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

Santorum Calls Romney 'Worst Republican' to Face Obama

Confronted by reporters, candidate angrily says he was referring to rival on health care.

photo of Lindsey Boerma
March 25, 2012

FRANKSVILLE, Wis. – In directing what appeared to be a new level of vitriol toward Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum on Sunday described his rival as “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” Santorum later, however, bristled at the notion that he was referring to anything other than Romney's position on health care. 

After a rally at the South Hills Country Club here, Santorum asked Republicans to “pick any other Republican in the country” than GOP presidential front-runner Romney, based on issues that make the former Massachusetts governor “uniquely disqualified” to run against Obama.

Reporters swarmed him for clarification, only to have Santorum testily reply that it was unreasonable to take his comment outside the context of health care.

 

“I would say, as for, on the issue of health care, yes, that’s what I was talking about – Obamacare, as you heard me say,” he said. “That’s what I said. I didn’t say anything different than that. That’s exactly what I said.”

Minutes later, Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times followed up with a question about his outburst, to which Santorum asked, “What speech did you listen to? Stop lying.”

Pressed further, Santorum clarified that he meant Romney was the worst candidate “to run against Barack Obama on the issue of health care, because he fashioned the blueprint. I’ve been saying it in every speech. Quit distorting our words. If I see it [in print], it’s bull(expletive). C’mon man, what are you doing?”

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams quickly issued a statement in response: “Rick Santorum is becoming more desperate and angry and unhinged every day. He see conservatives coalescing around Mitt Romney and he’s rattled by the backlash caused by his suggestion that keeping Barack Obama would be better than electing a Republican. He’s panicking in the final stages of his campaign.”

By Monday morning, Santorum was talking about his reaction as a badge of honor. “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican,” he said on Fox & Friends.

At an earlier stop Sunday in Fond du Lac, Santorum was more explicit about the health-reform connection. "Why in the world would a Wisconsin voter nominate the one person in America, the one Republican in America, who actually authored the blueprint for Obamacare?" he asked.

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