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Daily Santorum: The old playbook

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Maybe it's appropriate for the fight over Michigan and Ohio, because Rick Santorum is going back to his old playbook and going all Woody Hayes on us, just pounding Mitt Romney and Obama on cultural issues. Fellow Catholic JFK's big speech on the separation of church and state made him want to "throw up." Obama is "a snob" for wanting people to go to college. (Yay, PSU!!)

The school line is part of Santorum's manufacturing pitch and got laughs and applause (see above) at an Americans For Prosperity rally in Troy, Mich. And it was matched with some stuff about Obama and other liberal professors trying to remake children in their image -- which is consistent with his stuff about public schools being "factories."

Maybe it'll pay off for him. It's neck-and-neck in Romney's home state, with four new polls showing Michigan split between the two men, and neither leading by more than four points. Even if Santorum doesn't win, his lead consultant John Brabender argues to CNN that his performance is already a victory:

"We have already won," Santorum adviser John Brabender told CNN. "No matter what the results are, we've won. This is Romney's home state."

. . . "The Romney campaign is spending a fortune they never expected to spend in Michigan, and every dollar they spend in Michigan is a dollar they don't have on Super Tuesday," he said.

Don't tell the GOP governors who'll have to carry the Santorum banner should he prevail. None of them have endorsed the former Pa senators while others (such as Arizona's finger-wagging Jan Brewer) have started lining up for Romney. The reason, writes Ben Smith at Buzzfeed, is the social stuff doesn't work as well on the state level, especially out West:

The governors apprehension also reflects a shift in recent years away from using battles over marriage and family as local political wedges, and the rise — particularly in the West — of a libertarian conservatism that sees little benefit even in conservative Washington initiatives like the Federal Marriage amendment.

“We don’t believe that the federal government has the right to legislate conscience, and all of those issues that are being talked about is the legislation of conscience,” Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who has endorsed Romney, told BuzzFeed when asked about Santorum’s views.

He's still pressing his economic message (with an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal), and as of now is maintaining a 7-point lead in Ohio, according to Quinnipiac.

Public schedule for today/tomorrow after the jump:

Monday, February 27:
6:37am ET: Senator Santorum will appear with Gary Allen and Steve Kelly on 1300AM in Grand Rapids, MI.

6:50am ET: Senator Santorum will appear with Paul Smith on 760AM WJR in Detroit, MI.

7:10am ET: Senator Santorum will appear on "FOX & Friends" on FOX News.

7:30am ET: Senator Santorum will appear on Newsradio 950AM in Detroit, MI.

8:30am ET: Senator Santorum will appear on the nationally syndicated America's Morning News.

9:00am ET: Senator Santorum will address the Livonia/Farmington Chamber of Commerce Breakfast in Livonia, MI.

Location:
St. Mary's Cultural & Banquet Center
18100 Merriman Road
Livonia, MI

3:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will hold a "Rally for Rick" in Lansing, MI.

Location:
Lexington Lansing Hotel
Ballrooms A&B
925 South Creyts Road
Lansing, MI

5:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will appear with Paul Edwards of 1500AM in Detroit, MI.

6:04pm ET: Senator Santorum will appear with Charlie Langton and Stu Sandler on 1270AM in Detroit, MI.

7:30pm ET: Senator Santorum will hold a "Rally for Rick" in Kalamazoo, MI.

Location:
Heritage Christian Academy
6212 Quail Run Drive
Kalamazoo, MI

9:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will appear on "Hannity" on FOX News.

Senator Santorum will also pre-tape interviews with the nationally syndicated Sean Hannity Radio Show, Frank Beckmann of 760AM WJR in Detroit and Michael Cohen of 1320AM in Lansing, MI - to air during their regularly scheduled broadcast. Exact air times on Monday to be determined.

Tuesday, February 28:
8:00am ET: Senator Santorum will be appearing at various poll locations near Grand Rapids, MI. Locations will be announced on Monday.

9:30am ET: Senator Santorum will appear on the nationally syndicated "Laura Ingraham Show"

11:30am ET: Senator Santorum will hold a "Rally for Rick" in Perrysburg, OH.

Location:
Holiday Inn French Quarter
10630 Fremont Pike
Perrysburg, OH

8:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will hold his Michigan Election Night Party in Grand Rapids, MI.

Location:
Amway Grand Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue, NW
Grand Rapids, MI

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