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For the clearest contrast, vote Santorum

Rick Santorum is the one viable candidate who can offer a true contrast to President Barack Obama and win back the White House. Republicans have a clear choice in the primary of this most important election, and Marylanders need Rick Santorum.

A win for Mr. Obama keeps this nation on the destructive path of uncontrolled debt, excessive government control, central decision making, attack on faith and family, weakening our military, and lessening the stature of America in the world. Our best chance for victory in November is a candidate who presents a clear contrast.

In a state with uncontrolled spending, excessive new taxes, legislation passed and signed for in-state tuition for illegal aliens and to redefine marriage, and constitutional rights being trampled by PlanMaryland, Republicans in Maryland have an even greater need than those in most states to have a president who sets the country back on the right course. If the unchecked, unconstrained Obama-O'Malley partnership is allowed to continue, both the state of Maryland and the country will continue down this disastrous, un-American course of government control and insolvency.

The defining issue of Obamacare shows the absurdity of the idea that Mitt Romney presents the best contrast to the president. Democrats are already reminding voters that Mr. Romney was the "godfather" of Obamacare and created a government-controlled system. Mr. Romney still maintains it was the right policy for Massachusetts. I maintain that government-controlled, centralized decision making is wrong at any level of government. Mr. Romney's shifts on important issues should give all Maryland Republicans cause for concern. Is Mitt Romney really the best contrast to President Obama — or would he be exactly the opponent Mr. Obama wants?

Rick Santorum has been strong on his values and positions throughout his life. He understands the power of faith and family. He stands strong for freedom, business growth, job creation, reduced spending, real solutions and family values. Mr. Santorum will strengthen our military and stand firm against Iran, North Korea and other threats. He offers sharp contrast to Mr. Obama and a new direction for America.

In 1980, they said Ronald Reagan was too controversial and too conservative to be elected. But Ronald Reagan knew two things. He knew the greatness of America. And, he knew the American people. Rick Santorum knows the greatness of America and he knows the American people. Despite being grossly outspent, he has connected with the American people from the first caucus, in Iowa, through the latest primary, Louisiana. He will fight for America!

If money decides who our nominee will be, it will be Mr. Romney. If the press tells us who it should be, it will be Mr. Romney. If Mr. Obama gets his choice, it will be Mr. Romney. But if you cast your vote based on your beliefs, the direction you want for America and the man with record, character, faith and heart to lead us there, you will vote for Rick Santorum.

Doug Howard, a member of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, is Western Maryland political director of Santorum for President. His email is dougforcarroll@aol.com.

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