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Romney Looks For Votes, Santorum For Money

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - With polls showing Rick Santorum leading the Republican presidential field in several states, the former Pennsylvania senator has been getting some pointed criticism from his rivals for the GOP nomination.

At a debate Wednesday night in Mesa, Arizona -- the 20th of the primary season so far -- Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul repeatedly challenged Santorum's Senate record on spending, earmarks for home-state projects and the No Child Left Behind education law. Paul went the furthest of the three, calling Santorum a "fake" conservative.

Santorum maintained that he made distinctions between "good earmarks and bad earmarks," supporting only those that funded defense and other needed projects.

Santorum's rise has left Paul and Gingrich on the outside looking for a way in.

Paul has yet to win any primaries or caucuses, but he's airing an ad in Michigan that challenges Santorum's claim of taking a conservative line against federal spending.

Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman, is pinning his hopes for a comeback on his home state on March 6.

Arizona and Michigan are next on the calendar, with primaries scheduled for Tuesday.

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