Huffpost Politics

Mitt Romney Ad: Rick Santorum's Economic Plan 'The Worst Idea Of Any GOP Candidate'

Posted: Updated:

Mitt Romney goes after Rick Santorum for his economic credentials in an ad released Thursday by the campaign.

"Who can turn around the economy and beat Barack Obama?" the commercial's narrator asks over ominous music and interspersed images of Santorum and Obama. "Not Rick Santorum. Santorum's real weakness is the economy. He's never run a business or a state. His plan: economic illiteracy. Inexcusable. The worst idea of any GOP candidate. Rick Santorum: another economic lightweight."

The ad quotes negative assessments of Santorum's economic strategies, including a MarketWatch.com evaluation that says Santorum's "real weakness is the economy," and an article from The Hill that quotes Will McBride of the right-leaning Tax Foundation calling Santorum's plan "the worst idea" of any GOP candidate.

Watch the ad:

Romney's campaign has zeroed in on fiscal issues as a potential weakness for Santorum, who's perceived as being more in step with the right on social issues.

In an interview with Fox Business Network on Monday, Romney said Santorum was to his left on the economy, prompting Santorum to practically accuse him of being a socialist.

Around the Web

A Mitt Romney-Rick Santorum ticket? Don't rule it out. - CSMonitor.com

GOP Delegate Race: Mitt Romney Matches Rick Santorum's Gains

Mitt Romney Helped Rick Santorum Stay On Ballot In Illinois

Can Social Conservatives Rescue Rick Santorum? (The Note)

Mitt Romney pens open letter to Puerto Ricans yet sidesteps statehood question

Santorum wins big in South, grabs conservative banner

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results