Santorum accuses Pawlenty of ‘class warfare,’ ‘prejudice’

In an early 2012 GOP skirmish, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) took a swipe at Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) on Wednesday, accusing him of “class warfare” and “prejudice.”

Santorum, who has been quietly gauging support for a presidential bid, criticized Pawlenty for playing up his working-class roots and contrasting himself with “country club elitists.”

“I’m not a class-warfare guy,” Santorum told National Review's Robert Costa.

He continued:

“That’s the Democrats’ gig. They like to divide and play the class card. We don’t have classes in America — I don’t even like the term ‘middle class.’ People are lower income or middle income, and the dynamism of this country is that you can rise, and sometimes fall, but you are not stuck in classes. We should not get into that kind of rhetoric, or showing some sort of prejudice.”