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Rick Santorum vs. Newt Gingrich: Moon Colony Attack Ad Released

Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich Moon Colony

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/03/2012 12:18 pm Updated: 02/03/2012 12:18 pm

Rick Santorum's campaign is attacking Newt Gingrich over his idea to establish a colony on the moon.

In an ad airing on national satellite radio entitled "Out Of This World," a narrator says, "Reckless spending has led to a 15 trillion dollar national debt. That's 50,000 dollars of debt for every person in America and it's crushing our economic recovery." He continues, "And what's does Newt Gingrich suggest? Spending half a trillion dollars on a moon colony."

The ad then plays a clip of Gingrich's promise that by the end of his second term there will be a permanent base on the moon with 13,000 Americans living there.

"Gingrich's idea is fiscal insanity. And another reason true conservatives are uniting behind Rick Santorum," says the narrator.

Gingrich has said he would like to go back to the moon "permanently" and get to Mars "as rapidly as possible, building a series of space stations and developing commercial space."

To accomplish these goals, he has proposed public-private partnerships and offering "prizes" for advancements in space.

Politico reports that Santorum went after Gingrich aggressively Friday in Missouri. "I think what I've been saying all along, and all the polls show it, but now we can see it in reality, that when we go head to head with Governor Romney, we can beat him. When Speaker Gingrich goes head to head, he can't," he said.

Tension between the Santorum and Gingrich camps is growing, according to Robert Costa of the National Review. "Santorum advisers are irked at Gingrich's public attempts to nudge their candidate out of the race; Gingrich aides are frustrated by Santorum's quixotic determination, his unwillingness to cede the anti-establishment mantle," he wrote.

Meanwhile, in the next primary contest, Nevada, Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout win Saturday.

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  • Honeymoons... On The Moon?

    In his 1995 book <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=jK8fAQAAMAAJ&q=newt+gingrich+to+renew+america&dq=newt+gingrich+to+renew+america&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z6whT_aUDMLc0QG7p8mACQ&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAA" target="_hplink"><em>To Renew America</em></a>, Gingrich wrote, "Honeymoons in space will be the vogue by 2020. ... Imagine looking out at the Earth from your honeymoon suite and you will understand even more why it will be a big item."

  • Sex In Space

    Gingrich also explained the appeal of sex in space in <em>To Renew America</em>. "Imagine weightlessness and its effects and you will understand some of the attractions," he wrote.

  • Stellar Statehood

    In a 1981 bill, Gingrich <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/newt-gingrichs-laws-for-governing-a-space-colony" target="_hplink">proposed</a> a path to statehood for a future space-based colony. The bill, which Gingrich called the "Northwest Ordinance for Space," would require a space outpost to have 20,000 residents in order to apply for statehood. "The Congress declares that the United States is committed to the expansion of free people and free institutions into space," reads the bill. Later, the bill briefly discusses the logistics of space statehood, saying that space colonies with enough residents will "establish a constitution and government for themselves."

  • Farming In Space

    While giving <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/newt-gingrichs-big-1986-idea-farmers-in-space" target="_hplink">a speech</a> to the World Science Fiction Convention in 1986, the longtime sci-fi fan described the outer space agricultural hub that could have been. "If we'd spent as much on space as we've spent on farm programs, we could have taken all the extra farmers and put them on space stations working for a living ... in orbiting factories," Gingrich said.

  • Star Wars

    In a 2002 <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/missile/interviews/gingrich.html#ixzz1fOvQH8Pv" target="_hplink">interview</a> with PBS' "Frontline," Gingrich predicted that within a decade, the United States would be able to deflect a missile attack from North Korea or Iran by using "directed energy weapons and laser pulsing systems ... that could actually do that from space."

  • Light Highways And Fight Crime With Space Mirrors

    In his 1984 book <em>Window of Opportunity</em>, Gingrich <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/dec/12/david-brooks/david-brooks-says-newt-gingrich-once-proposed-putt/" target="_hplink">outlined</a> how building mirrors in space would save electricity and help fight crime. "A mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for nighttime lighting of the highways," he wrote. "Ambient light covering entire areas could reduce the current danger of criminals lurking in the darkness."

  • Contract With Space

    In 2010, Gingrich <a href="http://w3.newsmax.com/a/feb10/gingrich/?promo_code=0" target="_hplink">revived</a> the Contract With America, his famed call-to-action that helped bring a Republican majority to Congress in 1994. His "New Contract With America" was published in <em>Newsmax</em>. Gingrich's fellow conservatives were so inspired by his 21st-century version that one, columnist Matt Lewis, added to the former speaker's plan. One of the points in <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/01/25/republican-contract-with-america-version-2-0/" target="_hplink">Lewis' plan</a> was the "Science and Final Frontiers Act," which outlined the goal of putting an American on Mars by 2019.

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