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Mike DeWine On Romney Camp: I Don't Owe Them Anything

Explains why he didn't warn the Romney campaign of his flip to Santorum in an interview with BuzzFeed. Is "not bitter," he says.

Posted on February 17, 2012, at 10:09 p.m. ET

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GEORGETOWN, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he didn't call the Romney campaign before endorsing Rick Santorum because "they haven't called me for months."

"I didn't think I owed them anything," DeWine told BuzzFeed tonight at a Lincoln Day Dinner event in Brown County that featured Santorum as a speaker. "They didn't have the courtesy to have the Governor even ever call me. Even after I endorsed him and called to say I was endorsing him."

"That's not bitter, that's not why I did this today," DeWine said. "I just went on with my business after that. But I don't think I owed them a call."

DeWine's flip to Santorum came as a complete surprise to the Romney campaign. A Republican strategist who spoke to a top Romney aide told BuzzFeed that even late this morning, the campaign wasn't aware of what DeWine had planned.

A spokesman for the Romney campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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