LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s new Michigan ad features a gun-toting Mitt Romney impersonator shooting mud at a cardboard cutout of the former Pennsylvania senator.
An announcer says Romney’s “negative attack machine” is on “full throttle.” He accuses Romney and groups that support him of “brutally attacking fellow Republicans.”
The ad goes on to criticize Romney’s Massachusetts health care plan he supported while governor and says that Romney’s “ugly attacks are going to backfire.”
Romney supporters are holding Wednesday conference calls criticizing Santorum for voting to confirm Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and supporting higher federal spending.
Romney’s running an ad reminding voters of his Michigan roots that criticizes Democratic President Barack Obama. Santorum, Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will face off in Michigan’s Feb. 28 GOP primary.
The latest polling numbers show Romney trailing Santorum by a 39 percent – 24 percent margin.