Rick Santorum, who has been widely criticized for saying yesterday that “If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future,” has just issued a statement clarifying that he would indeed, vote for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the general election.
“I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican and to suggest otherwise is preposterous,” Santorum said. “This is just another attempt by the Romney Campaign to distort and distract the media and voters from the unshakeable fact that many of Romney’s policies mirror Barack Obama’s.”
“I was simply making the point that there is a huge enthusiasm gap around Mitt Romney and it’s easy to see why — Romney has sided with Obama on health-care mandates, cap-and-trade, and the Wall Street bailouts,” Santorum added. “Voters have to be excited enough to actually go vote, and my campaign’s movement to restore freedom is exciting this nation. If this election is about Obama versus the Obama-Lite candidate, we have a tough time rallying this nation.”
Santorum has been getting increasingly aggressive in his attacks against Romney on the stump; in Illinois, a couple of days before the primary, he argued that he could be a viable candidate in the general election because “I’m running against someone who has the same record as Barack Obama, so I’m having a trial run.”