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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Sunday Shows

Santorum: Romney 'Doesn't Create the Contrast'

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February 5, 2012

In an attempt to manage the fallout of his last-place finish in Nevada, Rick Santorum took aim not only as his opponent for the anti-Romney mantle, Newt Gingrich, but at Romney himself.

“It’s not about who can win the primary, it’s about who can win the general election,” he said on Fox News Sunday, adding that neither Romney nor Gingrich offer a clear contrast to President Obama.

Santorum went on to slam Gingrich for policy suggestions that he said aren’t connected to true Republican economic values.

 

“A lot of the ideas that Newt comes up with, whether it’s a moon colony or whether it’s personal accounts for social security in the face of a $1.2 trillion deficit, are not connected to fiscal responsibility, limited government and doing things from the  bottom up,” he said.

Santorum had harsh words for Romney as well, calling him a “unidimensional” candidate and saying that, if the economy continues to improve, Romney has no grounds to run against Obama.

“Governor Romney, even more than Speaker Gingrich, doesn’t create the contrast we need to beat Barack Obama,” he said, adding that Republicans would “give away” issues such as cap and trade and the Wall Street bailouts.

“It undermines our own credibility,” he said.

Santorum also dismissed his poor performance in the early caucus states, saying that they were “set in stone” because Romney and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, had both campaigned there for years. Now that the candidates are competing “where people don’t have that natural advantage,” Santorum said he’ll be more competitive.

“I think we’re going to do very well here in Minnesota, I think we’re going to do very well in Colorado,” he said, adding that. “I think we’re going to show that this race is moving again in a very different direction.”

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