Santorum calls himself 'the most electable conservative' in the presidential race

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) called himself “the most electable conservative” candidate in the Republican presidential race.  

“I have the most consistent conservative record on whatever issue it is,” Santorum said on CNN Tuesday. His record on moral, cultural, economic and national security issues makes him “the strongest conservative candidate,” he said.

Comparing himself to the rest of the 2012 GOP field, Santorum was confident the other candidates can’t compete with his conservatism: “Neither [Mitt] Romney or [Herman] Cain is conservative as I am.”  

On the issue of religion, Santorum was asked whether he considered Mitt Romney to be a Christian. Santorum quickly answered, “yeah,” and continued to explain “every Mormon I know, with the exception of [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.], is a good solid conservative.”  

Former Massachusetts’s Gov. Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion was recently called a “cult” by a pastor who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign. Since the episode, the candidates in the Republican field have weighed in on religion in the presidential race.

Santorum concluded that Romney’s faith “is not a disqualifier” for him in the GOP race.