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Gingrich, Santorum can't shake using Etch A Sketch

Newt Gingrich uses a toy alligator as a prop for his attack on the Romney campaign's Etch A Sketch gaffe, saying "this is how Louisiana treats an Etch A Sketch."

NBC's Alex Moe

Newt Gingrich holding a supporter's Etch A Sketch at an event in Houma, La., Thursday.

 

That was so yesterday.

But not for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Both candidates, trying to upend front runner Mitt Romney, took to the trail today once again carrying Etch A Sketches.

First it was Santorum this morning, who dove head first again into the Romney campaign gaffe likening its campaign and candidate to the toy that can just be shaken up, erased, and redrawn once the fall campaign begins.

NBC's John Boxley reports that Santorum held up an Etch A Sketch at his first event in San Antonio today before USAA, the military home and life insurance company.

"Someone that doesn't have his policies on an Etch A Sketch," Santorum said. The crowd laughed.

NBC's Alex Moe reports that Newt Gingrich at his event today in Houma, La., held up a supporter's pink Etch A Sketch, microphone in hand.