Santorum on Gingrich: 'Humility is an important thing'
December 2nd, 2011
12:18 PM ET
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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
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. A Texas Democrat

    Humility from a politician ???? That`s an oxymoron.

    December 2, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Santorum on Gingrich: 'Humility is an important thing'"

    Learned that from Google, did ya?

    December 2, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Santorum is waiting for his turn to be the flavor of the month. I sense a bit of jealousy.

    December 2, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. 4 more years of obama failure

    some might call it confidence. do people think he's going to say he's in it to lose? ridiculous nonsense.

    December 2, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. zip

    Newt Gingrich will never be president of the United States. He will see to that himself.

    December 2, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Just Saying

    Santorum talking about humility? That's a laugh. This fool has such a high opinion of himself that thinks he is qualified to be President when, in reality, he is perhaps little more than marginally qualified to be a dog catcher. Of course, the same thing could be said about Gingrich. A pox on both their houses. Just Saying...

    December 2, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Confidence is important too. But Newt just might be playing with the other candidates confidence a little bit and trying to raise campaign funds at the same time.

    December 2, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Just Saying.... Newt was the only reason (GOP and Newt's contract with America) was the only thing to keep Clinton's years from being as disasterous as Jimmy Carter's and Obama's results.

    December 2, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "How they handle success is a pretty good indicator as to what they're going to be like in governing the country," he said.
    ------------------
    Have you ever heard the cackle Gingrich uses as a chuckle. It's pretty sinister sounding. Let's suppose that Gingrich actually goes on to win the nomination and the general election. What do you think the chances are that he starts wearing a long dark hooded robe, that his VP will be Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney, and he issues order with lightning efficiency?

    December 2, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    The Newter or this guy will never EVER be president. He could get the nomination, but the crushing loss he would suffer in the general election would be monumental

    December 2, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. skalamba

    Santorum is right counting the chicks even though it's not hatched yet that's crazy Newt won't be the nominee.

    he got issues from Freddie mac and marriage issues no way!!!! we will not vote for him for sure. Not humble to become the President. rather have ROMNEY!!!!

    December 2, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Obama's Change has left me with NO HOPE

    I guess this is Santorum's way of getting some press coverage.

    December 2, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Texas Doc

    Face it man, you will never, ever be the frontrunner of the GOTea or any party.

    December 2, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Obama's Change has left me with NO HOPE

    Have you ever heard the cackle Gingrich uses as a chuckle. It's pretty sinister sounding. Let's suppose that Gingrich actually goes on to win the nomination and the general election. What do you think the chances are that he starts wearing a long dark hooded robe, that his VP will be Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney, and he issues order with lightning efficiency?

    seriously???? hey bud, anybody ever tell you drinking and blogging isn't advisable?

    December 2, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. anagram_kid

    Gingrich wants to have children work as janitors in the schools they attend. Notice that he is not suggesting they work in the school library, offices or labs where actual employment building skills might be obtained. No, he wants children to clean toilets. This man is absolutely sick.

    December 2, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    I think someone who goes to a state like Sout Carolina where the average income for a family of 4 is about 50 grand and says he get 60 grand for making a 45 to 60 minute speech knows very little about being humble. The sad thing about it is that there are many in South Carolina (where advance education is at a minimum) that don't realize they have just been insulted and would support Newt anyway.

    December 2, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Chris Willett

    I'd like to see "Ancient Texan" provide evidence for his point of view rather than just reiterating a Republican talking point.

    December 2, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Sorensen

    That kind of arrogance, irrelevance and total sleazy behaviour will always self destroy.
    Gingrich is a sorry, old joke and an embarrasment to the country.

    December 2, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Luke Brown

    If American voters can be convinced to put aside to overlook moral character, integrity, and demonstrated capacity for sustainable leadership, Gingrich could win.

    My guess is that this is 1964 all over again. Voters weren't in love with LBJ ... but they were terrified of Goldwater.

    Obama in landslide.

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

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    Just Saying.... Newt was the only reason (GOP and Newt's contract with America) was the only thing to keep Clinton's years from being as disasterous as Jimmy Carter's and Obama's results.
    ------------
    Didn't the Newt led Republicans shut down the government? Hasn't Newt himself said, " 'Contract with America' was the biggest mistake of my career"? Haven't Republicans been playing that same old rerun under Obama?

    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.

    December 2, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. unsub

    where is Pailin?...(crickets chirping)

    December 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Can somebody please explain to me why Sanatorium is still in this race?
    Has he written a book that he's trying to hawk?
    He has no plans, no ideas, and no relevance.
    Be gone gnat!

    December 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    The teapublikans have nobody and it's too late for them to bring any new blood in. Then again, the rich bleed green.
    BTW is that a school in the back? Did he come to see children moo up floors instead of learning?

    December 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. DJ in Texas

    I'm more concerned what Newt stated about "poor people". He basically said they have no work ethic and that the kids of poor people don't see people going to work every day, so they have no concept of it. I'm 100% offended. I'm from a single mother (who was also young). She finished high school, went to work, provided us a place to stay, food and clothing. I saw her and my grandparents go to work every day and provide as best they could for their families. Mr. Gingrich, being poor does NOT mean people don't work or don't have a concept of working. Your statement offends many working poor in America. BTW – Childrend should NOT be working in a school. Summer jobs mowing lawns, doing work for people, I'm OK with. I want my son in class and after school, he needs to be doing homework and studying, not mopping floors unless it is his own:-).

    December 2, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    This guy still around? He never has, nor will he ever, make it to the top of the clown class of eight.
    Who cares what the over populator has to say.

    December 2, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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