Skip to comments.Challenges Mount for Rick Santorum [Pledges To "Fight On"]
Posted on 01/21/2012 7:29:34 PM PST by Steelfish
JANUARY 21, 2012 Challenges Mount for Rick Santorum
By PATRICK O'CONNOR and BRODY MULLINS
CHARLESTON, S.C.Republican White House hopeful Rick Santorum burst out of Iowa earlier this month on a wave of unexpected momentum.
But after a third-place finish in South Carolina, the former Pennsylvania senator finds himself limping into Florida without a clear path to victory and an unforgiving landscape for an under-funded candidate.
With 95% of the precincts reporting, Mr. Santorum was the top pick of 17% of Republican primary voters in South Carolina, well behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's 41% and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 27%. That result came a day after Iowa Republicans named him the official winner of their first-in-the-nation caucuses.
Mr. Santorum drew large crowds this week when he campaigned in the socially conservative regions of South Carolina. But he wasn't able to translate that into a strong showing on primary night. Now, as the race shifts to Florida, Mr. Santorum must figure out how to magnify his up-close appeal to an expansive and expensive state where money typically plays a large role in determining the winner.
On Saturday night, as he has all week, Mr. Santorum pledged to fight on.
"Three states, three winners. What a great country," he told his supporters at an election-night rally at the Citadel in Charleston. "It's a wide open race. Join the fight."
Mr. Santorum often cites his Iowa win as evidence he should remain in the race and has hinted that he expects Mr. Gingrich to flame out at some point. On Saturday, his campaign announced Mr. Santorum would immediately travel to Florida to start campaigning in the Sunshine State. His first event is a campaign rally Sunday at a chicken wing restaurant outside Fort Lauderdale.
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Rick, I love you, but GET OUT NOW!! You are not going to be the nominee but you can insure Romney is by staying in.
it doesn’t matter who wins if it isn’t someone like Santorum, so let him stay in. The country (and the world) must witness the clear distinction between life and death that is Santorum vs. Obama.
I would like to see how he does in Florida. I mean the debates are already down to 4 people and he is not taking any votes from Newt as proof of tonight. I think he brings ideas to the table that need to be discussed right now. If it comes to the point where he is taking votes from Newt, he will drop out.
I have supported Rick. But it’s time for him to get out.
If hes doesn’t, it will be because the GOP establishment want Rick in there to help Romney.
Santorum? Big government RINO? Please.
People should stop giving him pledges.
Rick, I luv you man but, you need to throw your support to Newt and be done with it.
Your message is more aligned with Newt than that other guy.
Do the right thing.
Rick lost the primary within a primary to be the Anti-Romney. He should endorse Newt before FL.
“I would like to see how he does in Florida.”
Santorum won Iowa; Romney won liberal NH; Newt won SC. They each won one - it’s a three-man race!
Santorum, unabashedly and undeniably pro-life.
that is the issue.
The presidency is meaningless. America's best days are long behind us. It's the culture of life vs. the culture of death.
Geeze, tune the hell in or you'll miss the real show.
Florida is the first CLOSED primary where only Republicans can vote. Rick should stay in because this is the first test with only conservative voters.
I fully support Santorum in 2020... quit now Rick.. agree to be VP in Gingrich administration...keep your voice out there and gear up for 2020... Conservatism must be preserved !!
Since he’s working on a shoestring anyhow, the lack of money won’t force him out quite yet. But he’ll be ineffective at drawing new money into his coffers after tonight, and the inevitable will happen. It would be a tribute to his character if he realizes that in time to help Newt make a difference in Florida.
If he hasn’t suspended by midweek, I’ll be disappointed because I think he’s a good man who is not driven by ego to stay in til the bitter end.
Rick needs to seriously get out next week. He has no chance to win the nomination. From here on out its a vanity run.
Not taking votes from Newt? Where do you think that 17/18% would have gone? It's time to WIN! Not "see how he does in Florida." Rick is a good guy but his run is toast. Romney is going to be in for the long haul and Newt needs the 10+ percentage points in EVERY state to put him away! It's a very risky game to keep playing "split the vote."
its reasonable that RICk wants to stay in. He ought to go somewhere that NEWT is not mounting a challenge and start fresh taking on MITT. Not sure where that would be. MINN? MICH?
Florida makes no sense.
Santorum lost because the establishment cheated. Allowing them to get away with it will mean conservatives have no voice in the primary.
Santorum needs to set aside his ego, put his country before himself and drop out.
I love you Rick but GET OUT!
No you are so wrong. Three people have won 3 states. All of them can compete. Let’s see. Santorum has lost two states, Newt has lost two states and Romney has lost two states. There is ZERO reason for any of them to drop out at this time. Sure I am for Newt winning the nomination but I refuse to force a candidate out of a primary that is even with the others.
“America’s best days are long behind us.”
I believe our best days are ahead of us. The only question is how hard will the Lord’s correction be.
Glad he’s staying in. Pro life matters.
Problem is, what if he drops out for Mitt, or eventually intends to. I haven’t sensed any allegiance with Newt or Perry over the months, and if he IS going to go to Mitt we want him to do it after we batter Mitt down to the low 20s.
So, I don’t ask him to drop out, just ask him who’s he staying in for?
“Rick needs to seriously get out next week. He has no chance to win the nomination. From here on out its a vanity run.”
I see Santorum as Lazio and Newt as Paladino. Not very happy with the chances for either.
No, Rick needs to get out. CNN was just saying that the RNC big bosses will do everything NOW to send him money to keep him in the race To> divide the conservative votes. He needs to go. Pretty soon, Palin has to endorse Newt. Newt has the backing of most of the Tea Party. Rick is already trashing Newt. We don’t need that or we could end up with Romney. This will be a hard battle. Gotta pray that these votes will come together for these other states.
My take exactly!
If Romney wins it, he wins BIG in FL and his momentum is reestablished heading into a sure win in Mormon-heavy NV.
Santorum should definitely honestly reevaluate his campaign this week
Maine caucuses Feb 4-11. CO, MN caucus on Feb 7... probably all Romney country. MO votes (Newt not participating) but their delegates are actually determined by a caucus in March; the vote is just a beauty contest.
Romney should get "favorite son" status for the MI primary on Feb 28th. AZ, on the same day, might be competitive.
Where will Santorum "break out" in February ahead of March's Super Tuesday? How does he picked up momentum? Does he sit around helping Romney take delegates while he waits like a vulture to see if Newt stumbles?
Ignoring FL, Ron Paul is focused on the caucus states. Santorum can't camp out in these states for a year like he did in Iowa. 5
I think he should stay in and give more people a choice. As pointed out in other posts, he obviously isn’t taking any votes away from Gingrich, and many really do not like Gingrich or Romney.
That's a ridiculous assertion with no basis in fact.
Santorum was lapped by Gingrich and even Romney beat him by 10 points.
Sheesh. Get some reality.
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If you really believe the crap that you just posted, it must suck just to wake up in the morning.
America's best days are long behind us?
Get the hell out of the Country I served for in the Army, you sorry loser.
Move your sorry butt to where ever you believe has the brightest future, but why are you posting on FR?
You haven’t read about Iowa?
If Rick is smart — and he better be, he’ll realize that the only course for him is to back Newt. Hard as it may be... that’s the hand that has been dealt. It will only help him to endorse Newt and move forward.
Rick lost the primary within a primary to be the Anti-Romney. He should endorse Newt before FL.
the fact that he won’t proves he is only in it for himself.
He has no money, no organization and no chance.
>> If Rick is smart
Rick reminds me of Dole and McCain; the fight is more important than the outcome.
Hopefully, he's smart enough not to go after Newt with his advertising.
Good to hear. Fight on Mr. Santorum.
He’s staying in for the same reason he started, namely, he feels “called” (his word) to do so.
You should really try to keep up. Santorum won Iowa by 14 votes, the establishment made a big deal of winning all three early primaries, bragging that no one ever has blah, bla bla. No republican has ever went on to be elected without first winning SC, now that he has lost 2 out of
3, the meme has changed.
He has God. :-)
Who was the dealer? :-)
They are clearly not "equal with each other." Santorum won a butt kissing "Caucus" and Romney won New Liberalshire. Newt just won the one primary state that has determined the nominee since Ronald Reagan by a landslide having been outspent by the RINO 2-1. Santorum can almost assure conservative victory by getting out now and giving Newt the added momentum. You want to see Rick go across the country taking 10-15% of the conservative vote? How many more states do you want to see that in? Are you willing to see Newt lost Florida by 5% and Rick take 10? It's time for Rick to take one for the team!
If Newt can turn the tables on Mitt, then so can Rick.
“Split the vote”???? What vote is he going to split in Virginia??? Newt didn’t even have a ground game to get on the ballot.
We need an alternative with delegates in case something drops like how DNC-media took out Cain. Besides, Rick is on the ballot in my state and I fully intend to be voting for him come Super Tuesday. Instead of attacking Santorum, people need to be focusing their efforts on Romney and his wingman, RuPaul. Get either of them to drop and then get back to me on the “splitting” nonsense.
“No organization”??? Where do you get your “facts”? Santorum has people on the ground in every Florida county except two.
How do you know?
Has he called and told you that? Or are you projecting what you want and calling it G-d?
Did you listen to Newt's speech tonight? It was a Conservative ORGASM! He's calling out Godless judges BY NAME! Defending the Bill of Rights and Constitution agains Saul Alinsky radicals!!! Rick DOES NOT DO THIS. NO ONE ELSE DOES THIS! And THAT is why he won SC, and THAT is why Rick is never going to get any traction. Newt sucks up all the oxygen in the room! WAKE UP!
Don’t count on Colorado going for Romney. We have a strong tea party movement here. Gingrich might do ok. I will certainly caucus for him.