BOONE, IOWA -- What do you call a former fire-breathing Republican senator who's made his name with extremist social policy views? A uniter, not a divider.
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Rick Santorum himself has been making this case somewhat, pointing to his victories in Pennsylvania as evidence that he can win over Democrats. In his latest ads, he promises that he's the most electable candidate in the race. At a Pizza Ranch here Monday, I spoke to a Santorum supporter and local tea party activist who said it's Santorum's ability to compromise that makes him the best candidate in the race.
It's a weird thing to hear in this purity-driven primary, and an even weirder thing to hear from a tea partier, whose natural enemy is compromise. But it's maybe a sign that Santorum's electability argument is connecting and could carry him ahead should he pull off the upset in Iowa.