Romney ad: Santorum is an ‘economic lightweight’

Mitt Romney’s campaign is up with a new ad in the Illinois primary labeling Rick Santorum an “economic lightweight” and comparing him — surprise! — to President Obama.

The ad picks up on bad reviews of Santorum’s economic plan from several sources, one of which labels it the worst plan in the GOP field.

“Rick Santorum: Another economic lightweight,” the ad says as it juxtaposes video of Santorum with to video of Obama.

It’s not the first time Romney’s campaign has called Santorum an “economic lightweight.” Romney uttered the same phrase in a telephone townhall Thursday with Illinois Republicans.

The ad is particularly striking for its similarities to an ad launched just earlier today by the top super PAC supporting Santorum’s campaign.

That Red, White and Blue Fund ad hits Romney for his economic record as governor of Massachusetts and also closes by putting Romney’s face next to Obama’s.

Both ads close with more positive info about the candidates they are supporting.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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