Santorum Call Tells Democrats to Vote for Him

Mitt Romney calls it 'outrageous, and a terrible dirty trick'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2012 9:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Rick Santorum must have thought the Daily Kos had the right idea with Operation Hilarity. Santorum's campaign has been sending out a robocall to Michigan Democrats, urging them to vote for him, Talking Points Memo reports. In the ad, a deep-voiced man says that Mitt Romney's opposition of the auto bailout was "a slap in the face to every Michigan worker, and we're not going to let Romney get away with it!" One Michigan politico believes the call is designed to sound like a union call.

Romney lashed out at the tactic on Fox News last night. "I just think it's outrageous and a terrible dirty trick," he told Sean Hannity. "This is a new low for his campaign, and that's saying something." But Santorum defended the calls, saying he's just trying to attract perfectly eligible voters. "One of the things that the Governor Romney's people say is, oh, he can't attract Democrats. Well, guess what? We will wait and see. I think we can."

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Lansing, Mich.
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Lansing, Mich.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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An audio excerpt from the robocall.   (YouTube)

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This is a dirty trick. You have to listen to the bitter end of this one to get the clincher. Otherwise, you’d hang up and you’d be convinced this came out of UAW Solidarity House or the Obama reelection campaign. - Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics

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