Santorum Presses Case for Romney

Friday, 19 Oct 2012 09:53 AM

By Greg McDonald

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They were bitter rivals during the Republican primary season, but Rick Santorum is now working hard for Mitt Romney, calling him "solid" and "consistent" in his effort to make Barack Obama a one-term president.
 
"The momentum is clearly headed in [former Massachusetts] Gov. Romney's direction," Santorum told Fox News' Neil Cavuto Thursday.
 
"The enthusiasm is so much higher. I cannot remember a singular event in a campaign where the campaign and the candidate changed the direction of a race like Mitt Romney did two-and-a-half weeks ago," the former Pennsylvania senator added, referring to Romney's first debate performance against Obama.
 
Santorum, who campaigned in North Carolina Thursday on behalf of the GOP ticket, said Paul Ryan "kept the train going" in his debate against Vice President Joe Biden, whose "buffoonery," as Santorum put it, may have "energized the far left, but nobody else."
 
"And I think President Obama failed on the most important thing in the last debate," Santorum continued. "Mitt Romney systematically tore him apart with what his record was over the last four years. And Obama had nothing. He just . . . didn`t respond. And I think that is the thing that is sticking in with people."
 
"Romney has been very competent, very solid and very consistent," Santorum added. "That is exactly what I think . . . Americans are looking for."
 
But Santorum expressed concern about the early voting process in some key battleground states, noting that it could favor Obama, who appeared to be well ahead in the polls when early voting started.  
 
"It is a problem. It was a problem in the primary," Santorum said, suggesting that a lot of people had already voted before his own campaign for the nomination really started to surge.
 
"I am not a big fan of early voting, particularly when you are voting three, four weeks out from an election," he told Cavuto.
 
"But that is the reality of the situation. And, right now, I think it is benefiting — in these states that are starting early voting now, and several of them are — it is benefiting Gov. Romney," he said.
 
 

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