Santorum: Fox News 'Shilling' for Romney
He gets into heated debate during radio show
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 6:40 PM CDT
Rick Santorum speaks at the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – The big political focus today is on Alabama and Mississippi, but Rick Santorum managed to draw some attention with a volatile charge against Fox News. The network is "shilling" for Mitt Romney, he said today on Brian Kilmeade's show on Fox News Radio, according to the Hill. The key quote: “He’s had a 10-to-1 money advantage. He’s had all the organizational advantages. He has Fox News shilling for him every day, no offense Brian, but I see it. And yet, he can’t seal the deal because he just doesn’t have the goods to be able to motivate the Republican base to win this election.”

Kilmeade, who also co-hosts Fox and Friends on TV, wasn't having it, notes the Daily Caller. “On Fox News shilling for Mitt Romney, I totally disagree with that,” Kilmeade said. “You can feel the way you want. I’m just telling you there’s no way I agree with that and you’ve been on as much as anyone.” The two went on to have what the Hill characterizes as a "contentious" back and forth. Santorum's main charge was that the network is focusing on the horse race for delegates instead of more substantive policy issues.