Obama Gets an Unexpected Endorsement — Sort Of

In a dig at Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum says Obama is better than an "Etch A Sketch" president.

Posted: 03/23/2012 10:33 AM EDT
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Rick Santorum has made little effort to hide the contempt he feels for rival Mitt Romney, whom he believes is a faux conservative. But his latest comment may make the Republican party faithful wonder whether the former Pennsylvania senator is experiencing some sort of campaign trail stress disorder.

 

Clearly frustrated that Romney is forging ahead and even getting half-hearted endorsements from establishment figures like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Santorum on Thursday suggested that he’d rather have four more years of President Obama in the White House than an “Etch A Sketch” president.

 

"You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there," Santorum said. “If they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future."

 

Santorum was referring to a remark made by Romney campaign communications director Eric Fehrnstrom, who inexplicably said in a televised interview this week that once Romney wins the nomination he can pivot from far right to center, “almost like an Etch A Sketch, you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

 

The remark confirmed what many conservatives have suspected all along about whether Romney is the conservative he claims to be or just saying what he thinks the base wants to hear to achieve a goal. It also was a gift to Democrats that will keep on giving as the general election heats up in the months to come.

 

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