Entries in Robocalls (7)


Donald Trump to Start National Robo-calls for Mitt Romney

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- In Tuesday night’s list of "thank yous" during the speech at her husband’s victory party, Ann Romney made sure to highlight the campaign’s “honorary Buckeye,” Donald Trump.

Mrs. Romney added, after an especially loud burst of cheers from the audience in Boston, “He was on the radio all the time for us in Ohio.”

All told, Trump participated in more than a dozen radio interviews and robo-calls statewide in Ohio. And ABC News has learned that many more American voters will soon be getting a call from “The Donald” too.

“Voters across the United States should expect a call from Donald Trump praising Mitt Romney for his tough stances on China, OPEC and other foreign countries that are depriving Americans of opportunities and jobs so that they can fulfill the American dream,” confirms Trump Executive Vice President & Special Counsel Michael Cohen.

Trump has been working on a national robo-call -- a type of automated message -- for the Romney campaign, taking his efforts for Romney from focused states with upcoming contests to an all-50-states approach. “Conversations continue with the Romney campaign managers seeking Mr. Trump’s continued assistance in states to ensure additional Romney victories,” said Cohen.

Ohio is the most recent example of Trump’s primary season handiwork. The business mogul did similar stumping last week in Michigan and is participating in fundraising for Romney as well.

Cohen points to Romney’s strong surrogate network as a way for the candidate to get around his trouble connecting with voters.

“Supporters like Mr. Trump introduce voters to the real Mitt Romney. And once that happens, people believe in him, believe in his campaign and go out to vote for him in the primaries and caucuses,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Gingrich Campaign Launches Santorum Attack Robo-call in Two States

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is hunkering down in the trenches of the Southern battleground for Super Tuesday with a robo-call attacking Rick Santorum for being a “big labor conservative.”

This is the first paid advertisement against Santorum from the Gingrich campaign. The call is set to begin Friday in Oklahoma and Tennessee and will reach 150,000 households in each state.

The robo-call, narrated by a woman, was recorded Thursday. The ad begins by saying Santorum “talks a good game” about his blue collar roots, and that he doesn’t want you to know Santorum “cozied up to the labor union bosses” and voted against a national right-to-work bill that would have let workers opt out of paying union dues. “Union dues that hurt families and small businesses. Rick Santorum, friend of working families or the union bosses pal? You decide.”

Since venturing to Tennessee and Georgia for a week of campaigning, Gingrich has attacked Santorum in speeches at various campaign stops. On Thursday he urged voters not to vote for “Pennsylvania big labor baloney.” Gingrich’s daughter Jackie and former presidential candidate Herman Cain will travel to Tennessee next Tuesday. Later in the week Jackie, Cain and J.C. Watts will travel to Oklahoma to campaign for Gingrich.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Liberal Voters Turn Out in Attempt to Topple Romney in Michigan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It may have been a Republican primary, but Democrat voters turned out in droves to vote for Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary, presumably attempting to topple Mitt Romney in his home state.

About 10 percent of the state’s primary voters on Tuesday were Democrats, exit polls show.  And they voted overwhelmingly for Santorum, with 53 percent picking the former senator versus the 17 percent who chose Romney.

Santorum actively courted Michigan’s Democrats on the eve of the most pivotal election of the GOP primary race to date, paying for robo-calls asking liberal voters to “send a loud message to Massachusetts' Mitt Romney by voting for Rick Santorum for president.”

The Santorum campaign said the call was intended to court “Reagan Democrats.”  But the Democratic voters that turned out were no such thing; more than half -- 57 percent -- identified themselves as “liberal."  Only 5 percent said they were conservative.

Santorum’s was not the only Democrat-targeting robo-call to hit Michigan’s phone lines on Tuesday.  A President Obama-supporting political consultant sent out a call at 5 p.m. reminding voters they only had three more hours to cast their ballots.

“Of course you want to vote for Rick Santorum,” the voice of Tony Trupiano said in the call.  “And make sure that vote is an embarrassment for Mitt Romney.”

And a blow to Romney it may have been.  Without the Democrats’ vote, Romney would likely have pulled an earlier and more substantial lead over Santorum in Michigan.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Santorum Campaign Invites Democratic Votes in Michigan Robo-Call

Jay LaPrete/Getty Images(ROYAL OAK, Mich.) -- How badly does Rick Santorum want to win Tuesday’s Republican primary in Michigan?  So badly his campaign began making an appeal to Democrats on primary eve.

Santorum, who is locked in a tight race with Mitt Romney in Michigan, has paid for robo-calls inviting Democrats to cross-over and vote for him.  The call began hitting Michigan households on Monday.

“On Tuesday, join Democrats who are going to send a loud message to Massachusetts' Mitt Romney by voting for Rick Santorum for president,” an announcer says.

Santorum aides say it is an attempt to swing “Reagan Democrats” their way, however it is much more likely that any cross-over votes they may get will come from the liberal rather than moderate wing of the party.

Nevertheless, Santorum adviser Hogan Gidley said in an interview with ABC News, the robo-calls were an attempt to broaden Santorum’s base.

“Rick Santorum has been consistent that we’re going to need a motivated an energized conservative base and Reagan Democrats if we’re going to beat Barack Obama in the fall,” Gidley said.  “We just figured if we can get them now, then they’re going to be there with us in the fall.”

The Romney campaign sees the effort differently.

“It is outrageous that Rick Santorum is inviting Democrats into the Republican primary to vote against Mitt Romney,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.  “Rick Santorum has moved beyond just ‘taking one for the team,’ he is now willing to wear the other team’s jersey if he thinks it will get him more votes.  We believe that Republicans will decide who wins Michigan – and we are confident that will be Mitt Romney.”

Here’s the script of the call, which was first reported by Talking Points Memo:

“Michigan Democrats can vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday.  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.  On Tuesday, join Democrats who are going to send a loud message to Massachusetts' Mitt Romney by voting for Rick Santorum for president.  This call is supported by hardworking Democratic men and women and paid for by Rick Santorum for president.”

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Donald Trump Assails Santorum’s ‘Lobbyist’ Past in Michigan Robo-Call

Bill Clark/Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney’s campaign is hoping that when Donald Trump calls, Michiganders will listen.

Trump has recorded a robo-call, paid for by the Romney campaign, which is highly critical of rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“This is Donald Trump and I have to tell you that I’m tired of Rick Santorum pretending that he’s some kind of D.C. outsider,” Trump says on the call.

The Apprentice host dismisses the former Pennsylvania senator as a “career politician” who has, “never had a job in the private sector.”  The real estate mogul accuses Santorum of working as a lobbyist before and after serving in Washington.

“Rick Santorum is completely entrenched in the Washington culture and he has been for decades,” Trump says.

Santorum lobbied for the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s and worked as a consultant to several companies after he lost his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Trump, who endorsed Romney in Las Vegas in early February, has not appeared alongside the candidate since then. However, there are fresh signs that the Romney campaign is making strategic use of their celebrity endorser.

Trump joined Romney in New York City last week to make a round of fundraising and he has been hitting the airwaves for the former Massachusetts governor in Michigan.

On the robo-call, which will begin on Wednesday, Trump calls Romney an “outsider in the race” who “knows how to handle” China and OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).

“He’s a good man, he’s working hard,” Trump says of Romney.  “He will win. You’ve got to give him that chance.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Gingrich Robo-Call: Romney Took Kosher Food from Holocaust Survivors

AFP/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Just when you thought it couldn’t get any nastier, some Florida voters Tuesday have been greeted with pre-recorded telephone calls saying Mitt Romney took kosher meals away from Holocaust survivors.

“Holocaust survivors who for the first time were forced to eat non-kosher because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for your grandparents to eat kosher,” the robo-call said. “Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors?” The call ends with these words: “Paid for by Newt 2012.”

When asked about the call, Gingrich told ABC News, “I don’t know anything about it” and suggested we “check if the allegation [about denying kosher meals to Holocaust survivors] is true.”

Newt Gingrich himself has made similar allegations on the campaign trail in Florida, albeit without referencing the Holocaust.

“Romney as governor imposed on Catholic hospitals provisions against their religious strictures and Romney as governor eliminated kosher food for retired Jewish senior citizens,” Gingrich told a crowd in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday. “He has no understanding of the importance of religious liberty in this country.”

It is true that in 2003 Romney rejected $600,000 in additional funds for Jewish nursing-home residents to get kosher meals. The New York Post reported on Romney’s veto of the funds this month. But the Post reported the funds were ultimately reinstated by the Massachusetts legislature.  Presumably, some Jewish nursing home residents would be survivors of the Holocaust. But Romney never singled them out.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond confirmed to ABC News that the robo-call came from the Gingrich campaign. He noted that the call was not “over the line” and added that the Massachusetts state legislature later voted to override the decision to cut funding for kosher meals.

“It’s sad to see Speaker Gingrich lashing out in a desperate attempt to try and save his floundering campaign,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told The Huffington Post. “Speaker Gingrich will say anything to distract voters....His record is one of failed and unreliable leadership and simply one Americans can’t risk.”

According to ABC News pollster Gary Langer, Jewish voters accounted for three percent of the Florida GOP primary vote in 2008.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Anti-Rand Paul Robocall Targets Kentucky Seniors

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republicans are inflamed at a robocall being made to veterans near Ft. Knox and Ft. Campbell, telling them that GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul wants to close bases and bring troops back from Afghanistan.

Kay Stanton, a veteran, said she received the call on Oct. 26, exactly a week before the general election. The message didn’t say who it was from, but it identified veterans as the target group. The message stated that Paul “was wanting to bring troops from Afghanistan and they were there because of 9/11. They also mentioned that he wanted Ft. Campbell to be closed,” said Stanton, who is a registered Republican and voted in the primary.

Catherine Kerney, whose husband was a veteran, said she received the same call.

ABC News has not heard the audio of the call. The message urged seniors to call a number bearing a North Dakota area code. The number is registered to “Voter Contact” but it doesn’t go through.

Democratic candidate Jack Conway’s campaign denied the call came from them and so far no organization has taken credit for it.

In an e-mail to supporters, the National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted the robocall as a “dirty trick” and “dishonorable tactic.”

“These tactics are unethical and underhanded -- just what we should expect from a desperate career politician,” the NRSC said in an e-mail to supporters.  

Paul and Conway have sparred on the U.S. handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, although both agree that former President George W. Bush was correct in invading the country after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Libertarian-leaning conservative candidate, however, has stayed mostly silent on the future of troops in Afghanistan, leading some to question whether he wants to pull troops out of the country.

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