Skip to comments.Santorum Open to VP Slot, Says He'll Do 'Whatever Necessary' to Help Country
Posted on 03/26/2012 4:05:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Rick Santorum has shown he is a tireless campaigner and is the number one choice of evangelical voters. Now the former Pennsylvania senator is saying he is open to the idea of filling the nation's number two slot if his fellow GOP front-runner secures the party's nomination. In a Monday interview with CBN's David Brody, when Santorum was asked if he would consider running alongside Mitt Romney as the vice presidential nominee, he gave an affirmative reply.
"Of course," Santorum told Brody. "I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can."
"I've been working every single day," he added. "My wife and my kids, we're just battling our tail, because we know their future and all of our children's future is at stake in this election and I don't want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter, 20 years from now, and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I don't want to have that conversation."
Brody pressed Santorum a little further, asking, "So you're keeping your options open?"
"I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country," responded Santorum.
But in spite or what may or may not happen between now and August, Santorum and Romney are still making their case why one is more qualified than the other to take on President Obama in November. Santorum won Louisiana's primary, while Romney claimed the Illinois primary earlier last week.
Romney still commands a significant delegate lead with 565 delegates, compared with Santorum's 256. The remaining Republican candidates, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, have 141 and 66 delegates, respectively.
Notwithstanding the actual delegate numbers, the Santorum campaign is not showing signs of slowing down in the least. Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Santorum try to make the case that some of the delegate math was not correct.
"I don't agree with the delegate math that the Romney campaign's putting out there," Santorum said.
However, the next two months will most likely produce a clearer picture, and from the looks of things, Romney will still retain a significant advantage. The upcoming April primaries in the Northeast should favor Romney and Santorum will most likely fare better when the contest turn toward states more favorable to social conservatives such as North Carolina where a marriage amendment is on the ballot.
The former Pennsylvania senator came after Romney on Sunday in a campaign appearance in Wisconsin, calling the former Massachusetts governor the "worst Republican in the country" to take on Obama over Obamacare. Santorum's heated exchange with a New York Times reporter caused him to use profane language. He yelled, "It's bulls**t," saying the paper was distorting his words.
The next round of primaries is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, when Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., voters go to the polls.
Sorry I did not make myself clear. I meant any of the Republican contenders this time around including those who have since withdrawn and, even Gov. Palin would accept an offer from whoever is the nominee. And now we have confirmation that Gingrich too would accept a VP slot if offered.
But Newt never openly ran around the country claiming that Romney and Obama were the same. Newt has always said he would endorse whoever the nominee was. Newt has always said he would campaign for whoever won the nomination. Santorum, on the other hand is now speaking out of both sides of the mouth. Basically, he lied to you for your vote and now he's giving your vote to Romney.
Santorum is now saying that he's willing to be the VP of the Godfather of Obamacare which makes his "runningmate" uniquely UNQUALIFIED to run against Obama.
But then again, to many of us. No surprise. He endorsed Romney as "The Real Conservative" back in '08.
I never trusted the man. I never even considered for a second voting for Santorum in the primaries for that reason.
2ndDivisionVet, is no "Romneybot. I do not think his post was meant to praise Santorum for his desire to share the ticket with the man he claims is the worst man to run against Obama. To Santorum it's politics.
Let’s put this all into perspective. Here’s what Santorum has said more than once (in fact many times)
Hey looky here:
Gingrich: Sure, I’d be Romney’s VP
Don’t look now:
Newt Gingrich said today he would be willing to be second on a Mitt Romney ticket.
No, I wouldnt say no, Gingrich said on Fox News Channels Your World with Neil Cavuto about what he would do if he was asked to become Romneys vice president. I cant imagine him offering.
Did Speaker Gingrich also say that Romney was the worst candidate to go against Obama, like Senator Santorum did? If so, share that with us.
Good lord. The twist and spin and justification-gymnastics between the two Not-Romney camps can get amazing sometimes.
>> Santorum Open to VP Slot, Says He’ll Do ‘Whatever Necessary’ to Help Country
Not sure how the two are related.
Doh, I must be taking the infallible one out of context again. My bad.
>> Hey looky here:
>> Gingrich: Sure, Id be Romneys VP
A Santorum supporter deferring to Newt for moral validation. Interesting.
His actions as governor speak louder than his campaign promises.
His actions as governor speak louder than his campaign promises.
You’re just as bad as the CBS sleazeball that tried to distort Santorum’s comments.
Santorum said “Romney was the worst candidate to go against Obama ON HEALTHCARE/OBAMCARE”
Watch this video. In addition to taking the reporter head-on, Rick is speaking to people like you too.
cue the Steely Dan... “Ricky don’t lose that number...”
Me too, my hands won’t be tainted with evil - even though voters want to destroy America. They ain’t going where I am, anyway.
Last election he campaigned and supported Mitt, this election he’s ready to be his VP.
AGREED! Romney will get his same 30% and the conservative write in 70%.
I still write in. POS snake in the grass Romney NEVER gets my vote no matter how he makes his poison sweeter.
If conservatives can’t hear the sandbag descending towards their heads at this point they’re deaf.
They’ve been explicitly warned, for a very long time.
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