Rick Santorum

Opinion
12:58 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

New Republic: Could Rick Santorum Win Big?

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is mobbed by press while hosting a Pinstripe Bowl watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar on Dec. 30, 2011 in Ames, Iowa.
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Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 8:14 am

Noam Scheiber is a senior editor at The New Republic, where he writes about politics and Obama administration economic policy.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:45 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Governor Perry Casts Pigs In Newest Campaign Ad

With the Iowa caucuses looming just over the horizon, Governor Perry is swinging hard at Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania senator leads the pack among the more socially-conservative GOP presidential candidates.

In this new advertisement, the Perry campaign literally shows pigs in an effort to draw a comparison between pork barrel politics and Santorum’s three-year-old comment on Fox News that “I’ll defend earmarks."  Earmarks are provisions added to bills that direct funds to projects in lawmakers' home districts. 

The ad repeats Santorum's one-second comment six times, each time highlighting an earmarks Santorum put into bills while serving in Congress. Unsettling carnival music plays in the background, while a portrait of President Obama slowly transforms into the face of the former Senator.  

Santorum has rebuffed Perry's attack on earmarks, saying he's "proud" of money he brought back to his state.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:17 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Fighting for Iowa's Evangelicals, Perry Targets Santorum

Gov. Perry campaigning last week in DeWitt, Iowa
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry spent the last two weeks namelessly attacking Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by telling voters that they didn't need to elect a Washington D.C. or Wall Street insider.

But at this morning's campaign stop in the Iowa town of Washington, the governor focused his attack specifically on former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. A new CNN/Time poll showed Santorum jumping from sixth place in Iowa to third.

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