Santorum: I feel like I'm on 'Survivor'
September 13th, 2011
12:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: I feel like I'm on 'Survivor'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum used a reality television show to describe how he feels in the current Republican presidential contest. That show, "Survivor."

Can he outwit, outplay, and outlast his political opponents?

After previously setting a make-or-break benchmark for staying in the race, Santorum now says he will not count himself out.

The former senator spoke to reporters after Monday's CNN "Republican Tea Party Debate."

In August, just before Iowa's critical Ames Straw Poll, Santorum said his presidential campaign could end if he didn't place "in the top five" during an interview with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Santorum finished that contest in fourth place.

After Monday's debate he was asked if he's currently drawing up benchmarks that might cause him to exit the race.

"I mean right now, I feel like I'm on an episode of 'Survivor,'" Santorum said. "And it's just a matter of surviving, raising enough money to keep the campaign organization going. And we're focused on - I would say - three-and-a-half states. Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and a little bit here in Florida."

Santorum continued, "The next benchmark is Iowa. And I feel very, very good that we got a bump... from the Ames Straw Poll."

"Hopefully tonight will be another example of another debate where I was out there providing substantive answers and drawing appropriate contrasts on public policy that will give people the choice to choose a truly conservative public official who has done it when it wasn't popular and won in a state that ... is critical to win if we're going to win the presidency."

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Michael Wood

    Santorum's lack of knowledge of foreign policy and blatant ignoring of our own CIA, the 9/11 Commission, and the Osama Bin Ladin Division of our intelligence agencies, tells me he just wants to keep the war money flowing at the expense of everyone else.

    September 13, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. AlaskaPalin

    We need these different point of views to continue a while longer so that the voters can make a most informed choice.

    September 13, 2011 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Santorum – Give it up!

    September 13, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  4. don

    You are Rick you just haven't realized you've been voted off yet. Once Sarah endorses Perry it is OVER.

    September 13, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |