Rick Santorum appeared Thursday night on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, and criticized the expected move by Florida to move its primary to January 31 in contravention of the RNC rules. And in addition to defending the positions of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina to be the official early states, Santorum also alleged that Florida's move is really a conspiracy to benefit Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, the two current frontrunners -- and disadvantage the lower-tier candidates.
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"For the life of me, I don't understand what Florida is trying to accomplish, because whatever they're going to accomplish, they're gonna fail," said Santorum. "You know, they're gonna move their primary up -- it's talked about moving up to January. All these four primary -- early primary states, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, will move ahead of them. And all you've effectively done is cut off one month of the lead-up time to this primary process."
"And they're gonna lose half their delegates," Van Susteren added, to which Santorum concurred.
So far, so good -- that is all an accurate analysis of what will happen to the primary calendar, as the official early states move up their contests in retaliation. But as the conversation continued, Santorum made his more nefarious accusation that Florida is trying to rig the contest.