Santorum calls Romney hardly better than Obama
SAN ANTONIO | Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans “might as well” give President Obama another term if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee.
Mr. Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: Mr. Romney is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.
“You win by giving people a choice,” Mr. Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”
Mr. Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch-a-sketch candidate for the future.”
The remark reignited criticism of Mr. Romney as the type of politician who will say or do anything to win.
Mr. Romney, who made no public appearances Thursday, issued a statement expressing disappointment “that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.”
“This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America,” he said. “Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure.”
Rival Newt Gingrich tweeted: “Rick Santorum is dead wrong. Any GOP nominee will be better than Obama.”
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