Rick Santorum Calls Romney ‘Desperate’

Rick Santorum called Mitt Romney “desperate” Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” and unleashed a stinging broadside against the former Massachusetts governor.

He told George Stephanopoulos:

I mean, you know, Mitt Romney is the author of Romneycare, which is the biggest government expansion in the history of the state of Massachusetts and was the template for Obamacare.  He’s supported cap-and-trade and the — in Massachusetts.  He was for the Wall Street bailouts.  He ran as to the left of Ted Kennedy in 1994.

I mean, for him to suggest that I’m not the conservative in this race — you know, there’s — you reach a point where desperate people do desperate things.  And I think Governor Romney now, as, you know, another candidate has come up to challenge him, and this time he’s having trouble finding out how to — how to go after someone who is a solid conservative, who’s got a great track record of attracting independents and Democrats and winning states as a conservative.  You know, Governor Romney, when he ran his race, ran as a moderate in Massachusetts.

Santorum, who is surging among Republicans in national polls, was responding to a question about Romney’s recent attacks on him.

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