Principled stand of Rick Santorum

While the negativity ramps up in South Carolina Rick Santorum takes a different approach.

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

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Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Wednesday hit his Republican rivals for their critiques of frontrunner Mitt Romney​’s record at Bain Capital, calling their criticisms of the former Massachusetts governor an attack on capitalism.

“It’s this hostile rhetoric, which unfortunately – I don’t want to stand here and be a defender of Mitt Romney, but unfortunately even some in our party now, even some running for president will engage in with respect to capitalism,” Santorum said to a town hall of nearly 200 people. “It is bad enough for Barack Obama to blame folks in business for causing problems in this country. It’s one other thing for Republicans to join him.”

While others seeking the GOP nomination see Romney’s time at Bain and recent comments that he enjoys the ability to fire people as an opening for political attacks, the former Pennsylvania senator has not piled on. Even when prodded by reporters to take a shot, Santorum instead has only said he believes in the economic model that allows people to be successful.

Rick Santorum, instead of pandering is holding true to his convictions and beliefs.

Politics can do strange things to people, including stripping them of their intellectual integrity.

But politics can also highlight the opposite, which bring us to Santorum. Whatever faults he may have, he is not one given to pandering. His conservative beliefs, many of which are rooted in his religious convictions, are deep and true.

Can that conviction and refusal to pander win him the Republican nomination is the question.

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