Santorum: ‘This is the little-engine-that-could campaign’
August 13th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: ‘This is the little-engine-that-could campaign’

Ames, Iowa (CNN) - In his final pitch to Iowa Republicans before balloting begin at the Ames straw poll, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum acknowledged his underdog status but promised a comeback.

“This is the little-engine-that-could campaign,” Santorum said. “They told us we had no chance.”

Santorum, flanked by his wife and children, was the first candidate to speak inside the Hilton Coliseum, where voting is underway. The rest of the five candidates competing in the straw poll will speak throughout the day until balloting closes this afternoon.

“All of you have come here to say that the folks in Washington, the people in the board rooms of New York and the media centers of Atlanta and New York, they are not the ones who will choose the next Republican president, you are the ones who choose the next Republican president.”

Santorum, a staunch social conservative, centered his remarks around fixing the struggling economy but made sure to highlight his fierce opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Iowa, he said, “wants a conservative that can win.”


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Tony

    This is the little engine that could go home after the straw poll. Iowa voters want a candidate who can win, which disqualifies Santorum.

    August 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    He's certainly going to have to campaign, and hard, because you certainly can't Google him without getting the vapors.

    August 13, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Google "Santorum"...

    August 13, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Progressive Jedi

    I tried to google "Santorum" the results sounded kind of like this guy, "frothy" indeed.

    August 13, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well.. I must be one of the "they" then... You have no chance of winning.

    August 13, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. The Elephant in The Room

    Would some rightwing leaning publisher please give him his book deal?

    August 13, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |