Santorum on Romney endorsement: ‘He proved me wrong’

at 06:26 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Santorum has regrets, Romney’s wife has a couple of Cadillacs, House Democrats considering a gas prices attack and the latest spending numbers.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum regrets endorsing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in 2008, he says today. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” he told Fox News. “I landed with Romney. He proved me wrong.”

* Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) has a new challenger — state Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (R), who thanks to redistricting has been thrown into the same district as another Republican. She’ll face Lee Byberg, who challenged Peterson unsuccessfully in 2010, in the GOP primary. Peterson has represented the 7th district since 1990, managing to keep his seat despite holding mostly conservative territory.

* Romney might have gone a little overboard in declaring his love for Michigan cars today, unhelpfully reminding voters of his immense personal wealth. “I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles,” he said in a speech at the Detroit Economic Club. “ I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pick-up truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs.”

* Santorum will be on the ballot in Indiana after all, thanks to a recount of his petition signatures. An initial count found he was eight votes short of qualifying to compete in the May 8th primary.

* Former Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) has withdrawn her endorsement of former state party chairman Don Bivens in the Arizona Senate primary, saying she will stay neutral. She endorsed Bivens before national Democrats convinced former Surgeon General Richard Carmona to get in the race.

Former Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) has endorsed California Rep. Janice Hahn in the Democratic primary against Rep. Laura Richardson, after mistakenly being listed on Richardson’s website. Hahn and Richardson were thrown together by redistricting and are now in an increasingly nasty primary.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* A pro-Santorum super PAC, the Red White & Blue Fund, is going on the air in Ohio with a $275,000 buy (not big money in an expensive state). The ads call Romney’s health-care plan the blueprint for Obama’s.

* Erick Erickson and his blog RedState have endorsed Clark Durant over former Rep. Pete Hoekstra in the primary to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Hoekstra stumped with former presidential candidate Herman Cain yesterday.

* House Democrats are considering running paid ads on high gas prices, attacking House Republicans for protecting oil industry subsidies. It’s a risky strategy, given that voters could easily blame President Obama for the rising cost of gas.

* The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Rep. Adam Kinzinger over Rep. Donald Manzullo in Illinois’ new 16th district, where the two Republicans were thrown into the same seat. Kinzinger is a freshman; Manzullo has been in office for 19 years. While Manzullo has “capably represented local interests,” the paper says, Kinzinger “can be a game-changer on the national level.”

* A final Michigan spending update before the weekend: from this past Monday through Feb. 28th, Romney is spending $874,857 and Restore Our Future (a pro-Romney super PAC) is spending $1,185,413. Santorum is spending $639,403 and his super PAC is spending $801,222. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is spending $49,999. Priorities USA, a super PAC for President Obama, is spending $242,205; the president’s campaign is spending $43,022. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and his super PAC are not spending anything.

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