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Donald Trump Assails Santorum’s ‘Lobbyist’ Past in Michigan Robo-Call

Bill Clark/Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney’s campaign is hoping that when Donald Trump calls, Michiganders will listen.

Trump has recorded a robo-call, paid for by the Romney campaign, which is highly critical of rival presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“This is Donald Trump and I have to tell you that I’m tired of Rick Santorum pretending that he’s some kind of D.C. outsider,” Trump says on the call.

The Apprentice host dismisses the former Pennsylvania senator as a “career politician” who has, “never had a job in the private sector.”  The real estate mogul accuses Santorum of working as a lobbyist before and after serving in Washington.

“Rick Santorum is completely entrenched in the Washington culture and he has been for decades,” Trump says.

Santorum lobbied for the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s and worked as a consultant to several companies after he lost his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Trump, who endorsed Romney in Las Vegas in early February, has not appeared alongside the candidate since then. However, there are fresh signs that the Romney campaign is making strategic use of their celebrity endorser.

Trump joined Romney in New York City last week to make a round of fundraising and he has been hitting the airwaves for the former Massachusetts governor in Michigan.

On the robo-call, which will begin on Wednesday, Trump calls Romney an “outsider in the race” who “knows how to handle” China and OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).

“He’s a good man, he’s working hard,” Trump says of Romney.  “He will win. You’ve got to give him that chance.”

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