Santorum courting Michigan Democrats in robo call

New low for Santorum as he joins with DNC and Obama’s liberal allies

As Arizona and Michigan hold Republican presidential preference elections today, Rick Santorum’s campaign has been deceptively taking advantage of the fact that Michigan’s primary rules allow Democrats to vote in the state’s GOP primaries.  Here in Arizona only Republicans and Green Party members are eligible to cast ballots.

Using a deceptive tactic — reminiscent of  “Operation Hillary” — an all out effort to encourage Democrats to vote in open primaries selecting a Republican nominee — Santorum began running robo calls last evening sounding like they came from a union targeting Mitt Romney. The message focuses on Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout and calls on Democrats to vote for Santorum because of it.

The far-left-wing site Daily Kos and their radical liberal partners are hard at work drumming up enthusiasm for the effort to get Democrats to vote the GOP primary and skew the vote against Mitt Romney — who they view as presenting a genuine challenge to Barack Obama.  And Santorum?  He is working hand-in-glove with them.

Romney responded on FOX News’ Sean Hannity last night, saying “Senator Santorum did something today which I think is deceptive and a dirty trick, which is he’s put an ad out there sounding like a labor ad telling labor folks and Democrats to go vote against me and vote for Rick Santorum. And at the very end there’s a little trailer that he paid for this, but it’s confusing people. It’s a new low in this campaign,” said Romney.

This is not Santorum’s only use of such deceptive tactics.  He is also using robo calls designed to sound as though he has the support of the National Rifle Association — an endorsement which the NRA denies making. The group’s single commitment is to defeating Barack Obama. Read NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre’s recent speech to the conservative CPAC convention, confirming that fact.

Candidate Santorum’s 2012 convenient conservative cloak has been raised, and reveals him openly linking hands with the DNC and Obama’s liberal allies. Listen to Santorum in 2008, unequivocally endorsing Mitt Romney, and calling him a “conservative who really gets it.”

That was before Santorum’s ego turned him into a political contortionist. Don’t be fooled.

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29 Responses to Santorum courting Michigan Democrats in robo call

  1. Franklin Brown says:

    You sound like a bitter Romney fan who’s upset his candidate didn’t have the sense to reach out to independents and moderate Democrats first.

    Reagan got elected by courting what became “Reagan Democrats.” Any effective politician is going to need to have wider appeal across the political spectrum in order to be successful. Santorum is wise to reach out.

    The fact is, for months, people have been touting how Romney is the “most electable” candidate because he’s not as rigid on social issues as Santorum and can appeal to independents. Now that Santorum makes a real effort to win those votes, you cry foul.

    Such hypocrisy.

  2. Overtaxed1 says:

    Romney calling out Santorum for “deceptive tactics” is such a farce.
    He is the originator of film flam deception. A lot has happened since 2008 that proves Romney is not anything more than a RINO.
    Just watch him fall flat on his face in this election when BO comes out with all the past Romney values that align with his dictates. Get real people, you are the ones who are fooled if you think Romney is conservative. Romneycare is jut one of many issues too numerous to mention. The Mormons want open borders and Romney claims to follow his cults teachings. Which is it with him?
    Frankly I think all of the candidates should do what they tell the unemployed to do and that is to seek employment elsewhere.

    George Soros isn’t worried about Romney, he says there is not difference between Romney and BO. The RINO’s love him so that is enough for me to vote for another. Haven’t you noticed that the true conservatives have back Santorum?

    • Arizona Conservative Guy says:

      What? I’m a “true conservative,” and I proudly support Mitt Romney. Who do you think you are to you to decide who is conservative enough ? I’m pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, want real controls at the border, oppose amnesty, desire smaller government and supported JD Hayworth over John McCain. Do those views identify me as a liberal to you?

      This deception is not a new tactic for Santorum. Have you forgotten that he appeared countless times in support of liberal abortion-supporting Arlen Specter, campaigning across Pennsylvania against conservative pro-life Pat Toomey. It was a stunning display of Santorum‘s hypocrisy. Party switcher, (Iffy Republican Specter reregistered as a Democrat) outspent Toomey 10 to 1 and won by a single percentage point, but Dubya Bush and Santorum successfully ensured the defeat of the conservative. Toomey had the last laugh, since he won in the next election.

      Don’t sabotage your own party, with your often stated Mormon hatred, Overtaxed 1. You will surely ensure an Obama victory. By the way, did you support Russell Pearce as the open borders liberals recalled him? He’s a Mormon, as are many of our good conservative state legislators. Your hateful venom is self defeating.

      • Overtaxed1 says:

        Romney’s present statements to Mexican groups is far from what he says on the debates. My Republican Party is not just the Romney Party or its minions. I do support Russell Pearce, he has ALWAYS gone against his church on illegal immigration and Romney has not. I also do not have “hateful venom” as you call it.
        Some people can’t handle the truth. The Mormons preach that Jesus was not God and I for one do not want a President who believes that, or that God has a wife and that they can’t get to heaven except through their Temple. Character matters and Romney lies and distorts the things he has said in the past so I will not vote for him.
        If a belief that Jesus is Lord and salvation is through Him only looks like “hateful venom” in your eyes then it is you that is lost, not me. I believe that Jesus is a part of the Trinity and the only way to heaven and that Romney, who does not acknowledge him as Lord and Savior by way of his proclaimed Mormon faith, is NOT the only way to the White House.

      • Jim says:

        Russell Pearce was targeted by the Mormon hating Jerry Lewis and Don Stapley, supported by the Mormon hating supporters of Jeff Flake. Give me a break. These Mormon Haters are Mormons.

        Not everyone who opposes Romney and his track record of supporting liberal, socialist policies does so because they hate Mormons.

        As to Santorum and deception, his support of Specter was not deceptive – it was perhaps wrong-headed but not deceptive. PS: I think Specter is a POS, but he did ramrod through the Supreme Court appointments of Alito and Roberts. WIthout Specter chairing the committee, that probably would not have happened.

      • Hunter says:

        Overtaxed1, I’m not a Romney fan, but I’ll vote for him if he gets the nomination. You, however, are a religious bigot. You may disagree, but, remember your own words, “Some people can’t handle the truth.”

      • Overtaxed1 says:

        If loving the Lord and believing the Bible makes me a “bigot”
        in your eyes then there are a lot of us out there. You can slam that word around all you want but just like those of us who who want our laws enforced against illegals are called “prejudice” you are week in vocabulary and principle to call people bigots just because they don’t follow Muslims or Mormons with enthusiasm.

        Since you cannot defend Romney care socialism with intelligence
        you resort to name calling. No wonder this country is so screwed up, people like you are deficient in intellect.

        My Bible says that people who do not follow Jesus and acknowledge that he is Lord are fools. We already have one fool in the White House and we don’t need another.

      • Hunter says:

        Overtaxed1, I have no reason to defend RomneyCare. I don’t support it, and that is a major reason I would prefer someone other than Romney to be the nominee. Before you cast aspersions on the intellect of others you might want to review your “week” statements to see if they are relevant. What makes you a bigot is not your religious beliefts; it is your utter contempt for people who don’t share them. It’s hard to believe that most of the people you pray with “weakly” share your contempt for those not sharing your beliefs. Not only are you a bigot, you use poor grammar when criticizing others as being intellectually deficient. If I were a bigot like you, I would probably claim that this proves that zealous Christians such as yourself are just too stupid to think clearly with any intellectual depth. However, that would be a ridiculous statement. As silly as rejecting a politician for his theology rather than JUST his policies, competence, and personal integrity.

    • LD18 PC says:

      In our strongly conservative and evangelical household all four of us (my wife, our two college students and me) have already cast our votes for Mitt Romney. Romney’s been called a “flip-flopper” for becoming more conservative over the years. His detractors say it is all about politics, but I can readily identify. Remember the famous quote of Winston Churchill?
      “If you’re not a liberal in your youth, you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative in your middle years, you have no brain.”

      That applies perfectly not only for Mitt Romney but also for me, and many others. Remember Ronald Reagan was originally a Democrat! Do you cast out converts to your church, Overtaxed1?

      How interesting that you support Russell Pearce because he “goes against his church.” You omit the fact that he is a devoutly religious and committed member of the LDS faith — the Mormon’s you so demean. You appear to call yourself a Christian, but your hatred betrays you as a small minded bigot.

      • Sgt. Flapjaw says:

        LD18, let’s face it, Romney was not a youth when he favored all of his liberal/socialist issues. He is in fact a chameleon. I will vote for him if it comes to that, but you better prepare yourself for this guy to really piss you off if he wins. I would start thinking about a challenger for 2016. Just sayin.

    • Jonathan says:

      Overtaxed1:
      I’m having trouble understanding your religious views. You say your ”Bible says that people who do not follow Jesus and acknowledge that he is Lord are fools.”

      Since Jesus was Jewish and followed the Jewish faith until his last day on earth, even celebrating Passover with a traditional seder, are you saying the Lord you pray to is a fool? Would you vote for a Jewish candidate? Would you vote for Jesus?

      Just wondering.

  3. Franklin Brown says:

    I’ll just leave this here:
    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/02/28/toughen-up-mitt-ercup/

    Hypocrisy.

    • Jane says:

      A thousand thanks Franklin Brown!

      I fully expected that Romney had done the EXACT same thing in the recent past. What a ginormous hypocrite!

      It’s refreshing to find a nationally-known voice thinking the same way:

      If Romney can’t put away Santorum and can’t handle a run-of-the-mill robocall, how is he going to handle Team Obama’s Chicago goons and the Democrat deacons of truly dirty tricks? —Michelle Malkin

      Ans: He won’t. He’ll cede the race to Obama and quip that he did the best he could.

    • Chandler GOP says:

      Franklin Brown,
      As you no doubt know, in AZ’s presidential preference election Greens and Republicans are the only ones voting. I was referring to regular primary elections when registered Independents are eligible to vote and skew our GOP elections.

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly – boo hoo Romney. What did he tell Newt about complaining? Guess it doesn’t apply to him especially after his camp is out to destroy all opponents (McCain Jr).

  4. Jane says:

    Romney’s public whining is unbelievable. Is this what we can expect from him in the general election? (Achem…Yes.) What’s he going to do when Obama’s campaign starts driving off-road? If Michigan Democrats (and there are boat loads of them) are allowed to vote in the GOP Primary, then somebody had best get out there and try to mitigate the damage. Santorum did nothing illegal, thank God he’s paying attention!

    • Gary says:

      Paying attention? Santorum’s a hypocrite who cannot win. If he gets the Republican nomination, Obama doesn’t even have to campaign. Weren’t we down this deceptive road just four years ago with lying McCain?

    • Jane says:

      Yes, Paying Attention! Gracious, Mitt Romney is on cruise control. The beauty here is that while Romney and the Democrats were buy tar & feathering Bachmann, Cain, and Perry, they had completely discounted Santorum! What a treat to watch all this unfold.

  5. Rick says:

    If Santorum used campaign money to make calls asking for qualified voters to vote for him, that should be expected. What candidate would not? I know that every Republican candidate running for office here in Arizona contacts all qualified voters and asks them to vote for them in the proimary.

    In our regular Primary held in August, independents are allowed to vote in the Republican Primary and campaigns call and mail those voters who usually vote in the primaries and ask for their vote. That is not deceptive, it is called legal and proper campaign strategy.

    If Romney cannot stand his opponent trying to get qualified voters to cast a ballot in their favor, he should stop whining and concede the campaign before BHO kicks his backside.

    In addition, since Romney was born in Michigan, his father was a three time Michigan Governor, and one of many places he calls home, he should either compete within the rules, expect his opponent to compete within the rules, or use his influence to change the process to a closed primary. Anything else is just diaplaying his silver spooned victim mentality.

    • Chandler GOP says:

      BS! I’ve worked on numerous Republican campaigns both in Arizona over the past nearly two decades and previously in Colorado, and we always use walking lists to identify REPUBLICAN households and make calls to high propensity REPUBLICAN voters. What a load of crap to support the unsupportable.

      Are you sure you’re not “Rick” Santorum?

      • Franklin Brown says:

        I’m a GOP PC in Arizona, and, honestly, you’re comparing apples to oranges.

        Michigan has an open primary. Arizona does not. Of COURSE we only court registered Republicans in our primary – it is POINTLESS to court anyone else. Even Independents may not vote.

        Michigan is a different story, and it is wise to court the ENTIRE electorate.

        Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  6. Kathy says:

    Following the McCain playbook – shred fellow Republicans, and coddle Obama. Shred Conservatives and dance with Obama. Humm

  7. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    Santorum courting Michigan Democrats in robo call
    …and just how do you think RINO TRAITOR AMNESTY-JOHN mccain got the nomination in 2008? From Republicans ? HA !

  8. Maggie says:

    In my circle of friends, I honestly don’t know one woman who supports Rick Santorum. He views contraceptives as evil. Do you? As a conservative, I’m firmly opposed to abortion on demand, but limiting my family size by means of contraception, is none of Santorum’s business. He says that birth control “goes down the line of being able to do whatever you want to do without having the responsibility that comes with it.“ I believe that using birth control is very responsible. It sure worked for my husband and me as we decided when we wanted our children, how we intended to space them, and how many we felt we could support.

    • Franklin Brown says:

      You must not have many friends. I know many women, including my wife, that are pro-Santorum. And, before you ask, none of them are Catholic.

      You’re parroting the misinformation from the liberal media with regards to contraception. Nobody wants to restrict your access to birth control. The only debate is whether the government has a right to force your insurance provider and employer to pay for it. Otherwise, it’s a non-issue. Just because Santorum gives you an honest personal opinion doesn’t mean he’s going to outlaw condoms.

      • Maggie says:

        Insults are the refuge of the ignorant, Franklin.

        Here is your hero. Listen as he actually says contraception enables sex outside of marriage. Most responsible married people use birth control He calls it harmful to women and says it doesn’t work. What a self serving, sanctimonious dolt. His religion is not my religion, and I don’t tell him what he and his wife should or should not do in their bedroom. He needs to stay out of mine. Somehow I don’t imagine you would refuse to use birth control since Rick says you shouldn’t. Condoms are not reliable, by the way.

      • Franklin Brown says:

        The duplicate post was inadvertent… not a deliberate attempt to get the comment posted faster.

        Funny how you lecture me about insults being the refuge of the ignorant, then suggest my time is less valuable than your own. I have a job and a family as well. But since you’re so sensitive on the subject, I’ll refrain from reading your website or commenting further, since you’ve made your bias clear, and would rather spend your valuable free time worrying about someone having a conspiracy against your bedroom activities.

      • Seeing Red AZ says:

        Franklin Brown:
        Please exercise some restraint. Your comments are held in moderation until we can get them posted. When you continue to resend the exact same ones, you can be assured they won’t go up any faster. Although you appear to have abundant free time, we don’t. We have jobs and families and get to “moderated” comments as we are able. As you can see, yours have been getting posted. Cool your jets.

    • Ben F says:

      Maggie, I did not see where Franklin insulted you, unless you think that his recognition that you are a Romney sycophant is an insult.

      As to contraception, he never said that the availability to purchase should be taken away, he only said that people and institutions of faith who oppose the practice should not be required by the government to pay for those purchases. It is a simple religious freedom issue.

      Hard to believe that conservatives support Obama big-government intrusion into the private actions of Americans.