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Santorum adviser calls Mitt Romney 'Barack Obama lite'

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"The belief among conservatives is we're not going to beat Barack Obama by just putting up Barack Obama lite," Brabender said on CNN Wednesday morning. "And so there is a real path that says if conservatives and Tea Party supporters decide that we are now going to unite behind one candidate, not only will he be the nominee, but I strongly believe will beat Barack Obama."

Santorum swept the Deep South states Tuesday night, dealing a blow to Romney, who came in third, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (Ga.).

Brabender was quick to attack Romney's idea that the Santorum campaign was "desperate," going after the governor's vicious super-PAC ads, and questioned Romney's values, citing his infamous dog-on-car family road trip.

"You're talking about the guy whose super-PAC already spent $40 million brutally attacking the other candidates," Brabender said. "And frankly I'm not going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his own dog on the top of the roof of his car and went hurtling down the highway."

The wins also helped fuel Santorum's push for a two-man race between himself and the former governor of Massachusetts. With 76 percent of precincts reporting in Alabama, Santorum had 35 percent to Gingrich's 30 percent. Romney had 28 percent and Ron Paul trailed with 5 percent.

In Mississippi, with 92 percent of the precincts reporting, Santorum had 33 percent to Gingrich's 31 percent. Romney had 30 percent, and Paul had 4 percent.

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