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‘We Felt It Coming,’ Santorum Says After Triple Win
By Susan Jones
February 8, 2012   

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gives a thumbs up before speaking during a primary night watch party Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in St. Charles, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) 

( - Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, on the morning after his triple win in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, said he “felt it coming.” 

“The last few weeks, while we weren’t doing particularly well in the polls in Florida and Nevada, we were doing great in getting the kind of support that we needed to keep this campaign going. Our fundraising was maybe our best two weeks, the last two weeks,” Santorum told Fox & Friends on Wednesday. 

“So we felt it -- we felt it coming, we felt people understanding that we have the best record and the best vision to go up against President Obama. We will make him the issue in this race.” 

Santorum indicated that the nasty exchanges between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich may have helped him. 

“[W]e saw the bickering between two candidates who weren’t that different on the issues. Unfortunately, they’re not that different from President Obama on a lot of the issues, and I think people are beginning to realize that now.” 

Santorum said the Americans “are looking for someone who has a positive, uplifting vision for the country.” 

Asked about Romney now going negative  on Santorum -- it’s already happening: The negative mailings and robo-calls already have started, he said. 

“But the bottom line is -- their attacks on me -- Mitt Romney is saying that I’m not a conservative. I mean, that’s just -- that’s almost laughable for a moderate Massachusetts governor who has been for big government programs.” 

Santorum laughed off Romney’s charge that Santorum likes earmarks. Santorum said Romney supported “the biggest earmark in the history of the country” -- the Wall Street bailout. 

“Look we’ve got the best record, and he’s going to just have to live with that record, and we’re going to make it part of this campaign.” 

Santorum also repeated his criticism of the Obama administration’s requirement that Catholic-affiliated institutions offer their employees health plans that include contraceptive coverage. 

“The issues I’ve been stressing are Obama care, the Wall Street bailout and cap and trade -- three issues where Barack Obama and unfortunately, Mitt Romney are right on the same position where they believe in the government managing the energy, manufacturing, health care and financial services sector of the economy -- that’s what got us going across this country, and it’s going to keep us going all the way to the fall.” 

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