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

Santorum to CPAC: We Can't Spend Our Way to Victory

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February 10, 2012

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told an appreciative conservative audience on Friday that it must draw sharp distinctions with President Obama if the GOP is to prevail this fall.

"We are not going to win with money," Santorum said at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington. "We are going to win with contrast. We are going to win with ideas. We are going to win by making Barack Obama and his failed policies the issue in this race."

 

Santorum blasted the Obama administration’s initial decision requiring religious groups, such as the Catholic Church, to provide coverage for contraception, saying it constituted a frontal assault on religious liberty.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is [the] kind of coercion we can expect,” Santorum said. “It’s not about contraception; it’s about economic liberty. It’s about government control of you lives, and it’s gotta stop."

Santorum, whose campaign received a major boost on Tuesday after sweeping the day’s three primary contests, also criticized rival Republican candidate Mitt Romney over his past support of a health care mandate and prior belief in climate change.

“Who would provide the clean contrast of belief in a conservative vision in bottom-up, free people, free markets?" he asked.

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