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Romney-Santorum battle in Michigan tightens

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 02:54

Feb. 27 - A tough fight for Michigan between Romney and Santorum in a primary that may prove pivotal in choosing the Republican presidential nominee. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A tough fight for Michigan in the Republican race for the White House. Michigan born Mitt Romney is in a dead heat with Rick Santorum in a primary that may prove pivotal in choosing a 2012 Republican presidential nominee. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MITT ROMNEY, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "Senator Santorum is a nice guy, but he's never had a job in the private sector. He's worked as a lobbyist, worked as an elected official, and that's fine. But if the issue of the day is the economy, I think to create jobs it helps to have a guy as president who's had a job, and I have." With Michigan voters going to the polls Tuesday, Santorum was also out on the stump. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, RICK SANTORUM, SAYING: "As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited to be here. This was not a place that frankly I thought we were going to be competing at the level we're competing here in the state of Michigan. But we're excited because this is a great place to show the kind of potential that our campaign has by being able to connect and attract the voters that are absolutely essential for us to be able to win this election in the general election. That's the focus." Romney's focus on the economy has been a mixed blessing for his campaign, especially when it comes to the auto bailout. Professor Vincent Hutchings of the University of Michigan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VINCENT HUTCHINGS, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR SAYING: "That's a hard position for Mitt Romney to adopt especially in this part of Michigan because it's such a big part of the history and the economy of this region I think that he or his handlers felt that in order to push the agenda of being critical of the Obama administration, they couldn't very well congratulate for some action that they have taken both for political reasons and for the emphasis the Romney campaign is putting on the free market," Romney won the Republican primary in Michigan 2008. But this time he is having problems closing the deal in a race that has gotten increasingly negative -- especially on the TV airwaves. A recent Santorum ad took aim at the former Massachusetts governor. A Romney victory in Michigan would reignite a campaign staggered by Santorum's rise. But a loss would be humiliating and raise significant questions about his candidacy a week before the biggest one-day prize of the year, March 6 "Super Tuesday" when 10 states hold contests. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.

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Romney-Santorum battle in Michigan tightens

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 02:54