Romney money targeted anew by Gingrich, Santorum

(CBS News) -- The Republican presidential candidates will be scattered around the country Thursday, stumping for votes.

The Illinois primary on Tuesday shapes up as the next key contest for the GOP hopefuls.

A day after his big wins in Alabama and Mississippi, Rick Santorum headed even farther south, to Puerto Rico, which votes over the weekend.

And he took on rival Mitt Romney head-on.

Santorum had one word for his sweep of the deep South: stunning.

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"No one really gave us a chance to win one, much less two, given the enormous amount of spending that was lodged against us," he said.

Campaigning as the underdog fighter taking on the Romney machine, Santorum said he won by connecting with voters in a way Romney can't.

"America's ready for someone who's telling them the truth and is going to go out there and try to get this country back to believing in itself instead of big government in Washington, D.C." Santorum declared, "and (former Massachusetts) Gov. Romney certainly just isn't the right guy to get that done. We are."

Despite Santorum's two wins Tuesday, Romney holds a solid lead in delegates, with an estimated 471. Santorum has 218, followed by Gingrich with 119 and Ron Paul with 42.

But Romney has struggled to excite conservatives, and continues to face complaints that he doesn't connect with real people.

In an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Romney said, "Guess what? I've made a lot of money. I've been very successful. I'm not going to apologize for that. ... In this country, we want someone who can help other people become successful. This is a nation which is not going to choose our president based on these little innuendos and personal attacks."

But the attacks on Romney -- and his money -- are coming from all sides, and especially from Newt Gingrich, who's vowing to stay in the race, if only to keep Romney from getting enough delegates to win.

"I understand he's going back for two more days of fundraising on Wall Street, which is in part at least a sign that Santorum and I have drained most of his current treasury," Gingrich asserted. "But he can raise money from billionaires. We raise money from middle class people."

Fundraisers in New York City and Connecticut Wednesday and Thursday were expected to get Romney about $2 million. So, while he's leading in the delegate count, he's also leading in the money race.

To see Jan Crawford's report, click on the video in the player above.

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    Jan Crawford is CBS News Chief Political and Legal Correspondent. She is from "Crossroads," Alabama.

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