Santorum blasts Romney on healthcare ahead of Ohio vote

By REUTERS
March 3, 2012 22:34

BLUE ASH, Ohio - Republican Rick Santorum lashed out at chief rival Mitt Romney on Saturday as "uniquely unqualified" to challenge US President Barack Obama in November's election and urged Ohio voters to join him in rejecting the party's old-boy establishment.

On a busy day of campaigning ahead of Ohio's vital Republican primary on Tuesday, Santorum portrayed himself as a blue-collar underdog who would remain true to his conservative principles in battling heavy-handed government power.

He said Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, had forfeited his ability to fight Obama's federal healthcare overhaul by backing a similar plan in Massachusetts that included an individual mandate to purchase insurance.


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