Santorum: My campaign is the ‘little engine that could’
July 10th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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Santorum: My campaign is the ‘little engine that could’

Washington (CNN) – Despite his low poll numbers, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he is committed to competing in the Iowa caucuses in February and will have enough money to execute his plan for the high stakes Ames straw poll.

“I’m running a different campaign … I always say the little engine that could campaign,” Santorum said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m running a conservative campaign, very low budget.”


The former Pennsylvania senator, who registers in the low single digits in national and state surveys, acknowledged the straw poll in August will be a benchmark for his campaign, but said a fourth, fifth or sixth place finish would show the campaign's progress.

The contest is a fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party that traditionally tests the organizational strength of each campaign.

“We think the strategy we have is a good one,” Santorum told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “We’re on a path to February.”

Santorum has yet to officially announce his fundraising haul for the last quarter but said he will report a figure under $2 million, lower than some other presidential hopefuls. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised $18.25 million, according to his campaign, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas reported bringing in $4.5 million and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty reported raising $4.2 million. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman raised $4.1 million and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain reported raising $2.46 million – both contributed some of their own funds.

Although he has made over 15 trips to the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Santorum said he did not make a final decision about a bid for the White House until the middle of May and only held his first fundraiser during the last week of June.

“I didn’t want to go out and ask people to raise money for me and ask people to do things if I wasn’t committed to doing this yet,” Santroum said. “We have enough money, in fact, plenty of money to be able to, to execute our game plan for the straw poll coming up in August.”

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    He promised not to have an affair with another married person - hmmm, what about a single one. Oh wait, WHO WOULD HAVE HIM?

    The republicans have pledged allegience to GROVER NORQUIST - to hell with the American People - to hell with their pledge to protect this country.

    GROVER NORQUIST is NOT our dictator - is he????? We want republicans/fascists to rule us why?????

    July 10, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    GROVER NORQUIST is NOT our dictator – is he????? We want republicans/fascists to rule us why?????
    =====================================================================================
    Obama is the one that has shown he is a facist. He refuses to enforce laws while declaring them "unconstitutional" and then creates a huge new government entitlement plan whose foundation is foorcing people to buy a product from a private company. His leftist fascism is a huge threat to this country.

    July 10, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. samsmee

    "Obama is the one that has shown he is a facist"??? YOU from the "not intended to be factual" party has the gall to even post your lying drivel. You poor child have been "OUTFOXED"......

    July 10, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    Amen, GI Joe.
    The only vows of significance and possible consequence if disobeyed, are those taken before God.
    Exactly what would happen if none of these "pledges" were signed. Threats from the teabags?
    Big whoop. Maybe they should take their own vows to be civil and not such greedy little pimples on
    the face of America.

    July 10, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Name king

    Hey the repugs would like to convince the most gullible in America that their war
    Cry capitalistic system is all about tax cuts, supply system and deregulation. I was taught in school that our capitalistic system was about SUPPLY AND DEMAND. demand part is about 70 percent of the capitalistic system, supply is about 10 percent, regulation and tax reduction about 10. Why isn't the repugs focussing on the demand side, all their focus is on the demand side, the problem is they are leading the payed for dems around like puppy dogs. Dragging them to focus on their voodoo economic ideologies all the time. where is Wiener? We need demand folks. The repugs governors keep firing government workers, which are the most stable revenues that small businesses have. A lot of small businesses will be going out of business because of the firing of their most stable customers. How can we compete with china brazil and India for our American jobs when the repugs have cut our demand money now. We are already disadvantage because of these countries dirt cheap labor force. We lose our demand power, we are going to be in a world of hurt. Some body please stop these repugs, and tell them to write a Jobs bill so that the president can sign.

    July 10, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Marie MD

    @theobamareceission- what in the world are you talking about? Please go see somebody to help you out. You are delusional.
    He was really a fascist you would be one of the first to be disposed of by "his" administration. Wow!!!!

    July 10, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Candy Taylor

    I love these GOP hypocrites! Yeah Newt ran on family values will he was cheating on his dying wife. Look at Edwards! Why don't you just govern you big jerks and stop trying to be what you aren"t!

    July 10, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. logic in LA

    Rick Santorum proved yesterday that he is not qualified to be President by signing that ridiculous fidelity pledge.
    First you have an unenforceable document with no legal standing. Second, Santorum and others are not signing anything new- all of those things are part of their wedding vows, so this is redundant. And, anyone foolish enough to not stand up to this quack that asked for their signature, is too weak to lead our country.
    When will Americans realize they are being pushed by fringe elements? Our way of life is being threatened by Taliban-style politics. Wake up and smell the middle!

    July 10, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Shannon

    He and Michele Bachmann signed a pledge that shows their hatred of gays, and they actually said that slavery for black children was a good thing. Is this really what the GOP has come to, are we going to bring back slavery for the benefit of the children. I guess as usual they got the history wrong. They forgot about the part where children and parents were SOLD away from one another, and those lucky kids never got to know their parents. Seriously what kind of racist hate monger can find anything good about slavery.

    July 10, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Pawlenty's campaign is troubled by a failure to articulate a bigger plan and vision for America. How can he excite voters if his campaign is so limited and obscured as "the little engine that could", not very inspiring for voters.

    July 10, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Theo

    Either republicans have a selective memory or they just don't pay attention. Obama is not the first president to say that he refuses to defend a blatantly unconstitutional law in the courts. The practice goes back to the early 1960s and has been going on ever since.

    July 10, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Chad in Boston

    Santorum represents everything that is wrong with the Republican party. He and people like him are the reason leftists like Obama get elected. The longer ignorant religious zealots ignore the First Amendment and and dominate the GOP. the longer we will be condemned to failed liberal economics and the socialist paradigm of rewarding failure.

    July 10, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    “We think the strategy we have is a good one,” Santorum

    Like my former boss then

    Thank you and Good Bye

    July 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Sgt Joe

    CNN, you made the title of this piece seem that it had credibility until we see who's opinion it is....Santoriums! Now, I'm laughing!
    The righties are really scrambling lately; their fear tactics don't really seem to be having the punch they so covet. May Fox "News" go down the tubes w/Ruppert for it's role in all this BS.

    July 10, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Jake

    Google Santorum. Yes, he's going to come from the rear indeed.

    July 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Indy

    He said he would support any Republican candidate over Obama, so he admitted that he does not care about the country only the party. This will make him just another spinelss Republican and once again proves they do not care about anything but "Party First, Country Last" He would rather see someone like Sarah Palin as President and the country ruined for good rather then the black President.

    July 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. EddyL

    Tell us again how abortion is the reason why Social Security is failing.....

    July 10, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Marjee123

    My goodness is could what. That little old engine didn't help him when he ran for re-election in PA. lIKE ALL republican forays it ran over the cliff.

    July 10, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |