The Washington Times - April 17, 2012, 01:52PM

Rick Santorum pulled the plug on his presidential campaign a week ago, but apparently that was after his campaign sent out another round of fundraising letters warning Iowans that the former Pennsylvania senator was frightened by the prospect of Mitt Romney becoming the party’s nominee.

“There’s still time for conservatives if we act now to win this primary to make sure our party doesn’t nominate a Massachusetts Moderate to run against Obama,” the mailer says, according to the Des Moines Register. “It truly frightens me to think what’ll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee.”

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The newspaper reported that the fundraising letters landed in Iowa mailboxes on Monday. On the campaign trail before leaving the race, Mr. Santorum often warned that Mr. Romney would be a poor standard-bearer to run against Mr. Obama, in part for what Mr. Santorum said were Mr. Romney’s past, more liberal stances on issues such as health care and abortion.

While Mr. Santorum has not endorsed Mr. Romney in this campaign, he did throw his weight behind Mr. Romney in the 2008 GOP primary.

“If you’re a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now,” Mr. Santorum said four years ago. “I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.”