The Passion of Rick Santorum

How the former Senator will complicate Mitt Romney's march to the nomination

Lars Tunbjork for TIME

Santorum during Iowa Caucus

After a very long night and a dead-heat tie in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney made speeches. Romney's was unexceptional. It was a version of his stump speech, filled with political emotion--he quoted, as always, from "America the Beautiful"--but bereft of personal feeling. Santorum's speech, however, was very personal. He talked about his grandfather, the Italian immigrant who became a Pennsylvania coal miner. He talked about kneeling at his grandfather's coffin as a child, looking at his gnarled hands, "enormous hands ... those hands dug freedom for me."

It was a lovely moment, and perhaps a defining one...

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