Santorum to Romney: Avoid Being ‘Mean, But Be Aggressive’

Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012 06:43 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter

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Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum is hoping that the Mitt Romney who shows up for tonight’s debate with President Barack Obama is the same confident, aggressive guy who picked him apart in the last debate of the Republican primaries.

Santorum tells Newsmax.TV that the former Massachusetts governor needs to relax and exude “quiet confidence.”

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“I want to see the Mitt Romney who was at the last debate with me, who was confident, who was aggressive, who picked me apart on a couple of occasions that really helped him secure the nomination,” he said. “The demeanor of Governor Romney is really important. The hopefully quiet and steady confidence that he will display and keeping president Obama out there on the defensive, don’t let him get away with, don’t be picky, don’t be petty, but make sure you don’t let him control the debate.

“Americans are looking for someone they want to have faith in that can take charge and has a vision. If he can show that he can take charge and then provide that vision, effectively take apart the Obama record and frankly the half-truths and the lies he has been telling the American public over the past several years I think he’ll have a very good night.”

Santorum said that as the incumbent, there is not much of an upside in the debate for Obama “unless Gov. Romney has a very, very, very bad night,” which he does not see happening.

However, there is a tremendous upside for Romney who has not had a good month after the GOP convention.

“I think there is an opportunity now to push this thing in his column and start the sprint down the stretch,” he said.

Santorum advised Romney to avoid being “mean, but be aggressive and lay out your vision and lay out what the president is doing and has done and what his policies will mean and you need to lay out, of course, your vision and your policies that will take America down a better path.”

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