Skip to comments.Santorum up in Colorado, Nevada with anti-Gingrich commercial
Posted on 01/31/2012 3:37:09 PM PST by VinL
Fresh on the heels of announcing January fundraising numbers in excess of $4 million, Rick Santorum's presidential campaign announced a new television ad that will begin airing Tuesday in Colorado and Nevada.
The ad attacks Newt Gingrich as being too liberal for the GOP nomination by arguing that he shares many policy positions with President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
"All three supported radical cap and trade legislation that would destroy American jobs and drive up energy costs. All three supported giving illegal aliens some form of amnesty. All three sported the government health mandates which take away our freedom and is the core of ObamaCare. And all three of these politician's supported the Wall Street bailouts that was a slap in the face to the Tea Party," the narrator says.
It goes on to refer to the trio as "cap and trade loving, bailout supporting, soft on immigration, big-government mandating politicians."
The commercial is a sharp indictment of Gingrich, with whom Santorum has split more conservative voters in early primary contests. But the ad does little to attack Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican front-runner who is expected to lead in Nevada polling.
"Rick Santorum for President: he doesn't just talk a good conservative game, he lives it," the narrator says.
Nevada will caucus Feb. 4, with Colorado voters gathering 3 days later at caucus sites across that state.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
Bill mentioned a lunch bunch he meets with which included Charles Kruthammer.
What hit me was the following, as the Late Mark Scott Michigan Libertarian Talk Show host used to say Cui bono? Who Benefits?
Ah let us count who does...
* Santorum himself. As a Huckabee type spoiler which will give him greater gravitas and a bigger contract fee.
* His place after the election is assured as well as the cash flow as a TV or Radio talking head.
* As talking head, he will continue the us vs them game that all the talking heads do.
Now who else benefits...
* The ruling class and the Punditry Class, ergo the Bennett lunch bunch, they are at the trough and do not want the change, that Newt will bring, he and his change is too, "uncomfortable"...
* They must destroy Cain, Palin, and Newt to keep the game of musical chairs going.
* They must destroy us, Freepers, Tea Partiers once and for all and never reliquish the GOP to the likes of a Reagan again.
I am convinced even "our" talkers feel we are the great unwashed and are an embarrassment, they like when we give them victories for power, but other than that, they probably disdain or outright hate us. Let's face it I will not carry their water, No more donating or volunteering and maybe even voing against their incumbent weasels.
With that said, I fear a door is closing i.e us influencing the GOP/RNC.
If so it is over, we have no home. It is time for us to move on and find another party, better yet build our own.
I fear they will destroy Newt.
I read here more and more and I was one of the 1st to say so and took a lot of $H!+ for it, i.e. I cannot pull the lever for Romney, I will write in Palin, Goldwater, Reagan, somebody, I revile the man that much.
If it is Romney Obama wins, we adapt, innovate and overcome. Chances are "it" all falls apart, we find one another and rebuild from their. Maybe that is the destiny, and all we are doing has been futile in trying to try to stop it...
Damn Shame, Rick will have had a hand in it, and not a good one....
That makes sense. Thank you.
My guess is he figures Gingrich isn’t getting enough heat from Romney.
I have said before that Santorum is a shill for Romney
So why isn't Rick attacking Mitt Romney on his dismal liberal governing record in Massachusetts?
Sorry for spoiling your logic, there.
The Establishment, if you want my opin, must be payi9ng for the anti-[Gingrich ads. LDS Bishop Romney is definitely their Republican candidate.
Santorum is going after the person he perceives to truly be in the lead. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Just how the game is played.
I don’t care for either Mitt OR Gingrich so I’ll be “settling” if either of them gets the nomination.
You are welcome.
Rick hearts Mitt.
Santorum is going after the person he perceives to truly be in the lead
madison, if that’s the case, then Rick has a serious perception problem.
Looks like it wasn’t a very good idea for Newt to tell Santorum to get out of the race so he could compete with Mitt. (Second time Newt has told Santorum to get out of this race). Payback is not fun.
That makes two of us.
Santorum must never hold another elected office anywhere. Centainly he has earned my eternal enmity.
If you look hard enough, you can see how well Rick Santorum exposes Romney(care):
And Rick Santorum has a way of expressing himself plain and simple like no other.
I can not begin to tell you how much I admire Rick Perry. He saw that it was not his time , withdrew and supported the best of the rest. Perry is a true patriot and genuinly wants what is best for the country.
Santorum endorses Romney, the proChoice candidate.
Rick voters are an endorsement for Romney, the proChoice candidate.
His candidacy is now an endorsement for Romney, the proChoice candidate.
Now that’s a good question! Santorum claims to be “the true Conservative” and yet he’s bashing Newt....he needs to come home to PA & tend to his flock of kids!!
I was listening online to Levin’s show and heard that, like I do every night! He’s brilliant in my opinion!
“Mr. Santorum attacked Mr. Romney’s claim that the individual mandate affects only
‘the 8% of people who didn’t have insurance.’
Mr. Romney insisted that
‘92% of the people in my state had insurance before our plan went in place. And nothing changes for them.’
Mr. Santorum blasted back that
‘what Governor Romney said is just factually incorrect,’
because the mandate affects 100% of the residents who are forced to buy health insurance
‘as a condition of breathing in Massachusetts.’ “
And that was a salient point.”
Darn that Rick for critizing Newt. Oops, my bad, Rick Santorum was criticizing ROMNEY!
Welcome to politics (which is not for thin-skinned folks).
No, no, keep him away from here! He’s already done enough to shame Pennsylvania.
Let him take up residence in one of his best buddy Mitt’s legions of mansions.
It doesn't matter what ads Newt is running. Newt's angle was to be positive back when no one was paying attention to him - and through attrition still be standing so far into the primary. Not so long ago Newt was an afterthought.
The point is, Santorum is doing what candidates tend to do - which is, fight for the winnable votes (often using negative ads) and hope they can outlast the competition. Santorum is trying to win over the anti-establishment/conservative block of voters that have been going to Gingrich. Rick's goal is to stay in the race and hope Newt implodes. It's really not so far fetched either. Remember just a few months ago Newt's name was a laughing stock around here after he called Ryan's budget "right wing social engineering". Paul can't win the nomination and at this point all it would take was for some big piece of dirt to come out on Newt or to bait him into saying something he shouldn't. If Gingrich implodes the only one left standing to stop Mitt the chameleon is Santorum - and at that point he'd try to coalesce his votes plus what Newt is getting for a winnable majority.
Politics is nasty. People should stop whining about negative ads. They are fairly effective and are not going away. The reason the conservative candidates largely ignore Romney is simply because they know they aren't going to win over his "moderate"/RINO voting block. They've all assumed all along, I believe correctly, there that is a conservative majority to be had - which is why they fight one another for it until such time as we are legitimately down to Romney versus not-Romney. We just aren't quite there yet.
I am supporting Newt and have been since Perry proved he did not have the communication skills necessary to win the nomination. But just because many/most of us are supporting Gingrich doesn't mean we should adopt silly conspiracy theories about Santorum trying to secretly help Romney. I wish Rick would drop out too, but the reason he isn't is because he still sees possible scenarios remaining in which he can win.
Santorum is positioning himself for the ticket as Romney’s Veep. I used to like Santorum, but in the last couple weeks I have soured on the guy. He has become a whore. He says he is a conservative, but does everything possible to help the most liberal guy running.
Rick Santorum on Palin and CPAC no-show
“I wouldn’t have turned it down,” Santorum said of Palin’s decision not to attend, “but I don’t live in Alaska, right, and I’m not the mother to all these kids, and I don’t have other responsibilities like she has.”
“I have a feeling that she has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them,”
“I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal that perhaps others would want to call him. I’ll let his wife call him that.”
Santorum is running to stay in the race...for now. That is half the battle, just stay alive and wait/hope for your opponents to self destruct. We've already seen it happen to Ames Straw Poll winner Bachman with her over the top HPV blather. Then we saw Cain implode. Santorum's strategy is to hope Gingrich does the same - and if he can help push him there with negative ads he will.
What do you think would happen if Newt has a meltdown? Say, a "Dean scream" moment? Something that makes it clear he can't win the nomination? Where do you think the anti-establishment/conservative vote would go? Certainly not to Romney. And that is what Santorum is counting on. And the fact that he is still in the race and actually won Iowa shows that just about anything could happen.
I like Santorum, but I don't think he is electable. It's too soon after his 18 point drubbing in his home state. I personally wish he'd drop out, but I can see why he doesn't. Because what I want to happen (Santorum throwing in the towel) hasn't yet doesn't mean there is some conspiracy afoot.
ok!! I agree with you. How he defended that Spector still makes me sick!!
Uh, I think that is “...adapt, improvise, overcome.” But I hear what you are saying.
Why doesnt he attack Mitt? Hummm. I wonder who is paying for the ads? Ricky aint got no money.
You want to know why? Newt slammed him hard in Florida telling him to get out of the race. Romney has not done that. Newt should have just shut the heck up and treated Santorum as a friend instead of being a jerk. That is why he is doing nasty commercials about Newt. Newt does not know how to run a campaign. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he has never ran a difficult race. He has not even run state wide. It is a lot harder than Newt thought I believe. Newt needs to talk with Santorum immediately and smooth things over. There was no reason to bash Santorum today at all.
conservative Pat Toomey,
Voting for fags in the military is conservative? Surprise the heck out of me. You are becoming more and more liberal everyday.
Wow. They just announced Romney won Florida already. Sheesh even SC they waited 10 minutes. Today they waited until 2 seconds after polls closed in Pensacola area. Sad day.
The point is, Santorum is doing what candidates tend to do - which is, fight for the winnable votes (often using negative ads
My question to you was- can you reference a negative ad promulgated by Newt against a conservative? And, apparently, you cannot- which is proper- because Newt hasn’t aired any such ads.
In an interview, when informed of negative attacks by Rick, Newt dismissed them- saying that Rick had a long political history, and if Newt wished to reply in kind- it would be only to easy to do so. But, he would not bring down a fellow conservative.And, he still hasn’t done so.
Finally, you make the point that Newt was at one point an “afterthought”- a “laughing stock”- . You’re right, to the extent that you mean he wasn’t in the top tier. But, guess what? He didn’t run negative ads and smear opponents to tear down everyone else to claw his way to the top- despite the fact that some here think that’s “politics”.
Newt is for a conservative cause- and if the situations were reversed, I do believe Newt would have followed Gov. Perry’s lead and withdrawn.
But, if not that, I’m certain that he would not have gone on the attack against Rick, so long as Romney was still the front runner.
So, I guess that he's running anti-Romney commercials in Colorado and Nevada too, right?
First, Santorum was the choice of Dr James Dobson of Colarado. He swayed the other evanglical leaders to support Santorum. I think Santorum believes he has great support in Colarado and so MUST win in Colorado.
Personally, I supported Santorum in Iowa because Gingrich couldn’t win and encouraged others to deny Romney with the same kind of vote. I supported Santorum in New Hampshire for the same reason, although he, too, couldn’t touch Romney in one of Romney’s many home states.
I supported in Gingrich in S Carolina, because of the strategy of denying Romney. My hope is to deny Romney any delegate I can.
I will support Santorum in Pennsylvania and Gingrich in Georgia. The strategy is to deny Romney.
If nothing else, if my guy can’t win, then I want the Republican convention to select the candidate to run against Obama. If the GOP-E comes up with a liberal, then I’ll not be surprised. On the other hand, they will have clearly and irrevocably spoken.
So far as Santorum’s attacks in Colorado against Gingrich: he has said exactly the same thing in debates. They all sound like policy differences to me, so I don’t see them as personal attacks.
Apparently, Romneys money can buynjust about everyone!
....I guess you saw the report that said that RinoRomney paid off much of Mitch Daniels campaign debt, after Mitch dropped out and immediately endorsed Mittens....
So, Dede Scozzafaba was pro-life? Learn sumthin new everyday!
As far as I’m concerned, he has proven he is not a leader. We have a very self-centered President now. And Santorum has shown himself to be very selfish. He is willing to throw the race and get Obama re-elected all because he has a huge ego?
Rush told us today that the second choice for most Santorum voters, is Mitt Romney.
Santorum is angling for a job in the Romney administration. So sad Santorum is just a loser all around. He just can’t understand why
Ron Paul voted for fags in the military. If Toomey did shame on him. But like I said he was PRO-LIFE, and Santorum voted for Alen Splincter, who’s nothing in the world but a pro-abortion democrat in republican clothing, who finally switched to back to his old party. And by the way, I have been called alot of things, but liberal aint one of them.
How can someone who is supporting Santorum (who is mostly conservative) then go to Romney who is a stink’n liberal.
That makes no sense.
That surprises me. But, then again, maybe not.
The first time that Catholics ever voted Republican was in 1972, some polls say they went for Eisenhower's reelection in 1956, but most no.
I think the Catholic vote has gotten marginally better, not worse.
I’ve wrestled with the option of not voting in the presidential election if the Reps ram Romney down our throats. I’ve decided though, I’ll vote for Obama for no other reason than he can only serve one term and will be a lame duck. I’ll not vote for another rino, period
As Laura Ingraham said (paraphrasing), the politicians will criticize the opponent who might be closest to their ideology, because they want to win.
Politics is not for the faint of heart.
I wonder how you would feel if Santorum, or any of the candidates, wanted Gingrich to quit. Take a deep breath, there’s a long way to go.
“”Mr. Santorum challenged Mr. Romney on his claim that Romneycare is
‘very different than Obamacare,’
citing a new study that lists key features the two plans have in common,
including the Medicaid expansion, an employer mandate and the individual mandate.
The study is from the liberal Families USA, which credits John McDonough and explains he
‘was deeply involved’
in developing both Romneycare and Obamacare.”’
Still think Santorum is trying to win favor with Romney?
I believe that is Rush’s second choice.
I don;t have a second choice. Right now for me It’s Gingrich or just vote in the local election and let the Republican leadership hang themselves. and me with them.
I won’t be voting for Romney the way things stand now.
Santorum should save his money and use it on something he has a chance of winning, like a House seat.
He’s not real popular in his state, does he have enough support in his district?
You forgot to mention that he said he would vote for Santorum. It's possible that many conservatives DID hear what he said & they DID!!
I think Romney is Rush’s first choice, that is why, with voting going on, he was telling Florida that Santorum voters, and Perry voters don’t like Newt, and will go to Romney.
Santorum is serving Romney in this race. Santorum is also serving as the beard for any Republican (or Glenn Beck) that wants to assist Romney, yet maintain that he is not a Romney guy
but liberal aint one of them.
Did I really have to put a sarc tag on my last sentence to you? No. You know I don’t think you are a liberal.
How so, you ask? Why, just Santorum's own words, when he didn't need to say what he thought the electorate wanted to hear. Read below and tell me how 'conservative' this socialist pig really is.
Santorum, from 2008:
This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I dont think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldnt get involved in the bedroom, we shouldnt get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals cant go it alone.
And directly from his book 'It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good'...
What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadnt even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply cheap liberals. My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission.
I suspect some will dismiss my ideas as just an extended version of compassionate conservatism. Some will reject what I have said as a kind of Big Government Conservatism. Some will say that what Ive tried to argue isnt conservatism at all. But I believe what Ive been presenting is the genuine conservatism our Founders envisioned. One that fosters the opportunity for all Americans to live as we are called to live, in selfless families that contribute to the general welfare, the common good.
My 2nd choice is Gingrich. Actually I would be very happy with Gingrich, but will be extraordinarily happy with Santorum.