Santorum fundraising push blasts GOP establishment

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“Make no mistake, I can win this primary and then take the fight to Barack Obama,” Santorum said in a fundraising letter from his campaign. “But I cannot do it without you. New Hampshire’s primary is in six days. A week after that is South Carolina. I have to raise $2 million in the next four days to be competitive.”



On Thursday, Santorum told Fox News that his campaign had raised $2 million in the previous 48 hours.



The former Pennsylvania senator is looking to build on his surprising surge into the top tier of candidates following the Iowa caucuses by appealing to Tea Party supporters who are suspicious of the GOP establishment.



“Rick Santorum cannot win. Mitt Romney cannot lose,” Santorum wrote. “That’s what the GOP establishment wants you to think anyway. I’m here to tell them something different.”


“The media elites and the Establishment said we couldn't succeed in Iowa — right up until we did. Now that Iowa is over, they’re quick to explain why winning in Iowa doesn’t matter. They want you to think Mitt Romney cannot possibly be defeated. Well, guess what? The GOP establishment does not get to decide who our nominee is. The liberal media does not get to decide who our nominee is. You do.”



Santorum also echoed a frequent criticism of Romney, framing his GOP rival as a flip-flopper who is uncommitted to the conservative cause.



“The only way Republicans lose is if we screw this up and nominate another moderate who has taken multiple positions on every major issue of our time,” he wrote. “I firmly believe we are going to elect a Republican president in 2012. So let’s elect a conservative
 Republican, shall we?”



The Santorum campaign is reportedly planning a major ad buy in South Carolina ahead of that state’s Jan. 21 primary.