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. LMC

    Republican candidates continue to prove they are out of touch with the average American. Republicans in Congress continue to show that they don't care what happens to us, as long as they can push their agenda. It is agenda that matters to Republican candidates, not the people of America. It is time for the people to count!

    December 11, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Keith in Austin wrote:

    As Christians, we believe in a little something known as FORGIVENESS!
    --------------–
    So, that means you can forgive Pres. Obama for not being able to correct an economy damaged by a decade of a conservative Congress over the course of a year or two? Question: Are YOU perfect?

    December 11, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Can't wait until Santorum, Perry and Bachmann all drop out shortly after polling in the low single digits in New Hampshire.

    December 11, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. doug

    Newt has his issues and has done some very nasty things, but with that said he is a much more honorable, decent, compassionate, honest person than any Democrat in this country.

    Newt has the ability to feel remorse for his actions, he takes responsibilty for his actions, and he is not a hateful person. You cannot be honest and the same for any Democrat in America, read their words, listen to the Democrat, they are no different than any other National Socialist and they would most certianly put their conservative neighbors in ovens if they could, it is their ultimate wish.

    December 11, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. doug

    Senisble, forgiveness is for those who feel remorse and take responsibilty for their actions, that is why Republicans are worthy of forgiveness and Democrats like yourself are not.

    It is never too late to start living your life Conservatively, you will sleep better at night and not have to fear a higher power who will one day judge you based upon the life you have lived as all Democrats do.

    December 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    I just got through watching the debate last night (my first one). I am still laughing at Willard's performance. He's FALLING APART people just like I knew he would. Can you believe the way he suggested a $10,000 bet to a national audience last night? He's THROUGH. Officially. What a stuck up stiff he is.

    Overall, I must say Perry and Bachmann actually appeared to be somewhat intelligent but compared to what was on the stage – this was not hard. Ron Paul as usual preached of eliminating government. The man knows of NOTHING else. Not one of them was impressive enough for me to vote for. Not one of them REALLY understands the issues and not one of them is fit to POTUS.

    P.S. Perry and Romney REALLY know how to brown nose for Paul's voters of which they probably won't get.

    December 11, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Ground Zero

    *** 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.......

    Yup, he should know all the tricks, he wrote the book.
    This guy is a career political hack.
    He is a lobbyist who calls himself an adviser.

    But its ok, as long as he is a republican.
    The word republican is beginning to stink bad.

    December 11, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "The sleezy, slimey Newt is using his Jedi mind-tricks to convince the easily manipulated Evangelical Christians that he is a changed man."

    That would make much more sense if you were referring to Karl Rove's "Jedi mind-tricks". Romney is the anti-Christ he's trying to ram down our throats.

    December 11, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Please please PLEASE nominate Gingrich, Republicans. I'd like another 4 years of Obama and Romney might cut it too close. Newt would be *perfect* for alienating the center.

    December 11, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Bill in Florida

    "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," - Wow! Spoken like a true statesmen ....

    I like the second and third words in this article: presidential hopeful. Yes - that's all Rick will ever be.

    December 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Bill in Florida

    "It's still early, there's three weeks left even before Iowa." Right Rick. That's looking on the bright side. Your campaign has gone nowhere since you entered the race on 6 June, and yet you still expect it to turn around. Good like with that!

    December 11, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    @ Keith in Austin...

    so I am sure you forgave Osama bin Laden too since we Christians (and I say WE since I pracitice it too) are such a forgiving bunch. Seems to me that morality only matters if you are a Democrat since Republicans can be forgiven and all forgotten which is why Sen Vitter is still in Congress and Congressman Wiener is at home. I really do get bored with right wingers hiding behind religion after they do all their dirt. It's gotten old.

    December 11, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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