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Earmarks? Taking one for the team? Not such a bad thing, say some Santorum backers (voices)

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MALVERN, Ohio – For John and Barbara Gifford, Mitt Romney’s attacks on Rick Santorum’s record on Capitol Hill ring false.

The Giffords, who cast their primary ballots for Santorum Tuesday night, said as they exited the First Christian Church here that Romney was just trying to make Santorum look bad for casting votes that any member of Congress would be expected to cast during the course of his career.

“I understand Santorum going into Congress and finding out how things work, and finding out about earmarks – and finding out, yeah, you vote for something bad that’s in with a whole bunch of stuff that’s good,” said Barbara Gifford, 67-year-old retiree.

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John Gifford, a 71-year-old store owner, agreed and said that it was unfair for Romney to attack Santorum “because of one part of the bill that he voted for, where the other parts of the bill are highly desirable.”

“So either Romney doesn’t understand that or he’s being disingenuous, and criticizing for that thinking nobody else realizes what’s going on,” John Gifford said. “Tell the whole story -- don’t tell half the story. One of the great thinkers of our time said, ‘Half a truth is a lie.’ So, there you have it.”

“Now, which one do I think is the better one?” he added with a laugh. “Maybe I shouldn’t say. ... Probably Romney would make the better president, but hey, I’m voting the way I want to.”

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