Romney’s Upper Hand

Romney is also besting Santorum on entitlements. GOP budget-meister Paul Ryan has praised Romney’s entitlement reform for Medicare and Social Security, which would extend age eligibility and create a hybrid of free-market choice and benefit limits to the existing Medicare system. Romney has divulged details of an entitlement reform, whereas Santorum has not.

To be sure, there’s more agreement than disagreement between Romney and Santorum on the fiscal issues. Both men are pro-growth. Both are talking about unleashing American technology for the energy revolution. And both own policy slates that are vast improvements over President Obama’s big-government, tax-the-rich vision. Romney and Santorum oppose the entitlement state. And each favors the American tradition of opportunity and success.

So it really boils down to a matter of emphasis. My praise for Gov. Romney is that he is capturing the economic spirit. My worry about Sen. Santorum is that he is not.


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Lawrence Kudlow


Lawrence Kudlow is an American economist, television personality, and newspaper columnist. He is the host of CNBC's The Kudlow Report.

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