Santorum Asks Democrats for Votes Against Romney: Deal With The Devil


Rick Santorum’s panicked ‘YOO HOO’ to Democrats, pleading with them to vote for him today in Michigan to thwart Mitt Romney, has liberals and Santorum making a deal… with the devil.

Ross and Nate have posted great articles here regarding the despicable robocalls from Rick Santorum. Here’s the lowdown (and I do mean LOW DOWN) on the latest taking place in Michigan today.

TRENDING: Michigan mischief: ‘A deal with the devil
By Dana Bash, Eric Marrapodi (CNN)

Dearborn Heights, Michigan (CNN) – A longtime liberal radio host asking Democratic listeners to vote for Rick Santorum in Michigan’s Republican primary told CNN Tuesday he loves making mischief.

After spending nearly all of his three hour program encouraging Democrats to get out and vote for Santorum Tuesday, Tony Trupiano makes no apologies for his mischief.

… “[W]e could actually take some serious delegates away from him [Mitt Romney],” Trupiano said

It turns out many Democrats in this state don’t need a lot of convincing to engage in this kind of strategic voting.

At a polling station in Dearborn Heights, Crystal Larson said her vote for Santorum made her “feel like I made a deal with the devil.”

“Voting for Santorum goes against everything I believe in and everything I’ve ever stood for in my life and to vote for him takes a lot of guts I think,” Larson said.

She said she hadn’t received any of the robo calls, but heard about the Democratic effort in the media and decided to vote for Santorum at the last minute.

Gary Zulinski, also voting in Dearborn Heights, said, “I was listening and Democrats were asked to us come and I said ‘Why not…’

Santorum and Democrat strategist Joe Disano are two guys of one mind:

Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano has taken it upon himself to become a leading mischief maker.

DiSano says he targeted nearly 50,000 Democratic voters in Michigan through email and a robo call to their homes, asking them to go to the polls Tuesday to vote for Rick Santorum in attempt to hurt Romney.

“Democrats can get in there and cause havoc for Romney all the way to the Republican convention,” DiSano told CNN. “If we can help set that fire in Michigan, we have a responsibility to do so,” he said. In his robo call, DiSano says “Democrats can embarrass Mitt Romney … by supporting Rick Santorum on Tuesday.” He asks the person to “press one…if you are committed to voting for Rick Santorum on Tuesday.” DiSano says over the last 7 days or so that he has been working on this, he has gotten some 12,000 commitments from Democratic voters to go to the polls and vote for Santorum.

Michael Moore has also joined Team Santorum (further proof of liberals’ fear of Romney):

FLINT, Michigan — Filmmaker and Flint native Michael Moore says Republicans aren’t the only ones who will decide the winner in today’s GOP presidential primary.

A lot of my Democratic friends are going to vote for (Rick) Santorum tomorrow in something they are calling, Operation Hilarity,” Moore said Monday on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

Guy Benson, political editor at Townhall.com, said this today:

… [T]his Santorum campaign robocall simply must be heard to be believed. Stick with it through the very end:

“This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women, and paid for by Rick Santorum for President.”

The Santorum camp has confirmed that this is their handiwork.

Thought experiment: Let’s say that exact same spot reversed the names and ended with the words, “paid for by Mitt Romney for President.” I’d imagine the truuuuuue conservative set would be experiencing coniption fits of rage, and justifiably so. For the last few cycles, the Republican mantra has been some variation of, “we can’t allow liberals to choose our nominee.” Here we have a Republican candidate for president — the guy who’s built his entire campaign around the idea that he’s the authentic, courageous conservative – explicitly appealing to liberals and asking them to cross into the GOP primary to swing the results. Not only that, the thrust of the call is couched in Lefty speak, hitting Romney for opposing the way the auto bailout was structured and executed — a position that Santorum shares. Yet his message to Democrats calls Romney’s position “a slap in the face to every Michigan worker.”

(emphasis added)

Even FOX News’ Eric Bolling (The Five) said today that Santorum’s ad has conservatives scratching their heads… an ad defending the auto bailout? It’s outrageous that a self-proclaimed conservative-you-can-trust GOP presidential candidate – Rick Santorum – and his official campaign would use such deplorable tactics.

Rick Santorum and his campaign have stooped too low to be awarded with the highest office in the land.

► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE via email from Vic – From Gov Romney today:

“I think the hardest thing about predicting what’s going to happen today is whether Sen. Santorum’s effort to call Democratic households and tell them to come out and vote against Mitt Romney is going be successful or not,” Mr. Romney said at a press conference at his Michigan campaign headquarters here. “I think Republicans have to recognize there’s an effort to kidnap our primary process.”

He added his own pitch to voters: “And if we want Republicans to nominate the Republican who takes on Barack Obama, I need Republicans to get out and vote and say no to the, the uh, dirty tricks of a desperate campaign.”

UPDATE via email from NateSantorum flips on Dems voting in GOP primaries
By Adam Aigner-Treworgy (CNN)

Washington (CNN) – As voters headed to the polls in Michigan on Tuesday, Rick Santorum defended a robo call his campaign used in the state urging Democrats to support its candidate as a vote against Mitt Romney.

But just a few weeks ago on a tele-town hall with Minnesota voters, Santorum decried the mere idea of open elections as polluting the entire primary process.

UPDATE from Ross: Read a “letter” from President Obama to Sen. Santorum below the fold.


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10 Responses to Santorum Asks Democrats for Votes Against Romney: Deal With The Devil

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    Gov Romney willl remain a front- runner regardless the MI outcome. Unfortunately, the general election without Gov Romney, it will be GOP’s death as “R” party. Period!!

    The so called conservative media taking GOP voters as granted. It’s not gonna happen this time around”we’ll back in the general election no matter who wins against Obama craps”. He may get his radical followers votes but, I doubted many people who has with brain will go for this low life.

    We won’t BACK DOWN for Gov Romney!!!

  2. John says:

    This is the dirtiest campaign for president in the America history by Rick and Obama but that mean Obama and Rick surrounded Mitt experienced,Mitt leadership,Mitt character,and Mitt strength,so the republican will give Mitt the nominee and the American will give Mitt the presidency in November,because the republican and the American people are not stupid as Rick and Obama thought,they stand with the right leader,the honest leader,and the true leader Mitt,so after this election Rick will return to Kenya with Obama ,because no place in the US for both of them to hide or even Mitt give them some area they don’t want to live here(both are very shy for their dirty tactics).

  3. Bea says:

    I find this to be despicable. Santorum is appealing to the biggest winners of the auto bailout (one opposed by Santorum and Romney) (UAW – now owns about 49% of Chrysler!) to throw a monkey wrench into the GOP primary process.

    Santorum should just come out and say what he is hinting at and scaring people with. I keep hearing how the evangelicals are going to be voting for Santorum (who would have believed they would vote for a Catholic candidate 40 years ago) because they don’t want to vote for a Mormon.

    Santorum is asking the Democrats to comeout and vote for him. If he pulls this off… true right wingers should abandon him for the snake that he is.

  4. Alice says:

    Obama is playing Santorum like a fiddle. They threw the bait out of the birth control pills so that Santorum would jump right on it, pandering to the Tea Partiers and evangelicals.

  5. AfricansforRomney says:

    @AfricansforRomney
    Oops i meant to say “we won’t back down for loosers”.

    Romney ROCKS!!

  6. Jim Tills says:

    During this campaign, I have been proud of Mitt and his calm demeanor and brilliant conservative policy initiatives. Wow, he is so incredibly good! On the other hand, first Rick Perry, then Newt Gingrich, and now Rick Santorum have all sunk to rotten tactics to take him down. The lowest of the low, however, is Rick Santorum whose actions during this past week are despicable and disqualify him for the Presidency, even if he were to somehow win the nomination.

    Because I am so disgusted with Obama, I can not stand to even see him on the screen and turn off the television or change the channel when he comes on. I now feel the same way about this hypocritical psuedo-conservative, Rick Santorum. What a “fake” he has proved to be. Ron Paul was correct in the last debate when he called him out as being the fake he is.

  7. GitchiGummiPress says:

    Can’t believe how low Santorum stooped in order to try to win Michigan by calling on Democrats there to vote against Romney. Again, a portrayal of his two-faced behavior that he has consistantly demonstrated while in Congress. Hot off the press today a new video of Santorum the devastating effect his support had on the U.S. by backing Arlen Specter the once Republican who the switched to be a Democrat And, his voting record. Santorum the Enemy Within http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee

  8. Sweet win last night!

    THANK YOU to everybody in Arizona for getting the vote out and making it happen! THANK YOU.

    Almost as good as the win itself in Michigan is the fact that Santorum DID NOT WIN the Catholic vote and HE LOST the women vote! Nice Ricky.

    The MSM is now talking about how Santorum has to “recalibrate.” Isn’t that what he has been doing his whole political career? BEST EXAMPLE: He was Earmarker #1 in the Senate and last night he had the gall to come out on national TV and state that he would abolish earmarking at the federal level. And we should believe him? If so, why?

  9. rr says:

    I think Liberal Democratics just like Santorum’s big spender voting record and the fact that he supported Title 10 (Planned Parenthood)…even though it was against his “principles”. Wasn’t he supposed to be the “Principled” canidate? …mmm…I wonder what other compromises the princiipled canidate made…

  10. rr says:

    There are two Senators in the Whitehouse now. How’s that working America? Santorum has the exact same experience a BO – in fact he’s the Republican version of Obama.

    Well…at least we know he’ll always take it for team…not sure which team he’s talking about though…