Santorum on Gingrich: 'Humility is an important thing'
December 2nd, 2011
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Santorum on Gingrich: 'Humility is an important thing'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich's confidence in his staying power among GOP faithful may be premature, suggested long-time underdog Rick Santorum Friday.

Santorum was responding to a series of triumphant statements by Gingrich, who told ABC News on Thursday he was going to be the Republican nominee.

On Friday Gingrich was slightly less bold, telling Fox News that voters would make the decision but that his campaign is moving in the right direction.

Santorum has watched Gingrich vault to the top of polls in early voting states while he remains stubbornly mired in the single digits. But Gingrich is not the first candidate to catch fire among GOP voters, and Santorum suggested Friday the former House speaker may have let the success go to his head.

"Newt is certainly, you know, portraying confidence right now," Santorum told reporters at a Merrimack, New Hampshire High School Friday. "But I also think humility is an important thing in a president, and having the understanding of how this is a process that is a long way from over."

Before Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain all sparked enthusiastic support in the Republican base.

Santorum said primary voters were attune to a lack of humility in a nominee, and would assess candidates in part based on "how they handle themselves."

"How they handle success is a pretty good indicator as to what they're going to be like in governing the country," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
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  1. Rudy NYC

    4 more years of obama failure wrote:

    some might call it confidence. do people think he's going to say he's in it to lose? ridiculous nonsense.
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    It never ceases to amaze me how conservatives see and hear words and events that no one else does. First of all, no one asked a question for Newt Gingrich to start spewing off at the mouth predictions about his inevitable victory. He was not responding to an open question.

    You can call it confidence all that you want, but even Newt recognized it as blatant arrogance. That's why he dialed it back a notch or two. He realized he had crossed the line a bit too far. Crossing it wasn't the problem for Newt, to him it was a matter of degree. He likes to live on the edge. Just the type of crackpot we need in the White House.

    December 2, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Laverne

    Humillity, common sense and sanity should be another requirement and I am not convinced any of the candidates have shown that. Newt is extremely arrogant and nasty to go along with it. However, this guy is way too uptight, he need to find a way to destress!

    December 2, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to the posts, there are a lot of Texans getting their misinformation and lies from the foreign owned news media, Fox. You crazy right wingnuts really need to start watching and listening to American media sources.

    December 2, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rudy NYC who said:
    And, now they want to double on dumb mistakes by repeating the same mistakes with the same guy who said it was a big mistake? How dumb is that? If it at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Yeah, that's it
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    Isn't this also the 'definition' of lunacy?
    How apropo for this bunch.

    December 2, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. DC Johnny

    ... aaaand Dominican mama For Obama chimes in with another pointless, uneducated, misinformed post with no relevance whatsoever.

    See? I can do the same thing.

    December 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Mike Dar

    By John E. Yang
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, January 22 1997; Page A01

    The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.

    The ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said. Exactly one month before yesterday's vote, Gingrich admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information. Enough Said!!

    December 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. catmomtx

    Exactly DJ, well said

    December 2, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    He needs to read his own message, and get some, himself.

    December 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Obama's Change has left me with NO HOPE

    None of this matters people. Obama is polling in the 30's now. In head to haed match ups he's losing to EVERYBODY, inlcuding the local dog catcher. He's toast, very well done TOAST. Best part is he toasted himself with his failed left wing policies. He's set the Democrat party back 50 years, and the country back even more.

    December 2, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    It's sub-humans like "Ancient Texan" who are so brainwashed and delusional, they use their vote to keep the America-killing policies of Neo-cons like Gingrich and the rest of the GOP-bagger candidates in politics. Can't wait for his name to shift from "Ancient" to "Extinct".

    December 2, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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