(CNN) - Mitt Romney's speech to a gathering of social conservatives on Saturday was tailored to major issues discussed at the conference - family and freedom - but he found his applause lines when he hit President Barack Obama's handling and remarks on the economy.
"The president the other day in a speech said that he wants to make sure every American has a fair shot, and somehow he was suggesting that that's not something I want to do, or the Republicans want to do. Of course we want to see every American have a fair shot, I agree with him about that," Romney said.
Washington (CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave a signal to social conservatives on Saturday: Mitt Romney's "message is sound. It's solid."
"He hit the points," Santorum said of his one-time rival while at the annual Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, D.C. "I've talked to Governor Romney, and I have no doubt - and I mean this in all sincerity - I have no doubt he understands the centrality of family. He understands the importance of family for our culture, for our economy, and for our future."