Santorum: Look at Gingrich's record
December 11th, 2011
09:34 AM ET
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Santorum: Look at Gingrich's record

(CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum criticized the leadership qualities of rival candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday, suggesting voters contrast Gingrich's record with his own ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

"People are also going to look at his leadership ability and look at his record and whether what he says he's going to do is what he did when he had the opportunity to do it," Santorum said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think that's where as people start focusing a lot more on those details, I think that's where we're going to rise."

The former Pennsylvania senator said Gingrich's recent surge is due to his debate performances and wealth of policy ideas, but that the presidency is not "just about ideas, it's about executing those ideas."

"He's a great teacher, I mean that's what he is," Santorum told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "He's a very bright man who has a lot of ideas. The question is can you stay focused on those ideas, can you execute those ideas and can you motivate the American public."

Santorum, who served on Capitol Hill with Gingrich, pointed to the former House speaker’s eventual fall from power that resulted in his resignation from the House as further evidence of the differences between their leadership qualities. While in the Senate, Santorum said he was the person who "got conservative things accomplished."

An ardent social conservative, Santorum has largely focused on Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, in his bid for the White House. However, he has failed so far to gain traction in national and state-wide polls.

"It's still early, there's three weeks left even before Iowa," Santorum explained. "A lot of information is yet to disseminate out and I think as it continues to get out there and settle in people's minds, they're going to see a very different record."

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    I am far more concerned about ability to run this country, than I am about marital issues.

    We have already seen, what a lack of ability translates to.

    Santorum is the weakest candidate in this race.

    December 11, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. gg

    the family values guy want newt

    December 11, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Mike - WA

    The sleezy, slimey Newt is using his Jedi mind-tricks to convince the easily manipulated Evangelical Christians that he is a changed man. I thiink these Christians are about to receive their Antichrist.

    December 11, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    “10,000 bucks bet”
    $10,000: 5 months living cost for nearly 35% Americans, nearly 50% Americans don’t have $10,000 in their savings
    Republicans out of touch with ordinary Americans

    December 11, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    Well, this is a rarity! I find myself in at least partial agreement with both Santorum and Rick McDaniel. I agree with Santorum's opinion of Gingrich, and with Rick McDaniel's opinion of Santorum. Sonofagun!

    December 11, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Keith in Austin

    @Mike WA: Forget your Prozac today? Calling Newt Gingrich, "a sleazy, slimy Antichrist who's Jedi mind-tricks have influenced easily– manipulated Evangelicals". As Christians, we believe in a little something known as FORGIVENESS! Question: Are YOU perfect? Stop judging people lest you be judged and if YOU'RE without sin, go ahead and cast the first stone. NOT! Now go take your nap so you can put on your big boy pants and get a job tomorrow!

    December 11, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Look at your own record Rick. You are only interested in pushing your religious "values" on everyone else.

    December 11, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Ernie

    Rick Santorum can pretty much say anything he wants but I have one question "why is Rick Santorum a former senator. I can tell everyone why the people of his state didn't like him anymore and told him he's "FIRED". Sure Newt Gingrich has a lot of skeletons in his closet, but there is one thing Newt has over everyone is that he knows where all the bodies are buried and know all the tricks of Washington. Newt is a smart guy and he's not going to let Rick Santorum rile him he's to smart for that. It's only a matter of time when Rick Santorum will be singing "Happy Trails".

    December 11, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Stephen in VA

    Kieth in Austin: Forgiveness may absolve all in Christ's eyes, but the Human Resources person will tell you that prior performance predicts future behavior every time. Newt pushed his fingies in Clinton's face about the President's affairs all the while dallying it up himself. If he was a lying cheating hypocrite then, he's probably still one now, no matter how much you all forgive him.

    December 11, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Larry L

    @Rick McDaniel

    "I am far more concerned about ability to run this country, than I am about marital issues."
    ------------------------------------------
    It's certainly not about "marital issues". It's about character and morality. Gingrich was cheating on his wife with a staffer WHILE he was prosecuting Bill Clinton. He cheated on his whife WHILE she fought cancer. Gingrich peddled influence as a lobbyist – making 1.6 million dollars from Fannie Mae. Gingrich was discraced by the House of Representatives and forced to pay a $300,000 fine for ethics violations. If the conservative's hatred for President Obama outweighs their sense of morality the Republican Party now only represent greed and fear of diversity.

    December 11, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Clwyd

    God! Professor Newt! I can think of nothing worse than having a self-centered college prof. running this country and giving out grades? Power behind the lecture board and podium is the worst kind!

    December 11, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. bill

    Wait, does anyone listen to Candy Crowley's show? Why oh why is John King gone from here?

    December 11, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Larry L

    @Keith in Austin

    "As Christians, we believe in a little something known as FORGIVENESS!"
    ---------------------------------------------
    With about 325 million people in the United States one would think you could find a candidate requiring less "forgiveness". If I ever get caught doing something really wrong I'm going to become a "devout Christian". That trick seems to work quite often with Republican politicians. How would feel about "forgiving" Newt if he was a Democrat?

    December 11, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Anonymous

    There are just 2 words to describe newt's management style, Arrogant Bully!

    December 11, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    Santorum is a NUT CASE – angry – opnoxious – arrogant – far-RIGHT crazy maniac – no-nothing – and act like he KNOWS IT ALL – and promise to DO ALL – when he does not HAVE IT ALL!!!

    Candy could not handle him today but she sure enough got his TEMPER raised and he further proved why he is low in the poll numbers. And, he just dropped down to ZERO when he mentioned "Sarah the PA'IN" and seem as if he is "wishing" for his endorsement!!!!

    Santorum is 'DANGEROUS"

    December 11, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. lynn

    froth man speaks

    December 11, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    oops, hit ENTER before finishing...

    Santorum is "DANGEROUS" and more dangerous than any other candidate on the stage – he even beats NEWTron (the "hidden and unpredictable" dangerous man)!!

    Obama, Obama, Obama and I will say it again – Obama 2012!!!

    December 11, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. sensible

    @Keith in Austin:
    I guess you will forgive anybody anything as long as they promise to do what you want.....so much for principles and 'family values'!!!
    I guess electing a hypocrit would be fitting for this slimy party!!

    December 11, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. sensible

    @Keith in Austin:
    Why don't you just elect a murderer then..... I'm sure you can forgive him, too!!! (Have you forgiven Hitler, yet? Too bad he's dead, he could win the nomination!)

    December 11, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. RINO Bil

    After looking at Gingrich's record, one is amazed about how much he has accomplished versus how little Santorum has actually done ... and that includes Rick's visiting all the counties in Iowa.

    December 11, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Once again, Santorum is demonstrating why is so far down in the polls. Being a devout Christian is not a qualification to be POTUS. If conservative voters want to support Gingrich, then scratch your head, Mr. Santorum, and realize that Democrats are scratching their head over the same issue. "What on earth are they thinking about?"

    December 11, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ Keith in Austin "...Now go take your nap so you can put on your big boy pants and get a job tomorrow!"

    Welly, welly, well....the epitome of a christian, eh? Inchoate, bellicose, and hypocritical posts like yours give the rest of us above the 98th percentile jolly good guffaws.

    December 11, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @Keith in Austin: "As Christians, we believe in a little something known as FORGIVENESS! "

    And you use it as a pass for your bad behavior all the time. Newt didn't cheat once on a wife; he did it many times (and is how he landed Wife #2 and Wife #3). He shut the federal government down because he didn't get the seat he wanted on a plane. He believes that it's his "destiny" to "save modern America." He thinks because he'd do well on a history test that he knows everything, yet can't figure out how to release the factual accounting of how much money he made lobbying for Freddie and Fannie.

    Go ahead and forgive him, but take a look at the character and policies of this man and you'll see why a majority of people don't like him. While you're soul-searching, man up and admit that you want anyone but Romney as your candidate, because you can't get past the fact that Mittens is a Mormon.

    December 11, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. J. in Honolulu

    Rick "The Kid" Santorum is toast. Was toast before too when he lost his Senate seat.

    December 11, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Molly

    Hey! Newt joined the Catholic Church and got his sins/transgressions forgiven. Does this mean he is a new man.
    Oh! Please!

    December 11, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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