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It is time for Sen. Rick Santorum to drop out
Red State ^ | 1-22-2012 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 01/25/2012 5:10:13 PM PST by TitansAFC

Sen. Rick Santorum has no viable path to victory and brings no new issues or ideas to the table. He no longer serves a purpose, or has a justification to remain in the race.

Santorum has no viable claim that he is more conservative or more electable than Gingrich. He has no viable claim that he will be better in raising money, in organization, or would do a better job as president. There is simply no path for him. Further — despite winning Iowa, Santorum lost badly in NH and SC, and has no means to complete in FL. It is time for him to leave.

The Santorum campaign probably thought, prior to SC, that it had a chance to win values voters. SC results show that those voters went to Gingrich over Santorum, despite an all-out values attack against Gingrich. SC should have put an end to that thinking. There simply is no path for Santorum.

It is time for him to drop out. Hopefully to support Gingrich. It is best for Santorum to quit while he is in a respectable position. Now is that time.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; familyvalues; fl2012; florida; gingrich; newt; newtgingrich; romney; santorum; santorum2012; values
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1 posted on 01/25/2012 5:10:19 PM PST by TitansAFC
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To: TitansAFC

You mean he hasn’t? Who knew?


2 posted on 01/25/2012 5:12:17 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: TitansAFC

I think he will be out after Florida - perhaps even sooner since it doesn’t appear he can even compete in the sunshine state. His win in Iowa sort of entitles him to at least try for a bit longer I suppose, but everyone knows Santorum is not going to be the nominee.

I hope he goes back to PA and runs and wins an election or two and gives it another shot on a national level in some future presidential cycle. It was just too soon for him after losing by 18 in 2006.


3 posted on 01/25/2012 5:15:09 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: TitansAFC

I am sure that Santorum doesn’t need your advice. He is smart enough to do what he wants. He is 35 and American citizen and that is about what it takes to run for President. So Rick you decide what to do. It is TOTALLY up to you. I like having the insurance of him in the race as a “just in case”.


4 posted on 01/25/2012 5:15:16 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: TitansAFC

Erick Erickson needs to STFU. He’s run his mouth enough already and done serious damage to the Conservative cause, beginning with his attacks last year on Sarah Palin. Screw him!


5 posted on 01/25/2012 5:16:49 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: TitansAFC

There have been three primaries.


6 posted on 01/25/2012 5:16:57 PM PST by Politics4US
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I thought there was little chance of stopping Romney; it’s still an uphill battle.

Perry’s withdrawal and support of Newt was very helpful and honorable. Santorum is a very good man, I hope he does the same, and the notMitt vote can be united.


7 posted on 01/25/2012 5:17:09 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: TitansAFC

How sad. rick Santorum is a good man, very presidential. Once again we will be left with the dregs. It shouldn’t be much longer before Jeb bush jumps in. In that case I won’t bother to vote.


8 posted on 01/25/2012 5:17:50 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: TitansAFC

I hope he stays in. the PEOPLE OF Florida have NOT voted yet.


9 posted on 01/25/2012 5:18:05 PM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (I STAND WITH ISRAEL)
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To: TitansAFC

Rick had a golden opportunity to stand above the rest in the last debate and did not take advantage. Then you take a look at Newt’s speech today about the space program and it is clear why I am supporting Newt. Rick is not offering up anything. Just that he is Conservative. Well that alone will not get it done. GO NEWT GO!


10 posted on 01/25/2012 5:18:24 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TitansAFC

He probably will if he doesn’t get traction soon. My q is, whom will he endorse, if anyone?


11 posted on 01/25/2012 5:18:46 PM PST by pogo101
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To: TitansAFC

He ain’t taking and it doesn’t matter how much I like him.

Zero energy

Zero Inspiration


12 posted on 01/25/2012 5:18:48 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Longbow1969

He should stay in so we can have a protest vote against the two ughs.


13 posted on 01/25/2012 5:19:04 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TitansAFC

despite an all-out values attack against Gingrich.
***It didn’t strike me as all-out.


14 posted on 01/25/2012 5:19:08 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: D-fendr

Past time. He is just cluttering up the race, no chance to win, and nothing new to offer. Get going Rick.


15 posted on 01/25/2012 5:19:11 PM PST by BooBoo1000 ("Only through helping others: can we hope to save ourselves")
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To: Politics4US

If Romney wins Florida no other candidate can catch him.


16 posted on 01/25/2012 5:19:15 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: TitansAFC

The kook Ron Paul needs to drop out


17 posted on 01/25/2012 5:19:40 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: TitansAFC

No but the loudmouth Ericson can kiss my arse.


18 posted on 01/25/2012 5:20:22 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: TitansAFC

If we are stuck with Romney, Santorum is going to be a very disliked man by many conservatives.


19 posted on 01/25/2012 5:21:19 PM PST by riri
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To: Politics4US

And Rick won one of those 3. The author should be focusing on getting Ron Paul to drop out.


20 posted on 01/25/2012 5:21:23 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: nuconvert

The problem is Ron Paul has $ (2nd only to Romney). Santorum doesn’t.


21 posted on 01/25/2012 5:21:56 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: TitansAFC

I think Rick has great “influence” and at this point may be better suited to helping the eventual nominee defeat Obama. I would love to see him take on that battle. If he leaves now, he leaves intact with plenty of respect and that will allow him to have more credibility later. Just my two cents.


22 posted on 01/25/2012 5:22:28 PM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: TitansAFC

At the time he dropped out, Perry was very unlikely to win, but threatened Newt’s ability to beat out Mitt.

I don’t think that’s the case now with Santorum. He will drop back down to just a few percent at most, so Newt should continue to do well unless he screws up or some scandal raises its head. In other words, Newt could beat Newt, but I don’t think Rick can at this point.

But he does represent a genuinely conservative backup in the race in case Newt implodes for some reason. We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs in this primary cycle.

Frankly, I was hoping that Sarah Palin would be drawn back in, but it doesn’t look like that’s in the cards.


23 posted on 01/25/2012 5:22:43 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: napscoordinator

And I like the idea of defeating Romney here and now in Florida. If Romney loses Florida, he’s done.

Santorum has already admitted he’s abandoning Florida, but he shouldn’t drop out. He should just recommend to the Florida voters (like Sarah did in South Carolina) to vote for the leading conservative in the race (Newt in this case) and deprive Romney of the win and the delegates. After losing to Gingrich in South Carolina and Florida, Romney will either drop out or be dumped by the establishment or go down in flames later, then it’ll be a two man race between the two conservatives, Santorum and Gingrich.

Ron Paul is not a conservative and he’s not in it to win it anyway. He’ll have the young, dumb, doper, peace and love liberaltarian vote all to himself.


24 posted on 01/25/2012 5:25:49 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: Paperdoll

There is nothing Presidential in the way Santorum has slimed the other conservatives, from Cain all the way down to Newt, when it benefited him politically to twist their ideas into something they weren’t. Santorum is a bottom feeder and needs to drop out. We must unify behind Newt. A resurgent Santorum offers nothing new, no new ideas, and nothing at all interesting. Romney will win in the crossfire between conservatives. It’s time to end it and bring our full attention to purging the moderates from our ranks, starting with Romney himself.


25 posted on 01/25/2012 5:27:02 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Minus_The_Bear

What if Newt wins Florida?


26 posted on 01/25/2012 5:27:14 PM PST by Politics4US
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To: Jim Robinson

If I was Newt, I would be on the phone talking to Santorum as we speak. They are friends from way back and I would imagine if Newt put it the way you did, he would do just that. I know that Newt will be our nominee. I can see America’s improvement almost immediate in 2013.


27 posted on 01/25/2012 5:30:08 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: TitansAFC

Yeah, let’s encourage the only conservative in the race to drop out. That’s the ticket!


28 posted on 01/25/2012 5:30:45 PM PST by Ben Mugged (The truth is incontrovertible)
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To: Politics4US

Yes, there have been only three primaries, but the libs and GOP establishment our powerful. The Hate-Newt propaganda has already been turned on to full power. We must unite behind Newt to stop any Romney momentum from the artificial support he is getting.


29 posted on 01/25/2012 5:31:05 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Ben Mugged

You have a very low opinion of what a conservative is.


30 posted on 01/25/2012 5:32:15 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Apollo5600

You make some good points. For someone who puts forth the idea that he’s wind driven snow pure, there is a lot in how Santorum has campaigned that is far from above board.

He has thrown little snide “almost lies” at a number of other Republicans and has yet to give a memorable trashing of Obama or liberals. He keeps saying he is the one who can go against Obama, but he never demonstrates that ability. He keeps saying he is the true conservative but his record outside of social issues does not support that.

No one’s taken him seriously yet, so he’s sort of skated. IMO he would never stand up to scrutiny of a leader. He snuck into the lead in Iowa while everyone was trashing Newt and not paying him any mind.


31 posted on 01/25/2012 5:33:16 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Apollo5600
I have a low opinion of the two so-called conservatives in the race (Newt and Romney). Paul is not a conservative even though he lives in our house.
32 posted on 01/25/2012 5:37:03 PM PST by Ben Mugged (The truth is incontrovertible)
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To: TitansAFC

I vote that Santorum stays in as a “backup battery” for a while. Newtonium is very volatile.


33 posted on 01/25/2012 5:37:33 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Proud RINOmney Denialist since 2007!)
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To: Politics4US

The the race will continue... but right now Newt is treading water and being out spent 20:1.


34 posted on 01/25/2012 5:37:53 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: austinaero
If he leaves now, he leaves intact with plenty of respect and that will allow him to have more credibility later. Just my two cents.

Absolutely. If he doesn't, then he's too stupid to be considered again.

35 posted on 01/25/2012 5:38:13 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Jim Robinson

If Romney loses Florida, he is wobbling but far from done, unfortunately. He will just regroup for Super Tuesday.

If Newt loses Florida (and right now it looks like he will), it gets very very tough. He will have to bounce back for the third time, and sustain it. He already did it twice, so the miracles do occasionally happen.

And yes, Santorum should just stop splitting the Tea Party vote, he got his moment and can go home now.


36 posted on 01/25/2012 5:38:48 PM PST by ubaldus
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To: napscoordinator

I read the post... wondered why it sounded so stupid... then I saw it was you...

Keep wishing, praying, betting, planing etc while you sip your favorite drink......maybe your man, Santorum will finally come in like a mule smiling as it eats briars...

I think fellow Freepers...we’re seeing the true problem here...IF IS US...

Heaven help this country...HEAVEN HELP US...

ANSWER ME ONE QUESTION... WHY IS SANTORUM STILL IN THIS RACE WHEN HE CAN BE A HERO...?

With all due respect of course...


37 posted on 01/25/2012 5:39:22 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

This “backup plan” talking point by Rick’s supporters is already old and worn.

He can’t win, under any circumstance. It is time for Risk to drop out before he ruins any future chance at being elected dogcatcher.


38 posted on 01/25/2012 5:40:30 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: TitansAFC

Santorum never was a real contender. Although he worked his tail off there, the Iowa win was basically an undeserved windfall for him.

Like I’ve said for a while now, his numbers are simply reverting to trend.


39 posted on 01/25/2012 5:42:36 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: TitansAFC

Can’t disagree with that. He only helps mittens from this point on, and even that is minimal


40 posted on 01/25/2012 5:42:36 PM PST by Figment
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To: Jim Robinson

I agree; if Romney loses Florida he is toast. I think, though, that is when the Republican Establishment trots out a Christie or a Mutch Daniels as an alternative at a brokered convention.


41 posted on 01/25/2012 5:43:25 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six

Mutch = Mitch. Well, the U and I are right next to each other on the keyboard!


42 posted on 01/25/2012 5:44:20 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: nikos1121

I read the post... wondered why it sounded so stupid... then I saw it was you...

Oh my gosh. is that your ugly mug on your home page? Good God I am sorry but that is horrible. You must have had a nasty life along with your nasty attitude. I figure you are about 75, such a shame you never gained any wisdom.


43 posted on 01/25/2012 5:46:49 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: ubaldus

I’m not ready to have Santorum drop out yet. I’m not sold on Newt—i think he still may say something crazy and flameout which would be the opening that Santorum needs. As long as both santorum and newt are each earning delegates I don’t think it’s that big a problem. Santorum can always ask his delegates to vote for mitt at the convention.


44 posted on 01/25/2012 5:47:43 PM PST by MillardFillmore
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To: TitansAFC

Just guessing here, but perhaps Santorum is hanging on as the alternate conservative for us were Newt to pull one of his infamous gaffes - always likely with him. Wrong Paul can never be the alternate for us, he is a liberaltarian not a conservative.


45 posted on 01/25/2012 5:49:01 PM PST by sasportas
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To: D-fendr
Perry’s withdrawal and support of Newt was very helpful and honorable. Santorum is a very good man, I hope he does the same, and the notMitt vote can be united.

Santorum couldn't be so delusional to think he has any chance of either winning or enhancing his career, unless it's by helping Romney.
I doubt Santorum will be supporting Newt when he drops out.Bad choice

46 posted on 01/25/2012 5:49:06 PM PST by Figment
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To: Ben Mugged
Yeah, let’s encourage the only conservative in the race to drop out. That’s the ticket!

Does this sound like a conservative?


47 posted on 01/25/2012 5:50:06 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: TitansAFC

Why should he? We’ve just begun and if Newt has a melt down, someone has to pick the ball and run. I think its more interesting this way, at least until after super Tuesday. Hope he has enough money to hold on for awhile longer. He is a decent guy.


48 posted on 01/25/2012 5:51:02 PM PST by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: MillardFillmore

Crap NEWT not Mitt. Forget it. I need another beer.


49 posted on 01/25/2012 5:51:25 PM PST by MillardFillmore
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To: Figment
I doubt Santorum will be supporting Newt when he drops out

I agree.

50 posted on 01/25/2012 5:51:29 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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