Skip to comments.Santorum: I don't blame the media - but they made fundraising 'very difficult'
Posted on 04/13/2012 6:30:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he ultimately suspended his campaign because it became too difficult to raise money, especially since the media had declared the race for the Republican nomination essentially over. But the former Pennsylvania senator said he didn't want to place blame in his decision to exit the race.
"After Wisconsin it was very, very difficult to raise money but one of the reasons for that was the media narrative that the race is over," said Santorum in an interview with Fox News
Santorum said at a point, nearly every question he received was about the long odds he faced in the race.
"And it was just this the entire week leading up to Wisconsin was, When are you getting out of the race? Why are you still in the race? It's over," Santorum said. "And so and that was what was continually reported on every network, every network was this narrative that it was impossible and that it was just a matter of time. And it's hard to cut through that. And we were finding it very, very difficult to do that."
[SNIP of absolving the media]
....Still, Santorum made the media a frequent target of criticism during his time on the campaign trail, suggesting that Fox News was "shilling" for rival Mitt Romney and that popular news aggregation website the Drudge Report similarly favored the now-presumptive nominee.
That sentiment was echoed by presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich earlier this week.....
RNC neutrality challenged on Romney The list of specific grievances ranges from issues that even the party acknowledges are legitimate, to those that they dismiss as desperate fixations from Romneys flailing rivals.
For example, the committee agrees that some states that went for Romney jumped the line in the primary schedule, a violation of party rules. But RNC defenders shrug off other complaints, like that they undercut Santorum and Gingrich by formatting a delegate tracking list to pad Romneys tally, by forming a fundraising alliance this week with Romney and by highlighting a rule that would block an unlikely path to the nomination for Gingrich.
And its possible theyll be other clashes in the coming weeks, with the RNC signaling Thursday its opposition to a push by Santorum backers in Texas to alter the rules surrounding that states May 29 primary to help the former Pennsylvania Senator.
Critics of the RNCs handling of the primary are so sensitive to signs that the committee may be pulling for Romney that theyve even detected evidence of favoritism in the staff ties between his campaign and the RNC though some concede such speculation veers more toward conspiracy theory than legitimate concern.
Sure your troubles weren’t due to some very ignorant statements, Rick?
Well, Rick did you ever think you spend your money very badly on LIES about Patriot Newt. Instead on TRUTH!
I believe him.
The evidence for this, and common sense, totally support the complaint.
There are rank and file, as opposed to big money people, however, who had to weigh his attack on George Zimmerman into the mix.
Its certainly nothing new. The problem is the idiots who buy into the media game despite knowing they’re being lied too.
Unfortunately we see it right here at FR every day. FReepers puff their chests out about fighting the media and will turn right around and repeat what the media says if its what they want to hear.
Unethical people simply aren’t going to have an ethical government.
In several states where Santorum tied or held slight leads over Romney in the popular vote, but lost delegates to Romney, only have Santorum’s lack of ability, organization and experience in handling a National Election to blame.
These facts are listed in a recent article that points this out. Most of Santorum’s big backers stopped sending in financial support, knowing how badly Santorum had mishandled his campaign. This is proof positive that he would have made a very bad President, since he cannot even manage a proper campaign, he would certainly not even have a clue how to fix this economic/fiscal mess.
Things happened the way they did for a good reason.
"And so you've got to go out and just figure out ways to effectively communicate that message. And I think we did a good job on a lot of fronts, but I think on a lot of fronts, we could have done a better job," Santorum added.
The point is that Fox, Drudge, the RNC chair and the GOP Establishment had "their vote" and crowned Mitt their 2012 GOP nominee before the primary started. And so it has become their job and mission to excuse Mitt, elevate Mitt and elect Mitt -- and to do that you diminish, ignore and discredit his opposition.
Hey, the media screwed Newt too. Brit Hume especially - to my great disappointment.
Point taken that the theme here is MSM including Fox having annointed Mitt from way back. And the RNC is a joke.
In reacting to Santorum’s reasons for dropping out, I give it all it’s due that the Romney inevitability thing dried up fundraising from the big money people.
I add that nobody made him call Zimmerman “evil”, and his descriptive imagery of an evil minded man going after Martin was similar to Maxine Waters bleating that the boy was “hunted down in the streets” and “his killer is still free”.
And the part about Santorum’s delegate woes is real. Even when he “won”, Romney came off as well or even better in the delegate hunt.
The radio talkers were in the tank for Santorum. Newt had leprosy far as they were concerned.
Now that Santorum dropped out, we get hours of commentary on the kerfluffle over two very establishment type women’s verbal “fight’.
We’re supposed to jump in to defend Ann Romney, and by extension, her husband.
It’s all a change-the-subject feint to let the radio talkers off the hook that they have given in to Romney after picking Rick has tanked.
The experience and understanding for running a National Election, gave both Paul and Romney a distinct advantage over the other candidates, who did not start until the campaign season began.
True there was a bit too much, “me too” pandering. But all the anti-Romney candidates had their turn in the barrel having EVERY word they said parsed and paraded at length (many participated in the ridicule of other anti-Romneys to their discredit).
And by comparison, when Mitt “Augusta should allow women members....I’m campaigning for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals” Romney does it, it is just water off a duck’s back. But he will be slow roasted now by Obama supporters. Romney has done nothing to embrace the conservative base or indicate he wants their support. He will now “swing to the middle?”
It will be a cold day in hell before I trust the GOP again.
It is going to take a long time and a lot of internal shake up before I ever pull the lever for a republican again.
Who is your candidate P-F?
I’m never sure.
So, I support who ever gets the nomination. ABO! If that's Romney, then so be it. I love my country too much to think that it would be better to just let the Democrats have their way with what is left of it.
This country has been weakened to near fatal levels and it would not take much effort at all, to completely destroy it to the point where we can never repair it.
The very next stage is Tyranny. And if these well meaning people (Pure Conservatives) think they can afford to let the Democrats destroy it, in the belief they can rebuild it into a Conservative Utopia later, they are gravely mistaken.
It will fall into a Totalitarian State that will place a bounty on Conservatives. We will have to go underground, similar to what happened in Russia and China. It always happens that way. History has proven this repeatedly.
It would seem to many FReepers that a lot of posters have had Romney as their candidate all along. And that to benefit Romney, those pro-Romney posters pushed ideas and played candidates against each other in order to pit camps against each other and weaken support for any and all anti-Romney candidates.
It need not be a conspiratorial group meeting behind closed doors.
All it need be is typical establishment mind set and behavior.
They have given it away that they really want Jeb Bush, but the timing is wrong.
It’s Romney’s turn, and yes, he’s LOADED, too, so he’ll do for now.
The establishment types especially did not want a Rick Perry or a Newt Gingrich. They don’t even have to conspire...it’s WHO THEY ARE.
Santorum was a diversion but did well considering how little he had going for him.
But the people who wanted him were the very religiously oriented, politically, and Newt was too personally imperfect. But all they succeeded in was making sure Newt would fade, and we are left with Mitt.
We knew Santorum wouldn’t be able to take down Mitt.
We warned. We got hammered for it. But here we all are.
(In FL Newt actually did well, considering. What he faced there is something no amount of preparation would fix, given the E and the money and the lies against him, when he hadn’t the same in order to fight back).
(My admiration is unbounded for the good folks of South Carolina who gave Newt their smashing support. If
only the country = South Carolina...but it doesn’t.)
Such freepers' words heretofore should be taken with a grain of salt.
They will by me, anyway.
P-F, your dejection is among my biggest disappointments right now on FR.
YOU can give more examples than I could ever find, for when and where history has been changed by some movement, somewhere, where good people came on board, finally, to stare a false reality down.
Newt has been black balled and black listed by all the Right money, the Right people and the Right and the Left media.
Not until We the People resurrect him on social media are they going to take notice.
Lazy and slow slugs eventually, one at a time, came around in first a trickle and then a flow and got behind Churchill.
WE STILL HAVE BETWEEN NOW AND 1144 TO COME AROUND.
We’re suppose to have enemies on earth. It’s the difference between us and them.
We fight them on the land. We fight them in the air. We fight them on the sea. We shall NEVER give up or give in.
Yes, to me that became apparent...just too many waving his flag..and they still are.
It's a very sad day when radio and tv pundits climbed on board ,early on, with Romney and just hammered until every Conservative but Newt was outed.
But it's especially disturbing seeing Freepers now rise up supporting Romney and promoting him here on FR
I will not yield to the media and the Gop'E...Romney will never have my vote....if they want to say it's over than I vote down ticket and do a write in...No Romney.
Until this Primary is truly over I remain with the Conservative standing, Newt,....and if he goes then we're done altogether and time to prepare for what's coming.
This whole farce going on, by claiming Romneys win beforehand, is to prevent people from voting any further. The media acknowlege they do this throughout elections.
I'm so afraid, not that we've lost our country....but we have lost our people to deception and manipulation...and willing so have chosen to be mis-lead.
This is the last chance and they're doing the same thing McCain did...they're handing this election over to Romney/Obama.
If Santorum supporters ever had the least concern over conservative values, they will do what they can to defeat Romney. If that means supporting Newt, then that’s what they should do..... Anything less means they were never serious about it to begin with.
Your comment about Romney backers “and so it becomes their job to excuse Mitt” is going on right now. I’m listening to a Milwaukee talker Charley Sykes doing that very thing defemding Romney .
What FR critics don’t understand is how hectic these campaigns really are . If ypu have a limited staff and somebody falls down on the job that can really screw things up. I don’t know what he expected in Illinois but I think that defeatist attitude carried over into Wisconsin
In Wisconsin’s case I was very frustrated. Santorum made dozens of personal appearances but nobody knew about them .The WI media very lightly covered him . He had a website Wisconsin 4/3 which was the date of the primary.His first appearance was posted and that was it. It was never updated I sent a bunch of emails to it alerting them about this and they never replied.
He had a respected state senator as his chair. Catholic churches passed out a brochure about voting on Palm Sunday the Sunday before the election. Were there any Santorum bumper stickers or signs sighted in those parking lots let alone leaflets being distributed ? With exception of myself at mine and my age has caught up with me I’m 80 I doubt it.
It was always my policy to go with the non-Romney conservative who had the best shot.
So here we are with the longest of longshots. My conscience is clear because I refrained from ripping at other good candidates because they didn't happen to be my choice at the time.
Thanks for the link...long article but a wonderful read.
Note to all...about three quarters through it, politjim accidentally refers to Marianne as Jackie. Not once but I think it was three times in a single paragraph.
Don’t let it confuse you.
Thanks for pointing out that!!
CW, and myself, were accused of being for Romney by being for Rick Perry.
Then not being for Cain caused us to be accused of being for Mitt.
Then being for Newt, and still being for Newt, means we’re for Mitt.
For sure psycho-freep is for Mitt. We know that because he was always for Newt. He never changed, couldn’t stand Perry or Cain or Bachmann or Santorum, it was a dead giveaway.
Seriously, surely there are some who played a game here, but you have chosen to omit that some diverting off into Santorum could have been among them, and you name psycho-freep because you would like to make him a scapegoat.
I believe you said you now will support Newt over Romney.
Thanks for that, and I take you at your word.