The Washington Times - December 29, 2011, 03:35PM

Texas Governor Rick Perry slammed former Senator Rick Santorum in a new radio ad for supporting earmarks during the Pennsylvania Republican’s time in Congress. The ad accuses Mr. Santorum for getting over $1 billion in earmarks and for voting for the  “Bridge to Nowhere” project. This legislation was the 2005 proposed Alaska bridge many have referenced to talk about government pork.

Senator Santorum responded to Governor Perry’s ad on the Fox News Channel on Thursday and told Megyn Kelly: 

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“If you look at the Constitution, the Constition gives the power of the purse to Congress. The Congress is the one that’s supposed to spend the money and so the idea that earmarks are against the Constitution or something that is elicit that the Congress can’t or shouldn’t do is just simply factually incorrect.”

Santorum then added:

“I have said after I left the Congress, I defended my earmarks in the sense that I’m proud of the money that I did set aside for things that were priorities in my state instead of having bureaucrats do that, but I’ve recognized the American public has sort of seen this as a pox upon the Congress ad that’s where the American public is today. And as a president, it’s pretty easy for me to say I’ll oppose Congressional earmarks.” 

“The reason it’s easy for me to say is because with Congress not earmarking that means as president, I’ll be able to allocate the resources accordingly, so it’s not hard for Rick Perry or anybody running for president to be against congressional earmarks because it really just gives more power to the president.”

The Perry campaign also posted the web ad below attacking Santorum over the earmarks issue:

Hogan Gidley, National Communication Director, for the Santorum campaign responded to the Perry web attack ad above in an e-mail statement:

“Rick Santorum has been consistent and clear that out of control spending in Washington has to be stopped.  In fact, Rick has relentlessly fought for a Balanced Budget Amendment, he exposed waist at the Pentagon and his Welfare Reform Bill reformed an entitlement program greatly reducing fraud waste and abuse.”  

“Rick has never voted for a tax increase and he actually supported a moratorium on earmarks. This is clearly a desperate and hypocritical attack from Rick Perry when everyone knows Texas received more than a billion dollars in earmarks with Perry as Governor.”

“Not to mention, it sure takes a lot of nerve for Rick Perry to lecture anyone on government spending considering he took money from hard-working taxpayers in Texas and gave it to illegal aliens for college tuition.”