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Santorum urges Washinton State voters to go against 'good o'l boys'

 

SPOKANE, WA -- Rick Santorum urged Washington caucus goers to support his campaign against "the good ol' boys," a reference to the Republican establishment that the presidential hopeful argued is afraid to nominate a conservative to take on President Obama.

"The best chance for us to win is to not to go along with the good o'l boys who always want to nominate a moderate. The best chance for us to win is to create clear, sharp contrasts," Santorum said at a rally in front of more than 400 people. "Give America a choice."

While Santorum frequently calls himself the only true conservative vying for the Republican presidential nomination, in Washington on Thursday he placed a newfound emphasis on his battle against his the money and organization of his GOP rivals.  His stop here came just hours after the Michigan Republican Party voted to strip Santorum a delegate in the Wolverine State primary.  Instead of tying Romney in delegates, the Santorum campaign found itself at a 16 to 14 disadvantage.

"I just think that you really see what the Romney campaign's all about.  Anything to win, after the fact, break the rules, rewrite the rules," Santorum told NBC News after the rally.  "That’s not the way Republicans and conservatives do it.  But, he's new to the conservative cause, so I'm not surprised he doesn't know that."

A win in the Michigan primary would have been a major setback to the former Massachusetts governor's path to the nomination.  Despite losing the popular vote, the Santorum campaign on Wednesday could still claim they split the delegate count in Romney's home state.
They lost that argument today.

"This is an insurgent campaign.  We are running, we are getting outspent everywhere, 5, 6, 7 to 1.  All the big money guys, spending huge amounts of money.  And any time you punch back, oh, they get all upset, said Santorum.  "'Oh, he's unfair, he called eligible voters and asked them to vote in Michigan.'  Wow, as he's out there telling lie, after lie after lie in Super Pac doing things, I went out and actually asked eligible voters to vote and thats unfair.  Folks, this is the establishment, they don’t like getting into the fight, they just like having the money advantage and having their way."

Washington will hold its caucus on Saturday, and the Santorum campaign sees it as an opportunity to grab headlines and show moment ahead of the 11 states going to the polls in the all-important Super Tuesday contests on March 6.

“You folks have an opportunity to reset this race on Saturday before Super Tuesday,” he said. “You folks have an opportunity to reset this race on Saturday before Super Tuesday."