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06/14/2013 04:12 pm ET Updated Jun 14, 2013

Rick Santorum Takes Subtle Swipe At Mitt Romney, Slams 'You Didn't Build That' Attack

While speaking at the 2013 Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) took a swipe at 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and a GOP campaign attack against President Barack Obama.

Santorum -- who attempted to land the GOP presidential nomination himself -- criticized the GOP for seizing on an an ill-phrased remark by Obama telling business owners, "you didn't build that."

The Romney campaign tied events to the "you didn't build that" line, and the comment was attacked by almost every speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

In his remarks Thursday, Santorum criticized that tactic.

“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single -- not a single -- factory worker went out there,” Santorum said. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage."

Though he didn't explicitly name Romney, Santorum continued to criticize the 2012 Republican presidential effort, but said he wouldn't dwell on the GOP's problems of the last election.

“I won’t go back and revisit why that was the case or who the better candidate was to do that, but suffice it to say the opportunity is going to present itself in the next year,” Santorum said.

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