Rick Santorum Surges in Romney's Home State

GOP frontrunner faces increasing competition from Santorum in Michigan primary.
2:27 | 02/16/12

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Politics your voice your vote in the Republican primary equivalent of the thriller in Manila. Dark horse Rick Santorum has arrived in Romney's home state of Michigan and he is closing in on the powerful front runner there. Now the spotlight of course turns on to santorum's positions especially his positions on women here's ABC's John Carl. -- Rick Santorum took his high flying campaign. Again portray himself as a conservative regular -- my grandfather was a coal miner he was the treasurer of his union. But today Santorum released his tax returns -- he raked in three point six million dollars in the first four years after he left congress even buying. Santorum says he made his money the old fashioned way. After congress. -- -- about six or seven jobs and you know worked very hard because I college tuitions. Bottom. -- Santorum made most of the money working as a consultant for companies that lobby congress but it is Foster free informed biggest financial supporter. Really raised eyebrows today was a bad joke about contraception. Back in my days they -- Bayer aspirin for contraceptives and -- put -- between their knees and wasn't that costly. Santorum surge in the polls is also bringing fresh scrutiny to his own comments on contraception. Which he is blamed for moral decline in America. It's well that's. Officers. That's consistent with santorum's Catholic faith but also reminder of just -- or to the right he is on social issues. Even once comparing homosexuality. To -- reality. And just last week he told us he opposes women serving in combat because military men will feel obligated to protect them. If anything we're concerned about protecting someone maybe in a vulnerable position wonderful position. It's -- on top of that you know just to simply physical strength and capabilities. Mitt Romney eager to appeal to conservatives has not criticized Santorum on social issues or on how he made his money. After all Romney made more than twenty times what Santorum made last year. And he paid a tax rate of about half the rate -- -- -- paid. Diane all right Jon Karl and again twelve days now until the primary this is just begun.

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