Then he will go negative himself with strong attacks on both Romney and Paul.
Many see South Carolina as Santorum’s last chance to prove his close second-place finish in Iowa wasn’t a fluke. After a miserable showing in New Hampshire, a bad finish in South Carolina could finish Santorum’s campaign.
So, in desperation, he will condemn negative campaigning before launching his own scorched-earth attacks on the two he see as his main rivals.
“It’s just yuck,” Santorum said of the negative ads currently dominating airways in the Palmetto State. “I expect that kind of stuff from Barack Obama but I don’t expect it from a Republican.”
Santorum’s communications director. Hogan Gidley. hit the news interview circuit over the weekend to condemn the ads.
“It’s time for these negative, false attacks to stop,” Gidley told ABC News. “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul both tied these kinds of tactics in other states and they tried these same type of tactics four years ago. It’s time for Rick to set the record straight.”
In politics, “setting the record straight” means going negative against the other candidates.