A tired and hoarse candidate made what could be his final significant appeal in in the contest as Super Tuesday loomed.
WESTERVILLE, OHIO -- It was a slightly tired-looking and sounding Rick Santorum who greeted supporters at an American Legion post in Westerville, on Columbus' north side Monday afternoon. His voice a bit hoarse, Santorum began by setting the stakes for Ohio's role on Super Tuesday, "It's always make or break here."
Polling has shown Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of Santorum in Ohio among GOP primary voters and a loss here could mean the end of the road for Santorum, whose long-short presidential bid has gone further than he may have dared to dream, but is now foundering from a lack of resources. Romney has spent $12 million on negative TV ads in Ohio, compared to Santorum's less than $1 million, the candidate said.
His hour long remarks, delivered without notes, touched on Ohio's economic problems and loss of manufacturing jobs, as well as Santorum's working-class ancestors, like his coal-mining grandfather. But it was his attacks on President Barack Obama and Obama-style socialism, "thousands of new regulations...that are crushing American business", and his claim that under Obama government is trying to take over every aspect of American life, that drew standing ovations from the conservative crowd.