CNN | Romney’s RINOs Attack Rick Santorum

A trio of Missouri surrogates for Mitt Romney took aim at Rick Santorum on Tuesday, saying the former Pennsylvania senator has misled voters on his fiscal conservative record.

“He certainly has been outspoken on social issues, and we honor his record in that regard. But when you get outside those issues…his record shows he’s been in the liberal wing of the Republican Party,” former Sen. Jim Talent said on a call with reporters.

Santorum won Missouri’s non-binding primary last week with a whopping 55% of the vote, while Romney came in second place at 25%. But the state’s delegates will not be up for grabs until Missouri holds its caucuses on March 17.

While Romney did not campaign in the Show-Me State prior to the contest last week, Talent said the campaign plans to have a “vigorous operation” in the coming weeks before the caucuses.

Downplaying Santorum’s Missouri win, Talent said Romney’s strategy all along has been to hold off until the caucuses, and said last week’s primary was like “an exhibition game with only one team playing on the field.”

Also on the call was Rep. Billy Long of Missouri and State Auditor Tom Schweich, both of whom praised Romney’s credentials in the private sector and bashed Santorum as a Washington insider who falsely paints himself as a conservative.

 

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