Santorum makes final pitch to Ohio voters

JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Published:

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is emphasizing the power of individuals over government to help one another and protect the environment as he woos voters in southern Ohio.

The former Pennsylvania senator told a loosely filled Chillicothe High School auditorium on Friday that he believes in environmental protection, but he also believes "the Earth is here for the benefit of man." Santorum says the Obama administration wants to impose burdensome regulations on oil and gas drilling just as the industry is poised to create a surge in jobs. He says he would repeal those rules as president.

Santorum says his campaign raised $9 million in February, two-thirds of it from 130,000 small donors. He says former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attracts mostly wealthier donors.

Ohio's primary is Tuesday.