Skip to comments.Santorum Open to VP Slot, Says He'll Do 'Whatever Necessary' to Help Country
Posted on 03/26/2012 4:05:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Rick Santorum has shown he is a tireless campaigner and is the number one choice of evangelical voters. Now the former Pennsylvania senator is saying he is open to the idea of filling the nation's number two slot if his fellow GOP front-runner secures the party's nomination. In a Monday interview with CBN's David Brody, when Santorum was asked if he would consider running alongside Mitt Romney as the vice presidential nominee, he gave an affirmative reply.
"Of course," Santorum told Brody. "I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can."
"I've been working every single day," he added. "My wife and my kids, we're just battling our tail, because we know their future and all of our children's future is at stake in this election and I don't want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter, 20 years from now, and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I don't want to have that conversation."
Brody pressed Santorum a little further, asking, "So you're keeping your options open?"
"I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country," responded Santorum.
But in spite or what may or may not happen between now and August, Santorum and Romney are still making their case why one is more qualified than the other to take on President Obama in November. Santorum won Louisiana's primary, while Romney claimed the Illinois primary earlier last week.
Romney still commands a significant delegate lead with 565 delegates, compared with Santorum's 256. The remaining Republican candidates, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, have 141 and 66 delegates, respectively.
Notwithstanding the actual delegate numbers, the Santorum campaign is not showing signs of slowing down in the least. Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Santorum try to make the case that some of the delegate math was not correct.
"I don't agree with the delegate math that the Romney campaign's putting out there," Santorum said.
However, the next two months will most likely produce a clearer picture, and from the looks of things, Romney will still retain a significant advantage. The upcoming April primaries in the Northeast should favor Romney and Santorum will most likely fare better when the contest turn toward states more favorable to social conservatives such as North Carolina where a marriage amendment is on the ballot.
The former Pennsylvania senator came after Romney on Sunday in a campaign appearance in Wisconsin, calling the former Massachusetts governor the "worst Republican in the country" to take on Obama over Obamacare. Santorum's heated exchange with a New York Times reporter caused him to use profane language. He yelled, "It's bulls**t," saying the paper was distorting his words.
The next round of primaries is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, when Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., voters go to the polls.
I can’t vote for a Romney/Santorum ticket, because the top of the ticket is still pro sodomy as marriage, pro abortion, pro socialized medicine.
I’ll vote third party, possibly consitution party, unless Santorum eaks out a win.
If you go back to what this is quoting, Romney’s name was not in the question. Otherwise, this is like Newt’s comments that he is in this only for the rush of being the center of attention wherever he goes.
I doubt very much that Biden is ready to retire.
“Rick Santorum has shown he is a tireless campaigner and is the number one choice of evangelical voters. Now the former Pennsylvania senator is saying he is open to the idea of filling the nation’s number two slot if his fellow GOP front-runner secures the party’s nomination.”
“In a Monday interview with CBN’s David Brody, when Santorum was asked if he would consider running alongside Mitt Romney as the vice presidential nominee, he gave an affirmative reply.”
The quotes above are taken from the article — the first two paragrapsh.
So...what’s yer beef?
He’ll keep the rubes in line. That’s how he’d sell himself as VP. Vote for us, rubes.
If you go back to the origninal interview, of which multiple variations have been posted today, Romney’s name was not in the question.
You mean, The Christian Post lied?!
Be reasonable. Who else do you think the reporter meant? Ron Paul? Newt Gingrich?
Mitt Romney has the most delegates at this point in time and I suspect the RNC will coronate him if they have to just to keep us gun+bible clingers at bay!
Hey Romneybot, Newt said the same thing.
Seems to me that a person who was seriously in the race to win it wouldn’t even entertain a question about ‘second place’...
Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser....
Romney is a democrat wolf in republican sheepskin.
The core group of anti-Santorum naysayers will keep repeating it until they find something else to jump on.
I'm still hoping Rick gets the nomination but if Mitt gets it and Santorum can help him stop the Marxist—we gotta think about the country.
I would hope Rick is thinking more in terms of a Gingrich/Santorum ticket.
Well, he didn’t say he’d be Romney’s VP.
He said that he’d be willing to serve as VP if that’s what he’s called on to do, for the sake of his country.
Obviously Romney would never consider asking him, after everything Santorum has said about him. So far, Santorum has been causing Romney more trouble than anyone else.
Would you consider the video of the interview from the Brody File on their website as being accurate? If so then the only thing in question is who is the "HE" that Brody is asking about when the question is put to Santorum.
Click the following link for the Video and listen to the question and answer and read the transcript as provide by the Brody File.
Rick Santorum: Of course. I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can. I'm doing everything I can. I'm out there. In the last 10 months, I've had five days off. Two for Thanksgiving, and three for Christmas.
I've been working every single day. My wife and my kids, we're just busting our tail, because we know their future and all of our children's future is at stake in this election. And I don't want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter, 20 years from now, and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I dont want to have that conversation.
Brody: So, you're keeping your options open.
Santorum: I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country.
P.S. If Romney is at the top of the ticket, I don’t care who his running mate is. I’m NOT voting for him.
The only hope left would be that conservatives can agree on a single write-in candidate.
No Obama. No Romney.
I could see voting for a Gingrich/Santorum ticket against Obama/Biden in November. It would be a superior alternative to a Romney/Anybody, to voting 3rd party, or abstaining.
Exactly. You beat me to the post.
The anti-Santorum bashers get tripped up in their own mesh. The moment it is revealed that Gingrich has said or done the same thing they run with their tails between their hind legs. Indeed, I cannot think of any of the GOP contenders including Sarah Palin who would not accept the VP post for any of the candidates. This is a non-story. Go on. Nothing to read here.
Is Governor Sarah Palin running for the Republican nomination? Was she in 2008 when she was picked by Senator McCain? [crickets]