Rick Santorum Attack Mailer In South Carolina Casts Mitt Romney As ‘The Moderate’

Jan 17, 2012 6:15pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone and Shushannah Walshe report:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Rick Santorum is keeping his promise to sharpen the contrast with Mitt Romney in a new mailer arriving in the homes of South Carolina voters with just four days to go before Saturday’s primary.

The mailer greets residents with an unmistakable message: “Mitt Romney Is Hoping You Never Read This.” It pits Santorum (“a trusted conservative) against Romney (“the moderate”), according to a copy of the piece of campaign literature obtained by ABC News.

On the campaign trail this week, Santorum has been lashing out at Romney for refusing to take steps to rein in his super PAC allies who have been running negative ads against the former Pennsylvania senator.

Santorum’s mail-box offensive against Romney is just one example of the ground war among the campaigns that is playing out across the state and taking the form of mailers, fliers, and automated telephone calls.

“You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a vicious negative attack ad by Mitt Romney,” the Santorum mailer reads. “Not only are the ads insulting and offensive, they’re downright false. And clearly Romney was hoping you wouldn’t have time to find out. Now you do.”

The tri-fold pamphlet is designed to push back against criticism leveled against Santorum with lines like these: “Rick has never voted to raise taxes” and “Rick strongly supported ending all earmarks.”

The mailer claims to offer “the truth” about Santorum’s fiscal record and gives a point-by-point breakdown of Santorum vs. Romney on values issues.

“Romney bragged he was even more liberal than Ted Kennedy on social issues,” it reads. “Romney’s healthcare plan includes taxpayer-funded abortions. Romney refused to end gay marriages in Massachusetts.”

The mailer comes just one day after the Santorum campaign announced a hard-hitting television attack ad in South Carolina that ties Romney to Obama.

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