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Santorum Suggests Romney May Have Removed Damning USA Today Op-Ed From Paper’s Archives

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During an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show this morning, Rick Santorum suggested that Mitt Romney’s campaign pressured USA Today to remove a now-infamous 2009 op-ed, in which the former governor urged President Obama to “learn” lessons from Massachusetts’ health care reform plan and use “tax penalties” to avoid “free riders” in the system. The article — first uncovered by BuzzFeed — is not on the paper’s website and was only discovered through “the former Governor’s old website via the web archive.” “I don’t know how that happens,” Santorum exclaimed to Ingraham:

SANTORUM: You know, it’s really interesting Laura that the USA Today op-ed was somehow removed from the archives. Now, I don’t know how that happens.

INGRAHAM: What, you think the Romney campaign had it removed? Do you think the Romney campaign had it removed?

SANTORUM: I have no idea, I just found it odd.

INGRAHAM: Why are you raising it then?

SANTORUM: Well, because I found it odd don’t you — that that particular op-ed was removed from the archives. And here is a situation where Gov. Romney is out there trying to make a narrative that doesn’t comport with the facts. [...]

INGRAHAM: Well, I think it’s a little odd too, but stranger things have happened in this campaign.

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