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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rick Santorum, former Fox News contributor, accuses Fox News Channel of ‘shilling’ for Mitt Romney

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who until last March worked as a Fox News Channel contributor, accused his former employer Tuesday of favoring his GOP primary rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R).


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Steve Pope/Getty Images)
In an interview on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show, Santorum told “Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade that Romney “has Fox News shilling for him every day — no offense, Brian, but I see it,” reports The Hill’s Justin Sink.

From The Hill’s transcript of the radio interview:

Santorum: “Brian, look, I love you guys ... ”
Kilmeade: “No, you can feel the way you want, I’m just telling you, there’s no way I agree with that, and you’ve been on as much as anyone ... ”
Santorum: “I can tell you, we watch the coverage there, and look, you guys are allowed to cover the what you want to cover, I can tell you we want to make sure a conservative is nominated and we’re going to go out there and nominate on mathematics, we’re not going to focus on the process — ”
Kilmeade: “You don’t want us to add up delegates?”
Santorum: “We want to focus on the issues that are going to help us win, and that’s what our campaign is going to be about.”
Kilmeade: “I will say this, Mitt Romney’s people respond when we request, and we’ve been requesting you on this show for three months minimum, and we’ve gotten nothing but, ‘Yeah, we’ll see,’ which blows me away.”

Romney holds a wide lead in the delegate race, although Santorum’s camp has been arguing that there remains a path forward for the former Pennsylvania senator when one takes into account uncommitted delegates and those from caucus states who have yet to award their delegates.

Santorum’s accusation against Fox News Channel comes even as he remains a frequent guest on the network. He last appeared on “Fox News Sunday” two Sundays ago and was a guest on “Hannity” Monday night.

Santorum has frequently railed against the media, but his charge against Fox News Channel is a curious one, considering that until last year, both he and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) were contributors to the network.

The Post’s Carol Leonnig reported in January that Santorum received a total of $239,000 through his work as a Fox contributor. The former senator signed on with the network in February 2007, one month after leaving office after his unsuccessful bid for a third Senate term.

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