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Santorum visits Ga. ahead of Super Tuesday vote

Presidential hopeful, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum  gestures  as he speaks during a rally in Dalton, Ga., Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Presidential hopeful, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gestures as he speaks during a rally in Dalton, Ga., Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Presidential hopeful, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum greets voters after speaking at a rally in Dalton, Ga., Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

DALTON (AP) -- Republican Rick Santorum said he believes the presidential primary will be a two-man race and criticized former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for supporting a health care mandate.

The former Pennsylvania senator held a rally Thursday in Dalton ahead of Georgia's Super Tuesday primary next week. He's scheduled to appear later Thursday in the Atlanta area.

Santorum called himself a "principled" conservative. He criticized Romney for supporting a law while he was governor that requires Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance or face financial penalties. He said Romney's position on health care is unlikely to rally the Republican base.

Santorum also called for cutting taxes for manufacturing firms that reinvest in American factories. Dalton, a city in northwest Georgia, suffers from high unemployment because of its ailing manufacturing sector.

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tc297 2 years, 6 months ago

Santorum's votes do not support his campaign rhetoric. He is plain and simple a big spending, establishment, Washington insider. While he was in congress his voting record shows he voted to raise the debt ceiling five times and voted for numerous "pork barrel" projects. He supported polices that started the shift from a budget surplus to the beginning of the deficit we have now. In addition he voted for trillions of dollars in tax cuts. His voting record also indicates that he voted against reinstating " pay as you go" rules that could have offset these expeditures with spending cuts.

Santorum also Voted for:

Medicare Part D "the bridge to nowhere" taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts. not cutting the budget for National Endowment for the Arts by 10% the sale of supercomputers to China Federal bureaucrats to get the same payraises as uniformed military for increasing the minimum wage six times making it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device Congressional payraises allowing illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens giving SSI benefits to legal aliens giving welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors increasing taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund increasing taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans Look up Santorum's voting record and decide for yourself. I don't know about you but I am tired of of big spending, establishment Washington insiders in the guise of " a conservative" running this country.

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