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Obama campaign weighs Santorum

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 02/17/2012 @ 10:48 am In Front Page,Politics | No Comments

(WALL STREET JOURNAL) — President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has begun discussing whether to attack Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and try to define him for a general-election audience, potentially breaking from its focus on Mitt Romney.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who has gained ground in the GOP race, addresses the Detroit Economic Club Thursday.

Obama campaign aides are stepping up their examination of Mr. Santorum’s record to assess his vulnerabilities and consider how their strategy might change if he becomes the GOP nominee.

For example, the Obama campaign has criticized Mr. Romney for shifting his policy stances and painted him as out of touch with middle-class Americans. That line of attack might not prove as effective against Mr. Santorum, who Obama advisers believe has gained ground in the nominating contest by looking more genuine and empathic to voters than Mr. Romney.


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