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In Past Campaign, Santorum Played Up Support For Medicare Drug Plan

In 2006, Rick Santorum took a moderate stance on the prescription drug plan -- and cast a vote in the Senate that he has called a mistake in this presidential campaign. Meanwhile, in Maine, a Senate candidate who is running as an independent, is keeping "people guessing" about which political side he would pick.  

The Associated Press: Spin Meter: Santorum Looks Moderate In 2006 Flier
Rick Santorum boasts that his deep conservative values make him a stronger challenger against President Barack Obama this fall than likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney. ... Yet Santorum showed a considerably more moderate face in a campaign brochure from his failed 2006 Senate race in Pennsylvania. ... In the Senate, Santorum was a leading advocate for extending Medicare prescription drug benefits to seniors, a measure that conservative critics criticized as a huge entitlement expansion that would swell the federal budget deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. As a presidential candidate, he's called that vote a mistake (Miga, 4/10).

The Associated Press: In Senate Race, Maine's King Is Critical Of GOP
Angus King is keeping people guessing whether he would side with Democrats or Republicans as a U.S. senator. But Maine's former two-term governor, running as an independent to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, calls the GOP budget plan "a disaster" and the party's position on women's health "a mistake." … King supports Obama's health care overhaul, which is under Supreme Court review, and he supports abortion rights (Peoples, 4/10).

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