Santorum Feisty on Romney in WILX Interview

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email
Sen. Rick Santorum fought back at his critics and competitors in an exclusive interview with News 10.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum raises his fist after speaking at a rally in Blaine February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

"This is a pace I'm sort of used to."

His Monday just getting warmed up, Rick Santorum recalling how he used to host seven townhalls a day when running for the senate. His confidence in keeping up with a presidential campaign wasn't 100% believable as his mood wavered somewhere between annoyed and defensive when he sat down for a one-on-one interview with WILX.

But who could blame him? In the last week, he's seen his Michigan poll numbers sink and the rest of the field gang up on him in the last debate.

With Michiganders headed to the polls in a matter of hours, he was ready to fight back a little.

"I don't think I was ever up 15 points in Michigan," Santorum stated. "We put forth ideals. I think that's the reason we're doing as well as we are and we've held up under the barrage of negative attacks."

Like the one Mitt Romney had for WILX Saturday: "Sen. Santorum says sometimes he just takes one for the team, meaning he votes for things he disagrees with."

Santorum responded.

"You look at my record and the biggest knock I've had in my political career-- they say I'm too rigid, that I don't compromise enough," Santorum said with some fire. "The fact of the matter is I've led a lot of conservative charges. There are things conservatives talk about-- the biggest things and best things we got accomplished when Republicans controlled the house and senate-- (and) I was the leader on those things."

"Governor Romney can't point to one thing he did in his political career that led a conservative effort."

Santorum also killed two birds with one stone on healthcare saying if you don't like President Obama's plan-- blame Romney-- he started it.

"He planted the seed with Romney-care that's turned into this "Obama-nation" of Obama-care and that is certainly not something that's a benefit to the conservative movement of this country."

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