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Rick Santorum: I'm Next
ThirdAge ^ | December 4, 2011 | Mark DeLucas

Posted on 12/04/2011 6:00:55 PM PST by presidio9

Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told ABC News' “This Week” that he expects to soon supplant surging rival Newt Gingrich and become the Republican favorite.

“So if you look at all of these little boomlets, they last about four to six weeks. Newt is in about week three,” Santorum said.

“So we feel pretty good that, you know, come the middle of December and toward the end of December, as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust, someone that is authentic, someone who knows what they believe in and why they believe it, and has a record to back up the rhetoric as to what they want to do to change this country, because we do need big changes, well, who has been doing that?”

As “This Week” host Christine Amanpour noted, Santorum tied with Jon Huntsman for last in the most recently conducted Des Moines Register Iowa poll (Iowa's primary, the nation's first, is scheduled to take place Jan. 3). Santorum, however, was non-plussed.

"We're within the margin of error of both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, both of whom have had enormous attention by the national media, and have had money and resources," Santorum argued. "Rick Perry is running literally millions of dollars of ads in Iowa, and he is right next to me in the polls."

Although the logical connection between Perry's failures and Santorum's future success was never made explicit, Santorum emphasized the strategic importance of “character.”

“"I think character is definitely an issue," the former Pa. senator said. "I think they have to make a decision based upon the person's entire record. And certainly character counts."

Consequently, “I think we have a very good chance of winning Iowa," Santorum said. "We've spent the time in the state, we've talked to the activists… And we'll have people at those caucuses advocating for us because I've been in their county. They know my message. They know what I want to accomplish."


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: character; christineamanpour; conservatism; jonhuntsman; michelebachmann; newtgingrich; notmittromney; pennsylvania; rickperry; ricksantorum; santorum
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1 posted on 12/04/2011 6:01:03 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

I think I’m going back to Perry.


2 posted on 12/04/2011 6:02:48 PM PST by Mercat
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To: presidio9

lol

yeah ... next to drop out!

hopefully closely follow by that annoying Bachmann

Go Gingrich!


3 posted on 12/04/2011 6:04:06 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: presidio9

“...as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust...”

Hope it’s a misquote.


4 posted on 12/04/2011 6:06:39 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: presidio9

how is he still out there ?


5 posted on 12/04/2011 6:10:01 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: presidio9
SANTORUM CHALLENGES GINGRICH TO “LINCOLN-DOUGLAS” STYLE DEBATE - Awaiting Reply
6 posted on 12/04/2011 6:10:04 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Gingrich is unlikely to agree to such a debate. Santorum can only cut into his base. Huntsman, on the other hand, can only cut into Romney’s base.


7 posted on 12/04/2011 6:16:23 PM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Joe 6-pack

It’s probably not going to happen. These debates are a lot like professional boxing. A professional boxer is not going to box a small fry and risk losing his career over it, just for ego. The comparative payoff has to be worth enough to risk your career.

Gingrich is not likely going to debate Santorum and risk his first place finish just so Santorum can get a bump in his rankings.

And Gingrich would be foolish to take the risk.


8 posted on 12/04/2011 6:18:06 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Go AWAY Gingrich!
9 posted on 12/04/2011 6:18:10 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: presidio9

I hope that Santorum is next and rises to the top. I’ve been on the Santorum bus since the beginning. Although I’ve had a good choice of seats on the bus, it’s been rather lonely. (I’ve also noticed several Republican buses going in the wrong direction.)

Ya’ll come get on board. There are still plenty of good seats available. And there is no nose holding necessary. And there have been no regrets.


10 posted on 12/04/2011 6:18:35 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Joe 6-pack
SANTORUM CHALLENGES GINGRICH TO “LINCOLN-DOUGLAS” STYLE DEBATE - Awaiting Reply

If I thought he had the slightest chance, any chance whatsoever, Rick Santorum would be my candidate.

That being said, the last thing that would help his campaign would be a "LINCOLN-DOUGLAS STYLE DEBATE" with Gingrich. The thing that is holding him back with more moderate Republicans is the perception that he is perpetually angry. Gingrich would play to that.

11 posted on 12/04/2011 6:18:40 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Mercat

Perry is right there with Romney in my pile of socialists I wont vote for under any circumstance.


12 posted on 12/04/2011 6:19:19 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Captain Kirk; Jonty30

IOW, Newt’s afraid of losing.


13 posted on 12/04/2011 6:19:26 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: presidio9

First, Mr. No Personality will have to get a base.


14 posted on 12/04/2011 6:20:31 PM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Mercat

Perry will be the nominee.


15 posted on 12/04/2011 6:21:08 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Jonty30

So Gingrich gets to challenge whoever he wants to debates, and if people back down from the challenge (like Romney) they are criticized, yet if someone challenges Newt to a debate and he backs down, he’s smart for backing down? O.K. whatever, this primary is getting completely ridiculous.

The Republican Party crack-up is in full swing. Were is a conservative to go?


16 posted on 12/04/2011 6:22:19 PM PST by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: presidio9

Well, Rick, if I were you I really wouldn’t want to be in the media’s crosshairs.

You might be as clean and pure as the day you were born..but if there is no “there” “there”...they will make it up. And people will believe everything.


17 posted on 12/04/2011 6:22:58 PM PST by berdie
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Time to get real. . .and Santorum; who is a super fine Conservative; but unfortunatley, looks like he just grauduated from high school is NOT going to walk away with it. Cannot happen. He can be a Cabinet member, perhaps - or somesuch..

Bottom line. . .'LOOKS' mean something. Rick Santorum has both a blessing - and a curse - by his boyish good looks. No one ever said 'life is fair' or that it at least, is not by appearances.

18 posted on 12/04/2011 6:22:58 PM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupier' out of our White House!/)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Time to get real. . .and Santorum; who is a super fine Conservative; but unfortunatley, looks like he just grauduated from high school is NOT going to walk away with it. Cannot happen. He can be a Cabinet member, perhaps - or somesuch..

Bottom line. . .'LOOKS' mean something. Rick Santorum has both a blessing - and a curse - by his boyish good looks. No one ever said 'life is fair' or that it at least, is not by appearances.

19 posted on 12/04/2011 6:23:23 PM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupier' out of our White House!/)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Time to get real. . .and Santorum; who is a super fine Conservative; but unfortunatley, looks like he just grauduated from high school is NOT going to walk away with it. Cannot happen. He can be a Cabinet member, perhaps - or somesuch..

Bottom line. . .'LOOKS' mean something. Rick Santorum has both a blessing - and a curse - by his boyish good looks. No one ever said 'life is fair' or that it at least, is not by appearances.

20 posted on 12/04/2011 6:23:30 PM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupier' out of our White House!/)
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To: Joe 6-pack
IOW, Newt’s afraid of losing.

The one thing that ought to be clear about Gingrich and his giant ego is that he wouldn't be afraid of losing a "Lincoln-Douglas style" debate to Abraham Lincoln.

That being said, there's no upside to him debating a guy in zero digits. And if he has to debate Santorum to prove that he is not afraid, then he has to do the same with Paul, Huntsman and Bachmann.

21 posted on 12/04/2011 6:23:44 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

He’s already agreed to a one-on-one with Huntsman.


22 posted on 12/04/2011 6:24:44 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mercat

Just by the title, I thought Santorum meant he’s next to drop out.

Im going to back Perry now.... but think he should hire Gingrich to help him in the debates with obama.


23 posted on 12/04/2011 6:24:57 PM PST by ph12321 (We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: presidio9

Who in hell is giving Santorum money?


24 posted on 12/04/2011 6:27:32 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Joe 6-pack

The Huntsman debate is stategy... I think he is hoping to prop up Huntsman to cut into Romney’s lead in New Hampshire. Face it the only candidate in the race that draws from Romney is Huntsman, it is to Gingrich’s benefit to build up Huntsman at Romney’s expense


25 posted on 12/04/2011 6:28:30 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: bigbob

Sent him $100 today.


26 posted on 12/04/2011 6:29:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: bigbob

No one is giving Santorum money, his campaign is up to it’s eyeballs in debt and he will be be lucky to make it to Iowa.


27 posted on 12/04/2011 6:29:47 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: presidio9

Perry it is!


28 posted on 12/04/2011 6:31:01 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! Vote third party and we keep 0Mao)
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To: Joe 6-pack
He’s already agreed to a one-on-one with Huntsman.

Probably because (and I know its going to hurt you to hear this) he & Huntsman disagree a hell of a lot more than he and Santorum do.

29 posted on 12/04/2011 6:31:13 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Windy City Conservative
Newt is more Conservative than Mitt. This is a Repub Primary and those most Conservative; are dying by single digits per monies raised or by poll numbers.

Bachman/Santorum more Conservative than either Newt or Mitt; for that matter; and their poll numbers in single digits.

Are there fewer Conservatives 'out there' - or more Repub hypocrits?

30 posted on 12/04/2011 6:31:46 PM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupier' out of our White House!/ Newt can make it happen. . .)
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To: Joe 6-pack

No, I don’t think so. If Santorum was a master debater, he wouldn’t be sitting near the bottom at 2 percent.

The payoff for Santorum is potentially huge, as winning it could keep him alive for another round, but there is no payoff for Gingrinch, even if Gingrich were to unequivocally defeat Santorum.

You can’t go from first place to super first place.


31 posted on 12/04/2011 6:32:04 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: Windy City Conservative

“Were is a conservative to go?”

Good question all around.


32 posted on 12/04/2011 6:32:55 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: bigbob

I’ve contributed several times. No regrets.


33 posted on 12/04/2011 6:32:59 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Fine then. Let Gingrich decline.


34 posted on 12/04/2011 6:32:59 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: isthisnickcool

‘Perry will be the nominee.”
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Just as they did to Cain, the media are going to kick the snot out of Perry. They’ve found that sliming our GOP candidates still works...especially when you have willing Republicans who lap it up.

So, you thought they hit Perry hard the first time around? Hang on, this is going to be a bumpy ride.


35 posted on 12/04/2011 6:34:45 PM PST by Artcore
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Santorum couldn’t even carry his own state of PA. He lost the senate race ..In the November election, Santorum lost, with 41% of the vote to Casey’s 59%,[88][89] the largest margin of defeat ever for an incumbent Republican Senator in Pennsylvania.
Obama would shred him in a debate...he has done poorly in almost every one I have watched


36 posted on 12/04/2011 6:34:57 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: presidio9

Santorum/Bachmann, has a nice ring to it. I will however,vote for however is on the ticket. We can not allow Obama another term. Any of them are better that what we’ve got now.


37 posted on 12/04/2011 6:35:30 PM PST by Lucky2 (NObama - Done in One)
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To: Jonty30
"No, I don’t think so. If Santorum was a master debater, he wouldn’t be sitting near the bottom at 2 percent."

When you say, "bottom...2 percent" you're clearly referring to the time he's been allocated in debates, right?

38 posted on 12/04/2011 6:37:00 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Pa. booted his sorry butt out of the Senate especially after he sued to have a local school district foot the bill for his kid’s education. Sorry, I don’t want him back in any elected office. The guy is a jerk.


39 posted on 12/04/2011 6:38:39 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: cricket

Where did I say I was for Santorum ?


40 posted on 12/04/2011 6:41:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: katiedidit1

It has been pointed out before that one of the reasons that Santorum lost big in his last Senate election is that he ran as a conservative—in a blue state at that—during a year when most conservatives were running to the center in order to survive.

With people deriding many Republicans (rightly so) as RINO’s, Country Club Republicans, Rockefeller Republicans, or whatever, Santorum should at least be cut some slack for being consistent. That defeat might even be seen as a badge of honor.


41 posted on 12/04/2011 6:42:03 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Lucky2
We can not allow Obama another term. Any of them are better that what we’ve got now.

If the only thing a president Mitt Romney accomplished was that we didn't get two more Sotomayors in SCOTUS, then that would be preferrable to four more years of Obama.

That being said, with the possible exceptions of the two libertarians, who can not get the GOP support they need to win a general election, ALL of the remaining candidates are in every way preferrable to Romney.

42 posted on 12/04/2011 6:42:31 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Santorum isn’t that far, in terms of how much time he’s been given, than Gingrich.

Gingrich just has been more effective in using his allotted time.


43 posted on 12/04/2011 6:43:01 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: presidio9
"...and I know its going to hurt you to hear this..."

In that case your "knowledge" doesn't merit the credit you give it. It doesn't hurt me a bit.

FWIW, I think Newt's "knowledge" is highly over-rated as well.

44 posted on 12/04/2011 6:44:11 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Jonty30
"Santorum isn’t that far, in terms of how much time he’s been given, than Gingrich."

Gingrich has been given about 3.5 minutes more than Santorum (as of when that study was done last month). How much do you think 3.5 minutes of national airtime is worth with an interested audience?

Place a dollar figure on that, then tell me it's not much more.

45 posted on 12/04/2011 6:47:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mercat

I think I’m going back to Perry.
______________________________________________________________

When I read what you said, I thought of the old Country song by Randy Travis: “I’m Going Back to A Better Class of Losers”.


46 posted on 12/04/2011 6:47:55 PM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: Joe 6-pack
In that case your "knowledge" doesn't merit the credit you give it. It doesn't hurt me a bit.

FWIW, I think Newt's "knowledge" is highly over-rated as well.

Not really sure why the word "knowledge" appears twice in quotes there, as I never used it. Or were you trying to be clever? In which case, don't.

47 posted on 12/04/2011 6:48:36 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

I’m going with Bob Dole.


48 posted on 12/04/2011 6:48:47 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Mercat

Perry is right there with Romney in my pile of socialists I wont vote for under any circumstance.


49 posted on 12/04/2011 6:54:43 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

And Romney and Perry have both been given more time than Gingrich. Based on your reasoning, they should be beating the pants off Gingrich, but both are losing to him.

It’s not necessarily how much time you’re given, but how you are using it.

I’m sure that Santorum has made some good points over the season of debates, but obviously he hasn’t been able to push all the right buttons at the most opportune times.


50 posted on 12/04/2011 6:55:41 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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