Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Santorum fund-raises on Cain’s abortion statements


Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Chris Carlson - AP)

Rick Santorum, who has been quick to jump on Herman Cain’s muddled responses on to a question about abortion, sent out a fund-raising letter to supporters Thursday about his rival’s comment.

Here is the letter, which asks for a $25 donation:

Probably like me, you were absolutely floored by what Herman Cain said on CNN last night.

After acknowledging that he believes life begins at conception, Herman Cain went on to say it’s up to the individual to decide whether or not to kill an innocent unborn child. That means that while he believes it is a life, he doesn’t consider it a life worth fighting for. As the author of the legislation that banned partial birth abortions forever, I am stunned that someone running for the Republican nomination for president would have this position.

In fact, Herman Cain’s pro-choice position is similar to those held by John Kerry, Barack Obama and many others on the liberal left. You cannot be both personally against abortion while condoning it - you can’t have it both ways. We must defend the defenseless, period.

We can disagree about tax policy. We can disagree about government regulations. Those are fair issues to debate. But we must all stand unified in defense of the defenseless unborn.

The dust-up between Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, and Cain, a businessman, comes as the GOP nominating fight has gotten increasingly nasty, and as Cain is recieving more scrutiny over his 9-9-9 tax plan

Santorum, who has emerged as one of the strongest debaters in the field, clearly sees an opening for his candidacy as Cain’s takes on water. On Saturday, Cain and Santorum, along with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will all be in Iowa for the Faith and Freedom forum-- expect that Santorum will come out swinging on this issue to try to gain some ground on Cain.

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