Santorum: I’m not calling for anyone to get out; we’ll beat them straight up

posted at 5:35 pm on January 31, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Ed touched on this earlier today, but I want to revisit it briefly because, while the rest of the country focuses on Florida, Rick Santorum is already hard at work campaigning in Missouri — and he won’t let anything, not even Newt Gingrich’s calls for him to exit the race, distract him from the issues:

“We want someone who’s going to take the high road, who’s going to talk about the issues that are important to this country and quit getting down into the gutter and talking about things that have nothing to do with who should be the next President of the United States,” Santorum said, continuing on a theme he introduced at CNN’s debate in Jacksonville on Thursday. “I’m sick and tired of candidates who think they have to do anything that’s necessary – anything to win an election.”

Santorum implored Missouri voters, who vote in a non-binding primary on Feb. 7, that this election was too important to be distracted by the “gutter politics that we’ve been seeing in this race.” The state also holds caucuses on March 17 to begin the process of allotting the state’s 52 delegates.

When asked after the rally if he had a response to recent calls from Newt Gingrich supporters for him to drop out of the race and work to unite conservatives behind one challenger to Mitt Romney, Santorum said that the mere suggestion shows Gingrich’s supporters are nervous.

“You know I think one opponent calling for the other opponent to get out just shows the weakness that opponent feels – obviously feels in their own campaign,” Santorum said emphatically. “I’m not calling for anybody to get out. We’ll beat them straight up.”

This event marked the beginning of Santorum’s push towards primaries and caucuses to be held next week in several western states – a strategy the underdog candidate announced after taking several days to care for his three-year-old daughter Bella who was hospitalized with pneumonia on Saturday.

So far, Santorum hasn’t fallen prey to the trap both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich slipped into earlier in the primary season. That is, he’s never promised he wouldn’t point out the weaknesses of his competitors — but he has made a point to draw the evidence for those weaknesses from their established records and to stay focused on the issues they misjudged. In other words, he’d rather talk about the bailouts than Bain Capital and Obamacare than where Gingrich fit into the Reagan Revolution. It’s a strategy that’s far more sustainable than Gingrich’s pledge to be civil to his competitors and Romney’s promise to stay trained on Obama.

Meanwhile, Santorum also had a solid fundraising month, bringing in $4.2 million in January. An aide said he experienced a huge uptick in donations after last week’s CNN debate. He hasn’t made a major issue of Florida, which means he’s in a good position to move forward no matter how he finishes tonight. No matter what the spin is, this isn’t a two-man race yet — or, if it is, it might not be the two you think.


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Two’s company. Three’s a crowd.

Who is the third wheel?

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Most sane Conservative left remaining.

kirkill on January 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Ron Paul

WisRich on January 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The only reason Santorum is able to take the high road is because, being a third place finisher, Romney hasn’t leveled his sludge firing guns at him. If Santorum ever gets too close to Mitt, he to will have to make up his mind to either fight back or give in.

dirtseller on January 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Who is the third wheel?

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Paul?

Because the order of conservative, to not so much is :

Santorum
Romney
Paul
Gingrich

And I support the Tea Party.

kirkill on January 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Santorum has been my favorite for a while. I hope that he makes it. He truly is the only adult in this race so far.

KickandSwimMom on January 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Maybe Newt should drop out? Can Santorum take on Romney?

El_Terrible on January 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

He has in debates, very forcefully too.

El_Terrible on January 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Exit polling has Romney beating Rick and Newt combined in Florida. Rick is probably the best of the 3, but it’s not going to happen. If you’re going to beat them straight up, you better get to it.

xblade on January 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Least stinky…

Deafdog on January 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Santorum has a new offshore bank account funded by a company owned by Bain Capital.

Kaffa on January 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The only reason Santorum is able to take the high road is because, being a third place finisher, Romney hasn’t leveled his sludge firing guns at him. If Santorum ever gets too close to Mitt, he to will have to make up his mind to either fight back or give in.

dirtseller on January 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Romney tries to unload on Santorum, it will plain for all to see and Romney will go down in flames for the sleeze he is. I simply won’t vote for him under any circumstance–unless he has a constitutional conservative as his VP. I already took one for the establishment team in 2008. Not this time.

KickandSwimMom on January 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Two’s company. Three’s a crowd.

Who is the third wheel?

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

They all are.

squint on January 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Santy…after just 4 states…let me stand next to you and raise both my hands to extend the middle finger to a couple of guys we all know!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Oof, check out Drudge. The SIREN is out along with a red headline.

carbon_footprint on January 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Santorum’s got my vote.

multiuseless on January 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Nice hagiographically haloed pic of St. Rick.

bifidis on January 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Most sane Conservative left remaining.

kirkill on January 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Wait till he rises in the polls and threaten Mitt who will aim his nasty attacks on him with $12 Mil. neg. Ads. lets see how sane he will remain

evergreenland on January 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Get ready for it NewtRomneyBots. Your days of HA domination are coming to an end!

BoxHead1 on January 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Santorum was not subject to Romney’s vicious attacks yet. Santorum was the beneficiary of Romney’s multimillion dollar attack on Gingrich who at the time was leading in the Iowa polls. Santorum lost, by a wide margin, his last attempt at an election. He supported most all big government spending and he backed Arlen Specter. Santorum cannot win in a general election.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 31, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Get ready for it NewtRomneyBots. Your days of HA domination are coming to an end!

BoxHead1 on January 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Some one who supports Romney is a robot? Ron Paul supporters are nuts? Gingrich supporters are unhinged? Etc.

You know, maybe if we ALL toned the rhetoric down around here, it might be a lot nicer. After all, we’re pretty mucgh on the same side here and most of us are out to see that Obama gets ejected next November.

The War Planner on January 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Good man, social-conservative and proletarian.

The longer he stays in, the more it will benefit Romney.

He and Newt should both consider that the land is way more important than any of them.

If one drops out, Mitt is done.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I’d vote for Rick anyday of those other 2 yahoos

ConservativePartyNow on January 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The War Planner on January 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The house has gone nuts and it will be a mess nearly impossible to clean up after the primaries.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

it’s bowling night, will be checking the open thread in between frames….

drink one for me, k?

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I suppose its too late for them all to drop out and start over huh?

Bmore on January 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Ed touched on this earlier today, but I want to revisit it briefly because, while the rest of the country focuses on Florida, Rick Santorum is already hard at work campaigning in Missouri — and he won’t let anything, not even Newt Gingrich’s calls for him to exit the race, distract him from the issues:
========================================

Up next,Storm’nSantorum,plots his Mauling of Missouri!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

It’s like deja vu. Last time McCain was the bad guy and Romney the more conservative with Huckabee hanging in there with the religious vote, this time Romney is the bad Republican establishment candidate and Gingrich the man of the people with Santorum playing the Huckabee part. Old Ron Paul is still out there in left field.

oregano on January 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I was a Perry guy and would never under normal circumstances have gravitated toward someone like Romney, but the die has now been cast.

Neither Gingrich nor Santorum can overcome Romney’s institutional and financial advantages, and more importantly neither of them can beat Obama.

You don’t have to like it, but that’s just the way it is.

Blacksheep on January 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

it’s bowling night, will be checking the open thread in between frames….

drink one for me, k?

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

cmsinaz:U-Betcha,happy pin hunting,haha!!:)

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Get ready for it NewtRomneyBots. Your days of HA domination are coming to an end!

BoxHead1 on January 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Some one who supports Romney is a robot? Ron Paul supporters are nuts? Gingrich supporters are unhinged? Etc.

Oh yeah, Santorum supporters have really been offensive on this site ///

It’s all a NewtRomney catfight here 24 7.

BoxHead1 on January 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I’ll take any of them.

Vote November 2012.

darwin on January 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

canopfor on January 31, 2012 at 6:01 PM

*strike*

:)

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Ricky, your family needs you.

stenwin77 on January 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The War Planner on January 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

ABOVE

BoxHead1 on January 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Mr. Sweatervest needs to start planning for the rest of his life. He will never be president. What does santorum have going for him?

aniptofar on January 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I think that Newt should go. Somewhere I saw a poll that if Santorum bailed, most of his voters would get behind Mitt. Santorum has never caught on, probably because he’s tried to do this on a shoe string, but he’s been pretty positive and upstanding through this. He was the only one who refused to join Gingrich’s attack on Mitt’s wealth, upholding conservative principles. I support Mitt, but if he lost, my next choice would be Santorum.

flataffect on January 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

The house has gone nuts and it will be a mess nearly impossible to clean up after the primaries.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

That’s what I am afraid of. I bear no candidate enmity; I do believe they are ALL better that the file of dog turd in office right now — but recognize the problems people have with Romney, Gingrich, etc. and they’re right about NONE of them being conservative enough.

..but all that’s been hashed over. I lament a Newtron meltdown and the general only from the standpoint that I’d like to see them turn their blow torches at the candidate who’s gonna really deserve it in the Fall. Gingrich could have been a sane voice who could have rallied a lot of folks to our side.

Possibly still.

The War Planner on January 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

If Romney gets more votes than Newt and Rick combined in Flordia (according to exit polls) Newt needs to STFU because Rick’s votes wont help him a bit.

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If Romney gets more votes than Newt and Rick combined in Flordia (according to exit polls) Newt needs to STFU because Rick’s votes wont help him a bit.

hanzblinx on January 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Just saw that! Shocking! Newt may get more votes than Gingrich and Santorum combined in Florida. That’s a significant win.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I’m really tired of this ‘Santorum is the best of them, but it’s not going to happen..”

WHY?? Fundraising? The media won’t allow it? He has some major defect? Polling (that has fluctuated radically for everybody). NOT HEARD A SINGLE GOOD REASON FOR DEFEATISM.

michaelo on January 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Just saw that! Shocking! Newt Mitt may get more votes than Gingrich and Santorum combined in Florida. That’s a significant win.

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Er, make that Mitt!

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I hope Rick’s still around, when our primary comes around in May…finally.

Norky on January 31, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I’m really tired of this ‘Santorum is the best of them, but it’s not going to happen..”

WHY?? Fundraising? The media won’t allow it? He has some major defect? Polling (that has fluctuated radically for everybody). NOT HEARD A SINGLE GOOD REASON FOR DEFEATISM.

michaelo on January 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

It is the overt religiosity. Too many pronouncements about what is and isn’t “Godly.”

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The War Planner on January 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

We observe. Just no partying and investing, yet. It’s all premature. The fat lady will sing much later.

It’s a crazy season…for the understatement of it.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Rick Santorum should be the one who decides when he gets out.

One thing is interesting about the Anybody But Romney vote..is watching them go from one bad candidate to another. Santorum is not bad..but he also did not support the Tea Party and was against many of the Tea Party candidates in their primaries..he did vote against right to work and he has been supportive of many big government programs. And he is not exactly honest when he talks about some issues in regards to health care. In fact back 1994 he supported the idea of individuals being required to get health insurance so that their employers were not forced to provide it for them.

But overall he is far more honest than Gingrich.

Terrye on January 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Run, Rick, Run. We see what a class act Newt turned out to be.

Philly on January 31, 2012 at 6:36 PM

It is the overt religiosity. Too many pronouncements about what is and isn’t “Godly.”

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Exactly! I’d vote for socialism before I’d vote for theocracy.

Kaffa on January 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I’m for Santorum. Still have bad taste left over from pulling the lever for McCain in 08; won’t make that mistake again this year with Romney. I’m voting for Santorum and will re-attack in 2016 with another conservative rather than support Obama/Romney in 12′.

Deep Timber on January 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Have a little faith. As soon as things get nasty, Santorum will behave just as badly as Romney and Gingrich.

CorporatePiggy on January 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Good Rick- Stay in – Then MAYBE – just maybe- the ever so important issue from 2008- EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE – will play a part in actually selecting a candidate who has been in an executive managerial roll this time around.
We found out the hard way Jug Ears OJT aint cutting it.

FlaMurph on January 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’d vote for socialism before I’d vote for theocracy.

Kaffa on January 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Was unaware theocracy was on the menu. Thanks for the heads-up.

squint on January 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Deep Timber on January 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

.
Check out the story how the new “conservative” congress approval rating has dropped double digits since the 2010 shellacking. Conservative is not a popular theory in the world of modern Kardashian culture. Its not 1980 anymore- and you have to accept that we are in the minority and have to work harder to get thru. 2016 won’t be looking for a conservative R to lead the liberal masses.

FlaMurph on January 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Brit Hume is discussing Newt’s “get out Rick” fiasco. Rick is running ads in other primary states. Doesn’t look like he is leaving this race anytime soon, Newt.

LOL.

Philly on January 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM

It is the overt religiosity. Too many pronouncements about what is and isn’t “Godly.”

Rational Thought on January 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The neologism “religiosity” is a good clue that someone shouldn’t be taken seriously when they discuss religiousness.

gryphon202 on January 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM

michaelo on January 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Right ON

PuritanD71 on January 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

What is Romney going to attack? His views on abortion, on marriage, on healthcare?

Oh, maybe big government that would be one since Romney was such a bottom up type of gov. of Mass./

PuritanD71 on January 31, 2012 at 7:38 PM

SANTORUM is winning the war against the ‘Titans of Negativity’, Mitt and Newt.

Stay POSITIVE, Rick – it is a WINNING strategy!

Pork-Chop on January 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Santorum has been on a downward trajectory since Iowa. And that’s even though he benefits from the carpet-bombing Romney does on Gingrich:

Iowa: 24.6%
NH: 9.4
SC: 17
FL: 13 so far

He’s not “winning” and he’s not going to do better than 3rd place in any of the states to come.

NbyNW on January 31, 2012 at 8:34 PM

When I look at the choices, Santorum is the only one that can argue without being hypocritical on their stances against Obamacare and global warming issues (oil, gas drilling).

Both of these issues are critical to turning around the economy and differentiate him from the other republican candidates and Obama.

workhard on January 31, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Ricky, your family needs you.

stenwin77 on January 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Yes, they do. They need to see someone who cares about their country run for office rather than a couple of egos.

kim roy on January 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Sen. Santorum is delusional if he thinks he’s got a chance with his tiny budget. When it gets to Super Tuesday, he’ll get blown away. He won’t win another state but he’s staying in. Is he hoping Mitt will pay off his debt like Mitt paid off TPaw’s?

LFRGary on January 31, 2012 at 8:42 PM

There is one full spectrum conservative left in the race.

If you are a conservative you should be voting Santorum in 2012. Right on Mandates, Taxes, AGW, Judges, Abortion, Illegal Immigration, and on and on.

18-1 on January 31, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I’m really tired of this ‘Santorum is the best of them, but it’s not going to happen..”

WHY?? Fundraising? The media won’t allow it? He has some major defect? Polling (that has fluctuated radically for everybody). NOT HEARD A SINGLE GOOD REASON FOR DEFEATISM.

michaelo on January 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Good comment. “Electability” is the code word for trying to shove a turd down our throats. XX is electable and YY is not. Hence STFU and vote for XX.

No reasons, of course. Just this crystal ball gazing that should be taken to the lottery ticket seller.

There’s no such thing as “electability” or lack thereof if there is the will of the people and the intent to work hard for it.

It’s just a bludgeon used by our betters to stifle the rabble. Or just plain laziness and lack of will. You choose.

kim roy on January 31, 2012 at 8:45 PM

He’s the least stinky as was said earlier…..

But Mitt and his BIG MO are going to roll into BIG MO and if Rick fails there…….not happening, and we’re stuck with either the Democrat Obama or the republican one.

Either way we’ll get Obama in 2013.

PappyD61 on January 31, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I just made a donation to the Santorum campaign.

Zorro on January 31, 2012 at 9:59 PM

…he’d rather talk about the bailouts than Bain Capital and Obamacare than where Gingrich fit into the Reagan Revolution. It’s a strategy that’s far more sustainable than Gingrich’s pledge to be civil to his competitors and Romney’s promise to stay trained on Obama.

POSTED AT 5:35 PM ON JANUARY 31, 2012 BY TINA KORBE

Obama’s not the target ..yet (although his policies, or lack thereof, certainly are) and neither are the candidates to each other. I’ve always maintained that you’ll never build yourself up by tearing someone else down.

Tina’s spot on here.

DevilsPrinciple on February 1, 2012 at 4:24 AM

And he is not exactly honest when he talks about some issues in regards to health care. In fact back 1994 he supported the idea of individuals being required to get health insurance so that their employers were not forced to provide it for them.

But overall he is far more honest than Gingrich.

Terrye on January 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

No. He was never for a government mandate that people buy health insurance. ERgo, he never tried to require people to buy their own health insurance.

What he did do was talk about changing the tax code so you can get tax benefits from getting your own health insurance instead of depending on your employer. But that is the opposite of a mandate.

So in fact, on this issue he has been honest, and you are the one mistaken or dishonest.

I presume just mistaken. That’s understandable, since the lies get thrown around so much that many never realize the truth.

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 1, 2012 at 4:29 AM

And he is not exactly honest when he talks about some issues in regards to health care. In fact back 1994 he supported the idea of individuals being required to get health insurance so that their employers were not forced to provide it for them.

But overall he is far more honest than Gingrich.

Terrye on January 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Do you read that in the Washington Examiner? Notice the lack of these ” in that piece?

Taco Bob on February 1, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Exactly! I’d vote for socialism before I’d vote for theocracy.

Kaffa on January 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

This is one of the most idiotic comments I’ve ever seen at HA. And I’ve been lurking here a long time.

It would be a LOT easier these days to transform the USA into socialism than it would into a theocracy — and with the predictable result of many more people dying.

Anyone who argues, even half-seriously, that Santorum would try to impose a theocracy has problems with their brain and can safely be ignored.

Harpazo on February 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

If Newt or Mitt win the nomination and the election, the electorate will have such disdain at the lack of their results that Obama will be re-elected in 2016. Take that to the bank.

Carnac on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM