Romney: I’m More Conservative than Santorum on Economy

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 10:47 AM

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Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, seeking to beat back attacks from his rivals that he’s not a true conservative, said Monday on Fox Business Network that his economic positions are more conservative than Rick Santorum’s.

Both former Pennsylvania senator Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have sought to offer themselves as the authentic conservative candidate to beat back the moderate, flip-flopping former Massachusetts governor.

But Romney is having none of it when it comes to Santorum and the economy. Romney was asked on Fox whether he would consider choosing a vice presidential candidate who is more conservative than he is on the economy, The Hill reports.

"Well, that would preclude Rick Santorum," Romney replied. "I find it interesting that he continues to describe himself as the real conservative. Rick Santorum is not a person who is an economic conservative to my right. His record does not suggest he has the fiscal conservative chops that I have."

Some politicos have criticized Santorum for his extensive use of earmarks when he was in Congress, though virtually every congressman has been an aggressive user of that strategy to bring home the bacon to his or her constituents.



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