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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Santorum: Cain’s a muddle on abortion

Rick Santorum is out with a new ad that smacks Herman Cain for his pro-choice-like language on abortion. It is rather devastating:

The best ads are those that simply let your opponent dig his own grave. Especially in Iowa, where social conservatives play a critical role in the caucuses, this could get some attention and knock Cain’s support down.

Santorum is doing two smart things his opponents have yet to do. First, he’s going after Cain, not Mitt Romney (whom strong social conservatives probably won’t support anyway) or Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who’s becoming irrelevant). Santorum has to get some of those disenchanted Cain voters to rise up in the polls, and this is an effective way to shake them loose.

Second, this comes after Santorum has spent gobs of time in Iowa and his views on abortion are well known. Santorum invested the time and effort to establish his credentials with Iowa voters; that leaves him free to go after opponents while they are still introducing themselves to caucus voters.

Santorum could emerge as the big “winner” in Iowa if he could place at the top in a few spots on election night. He doesn’t need to win, but he could impress by corralling social conservatives who are weary of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s gaffes, distrustful of Cain and turned off by Perry. For a guy without flocks of consultants, Santorum sure is showing more political finesse than those with them.

By  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Categories:  2012 campaign

 
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