Rick Santorum, "pro-life fraud"?

Former senator gets hit with robocalls ahead of Iowa trip

Published March 9, 2010 5:05PM (EST)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is generally thought of as someone who was pretty dependably conservative on social issues. But some anonymous person or group is working to try to change that perception.

Santorum's scheduled to speak to the Iowa Christian Alliance Tuesday night. That's part of a larger series of moves Santorum has undertaken as he considers a run for president in 2012. Apparently the idea of that has someone at least a little scared.

CNN reports that some Iowa households are getting robocalls that feature a recorded message in which a woman calls Santorum "a pro-life fraud" and suggests recipients "ask him to apologize for his longtime support of radical pro-abortion politicians." The politicians named are "the abortion-promoting governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman" and "radical abortionist Sen. Arlen Specter." The call also slams Specter as a "left-wing Democrat," not mentioning that when Santorum campaigned for him, he was still a Republican.

On Monday, I was one of a handful of reporters who received an e-mail from "Rick Santorum" that contained a link to YouTube, where the audio of the call has been posted. That clip is below.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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