Santorum blasts Gingrich abortion stance as 'inconsistent'

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The pledge asks candidates "to select only pro-life appointees" for judicial and Cabinet appointments, along with promising "to advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions."

All of the Republican candidates, with the exception of Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, have signed the pledge.

Santorum said Gingrich's reconciliation between the pledge and his policy stance was  “inconsistent with mine and inconsistent clearly with most Iowans and, with respect to federal funding, with most Americans.”

Santorum has struggled to gain traction in Iowa, despite running what many would consider a textbook campaign in the state by playing up his conservative credentials and engaging in retail politicking. Still, Santorum only earned 3 percent of the vote in an Insider Advantage poll of the state released Tuesday, trailing Gingrich by 25 percent.

Santorum says he thinks voters will defect to him once learning more about Gingrich.

"I may not be the guy that the girls are initially attracted to when they walk into the dance hall, but ultimately once you get to know all the folks, I'm the one you want to take home to Mom," Santorum said.