Rick Santorum attacks ‘this man’ in ad

at 09:38 AM ET, 04/02/2012

A tough new ad from former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum suggests former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is as bad as President Obama.

The spot is airing in Wisconsin, in advance of Tuesday’s primary.

“This Man” starts with a woman standing in front of a shot of the current White House occupant.

Via ABC News:

“What if I told you that this man’s big government-mandating health-care included $50 abortions and killed thousands of jobs. Would you ever vote for him?” she asks. “What if I told you he supported radical environmental job-killing cap-and-trade and the Wall Street bailout? And what if I told you he dramatically raised taxes and stuck taxpayers with a $1 billion shortfall?”

The woman gestures at Obama, “One more thing. What if I told you the man I’m talking about wasn’t him?” The shot of Obama morphs into Romney. “It’s him.”

A recent Marist Poll showed Romney leading Santorum in Wisconsin by 7 points.

“It is sad to see him completely lose his bearings and revert to patently false claims,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul in a statement. “Senator Santorum is at a point of desperation that he will say or do anything.”

Santorum has spent about $200,000 in Wisconsin, according to a Republican media buyer. His super PAC supporters added about $660,000. Romney has spend about $743,000 in Wisconsin; his super PAC allies spent a whopping $2.3 million.

 
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