Rick Santorum said that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on being a Catholic made Santorum want to "throw up." Mitt Romney defended his $250 million in assets.
Traverse City, Mich.
In a tight race to win the Michigan primary, US. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney strongly defended his wealth on Sunday and challenged voters to support someone else if they did not like his success.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum criticized John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on keeping his faith separate from politics. Santorum, who hopes to become the second Roman Catholic US president, Kennedy's speech made him want to throw up.
Kennedy said religion and politics should be kept separate, which Santorum called an "absolutist doctrine" that he rejected. "I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute," he said on ABC.
"To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up," Santorum said.
Questions about Romney's high earnings and taxes have dogged him throughout the primary elections and came up again in the run-up to Tuesday's vote in Michigan, where main rival Santorum has presented himself as a blue-collar Republican.
Worth an estimated $250 million, Romney has been accused of being out of touch with most Americans' economic struggles and did himself no favors in Michigan on Friday when he said his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs."
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