Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, responding to attacks from front-runner Mitt Romney that he lacks enough private-sector experience to be president, said Sunday that conservative Republicans aren’t looking for a presidential candidate who can “manage” the economy.

“Running a business is not the same as being president of the United States,” Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, said in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“If Gov. Romney thinks he is the CEO of America and can run and operate the country, he doesn’t understand what conservatives want,” Mr. Santorum said.

The Republican candidates traded barbs two days ahead of the critical Illinois primary, when 54 more delegates will be up for grabs.

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