By The Right Scoop


This is pretty low. Buzzfeed unearthed a 2008 interview of Santorum endorsing Romney for president and now either Romney or his SuperPAC is robo-calling citizens of Michigan with the same 2008 audio of Santorum’s endorsement. Via Detroit Free Press:

Some Michiganders — this reporter included — got what may have been a surprising call over the weekend: Romney’s chief rival Rick Santorum endorsing Mitt Romney.

The endorsement was in 2008, when Romney was running for president (and Santorum wasn’t). In an interview about the endorsement at the time, Santorum said he hesitated about who to endorse but decided on Romney as the best alternative to John McCain. The robocall was presumably paid for by either the campaign or the Super PAC supporting Romney.

After a short introduction in the automated call to Michigan voters, Santorum says: “If you’re a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.”

This is pathetic, but it’s emblematic in part of why I don’t want to support Romney. His campaign and his Super PACs engage in dirty politics.

(h/t: Mediaite)

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  • MortimusMaximus

    Typical left wing tactics…..Romney….Obama…whats the difference?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

      Romney has more hair and is a lighter color?

      • M_J_S

        Romney is a bigger DOUCHE than Obama.

        • stage9

          I take issue with the fact that you don’t consider Obama the bigger douche! (Although this is really a tough call, they both have very similar douche-like qualities)

          • M_J_S

            At least Obama is solid in his warped convictions.

        • http://twitter.com/strngernfiction strangernfiction

          The douche with the R before his name is more dangerous than the douche with the D, so in that sense he IS the bigger douche.

          • librtifirst

            R&D. So that’s why our government can’t get anything right. They are still doing R&D.

        • Sober_Thinking

          Is that even possible? :)

          I guess so. Maobama doesn’t hide the fact… but Romney proclaims that he’s lemon-scented.

      • MortimusMaximus

        They’re from the same mold

        • http://www.facebook.com/salvatore.anello Salvatore Anello

          Aspergillus? Cladosporium? Penicillium? Alternaria? Stachybotrys atra?

          • MortimusMaximus

            Mold being a heteronym….you figure in which context it is being used

            • http://www.facebook.com/salvatore.anello Salvatore Anello

              Oh, like theology and theology or mold and mold.

    • http://twitter.com/MaxTwain Max Twain

      Umm…that Romney can fix the country and Obama can’t.

      • MortimusMaximus

        You know Jimmy Bleep?

  • http://twitter.com/JustinWax Tennessean

    Come on gang. This is serious. We have to ask ourselves. Do we want some Rocky Balboa street fighter type (Santorum) or the Ken Doll w/ the perfectly coiffed hair. Who looks more Presidential in going up against Obama. This isn’t Rocky 8. This is the Presidency we’re talking about. Yes we Ken!

    • stage9

      No we kent! No we won’t!

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    • starvingchildren

      Santorum is a fine fellow — but get real everyone. Let’s assume the sun, moon, and stars align and he actually became president. He’s never run anything! He needs to get his training wheels on in a state house. He’s still a young man and has a long window of opportunity. You can already see how the MSM plays him.

      • Sober_Thinking

        So, is that an endorsement for Romney? :O

        • steprock

          Could be Newt. I still “like” Newt, as in, he’s my choice among the available choices and I don’t dislike him. In some instances, I like his ideas and his rhetoric.

          Resounding endorsement from me, ain’t it? But I do generally like Newt and the fact that he’s got experience for the job for which he is applying.

          • Sober_Thinking

            I like Newt too and would be happy to pull the lever for him in November.

    • Been_There_BT

      I want a fighter, that’s why I support Newt

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    Hard to believe why this won’t backfire on Romney. Just shows how much more of a liar Romney is.

    • MortimusMaximus

      It shows what puppets the general public is if they fall for this. It’s easier for people to believe what they’re told rather then think for themselves

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    I just heard Levin talking about this! And romneybots wonder why we can’t stand mittens?! The guy and his stupid thugs don’t have a leg of their own to stand on, so they’ve got to chop down the others who have real chances and are better qualified as POTUS. What a bunch of babies.

    • Cindy09

      I would be surprised to see with what twist of words he is gonna come out and explain this. If he has no control over his hounds, how are we to believe that he can control what’s wrong with this country??? Shame, shame, shame!!!

      • Sober_Thinking

        Great point! I want him to look in the camera during the debate and tell America that he is unable to stop this. Seriously, let’s see if he makes a public condemnation for this tactic or not. If he doesn’t, then he’s no better than the evil we’re fighting against.

    • http://twitter.com/CalFreiburger Calvin Freiburger

      Would that be the same Mark Levin who, in an audio clip on this very site a few weeks back, ignored Gingrich’s despicable Holocaust robocalls because he claimed not to know if the Gingrich camp was really behind them, even though a campaign spokesman admitted they were? Yeah, Levin’s a real principled guy…..

      • NHConservative0221

        Levin has criticized Newt for attacking Bain Capital and for using the language of the Left to do so. He doesn’t like Newt that much, but he’d take Newt over Mittens as would most conservatives.

        And let’s get it straight. Mittens started the despicable SuperPac attacks on Newt, just like the garbage he’s using on Santorum now. Mittens can’t run on his own record b/c his record sucks.

        Let’s stop the BS and unite behind Santorum. Donate, make phone calls… do whatever you can to help!!

        • Sober_Thinking

          Agreed 100%.

    • librtifirst

      Say it like you mean it. :)

  • conservativeBC

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  • http://twitter.com/CharlieZangelQQ DaMz

    The man will do anything to win

    HE MAKES ME SICK

  • MortimusMaximus
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  • hbnolikeee

    I thought that Mittsky isn’t stupid though. These obvious attacks have been hurting him and this will hurt him some more. Hasn’t he figured out that we want someone with a plan, not a big bag of cash and a smear machine?

  • carolt2

    Mark Levin did an hour or so a few weeks ago and said that all the republican candidates from 2008 hated Mitt Romney for his dirty tricks. I did not expect Mitt to have any class this time, in fact i expected Mitt to be ever worse. This proves it.

  • Cindy09

    When I look at things like these, I have the hardest of time to imagine in what kind of swamp the guy will be floating comes November…. especially if “they” bestow the nomination upon him!!! I am telling you, it is going to be extremely painful to come out of bed and vote for him, even with nose plugs!!

    • stage9

      Then vote for another RINO liberal…

      I’ll take a man who understands our nation’s history, it’s legacy, and it’s values than a RINO liberal (Obamney) or a left wing radical (Obama).

      It’s More Than The Economy, Stupid: Social Issues Matter
      http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/01/its-more-than-the-economy-stupid-social-issues-matter/

      • Nukeman60

        Social issues do matter, but Obama wants the narrative to be all about social issues so that we will forget the outrageous unemployment numbers, the outrageous price of oil, the outrageous debt. He can misdirect the conversation as he has through the LSM this week with Santorum. Look how that is going. Santorum was misinterpreted on several occasions, yet Obama comes out ahead on each one due to the LSM attacks.

        The contraceptive argument is an intentional gameplan. Already, he has people believing that he came up with an acceptable compromise in a situation that did not even permit a compromise. He’s clever and we need to combat that.

        If we don’t get the conversation back to Obamas failures (and that includes everything he’s done), then he will win the election and we are on a downhill slide that will be hard to stop.

        • ryanomaniac

          Right on target. Its a trap.

      • librtifirst

        It is interesting that we are now at the point that we have to point out that social issues matter. After we have lost our core principles and abandoned the rule of law.

        Government’s core responsibilities: Protect “LIFE”, and liberty, and judge righteously.

  • FreeManWalking

    I agree RINOmeny is a sleaze bag and will use any means possible to buy a shot at the White House.

    But Rick made his choice in 2008 and didn’t think RINOmeny was a sleaze bag when he endorsed RINOmeny over Huckabee. At least he didn’t endorse McCaint

    Huckabee wasn’t my choice earlier in 08, but during the MO primary he was the most conservative standing.

    • c4pfan

      It was between Romney and McCain at the time.

      • http://twitter.com/AmericanSpringg American Spring

        The solid prolife candidate, Huckabee, was still in the race.

        • NHConservative0221

          Huckabee was terrible, probably worse than Mittens.

          Just look at his record of raising taxes, being soft on illegals, and granting clemency to several violent criminals in the name of “forgiveness” as a Baptist minister.

          Most conservatives did choose Mittens over McLame. I would do the same today as much as I can’t stand Mittens.

          • FreeManWalking

            He was my Governor, so I do know a bit about his record. Like I said in my post, he wasn’t my first choice. I was pulling for Thompson / Giuliani until they dropped, that only left McCaint/ RINOmeny and Huck. Of the 3, I think Huck is more conservative and for sure a lot more in line with Santorum’s Pro-Life.

            All I am saying is Politics make strange bedfellows, he didn’t have a problem supporting him in 08, that is his judgement call. I pasted the youtube link to his endorsement in the past, I was NOT unaware of his RINO endorsement.

            Yes Huck was for the same state paid tuition as Perry, and he did pardon criminals that in my opinion should have remained in prison, he tried to give food sales tax rebate to Arkansan’s (which IMO would have been giving a check to a lot of residents that didn’t pay sales tax on food). Just a few of the things that kept him from being my first choice.

            My position when it comes to a Christian’s serving in office, is be a Christian and let others read your life, but do not run the OFFICE of government like (The Office) is a Christian. That is the best I can do with that thought and it doesn’t come out quite right. I know governments will be judged and held accountable.

            BTW ~ Clinton was worse as a Governor all the way around and all I can say say is I didn’t EVER vote for him, and didn’t EVER think he could fool the nation like he had Arkansan’s but Arkansas for the most part was/ has been Democrat.
            We did have the Conservative Rockefeller (Winthrop) as Gov, first GOP since 1874.

          • FreeManWalking

            I hope Rick wasn’t so naive that he was surprised that RINOmeny or his super pac chose to do this.

            I don’t think it surprises you.

            I know it didn’t me.

        • FreeManWalking

          Yes, Santorum’s sound bite was prior to the MO Primary.

  • c4pfan

    I think it’s lame.

  • c4pfan

    If I were Santorum, I’d say that at that time he was proud to endorse Mitt, but when the ecomony collapsed and Mitt supported all the bailouts, it chaged his mind and he thought this country deserved better.

    • NHConservative0221

      That’d be a good line for Santy to use in Wednesday’s debate. I wonder if his website has anything to offer suggestions like that.

  • http://twitter.com/CalFreiburger Calvin Freiburger

    I know it’s fashionable throughout the blogosphere to hate Mitt Romney for having the audacity to get out of bed in the morning, but the outrage is a bit premature.

    We should reserve judgment on this until (a) we have some sort of confirmation as to who was behind the calls, and (b) I’ve heard the full audio for myself. If the call is trying to suggest Santorum supports Romney NOW, that would indeed be a lie. But if the audio is simply calling out Santorum for inconsistency in what he said about Romney in 2008 and what he’s saying about him now, then that’s a perfectly legitimate message.

    • NHConservative0221

      No one is buying your lame attempt to make excuses for Mittens.

      He did these types of dirty tricks in 2008 and has been doing it this entire campaign. He can’t run on his own record b/c it sucks so all he can do is try to smear other candidates.

      Mittens did it to Newt in Iowa. When asked about it, Mittens said by law he couldn’t control the Superpac. When the very next day he was told that he actually could, Mittens responded by saying this is politics.

      Mittens also let his Superpac try to smear Newt as being opposed to Reagan while Mittens himself was a “an independent during Reagan-Bush”.

      Mittens is as dirty as they come and has never been and never will be a conservative.

      • PapaLouie

        The U.S. Supreme Court held in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that government may not prohibit unions and corporations from making “independent” expenditures about politics. That is why Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate directly with candidates or political parties because they must remain “independent”.

        Are you aware of something that overturned the U.S. Supreme Court’s requirement that Super PAC expenditures be independent of the Candidate? Was it a signing statement by Obama, perhaps?

        Maybe you should also check out this video of Rush calling out Newt for saying “The Era Of Reagan Is Over”:

        http://mrctv.org/videos/flashback-rush-calls-out-gingrich-saying-era-reagan-over

        Newt has also been quoted as saying, “The Reagan Administration has failed” and “If Bush runs as a continuation of Reaganism he will lose”. So how is it a smear to suggest that Newt was opposed to Reagan, given such comments?

  • Susanna958

    The other choice isn’t McCain anymore.

  • http://punditpawn.wordpress.com PunditPawn

    I wonder if this isn’t crossing into legal jeopardy since it is no longer truthful and doesn’t identify that it was from a previous election cycle.

    • PapaLouie

      Why is a recording in Santorum’s own voice no longer truthful? Is it because Santorum has flipped-flopped on his support of Romney for his own political gain? How many times have Romney’s old clips been played on this blog? I didn’t hear any of you comment on how sleazy it was to play old clips about Romney being pro-choice even though you know his views have changed. Reagan was pro-choice as governor of California and signed pro-choice legislation. I’m glad he changed his mind and became pro-life. You’d think all conservatives would be glad that Romney has changed his mind and is now pro-life, too. I like Santorum, too, but you have to agree that a candidate’s old views are fair game for both candidates or for neither. You have to make the same call on both ends of the floor if you care about fairness.

      • http://punditpawn.wordpress.com PunditPawn

        It’s because of the tense. It says Santorum supports Romney now, which is a lie. He doesn’t. He supported him long ago. If it had said Santorum used to support Romney, that would be OK with me.

        Romney is pro-life with exceptions.

        Romney lied all over the place about Gingrich and I did object.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

        That’s the problem with Romney he does and says things that’s politically convenient. Just for his legacy. The way he mingles and panders with voters awkwardly trying to fit, there is obviously something ain’t right about him. I don’t trust him at all.

        • http://punditpawn.wordpress.com PunditPawn

          Romney’s prose about Michigan’s trees being ‘just the right size’ was priceless.

        • PapaLouie

          What type of pandering do you mean? Are you talking about the time he went to Florida where many NASA workers are being downsized by Obama and announced his proposal for a moon colony by the end of this decade? Oh wait, that was Newt. Sorry, I forgot that pandering’s OK if Newt does it. I’m sure Romney has done some pandering, too, but it must have slipped my mind. Maybe you can remind us with something specific.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez
            • PapaLouie

              Yes, that was a little awkward. But Mitt grew up there and was recalling the things he remembered fondly from his youth. At worst it was harmless flattery not pandering. I didn’t hear him promise the moon or anything else in return for votes. But if an occasional awkward moment bothers you, there is this guy with a teleprompter out there who is pretty smooth. At least he sounds real smooth when he has a team of speech writers to do the work for him while he’s out golfing. Maybe you’d prefer him.

      • NHConservative0221

        You don’t think this is disingenuous??

        Santorum supported Mittens as an alternative to McLame.

        As much of a big gov’t liberal that Mittens is, I’d still support him over McLame today.

        Running these ads is pathetic.

        • PapaLouie

          So judging Santorum by what he said 4 years ago is disingenuous, but calling Mitt a “big gov’t liberal” based on what he did as governor of a liberal state more than 4 years ago is perfectly fine. Sounds fair to me.

          But just for the record, what is there in Romney’s current platform (or his platform from 4 years ago) that makes him a “big gov’t liberal”? Is it his plan to double the size of the State Department and put a colony on the moon? No, that’s someone else. Is it his defense of earmarks or his calling abortion rights supporter Arlen Specter a “true conservative”? No, I think that was someone else, too. I guess everyone is allowed a mulligan except Romney. I wonder why that is?

          • ryanomaniac

            Good question. I have wondered the same thing. I support Santorum but he has egg all over his face as do the others. Candidates should be held to the same standard as others. Its only fair which is a good thing. All these guys should just own up to their past transgressions and just be done with it so we can just move on to what they will do and not what they have done in the past.

  • http://twitter.com/AmericanSpringg American Spring

    What do you mean unearthed? This audio has been tweeted more than Whitney Houston’s funeral …..

    Santorum, again, caught dumb in a no dumb zone.

  • keyesforpres

    I personally think and hope this will backfire on romney.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KRHXVK5ZCSWJ5GJQ5Z6GIJICA Dax

    I have to put my 2 cents in on this one. Romney…you’re no better than Harry Reid.

  • poptoy1949

    And he wonders why he is tanking in the poles? People all over the country are beginning to take notice of his negative policies but the Republican Party Elites still back him. True Conservatives will support anyone but Romney. As much as I hate to say it….George Soros was correct when he said there was little difference between Obama and Romney. All in all; the true color of Romney is coming out and it seems to be somewhat of a Pinkish RED.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001142346977 Michael Fitzpatrick

    Seems “emblematic” of former Senator Santorum’s off the cuff ramblings he later regrets. I’m troubled with his record of being pro-union, big-spending, earmark-taking, frivolous malpractice-suit filing,etc. So playing a Senator’s verbatim remarks in support of his opponent (saying you’re a conservative-contradicting his assertions of today) from four years ago is bean bag. It also reminds me of a joke: a former Senator, an opportunist, and a gas bag walk into a bar. The bartender say’s Hi Rick..sorry you handed Obama a second term for you own futile ego-trip.

    • librtifirst

      Our elections are a joke anyway. The two parties pretty much decide behind closed doors who gets what votes. They will make the republican candidate look like he gave a good run for the money. If the republican wins, it will be their candidate of choice, and not ours. How do you think the establishment secures their status quo? Why do we get screwed no matter who wins? When has a modern day president ever done what he said he would do?

  • Bullhead1

    did you complain about all the lies he told about Newt in FL??

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      Yes!

  • Jim Botts

    It seems like the Romney campaign doesn’t mind playing dirty when it comes to other GOP candidates. But I’m willing to bet that in the general against Obama we would see McCain tactics 2.0 in play. The Romney campaign wouldn’t play dirty at all.

    Remember, Romney is the one that while on a prominent television outlet refused to call Obama a socialist. Romney insisted that Obama was just “in over his head”.

    That’s one of my greatest gripes with the country club wing of the GOP. They all want to be Washington stars, that means playing nice with the enemy. In the end they end up being sellouts.

    This is not an endorsement of Santorum. In fact, after looking at Santorum’s voting record as documented by Erickson over at Red State I’m ready to throw in the towel and support Ron Paul.

    None of these issues are going to matter if we don’t get spending under control. You’re worried Paul would gut the military? It’s already going to happen out of pure fiscal reality if we don’t get the budget under control. We are at the edge right now, we might already be at the point of no return.

  • Yazz55

    And we have another liberal extremist media spin taking a comment completely out of context, to spin it as something opposite of what was said.

    … and life goes on in the world of liberal progressivism.

  • ryanomaniac

    Did Santorum actually say this? I have read about it before. If it is true, that’s not good for him considering so many conservatives despise Romney.

  • Sober_Thinking

    So, Romney has become that which he claims to hate. It’s just good politics isn’t it Mittens? Nothing personal. He’s a slimy politician and he deserves to be defeated. And even though the wolf wore sheep’s clothing, he wasn’t fooling anyone.

    He and his supporters (and the GOP establishment) are absolutely below contempt. I hope they have their arses handed to them! They are pathetic.

    Romney must drop out to preserve a shred of decency for the repubican party.

    • salg01

      lol give me a break

      • Sober_Thinking

        Give you a break? For what?

    • salg01

      hate much, talk about the tactics of the left. hate is the tactic of the left.

      • Sober_Thinking

        It sure is… your point?

  • salg01

    oh please its frickin brilliant, you know damn well that if santorum had a tape of romney endorsing him and used it you would love it so just quit

    • Sober_Thinking

      In my opinion, you are mistaken.

      This is blatant use of the tactics of the left. It is ridiculous and wrong to use something like this completely out of context. It makes Mittens look even more desparate than he already is.

      If any of the other candidates did this, they would lose my support. It’s dishonest and twisted.

  • Arrrggghhh

    If Romney becomes the nominee but doesn’t convince me that he is anything more than a Rino, I will not vote for him. Nobody hates what Obama is doing to my country more than me, but to put in a Rino Republican will only cause us to die a bit slower. We would be better off allowing Obama to destroy this country more than he already has and let people see the true result of far left policies. At that point, we may get a real leader again.

    I’ll beat you to the punch. Yes, Obama will likely nominate another flaming lib to the SC. I don’t think Romney would do any different. George Bush Sr., another Rino, appointed David Souter, a very dependable lib vote.

  • gothicreader

    It’s hilarious! You have to admit that it was clever of them.

    Really, think about it. If you endorsed a guy four years ago, but now you are running against him. Doesn’t that leave you in a conundrum? Has your opponents views changed in the last 4 years?

    What if you’re attacking your opponent, in this case Romney about his past record, his flipping and flopping, his social views, and how he governed as Governor of Massachusetts. But, 4 years ago, you didn’t think this was a problem and you endorsed him. You see what I mean.

    I think that was the point in replying his endorsement.

    Again, it was pretty clever of them.

    • Arrrggghhh

      Honestly, I didn’t mind Romney either in 2008. What has changed dramatically is what we need in a leader. After the “fundamental transformation” that O has subjected us to over the past 3+ years, the last thing we need is an “establishment” leader. We need someone that is as outraged as we are and is eager to make the changes that are needed to restore our country. I just don’t see that in Romney.

  • pmb88

    This goes to show part of a reason why most voters do not like Mitt. Also Mitt is starting to get desperate if he using this. This could be ammo for Rick to use against Mitt in the debate tomorrow. Rick can respond by saying that was before Obama and now he sees similarities between Obama and Romney.

  • Stabbers

    Dirty politics? Grow up, wait for the One to start his dirty politics and then start whining.

  • http://twitter.com/MaxTwain Max Twain

    So Santorum used to call Romney a conservative, now he says he’s not a conservative.

    Seems like the robo-call points out the opportunism, hypocrisy and dishonesty of Rick Santourm.

    Maybe next they will play a robo-call of Rick’s 2 endorsements of Arlen Specter. Or is that dirty too? Will you cry about those facts as well?

  • http://twitter.com/MaxTwain Max Twain

    Sad to see so many rightscoopers lining up with Arlen Specter’s #1 endorser.

    Had Santorum backed Toomey, Arlen wouldn’t have been there to pass ObamaCare.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000213966767 John Negron

    I always wondered about Mark Levin’s thoughts regarding Santorum’s endorsement on Romney in 2008. Dirty politics, lol. Cracks me up. You rock Mark!

    Newt is faith driven, and American spirited. Lets go Newt 2012! After 8 years, I pick RICK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Reed/100002167760925 Bill Reed

    What is sad is all the brain-dead folks that actually pay attention to robocalls and TV commericals, etc. For anyone to be influenced by any of that is telling isn’t it? My mind has been and is made up, know matter what the SuperPACs come out with, Santorum 2012. In fact, I have already voted early in Ohio, Santorum has at least 2 votes. :-)