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Romney: General Election Would Get 'Real Ugly'

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he expects the campaign to get "real ugly" if he becomes the GOP nominee vying for the White House in the general election against President Obama.

"I'm expecting it's going to get real ugly. My guess is you're going to see all kinds of things drudged up, made up and puffed up," Romney said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday evening.

Hannity prefaced the interview with the former Massachusetts governor with quotes from a Politico article earlier this week in which unidentified aides and advisers to Obama's re-election campaign suggested that the strategy against Romney would be to launch a "ferocious personal assault" on the candidate. One political operative, identified by Politico as a "prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House," said in the article that Obama would have to "kill Romney" to win a second term.

But Wednesday Romney said he was up for a fight, telling Hannity, "If the president is going to go after every dimension of warfare he can think of, then, of course, you respond aggressively and dynamically and you point out not personal failings -- those aren't relevant right now -- but what the American people want to know is who can get the economy going again.

"You fight back by pointing out the president's remarkable failings," Romney said.

And Romney didn't wait long to criticize the president for his upcoming vacation plans.

"This country is in crisis right now...the president ought to be in Washington," Romney said. "I know everyone deserves a vacation but the president should be in Washington."

Romney was also asked about his decision to bow out of the Iowa Straw Poll, scheduled for Saturday.  As he has previously stated, Romney said that this time around he wanted to focus his finances and time on garnering delegates, telling Hannity, "I want to use my financial resources and this time to actually get delegates, not just straw polls. Those are nice but they don't get you delegates."

Romney will make an early-morning appearance at the Iowa State Fair Thursday before prepping for Thursday night's debate.

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Sarah Palin Responds to Fellow Conservative Rick Santorum's Jabs

Photo Courtesy - Allison Shelley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin responded Wednesday night to Rick Santorum’s speculation as to why she is not attending the conservative gathering, Conservative Political Action Conference, saying he was “uninformed” to suggest she has “other business opportunities.”

“I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal that perhaps others would want to call him.  I’ll let his wife call him that instead,” Palin told Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Earlier this week, former Pennyslvania GOP Senator Santorum took a swipe at Palin's decision to skip the conference saying, “I have a feeling that she has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them.”

Despite clearly disagreeing with Santorum, Palin took issue with the media’s response to his comments.

“I think the reports were much worse than what he really said.  I think some things were maybe taken out of context,” she said.

The former Alaska governor reiterated why she decided not to attend CPAC, which is considered by many the unofficial kickoff for the 2012 GOP election campaign.

“I’ve never been to CPAC," she said.  "I don’t know what the big brouhaha is this go-round. ... I don’t know why anybody would think it’s that big of a darn deal not to be there this time.”

Santorum, a father of seven, also suggested that Palin’s responsibilities as a mother might prevent her from attending the conference.

“I’m not the mother to all these kids and I don’t have other responsibilities that she has,” he said.

The famous "Mama Grizzly" replied, “I’m the proud mother of five children and my kids don’t hold me back from attending a conference.”

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