Santorum hits Obama on economy, says Romney 'tinkering at the margins'

In a new op-ed, Rick Santorum touted his economic proposals while arguing Mitt Romney's tax reform plan is too similar to President Obama's.

In The Wall Street Journal piece, published Monday, Santorum blames Obama's policies for a high poverty rate and writes that America needs proposals that aren't "tinkering at the margins."

"Millions seek jobs and others have given up," the former Pennsylvania senator writes. "Meanwhile, my opponent in the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney, had a last-minute conversion. Attempting to distract from his record of tax and fee increases as governor of Massachusetts, poor job creation and aggressive pursuit of earmarks, he now says he wants to follow my lead and lower individual as well as corporate marginal tax rates."

Both Santorum and Romney propose reducing the corporate tax rate to 28 percent, and Romney's plan cuts the bottom tax rate from 10 percent to 8, while Santorum's plan installs a new 10 percent tax bracket. 

After Romney introduced his plan a week ago, Santorum suggested that Romney was merely following his lead. In the op-ed, Santorum doubles down on that argument.

"It's a good start," Santorum writes. "But it doesn't go nearly far enough. He says his proposed tax cuts would be revenue-neutral and, borrowing the language of Occupy Wall Street, promises the top 1 percent will pay for the cuts. No pro-growth tax policy there, just more Obama-style class warfare."

Santorum goes on to lay out the economic policies he would institute in his first hundred days in office. He proposes approving the Keystone Pipeline project, repealing an Environmental Protection Agency rule on carbon emissions, cutting the corporate tax rate in half, repealing the Obama administration's healthcare reform law and introducing $5 trillion in federal spending cuts over five years.

The op-ed comes just a day ahead of the Michigan primary. Recent polls have found Santorum and Romney in a tight race in the state. On Friday, two new polls found Romney moving ahead of Santorum in Michigan. One poll, from Mitchell Research-Rosetta Stone, found Romney with 36 percent support against Santorum's 33. Another poll, from the conservative Rasmussen Polling, found Romney leading the field with 40 percent, with Santorum in second with 34 percent.

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