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Santorum Unveils Michigan Ad Accusing Mitt Romney of Mud-Slinging

Win McNamee/Getty Images(BOISE, Idaho) -- The Santorum campaign hit Michigan television airwaves Wednesday with a new 30-second ad rebutting some of the negative ads a pro-Romney super PAC is running in the former Massachusetts governor’s home state.

Unlike two positive spots the Rick Santorum campaign unveiled earlier this week, this one features a Mitt Romney look-alike in a crisp white shirt and cufflinks carrying an automatic weapon trying to shoot at a cardboard cut-out of Santorum with mud pellets.

“Mitt Romney’s negative attack machine is back on full throttle. This time, Romney’s firing his mud at Rick Santorum,” the ad’s narrator says. “Romney and his super PAC have spent a staggering 20 million attacking fellow Republicans. Why? Because Romney’s trying to hide from his big-government ‘Romneycare,’ and his support for job-killing cap-and-trade. And, in the end, Mitt Romney’s ugly attacks are going to backfire.”

During the ad, the Romney doppelganger runs through an abandoned building taking aim at the Santorum cut-out. At the end, the gun backfires on “Romney” and mud splatters all over his white shirt.

A Republican media buying source said the campaign has purchased nearly $41,000 of air time in the state so far, a figure that Santorum aides would not confirm. It is not clear how that amount will be divided among the three ads.

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