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Rick Santorum: Ted Cruz Is An Inexperienced Grandstander

"And that's why I continue to fight hard and work hard, and I believe that we have a real opportunity."

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Last cycle's Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum said Tuesday that the current poll-leader in Iowa, Ted Cruz, is inexperienced and a grandstander.

"The idea we are going to put in someone with absolutely no experience or has two years of grandstanding in Washington D.C. as the person we want to lead this country against the most serious threat this country has ever faced, that the world has ever faced, the West has ever faced throughout history, I don't think Republicans ultimately are going to do that," Santorum said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio program of the Texas senator. "And that's why I continue to fight hard and work hard, and I believe that we have a real opportunity."

Despite winning the Iowa Caucus in 2012, Santorum has struggled in national and state polls since launching his second presidential bid in May.

The former senator from Pennsylvania also criticized Cruz for saying he would "carpet bomb" ISIS.

"I don't know where someone who uses a World War II term, with dumb bombs hitting population centers and industrial centers — to use that type of term and say we can win this by the air and by using carpet bombs — this is completely detached from the last 25 years of warfare in the world."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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