Herman Cain’s camp is firing back at Rick Santorum after the former Pennsylvania senator challenged Cain’s electoral viability while on the stump in South Carolina.
Slate reported that Santorum, chatting ahead of the question-and-answer portion of an Aiken, S.C. luncheon, challenged the notion that Cain was a viable candidate.
“He’s never won an election,” Santorum said. “And it’s not that he hasn’t tried. He’s run twice and lost.”
Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael, responding to Santorum’s comments, said Republicans shouldn’t attack each other in the run-up to the 2012 primaries.
“We are disappointed to see Senator Santorum violating President Ronald Reagan’s ‘Eleventh Commandment:’
‘Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans,’ Carmichael said in a statement emailed to POLITICO Friday night. “As conservatives, our mission should be to beat President Obama in 2012, not beat each other up in the process.”
“We are certain that President Ronald Reagan would be proud of the man that Herman Cain is and the class act he remains,” she said.