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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/12/2012

Rick Santorum on Mitt Romney: ‘Desperate people do desperate things’

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday fired back at Mitt Romney’s criticism of his record as a conservative, arguing that the attack by Romney is a sign that the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign is flailing.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Steve Pope/Getty Images)
“I mean, for him to suggest that I’m not the conservative in this race, you reach a point where desperate people do desperate things,” Santorum said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“And I think Governor Romney now, as, you know, another candidate has come up to challenge him, and this time he’s having trouble finding out how to go after someone who is a solid conservative, who’s got a great track record of attracting independents and Democrats and winning states as a conservative,” Santorum added.

Santorum, who last week bested Romney in Minnesota and Colorado and won a non-binding “beauty contest” in Missouri, was responding to the GOP frontrunner’s remarks following his losses last Tuesday night.

“Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich, they are the very Republicans who acted like Democrats, and when Republicans act like Democrats, they lose,” Romney told supporters in Colorado Tuesday night. “And in Newt Gingrich’s case, he had to resign. In Rick Santorum’s case, he lost by the biggest margin of any Senate incumbent since 1980.”

Santorum fired back Sunday that Romney “ran as a moderate in Massachusetts, and that’s fine, and it’s a tough state.”

“You know, the people have to do what they have to do to win,” Santorum said. “Well, I stood up and was for what I was for, and I won four races, I lost one. That’s pretty good.”

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