Santorum, trailing in delegates, seeks boost from Louisiana win

Rick Santorum tried Sunday to translate his Louisiana primary victory into momentum as his campaign heads into states that are much tougher terrain in his battle with frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Santorum, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said his win in Saturday's Louisiana GOP presidential primary sent a message.

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“Even though a lot of folks are saying this race is over, people in Louisiana said ‘no, it’s not,’” the former Pennsylvania senator said.

“They still want to see someone they can trust, someone who is not running an Etch-a-Sketch campaign, but one that has their principles written on their heart, not on an erasable tablet,” Santorum added, referring to the now-infamous “Etch-a-Sketch” comment by a Romney campaign aide.

“That’s what helped us deliver the win in Louisiana and I think we are going to do very well in Wisconsin too,” he added, looking ahead to the Badger state’s April 3 primary, where a recent poll showed the better-financed Romney ahead.


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However, Santorum remains far behind Romney in the race for delegates. April will bring primaries in several northeastern states considered favorable terrain for Romney, such as Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island (although April’s contests also include Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania).

Santorum also tried again to get past his own recent gaffe, in which he appeared to suggest that President Obama’s reelection might be preferable to electing Romney, who Santorum alleges does not provide a stark contrast to the president.

Santorum said Sunday that he'll back whoever faces Obama, but in the same breath kept up his attacks against Romney, the former Massachusetts governor.


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“I am going to support whoever the Republican nominee is, and I am running this campaign because I think Barack Obama’s reelection would be the end of freedom as we know it here in America,” Santorum said.

“We are going to support whoever it is, but we want someone who can win, someone who can go up against Barack Obama and actually draw contrasts on the big issues of the day like health care and on energy. Gov. Romney has just been dead wrong on those issues for years and years and years,” he added.

Santorum's comment that Obama wants to end freedom came on the same day the president gazed into the authoritarian state of North Korea from the demilitarized zone.


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