The Corner

Santorum on Romney: ‘Desperate People Do Desperate Things’

Rick Santorum brushed off Mitt Romney’s charge from earlier this week that he had acted like Democrat while in office.

“That’s pretty funny for Mitt Romney to say I’m acting like a Democrat,” Santorum chuckled on ABC’s This Week.

“Mitt Romney is the author of Romneycare, which is the biggest government expansion in the history of the state of Massachusetts and was the template for Obamacare,” Santorum continued. “He’s supported cap-and-trade in Massachusetts. He was for the Wall Street bailouts. He ran to the left of Ted Kennedy in 1994.”

“You reach a point where desperate people do desperate things,” Santorum added. “He’s having trouble finding out how to go after someone who is a solid conservative.”

Santorum said he was “absolutely” against indexing the minimum wage to the inflation rate, something Romney supports. “I”m not against the minimum wage,” Santorum remarked. “When the minimum wage drops below a certain level, it’s usually a floor of about 7 percent of wages at minimum wage, I’ve supported increasing it back it up to make sure it stays above that level so there is in fact a minimum wage.”

Asked about his vote to appoint Sonia Sotomayor to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the late 90′s, Santorum said that his philosophy had been to “give great deference to the President” on judges, with the exception of those nominated for the Supreme Court.

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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