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Press Credits El Rushbo for Santorum Wins

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RUSH: The Drive-Bys are all over this notion that I am the reason (along with some others) that Santorum is winning in these primaries last night. Up first, Jansing and Company. This is this morning on PMSNBC. She had on Karen Hunter, who is a Simon & Schuster publisher, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. And they're talking about the Republican primary and Santorum. And Chris Jansing said, "You heard what Rick Santorum said about the money, which is that this was a one-on-one contest. Not a lot of super PAC dollars, not a lot of advertising. And I won, he said. What do you think of that?"

HUNTER: Mitt Romney does not resonate with that base, and it doesn't matter... He can change his underwear, it's not going to matter because they don't like him. Last week the conservative base, which is really Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, went on an assault of Mitt Romney on the airwaves. And I think that this is a result of that. (smacking hands) Every day they talked about how he's not a real conservative. And that's really what this race is about right now.

RUSH: There you have it. So I, your host, El Rushbo -- not only am I responsible for Santorum coming up, but -- I'm responsible for the fact that the base doesn't like Romney. Now, I could sit here and accept the accolades, and you would totally understand and agree. I could sit here and say, "Yep, I am that powerful," but I don't do that. 'Cause I'm offended by this in a sense that I think it portrays you as a bunch of mindless robots, and that's the real message of this. They're trying to say that you people don't have the ability to make up your own minds, that you're simply a bunch of mice and I'm the Pied Piper. And whatever I tell you to do and think, you do. And when I tell you not to like Romney, you -- you're not gonna like Romney. When I tell you Santorum's a great conservative, you're not gonna know that unless I tell you.

I'm telling you, I resent it. It's funny, don't misunderstand. I mean, I'm not losing sleep over it, but I think that it's ridiculous. But it's instructive of how they continue to look at you, the average Republican or conservative voter.

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RUSH: This is WJBK-TV Fox Eyeball News Detroit, and the correspondent is Kam Carman talking about Santorum's wins last night.

CARMAN:  Santorum won Minnesota and Missouri.  It appears the endorsement from radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh gave him a big boost.  Since then his fundraising has skyrocketed.

RUSH:  I'm asking myself the same thing.  When did I endorse Santorum?  Yeah, I endorsed and didn't tell you.  How about that.  You've been begging me to endorse somebody and I did it on the sly and I didn't even know it.  I haven't endorsed Santorum.  I've just said some things about him as a conservative.  Anyway, there was a story yesterday, his fundraising is up by a factor of three, and I took credit for that.  So that made the news now, as a narrative that Santorum's fundraising is up because of me. And this infobabe in Detroit, she read it somewhere, and is regurgitating it here. 

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