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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Romney to Santorum: It's About Time You Focused on the Economy

Romney says his business background will hold most appeal for voters concerned about jobs.

February 27, 2012

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- When Rick Santorum published an op-ed on the economy Monday in the The Wall Street Journal, Mitt Romney treated it as an opportunity to tweak him for his recent focus on cultural and social issues.

"He wrote a piece in there about the economy and tax policy and regulatory policy. I’m glad he recognizes this is going to be a campaign about the economy," Romney told about 300 people at a rally here the day before the Michigan primary. "It’s time for him to really focus on the economy and for you to all say, OK, if the economy is going to be the issue we  focus on, who has the experience to actually get this economy going again?"

Romney, a former venture capitalist CEO and former Massachusetts governor, answered his own question. He said voters would choose him because of his business background. "Senator Santorum is a nice guy, but he’s never had a job in the private sector," he said of the former congressman and senator from Pennsylvania.

Santorum’s op-ed listed 10 economic initiatives which he called "pro-growth and pro-family," and which he said he would implement during his first 100 days in office. He also argued that Romney has followed his lead on promising to lower individual and corporate taxes, and he accused his opponent of raising taxes and fees as governor of Massachusetts.

 

Romney, he wrote, “had a last-minute conversion. Attempting to distract from his record of tax and fee increases as governor of Massachusetts, poor job creation, and aggressive pursuit of earmarks, he now says he wants to follow my lead and lower individual as well as corporate marginal tax rates."

Just moments after Romney's comments, Santorum was asked for a response by reporters in Livonia. "Tell him to watch my speech," he said. It was unclear which speech he meant, but he had just spoken at length about his tax and manufacturing policies to the Livonia and Farmington Chambers of Commerce.

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