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Santorum won't close door to vice president spot on Romney ticket

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on Monday, Santorum said he would "do whatever is necessary to help our country."

"I mean, look," Santorum said. "I would do in this race — as I always say, this is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can. I'm doing everything I can. I'm out there. In the last 10 months, I've had five days off. Two for Thanksgiving, and three for Christmas."

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Santorum's openness seems at odds with the strong attacks he's lobbed at Romney recently. He's repeatedly said that the passage of the healthcare reform law in Massachusetts during Romney's time as governor makes him an especially weak candidate against President Obama.

Santorum's CBN interview came just a day after a tense encounter with a New York Times reporter in which the former Pennsylvania senator was asked if he could elaborate on why he said Romnney was "the worst Republican in the country to put up against Obama." Santorum accused the reporter of mincing words and said that he was referring to Romney only in the context of healthcare. On Monday, Santorum said he didn't regret disagreeing with the reporter.

"I don't regret it at all. He's the worst candidate to go against Barack Obama on the most important issue of the day," Santorum said Monday. "That's what I said yesterday. That's what I've said in every single speech I've given throughout the course of this campaign."