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Santorum raising money off Romney bet

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Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign blasted out a fundraising email Monday that assures potential donors that the former Pennsylvania senator “isn’t liberal with his money like Mitt Romney.”

“Mitt Romney is a multimillionaire former venture capitalist, so we understand that $10,000 might not be a lot of money to him. But it is to us and we are sure it is to most of you,” Mike Biundo, Santorum campaign manager, said in the fundraising email.

Mr. Biundo was alluding to the $10,000 bet that Mr. Romney offered Rick Perry in Saturday’s debate, challenging the Texas governor’s claim that he advocated for a federal health care plan in an early edition of his book, “No Apology.”

“That’s why we are betting on our grassroots supporters to help us raise $10,000 today,” the email said. “We are confident we will win that bet if you donate just $10 to our campaign right now … Rick Santorum is earning every vote he gets in Iowa, not with slick ads and evolving positions but with conservative consistency and good old fashioned hard-work.”

Mr. Santorum has struggled to gain ground in the GOP presidential race. A realclearpolitics.com average of presidential polls in Iowa show him running in seventh place, just ahed of Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor who’s hanging his electoral hopes on New Hampshire.

The Democratic National Committee also used Mr. Romney’s wager in an online ad it released Monday, painting the former Massachusetts governor as “simply out of touch — ten thousands times over” with voters. The one-minute long spot also questions how Mr. Romney can describe the payroll tax cut now being debated in Congress as a “Band Aid” when the DNC says it would result in a $1,500 tax cut for middle-class families.

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