Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday pushed back against the idea that Fox News was supporting his candidacy.

Earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had complained to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade that the conservative news network was in the tank for Romney.

"He has Fox News shilling for him every day," Santorum explained. "No offense, Brian, but I see it."

On his Thursday radio show, Kilmeade invited Romney to set the record straight.

"I don't think you are shilling for anyone to tell you the truth," the former Massachusetts governor insisted. "Each one of the people I meet has their own opinions. My guess is different ones of the commentators have different people they think have a better shot. But you don't hear that from the network or from the individual commentators."

"I think it's, as you say, pretty fair and balanced," he added. "The truth is you report it all and you give us a chance to respond. That's all we can ask for."

Watch this video from Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, broadcast March 15, 2011 and uploaded by Media Matters.