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Rick Santorum's 'Rombo' Ad: Does GOP Candidate's Latest Clip Recall Google Problem?

02/15/2012 05:20 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Rick Santorum's dig at Mitt Romney is anything but subtle in a cheeky new ad, which re-casts the former Massachusetts governor as a fictional "Rombo." But is the GOP candidate also offering up some self-deprecating humor?

"Mitt Romney's negative attack machine is back," a voiceover declares as a Romney look-alike appears with a tommy gun, as reported by The Huffington Post's Luke Johnson. As the Romney doppelganger darts around an empty warehouse while firing at a Santorum cutout, the narrator declares, "Romney and his super PAC have spent a staggering $20 million brutally attacking fellow Republicans."

Though the voiceover notes that Romney is "firing his mud" at Santorum, the indeterminate substance fired at the latter's cutout brings to mind a certain sexual neologism -- specifically, the one which outspoken gay rights activist Dan Savage used in his very public campaign to change the definition of the word "Santorum" to something other than the former Pennsylvania senator's last name.

You may recall that after Savage's "Google bomb," "Santorum" was defined by Google as "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex."

So is Santorum poking fun at the Savage debacle, or was the similarity totally unintentional? You decide.

Take a look at Santorum's views on a number of key issues below:

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