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    Santorum: Mitt Earmarks, Too!

    FLORENCE, SC - JANUARY 15:  Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a "Faith, Family and Freedom" town hall meeting at Percy and Willies restaurant on January 15, 2012 in Florence, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21 to vote in the primary election to pick their choice for U.S. presidential candidate.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    It’s getting ugly in Ohio. In a speech to a Tea Party crowd Saturday, Rick Santorum shot back at accusations that he's big on earmarks (provisions in legislation to set aside a portion of money for a specific project), by saying that Mitt Romney is a hypocrite who also requested millions in earmarks as governor. Santorum slickly pointed out that Romney’s heroic tale of bailing out the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games was a story of how Romney asked Congress for millions in an earmark. Romney’s camp returned fire, saying that there’s a difference between “seeking money for post-9/11 security at the Olympics and seeking earmarks for polar-bear exhibits at the Pittsburgh Zoo.” When zoo animals enter the conversation, you know it’s serious.

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