Rick Santorum Says Mitt Romney Not Being ‘Truthful’ With the American People

Mar 8, 2012 12:06am
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JACKSON, Miss.—”Are we going to win here?” Rick Santorum asked an excited crowd Wednesday evening at a rally ahead of their primary next week.

The candidate touted his Super Tuesday wins and tried to define Mitt Romney as a candidate willing to mislead the American public.

“I never supported a government mandate unlike two other candidates in this race who will be coming here,” Santorum said referring to Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, before singling out Romney. “One of them went as far as to impose it upon his people in Massachusetts. And then bragged about how it should be adopted in Washington and worse yet, repeatedly in every single debate told the American public something that was simply not true.”

As he has since a 2009 op-ed came to light where the former Massachusetts governor recommended part of his signature health care law as a national model, Santorum tried to define Romney as someone who can’t be trusted, and compared him to President Barack Obama.

“He told the American public repeatedly, ‘Oh no, I never did that. I never recommended that Romneycare be used as a national model for Obamacare just parts of it. We find now in the last two weeks that’s wrong,” Santorum said to cheers from a crowd of about 300 at a local museum. “There’s a final thing: when you don’t have the courage to stand up and tell the truth about what you did. Ladies and gentleman, we already have someone in office who is not being truthful with the American public on a variety of different things. We don’t want to run somebody who has the same problem.”

Santorum also responded to the Romney campaign’s charge earlier Wednesday at a delegate briefing they held for reporters that only an “act of God” could bring Santorum or Gingrich the Republican nomination.

“Well I don’t know about you Gov. Romney, but I think it was a blessing and an act of God for us to even be on this stage tonight and I thank God for that. I feel very blessed I really do,” Santorum said. “This campaign hasn’t been about negative advertising and carpet bombing, trying to tear down your opponents. It’s one of the reasons we continue to just hang in there, it’s because we are connecting, not because everyone agrees with what I’m saying, but people know what I’m saying is what I truly believe is right for this country.”

In his Super Tuesday speech in Steubenville, Ohio he stressed this battle will continue on and on Wednesday evening he even told the crowd he’s “burning through his savings,” by not working and instead running for president.

He gave Romney another dig when he told the crowd that even during his primary night address he went without a teleprompter, trying to again compare Romney to Obama saying his opponent is a candidate who is “poll tested” and “marketed.”

“You’ll notice that I don’t have a teleprompter here and unlike some candidates last night I didn’t have a teleprompter last night,” Santorum said. “We don’t need any more candidates for president or presidents who are out there delivering somebody’s else message that has been poll tested, that has been marketed to sell you something, running for president, being president someone should stand before you and tell you who they are from their own words and their own mind.”

The Mississippi primary is March 13 and Santorum told the crowd of about 300 they “have an opportunity” in this state “to narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate,” making it clear he believes if he beats Gingrich in this southern state it will be fatal to the former Speaker of the House’s campaign. Earlier Wednesday, a Gingrich aide told reporters both Mississippi and Alabama were must wins.

“I ask you here tonight to stand with me, to join me, to work with me over these next few days here in Mississippi. If we win Mississippi, this will be a two-person race,” said Santorum. “And if it is a two-person race, we will nominate a conservative as president of the United States. And if we nominate a conservative to the presidency of the United States, we will win this election in the fall.”

 

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