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Update: Santorum Says He Will Support Romney As The Nominee

The Santorum campaign has released a statement, redacting his claims that it would be better for Obama to stay in office than elect a “etch-a-sketch” candidate like Mitt Romney.

This comes from Hot Air via the Santorum campaign:

“I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican and to suggest otherwise is preposterous. This is just another attempt by the Romney Campaign to distort and distract the media and voters from the unshakeable fact that many of Romney’s policies mirror Barack Obama’s. I was simply making the point that there is a huge enthusiasm gap around Mitt Romney and it’s easy to see why – Romney has sided with Obama on healthcare mandates, cap-and-trade, and the Wall Street bailouts. Voters have to be excited enough to actually go vote, and my campaign’s movement to restore freedom is exciting this nation. If this election is about Obama versus the Obama-Lite candidate, we have a tough time rallying this nation. It’s time for bold vision, bold reforms and bold contrasts. This election is about more than Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum – this campaign is about freedom and I will fight to restore your freedoms.”

As I said yesterday, for Rick Santorum to say, “We might as well stay with what we have,” that’s absolutely detestable. If you think the first term of Barack Obama was radical or insane, you have no idea what is going to happen in his potential second term. Barack Obama is facing reelection right now and he hasn’t acted as liberal as he plans too in his second. That potential second term is when the true ‘fundamental transformation’ of America will come. If the Supreme Court doesn’t strike down ObamaCare this June and if Obama is reelected, it will never be taken out. At least not for a good four to six years. At that point, the individual mandate will have kicked in and we will truly be living in a socialist Ameritopia.

I’m glad Santorum redacted his claim, however I don’t know that it will help all that much.