Quote of the Day: Mitt Romney Accuses Rick Santorum of Playing Dirty Politics with Robocalls

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Mitt Romney accuses Rick Santorum of dirty politics (Wikipedia)


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Sen. Santorum did something today which I think is deceptive and a dirty trick.” Wow, talk about hubris and nerve.

Mitt Romney, quoted by CNN, on his Santorum using robocalls to court the support of crossover Democrats.

Mitt Romney is the same person who also said he sank to that same “new low” when he voted in Democratic primaries to influence those races. Sorry Mitt Romney, you can’t have it both ways.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Author: JANET SHAN

7 Comments

  1. What goes around comes around Romney, better watch your mouth with them Mormom slaughter roots . . .

  2. Been getting robo calls here steadily for the past few days. Really obnoxious.

  3. I’m not a fan of open primaries for this reason, but as long as a state has them, the voters, including Romney, are free to vote as they please for whatever reasons they please. I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not my place to judge the reasons why someone else votes the way they do. That’s between the voter and his conscience.

    But, for a candidate to actively encourage people to vote in this manner is a different matter, I think. By employing the tactic, Santorum essentially admits that he is the weaker candidate to go against Obama, and uses that assertion to try to weaken Romney also. His argument is “I’m less likely to beat Obama, so you Democrats, vote for me.” To make that argument and also say that you want any Republican over Obama is hypocrisy, and it is dirty politics.

    The act of voting is a private act done for varying private reasons. Running for office is a public act that should be done for the right reasons (to help the country) and in the right manner (by convincing people you are the best candidate to help the country). Anything other than that is indeed dirty politics.

  4. Is Romney pretending that he doesn’t play dirty?? Sorry, no fan of Santorum, but this is hypocrisy.

  5. This story has so many levels and so many sides.

    First, I am tempted to hope that Democrats will turn out en-mass to vote for Santorum and that he goes on to win the nomination, because this guy is collecting even more baggage than Gingrich already has and America will totally reject him in November.

    Second, I agree with adelinesdad that by appealing to Democrats (“of all people”)”Santorum essentially admits that he is the weaker candidate to go against Obama…”, but, thirdly, and perhaps more important, that this guy who loathes those sinful, amoral, satanic Democrats has no problem going after their “dirty” votes in an attempt to secure a political win, and yes it is “hypocrisy, and it is dirty politics.”

  6. bluebelle,

    You have a point. As usual, all of the candidates, including Obama, have been playing dirty. The most obvious example is that they all intentionally misrepresent each others positions and certain facts on the issues, which violates the rule I set above. This is one of the reasons why I probably will vote for a 3rd party or NOTA. This issue is more important than who wins the election, because the increasingly accepted deceptiveness of politicians, a characteristic that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other segment of our lives, undermines the democratic process and ensures that will never have leaders that we can trust.

    But, I think Santorum’s action goes beyond the (unfortunately) typical dirtiness of politics, and therefore deserves special scrutiny. I’d be more than happy, however, to have a discussion on the more general problem and say to heck with them all, including Romney and Obama.

  7. Adeline’s dad– having worked on a few campaigns here in Maryland, I can attest to the fact that Santorum’s robocalls are not unusual in today’s campaigns. Sadly, I’ve seen much worse.

    I would love it if every lying pol had to wear a huge red L around for a week after telling a whopper. I literally factcheck every claim.

    For me the election is about the Supreme Court- a conservative led court has already given us Citizens United which is possibly the most damaging decision to our democracy. Now we have each candidate toting around their favorite billionaire sugar daddy. What kind of input do you think they expect for all that money??

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