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Santorum, Romney feud on economy

LIVONIA, Mich. — On the eve of a Michigan showdown, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum swapped insults Monday in a struggle for the Republican presidential nomination.

On this day, the subject was their competing plans for the economy.

"Senator Santorum is a nice guy, but he's never had a job in the private sector," Romney said as he and his closest rival charged across the state in a final day of pre-primary campaigning.

Santorum said Romney's tax cut plans mirror the rhetoric of Occupy Wall Street and include "just more Obama-style class warfare."

Polls showed a close race in Michigan, where Romney was born and won a primary in his first bid for the White House four years ago. No matter the winner, the two men stand to split the 30 delegates at stake.

By contrast, Romney is favored to capture Arizona and all 29 delegates in the night's other primary.

Neither of the other two contenders, Newt Gingrich nor Ron Paul, has made much of an effort in either Michigan or Arizona.

But Gingrich, the former House speaker, said Santorum could face a far different race if he loses to Romney in Michigan.

"He's had two weeks of being the alternative (to Romney). The fact is, I think there are profound reasons that Rick lost the Senate race by the largest margin in Pennsylvania history in 2006, and I think it's very hard for him to carry that all the way to the general," Gingrich said, eager for a comeback of his own.

Santorum, Romney feud on economy 02/27/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 27, 2012 10:57pm]

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