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

Santorum: Gingrich Moon Plan ‘Crass Politics’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum(Chet Susslin)

January 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday accused rival Newt Gingrich of “crass politics” for visiting Florida’s NASA-dependent “Space Coast” and promising to build a permanent U.S. base on the moon in eight years.

Santorum said he saw no way for the deficit-strapped country to undertake a moon colony in the near future. “The idea that anybody is going out and talking brand new, very expensive schemes to spend more money at a time when we do not have our fiscal house in order, in my opinion, is playing crass politics,” the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania told students at a town hall meeting at Florida State University.

Gingrich, who described his moon plan at a campaign event on Wednesday, is “not being realistic with the people of this country as to the nature and threat of the (fiscal) problem,” Santorum said. “NASA and the Space Coast and Houston, Alabama, all of those places that have done remarkable work are huge assets to the country but there are other huge assets in the country too.”

 

After his double-digit win over Mitt Romney in South Carolina’s primary on Saturday, Gingrich has come under heavy fire from his two main rivals in Tuesday’s Florida primary.

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