Santorum outlines Romney attack strategy

Rick Santorum outlined his plan for attacking Mitt Romney on Wednesday, vowing to hit the former Massachusetts governor on some of his most vulnerable issues — healthcare and the economy.

Speaking on Sean Hannity's radio show, Santorum said he planned to criticize Romney for the healthcare law he signed as governor as well as Romney's economic proposals and his positions on cap and trade.

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"I will contrast it with Mitt Romney and his support of RomneyCare and top-down government-run healthcare," Santorum said.

Romney has had to defend his signing of the Massachusetts law, which contains an individual mandate provision similar to President Obama's healthcare reform law. That provision infuriates conservatives. Romney has vowed to repeal Obama's law and said the Massachusetts law was appropriate for the state — not nationally.

Santorum added that he planned to tout his economic plan while campaigning in New Hampshire, the next state to hold a voting contest in the GOP presidential election.

"I'm going to talk about my economic plan," Santorum said. "My economic plan is much bolder than Romney's."

Romney has made his business experience one of the central themes of his campaign, as voters say the economy is one of their top issues. Obama's reelection team has also targeted Romney's economic plan.

Santorum revealed his plans coming off a surprise showing in Iowa, where he and Romney were in a virtual tie for first, with Romney ahead by a mere 8 votes.

The former Pennsylvania senator was also on the defense in his interview with Hannity.

He defended his record on earmarks, noting Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had also previously backed them.

Santorum's prior support for earmarks has been one of the topics his opponents have used to attack him. Rick Perry released a Web ad shortly before the Iowa caucuses calling Santorum a "porker's best friend."