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

Santorum: Campaign Eating Into College Fund

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, with his wife, Karen, son Daniel, 16, and daughter Sarah, 14.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

March 5, 2012

MIAMISBURG, Ohio – Facing a tough test of his viability as a presidential contender in Super Tuesday's Republican primaries, Rick Santorum said money won't be the deciding factor in November's election. And, after slamming President Obama for policies encouraging college attendance, Santorum said he was drawing down his own savings for his campaign while trying to save money to put three of his children through college.

Speaking to a large crowd at the Dayton Christian School, Santorum repeated his frequent complaint about being outspent by rival Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP nomination. “If I had the opportunity to have a 6-to-1 spending advantage, given where we are in this race right now, this race wouldn’t be close,” Santorum said. “But that’s not how it is. [I] give credit to Governor Romney and what he’s been able to accomplish, amassing an enormous amount of money. But this race isn’t going to be won or lost in the fall on money.”

To continue his campaign, he said, “We’re living basically spending down our savings. Not necessarily the best thing to do when you have three kids entering into college the next couple of years.  But this country is worth it.”

 

Earlier this month, Santorum called Obama a “snob” for policies aimed at making college more affordable.

In his remarks on Monday, Santorum criticized the administration’s response to Iran’s nuclear program, saying the issue is “beyond this president.… We need a president who can grasp reality a little better than what this president is doing.”

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