GOP Debate: Santorum seeks win in Arizona

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

PHOENIX --On the eve of the Republican Presidential debate in Mesa former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum made two appearances in the Phoenix area, telling supporters he believes he can win in Arizona.

"We're not here just to debate, but to win in Arizona next Tuesday," he told a crowd of about 200 at an evening rally in Phoenix.

Earlier in the day he was the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Day Luncheon held by the Maricopa County Republican Committee.

A poll conducted by ORC International and released by CNN on Tuedsay shows Santorum closing in on former front runner Mitt Romney in Arizona.

The poll found 36 percent of Arizona voters say they will vote for Romney with Santorum right behind at 32 percent.

Newt Gingrich came in third place with 18 percent of voters polled supporting him, and six percent supporting Ron Paul.

Santorum spoke for about an hour on Tuesday evening at the Shrine Auditorium in Phoenix, and took pre-selected audience questions at the end of his remarks.

In response to a question about his electability Santorum said, "If you want to talk about who's most electable let's talk about who has been elected."

He went on to tout his record of winning four of five elections and accused Romney of running "as a liberal, a moderate, and now a conservative."

Also on Tuesday, audio of a 2008 speech surfaced in which Santorum talked about a spiritual war being waged against America, in which he said, "Satan has his sights set on the U.S."

Santorum did not address the controversy surround the remarks during his speech but told CNN afterwards: "I’m a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. If somehow or another because you’re a person of faith and you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we’re going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president."

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