Hot Ads: Paul calls Santorum a fake while many more sling mud

  • Ron Paul uses Bigfoot to call Santorum fake

    Welcome to Hot Ads of the week - the latest on the wacky, the wild, the bizarre, the negative, the seldom positive and the most unique campaign ads from the world of politics. Check them out on these pages and then vote for your favorite at the end.

    We start today with an ad that made a big splash at Wednesday night's debate where Ron Paul called Rick Santorum a fake.

    For most of the campaign, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been winning hearts of viewers with his creatively hard hitting attack ads aimed at his Republican opponents. He is now turning his focus to Rick Santorum in this ad which takes on Santorum's record as a fiscal conservative.

    "Is this dude serious?" asks the announcer with an arrow pointing to a cut out of Santorum. "Fiscal conservative? Really?"

    With creative graphics reminiscent of a viral web video, (anyone remember jib jab?) -- Paul's ad goes right at Santorum with tiny fine print backing up each claim with vote records and laws.

    "Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling five times, doubled the size of the department of education," says the announcer over a the video of a large bloated man's belly. "Then supported the biggest entitlement expansion since the 60s," it adds. The announcer doesn't say what - but fine print points to the Medicare "Prescription Drug Act" that expanded prescription drug coverage for seniors, and the video shows the Santorum cutout standing with stacks of paper and the number "$727 Billion" splashed across the screen. "Not groovy" says the announcer over Santorum's head floating over a 60s style tie-dyed background.

    "Santorum voted to send billions of our tax dollars to dictators in North Korea and Egypt, and even hooked planned parenthood up with a few million bucks. Rick Santorum, a fiscal conservative? FAKE," says the announcer over a picture of big foot holding a sign that simply says "fake."

    Paul has been known for his support among young people and his ads are only helping him. This ad is fresh and entertaining and is definitely not the traditional campaign attack ad.

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    Jill Jackson is a CBS News senior political producer.

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