Santorum Compares Gingrich to Pelosi, Obama in New Gambling Ad

A losing Texas Hold 'em hand: cap-and-trade-lovin', big government politicians.

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With the nominating contest moving to Nevada next week, Rick Santorum's campaign threw originality to the wind and decided to play on the state's prolific gambling history in his newest campaign ad.

The new ad entitled "Deal", which just began running in Colorado and Nevada, claims that Santorum "doesn't just talk a good conservative game, he lives it."

The ad plays like a game of Texas Hold 'em that a conservative voter couldn't possibly win.

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In true Vegas style, the ad features three face-down playing cards representing three politicians. The narrator, accompanied by ominous music explains three politicians are on the reverse of the cards.

"Who are these three Cap-and-Trade-loving, bailout-supporting, soft-on-immigration, big-government-mandating-politicians?" the narrator asks, approaching the ad's climax.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Newt Gingrich.

Last week, Santorum's top strategist John Brabender explained that their campaign would target Gingrich in hopes that he would fall out of favor with right-wing voters, leaving Santorum alone as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. "We will be sharpening our claims against Gingrich—particularly that he's a conservative and particularly that he's a Reagan conservative," Brabender said in an interview last week. "We think he's trying to remake himself, and we're not going to let him do that."

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Santorum decided to ditch Florida early and stumped in Colorado and Nevada today. He will hold Florida primary election night party tonight at his headquarters in Las Vegas.

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