Mitt Romney not conservative 'at the core,' Rick Santorum claims

Seizing an opportunity to instill doubts about Mitt Romney's conservative credentials, Rick Santorum on Thursday said his presidential rival's gut reaction to a Senate measure that would have repealed mandatory health coverage for contraceptives shows the former Massachusetts governor is not conservative "at the core."
Romney opened himself to criticism the day before by telling a reporter that he opposed a Republican bill to block President Barack Obama's policy on contraceptive insurance coverage. Hours later, Romney reversed himself and said he had misunderstood the question, says

Mike Cox, a member of the credentials committee, said the 4-2 vote late Wednesday night to award both at-large delegates to Romney was "absolutely wrong." The former state attorney general said he believed the Republican National Committee will overturn the decision.
"We sent a written memorandum to all of the campaigns and the RNC over a week ago saying how we would divide up the at-large delegates," Cox said Thursday. "The day after the election, we changed the rules. It's like we're in Zimbabwe or the old Soviet Union", informs The Detroit News.

Romney already has spent $1.2 million on ads in Ohio, while Restore Our Future, a super PAC that supports his candidacy, has dropped upward of $1.8 million. That sort of spending, which dwarfs all other candidates, is a testament to how important the state is to Romney. Still, the RealClearPolitics polling average in Ohio shows Santorum ahead of Romney by 34 percent to 26 percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 18 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent. For Romney and Santorum, an Ohio victory could make up for losing in a lot of other places. As a result, they will spend the bulk of their time and money there before Tuesday, according to The Seattle Times.


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