On the eve of the all-important Super Tuesday contests, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum said that chief rival Mitt Romney has outspent him by a margin of 12 to 1 in the key battleground state of Ohio, and the former Pennsylvania senator insists that any comparisons to the biblical story of David and Goliath are something of an “understatement.”
Speaking to reporters by telephone, Santorum said that Romney’s super PACs spent eight times as much as the $1 million total his supporters and campaign spent, while Romney’s campaign itself spent four times as much.
“To suggest that this is David and Goliath is probably a little bit of an understatement,” Santorum told reporters. “We’re out here fighting on principle and the people of Ohio — in spite of the barrage of negativity from his super PAC and from his campaign — are standing by the person they trust. And I think no matter what the result is in Ohio tomorrow, we’re going to feel great that under that barrage we stood tall. We stood on principle and we were able to come out here and run a great race in this state — run we believe very strong in every single state on Super Tuesday.”
Pointing to Romney’s role in bringing healthcare reform to Massachusetts when he was governor of that state, Santorum called his chief rival “uniquely unqualified” to take on President Barack Obama on what is arguably his greatest vulnerability in the general election — Obamacare.
He maintained that the president’s signature healthcare law used the Massachusetts program as a model.
“It’s not just the mandate. It’s the structure of the insurance exchanges. It’s the structure of the benefit packages. It is the mandate on small businesses,” Santorum explained. “You go down the whole laundry list of things that Obamacare borrowed from Romneycare in addition to the individual mandate and Gov. Romney encouraged this president to adopt his program — and he did — which makes Mitt Romney uniquely unqualified to take on this president on the most vulnerable issue this president has going into the general election.”
Santorum said he is confident that he will be competitive with Romney in all of the states on Super Tuesday with the exception of Georgia, which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich represented for 20 years.
“We feel confident that we’ll come out of Super Tuesday with what will be clear: There is one conviction conservative. There’s one conservative you can trust,” Santorum declared. “Here’s somebody who doesn’t go with the popular flow. There’s someone who stands up and fights for limited government, lower deficits, low tax increases, and strong pro-growth economics. That’s Rick Santorum.”
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