Skip to comments.Santorum: I'll beat Romney if Gingrich drops out
Posted on 03/04/2012 12:20:40 PM PST by Mariner
Rick Santorum indicated that Newt Gingrich should drop out of the presidential race, arguing -- as Gingrich did during his surge -- that splitting the "anti-Romney" vote helped Mitt Romney win the Michigan primary and Washington caucuses and contributes to his overall success so far.
"It's always harder when you've got to conservative running in the race as we have seen in Washington and we've seen in other states," Santorum said on Fox News Sunday. "We have the anti-Romney vote, if you will. Both Gingrich and I are slugging away."
Santorum stopped short of calling for Gingrich to exit the race, but he noted that their combined support would defeat Romney. "In Michigan, we would have won easily if those two votes had been combined," he told Chris Wallace.
He also made clear that he believes Gingrich will have to drop out, eventually. "And, you know, eventually hopefully the race will settle out and we'll go one on one," Santorum said. "And once that happens, we feel very comfortable we're going to win this thing."
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I agree, if Newt drops out, I won’t vote in the primary.
I believe most Newt voters cannot stand Santorum and won't vote for him in the primary, I know I won't.
Next Rick should be asked whether Newt would beat Romney if only he (Rick) would drop out instead.
Santorum can shove it. I think he has been a spoiler ( encouraged by the party and media to divide votes) for a very long time. Gov. Perry did the most graceful thing to do; you just don’t see many people doing what he did. Like Newt has taken so much from the media, Romney and even negative ads from Rick Santorum. Newt remains statesman like. Newt did get very emotional when Romney took his first place away from him in Iowa, then Florida. The lies were too much for Newt. He rebounded with a new theory; has been positive with bold solutions since.
Newt understands America. Newt is the difference of night and day compared to Obama. The left wngers are posting on their sites, if Newt some how makes a come back and gets to the convention/takes enough of Romney’s uncommitted delegates, they will not allow Obama to debate Newt. Newt will go after their radicalism. I am with Newt, no more watching the decay. Live or die, freedom or tyranny. If the GOP-e liars take Newt out, no more GOP/I am gone and they can burn. 4 years of Obama or Obama lite. There is NO way that a man who gave the blueprint to socialized medicine should be representing the Republican Party.
Today, Cantor, comes out endorsing Romneycare Mitt. Sickening. Turn the rage against the machine, it’s our path to stopping Romney. We can do this. Support Newt, Super Tuesday. People can see Newt more of a man, a visionary than Romney is. Romney lies and attacks. How can you respect him? I can’t.
I wouldn’t vote for either Romney or Santorum. They are both total establishment, big-government guys. Santorum is full of prissy, unrealizable social-control ideas (just like Obama and Jimmy Carter, actually, and I bet we’d see him turning his thermostat to 68 and wearing his sweater vest in the WH to save energy...) and Romney is a loony Mormon who thinks he’s the fulfillment of a prophecy (just like Obama).
The only one who’s NOT like Obama is Gingrich.
You have a way with words. :)
Perry was never my guy, but he gained my respect for being a gentleman when he stepped away. God bless him. I believe that Newt will always remember his patriotic gesture. I know I will.
That’s the difference between a good and a bad candidate. You shine light on them. Newt is the type of candidate who looks better the more you find out about him. Santorum is the type of candidate who only survives if you know nothing about him and have only your imagination to guide you.
They already worked Newt over early on, especially in Florida. He’s inoculated for most of it at this point.
He’s as delusional as wild-eyed Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle. Santorum is a nutsjob.
Eat your peas.
Duck because you are supposed to think that Newt or Rick has a chance. Admit it you been eating smart pills?
In fact he did already, or don't you recall? By the way the headline was a lie, Rick did not say that, they extrapolated, then bent it a little.
Gingrich or Romney either one could win, I don’t see how Santorum could. We need to somehow or other get Santorum out of the race.
The problem is I don’t want Santorum any more than I want Romney.
Maybe, maybe not but even though I support Santorum I’ll give the same aanswer as when Newt wanted Santorum to drop out. Let the voters decide.
Correction. The NEWS MEDIA ENGINEERED ANTI CONSERVATIVE NARRATIVE gave Romney more momentum.
How we conservatives can hate and attack the Leftist MSM, and then yet carry their water and perpetuate their management of reality, is beyond me at times.
Bump to what you said, Yaelle. ;-) Hang in there. A lot of this is just noisy QRM anyways. Don’t pay it no never mind.
If you drop out, Rick, Newt will beat Myth AND Ubama.
“But what would be the point now?”
It would be pointless.
Newt will have my support until he either wins or tells me he no longer desires my support.
I am completely revolted by Santorum’s holier-than-thou schtick. I don’t need another mommy telling me what is right or wrong, for I know the difference.
Furthermore, I don’t want a big government or it’s ability to control the populace. Something Santorum is, in his own words, supportive of.
He’s really just a nosy little church-lady meddling in the business of people that didn’t ask for the help. (Pinging SNL and Dana Carvey as an example.)
If Santorum is the candidate, I think the Dems will actually use the school district case against him.
When Santorum was living in Virginia (because he was a Senator) he falsely claimed an address in Pennsylvania that was a house that belonged to him, near his parents’ house, but where he had never lived or possibly lived for only a few months after he was married. At any rate, he didn’t live there when he got these home-schooling distance learning internet courses from that school district.
A local Dem activist found out about this and sued, and the State of Pennsylvania settled out of court and paid $50,000 for Rick Santorum’s “home schooling” lessons.
This may sound trivial, but it shows up a lot of things about Santorum. For one thing, why did he lie? If he really wanted to “home school,” there are other ways of doing this, and he obviously did this to save money.
And I guess that’s why he didn’t pay the $50,000 fine himself but left it to the taxpayers.
Also, if he’s such a great Catholic, why didn’t he send his kids to Catholic school or get one of the on-line Catholic homeschooling programs (where the kids have to be tested by their states, but will certainly be able to pass those tests)? If he objects to public school education, why have them educated by the State of Pennsylvania using the state curriculum?
I think this will blow up big and the Dems are just holding it. And, btw, someone who defended him did so by saying that as a Senator, he had a “right” to special treatment. That’s not going to fly.
So, you prefer a man with no morals, or one with no inclination to stand up on moral issues in a public sense, for our tattered Republic this 2012? Certainly we are not better off culturally, ethically, morally as a society four years out, or have things become more moral in your mind? (Gay marriage spreading from state to state is one of the leading moral indicators (LMI'S) that I use. Images blasted around the country of USMC personnel returning from deployment locked in a deep kiss with a "lover" of the same sex, at the aircraft hanger? Great going here.
Ping to you both because I think this is going to be an issue with St. Santorum.
LMAO....great comeback! However, I would rather Romney drop out, but he can’t (ego won’t let him), and won’t (because the Morman in him won’t), until Mr. Newt pummels his ass!
GO MR. NEWT!
So, you prefer a man with no morals, or one with no inclination to stand up on moral issues in a public sense, for our tattered Republic this 2012?
Know you were not asking me, but:
No Sir. I want someone who can fight every dirty trick in the left’s playbook and win. Someone who promotes American exceptionalism at every opportunity. Someone who can inspire even this tired old hack.
Sen. Santorum is a decent man. I always say that and I mean it. He lives his faith and stayed mostly conservative in a rust belt, union state. He gets my respect, and those who insultingly call him Little Ricky - or worse - bother me immensely.
Speaker Gingrich is there to kick America hard in the backside and get it back on course. He has the plans - some worked on for a decade or more, the ability to articulate what is needed and how to do it, and the drive to “get ‘er done.” The one who is not waiting for the nomination to start providing solutions, but who provides them right now, or has talented people working on them.
I am going to accept your “no morals” comment as a straight up assessment. Do you want a moral paragon, or someone who kicks backside and takes names? Are you willing to dismiss the possibility of honest contrition?
It is easy to avoid temptation if no one tempts you, after all.
For me it is no contest.
For you, likewise. I can respect that.
Side note - saw you had a couple of quakes. All OK with you and yours?
Yep, we get quakes all the time here in Tokyo, some of them very disturbing. But this is nothing like March, April, May timeframe of last year, when we were getting at least two or three good perciptable ones in a day. It toughens you, I guess. It is not as bad as tough combat, but at times it can rank right up there! Thanks for axing!
I’d take combat over quakes any day!
Someone shooting at you can be dealt with, but the ground dancing freaks me out!
Glad you are OK!
If you have such confidence in Newt, why do you continually feel the need to tear other candidates down. You’re not doing Newt any favors because you’re eventually going to turn Santorum supporters totally off Newt.
An insane megalomaniac using Romney backers money to finance his delusional fantasy of becoming POTUS
Sweater vest needs to get a real job, like working as a lawyer for pro wrestling like he used to.
It might be good for a laugh if the media went after Newt for his religion but I would hate it every bit as much as when they go after Rick.
Especially since they never go after Romney. How much do we know about Mormons. Personally, I’m ignorant as hell on it. So if these media types really wanted to shed some light on the candidate’s faith as part of the campaign, ask Mitt.
Of course they have no right to define campaign issues like they do, especially about personal matters including faith.
The bluebloods and country clubbers over at the RNC and their creepy pulled back wives are going down!.
The Republican Party never did anything worthwhile, and has the blood of this Republic on its hands dating back to 1861.
This will be the final nail.
If you love Newt as much as you say then you should work day and night for his campaign, send him money, tell your friends how wonderful he is.
You shouldn’t tear down other Republicans and make baseless allegations. You’re not helping Newt with that trash, you’re hurting him.
>> A lot of good FRs Newt-love did us.
Nonsense. It’s the infatuation with Santorum that disrupted Newt’s lead.
I’m an independent, right-wing mofo who hates liberals and Odumbo and never cared much about the GOP. Just waiting for the drama at the convention..
Whiny Santorum at it again.
Newt Gingrich does not alienate:
- The Tea Party
- Protestants, for pity sake!
- Your fellow Catholics whom you embarrass.
Get off the stage and quit screwing things up for all of us.
Whiny, holier-than-thou Saintorum at it again.
I am praying for Rick’s health.
It’s been a horrible flu and pneumonia season.
God, please protect and strengthen Rick Santorum, Your prolife warrior. Amen.
Gingrich should have taken the honorable course that Pawlenty, Bachman, Cain, and Perry did and withdrawn after Santorum’s romp in winning the Trifecta. His presence is causing a split in the conservative vote and Romney is shooting through the breach. Had Gingrich dropped out, Santorum would have won in MI and the Romney candidacy would have been up in flames. Gingrich is now playing the role of “spoiler” and so we get Romney. Romney needs Gingrich’s role as spoiler. Romney knows this. The $64,000 question is why doesn’t Gingrich and his supporters know about it?
I voted for Newthere in Florida and I am amazed at what I see here. So many people have been -pretending- they are against Romney hi-jacking the nomination. That is what some of these comments prove.
The notion that they would vote for ROMNRY before Santorum is quite absurd.
BOTH of these consevratives, Newt and Rick have some compromises that embarass them. But looking at the body of their work over the decades they spent fighting for the conservative cause confirm their worthiness.
But people who CLAIM to be such purists - if they were to be taken seriously - have no business voting for ANY of the remaining candidates based upon the pretenses they make here.
Newt, whom I voted for, has some issues he supported and still has not denounced - cheifly- his position on global warming and amnesty.
Sorry people, you deserve EXACTLY what you get if you are so foolish as to say you would vote for ROMNEY under ANY circumstance, especially when given the choice of Rick Santorum.
It bespeaks of ignorance, delusions and the type of man crushes to which Romney voters are incapable of being broken.
So what? The bottom line is if it wasn’t for Newt’s 6%, Santorum would have beaten Romney in Michigan. Winning Michigan has been great for the Romney spin machine in the MSM.
The double standard here is getting ridiculous. Gingrich essentially said the same thing when he was in the lead. Everyone applauded him and jeered Santorum when he said it.
In fact, since Santorum was lower in the polls at that point, people continued to yell for him to drop out and accuse him of being a closet Romney supporter whose job was to split the vote so Romney could get the nomination. Now Newt is lower in the polls and has lost to Santorum in multiple states, yet there are no such accusations toward Newt. No one is accusing him of being a closet Romney suppporter. No one is calling for him to drop out. In fact, despite the fact Santorum has a shot at knocking Romney out in Ohio, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, people are still saying that Santorum is in the way of Newt. They say Newt is the only one who can beat Romney. Lately, Newt can’t beat Santorum! The hypocrisy here is outstanding.
It’s not a double standard because Rick Santorum stinks as a candidate and Newt Gingrich is an immense, very seasoned talent.
There is one of the above who not only knows what’s going on, but tells it like it is, at least to a degree.
Now Newt is lower in the polls and has lost to Santorum in multiple states, yet there are no such accusations toward Newt. No one is accusing him of being a closet Romney suppporter. No one is calling for him to drop out.
***Well, I am. He said that Santorum should have dropped out when he beat Santorum in North Carolina. So Newt should just take his own advice and drop out.