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Santorum aide: Romney’s money focus ‘deeply offensive’

One of Rick Santorum’s senior strategists lashed out at Mitt Romney’s focus on the air wars Wednesday, arguing that if the race comes down to money and negative ads, the other candidates should throw in the towel.

“There’s something deeply offensive to people that we have what is considered the front-runner for the Republican Party running on the platform of ‘I have more money than you do,’ ” John Brabender, Santorum’s media strategist, said on MSNBC.

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Romney and super-PACs aligned with his campaign are on the air with millions of dollars of ads not only in Michigan, where Santorum and Romney are battling it out ahead of the Feb. 28 primary, but also in other states that will vote on Super Tuesday on March 6.

Short on funds and a national infrastructure, Santorum’s campaign has been struggling to keep up.

“If this race does come down to who can run the most negative ads … and beat them into submission with those negative ads,” Brabender said, “we can stop the campaign now. It’s Mitt Romney."

Brabender said the fact that Santorum is tied with or ahead of Romney in the polls despite the financial disadvantage speaks to the superior strength of Santorum’s message.