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Santorum: 'We know unfortunately the history of governors in Texas on' immigration

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Rick Santorum spoke to about 40 patrons at Tommy's Ham House, quite a smaller number than the hundreds who turned out to hear Rick Perry speak here last week.

That didn't stop Santorum from taking jabs at both Perry and Michele Bachmann on their views that states should determine same-sex marriage laws, and at Perry over his immigration policies in Texas. 

He said that while Bachmann and Perry might say it’s “fine with me” to New Hampshire or New York having same-sex marriage, Santorum said, “It’s not fine with me.” 

“To me,” he said, “we can’t have 50 marriage laws. You can’t be married in one state and not married in another state.”

He delivered a subtle jab at Bachmann after he was asked if he knew when Elvis died. “Last week, so I’ve heard,” he said. 

He said he was “disappointed” not to be invited to Jim DeMint’s Labor Day presidential forum, that “DeMint is supposed to be the common-sense guy,” not the “silly rules guy.”

He criticized Perry and former President George W. Bush for what he called lax immigration laws. Texas has the second-highest number of illegal immigrants in the country, according to Pew. Someone asked if he would “smoke” Perry out for his immigration stances, Santorum said he’d hear a lot about it.

“We know unfortunately the history of governors in Texas on the issue of immigration,” the former Pennsylvania senator said, adding, “I understand being governor of Texas is a tough thing. But you’ve got to stand up and defend -- being a senator from Pennsylvania is a tough thing. But you’ve got to stand up and defend your record.”