Santorum Defends Romney

NBC News reports:

 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have used Romney’s time at the investment firm to portray him as a business tycoon who fired scores of workers for his own profit.  But Santorum likened such attacks to what he called the anti-capitalism rhetoric President Obama has used to attack America’s most financially successful corporate leaders.  Rhetoric, Santorum says, that has stalled the economy and put the country’s free market system into question.

“It’s this hostile rhetoric, which unfortunately – I don’t want to stand here and be a defender of Mitt Romney, but unfortunately even some in our party now, even some running for president will engage in with respect to capitalism,” Santorum said to a town hall of nearly 200 people. “It is bad enough for Barack Obama to blame folks in business for causing problems in this country. It’s one other thing for Republicans to join him.”

If both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry alienate conservatives with their attacks on Romney’s Bain record, Santorum could benefit by getting a larger chunk of the not-Romney vote in South Carolina.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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