Skip to comments.Rick Santorum: If I Win The Illinois Primary, I Win The Nomination
Posted on 03/17/2012 7:04:37 PM PDT by Steelfish
Rick Santorum: If I Win The Illinois Primary, I Win The Nomination
By Andrew Rafferty EFFINGHAM, Ill. -- Rick Santorum on Saturday guaranteed that a win in the Illinois primary will result in his nomination as the Republican presidential nominee.
"This is a primary, and turnout is everything. You do your job, you do your job, then this is the pledge," Santorum said. "If we're able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you, I guarantee you that we will win this nomination."
Illinois has largely been predicted to favor Mitt Romney for Tuesday's primary. The vote is expected to be driven by Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, pegged as unfavorable territory for the former Pennsylvania senator's brand of conservatism. But in areas like Effingham, hours south of the Windy City, Santorum hopes to fire up a Republican base that is often overshadowed by its Democratic counterparts to the north.
"You know you don't get a chance to out-vote your friends up in the Chicago-land area very often, but this is a primary and turnout is everything," he said, standing in a warehouse of a local business specializing in kitchen equipment. While stumping in the Land of Lincoln, Santorum said he feels like he's already running in the general election.
People ask me why Im the best candidate to run against Barack Obama," said Santorum. "Its because I feel like, in many respects, I am running against Barack Obama here in this primary because Mitt Romney has the same positions as Barack Obama in this primary.
The health care bill that Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts is the issue Santorum has been hammering him on most frequently. Santorum says the legislation laid the groundwork for the health care bill Obama signed in 2010....
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Don’t worry..the Chinese already have plans for a base on the moon.
Years later the ignorant will be saying “Newt was right”
The GOP is insane by anyone voting for Romney. I favor Obama over Romney, any day.
Nuttin....he’s still my backup plan.
Nuttin....he’s still my backup plan.
Wouldn’t it be great if, in a completely unexpected twist, Ron Paul won Illinois?
If Illinois voters were smart they would chose the family values candidate with character, Rick Santorum. God please let this happen. First true conservative in decades. I just hope this happens.
I doubt Ron Paul could win an Asst. Manager postition at Dairy Queen..........but yeah, he’d be better than Romney.
God be with him. We need Romney to fail—badly. May the voters of Illinois be wise and may the Romney slime machine finally crash and burn.
The GOP is crazy if it nominates Mitt Romney! Almost any other GOP politician would make almost infinitely more sense.
I'm sure the next two Justices that Obama picks for the SCOTUS will be glad to hear it.
I can't stand Romney, but I loathe Obama. The choice is clear if it comes down to that.
Anybody but Obama.
Some people are concerned that Santorum might have an optics problem, that liberals could too easily make it look like he is trying to baptize government into the church, which of course he would not do (any more than he did in Congress).
But if Gingrich can’t squeak it, it looks like Santorum is the only other who makes sense, and he will just have to deal with the unfair liberal optics as they come.
Give it a rest, psycho. You’d better be praying Santorum gets the nomination because otherwise it’s Romney.
He’s not my first choice either, but I not only see the handwriting on the wall, I can actually read it.
When I see a post like that, it makes me despair for the country, for the intellect on Free Republic ...
Is anybody even paying attention to Obama running roughshod over everything and ignoring congress and the people.
I’ll crawl over hard dirt to vote for Romney or anyone else who is our candidate and I pray that the stupidity expressed by some here is not universal.
“If Rick Santorum wins the nomination, the GOP is insane.”
That is without a doubt one of the most idiotic statements I’ve seen in a while. As if nominating a social conservative (both Reagan and George W. were) would guarantee us losing. History shows this is not the case.
No, the real insanity is the GOPe pushing this socialist who wrote the precursor to Obamacare. In an election where our future is at stake, the freedoms we will pass along to the next generation, repealing Obamacare is “ground zero” in our struggle to get back this country.
So against that backdrop, what do our elites do? Oh, here’s a good idea, let’s nominate the guy who essentially wrote the damn bill! Now THAT is insanity.
I dont think hell get to the point of promising permanent lunar-based colonies within eight years.
We have experienced what happens with such government migration. Near death valley is a desert community called Palmdale. They started building little subdivisions there in the early 90s, cute tiny starter homes and town homes. Young middle class couples in their 20s starting families moved out there to enjoy the low house prices. For years all was quaint and well. Then the government deemed the housing there “section whatever” and gave inner city “families” the right to squat in them. BOOM, property values went down so far that most of the middle class kids had to walk away from their homes. Great, more to give away. Now the place is a cesspool of gang activity.
The moon could look like that two years after Gingrich starts bribing people to go live there. GWGs — gangstas without gravity.
Any Santorum supporters living in the Chicago area should seriously think about volunteering at his office in Elgin. I will be there on Monday and Tuesday.
And those who live in other areas can use the phone at home program on his website.
Does anyone know of a Santorum list on Free Republic that lists those living in Illinois? It would be nice to ping them to the volunteer opportunities.
Winning Illinois would really reset the race!
I want some of what Santorum been smokin’
He can’t win the nomination outright unless both Newt and Mitt drop out soon.
He needs 64% of the remaining delegates of the remaining primaries.
Somebody needs to get Rick’s head in touch with Rick’s mouth, but real quick.