Santorum accuses reporters of liking 'socialism'
© Greg Nash

Rick Santorum on Monday accused members of the media of favoring socialism as the GOP presidential candidate criticized coverage of his campaign. 

Santorum, who has been vying for more coverage, posted a lengthy note to Facebook in which he singled out USA Today and called on supporters to help "shove it" to media outlets.

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"They want to hand this election to Hillary Clinton or even Bernie Sanders. They like socialism because it might prop up their failing media companies," Santorum wrote.

"They think it’s their job to anoint who they think should be the Republican nominee. Seriously?" Santorum wrote. "Give me a break!"

"We’ve pushed on and fought tooth and nail for coverage, but yesterday USA Today put the final straw on this camel’s back," Santorum wrote. "We’re fighting back!"

The newspaper published an interview with the candidate on Sunday, a week before the Iowa caucuses, under the headline, "Santorum acknowledges end might be near."

The article notes that Santorum, who won the caucuses in 2012, currently ranks last among 11 candidates in the state, with 1.2 percent support in the RealClearPolitics polling average.

The newspaper quotes Santorum as saying that "if the people of Iowa put their faith in me, we're going to continue on." But if he doesn't finish ahead of those in single digits, Santorum added, "You reach a point when you realize that you aren't going to accomplish what you're going to accomplish and you have to look out for the greater good."

Santorum insisted Monday that that his campaign is "going to blow their expectations out of the water."