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Santorum Says He’s Open to Being Romney’s VP

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite the criticisms emanating from the two campaigns, Rick Santorum said in an interview Monday that he is open to being on the Republican ticket as Mitt Romney’s vice president if he secures the nomination this August.

“Of course. I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can. I'm doing everything I can. I'm out there. In the last 10 months, I've had five days off. Two for Thanksgiving, and three for Christmas. I've been working every single day. My wife and my kids, we're just busting our tail, because we know their future and all of our childrens' future is at stake in this election and I don't want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter, 20 years from now, and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I don’t want to have that conversation,” Santorum said in an interview with CBN’s David Brody.

Asked if he’s keeping his options open, Santorum responded, “I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country.”

While he consistently rails against Romney on the stump, he said he genuinely likes Mitt Romney and respects the dedication and opportunity he can offer the country.

“My conversations with Mitt are cordial. One of the things I've really kept, this is not about personal relationships, it's about differences on policy, differences on vision for the country, and I try to keep it not personal. And, I like Mitt Romney, I think he will make a great contribution to this country, I hope it's at some capacity within my administration in the future, but I have no personal problem with Mitt, and wish him the very best,” he said in the interview.

Santorum told Brody that it is “increasingly likely” the GOP nominating contest will go to the convention.

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