Rick Santorum visiting Amicks Ferry Fire Station in Chapin, S.C., on voting day. [Kirsten Luce for The New York Times]
“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.”
Too bad you still looked more like 1 guy lost in a field of 8 instead of looking like a winner.
Rick did get a raw deal in Iowa. I think his chance is gone now, but I do understand why he is reluctant to fold up quite yet.
Rick I love you, but this is bigger than you. America is at a crossroads and Romney or Obama sinks this nation. We need to defeat Romney and your candidacy at this point can only benefit Romney.
I wholly agree with his views on family and he’s a great man...but I do think for the better of conservatism he should endorse Newt and quit.
Drop out please.
That’s cruel dude
I prefer Rick, but even if I didn’t I think that this is a reasonable decision. It’s still early. Only a very small percentage of the delegates have been selected. If it looks like his remaining in the race will throw it to Romney, I would assume that Rick will exit. But Newt is somewhat of a loose cannon, and he has some baggage—both personally and ideologically. If he proves unpopular with the general public, it would be good to have a fallback position in Rick.
it’s reasonable that RICk wants to stay in. He ought to go somewhere that NEWT is not mounting a challenge and start fresh taking on MITT. Not sure where that would be. MINN? MICH?
Florida makes no sense.
The point of a primary is to give the voters of the party a choice, some people seem bound and determined to deny us that.
Time to get out. Way past time to get out. Do it now. Don't embarrass yourself in Florida.
You didn't come in third, you came in second last. One from the bottom.
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.
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.
If Newt can turn the tables on Mitt, then so can Rick.
Rick, don’t pull a Fred Thompson and help split the conservative vote (or like Van Hilleary over Ed Bryant in 2006 which gave us lib Bob Corker in TN - TN guys keep screwing up) that gave McCain the nomination.
Each of these 3 guys are 1 for 3. Expecting or asking any of them to drop out before FL is unreasonable. They have all been the flavor of the day. If this thing continues to sway back and forth no one will have a lock on the convention, and then anything can happen.
I’ll stick with Rick. I’m not quite ready to hold my nose and support Newt just yet. There is something to be said for decency.
I went immediately from someone who would have been very happy to see Santorum get the nomination (due to his *correct* stance on the social issues) to someone opposed.
Doesn't he get it -- that it contributes to the break-up of the family when the government takes away the money that taxpayers would otherwise spend taking care of their families?