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SANTORUM UNDER FIRE AFTER EMPLOYING ROBOTS TO RECRUIT DEMOCRATIC VOTES
February 28 2012
Detroit, MI – There are, in every election, a lot tricks both dirty and clean used to try and win an election. All politicians try tricks, try to outdo the other guy, try to steal votes, that’s what politics is and has always been. Every now and then, however, someone steps over the line and that is exactly what Mitt Romney is saying his chief rival has done.
At issue is a series of robocalls paid for by the Santorum campaign to try and elicit support from blue collar, largely Democratic voters to try and squeeze out Romney in Michigan, his home state and one that tends to run blue.
That last second, dirty trick has outraged Romney but, given his double digit lead in the race, may have little or no impact on the results. However, the precedent has now been set and pass or fail it is entirely possible that Santorum will employ similar techniques in other states where the race might be a lot closer, something which surely frightens the Romney campaign and may become a serious issue for registered Democrats who will have to fend off a virtual army of Republican robots trying to get their votes.
“It’s a dirty trick. It’s outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after union labor in Detroit and try and get them to vote against me. Look, we don’t want Democrats deciding who our nominee is going to be, we want Republicans to decide who our nominee is going to be,” Romney told Fox News. “I just think it’s outrageous and disgusting.”
It’s not clear where the poorly funded Santorum campaign got the money to hire robots to do their bidding, something which may also concern the Romney camp.
Santorum has defended his use of the Robocalls, saying that he believed the Bible makes it clear that such tactics are completely valid.
Most readings of the Bible do not find robots as complicated machines had not been created when the majority of the gospels were written.
“It’s pretty clear why Santorum is doing this and obviously Romney has to hit back, but in the big picture it’s actually probably a good thing for Romney. Hiring robots is likely very expensive and the more money Santorum spends on lost causes the worse he will fare in other states,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “That is good for Romney. However it is entirely possible, unlikely perhaps, but possible that Santorum’s willingness to use robots will elicit support from a wide range of mechanical devices and that could prove to be serious trouble for Romney, who has obviously come out against their use.”
Robots are not legally allowed vote in the Primaries but can be very scary and thus influential.
“Romney has, essentially, come out against robot employment and that will surely not sit well with robots and the people who create them, who are in large part blue collar people. Santorum will likely gain a few votes just off his effort and that could cascade across the country,” continue Kinsey. “I doubt it will be enough to push him to victory, honestly, but it won’t hurt his case unless of course the robots turn on their master, something they tend to do. That would be catastrophic both for Santorum and the world really.”
Most votes in Michigan will be registered and counted by computers which are heavily allied with robots.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent