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Santorum’s ‘Rombo’ ad accuses Romney of launching ‘ugly attacks’

A new ad, Rombo, released Wednesday by Rick Santorums campaign, features a Mitt Romney look-alike with a paint gun shooting mud at (and missing) cardboard cutouts of Santorum.

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

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The new ad comes as the Romney and Santorum camps ramp up attacks on each other. Romney has had to turn his attention toward the former Pennsylvania senator after Santorums trio of victories in recent Republican primary contests sparked an upswing in the polls. Recent polling has found Santorum running neck-and-neck with Romney in a number of upcoming primary states as well as nationally.

Thus far, Romney has worked to paint Santorum as a pro-earmark big government spender. Santorum, in response, has hammered Romney on the former Massachusetts governors healthcare reform law.

Romney laughed off the ad Wednesday on Fox News, calling it pretty good. 

Thats the nature of politics, which is you always accuse the other guy of what youve done yourself, he said. My campaign hasnt run any negative ads against Rick Santorum ... Im not saying we wont finally go after the guy, but frankly, hes been going after me.

He jokingly added that the Romney body-double in the advertisement looked pretty good.

— Alicia Cohn contributed.