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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate Rick
Santorum is wrapping up his primary campaign in Illinois with a
message that his rival Mitt Romney is no different than President
Barack Obama.
Santorum gave an impassioned speech to a couple of hundred
supporters in Rockford on Monday _ the eve of Illinois’ primary. In
it, he touched on everything from the Declaration of Independence
to World War II to Ronald Reagan.
Santorum contends that Romney gave Obama the blueprint for the
Affordable Care Act when Romney was governor of Massachusetts. And
Santorum calls Romney “uniquely disqualified” to go up against
Obama on the health-care issue _ which will likely be a central
topic in the November election.
Both Santorum and Romney are courting Illinois voters with both
holding several campaign events Monday.