Skip to comments.Santorum Says He Will Remain in Race Through Florida
Posted on 01/21/2012 7:42:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Rick Santorum said he would be pleased with a third-place finish in South Carolina Saturday but vowed to stay in the presidential race through the Florida primary no matter what.
He also blasted his "desperate" rival Mitt Romney for perpetrating "cheap stuff" as Mr. Romney's position as front runner here melted away the past week...
"We finally were given the victory in Iowa," Mr. Santorum said. "If we had had it two weeks ago, it might be a very different situation. It might have been a very different race."
Mr. Santorum also said he was disappointed in Mr. Romney after some South Carolina voters were subjected to so-called "robo calls" -- automated messages -- that said Mr. Santorum had endorsed Mr. Romney. (He did endorse Mr. Romney -- in 2008, as the calls stated, but obviously not this time, and the calls made no mention that Mr. Santorum is no longer endorsing him.)...
Mr. Romney was "2-and-0 going into South Carolina and looking like 3-and-0," Mr. Santorum said, adding that, now, that "may be a 1-and-2 -- and a not a particularly strong 1-and-2."
(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...
Santorum got a raw deal with Iowa, and I don’t think it was an accident. The GOP leadership wanted to mess with the results to help ROmney look better than he is. We need more decent people like Palin, Santorum, and the other “good guys” leading what used to be our party, instead of the leaders who act like Democrats. Romney disgusts me, both for his leftist values and for the tactics being used on his behalf and presumably with his tacit approval.
I don’t think Santorum should withdraw now, not even to endorse Newt, even though Newt is my favorite of those still standing. We should find out if Santorum’s campaigning skills have grown and see how he does in Florida. If he doesn’t move up substantially, then he should withdraw, and we’ll learn a lot about him by how he bows out. If he endorses Romney for a slot in the “Romney Administration”, then I will never support Santorum again. If he simply withdraws or endorses “conservatism” or Newt, then I’ll be impressed.
“Newt wont offer him anything, not least because Santorum vomited up some crap about how the ex-wifes allegations about Newt spoke to issues of ethics or character or whatever it was.”
yeah I remembered that. Wrong answer dude! He should’ve excoriated the media along with Newt instead of trying to use this for his advantage.
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Would you like cheese with that whine, ex-Senator?
Bravo to Rick for his high teens %age! He beat crazy Paul too. I think he did well tonight.
He should definitely stay in the race. Romney will be trying to bring Gingrich done now, with over and underhanded throws. We need to see how Gingrich weathers this, and in a state that might be more favorable to Mitt than SC. We may really be glad we have an heir and a spare, as they say.
I loved 3 of the 4 speeches tonight, and Paul’s wasn’t that bad, though it went on forever. Santorum’s speech was so natural and great. It is very wrong to think he is hurting anyone. Votes for Santorum are votes for Santorum. Period. It’s an open race. Go, conservatives, go!
He’s pathetic and stupid.
Though giving up half its delegates to do be, FL is "winner take all" so a win for Romney reestablishes his momentum going into a certain win in Mormon-heavy Nevada caucus.
It's likely the Maine, Colorado caucuses will be Romney territory as well; the Missouri primary doesn't determine their delegates (that's done in a March caucus) to it's technically irrelevant.
Michigan is Romney's birth state and his dad was governor; he'll win easily--Santorum's focus on manufacturing won't help there. As a result of the calendar, after FL, AZ is the next "obvious" competitive state and it's vote is more than a month from now, just before Super Tuesday.
Santorum can wait around like a vulture hoping to see Newt stumble, siphoning off delegates and helping Romney or exit ahead of FL and maybe help prevent Romney from that big prize which restores his momentum and the story of inevitability.
This week is a time for choosing for the Senator. Is he a willing tool of the establishment (like in Thune vs. Spector) or does he care more about his issues?
If the race was just Newt vs. Santorum, I'd be all for it but that isn't happening. Santorum's persistence can only assist Romney's rebound. If Santorum really truly believes Newt is that unstable, too great a risk, that Newt will eventually flame out, Rick should drop and endorse Romney.
For all the floral thinking going on around here and there, that reeks with squish for Rick Bachmann to stay in the race, there are those propping him up to slow Newt and his MOMENTUM.
Rick played with the players in DC, did what needed to be done when told, to Toomey, and endorsed Specter who was the final vote for Obamacare.
His only significant financial support at this point is from the RINO machine, cash enough to bag him up and send him into Florida to assist in the kitchen sink approach they have in mind for Newt. Maybe shaves off a few points and gives Romney some time to reboot.
I think there’s a case to be made for Santorum to stay in, because he’s an additional (and possibly more harsh) anti-Romney campaigner, *and* Paul’s numbers will probably rise a little if Rick drops out.
“Rick played with the players in DC, did what needed to be done when told, to Toomey, and endorsed Specter who was the final vote for Obamacare.”
Newt endorsed Dede Scozzafalooza without being told so I’m not sure who wins this round.
It hurt him that he didn’t get the win quickly in Iowa because New Hampshire was days away and he lost that rino state big. Coupled with tonight is not good. But he lost South Carolina because of Newt’s debate performance.
” Newt endorsed Dede Scozzafalooza without being told so Im not sure who wins this round. “ <<<
For what it’s worth, Newt did a fairly good job explaining that on live TV. I will try to look that up, because you have a very good point. It is not that Newt is error free that’s for sure, but because he can articulate what he is thinking with seeming ease, he explain things that make even the bloopers sound quite rational and coming from sound motives. Where he admits errors, he admits to them openly and respects us enough not to try to explain them away, (which he probably could do, actually.) LOL! Thx.
Amazing how people were complaining that their state wasn't being given a say in the primaries. Once 'their' candidate wins one, though, it's 'Get out now!' to anyone who might take votes from him.
We're all for everyone having their say, until it starts to impact the candidate we prefer.
I googled Newt-explains-Dede-endorsement. Up popped the youtube explanation of his appearance on GRETA. It was good. The title at youtube if you to care to see it....
< Newt fires back at criticism over support for Dede Scozzafava - YouTube >
If Newt can turn the tables on Mitt, then so can Rick.
It’ll be a tag team match in Florida, and maybe beyond if Romney fades away like a bad fart.