Santorum: "Mitt Romney is in bed with Barack Obama" on tax deductions for charitable giving

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, makes a point as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens during a Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum, left, makes a point as Mitt Romney listens during a GOP presidential debate, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
During an appearance on Glenn Beck's radio program this morning, Rick Santorum slammed Mitt Romney's tax plan, comparing it to President Obama's plan and charging that "Mitt Romney is in bed with Barack Obama."

Santorum was pointing to the part of Romney's tax plan that would cut the deductions of charitable donations from the top one percent of the tax bracket. Santorum said "this is Obama's plan," adding that the "plan was to destroy mediating institutions in our society the Churches, the Civic Organizations the Hospitals."

Santorum then compared Romney to the president.

"Mitt Romney is bed with Barack Obama on destroying these vital mediating institutions in our society by starving them of money from the very people that keep these organizations alive and well in our society," Santorum said. "He's hollowing out the public square and allowing the naked individual out there trying to make it on their own to only have the government to look to if there are problems in their lives."

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Santorum also fired at Romney when asked about the former Massachusetts governor's attack during Wednesday night's debate over Santorum's support for former Sen. Arlen Specter in 2004, a Republican then who later switched parties in 2009.

"The person who attacked me on this was Mitt Romney, who supported liberal activist judges on the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. Not one not two, but about 36 of them," Santorum said. Ffor him to attack me and who supported all these liberal candidates, said he didn't vote for Ronald Reagan. You go on down the list."

Glenn Beck interrupted him there and asked: "Hold on, did Romney actually not vote for Reagan?"

Santorum replied: "He said he didn't like Ronald Reagan. He wasn't a Reagan supporter."

During Wednesday's debate, Romney also went after Santorum's decision to support No Child Left Behind as senator. Santorum responded to that as well in the interview today. "I can't imagine how you can run a campaign when you're out there attacking me on votes like NCLB which he supported and by the way continues to support today as good federal policy," he said.

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