Pro-Romney super PAC keys on Santorum as Romney campaign focuses in on Gingrich

at 10:22 AM ET, 01/18/2012

The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney for president is up with another new ad targeting Rick Santorum in South Carolina, even as Romney’s campaign turns its focus to Newt Gingrich.

The new ad from Restore Our Future mentions earmarks for a tea pot museum and the so-called ”Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska and features clips of the former Pennsylvania senator saying he’s “proud” of the earmarks that he pursued when he was in Congress

The ad also labels Santorum the “ultimate Washington insider” and a ”big spender.”

The ad focused on Santorum comes as Romney’s campaign seems more focused on Gingrich. The campaign is holding a press call and launching a website this morning trying to peg the former House speaker as an unreliable leader.

On the press call, former senator Jim Talent and former congresswoman Susan Molinari, who both served in the House under Speaker Gingrich, testified to his lack of reliability.

“Each one of has stories about going home and having to clean up after our speaker,” Talent said.

Added Molinari: “I can only describe his style as leadership by chaos.

Both Talent and Molinari support Romney.

Many see Gingrich emerging as Romney's top competition in South Carolina following a strong performance in Monday’s debate, and most polling has shown the former House speaker in second place.

Overall, though, Santorum and Gingrich are seen as Romney’s biggest threats right now. But conservatives have yet to rally completely behind either of them, which has prevented one of them from catching Romney in the polls.

 
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