Santorum’s Ultimate Strategy

Can he persuade GOP voters that only he can run against Obamacare?

Here’s a bit of old news: Rick Santorum is committed to staying in the GOP presidential race. Yet, from his perspective, his survival strategy is misunderstood, and in the coming days, he hopes to reframe his candidacy.

As Santorum told reporters at a Monday breakfast, his persistence is not tethered to success in specific primaries. Instead, he is betting his candidacy on an argument — that he, not Mitt Romney, is best equipped to battle Obamacare.

Speaking later that day on the steps of the Supreme Court, which is hearing arguments on the health-care law, Santorum argued that Romney is “uniquely disqualified” to challenge the individual mandate, a core legislative component.

“He defends Obamacare at the state level,” Santorum said, referencing Romney’s health-care reforms in Massachusetts, which include a similar provision. “It just doesn’t wash and it won’t wash in the general election.”

Santorum’s barbs are part of a daily effort by his advisers to link Romney to the president’s controversial law. Beyond Santorum’s public remarks, they have issued a flurry of press releases and videos.

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Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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