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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Santorum fundraises off Gingrich takedown

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s campaign wants to make sure that people don’t miss the National Review’s takedown of Newt Gingrich. And they want to try to make a little money for Santorum’s struggling campaign as well.

In a letter to supporters, Santorum’s campaign manager, Mike Biundo , says the former Pennsylvania senator “ is the consistent conservative alternative to Newt Gingrich and is positioned well to win the Iowa caucuses in January.”

It’s an argument that even Sarah Palin has partially made.

But so far, Santorum has been stuck at the very bottom of the GOP presidential field, despite having practically moved to Iowa.

The question is: Will Santorum take it to Gingrich tonight in Iowa on the debate stage or pull a Tim Pawlenty, the former GOP candidate who choked at a key debate moment ?

Full Santorum letter after the jump

“We fear that to nominate former Speaker Newt Gingrich would be to blow the opportunity to win the White House next year.” -The Editors at National Review

I wanted to make sure you saw this National Review editorial that ran yesterday which I believe strikes a chord with conservatives across this country. After Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls, many conservatives are having second thoughts about his ability to actually win the nomination and govern as a conservative. Here are some excerpts from the editorial:

Gingrich’s colleagues were…right to bring his tenure [as Speaker] to an end. His character flaws - his impulsiveness, his grandiosity, his weakness for half-baked (and not especially conservative) ideas - made him a poor Speaker of the House. Again and again he combined incendiary rhetoric with irresolute action, bringing Republicans all the political costs of a hardline position without actually taking one. Again and again he put his own interests above those of the causes he championed in public…Gingrich has always said he wants to transform the country. He appears unable to transform, or even govern, himself. He should be an adviser to the Republican Party, but not again its head.

The article goes on to highlight why Senator Santorum would be a good alternative to Gingrich:

Senator Santorum was an effective legislator. He deserves credit for highlighting, more than any other candidate, the need for public policies that topple barriers to middle-class aspirations…

Rick Santorum is the consistent conservative alternative to Newt Gingrich and is positioned well to win the Iowa caucuses in January, but we need your help now to put Rick over the finish line.

Please contribute $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1000 to our No Surrender Moneybomb right now to ensure Rick can keep standing up for conservative values and be victorious in the Iowa caucuses.

Your support is more critical now than ever.

Thank you,

Mike Biundo

Campaign Manager

Rick Santorum for President

P.S. Please be sure to tune in to Fox News Channel tonight at 9PM ET for our last national debate before the Iowa caucuses.

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