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Santorum Shake-Up?

, Posted: Thu, February 9 2012 at 8:50 PM, Updated: Thu, February 9 2012 at 9:01 PM

In Texas today, pastors put their hands on the candidate they pray has new life in the race for the White House: Rick Santorum.

After his triple win last night in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Santorum is claiming he'd be stronger than Mitt Romney in the fall.

"We need someone who's got a strong record to go up against President Obama on the biggest big government issues of the day," Santorum told the crowd.

It looks like that issue the new rule that religious affiliated organizations like colleges and hospitals must include birth control in their health care coverage.

The Catholic-conservative Santorum is leading the push-back.

"We've seen the assault by this president on just that, the freedom of people of faith to go out and live their faith every day," Santorum said.

He got help from Republicans in Washington.

"This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand," said House Speaker John Boehner.

"This is not a women's rights issue, this is a religious liberty issue," added New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.

The White House said it is a women's issue, and the president won't bend.

"The commitment to make sure that all American women, no matter where they work, have access to the same health care coverage and the same preventive care services, including contraception, is absolutely firm," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

The issue could hurt mitt Romney.

Under "Romneycare" his birth control rule in Massachusetts was the same as the Obama rule.

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