tell your wife she's going to end up doing to you what Sarah Palin did to McCain-she makes you look weaker and weaker every time she complains–you are not liked as it is. She dresses and looks classy until she opens her mouth. With a higher education and better upbringing that Palin, Ann should really know better and care enough about you to make your campaign easier not harder.

    March 2, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    Liberals are just uneducated.

    March 2, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Wake up people

    Don't try to saddle us with wailing Palin. She was your great white hope in 2008. Miss I can see Russia from my backyard.... What an idiot.

    March 2, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Dave

    Yo Jarviv, If he has balls then he should talk about Rush remarks & also the FACT that your temple lds cult to this day has 0 , Yes 0, ZERO members of color in the Elders of your so called religion, JESUS must be so proud of you, your CULT & This SEVERE coward

    March 2, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Rmoney calling Santorum an "insider" is laughable. Wall St. owns DC and Mitt is a member of the predatory corporate psychopaths club. That makes him the insider, not Santorum.

    March 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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