Washington (CNN) - As voters headed to the polls in Michigan on Tuesday, Rick Santorum defended a robo call his campaign used in the state urging Democrats to support its candidate as a vote against Mitt Romney.
But just a few weeks ago on a tele-town hall with Minnesota voters, Santorum decried the mere idea of open elections as polluting the entire primary process.
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Oklahoma City (CNN) - Following an energetic rally here on Thursday, Rick Santorum pushed back against a recent spate of criticisms from GOP rival Mitt Romney.
"Governor Romney's campaign has been about serially tearing down but not offering any kind of vision about what he wants to do for this country," Santorum told reporters.
Oklahoma City (CNN) - Speaking in one of the top energy-producing states in the country, Rick Santorum tailored his stump speech here on Thursday to appeal to a raucous crowd of domestic energy-loving Okies.
Reaffirming his support for domestic natural gas production using hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), Santorum called those who oppose the process purveyors of a "reign of environmental terror."
Plano, Texas (CNN) – With the wind at his back after big wins in Tuesday’s primaries, Rick Santorum held a raucous rally in Plano on Wednesday night, painting a gloomy picture of America if President Barack Obama’s “radical, statist policies” continued for four more years.
“Barack Obama has systematically, in every single way, tried to destroy the very foundational elements of our country,” Santorum said.
McKinney, Texas (CNN) - The day after winning a three state primary sweep, Rick Santorum largely avoided politics during a visit to the Bella Donna Chapel and instead talked candidly about his faith before a crowd of more than one hundred local pastors.
Due to several last-minute TV interviews added to his schedule on Wednesday morning, Santorum arrived at the chapel nearly an hour late, which shrunk the amount of time his campaign set aside for midday fundraisers in this wealthy, predominantly Republican state. The delay forced him to rush out after his address, skipping a planned visit with several hundred supporters who had gathered outside the chapel, unable to get in to the invite-only event.
Lee's Summit, Missouri (CNN) - Rick Santorum started off describing the fifth straight monthly decrease in the nation's unemployment rate as encouraging – followed by the obligatory reference to Obama's "horrible policies."
But by the end of the day Friday, Santorum had found a way to turn the nation's improving jobs climate into a reason not to vote for one of his Republican rivals
Fulton, Missouri (CNN) – The Republican Party of Indiana announced Friday that just three of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates had filed enough signatures to qualify for a place on the state's primary ballot. Forty-three delegates will be up for grabs in Indiana at the state's primary on May 8.
Mitt Romney will officially be on the ballot. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul both submitted enough signatures but must get those signatures certified by the state's secretary of state by February 10. The state party deemed however that Rick Santorum's submission had fallen short.
Hannibal, Missouri (CNN) - Rick Santorum spent the day before Nevada's caucuses visiting Mark Twain's home town in Missouri. And he explained his rationale for focusing on the Show Me State whose presidential preference primary on Tuesday carries with it no binding delegates.
"People say the election Tuesday is just a beauty contest, a preference poll, and I say, 'you know what, there are a lot of folks who are looking at these polls across the country and making decisions across the country and deciding who they're going to vote for," Santorum said, arguing that a win on Tuesday could make him more appealing to undecided voters across the country. "This is a critical state. This is a must win state for a Republican if we're going to win the presidency."
Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) -– Often seen as the candidate best-equipped to appeal to social conservatives, Rick Santorum tried to capitalize on that reputation by welcoming special guest James Dobson on stage with him Wednesday night for a one-on-one conversation.
After delivering a pointed version of his stump speech before a crowd of more than 1,200 people at Mr. Biggs Family Funhouse here, Santorum introduced Dobson, founder of the conservative group Focus on the Family.
Woodland Park, Colorado (CNN) – In what his campaign billed as a "major speech on health care," Rick Santorum found himself Wednesday defending a profit-driven health care system to a woman who said her son requires expensive medication to stay alive.
The former Pennsylvania senator also detailed the deficiencies he sees in his rivals' health insurance records.