Robo-call war begins: Rick Santorum says Mitt Romney wrote ‘personal checks, funding Planned Parenthood’

The first robo-call of the GOP presidential race arrived at the west Cobb County homestead this afternoon.

Notably, it was a personal message from Rick Santorum, challenging – not Newt Gingrich – but Mitt Romney. Santorum and Romney, according to the latest AJC polling, are locked in a tight race for second place in Tuesday’s vote.

This is why Romney was in Snellville this afternoon.

In his phone message, Santorum accused Romney of writing personal checks to Planned Parenthood – something we hadn’t heard in the GOP discourse so far. Said Santorum:

”….Two-thirds of Governor Romney’s contributions come from people who give the maximum amount. Two-thirds of my donations come from people who give under $100. My campaign doesn’t have the money that the Romney campaign does. We have something else that Mitt Romney will never have. That’s the support of hard-working families, a conservative track record, and a vision to change this country.

“You see, while Governor Romney was writing personal checks, funding Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, I was writing the law ending partial-birth abortions. [While] Governor Romney was creating his new big-government entitlement program called ‘Romneycare,’ I was successfully ending an entitlement program called welfare, sending millions from welfare to work. And while Governor Romney supported the outrageous, taxpayer-funded Wall Street bail-out, I was disapproving bail-outs and fighting for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

“The choice on Tuesday couldn’t be more clear….”

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy says this article, originally the work of the Boston Globe, is likely the basis for Santorum’s accusation:

As abortion continues to define the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney’s campaign said Wednesday that Romney’s wife, Ann, made a $150 contribution to Planned Parenthood in 1994, the year Romney ran for Senate as a candidate supporting abortion rights.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said Ann Romney does not remember whether it was a straight donation to the abortion rights group, which supports abortion rights, or whether she wrote the check as an admission fee for an event.

“Since it was so long ago, Ann has no information of the circumstances,” he said.
Madden confirmed the payment in response to a question from the Globe.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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52 comments Add your comment

portcharlotte

March 4th, 2012
8:44 pm

Washington Insider: Newt Gingrich? No, Rick Santorum, No, …Mitt Romney? Bingo! ““I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities,” Romney tells the group.
And while Romney now often criticizes his opponents for being Washington insiders, in this video he touts his Washington connections. http://www.wmal.com/article.asp?id=2406051&SPID=28718

portcharlotte

March 4th, 2012
8:45 pm

Romney and Gingrich often rely more heavily on the solutions of the 1980s and 1990s. But they fail to take into full account changes since then. Critical changes and drastically intensified problems that Reagan and Clinton did not have to deal with include the burgeoning population of Single Moms and their children. Forty percent of these families are below the poverty line, and need government assistance, adding heavily to the drain on our tax funds.

The loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs is also now much more serious, due to higher production costs in the U.S. resulting in higher prices for our goods, which therefore are not competitive with lower priced goods produced in China and elsewhere.

Vote for Rick Santorum, the Republican candidate who addresses traditional economic problems with the traditional Reagan solutions…but Rick also addresses newly emerged serious problems with innovative, private initiative solutions. Pick Rick, a strong Reagan conservative with innovative solutions for new problems of today and tomorrow. .

portcharlotte

March 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Romney, Gingrich and Ron Paul are all repeating an old error. In the 1990s Congress reduced the U.S. overseas corporate income tax rate to zero when the profits were brought home, hoping overseas profits would be used to create jobs. But with no requirement to create jobs, the overseas corporations actually used their repatriated profits to pad dividend payments to their stockholders.

Romney, Gingrich and Ron Paul’s plans all repeat this error in their plans to repatriate the estimated $1 to $3 trillion in overseas U.S. corporate profits as President…giving the zero income tax reward to repatriated overseas profits with no restrictions, no strings attached. Will their plans work? History says ‘No, they won’t’.

Rick Santorum’s is the only plan that corrects this problem by requiring that repatriated profits are spent for plant/equipment purchases to be used for new factories inside the USA before they get a zero income tax reward.

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
8:51 pm

And the Santorum robo-bloggers are here.

How many more cut and paste (and error filled) posts do you have for us portcharlotte?

The General

March 4th, 2012
8:56 pm

Yes, by all means vote for Sanitarium–if a theocratic USA is your goal.

Little Ricky panders to the bigoted extremes of the religious right. His supporters can not name one policy that would make him a good leader of this country. All they care about is who hates gays the most, who thinks contraception should be outlawed, and who will turn the US into a christian theocracy. If that’s what you want…Little Ricky is your boy.

By the way, Little Ricky could never beat Obama. Romney is the only GOP candidate capable of doing that. If you want another four years of Obamanation, well, make sure Santorum is the GOP nominee.

No Teabagging

March 4th, 2012
9:06 pm

Ever notice how recent political robocalls hide caller ID? Or spoof the number to a disconnected number? Or use of of state services for local political calls?
Robocalls are disrespectful to privacy, but when they won’t identify themselves or the sponsors, then they become abususive annoyances. Norespect for the citizen voter. Do really want any of these people in office?

No Teabagging

March 4th, 2012
9:06 pm

Ever notice how recent political robocalls hide caller ID? Or spoof the number to a disconnected number? Or use out of state services for local political calls?

Robocalls are disrespectful to privacy, but when they won’t identify themselves or the sponsors, then they become abususive annoyances. No respect for the citizen voter. Do you really want any of these people in office?

missmollie

March 4th, 2012
9:07 pm

I received RS’s robo call this afternoon attacking Romney, big time. Check out his contributions to charity of less than 2 percent. Romney gave over 14 percent. Have you seen the one with the look alike Romney with the machine gun shooting at him…He and Newt are going to “be a day late and a dollar short” very soon. Every time I turn on the TV I see the President….all day long …free press.
RS has received more free press than all of the other three GOP candidates combined. Ohio is going to be the big one….Be sure and vote Tuesday 6 Mar….Seems like this will be the most important Primaries on Tuesday. Vote your convictions. Newt went home to Virginia and was
there today. Romney was in Atlanta and went on to Tenn. I don’t know where RS is today.
I imagine he went home. He looked tired, weary, and has a bad cold.

George Hills

March 4th, 2012
9:13 pm

> Santorum, challenging – not Newt Gingrich – but Mitt Romney

That’s because Mr. Gingrich helped pass the 1996 misdemeanor gun ban in Congress, hiding it in a 750-page last-minute budget bill. Many people in his district stayed mad until he quit in 1998. Only a fool would vote for him now.

missmollie

March 4th, 2012
9:14 pm

Seems like we may have a RS paid blogger among us????

Centrist

March 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Low blow robo call from Santorum will likely backfire. His campaign staffer who posted above isn’t fooling anyone either.

Other than reporters and columnists – who listens to these calls for more than 5 seconds?

Ha Ha

March 4th, 2012
9:31 pm

Ha ha. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel which broadcasts Rush Limbaugh. Let’s see Romney talk/stumble his way through this one.
http://www.ajc.com/business/a-7th-advertiser-pulls-1372320.html?cxntlid=thbz_hm

fultonpeach

March 4th, 2012
9:36 pm

Things are tough in this race when Romney dumps tons of $$ into Michigan to beat Santorum by only 3% and when Newt spends “the better part of the week” in Georgia, a state he should have been able to secure weeks ago. Newt is likely to have more votes against him than for him, here where we know him best. What does that say about him as THE conservative alternative to Romney?

Chappy

March 4th, 2012
9:42 pm

These fat old men need to move onto issues concerning the nation and leave off their dialog over their moral inability to work in a modern world environment where everyone is not just like them and that do not claim a religious right to meddle in the affairs of women which do not effect them.

If it were not for Paul, whose response I have been unable to find to this issue, I will have to vote O.

Santorum, thankfully has been forced to open up about his dark ages opinion of women and the mitts is trying the ole polticial two step about it.

Out Out Damn Spots.

Snobs 4 Santorum

March 4th, 2012
9:45 pm

GED’s for all my constituents.

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

Centrist

March 4th, 2012
9:29 pm

Low blow robo call from Santorum will likely backfire. His campaign staffer who posted above isn’t fooling anyone either.

I don’t know if it is a low blow as much as a no blow.
I for one think it is a good thing that Romney, who as man who personally rejects abortion, still understands the mission of Planned Parenthood where 97% of their business model is devoted to women’s health care that does not involve abortion is deserving.

GaBlue

March 4th, 2012
9:55 pm

I think what “portcharlotte” is trying to tell us is this:

Vote for Rick Santorum, the Republican candidate who addresses traditional economic problems with the traditional Reagan solutions: MORE REGULATIONS ON THE UTERUS! Rick also addresses newly emerged serious problems with innovative, private initiative-solutions. UNLESS THERE IS A UTERUS INVOLVED. THOSE THINGS ARE NOT PRIVATE PROPERTY, YOU KNOW. Pick Rick, a strong Reagan conservative WITH THE MUSCLE TO GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD UTERUS BACK IN THE KITCHEN WHERE SHE BELONGS.

Look before I leap...

March 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

@GABLUE

I heard something totally different from portcharlotte:

“I get $5 for every poorly worded, factually incorrect, Santorum provided, talking point I post”

Snobs 4 Santorum

March 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

Uterus is a noun.

Centrist

March 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

@ Look – I’m with you on both your posts above.

You might be a little left of me – but not much.

East Cobb RINO

March 4th, 2012
10:38 pm

Looks like Newt has Ga sewn up with Rick & Mitt in a dead heat for 2nd. So I will vote Tuesday for Santorum in the primary. If Newt wins and Mitt gets 3rd, that should help drag this thing out through the convention. Either way, I will punch a straight Democratic ticket in the fall no matter what. Perhaps once the lunatic fringe right-winged extremists have been purged from the Repusivecan party, I may consider casting a ballot for the GOP. But it looks like that may be awhile. Sure I know what your are thinking…just switch. Maybe I will. But for now I can best help President Obama and the Democrats by doing my part in the Tuesday GOP primary.

Travis McGee

March 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

Good news for the Republicans: Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything — and it looks like they’re lining up behind Newter on Georgia State-Wide I. Q. Test Day.

harley

March 4th, 2012
10:57 pm

wonder what rush would call newts wife???

double

March 4th, 2012
11:09 pm

Travis,Your good news is old news.Fact, look at last state election.

GaBlue

March 4th, 2012
11:10 pm

I met a Republican in the grocery store this afternoon who, in the course of explaining to me that he’ll vote Romney because he has the best chance of beating Obama, also explained that he believes every amendment after the 10th is a MISTAKE. “Oh… even the 19th amendment that grants women the right to vote, too?” I asked. YES, giving women the vote was a mistake, because that’s what got us Clinton and Obama. You see, men vote with their heads and women vote with their feelings, and that’s bad for America.

He also alerted me no less than five times that he is “a white guy,” though I had no cane or seeing-eye dog with me.

Geebus, LAWD, you just can’t make this stuff up!

Aquagirl

March 4th, 2012
11:46 pm

He also alerted me no less than five times that he is “a white guy,” though I had no cane or seeing-eye dog with me.

He was obviously waiting for you to genuflect before his blinding whiteness.

Bernie

March 4th, 2012
11:57 pm

The Republican Party suffers from a severe case of UTERUS ENVY.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

March 5th, 2012
12:08 am

Bernie

March 4th, 2012
11:57 pm

“The Republican Party suffers from a severe case of UTERUS ENVY.”

So that’s the reason for all of the right-wing gay sex in men’s public restrooms…interesting…

Z

March 5th, 2012
12:43 am

Well, now we know why R. Santorum was voted out of office by his home state of Penn. by 18% points. Sorry I can’t bring myself to vote for any of these Republican Fruitcakes. The republican party needs to be purged of the wack jobs, so this vote will also vote Straight Dem. come November. Something I’ve never done before.

Drew

March 5th, 2012
1:24 am

Obama took contraception, an issue NO ONE was concerned about, and made it an issue in this campaign to distract from his own lack of action on high unemployment and energy prices. Then the dumber GOP candidates took the bait (yeah, I mean you Rick) and keep jabbering about it, allowing Obama’s pals in the media to successfully turn this nonsense into ‘The GOP’s War On Women’. Painfully transparent gamesmanship.

There’s only ONE issue that matters in this election and it’s the ECONOMY, stupid. If the republicans allow Obama (and the mainstream media) to distract from that, they deserve what comes next. If voters allow themselves to be distracted from the economy, we deserve it too. Fools.

Drew

March 5th, 2012
1:28 am

Of course, all the Dems on here need to realize that, no matter what, Georgia stays ‘red’ this election. Get over it.

Annoyed

March 5th, 2012
3:40 am

Oh, goody. Another annoying robo-call to add to my blocked list.

Look before I leap...

March 5th, 2012
3:46 am

@Drew 1:28A

I don’t generally cross post here, but in this case I’ll make an exception:

GA may stay “Red” but this is what we have to show for that:

We are in the tank on education but #1 in bank failures, top 10 unemployment.
24% of the state’s population live below the poverty.
We exceed the national average in uninsured population, uninsured children, teen deaths, obese children and AIDS diagnosis rates.

All this with 10 years GOP control of the Executive branch and both state houses.
Yeppers – these “RED” folks in the dome are doing a bang-up job.

Attack Dog

March 5th, 2012
6:02 am

1. At least 26 states have laws requiring insurers that cover prescription drugs also provide coverage for any Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved contraceptive, including GEORGIA. 2. Twenty-one states offer exemptions from contraceptive coverage, usually for religious reasons, for insurers or employers in their policies. So who is making a fuss about what? If you are a social conservative and knew this even after you have blamed Obama, raise your hand. Seeing none, meeting adjourned.

ByteMe

March 5th, 2012
6:10 am

Ah, the Planned Parenthood boogeyman. We have an unemployment rate in this state higher than much of the country and he thinks we care about PP? Talk about being out of step.

BTW, you know that famously liberal Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater? His wife was a founder of PP of Northern Arizona. Heathen!!!

Father A. Long

March 5th, 2012
6:32 am

It seems strange that all of the folks in New’s commercials are obviously from the midwest. He consistantly runs in 4th place in that section of the country. You don’t think they are taking the money for the ads, and then voting for Mitt, do you?

Love the Democracy

March 5th, 2012
7:16 am

I will cast my vote for the first candidate that takes a hard stand against flag burning.

I’m that kind of voter. I’m a Dixiecrat.

Ayn Rant

March 5th, 2012
7:41 am

Planned Parenthood is not an abortion provider, by the way. . . not that the truth is important in a Republican political campaign. Turns out only medical doctors can perform an abortion.

honested

March 5th, 2012
7:53 am

If mitt romney wrote personal checks to Planned Parenthood, then I have been wrong.
That is the only reason so far where I could support him over another candidate.

Sans-scrotum, not so much.

double

March 5th, 2012
7:58 am

The Republicans and the oil industry are maintaining the speed-over-safety mentality that led to the BP disaster in the first place,” said Mr. Markey, who has been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the spill and to what he called a dangerous overuse of chemical dispersants in the gulf. “We now understand the lessons, but Republicans have blocked all new safety laws,” he said. “Not one has been put on the books.”

Yet Republicans argue, loudly, that Mr. Obama is not doing nearly enough to expand drilling. The Republican majority in the House has passed legislation to speed lease sales on public lands while pressing to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts — which have been largely politically untouchable since the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969 — to extensive oil and gas development.

“This is a president who does not understand energy,” said Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination last week in Fargo, N.D. “He is the problem. He is not the solution.”

Shar

March 5th, 2012
8:43 am

@Chappy, Look et al: If I may be excused for using the term, Amen.

Lynn43

March 5th, 2012
8:56 am

The number one cure to almost all the ills of society–birth control in any form or fashion. Let’s all donate our dollars to Planned Parenthood.

clyde

March 5th, 2012
9:06 am

With the country in a financial mess,Santorum wants to make the election about abortion????Good move Rick Does anyone remember “It’s the economy,stupid”????

missmollie

March 5th, 2012
10:56 am

Let’s put PP, Rick S’s way out social issues, “Who’s a slut” on the back burner and talk about what they are going to do about the economy, jobs, gasoline prices, our children’s education and foreign policy. These are the real issues. The President and RS are both on center stage again this AM as usual on National news. Free press….Romney is gaining new support every day and when the air clears and the money runs out he will get the GOP nomination to run for the POTUS.

BIg Hat

March 5th, 2012
10:59 am

“It’s the uterus, stupid!” Ooops, I mean, “It’s the flag burners, stupid!” No wait, “It’s the gays getting married, stupid!” Yeah, that’s it, “It’s the take-my-gun-away, stupid!” Actually, I meant “It’s the sluts have taken over the world, stupid!” Yeah, that’s it.

James Alexander

March 5th, 2012
12:51 pm

No teabagging:

Did you know that you can program most digital phones to block/disconnect incoming calls that have the caller ID blocked? IMO, the only callers who suppress their ID are telemarketers,bill collectors and politician’s robo-calls. If not all the time, activate that feature during election season to help save your sanity.

missmollie

March 5th, 2012
2:40 pm

TO Rick S: You did not hear a word Huckabee said about sticking to the issues….(to all candidates). Quit whining and be prepared for Newt to sweep Georgia. Did you know Barbara Bush endorsed Romney today??? A strong endorsement.

missmollie

March 5th, 2012
2:50 pm

TO RS: You did not hear a word that Huckabee sad about sticking to the issues (to all candidates). Stop whining and accept the fact that Newt will sweep Georgia. Romney will hold a large lead after the 6 Mar vote. He is picking up impressive endorsements daily including governors, former governors and many politicos. He will win the GOP nomination soon. He will also win Virginia
….you and Newt did not qualify there; as well as several other states. You missed out on a large number of districts in Ohio also…over 15, i believe..

Daniella

March 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

Romney is the biggest scum bag liar to ever run for office!
People who believe him..must keep these two things in mind

“It takes money to make money”
“It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”

That changes the whole “worked so hard to be successful” notion..If you believe he is the one that will make things better… you are Gullible!

WORST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF ALL TIME…AND AT THE WORST TIME!

Thanks for serving up this 1% GOP! Good Job!
People should hold out for a real candidate instead of settling!
WEAK PEOPLE!

William Smith

March 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

Campaigns getting millions from groups wanting to cut all American salaries to Chinese levels. Mitt Romney sends check to fund women getting breast exams to prevent breast cancer, and he is a bum. Who is controlling the process Rush Limbaugh. With this election who in there right mind would want to be President of the the United States. That is the problem nobody in there right mind is running.