Santorum: If I'm last in Iowa, I'm out
December 27th, 2011
03:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: If I'm last in Iowa, I'm out

(CNN) - Rick Santorum is running hard to win next week's Iowa caucus, but the former Pennsylvania senator said Tuesday he wouldn't continue running if he placed last.

"If I finish dead last behind the pack I'm going to pack up and go home," Santorum said on the Iowa radio station WHO.

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He was quick to add he wasn't predicting failure.

"I don't think that's going to happen," Santorum said. "I think we're going to be very much in the mix and I feel very good that we're going to surprise a lot of people in how we finish."

Santorum, who has campaigned heavily in the Hawkeye State, is currently running at the back of the GOP race in Iowa. An American Research Group survey taken Dec. 19-22 shows him in last place among likely Republican caucus-goers at 4%.

Numbers like that don't bother Santorum, however. The candidate said Tuesday it was an opportunity to finish on an upswing.

"My feeling is we have to exceed expectations and you know, the expectations right now for us are pretty low based on a lot of national polls," Santorum said. "So I feel like we need to do well. We need to you know be right in the mix. Obviously we'd love to win it. Our intention is to win it and we're doing everything we can to try to finish first and you know, somewhere in that middle of the pack and up we feel very, very good."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Start packin', buddy - you and Perry and Bachmann can start the trip back home TODAY. Cut your losses. And drop Newt off in Virginia on your way.

    December 27, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Buh Bye Rick.

    December 27, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. anagram_kid

    Thanks for playing Mr. Santorum, the fact that you lasted this long is proof of how desperate the GOP has become.

    December 27, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Not a smart announcement to make *before* the election, especially just days before the election.

    December 27, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Jenn

    Is that a promise, Rick?

    December 27, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    After campaigning there that long, I would hope so!

    December 27, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. kevin

    Santorum you should get out now, even if you are first you will never be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITE STATES OF AMERICA. hAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH this man is a complete and utter joke, well all the rethugzz are a joke.

    December 27, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Uh, Buh-Bye, Rickie!

    December 27, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Ramesh Shrestha

    Rick, even if you come first and win Iowa, you should still pack up and go home because there will be no chance for you beyond the Hawkie state. You had better pack up now and save a week worth of time, money and energy. At least, you will get to celebrate new year at home with your families.

    December 27, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Justaminit

    Finally reality is beginning to set in.

    December 27, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    "the fact that you lasted this long is proof of how desperate the GOP has become."

    Santorum has been part of the GOP strategy to keep their base riled up against the President and as a distraction from the fact that all their candidates are losers and that all of the GOP's economic, foreign and military policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    December 27, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    You can start packing right now. Go "hunt" more caged birds. It does take a man. Just ask darth vader who could have killed his buddy who was too chicken to press charges by being shot by a drunk vp.

    December 27, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Raymond

    Mr. Santorum should have left awhile ago as his numbers have not changed and have remained at or close to the bottom. I agree with those that have remarked that Mrs. Bachmann and Mr. Perry also should bow out; they have made far too many mistakes and have made far too many misstatements to be taken seriously.

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 27, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. FERNANDO M

    Wow very passionate hater in this arena, VOTE REPUBLICAN HATERS.

    December 27, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I predict that Huntsman will come in last (based on the current polls), meaning we will have Rick Santorum to kick around some more. Of course, when he loses in his home state of Pennsylvania (again) that may tell him something. If he breaks 10% in Iowa he can have the Archbishop of Pittsburgh declare it a miracle and a divine mandate. I expect to see Romney, Gingrich and Paul (not necessarily in that order) all above 20%, Perry near 15% and Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman to all come in below 10%. I sincerely doubt that any of the bottom four will take the hint, either.

    December 27, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Republicans are just a bunch of liers

    Good!!!! get out...We don't need you radicals running the country!!! We want sanity, and even temperment...Kinda like what we have already. :)

    December 27, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. SoCal Barbara JW

    Well, finally, one of them recognizes his irrelevance and will just get out...although he's stayed in longer than he really shoud have, or longer than was warranted given his lack of ANY shot at the nomination let along the Presidency.

    December 27, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Lolo

    No one hates the republicans, it is just that the folks you having running for president are all losers,hypocrites, liars, phony christians. The worst is the base can not see it and will vote for anyone of these crazy people just to get President Obama out of the white house, never mind that not one of the nominees are smarter than a fifth grader.

    December 27, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Santorum/Bachmann waste of time

    who cares if he finishes last. What I want to know is, will he drop out if he DOESN'T finish in the top 3?

    December 27, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    See ya! Don't let the door hit you on the way out....as if he had a chance at being POTUS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Repukes crack me up.

    December 27, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Jason

    Or you could just go home now. Beat the bad weather that only one candidate's supporters will endure.

    December 27, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    That doesn't come as a surprise. I expect there will be smaller field of candidates, by February.

    December 27, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Don't worry Rick, you've always got Huntsman to beat. Republicans would never support a rational person who isn't trying to appease the Tea Party radicals.

    December 27, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. John

    Than I will say good by now. See ya

    December 27, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. M

    OK then you're out pal

    December 27, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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