Santorum attacks Romney & President Obama

Santorum attacksWhile campaigning in Ohio on Saturday former Senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum went on the attack on two front questioning President Obama’s Christian values and attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney’s Olympics leadership as he courted tea-party activists and evangelical voters in Ohio, “ground zero” in the 2012 nomination fight.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his socially conservative views, said Obama’s agenda is based on “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” He later suggested that the president practices a different kind of Christianity.

“In the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity,” he said. “If the president says he’s a Christian, he’s a Christian.”

The Obama campaign said the comments represented “the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fuelled by distortions, ugliness, and searing pessimism and negativity.”

Santorum was forced on his heels in recent days after a top supporter suggested that women use aspirin to prevent pregnancy. Foster Friess, the main donor behind Santorum’s “super PAC,” apologized Friday in a blog post.

In Ohio, a Super Tuesday prize, Santorum shifted decidedly to offense before friendly crowds. Trailing Romney in money and campaign resources, he is depending on the tea party movement and religious groups to deliver a victory March 6 in the Midwestern state’s primary.

More delegates will be awarded in Ohio than in any other state except Georgia in the opening months of GOP primaries and caucuses. Ohio and Georgia are two of the 10 votes scheduled for March 6, a benchmark for the primary campaign that often decides who can continue to the next level.

Santorum has surged in recent opinion polls after capturing Republican caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and a nonbinding primary in Missouri on Feb. 7. Several polls have shown him ahead in Romney’s native state of Michigan, where primary voters cast ballots Feb. 28.

Obama’s campaign team has responded by starting to consider the possibility that Santorum rather than Romney could be the Republican nominee. The Chicago-based organization has begun scrutinizing Santorum’s record and asked its Pennsylvania allies to look for information that might be used against Santorum in ads and speeches.

Even as he criticized Obama, Santorum also went after one of Romney’s most promoted achievements – his leadership at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

“One of Mitt Romney’s greatest accomplishments, one of the things he talks about most is how he heroically showed up on the scene and bailed out and resolved the problems of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games,” Santorum said. “He heroically bailed out the Salt Lake City Olympic Games by heroically going to Congress and asking them for tens of millions of dollars to bail out the Salt Lake Games – in an earmark, in an earmark for the Salt Lake Olympic Games.”

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