Romney Says Santorum Trying To “Kidnap” Primary Process

Upset over opponent’s robocalls to Dems.

ROYAL OAK, MI - FEBRUARY 27: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on February 27, 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Michigan residents will go to the polls on February 28 to vote for their choice in the Republican presidential race. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

LIVONIA, Michigan — Speaking to volunteers at his state campaign headquarters here, Mitt Romney slammed Rick Santorum for funding last-minute robo-calls urging Michigan Democrats to to vote against Romney.

“Republicans have to recognize there’s a real effort to kidnap our primary process,” he said.

Michigan has an open primary, which allows voters from any party to participate. Romney’s campaign has blasted Santorum’s eleventh-hour effort to court Democrats as a desperate attempt to appeal to liberals who think Romney would be a stronger opponent to President Obama.

To defeat Santorum’s effort—and pull off a decisive victory in the state—Romney urged his volunteers to phone people in all 14 districts in the state: “We need delegates,” he told the supporters, not just a win with the popular vote.

“You are making calls to Republicans today,” he said, to loud applause. “The Santorum campaign is making calls to Democrats today.”

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