Skip to comments.Romney lost by playing defense, Santorum says
Posted on 11/09/2012 3:51:17 PM PST by Arthurio
(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered no insight into his own political future in a Friday CNN interview, but did offer his thoughts as to why the Republican nominee lost to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
"What Mitt Romney, in my opinion, didn't do was go out and vigorously defend the beliefs that he said he espoused and didn't go on the offense," Santorum said in an interview to air Friday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "And when you're playing defense, which is what I believe the campaign was doing and Republicans were doing generally throughout the course of this campaign you're not going to win.
"He didn't make it about those two fundamentally different visions for America," he said of Obama's re-election campaign, "and I don't think we did a very good job either as Republicans pointing out those fundamental differences and what type of freedom we're talking about."
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Good first step, Rick. Keep analyzing.
Yes I totally agree, an offensive ballot stuffing such as the ubama camp undertook would have been more effective /s
yes lets give up about those counties reporting 110% or even how one state VA had military votes going 50/50 which is unheard of
or lets ignore how more people voted tan registered in areas
or better lets say how those observers were thrown out
or maybe how about COL Allen west is finding out that republican votes were not counted in the Dem counties and has picked some up
I culd go on and on but hey lets move on and talk about a bad campaign, I mean we can;t look like sore losers and be called a name off the Dems attack dogs, oopps sorry the media
As if the sweater vested loser would have done better. Just shut up and go away Ricky.
Rick and the boys would rather talk about this instead of how votes were not counted or how obervers were thrown out tc or how counties in Dem areas reported 110% and all votes went obama etc etc
Yep Rick you and the boys talk abot this and we’ll just roll over yet again ,THEY HAVE GOT TO BE PALS WITH THE MEDIA YOU KNOW
You have to go after these mofos. They are corrupt, childish street fighters. You have to beat them any way you can
Renowned political expert and incredibly successful politician, Rick Santorum, has spoken. LMAO
Santorum may well have won PA and even OH! Blue-collar pedigree.
I don’t think that it benefited Romney to play defense on the last 2 debates.
If he was more aggressive, like he was in the first debate, I think he would have certainly gotten more votes. Maybe, not enough to swing election.
On another matter, Ryan was not effective in his debate.
Repubs must learn how to put down childish debate tactics like Biden employed. Ryan could have put him very easily in his place by say, “Stop acting like a three year old. Adults are trying to have a debate about the future of this country. If you continue to misbehave, we will be forced to put you in a corner for time-out.....Pretty easy...fight back....
Who lost in a bigger landslide in a Senate race than the infamous Christine O’Donnell?
The incumbent Senator, Rick Santorum, Rick was booted from the Senate in a 17.4% disaster.
He lost `caus he`s a RINO from the neo-marxist State of
HEY !!! Rick !!!
If Willard could have imagined Obama was a kid in need of a haircut or one of the Conservatives who ran in the primary, he would have been there with scissors and a base ball bat...
Are you joking? He lost re-election 60-40. Probably the largest losing margin for an incumbent senator ever (at least for one who was not involved in any kind of scandal).
I’m not sure. Perhaps people believed Romney about the sorry state of the economy and didn’t want jobs, they want Obama’s “free stuff”.
You think the media actually cares about 100%+ turnout in Dem precincts? Did you see the way they covered the election as a whole? Keep dreaming...
That was in the 2008 wave election. Hardly anybody survived following the Lehman Bros crash and McCain was pulverized.
Santorum gave the only answer he could safely give. Not very courageous but there it is.
Romney lost because he does not believe in conservative principles and never has. He was the 3rd or 4th pick to conservatives and only got the nomination because the elites in the republican party had preordained his candidacy from the start. Newt and Santorum were torpedoed to make sure Romney got the nod even though he had more money to run than all the others combined. Get ready for Jeb Bush to ride in with great fanfare from the republican leadership!!!
Willard was scared he was going to be asked something he couldnt answer or defend...
like being pro-abortion,
father of same sex marriage,
gays in the military,
his lack of service in the military,
cap n trade,
his business friendship with China,
his global warming
his lack of plans
his push for AMNESTY
and so on...
What is wrong with you scoffers? Every word Rick said is exactly right. He had nothing but praise for Mitt during the general campaign. But all of us attuned politically was frustrated to the point of madness with Mitt’s Milquetoast impersonation during the 2nd and 3rd debate. If Mitt had attcked the Puke as he had his primary opponents, he be taking office in January. Bob
Rick Santorum endorsed the man...twice.
Sanotrum is wrong. Romney lost because dems have huge pools of taker voters in urban America and the dems can get them to the polls in national elections with a marxist candidate of color at the top of the ticket. Their pool of voters is bigger than ours and will remain so. Deluding ourselves that we need to tune our message or get on the amnesty bus to win national elections is, well, stupidity.
Dead wrong. Mitt would have turned off even more women.
Mitt did a great job in the debates. He ran hard.
He even got JimRob's support and that was just about impossible.
Santorum was doing pretty damn food in the republican primaries until the GOP establishment squashed him when he became a threat to the preselected annointed one, Mitt Romney
Go back and look at recent histroy
Santorum was doing pretty damn good in the republican primaries until the GOP establishment squashed him when he became a threat to the preselected annointed one, Mitt Romney
Go back and look at recent histroy
2% would not have been the margin. Obama would have won by 7-10%.
Lets not forget that he tied Romney in the Michigan primary as well. That alone didn’t bode well for Romney considering the fact that in 08 Romney flogged McCain here by nearly 10 points. Romney ran a Detroit centered race and won in places that were the least likely to vote for him in the general.
Romney lost because he is a Republican. The DNCmedia will not allow ANY Republican to win. That is the straight up truth about the country we live in now. Propaganda, pure and simple.
Santorum is accurate, and the LOSER was Romney-the-Weak,
who COULD have spoken up, but that would have
meant interrupting his wife who was always defending him.
And....his message stinks.
He’s still correct that “playing defense” was the main reason Romney lost.
Yeah, I agree to that. Makes me sick when people think that winning elections is all about being the most vicious, radical, candidate there is. Sort of like thinking everytime you get turned down for a job, you cut an extra finger off your hand for your own self-inflicted punishment.
Right now, the best thing to do is work toward the 2014 midterms, and as voters, make sure that we give charitably and simply reach out with conservative values as opposed to conservative politics to people who need help right now, and frankly, as a rephrase of a prior meme, “let D.C. Bankrupt itself and let the currency inflate.
How much of the “women’s vote” did Santorum get in Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississipi, Louisiana and other states he won, and in Michigan and Wisconsin where he got within 3-5% of Romney who outspent him by about a hundred million bucks?
Santorum turned out to be a real sleeper and was coming on strong when the GOP-e smothered his inconveniently successful campaign
2012 is OVER
we should be working on 2016
No more RINOs
surely in the 300 Million Americans we can get behind early ???
LIke starting next year ???
Governor Sarah Palin or somneone with guts and Conservative creds like her...
Ask Sarah next year “Are you going to run ???” and expect an answer right away...
dont wait months...
if shes not there find sommeone else...
Sanctorum should not have lasted so long...his fathers citizenship was never questioned early...
Was Rick an NBC ??? we still deomnt know
Michelle Bachman and Newt and Herman were about the only REAL Conservatives we had...
Rick Perry loved his illegal aliens ...
NO THANKS REikck...
Vett EVERY candidate EARLY...
TEA Party be SPEAK OUT ...
Thats the only way we want be saddled with a poor loser candidate like Willard in 2016...
Will the 70 year old Willard run again in 2016 ???
What do you think ???
Hes too obsessed and arrogent and entitled and elitist and the material of pagan prophecies to retire and go away
after all is your Daddy had groomed you all your life to be president and king over America all your life would you accept whatr you considered bunkis ???
He, Rick Santorum, lost because the voice of GOP primary voters was cast, and it wasn’t for him by majority, it ended up going to Romney instead.
As for Nationally, who are you thinking, Gingrich? Santorum? Cain? All of these people had either such poor organizational skills, poor appeal to women, or stupid abortion/rape rants that they would lose more handily than Romney did. The problem is an increasingly taker electorate, combined, with a “Howard Stern” electorate.
I have to admit, I was thinking that all during the Biden/Ryan pseudo-”debate”.The Romney-Ryan ticket obviously thought there was more to be gained by taking the high ground
and acting like serious gentlemen. They were wrong, and the disappointment was just a wee bit more delayed than when we watched McCain slowly capitulate and resentfully kick his campaign away four years earlier, and NOT EVEN ALLOW Sarah Palin to take up the slack.Obama and Biden, after all had four solid years of FAILURE, so you just KNOW their demeanors would have to reflect the idea that they had four years of blazing successes, and just who are these upstarts Romney and Ryan to challenge us???We just didn’t have two candidates who had it in them to butt heads with the likes of Obama and Biden and launch a withering attack on them commensurate with the totally disrespectful, juvenile, and cynical way they were treated by the Dem candidates.Your imaginary dialog offered for Ryan would’ve at least given the Republican side a fighting chance,and put the two teams on even ground.But inevitably, Romney or Ryan taking that tack would’ve been roundly criticized by the MSM, so who really knows what would’ve worked?
What does Santorum know? He lost to Mitt.
up Santorums backside.
Romney’s finished. The only exception I have seen in terms of age is Ron Paul, who frankly is unelectable for plenty of reasons, one being he decides to blame America first, sort of like Obama’s apologize for America first.
Rick is an idiot - he couldn’t beat Romney and if he wanted to proved his worth he could of campaigned for him.
Sitting back now and criticizing just makes him look like any other politician without a real job instead of a leader.
The GOP got beat not just Romney. They had a better idea on how to market their candidate. If you give stuff away to people then entice / encourage them to vote, these people will do exactly what they are told - sheeple.
Gingrich ripped Romney apart during the primary, while Obama played golf.
Pat Caudell(sp) really gave it to Mark the fill-in guy for Hannity today.It was really interesting stuff as well.
He pointed out how Romneylet the rats have bain and so many other hits that we never had a chance.the 47% etc.
Than there was the fat basturd from NJ Colin powell and he said we should have been in PA with big ads months ago.
He said our guys— mainly Rove and the other campaign managers were so inept mitt never had a chance. Poor messassging we never had a theme, it was a huge clusterf...
He made a lot of solid points.
We will start winnng when both the DBM and the demonrats are afraid of us not until.
Thats another thing pat caudell mentioned we should have been really tough on Benghazi. Instead Mitt did not even mention it.
you have a good point.Its tough to counter all the lies of the demonrats, run a good campaing trying to get your message out. It a lot tougher when you have to fight a bised media as well.
Problem is they don’t fear us at all.
We have to make them fear us.
We could attack what they need; advertising monney.
We could start with their news operations.
Say nbc nightly news,just target eveyone of their sponsors and at least make it cost them double to run bad news depts.
I think it could work.
that might get their attention hard to tell.
I'm talking about the general. Santorum would have been completely laughed out of town and would have gotten far less of the women's vote (particularly in swing states) than Romney.
To the comment: “Mitt did a great job in the debates. He ran hard.
He even got JimRob’s support and that was just about impossible.”
I didn’t much follow Romney’s politics before this election as some of the rest of you who seem very angry that he was elected. But I backed him after he was our candidate. I was impressed with his debates as well. How many of us could have kept the presidential cool that he did when the rules were broken by Candy Crawley (sorry, don’t know her last name). I thought he out performed Obama all three times (in spite of having liberal moderators each time.)
I am convinced that Obama won through lying and deceiving the American people, along with voter fraud, and cover ups and the media.
Why does the media support him anyway??? What advantage is there to them if he is in power? I don’t understand it.
The day after the election a hispanic at my work asked me if I had watched the election coverage. (He is a new employee and didn’t know he was talking to a conservative.) So since he asked, we discussed it and I let him know of the loss he and his family and children would inherit due to Obama being re-elected. I let him know it would surely cause businesses to move out of our state and explained why. He looked somber. I filled him in on Benghazi. He never heard about Benghazi. He seemed sad finding out this “new information”. We talked about how many just want freebies and that could be why they elected Obama (but obviously he is not asking for freebies since he is a working man.) But I asked him how his children would be able to get a job when they graduate if more and more businesses move out of state. He said he didn’t know. There is just one tiny example of the fact that Obama has won due to deceit and cover ups. Many people just don’t know who this man is and the horrible job he has done so far as president, because it is not reported.
Anyway, I wish everyone would stop blaming Romney for this loss.
How does one win against deception, cheating, lying, intimidation, cover ups, 8 years of media bashing the republican party and president (who did a much better job than Obama.)
If I had a choice I would elect the most conservative person running. But Romney was the better of the two and probably would have gotten our American economy back in shape.
I didn’t know much of Paul Ryan before this election but I also liked his conservative values that he portrayed.
PS...I meant “elected” as the Republican candidate.
Oh, hush up, Rick. This isn’t productive. If you have something useful to do with yourself and your contacts (including me), then get on with doing it.