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Santorum super-PAC airs ad in Illinois attacking Romney on healthcare, economy

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“This has now become a two-person race, and this new ad in Illinois demonstrates the difference between Mitt Romney — a supporter of bailouts and government spending sprees — and Rick Santorum, who is a conservative who wants to cut spending and create jobs, Red, White, and Blue Fund adviser Stuart Roy said in a news release. 

Healthcare and economic policies have been the primary topics of attack on Romney for Santorum and his supporters, who have worked to portray Romney as well to the left of the former Pennsylvania senator. 

The ad comes just after Santorum won two primary contests in Mississippi and Alabama — states Newt Gingrich was hoping to dominate. Red, White, and Blue Fund has been directly calling on Gingrich to drop out of the race and endorse Santorum. Santorums campaign has not directly called on Gingrich to drop out, but officials with the campaign have said Santorum would benefit from Gingrich and his supporters backing Santorum. 

The ad will be in full rotation by Friday evening, and the super-PAC is considering spending additional money on airing it.

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