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TPM: D’oh! Romney Backer Attacks Santorum For Same Votes He Cast Himself

On February 14, 2012, Talking Points Memo reported:

From Political Surrogate Usage 101: Don’t send your surrogate out to attack someone for exactly the same thing he once did.

The Romney campaign did just that when they dispatched former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to attack Rick Santorum’s budget-busting vote to add a Medicare prescription drug program in the Senate. The problem they quickly ran into was that Talent voted the same way.

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Medicare wasn’t the only awkward note for Talent. As the same reporter noted in the call, Talent also voted for a bill containing the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark that the Romney campaign is going after Santorum on this week.

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But Talent did, earning over $200,000 as a lobbyist for Washington firm Arent Fox. Kind of an awkward guy to have around on a call decrying the exact same behavior.

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