Santorum Suggests He Prefers Second Obama Term to Sketchy Romney

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March 23 2012 2:48 PM

Santorum Suggests He Prefers Second Obama Term to Sketchy Romney

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(Republican presidential candidate, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum speaks to supporters, after losing the Illinois primary to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.)

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There’s a fine line drawn between attacking your Republican competitors and supporting your democratic opponent, but Rick Santorum may be crossing it with his latest comments.

Seizing on the Etch A Sketch gaffe of the Mitt Romney campaign, the Pennsylvania Conservative said at a stop in San Antonio this week that, “we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”

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Santorum’s zinger referenced a misstep by Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom, who suggested the former Massachusetts governor could shift between the nomination battle and the general election as easily as shaking an Etch A Sketch back to a blank screen. The comments have—of course—resulted in Romney’s GOP competitors using the toys for props, along with a jump in stock price for the company that makes them.

But is Santorum, who needs to win big in Louisiana on Saturday and following contests to stay relevant in the GOP race, drawing a picture that helps his cause? You can be sure Obama’s ad campaign writers are sketching out some new scripts.

Video produced by Krishnan Vasuvedan

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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