NOVI, Mich. – In the closing hours of Michigan’s hard-fought Republican primary race, the Rick Santorum campaign is launching waves of automated phone calls urging Democrats to turn out Tuesday and vote for him to send a message to Mitt Romney.
The calls highlight Romney’s opposition to the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, credited with helping the domestic auto industry rebound, but a source of controversy because of the cost and the intervention with the free market.
Romney blasted his rival on Tuesday for “dirty tricks”.
“Michigan Democrats can vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday," the voice on the call says. “Why is it so important? Romney supported the bailouts for his Wall Street, billionaire buddies, but opposed the auto bailouts. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker, and we're not going to let Romney get away with it.”The call asks the recipient to "send a loud message" by voting for Santorum. “This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women and paid for by Rick Santorum for President.”