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Santorum surge forces Romney to shift focus

Rick Santorum’s surge in national polls is prompting Mitt Romney to begin talking more explicitly about his own conservative social views, in an attempt to blunt Santorum’s appeal to the Republican base.

Romney had hoped to stay focused squarely on his economic message and downplay social issues that his advisers believe did not play to his strengths as a onetime businessman, Massachusetts governor, and Winter Olympics chief.

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