Santorum to Romney: 'Don't complain if I hit back'

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Polls in both states show an unpredictable race between Romney and Santorum, who have battled it out particularly over Michigan, where Romney is campaigning on his home-state credentials.

Santorum said he’s “hanging tough” in Michigan “despite [Romney’s] huge home-court advantage.”

He insisted Romney has only won states where he already held an advantage, such as Maine and New Hampshire, and has yet to win the states he actually needs to secure the GOP nomination.

“Gov. Romney has no message other than ‘Rick Santorum isn’t conservative,’ yet you watch MSNBC and you hear ‘Rick Santorum is too conservative,’ ” Santorum said.

It’s not the only criticism Santorum has faced in the past few days. He blamed the media for “combing through everything you’ve said in your life,” which brought up a speech more than a year old in which Santorum criticized former President John F. Kennedy for his 1960 speech on the separation of church and state.

“There were some very good, important things that he said in that [speech],” Santorum told Ingraham. “But I think there were some things that triggered the privatization of faith.”