San­to­rum calls Rom­ney hardly bet­ter than Obama

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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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