Santorum Suggests Romney Nomination ‘Will Destroy This Country’

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"Santorum Suggests Romney Nomination ‘Will Destroy This Country’"

During an appearance on Mark Levin’s radio show yesterday, Rick Santorum had harsh words for rival Mitt Romney, telling the radio host that Romney’s policy approach “will destroy this country.”

Santorum made the comment while discussing the health care law Romney signed while governor of Massachusetts, which, Santorum correctly noted, served as a model for the Affordable Care Act. The similarities between the two laws, Santorum contended, would make it so Romney “is not going to be willing to take on Obamacare.” As a result, the former Pennsylvania senator warned, nominating Romney “will destroy this country.”

LEVIN: So the Romney campaign would give opposition research against a candidate to other candidates to use against that candidate? [...]

SANTORUM: Am I going to go after Mitt Romney on Romneycare? You bet I will, because it was the basis for Obamacare. Why? Because it’s top-down, government-run medicine. Does the state of Massachusetts have the right to do it, as you said? Yes they do, states have the right to do that. That doesn’t make it the right thing to do. I’m going to go out and piece by piece talk about how his approach is wrong, how it will destroy this country to have someone up against, who is not going to be willing to take on Obamacare, and has a track record of supporting that kind of statist government.

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Santorum, who is now considered Romney’s strongest challenger for the nomination, is no stranger to apocalyptic rhetoric. Campaigning in Iowa last month, he told a group of workers that America is increasingly “edging our way toward” becoming like fascist Italy and that the Affordable Care Act will be the “final death knell.”

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