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

Santorum Aide Slams Romney

After Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that Rick Santorum is “at the desperate end of his campaign,” Santorum advisor John Brabender shot back on Wednesday, criticizing Romney's integrity.

“I'm not sure I'm going to listen to a value judgment of a guy who strapped his own dog on the top of a car and went hurling down the highway,” Brabender said on CNN’s Starting Point. “For Mitt Romney to be going out there, saying that this is desperate, is an insult also to the voters in places like Mississippi and Alabama who evidently didn't get the Romney desperate memo.”

Brabender was referencing a story about Romney in which he kept the family dog, Seamus, on the roof of the car during a vacation years ago.

 

Brabender repeated calls for tea party and conservative voters to unite around one candidate to defeat Romney, alluding to the idea that Newt Gingrich could drop out of the race—a far-fetched possibility, Gingrich’s campaign maintains. Still, Brabender said that Gingrich “had a tough go of it" recently. A victory in winner-take-all competitions like Texas in May could prevent Romney from gaining the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination, Brabender said.

“The belief among conservatives is we’re not going to ever beat Barack Obama by putting up Barack Obama Light,” he said. “And so there is a real path that says if conservatives and tea party supporters decide that we are now going to unite behind one candidate, not only will he be the nominee but I strongly believe will beat Barack Obama.”

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