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Primary preview: Santorum on Romney, cap and trade

By Robert Higgs, Molly Moorhead
Published on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Here’s the visual: Mitt Romney is armed and tearing through an empty warehouse, firing on his target, Rick Santorum.

It's not the real Mitt Romney; it's a look-alike. Santorum is a cardboard cutout, and the ammo in the gun is mud.

The Santorum campaign ad, "Rombo," has been on the air in Michigan ahead of the state’s presidential primary. Its message: Romney is attacking his rivals to mask his own record.

"Romney and his super PAC have spent a staggering $20 million brutally attacking fellow Republicans. Why? Because Romney’s trying to hide from his big government Romneycare and his support for job-killing cap and trade."

With Ohio’s primary less than two weeks away, it’s an ad voters in the Buckeye State may also be seeing. We took a look at a claim in the ad -- that Romney supports cap-and-trade legislation to fight pollution -- and rated it False.


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