Rick Santorum Campaign Launches Its First Television Ad

Dec 15, 2011 9:26pm
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa- On the same day a SuperPAC launched to boost Rick Santorum and announced it is even running a television ad in this state, the Santorum campaign itself has launched its own television ad, the first for the campaign.

Titled “Sing, Sing, Sing,” the ad goes on the air Thursday evening here. The TV spot touts his conservative background and the praise-not endorsements-he’s received from conservative leaders over video footage of Santorum with his wife and seven children.

“A loving husband, a devoted father, homeschooler and a man of deep faith. He wrote the law that banned partial birth abortions. Overhauled America’s welfare system,” a narrator reads. ” And no one has done more to protect America from Iran’s growing threat than Rick Santorum. It’s no wonder Palin, Beck and Huckabee are singing his praises.”

The voice over narrates over quotes from Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Mike Huckabee praising Santorum and even a quote from rival Newt Gingrich lauding Santorum’s Iran policy.

On Wednesday, the former Pennsylvania senator bragged that he was running the leanest of the GOP presidential campaign. Earlier today the Red, White, and Blue Fund, a Santorum SuperPAC, announced they were spending $200,000 on ads in this state touting Santorum.

Santorum has been barnstorming the state for months hoping hard work will pay off on Jan. 3, but going on the air will undoubtedly help.

He got a rousing welcome at an abortion forum and film premiere last night and as recently as Wednesday he said at a campaign stop in Des Moines that he doesn’t think he has “received one dollar in PAC money, not a penny.”

“Not that I haven’t asked, but nobody has sent me any,” Santorum said. “I can go into this race as the least funded candidate who went out and talked to the people of Iowa and ran a grassroots campaign and the people of Iowa spoke to who they want to lead the country.”

Santorum will meet his rivals tonight on stage at the Fox News debate, the final before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

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