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Santorum Hit From All Sides

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, waves to the crowd as he is introduced at the start of a Republican presidential debate among the 2012 candidates Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.

Rick Santorum has been on the defensive a lot tonight. The audience booed him when he spoke about voting in favor of Title X family-planning funding. He backed off a bit when asked about women serving in combat. On the No Child Left Behind Act, Santorum said he supported the law even though it was “against the principles I believed in,” admitting he “made a mistake” and “took one for the team” because it was a policy advocated by George W. Bush.