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In Louisiana, Santorum Hits Romney’s Credentials

AFP/Getty Images(SHREVEPORT, La.) -- On the eve of the Louisiana primary, Rick Santorum reserved the majority of his attacks for Mitt Romney, arguing that Romney calculates running as a conservative while Santorum is a true conservative.

“When he was asked the question about this Etch-A-Sketch comment, he said oh no no, I’m planning on running as a conservative. Ladies and gentleman, I am a conservative, I don’t have to plan on running on anything,” Santorum told the crowd at a rally downtown at the Shreveport hotel.

Santorum, who said the election is down to “two on the Republican side and President Obama,” ripped into Romney for switching his positions on English requirements in Puerto Rico for statehood, his support of carbon caps, and allegedly advocating for higher gas prices.

“Governor Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts said that we have to get used to high gas prices and no one wants to go out and produce more gasoline that this is not good for the environment. That’s what Governor Romney believed, now he’s running again as a conservative. And now he’s says I’m not for cap and trade anymore even though he put in carbon caps when he was governor of Massachusetts, advocated for higher gas prices. Now he’s for more drilling. Now he’s for all the things that all those voting in republican primaries want to hear. How many of you believe that’s what he’ll stay with?” Santorum asked as members of the crowd yelled “No!”

Santorum, who is leading Romney in recent polls in the state, linked Romney to Obama based on their health care plans and contended that electing Romney would limit the Republicans’ ability to point out the president’s vulnerability on this issue.

“It the biggest Achilles heel of this president. It the biggest Achilles heel of this president and we take the spear out of the hands of the Republican nominee by by not being able to pinpoint where that problem is and to take President Obama out of the White House,” said Santorum.

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