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Santorum urges S.C. to draw 'stark contrast' with Obama in GOP primary

 

BLUFFTON, SC -- Rick Santorum told South Carolinians this morning that they have a duty to their country, not to put on a uniform, but to choose a Republican presidential nominee that will provide a "stark contrast" to President Obama.

"We cannot afford to have our nominee as the issue in this race," Santorum told an auditorium crowded with more than 200 members of a retirement community.

The jab came after Santorum pointed to the health care legislation Mitt Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts and his support of the economic bailout. The former Pennsylvania senator said the same attacks that Republican presidential candidates are using against Romney are the ones Democrats will employ if he is the nominee.

Class warfare and the role of government have been themes for Santorum since arriving in South Carolina. He has hit both the president and GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry for rhetoric he says attacks Americans for being successful.

In addition to attack capitalism, Santorum accused the president of trying to expand government to create dependency. Santorum said reliance on entitlement programs "hooks people like a narcotic. It makes you less than you can be."

He'll make four more stops in the Palmetto State today.