News analysis: Is Mitt Romney the ‘worst Republican ever?’

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 26, 2012, as the court began three days of arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rick Santorum thinks Romney is the worst Republican to run on the issue of health care, but not the worst Republican. He would appreciate it if you got it straight. CBS News captured the video.

When New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny tried to suggest Santorum had said the latter, Santorum pushed back hard. Mediate reassembled the exchange as follows:

“What speech did you listen to?” Santorum said. “Stop lying! I said he was the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I was talking about! … Would you guys quit distorting what I’m saying? … I’ve been saying that at every speech. Quit distorting my words, if I see it, it’s bulls–t!” … “Come on, man! What are you doing?”

Read full report here.

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