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Santorum Says He Dropped Out Because He Ran Out of Money
National Journal ^ | April 12, 2012 | Jonathan Miller

Posted on 04/12/2012 10:57:27 AM PDT by Brown Deer

Two days after leaving the Republican presidential-nomination race, Rick Santorum said on Thursday that the main reason he dropped out was that the campaign simply ran out of money.

“We were just burning through cash at a rate we couldn't maintain,” the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania said on Tony Perkins’s Today's Issues radio show, noting that the campaign for the first time started to go into debt. “Super PAC money didn't pay the bills on the campaign.”

Santorum suspended his campaign one day after his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder, was released from the hospital. On Thursday, he did not mention his daughter or her health issues as a factor in his decision.

Santorum said the decision to suspend his campaign came after the primary loss in Wisconsin, which he and his team felt they had to win.

“In the week after Wisconsin, we basically raised no money,” he said, noting that the campaign had sent out requests for donations. “People were e-mailing back saying the race was over.”

In Pennsylvania, Santorum said, he would have had no money to spend on advertising against front-runner Mitt Romney’s millions.

“We were probably looking at not being able to spend a penny on advertising,” he said. “You want to compete, but we felt we couldn’t.”

The campaign also looked ahead to what was deemed as a favorable calendar for Romney. “It seemed unlikely — reaching the point of impossible — to stop Romney,” he said. “We thought, ‘Maybe it’s time to stand down.’”

That said, Santorum said he did credit his rival with shaping the media narrative.

“I give Romney a lot of credit in that he was able to more effectively spin the media,” he said.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: santorum; santorumoutofrace

1 posted on 04/12/2012 10:57:34 AM PDT by Brown Deer
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To: Brown Deer

His internals said he was going to lose PA, no doubt.


2 posted on 04/12/2012 11:00:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Money is part of that. PA is a huge media market and without money he really couldn’t compete. So I take him at his word.

No point in risking the humiliation of a big defeat in your home state when you don’t have the money to do anything to mitigate that risk.


3 posted on 04/12/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Brown Deer

It was near impossible to match Milt this election cycle with cash. He could write checks all day long to fund himself. Rick did do a fantastic job with the limited funds he had. 11 wins against Milt is nothing to dismiss when he was outspent 10 to 1 in some contests. Some of these upcoming states are pretty expensive to run in too. PA and NY are not cheap.


4 posted on 04/12/2012 11:05:08 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Brown Deer

I sure wish folks would step back and think about the implications of continuing to feed a political process that is all about money and media.

It doesn’t have to be that way.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He was not going to be able to win Pennsylvania by a large enough margin to offset the media meme about the other three Romney wins that day. The schedule was set up to offset any losses in Conservative/Moderate states with more wins in Liberal states. Everything was stacked to help Romney this time.


6 posted on 04/12/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT by Ingtar
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To: samtheman; E. Pluribus Unum

The Philthy media market alone is huge and expensive. Add having to do Pittsburgh and all the small markets in between, it is very expensive. The money spent in the Toomey/Sestak race were mind blowing for a US Senate race compared to other states.


7 posted on 04/12/2012 11:08:13 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Brown Deer

The only reason anyone ever drops out of this race...


9 posted on 04/12/2012 11:21:19 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Lazlo in PA; Antoninus
Rick did do a fantastic job with the limited funds he had. 11 wins against Milt is nothing to dismiss when he was outspent 10 to 1 in some contests.

Agreed! Santorum gave Romney a good scare and probably made the wisest decision he could under the circumstances. It also makes abundantly clear that Romney and his flying monkeys have bought the nomination, which speaks volumes about the corruption within the GOP.

10 posted on 04/12/2012 11:23:37 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Rome2000

Not as much of a degenerate chump as you, Rome.
Rotten to the core, you Santorum haters.


11 posted on 04/12/2012 11:29:12 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
His internals said he was going to lose PA, no doubt.

You can't win against millions of dollars of negative advertising with no money.

As expected, Romney bought the nomination by the sheer weight of dollars. Pathetic.
12 posted on 04/12/2012 11:31:01 AM PDT by Antoninus (The Republican Party (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Romney, Inc.))
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To: Rome2000

13 posted on 04/12/2012 11:36:19 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period, and by election day you won't like him either.)
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To: Brown Deer

Certainly doesn’t sound like he’s throwing his support to Mittens...


14 posted on 04/12/2012 11:37:59 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

There is no state that Romney won that was not a result of his money advantage.

It does make one wonder who the candidate would be if none of them had any money and just had to go on the basis of public broadcast of debates or discussions.


15 posted on 04/12/2012 11:41:45 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: xzins
It does make one wonder who the candidate would be if none of them had any money and just had to go on the basis of public broadcast of debates or discussions.

You need to factor in state-controlled media's crusade against all things conservative.

Money can't buy that. It's already been bought and paid for.

16 posted on 04/12/2012 11:47:11 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: Mountain Mary

Exactly! But they did get what they wanted in the end. Unfortunately, that’s a Romney nomination. Now the rest of us have to suffer with 4 more years of Obama.

Romney’s losing in OH, and in CO, and in NC - it’s over.


17 posted on 04/12/2012 11:51:07 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: Brown Deer

I figured that was the case. That was probably the most I’ve given to a single candidate. The upside is I’ll be saving money from this point on since I won’t be donating to Romney, the RNC, RNSC, or RNCC despite their 10 - 20 calls per day.


18 posted on 04/12/2012 11:52:53 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Rome2000

You got it but Santorum and Romney probably took a joint decision after determining together that Gingrich was no longer a threat to Romney.


19 posted on 04/12/2012 12:14:41 PM PDT by JimWayne
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20 posted on 04/12/2012 12:42:36 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Brown Deer
His own polling showed him losing PA.

He stayed in long enough to secure the momentum to Romney.

I can't stand the political opportunist.

21 posted on 04/12/2012 12:55:40 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Brown Deer

Actually he dropped out because he ran out of other peoples money. These uber egotists would never step out of the spotlight no matter how hopeless their chances as long as they had donors.


22 posted on 04/12/2012 1:15:57 PM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: Brown Deer
The Romney campaign stopped propping him up.
23 posted on 04/12/2012 1:16:42 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: Christie at the beach

Yes indeed.


24 posted on 04/12/2012 1:18:35 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: Christie at the beach
His own polling showed him losing PA.

He stayed in long enough to secure the momentum to Romney.

I can't stand the political opportunist.

Gee. I watched his dropping out rally, and he didn't say one word about polls or money. It was all about leaving to be a better parent. I thought I had watched the whole thing, but apparently I missed some parts of it.

25 posted on 04/12/2012 1:26:43 PM PDT by true believer forever (GO NEWT! On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!!)
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To: Brown Deer

What would have happened if the liberal media had correctly reported Rick the winner of the Iowa caucus?

Would he have gone into SC & Florida with a lot more cash and momentum?

Could it have made a difference in states where it was close like Michigan, Alaska and Ohio?


26 posted on 04/12/2012 1:50:17 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: Mountain Mary

I keep wondering what would happen if the folks in Pennsylvainia decided to ignore Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign and choose to vote for Rick and his delegates and carried PA ?


27 posted on 04/12/2012 2:03:27 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great p/p)
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To: Christie at the beach
His own polling showed him losing PA.

He stayed in long enough to secure the momentum to Romney.

I can't stand the political opportunist.

 
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28 posted on 04/12/2012 3:45:19 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: mosesdapoet

Officially PA is a loophole primary - all delegates are officially uncommitted. Voters have to research which delegates have declared for which candidate.


29 posted on 04/12/2012 4:18:30 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Brown Deer

That’s what drunken sailors do. Real politicains go on spending.


30 posted on 04/12/2012 4:32:13 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: scrabblehack

Because Santorum’s “suspension” was late in the game it’s quite likely that information got passed on. When I was a Reagan alt delegate in Illinois the ballot had the names of the delegates and who they were pledged to alongside in (paranthesis). I don’t know about all the 50 but most states the delegate elected is committed to his pledge on the 1st vote and that usually goes to the candidate who carried the district


31 posted on 04/12/2012 4:37:53 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great p/p)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
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Santorum dropped-out because Mitt was about to spend $ 9 million in negative TV ads in Pennslyvanmnia ...

And apparently ... Santorum was provided the "blistering, scorched-earth" ad to watch in advance ...



Here's where Ricky's youthful inexperience and massive-ego failed him ...

Had Santorum been an "experienced candidate" or frankly, just a little more intelligent, he would have teamed-up with Newt Gingrich to effectively STOP Romney ...

Because Ricky would have known that Mitt would eventually apply the "Kill Newt At All Costs" treatment to Santorum himself ...

All the above is "theory # 1" ...



Theory # 2 ?

Santorum was Romney's "stalking horse" candidate to cripple Genuine Conservatives ... in this case, Newt Gingrich ...

Pastor "Little Rickey" served his Master ("Ego") very well ...



Fortunately ... Romney "does not" win the 2012 GOP nomination ...

Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin do ...




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32 posted on 04/12/2012 5:54:41 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: JCBreckenridge

I half heard someone on Faux talking about a new national poll that has Rom. two percentage points ahead of Hussein...???

Not a great believer in polls, but where have you seen these state results, JC?
I live parttime in CO. and would be surprised if Obama didn’t carry this state.

I’m surrounded by granola munchers up here in the NW part of the state: LA transplants, dontcha know.


33 posted on 04/12/2012 6:18:51 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Mountain Mary

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_CO_041012.pdf

O+13 in CO.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/04/obama-at-a-high-in-north-carolina.html

O+5 in NC (with 29 percent favourability), and 59 unfavourables.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/ohio/election_2012_ohio_president

Ras has O+8 in Ohio.

These are swing states and he’s not even competitive.


34 posted on 04/12/2012 6:37:38 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: Christie at the beach

He was beating Romney at his own game. Imagine what would have happened had Gingrich backed out so that Santorum could beat Romney?

Then we’d actually have options at this point. Now, the man who couldn’t get 40+ percent anywhere is going to be the republican nominee vs Obama.

Well done, Newt supporters. Well done. The only way that Romney could win the nomination, and you delivered it for him in spades.


35 posted on 04/12/2012 6:40:53 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: Patton@Bastogne

“Santorum was Romney’s “stalking horse” candidate to cripple Genuine Conservatives ... in this case, Newt Gingrich”

Wrong, Gingrich was the staking horse for Mitt. OH, MI, WY and AK prove it. He delivered more states for Mitt than he won himself.


36 posted on 04/12/2012 6:43:01 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: JCBreckenridge

I’m not a big poll follower but interesting.


37 posted on 04/12/2012 7:58:54 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Watched the ever gracious Rick on Greta.

What a loss...and what a class act.


38 posted on 04/12/2012 8:03:12 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Blaming Santorum when he was the closest thing we had to stopping Romney, is ridiculous. Further ridiculous is the fact that the vote split courtesy of Gingrich denied Santorum the win, not vice versa.


39 posted on 04/12/2012 9:44:08 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N89LGhm-Ztc))
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To: Brown Deer

I’ve seen a lot of pols run up debt in elections and pay them off much later. He ran out of backers, not money.

I also applaud him for keeping his personal life just that. We all know as he “dropped out” he and his family had another heart wrenching moment with their poor three year old.

He wasn’t my choice but God Bless him and his family.


40 posted on 04/12/2012 10:04:10 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: xzins

“There is no state that Romney won that was not a result of his money advantage.”

Romney won’t have the money advantage against Obama, and the free positive publicity Obama will have from LMSM will be priceless.

If only voters would depend on their own research, rather than believe the countless attack ads that rich candidates can afford.


41 posted on 04/12/2012 10:07:33 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: mosesdapoet

When I lived in PA (Not since ‘88), all that appeared on the ballot was the name of the delegate, without saying which candidate the delegate was committed to (if any). However it appears it is still that way.


From greenpapers.com:
Tuesday 24 April 2012: Pennsylvania Presidential Primary. 59 of the Commonwealth’s 72 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be directly elected (their names appear on the ballot) in a LOOPHOLE type primary, in which delegates are elected separately from a presidential preference “beauty contest”.

Sunday 10 June 2012: Summer Meeting. The Pennsylvania Republican State Committee will meet to choose 10 at-large delegates.

The at-large delegates, chosen by the state’s Republican State Committee, will go to the Republican National Convention officially “Unpledged”. [Rule 8.3] In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Pennsylvania’s Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.


So voters still vote for the delegate, and the delegates with the highest totals in each CD are elected. The vote for President has nothing to do with the selection of delegates. Each CD elects 3 or 4 delegates.


42 posted on 04/13/2012 2:55:05 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Brown Deer; All

Are any FReepers voting for Santorum in the remaining primaries ? Just curious- we had our primary a few months ago . Looking at Texas - i think the primary is May. As of yesterday Santorum was on the ballot there and listed on the TX SOS website. Dont know if they
would have enough time to reprint ballots.!?!


43 posted on 04/13/2012 12:49:03 PM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: urtax$@work

I expect to vote for Santorum in TX on May 29 if his name is on the ballot. Also for Ted Cruz for the Senate nomination.


44 posted on 04/13/2012 1:19:07 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Theodore R.
thanks for reply TR, if our state was currently pre primary, i would be doing same. BUT- you know every since Santorum dropped out- and everyone im hearing on talk radio in Houston are pulling their hair out---

remember this There is still Paul & Gingrich - and what if San won many of the next states. Dont know what would cause a brokered convention btw.. Bottom line-"they" still want us to beleive its over.

45 posted on 04/13/2012 1:36:24 PM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: Mountain Mary
What a loss...and what a class act.

I agree Mary. We saw him in Arlington Heights, IL, 3-16-12. It was electrifying in a very "real" sense. No pretension; just honest hard-working folk of middle income or thereabouts. Link

The only thing I wish Rick would have done (and this was evidently a campaign decision not to) was to mention his faith more frequently. We read in one of Rick's interviews, that 35% of the evangelicals who voted for him thought he was an evangelical, with a lower percentage knowing he was a Roman Catholic.
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Articles written by my husband, Tom O'Toole, regarding Rick Santorum: The Santorum Forum.
46 posted on 04/16/2012 3:37:10 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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