Santorum Sees a Romney, Paul Conspiracy

Claims the two opponents are teaming up to criticize him.

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is charging that rivals Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are teaming up against him. An increasingly frustrated Santorum argues that Paul has attacked him in recent debates and in TV ads but has been reluctant to criticize Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

Campaigning in Michigan over the weekend, Santorum was asked by a voter about "what's going on with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney," prompting the former senator from Pennsylvania to reply, "It's pretty remarkable in 20 debates that Ron Paul has never attacked Mitt Romney" but Paul has regularly taken aim at Santorum. Paul, a congressman from Texas, is again criticizing Santorum with ads in Michigan, which holds a key primary tomorrow. Paul brands the former senator "a fake" and not a true conservative.

"Why is he being the wingman for Mitt Romney throughout the course of this campaign?" Santorum said.

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Santorum suggested that Paul is playing tag-team with Romney so that his son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, will be named Romney's vice presidential running mate.

Paul, asked if there is coordination between his campaign and Romney's, said "Absolutely not." Paul's advisers say Santorum is whining because his campaign is in trouble.

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