Santorum: We had something to prove here
August 13th, 2011
09:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: We had something to prove here

Ames, Iowa (CNN) – Rick Santorum is one happy guy.

The GOP presidential candidate and former senator from Pennsylvania came in fourth at the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, behind Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and finishing just over 600 votes behind former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

“We were in range of three. I mean I felt like here’s a guy who spent a million bucks in this and we spent a fraction of that and here we are within a few hundred votes of him and I feel very, very good about that. I feel we’re positioned exactly were we want to be,” Santorum told CNN. “If you look at the top four, three of them can win the caucus. And I really feel that Ron Paul can’t win this caucus and can’t win this nomination and the other three candidates have a potential to do so. The top three tickets get punched out of Iowa, so I feel really good about that.”

On Friday, Santorum told CNN’s Candy Crowley that if he finished lower than fifth place, he would have to consider ending his bid for the White House. But he says his fourth-place finish could give him more attention by the media.

“Hopefully the media will start paying more attention to us because they sure haven’t been doing much. At future debates hopefully I’m not going to be put on the far end of the debate and be forgotten about the first hour. Maybe this will help.”

Santorum says his campaign “had something to prove here, that we had a base that were building and that we were a campaign that should be paid attention to.”

As for what’s next, he says he’s going to continue to “be the little engine that could campaign no matter what happens. We’re just going to keep plugging away.”


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    Santorum will place higher than Ron Paul and Pawlenty in caucus. He was surprising in the debate, considering he had less time to speak than most.

    August 13, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    “be the little engine that could campaign no matter what happens."

    Fairies in Fantasy Land working like busy little bees, little Ricky?

    That is your strategic plan to win the nomination?

    Perhaps, you should also ask God to give the pixies a day off for election day, in case you need a plan B.

    August 13, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Again, why are we interested in inefficient, has been parties: Republican & Democrats ZZZZZZZ

    August 13, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Larry L

    We've allowed a state known for hicks and corn to determine the favorite clown in the Republican Circus of right-wing radicals. You gotta love it...

    August 13, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Keith

    Ugh, this guy is garbage personified.

    August 13, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. scott

    this guy must be sarah palin's dillusional long lost brother

    August 13, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. A Real Patriot

    Hey...Rick...
    Go back home...become a Catholic Deacon–that way you can live out your "beliefs" in happiness and leave the rest of us the hell alone.

    August 13, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. texgirl2762

    It's like coming in fourth behind Curly, Moe, and Larry. What a victory.

    August 13, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Joe Plascencia

    Santorum is a sore loser and he is out of touch with reality. This is typical of the Establishment and their shills.

    I will now watch as the media tries to downplay Ron Paul's top tier status, meanwhile fawning over the other candidates who represent more of the same. This is why the media has lost all credibility.

    Santorum should have a little more respect for Ron Paul and his supporters because he is witnessing a revolution who's time has come.

    Ron Paul will be the next President of the United States of America!

    August 13, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah... You're in range alright... If you use long range bomber.... Give it up Sanitarium. Go sit on the porch with the puppies.

    August 13, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Jose Ramos

    Ron Paul has just confirmed that he is a force to reckoned with! He has my support 100% percent!

    August 13, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. OldRightRep

    Rick Santorum is such a small person. Still holding a grudge for his embarrassing failure to understand the history of US-Iran relations.

    Ron Paul TRIPLED your vote count while spending little more than you. Quit lying to yourself about the validity of your campaign. Or possibly you've already moved into the VP hunt mode where you attack a front runner hoping to attract the attention of the other front runner.

    August 13, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. D

    They never learn, do they?

    August 13, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. jj

    'Santorum pleased with showing'. Congressman Weiner was too – until people noticed him.

    August 13, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Slightly Left of Center

    And how long is he going to whine about not getting enough attention? waa-waa-waa.

    August 13, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. Mitch

    Sour grapes Rick? Sounds like somebody is embarrassed by getting a history lesson on stage by the guy who "can't win"...

    August 13, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Bye Rick Santorum, it was not nice knowing you. You were so stupid thinking you could ever be elected as President of USA. A few years ago your own state voted you out. So stupid of you to forget that.

    August 13, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. David

    Rick Santorum looks and sounds like a Circuit City salesman.

    August 13, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. Will

    Santorum lost his Pennsylvania Senate race by a whooping 18 points, the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent in that state's history! He signed the "fidelity" pledge BEFORE the clause was removed which seemed to speculate black kids were better off during the days of slavery. He finished a "respectable" fourth just because Iowa is full of extremely hateful and bigoted evangelicals, and he panders to them shamelessly.

    August 13, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. James

    And what did you prove Santorum? You proved that you couldnt pass a history test. You proved that you couldnt pass a current events test. And you proved that you do not have the temperment to be a President with you incestous whining. Bye Bye scrub.

    August 13, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. ruger1776

    Santorum is a neocon whiny bitch that got schooled by someone MUCH wiser than him in the debate. Go enlist your damn kids in the military and send them to die in Iran you embicile. Ron Paul beat your ass today and you can't handle it.

    August 13, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. John C. Randolph

    Ron Paul took Ricky to school yesterday, and the straw poll voters took him to the woodshed today. Time to fold up the tent, Ricky. Your attempt to be the next Rudy Giuliani is a failure, and good riddance.

    -jcr

    August 13, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Harrison

    Pennsylvania threw you out of the senate by 20 points-remember Terry Schiavo? Good luck thinking you have any appeal beyong the nut-job set.

    August 13, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. dyinglikeflies

    Doing a victory lap for coming in fourth. With momentum like that, you're looking at someone who's destined to be elected Dog Catcher (once).

    August 13, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. Mike

    Ahh Poor Santorum media doesn't love you enough.
    Ron Paul may not win the Caucus but he is the only one who can win the general.
    Ron Paul missed first place by 150 votes.
    Ron has the ground game, the momentum, can draw dems and independants unlike the rest of the feild.
    Get used to the idea Ron Paul 2012!!!

    August 13, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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