Skip to comments.Tired and broke, Santorum heads home to do taxes
Posted on 01/27/2012 6:38:22 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) Rick Santorum is tired, almost broke and going home.
The former Pennsylvania senator is taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the Tuesday primary that even he expects to deal him a third consecutive loss.
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It's the right thing to do.
The arrogant little puss will refuse to do that.
Much as I like Rick Santorum, it’s time he step aside and call it a day.
He far exceeded expectations, especially with the win in Iowa, but he’s not going to win the nomination.
You had a good run, Rick, but it’s time to take one for what’s left of the “team.”
Santorum needs to put the conservative movement before himself and leave the race and endorse Newt.
I am glad he did real damage to Romney at last nights debate though, and at least he will be able to leave the race on a high note.
At least you’ll be able to say you won Iowa and had the adventure of a lifetime but we do have a country at stake.
This prickly, one issue loser should drop out and endorse the winnable conservative in this race (Newt).
even thought Newt didn’t have his greatest night last night, at least Rick did get a few good shots at Mittens.
After the way he bashed Newt for telling him (truthfully, it seems) that he had no money or capability to continue, he blew his chance for a Gingrich/Santorum ticket, which would have been great.
Unless -!- he maks a VERY GRACIOUS exit and tosses his endorsement to Newt, hopefully before the vote in Florida.
Santorum was the only real human being at the debate. I think he deserves all our respect and admiration.
Endorse Newt, my eye. Ridiculous. Newt stands for what exactly?
The crap about "anti-immigrant" was pathetic. Mittens tried to milk it for far too long.
Me thinks the Mittens protesteth too much!
SECOND consecutive loss. He won Iowa.
“This prickly, one issue loser should drop out and endorse the winnable conservative in this race (Newt).”
It’s not that he’s one issue. After all, he’s the one who knocked Romney last night. It’s just that he’s out of his league.
Imagine if I was running. haha everyone here would probably love what I’d have to say but I wouldn’t know what I was doing and my candidacy would hurt us more than help.
I heard Santorum on FoxNews this morning say that he was going home for a day or two to gather up his tax forms so they can be released to the public and that he would be RIGHT BACK in Florida as soon as he could after that... that he'd only be gone a day or two.
I know if someone wanted my tax return I'd have to open the safe to get it out so I don't find it unusual or a sign of a bankrupt campaign that he is going home to get his tax documents.
Of course the article COULD be accurate, but considering the source I'm VERY skeptical that it is.
As much as I like Rick and think he would be a better man for the job, Its time for him to pull out.
Maybe a Newt/Rick ticket is in order. Both are the smartest the party has and could be a Obama beater.
Santorum was good last night — the only adult on stage, basically. He’s my favorite. But since he has no chance, maybe he can cut a deal with Newt - endorse Newt in exchange for VP position. That would give him OJT for 4-8 years to be a very viable candidate later.
I hate Newt. I hate Romney. I laugh at Paul. Still, all are better than Hussein, whom I DESPISE!!
Out of his league, and remarkably unimpressive....
It’s like Mitt and Newt were having a sword battle and just as Mitt was getting the upper hand, Santorum with his last dying breath reached out and sliced Mitt’s achilles heal.
Rick, you will be our hero if you drop out now. If you don’t then drop out after the primary and let these two debate the issues one to one.
Newt is a visionary. We need you, too in a big way, but country needs Newt. NOW.
Please help by considering all things and dropping out now. Use the money and the endorsements to run again for the Senate.
He can be a hero to the Conservative movement or a selfish villain. This will tell what he is made of.
Pray for America
Geesh, it has only been 12 hours since Rick said “I’ll stay and campaign in Florida through Monday.” I wonder what changed his mind overnight? Did a major donor pull out?
If Santorum drops out, I doubt he will make an endorsement.
I also wouldn’t be all that sure his 12% would go to Newt.
So why press him about dropping out?
Problem we have is that the two frontrunners share some of the same flaws. When they go after each other it only magnifies what those flaws are.
What a mess.
You might need to do it. I would ask my wife to go get it. Somebody like Santorum would just need to phone his accountant and ask him to FedEx the returns. Don't buy it, lame excuse for why he's leaving.
I’ll tell you what Newt stands for.. the only chance in hell of Romney not being the nominee.. Santorum’s record is never challenged in debates because he is a threat to nobody including Ron Paul who will beat him in Florida
you can’t do worse than coming in 4th out of 4
Why would any conservative ever want this guy on the ticket?
Why would any Republican want this guy?
Rick Santorum lost his home state in a landslide. This guy would not even be able to deliver Pennsylvania in 2012. Rick Santorum is not only a loser, he is a BIG loser. He lost re-election in Pennsylvania by 20 points! If a 20 point loser is your best hope, then you are in trouble.
On a cost per vote received, Santorum blows them all out of the water. Romney spent $132 per vote in Iowa versus Santorum’s $15 per voter, and Santorum still won. Gingrich spent $29 per vote in Iowa.
More would go to Newt than would go to Romney, which would be a net gain for Newt.
Get out now, Rick. Have the courage that Perry has and put your country before yourself!
I wish it were so. I saw a poll the other night that had Obammy's job approval at 50+%, "personal approval" at 70+%. This is ridiculous. This bum has spent the country into bankruptcy yet a majority, perhaps a sizable one, of our idiot fellow citizens still like the guy. After the media finishes its suck-up job, my guess is Obama will be in the 60+% job approval range. No one is going to beat him then. We're so very, very screwed...
It’s not going to happen.
“He pledged to continue his campaign regardless of the Florida outcome.”
Santorum is in this for himself, his sweater vests, and referring to himself as “we.”
Actually, Rick Santorum won the crucial debate last night, making both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney look small and petty for their continuing childish bickering against each other!!! I could care less about what Newt or Mitt did in the past!!! It means nothing!!! Why should Santorum withdraw??? Both Gingrich & Romney are making fools and butt heads out of themselves, while allowing “America Hater/Destroyer” Obama to lie, without serious challenge, unfettered!!! Our country is at stake, as is the future of our children and grandchildren!!! I want “our” candidate for POTUS that does nothing but beating the living daylight out of “Destroy America” Obama and his “dirt bag” Democrat Party!!! So...IMHO, Santorum should hang in there, at least until the other two “Idiots” come to their senses and get inot the real world!!!
This advice for Florida Republican Primarty voters. Please.....turnout and vote on Primary Day next Tuesday in Florida. Who you cast your ballots for, matters not a hoot to me, be it, Gingrich, Romney, Santroum or Paul. Believe me, it is your voting that counts!!! In 2008, you turned out to vote to the tune of 1.9 million voters. Please make that number this year between at least 2.5-3.0 millions votes, if not more (Four Million Eligible Primary Voters)!!! THANKS!!!
well, PA isn’t exactly Texas, you know.
I wish I would have kept a scorecard of how many times he went to Mr. Romney / Governor FIRST. It was way too many times.
Your wife couldn't do that for you? You wouldn't trust her with the combination to that safe?
If you're a serious candidate, you don't stop campaigning in the state where the primary is just days away unless there's no point in staying.
What a BS “news” article! It sounds like it was written by a member of GOProud. It claims he is broke in the title then says almost broke. It claims he is heading home but then admits he is coming right back. It claims he lost 3 states in a row when he actually won Iowa. It claims he is way back in the polls in Florida but does not mention the latest NBC poll out this morning showing him pulling ahead of Paul and only 10 points behind Romney. Poll also shows he does better head to head against Obama in Florida than Newt does.
I have a feeling this “reporter” is the type who throws glitter on conservatives and licks their doorknobs to try and get them sick.
tired and broke from doing what?
handing all the psuedoconservatives in the party a strawman victory and likely helping reelect Obama?
Were the roles reversed I would be urging Newt to drop out
We must stop Romney
Ultimately Newt has to save himself. If Romney wins it won’t just be because Santorum split the vote but because Newt allowed such an opportunity to open up.
but he practically moved there for the past year to do it.
I did. She had me open the safe last week because she’s “lost it”.
LOL. Santorum wins the debate, and so the media trashes him with “tired and broke” the next morning. He sure didn’t look tired last night.
believe it or not polling data shows an overwhelming majority of his folks would never go Mitt and would opt for Newt
which may explain why Newt has been soft on him
People forget WHY he lost. He lost because, after gaining office by giving the impression that he was a "principled conservative", Santorum endorsed RINO, pro-abortion Arlen Specter in the 2004 PA primary against conservative pro-life challenger Pat Toomey. Spector won narrowly, and Santorum's endorsement probably made the difference. Spector later stabbed the Republican Party in the back by switching to Democrat.
Don't anybody tell me that Santorum is a principled conservative. He's a fake, and puts up whatever persona he thinks may be useful.
As much as I agree with Rick’s message more so than the other 3, he just isn’t fiery enough to attract voters. I actually wanted Perry to do better than he did. He has his warts too, but, at least he was interesting and a veteran.
I’m just afraid that Rick S. is too Mr. Rogers for this country to elect. Sad, but, voters want flash!
LOL! point: KenD
Rick should pull out because he is helping nominate Mitt Romney. Period. Anyone who has followed politics knows that. If he continues he will not be viewed in a good light. It is best for Rick to pull out and endorse. If he endorses Romney it is over, if he endorses Newt it is still a fight. But it is time, he has no money and no chance.
>> More would go to Newt than would go to Romney, which would be a net gain for Newt.
There was a poll to that effect posted here not too long ago. If I remember correctly, Santorum’s supporters split 60:40 in favor of Gingrich over Romney.
I’ll try to find the link.
Santorum there was doing the “Party thing” — remember GWB endorsed Arlen too. (FR, IIRC, was bitterly disappointed in both.) Plus Santorum was running against Casey, whose father was extraordinarily popular, and Casey made promises he had no intention of keeping.
I think you are all missing the point. Wolf did it on purpose by having Newt and Romney go at each without talking about the issues and ignoring Rick and Paul in the beginning. See how easily sway you all are? It played right into the hands of the media.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rick get a small boost in the polls after last night.
Although it would be meaningless in the greater scheme, it would be enough to pump his ego and keep him hanging on through the Florida primary and perhaps another state or two.
Amnesty for 11 million "grandmothers"; Citizen review boards to decide which illegals get to stay (meaning even more sanctuary cities and towns thumbing their noses at the rule of law); New "Temporary" labor permits for illegals without them getting citizenship - who will never leave (until they become "grandmothers" and qualify for Newt's "humane" amnesty) while their children automatically become U.S. citizens.
Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, Moon colonies. Perhaps we can send some of the 11 million "grandmothers" there.
Oh yeah, one more thing: Capital gains income is not legitimate income.