Santorum predicts Pennsylvania win

posted at 10:25 am on April 4, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Even after Mitt Romney’s hat trick last night, Rick Santorum still has hope that he can stop the former Massachusetts governor from securing the nomination. It’s just halftime, he says, and he’s counting on Pennsylvanians to “charge out of the locker room” for a strong second half. The former Pennsylvania senator has repeatedly predicted a win in his home state, where both he and Mitt Romney campaign today:

Speaking on familiar turf, the former two-term senator from the Keystone State urged supporters to dismiss attacks from his opponents ahead of Pennsylvania’s primary later in April.

“You know me. You know how hard I work,” Santorum said. “They’ll say all the things, that I’m someone who doesn’t stand up for what I believe in. You know me.”

In recent days, Santorum has predicted he will win his home state’s contest, which has 72 delegates at stake. He also expects to push on through May, a month that holds contests in states that are more conservative. …

In an interview on Monday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Santorum acknowledged that “April would be a very tough month for us,” but he intends to compete through May and onto the convention.

“May is rich with delegates and are strong states for us — states like Texas and Arkansas and Kentucky and Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina. Those are the states that we know we can get this back, right back to where it is right now, which is a lot closer than what Mitt Romney and the pundits are spinning,” he said.

No doubt Mitt Romney will repeat in Pennsylvania the strategy that worked so well for him against Gingrich in Florida and against Santorum in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. He’ll purchase expensive advertising, utilize compelling robocalls and crisscross the state himself. He has even more incentive than usual to deploy a deal-sealing barrage of negativity against Santorum. If he can sneak to victory in Pennsylvania, he’ll have made a very strong case for himself against Santorum.

Santorum is counting on his home-state advantage to help him withstand the assault. In the latest Quinnipiac University poll in Pennsylvania, Santorum leads Romney by six points. If that begins to change, though, and a loss in Pennsylvania for Santorum looks likely, Romney’s last challenger might not make it to May.


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I don’t think so

cmsinaz on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Santorum needs to STFU and drop out. He cannot win the nomination and is doing extensive damage to Republicans the more he talks about contraceptives, hardcore porn, and other things that literally 85% of the country could not care less about.

Enough is enough.

milcus on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Santorum reminds independents about what they don’t like about the GOP. He needs to get out now.

thuja on April 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Go away. Please just go away.

gophergirl on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

“Santorum is counting on his home-state advantage to help him withstand the assault. In the latest Quinnipiac University poll in Pennsylvania, Santorum leads Romney by six points.”

Which is of course down from double digit leads.

Zaggs on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Santorum is doing what he should do. He’s waiting around, just in case Romney goes nuts someday, and runs naked down the Main Street of some Alabama town with chocolate syrup on his head.

RBMN on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Sharon Angle in a sweater vest.

carl todd hand on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

No. It’s going to be

1st – Romney
2nd – Jerry Sandusky
3rd – Santorum

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

That picture you use of him really captures the condescending douchbag angle that Santorum represents.

portlandon on April 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

If he can sneak to victory in Pennsylvania, he’ll have made a very strong case for himself against Santorum.

More of why I view Tina as most certainly the “B team” of Hotair.

Two points here:

1. I imagine Romney will likely score a victory here, and I doubt it will be “sneaking” into it.

2. “Make a strong case for himself against Santorum”? My dear, if Romney wins PA, it’s well and truly over for Santorum.

I mean, it’s over NOW, but a loss in PA will be the point where the remainder of the GOP will start pressuring Santorum to end the charade.

Vyce on April 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Hang it up, Rick – it is over.

Amazingoly on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Even if he does win Penn, is it winner take all? Is it going to make up the nearly 400 delegate difference? Is his plan to seriously hope to do everything possible to keep Romney from 1144 and then somehow he’ll get picked? Could he think of a lamer plan?

Zaggs on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I get why Santorum is staying in. He is waiting for it to come to light that Romney has some skeletons in his closet that is going to make him the last man standing. I have believed all along that Romney’s boringness is one of his greatest assets- He has no skeletons, he is too boring for them. I bet he goes to bed every night at 9:30, and then gets up at 5 AM and gets to work. I bet he was that kid in school that was always studying and never went to parties. You are waiting in vain, Rick. Get out now so we can defeat Obama.

Kristamatic on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The Sweater Vestistas needs to stop.

Oil Can on April 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

If he can sneak to victory

lol. Nomination has been over since Florida. Romney will not “sneak” a victory. He already won and is just waiting for the losers to get off the soap box.

hanzblinx on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Anytime someone tries to wrap themselves into the Reagan mystic they’ve simply lost all believeability.

Tater Salad on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Santorum needs to STFU and drop out. He cannot win the nomination and is doing extensive damage to Republicans the more he talks about contraceptives, hardcore porn, and other things that literally 85% of the country could not care less about.

Enough is enough.

milcus on April 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

This is a weird election cycle…journalists ask him about these things, he spends about 5% (if any) of his speeches on such things…and that is all you hear? WOW!! the disconnect between what is said, and what people think is said is amazing…totally amazing.

People focus on the strangest things…it seems whatever the MSM wants them to focus on, the weak minded just bobble their heads and say “Yes, that is what he is talking about, you are right”…sometimes, when I read posts like yours, I just shake my head and say “That is why we have Obama”…people can’t understand the simplest of concepts without someone telling them what is being said…unbelievable that you would even post that, and yes, I do believe you think you are right, because you won’t look for the truth, that takes effort….amazing, simply amazing.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Santorum reminds independents about what they don’t like about the GOP. He needs to get out now.
thuja on April 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Interesting. My theory is that Loony Tunes here makes the Independents more comfortable voting for Romney.

Marcus on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Rick

I like you – and thought you had a solid chance at beating Romney – and am impressed with your willingness to fight for the cause of the right and continue. But in accordance with a sound conservative ideology – I think its time to realize when you should stop hurting the right – and start helping – by both dropping out – and immediately supporting Mitt Romney as the 2012 Rep nominee to defeat the most dangerous President in the history of America.

You should be proud of what you accomplished – and bring a solid group of supporters, along with sound ideas.

Lets use them together – and win November 2012.

Regards,
Odie1941

Odie1941 on April 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

He’ll purchase expensive advertising, utilize compelling robocalls and crisscross the state himself. He has even more incentive than usual to deploy a deal-sealing barrage of negativity against Santorum. If he can sneak to victory in Pennsylvania, he’ll have made a very strong case for himself against Santorum.

Good thing Mitt’s cheating like a mofo. Mitt Romney would never win a fair election, would he?

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Ooo, the knives are out even in here. Rick is a fighter and that’s what we need in our candidate. Not an entitlement grabber. He’s standing up against the establishment even with rigged primaries, the conservative blogs like Drudge stacked and propagandizing against him, the money blitz against him, going against the good old boys handing over the nomination to the next in line. Go Rick! I’ll fight for and contribute to him because I believe in him and what he stands for. And because if Romney ends up buying the nomination, the enthusiasm dies and the pocketbook snaps shut and this presidential election will be a demoralizing one.

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

“You know me.” Santorum said.

Yeah, that’s the problem. The last time the people who know him best had a chance to vote for him, it didn’t work out so well. Romney won his home state of MA with 74%. Now, Santorum is leading by 6% in PA? Good luck with that.

rogaineguy on April 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Given Tina’s constant religion and abortion posts, I’m surprised she’s endorsed Santorum since he’s bragged about funding Planned Parenthood.

Dante on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Regardless of whether Santorum can squeak one out in Pennsylvania, Romney is going to be north of 800 delegates after April 24th….with a ton of the primaries left being proportional….except Utah and Jersey and guess who wins those two.

It’s been over for a while Rick….get out before you really do some damage to yourself and the party.

Zybalto on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I think Mitt is too boring to cheat. He is just going to keep slogging away.

Kristamatic on April 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I still can’t believe anyone takes this doofus in a sweater vest seriously. I’m no Romney fan, but Santorum? Really? Please.

DRayRaven on April 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Given Tina’s constant religion and abortion posts, I’m surprised she’s endorsed Santorum since he’s bragged about funding Planned Parenthood.

Dante on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

You better vote for Obama then. He loves kids.

RBMN on April 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

If it’s all the media’s fault, why has Romney managed to resist, for the most part, the Thurston Howell III caricature the media’s been hanging on him since Day One?

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You are waiting in vain, Rick. Get out now so we can defeat Obama.

Kristamatic on April 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Well, you have quite a vision for your leader…quite an utopian vision of a man who can do no wrong…he is lucky to have people like you be so enthralled and taken by him.
You live in a great world, you will always be happy with him, he will do no ill, he can make no mistake.

I bet he goes to bed every night at 9:30, and then gets up at 5 AM and gets to work.

Yes, of course he does, he lives a perfect, charmed, blessed, life…he is very lucky to have you as a supporter, as a worshiper.

I bet he was that kid in school that was always studying and never went to parties.

Yes…naturally

You are waiting in vain, Rick

Rick, you cannot defeat perfection, you must be evil to even think of challenging MITT, the wonderful…

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Rick Santorum is already finished. All that Rick Santorum is doing by staying in the race is helping Obama. Rick Santorum thinks the election is all about Rick Santorum. Santorum should do what’s right for the party and the country, and drop out, so that we can unite to defeat Obama.

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack Obama’s Reelection

While Romney was able to win his own home state by 60 points, Rick Santorum won’t even be able to win PA, his home state.

Rick Santorum is an unelectable, whiny joke who has a bad temper and who is known for little more than his extreme positions on social issues.

If that begins to change, though, and a loss in Pennsylvania for Santorum looks likely, Romney’s last challenger might not make it to May.

PA, the state that knows Santorum best and where Santorum lost his reelection campaign by a landslide, may have to be the state that puts the final nail in the coffin of the Obama-supported Santorum campaign. This will be good, welcome news for people who actually care about defeating Obama, and will be bad news for liberal Dems and their allies who were hoping for an even more prolonged primary season to bloody our candidates and to tarnish the Republican brand.

bluegill on April 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

If he had an actual path to 1144 i might see him staying in it.

Now he needs 76 percent of the remaining delegates to get 1144.

Hoping a brokered convention will pick him because he’s the most conservative is not likely.

although we do have a deeply conservative wing of our party we also

have some less conservative and moderates which make up the greater share.

why should we give up our choice?

gerry-mittbot-moderate-want’s mostly to get rid of Obama

gerrym51 on April 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Last night on CNN, his spokesperson (Brabender) said that if Santorum wins PA and TX, he guaranteed (!!!) that Santorum will get the nomination.

They are really and truly delusional.

teri_b on April 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Another problem with his mythical “I’ll win Pennsylvania” strategy, he’ll get killed in the other 4 or 5 states that go to the polls on the same day. So even if he does win Penn, yipee. Just more blood for Romney to clean off the tires.

Zaggs on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

No. It’s going to be

1st – Romney
2nd – Jerry Sandusky
3rd – Santorum

CorporatePiggy on April 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

If that’s true, it will only be because Rick Santorum’s usual staple voters, registered Democrats, will instead vote for the person they see as less threatening.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Senator Sweater Vest is toast even if he manages to win PA – I won’t be voting for him. Many GOP voters here can’t stand him, not to mention what the I’s think. Get out now Rick while you still have a small shred of dignity.

GeorgieGirl9 on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

If it’s all the media’s fault, why has Romney managed to resist, for the most part, the Thurston Howell III caricature the media’s been hanging on him since Day One?

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You are a perfect example of what I was talking about…my post had nothing to do with what you are challenging me with…try reading it again.
And if you think Romney as “resisted”, than you don’t see the polls…the polls for the lase couple of decades.
Mitt does not connect with the regular voters…he can’t get over that 40%, never has, probably never will, without Obama even doing worse, and Obama is.
The “anyone but Obama” is real, deal with it, it was real last election with McCain, with Kennedy before, and it still exists.
He should be blowing out the competition, with the money he has, but he is not…in fact his supporters are still resorting to calling Rick names, and demeaning his character, carrying on what Mitt’s pac’s have been doing all along….shameful, but effective.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

He has even more incentive than usual to deploy a deal-sealing barrage of negativity against Santorum. If he can sneak to victory in Pennsylvania, he’ll have made a very strong case for himself against Santorum.

-Tina Korbe, supporter of the social issues extremist Rick Santorum

Tina, those information ads about Santorum have done a great service in letting people know what Rick Santorum is all about. It’s called vetting. Senator Sanctimonious Santorum was put the test, and he failed miserably. We are VERY grateful that we dodged a bullet when voters strongly rejected Rick Santorum.

The more people learn about the unelectable Rick Santorum and hear him, the less they like the man.

bluegill on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Good thing Mitt’s cheating like a mofo. Mitt Romney would never win a fair election, would he?

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Can I safely assume that the lack of a sarc tag was simply an oversight?

JohnGalt23 on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Interesting. My theory is that Loony Tunes here makes the Independents more comfortable voting for Romney.

Independents and dissillusioned democrats will vote for Mitt because they are not scared of him(some see him as an amiable doofus-some see him as a get the job done busunessman-but nobody is scared of him)

they see Rick Santorum as some one who means what he says and some of his positions do scare them.

this election Is going to be a referendum on Obama. we don’t want to scare people so they’ll vote for him anyway.

gerrym51 on April 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Can I safely assume that the lack of a sarc tag was simply an oversight?

JohnGalt23 on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Heavens, you’d think I wouldn’t need one at all.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

whatever. But he will lose New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware.

crosspatch on April 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Go away Santorum, you’re wasting precious time that could be directed toward the defeat of Obama.

rplat on April 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Boggles the mind, don’t it? And they call us “delusional”.

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM

At this point his attitude is going to cost him the next presumptive nominee status if things fall apart for Romney in November.

Ukiah on April 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Oh well, at least it’s too warm for sweater vests now.

For Rick, I think he wants to win Pennsylvania as a moral victory. His last statewide race there ended very poorly, so this would be redemption, or penance.

EricW on April 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I live in MA. MA is in no way representative of people you would consider Republican standard bearers. Romney won by 60 points because we have basically zero people in Santorum’s normal appeal groups and Romney was our Governor.

That said, if Romney and Brown win MA, Obama’s electoral math is done.

If I were Rick, I’d focus all my efforts on winning Pennsylvania, then graciously drop out. Rick is still young (compared to Romney, he won’t even be as old as Romney is *now* in the 2020 election) so as long as he wins his home state, he’ll have a career path open down the road.

BKennedy on April 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

This is a weird election cycle…journalists ask him about these things, he spends about 5% (if any) of his speeches on such things…and that is all you hear? WOW!! the disconnect between what is said, and what people think is said is amazing…totally amazing.

People focus on the strangest things…it seems whatever the MSM wants them to focus on, the weak minded just bobble their heads and say “Yes, that is what he is talking about, you are right”…sometimes, when I read posts like yours, I just shake my head and say “That is why we have Obama”…people can’t understand the simplest of concepts without someone telling them what is being said…unbelievable that you would even post that, and yes, I do believe you think you are right, because you won’t look for the truth, that takes effort….amazing, simply amazing.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

He should have never talked about any of that. Period. He chose to willingly talk about that, no matter how it came up. And it has hurt perceptions of not only him, but also Mill Romney (who has never talked about that).

And I dont need to be lectured on what I am focusing on. The polls show that Romney is losing ground with women. Why? Because Santorum waded into social issues and that has rubbed off on the republican brand.

Santorum has accomplished nothing positive in this election, and has set Republicans back in the eyes of moderates and independents.

milcus on April 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

He (Romney) has even more incentive than usual to deploy a deal-sealing barrage of negativity against Santorum.

Interesting, in Maryland the last couple of weeks the only calls I received were from the Santorum camp. And it was a barrage and all very negative. I think there was only one call from Romney’s camp and it was more of a “vote for me” rather than much that was negative

Trafalgar on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Go away. Please just go away.

gophergirl on April 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

What she said!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Will he promise to leave the campaign if he loses?

ProfShadow on April 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Given Tina’s constant religion and abortion posts, I’m surprised she’s endorsed Santorum since he’s bragged about funding Planned Parenthood.

Dante on April 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Endorsing Santorum over Romney only makes sense if you’re a social-issues-first conservative, and that would be because you don’t believe Romney’s new social-conservative positions are authentic.

However, f you’re a small government conservative like me – and you don’t give a vermin’s hindquarters on social issues, it makes no sense at all to prefer Santorum. He’s an earmarking, pro-union, big government shill. I don’t trust Romney, either…but at least he’s not a union guy – and unlike Santorum, I’m pretty sure his IQ breaks room temperature numbers.

DRayRaven on April 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

And I dont need to be lectured on what I am focusing on. The polls show that Romney is losing ground with women. Why? Because Santorum waded into social issues and that has rubbed off on the republican brand.

Santorum has accomplished nothing positive in this election, and has set Republicans back in the eyes of moderates and independents.

milcus on April 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I find it interesting that moderates and independents are more turned off by Santorums personal dislike of contraception – which has never transferred into public policy – , but not Barack Obama’s open support, private and public, of infanticide. Could you explain that to me?

Or are yours the kind of “moderates and independents” who are oblivious to the fact Obama is the most radical candidate on social issues in this election, and possibly in history? Barack Obama is straight out of Sangerville.

BKennedy on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Boggles the mind, don’t it? And they call us “delusional”.

mozalf on April 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Just look at the mindless childish names they call Rick, a 12 year honored, conservative Republican Senator…MBA, Law degree, passed the bar, unblemished record, strong advocate for family values, social values, political values, an A rating for fiscal voting all 12 years (the only one to receive that rating)…and they resort to calling him names, like children in a sandbox…it’s just strange how the supporters of Mitt comport themselves, it comes from the top down, it’s the tone of this campaign.
And they wonder why Mitt can’t get traction with the public, how they have to rely on overwhelming advertising, and less on personal interaction…7:1 or 10or 12:1 i some cases, and he can’t “seal the deal”…but they can sure call Rick some names, that they have…not too much confidence and support for Mitt’s record, but they don’t need it if they can demean the opponent enough.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Stop.Just stop.

SouthernGent on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Ricky, the VP ride left a long time ago when you decided to really go after Romney. Time to fold up your tent and stop aggravating the nice American people.

I wonder who would survive if you stuck DWS, Obama, and Ricky in the same locked room.

aniptofar on April 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM

BKennedy on April 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Brian,

I live in mass. also.. I went to your website. Imagine a Conservative Kennedy(who knew). good luck to you.

I also doubt that Romney can win our state in a general presidential election but hope springs eternal.

I actually think It will be Scott Brown pulling Mitt over the finish line if it does happen

gerry-mittbot-moderate

gerrym51 on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Patience dear friends. In a hour Rush will tell us all how to feel about this whole thing. Then we can hear it repeated at 3P and at 6P. So we can all be on the same page tomorrow.

AYNBLAND on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Trafalgar on April 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I think the whole idea that Romney’s election strategy is somehow illegitimate is the biggest sack of garbage in this entire primary season. There was once a time when doing actual ground work in an election – marshaling supporters, raising funds, advertising your message early and often – were the signs of, if not necessarily a great candidate, a great campaign. Now it’s all being vilified as “the wrong way to win” and “winning ugly.”

Here’s the rotten truth. Rick Santorum would have been out of this race after South Carolina if not for free media in the form of talk radio and MSM leftists hoping to extend the primary season.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

If that’s true, it will only be because Rick Santorum’s usual staple voters, registered Democrats, will instead vote for the person they see as less threatening.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Yes. This must be why Rick is winning every blue state that Republicans won’t have a chance to win in November.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Just look at the mindless childish names they call Rick, a 12 year honored, conservative Republican Senator…MBA, Law degree, passed the bar, unblemished record, strong advocate for family values, social values, political values, an A rating for fiscal voting all 12 years (the only one to receive that rating)…and they resort to calling him names, like children in a sandbox…it’s just strange how the supporters of Mitt comport themselves, it comes from the top down, it’s the tone of this campaign.
And they wonder why Mitt can’t get traction with the public, how they have to rely on overwhelming advertising, and less on personal interaction…7:1 or 10or 12:1 i some cases, and he can’t “seal the deal”…but they can sure call Rick some names, that they have…not too much confidence and support for Mitt’s record, but they don’t need it if they can demean the opponent enough.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

This is either ricky or his wife. Please realize that some people’s personalities are just grating and Ricky, you are one of those people.

aniptofar on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Santorum needs to win NOW over 80% of the remaining delegates. THIS is not going to happen! Because many of the states are winner-take-all that favor Romney AND the others that are proportional Santorum is not going to win 100% of those votes. Therefore there is NO WAY on this continued path and pace that Rick can win.

He needs to drop out because HE THINKS he is helping himself with the party and what EVERYONE is trying to do tactfully is tell him get out NOW while YOU still have some dignity within the party.

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Santorum predicts Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania win

ShainS on April 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

He can win Pennsylvania, but no way will he win the nomination.

MelonCollie on April 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

He should have never talked about any of that. Period. He chose to willingly talk about that, no matter how it came up. And it has hurt perceptions of not only him, but also Mill Romney (who has never talked about that).

milcus on April 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

You are so silly….
He “talked” about it at a Catholic convention (a decade ago)…duhhh, what part of that is hard to understand as being a central issue to being a Catholic.

Period. He chose to willingly talk about that, no matter how it came up

And, btw, the issue replicates Mitt’s stand which he has stated is his now…of course before Mitt was supporting abortion…
It’s just that the MSM targeted Rick, and you guys, like the weak minded you are, took the bait…now Mitt will have to defend himself, and you guys will be begging for us to “understand” how Mitt can be for abortion, than against it…for contraception, and not against it…for mandates, now against it…good luck, you guys burned your bridges by siding with the liberal press.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I actually think It will be Scott Brown pulling Mitt over the finish line if it does happen

gerry-mittbot-moderate

gerrym51 on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I concur. I’m glad we’ll have a strong top of the ticket anyway.

Incidentally I haven’t updated that site in a while. Most of my time goes to maintaining the Taunton Republican City Committee’s site. That’s more my brainchild/baby right now: http://www.tauntonrcc.com

I’m also getting involved in starting up a Bristol County GOP. Feel free to email me.

BKennedy on April 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Even after Mitt Romney’s hat trick last night, Rick

The election results for MD are still showing only 79% of precincts reporting, so this could change, but what’s been reported so far shows Romney winning there with only a 49% plurality, not a majority.

And in Wisconsin, Romney won there with only a 44% plurality, not a majority.

The only place where Romney won a majority last night was in a place that Democrats routinely win the general with 90% of the vote… Washington, D.C.

Think about it… even with every possible advantage being given to Romney by the media and the establishment, and even outspending his opponents by many, many multiples of millions of dollars of negative advertising, Romney STILL failed to win a majority in MD and WI. Even with Paul Ryan’s endorsement, Romney fell far short of reaching 50% of the vote.

A win is a win is a win, but if Romney’s campaign were as strong as the media and the establishment want you to think it is, and if this thing truly were “in the bag”, Romney should have pulled in greater than 80% in all three contests last night.

According to the current Washington Post delegate tracking numbers:

1,127 delegates awarded
1,159 delegates at stake

We’re not even officially at halftime yet. Who in America tells the underdog sports team to quit the game before halftime?

Santorum, by battling all the way to the convention, is actually doing what Romney promised to do in 2008. What’s wrong with that?

ITguy on April 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Totally Agree!!!

I am for the SuperPacs because I believe they ARE free speech BUT w/o these RS and Gingrich would have been out a long time ago!

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Santorum is doing what he should do. He’s waiting around, just in case Romney goes nuts someday, and runs naked down the Main Street of some Alabama town with chocolate syrup on his head.

RBMN on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Heh. I figured Santorum was waiting for it to be revealed that Romney pals around with domestic terrorists, sat in an America-hating racist church with his family for 20 years, had his home purchased by some thuggish crook, etc. — which would surely disqualify him from candidacy.

Oh … wait!

ShainS on April 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yes. This must be why Rick is winning every blue state that Republicans won’t have a chance to win in November.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This canard doesn’t deserve to be dignified with a deconstructive explanation. It got tired after Michigan, people.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This “you’re hurting the party by staying in” meme has to die, and die quickly. Rick’s not the perfect conservative by any stretch, but at least we’re still talking about conservatism and what we want in a candidate.

This is a lot better than what we got last cycle, where conservatives had to just suck it up, bend over, and not complain about it.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I don’t care too much anymore. But can all the mittbots who repeatedly dissed RS because “He lost his seat in Penn. in a landslide/worst loss in history, etc., etc.” explain how this is possible?

yhxqqsn on April 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

IT and R2B,
you guys need to understand, like Santorum, that IT IS OVER. You can claim and use this halftime analogy but that dog won’t hunt.

It is over for Santorum and everyone but you three seem to know it. Let’s say that he wins PA (he won’t) that same day NY, DE, CT, and RI vote and what other states on that day is Santorum going to win? My point exactly. There is NO WAY RS can win the remaining delegates. So if WE ALL know that then WHY is Santorum staying in any longer? He is hurting his standing amongst Republicans and conservatives…but I think Pennsylvanian’s already know this and why he was drummed out of office by 18 points last time.

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

This canard doesn’t deserve to be dignified with a deconstructive explanation. It got tired after Michigan, people.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

So which is it? Are Santorum’s staple voters bible-thumping redneck Republicans, or, as you put it, “registered Democrats”? I suspect it’s whatever serves Romney supporters at the moment.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

This is a lot better than what we got last cycle, where conservatives had to just suck it up, bend over, and not complain about it.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Not quite. McCain didn’t give us Palin because everyone was happy to take one for the team.

Santorum needs to get out because he’s an awful candidate. I don’t like Romney, but he’s what we’ve got. I have never bought into the “most electable” meme, but I know one thing for sure – he’s more electable than Santorum or Newt.

DRayRaven on April 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

ick, it’s time to fold the tent and pack up the sleeping bag.

rjoco1 on April 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Just look at the mindless childish names they call Rick, a 12 year honored, conservative Republican Senator…MBA, Law degree, passed the bar, unblemished record, strong advocate for family values, social values, political values, an A rating for fiscal voting all 12 years (the only one to receive that rating)…and they resort to calling him names, like children in a sandbox…it’s just strange how the supporters of Mitt comport themselves, it comes from the top down, it’s the tone of this campaign.
And they wonder why Mitt can’t get traction with the public, how they have to rely on overwhelming advertising, and less on personal interaction…7:1 or 10or 12:1 i some cases, and he can’t “seal the deal”…but they can sure call Rick some names, that they have…not too much confidence and support for Mitt’s record, but they don’t need it if they can demean the opponent enough.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Karen, is that you? There are only 2 people that think that highly of Rick Santorum, Rick and Karen Santorum.

milcus on April 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

It’s halftime in America.

FlatFoot on April 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

This “you’re hurting the party by staying in” meme has to die, and die quickly. Rick’s not the perfect conservative by any stretch, but at least we’re still talking about conservatism and what we want in a candidate.

This is a lot better than what we got last cycle, where conservatives had to just suck it up, bend over, and not complain about it.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This.

ITguy on April 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

JDF…the thing is…any HONEST look at Santorum’s record will see that he does NOT have a conservative record on a number of issues but he describes this as he was only voting what the citizens of PA wanted. Well that is fine and he was a representative of PA. However, he cannot then turn around and rip on Romney for representing his constituents for things they wanted AND voted for. Romney at least took a conservative angle to his every vote in a heavily blue state.

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This is a lot better than what we got last cycle, where conservatives had to just suck it up, bend over, and not complain about it.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mitt supporters are cultists, they only see black and white.
If Rick is in, he must be destroyed, not realizing that many things that Rick stand for, Mitt also agrees with…and Rick is more conservative, so he brings to the table conservative policies that keep RINO’s like Mitt in check.
But saying that Mitt is anything but perfect, and I mean absolutely perfect, is like attacking “God”…and indeed I think that many of his supporters think of him as some kind of prophet or God…honestly.
Just look at some of the posts…he goes to bed a 9 and wakes up at 5 and works all day…good grief, that is just plain obsessively weird of projecting his “work day”…

I bet he goes to bed every night at 9:30, and then gets up at 5 AM and gets to work. I bet he was that kid in school that was always studying and never went to parties.

Good luck on trying to talk sense into someone like this poster…and he/she is typical.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

So which is it? Are Santorum’s staple voters bible-thumping redneck Republicans, or, as you put it, “registered Democrats”? I suspect it’s whatever serves Romney supporters at the moment.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

It’s both. In every recent primary in which crossover Democrats have been a factor, Santorum has won them by staggering margins. His entire Republican voting bloc is evangelicals (he loses Catholics consistently), but those folks are in short supply anywhere outside of Dixie.

If Santorum didn’t have Democrats padding his numbers, Romney would have whomped him by 10 points in MI, OH, and WI and we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

If he can sneak to victory in Pennsylvania, he’ll have made a very strong case for himself against Santorum.

Tina,

I would say having triple the delegates that Rick does at this stage of the primaries already makes that case. Reality isn’t always fun.

Minnfidel on April 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Frankly, I hope Santorum keeps predicting wins because he has not been too good at the last several predictions!

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Santorum is doing what he should do. He’s waiting around, just in case Romney goes nuts someday, and runs naked down the Main Street of some Alabama town with chocolate syrup on his head.

RBMN on April 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Thanks a lot for THAT mental image! BLECH!

MelonCollie on April 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Romney at least took a conservative angle to his every vote in a heavily blue state.

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Even you can’t believe that…even you…how about appointing a Planned Parenthood advocate to his health board, did he counter and appoint an anti-abortion activist to the same health board? No, just the Planned Parenthood activist…want more?
You do realize that Rick received the highest rating for conservative voting of any Senator for his 12 years…in a state as or more liberal than Mitt’s, and we was elected for 12 years, Mitt made it just 4 years.
Layoff…Mitt is a great guy, Rick is a great guy…but don’t continue to distort Rick’s record to try to make your man look better….grow up.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Santorum has the same arrogant/ego personality quirks Obama has…

in 2008, voters let it slide for Obama because he was black.

BigSven on April 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yes. This must be why Rick is winning every blue state that Republicans won’t have a chance to win in November.

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I say we don’t even let blue states vote in the GOP primary. That’ll win ‘em over!

Let’s only nominate people who win in the states that the GOP will win anyway. It’s time we give swing state voters a chance to vote for someone much further to the right than they are. This is what they’ve been dying for. In their states, they rarely get the chance to vote for a hardcore right winger, and it just bores them to tears. That’s why they’re swing states. We’ve never had the stones to put up someone who’s not afraid to tell them, “Screw you, moderates! Vote for me!” Between them and the states whose primaries we wouldn’t count anymore, we would win every state!

EricW on April 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Uh, how much longer is HA going to pretend that this race isn’t over?

EddieC on April 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Rick is in it, despite being outspent by millions…because he is a viable alternative, a conservative alternative to Mitt…it’s that simple.
Mitt’s style is not attractive to everyone, and Rick’s is not attractive to everyone…but it does not diminish the importance of each other.
Mitt, most would agree, needs to be more conservative, and Rick provides that balance and challenge..it’s that simple.

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

KingGold on April 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I understand both of your points, although I’m hesitant to buy into the notion that Democrats significantly buoyed Santorum anywhere.

I just don’t think it’s a bad thing to keep the process moving along. Wouldn’t Romney have a significantly stronger claim to the big-tent Republican crown if he could win an outright majority of the delegates in contested primaries?

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Uh, how much longer is HA going to pretend that this race isn’t over?

EddieC on April 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Until people stop clicking and commenting on the threads. As long as they get ad views from the stories, they’ll continue publishing them.

Or when MM finally gives up the ghost on Santorum.

crosspatch on April 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Santorum has the same arrogant/ego personality quirks Obama has…

in 2008, voters let it slide for Obama because he was black.

BigSven on April 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

This is what I mean…just weird…

right2bright on April 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Bad news for Rick: PA is a closed primary.

Jon0815 on April 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hey Rick!…”Halftime” is getting longer and longer!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Mike Huckabee, but with more sweater vest and less southern bumpkin charm.

Jeddite on April 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

WHY is Santorum staying in any longer? He is hurting his standing amongst Republicans

g2825m on April 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I think that Rick Santorum is a true patriot. A statesman who cares more about his country than his personal gain. I realize you don’t… you think he’s in it only for his personal gain. If that were the case, then he truly would be crazy to continue past the point where it literally would be impossible to pass 1,144 pledged delegates (we’re not there yet, but it’s likely to happen that Romney+Gingrich+Paul combined earn enough delegates that there aren’t enough left for Santorum to pass 1,144… but again, there are over 1,200 delegates still out there, yet to be assigned).

But now consider that Santorum really does believe that Romney, the man who helped birth state-run healthcare as the self-described “progressive” Governor of MA, is truly uniquely disqualified from winning against Obama and Obamacare.

Consider that Santorum really believes that if Romney is our nominee, he will lose in November to Obama.

If you put yourself in Santorum’s shoes, and truly believe what I just described, wouldn’t you do everything you possibly could to prevent a loss to Obama? Wouldn’t you do everything you possibly could to nominate a more conservative candidate, EVEN IF IT’S NOT YOU?

I would.

And I respect Rick Santorum immensely for that. He, like our Founders, is willing to sacrifice material possessions in the service of our country and our posterity.

God Bless You, Rick Santorum!

ITguy on April 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

It’s just halftime, he says, and he’s counting on Pennsylvanians to “charge out of the locker room” for a strong second half.

If Rick Santorum knew what Pennsylvanians were doing in the locker room, he wouldn’t be as eager for them to charge out.

Archivarix on April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I understand both of your points, although I’m hesitant to buy into the notion that Democrats significantly buoyed Santorum anywhere.

They were responsible for 5 percentage points of his votes in Wisconsin yesterday according to exit polls.

CNN exit polls show 11% of voters self-identifying as Democrats and 44% of those voted Santorum. Santorum won the Democrat vote in Wisconsin.

So if the exit polls were a valid overall indication, Democrats gave Santorum a boost of 5 percentage point. In other words, if not for Democrats, Santorum might have got no delegates at all in Wisconsin.

crosspatch on April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

EricW on April 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Why don’t you quote the assertion that I was responding to in my post? Because it’s way more fun to completely take things out of context?

JDF123 on April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Breaking News….. Denial also a river in Egypt!

Minnfidel on April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

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