Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Santorum: I’m GOP’s ‘best chance’ of defeating Obama

Who’s the GOP hopeful best poised to defeat President Obama in the fall?


Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
If you ask Iowa voters, it’s former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

But if you ask Rick Santorum it’s ... well, Rick Santorum.

“Simple question: Which candidate gives us the best chance of defeating Barack Obama? The answer: Rick Santorum,” says the narrator of the former Pennsylvania senator’s latest Iowa radio ad, released Thursday.

The 60-second spot touts Santorum as a “full-spectrum conservative” who is “a favorite of the tea party for his efforts fighting corruption and taxpayer abuse in Washington.”

The positive ad also claims that Santorum “led the fight to overhaul welfare” and has “more foreign policy credentials than any of the candidates.” Take that, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman.

The only problem for Santorum? Iowa voters see things a little bit differently.

A TIME/CNN/Opinion Research poll released Wednesday showed that 41 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers view Romney as the candidate with the best chance of beating Obama next year.

Seventeen percent of respondents named Gingrich as the GOP’s best chance, 14 percent cited Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), and eight percent cited Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

Down the list, tied with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for fifth place, is Santorum, with four percent.

Santorum has certainly been surging, and his campaign is aiming to build on that momentum with a positive radio ad hailing him as “a trusted conservative who not only shares our values but also gives us the best chance to take back America.”

But when it comes to the electability argument, at the moment the cards are clearly stacked in Romney’s favor.

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