Campaign Headlines March 8, 2012: Santorum argues for two-man race with Romney ahead of Mississippi primary

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Santorum argues for two-man race with Romney

Source: USA Today, 3-8-12

Rick Santorum is making the argument for a two-man race with GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, but he’s not calling on Newt Gingrich to drop out.

In an interview Wednesday night on Fox News, Santorum said Gingrich should “stay in if he wants to stay in.” He called on Mississippi voters to help him narrow the Republican field, during a rally earlier that evening.

“If you deliver a victory for us on Tuesday, you will make this a two-person race,” Santorum said, according to the Associated Press. “And once it’s a two-person race, the conservative will be the nominee. You can change it all, Mississippi.”

Alabama and Mississippi hold primaries on Tuesday. Gingrich yesterday canceled plans to campaign in Kansas, which holds caucuses on Saturday, so he can concentrate on the two Southern states.

A pro-Santorum super PAC — the Red, White and Blue Fund — has called on Gingrich to drop out of the race so conservatives can coalesce behind the former Pennsylvania senator. Gingrich said he has no intention of doing so.

“What I’m saying is that the best chance for us to nominate a conservative is to get in a one-on-one match with Gov. Romney,” Santorum told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. “And we’re going through the process of proving we’re the best conservative, we’re the right person, not only just to beat Gov. Romney but to defeat Barack Obama.”

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