Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Santorum camp: Democratic robocalls were ‘absolutely not’ a mistake

Former senator Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) campaign says that the robocalls it launched in Michigan targeting Democratic voters were “absolutely not” a mistake.


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Santorum’s rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R), has slammed Santorum for the calls, calling them “disgusting” and accusing the former senator Tuesday of “dirty tricks” in the campaign.

“Let me ask you a question about the robocalls; was it a mistake?” CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asked Santorum’s national press secretary, Alice Stewart, Wednesday morning.

“Absolutely not,” Stewart said. “And we’ve said all along that the purpose — we’ll see how the next states play out, but the key is we’ve always said we need to appeal to conservatives and also Reagan Democrats.”

Stewart argued that Santorum “appealed to them as a conservative, saying, ‘My conservative views and values will help you as a Reagan Democrat as opposed to Mitt Romney, who’s sending out fundraising appeals touting his moderate record.’”

Santorum himself has defended the calls in recent days, arguing that they were targeting conservative Democrats rather than liberal voters.

But the tune is different from the one Santorum was singing last month, when he told Minnesota voters on a conference call that “states should only allow Republicans to vote in Republican primaries.”

By  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/29/2012

 
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