Santorum on CNN poll: 'Hard work pays off'
December 28th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum on CNN poll: 'Hard work pays off'

(CNN) - Moments after a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll showed Rick Santorum surging in Iowa, the Republican hopeful attributed his late-in-the-game success to campaign grit.

"It's like any small business person," Santorum said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

"If the money's not coming in, you've just got to work harder and that's what we're doing. We're going up in the morning doing radio shows at six in the morning and going until nine, ten at night and town meeting after town meeting. 357 in Iowa. Hard work pays off," Santorum said.

Santorum, who has long said Iowa voters would come around to him eventually, said his message of social conservatism combined with strong national security was making a dent a week ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucus.

"We've always felt we could trust the people of Iowa, that when they got down to the time they were going to look at all the candidates and measure up to people they've had the opportunity to see, that they would do well," Santorum said.

Mitt Romney, who led the Iowa poll at 25%, is too inconsistent in his message, Santorum said.

"His position on Romneycare, on marriage, on cap and trade, there's a whole laundry list of issues where Mitt's been all over the map," Santorum said.

The former Pennsylvania senator said Romney's record on gay marriage was particularly egregious, saying he should have done more to oppose Massachusetts' state law.

"It's clear he had a choice and he made the wrong choice," Santorum said. "If you're looking at someone who is a conviction politician, who's not going to move around on the issues and present a clear contrast. Mitt Romney's never proven to win in an election where he had to get independents as a conservative."

Ron Paul's history of opposing foreign military action by the United States presented another concern for Santorum.

"My concern is that Ron Paul would walk in there, day one, pull our troops back and leave an enormous void around the world," Santorum said. "He can do that day one without congressional approval. He can, as commander in chief, move our troops anywhere in the world, disengage from every place from Europe to the Middle East, China, abandon the Strait of Hormuz, pull the 5th Fleet back. That's one of the reasons I think you see folks who are having second thoughts."


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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Thomas Jeanne

    All places around the world should have our troops removed except for Afghanistan because Congress has not used its Constitutional authority to declare war anywhere else in the world except Afghanistan.Let these people fight their own battles and quit wasting our precious resources,(lives and money),on Neocon meddling!

    December 28, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. newton

    campaign strategy 101. just keep your mouth shut and let everyone else crumble around you. last man standing is the quiet man that nobody knows - until they start digging into your closets. Santorum is the next to get unpeeled and thrown into the wastebin.

    December 28, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. zorki1c

    Santorum actually comes across as a good guy. Paul is old and flat scary. Newt and Romney are part of the original problem.

    December 28, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Ryan

    Huh? This drooling moron has no chance. He never has and never will no matter how much the MSM tries to muddy the water by saying he is a "wild card".

    December 28, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Larry Pierson

    This is sheer persistence and determination. Its obvious Mr. Santorum doesn't fear the polls, but trusts in himself. Refreshing!

    December 28, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Abegathia

    The next tool for the media to build up, the tear down.

    December 28, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. Mark A. Peter, MA, MA

    Although, I like Sen. Santorum and his message, I think that Rep. Michelle Bachmann is our best choice on the issues. She's a lawyer, businesswoman, founding member of the Tea Party Caucus, congresswoman, pro-life, traditional values, fiscal conservative that this country needs. She would set the standard high as our first female president.

    December 28, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Dan L

    GO RICK GO. Rick Santorum is a consistent conservative and is a very down to earth guy. Not rich or wealthy. So he is going to have to work and work to pull this off. He is a very nice man. I met him at an ice cream social in Oley, PA years ago on a campaign stop. He was just a normal guy. No handlers around him, just his wife and his kids. Run Hard Rick, don't give up.

    December 28, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Billy

    Nice sweater-vest. More flavor of the week from the schizophrenic GOP/MSM.

    December 28, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Hard work for what exactly? You have been at the bottom of the crap ola pile from the get go. You have no chance. Why don't you invite darth vader to a hunt. He knows about killing caged birds with their wings clipped also. Just make sure you don't get in front of him when he is "hunting" and has had two too many!

    December 28, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Hey Rick, don't you think a lot of Iowans prefer NOT to have US forces all over the world? Isn't that empire building? Are we really the policemen of the world? Ron Paul's foreign policy is non-interventionist. Yours is to bully other countries into compliance. Iowa will reject you on Caucus day, because your form of Republicanism is slowly dying. Liberty is what we want, and you aren't offering it.

    December 28, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. jerry

    Rick...run against obama...he is the real threat....

    December 28, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Gardentoolnumber5

    Santorum is Crusader whose ideology require the force of government and guns to implement. Loss of liberty and more war, more debt. Those in the socialist media, both the domestic socialist and global socialist media, continue to try to undermine a return to Constitutional limited government by promoting the ABP candidate. The socialist Trump made it known today that if Paul were nominated he would run third party. The domestic/foreign policy socialists would prefer another Obama term than a return to our founding principles, after all, Obama has been great for both the global socialist (Libya) and the domestic socialists (Obama care). A move away from the imperial presidency as advocated by Ron Paul is unacceptable to the all the socialists. The candy store of D.C. would start to reined in under a Paul administration.

    December 28, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Cottoneyed

    Rick Santorum, someone with strong Conservative values, who believes that you cannot spend more than you have coming in!

    December 28, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Cottoneyed

    Only at CNN, would a post that said Rick Santorum is "someone with strong Conservative values, who believes that you cannot spend more than you have coming in", would need "moderation". A Rattlesnake is always a Rattlesnake. Too, funny!

    December 28, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Joe

    Fluff news.. Santorum isn't even close to being a wild card candidate..
    This news article is completely ridiculous...

    December 28, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. ARMYCSM

    I do not endorse Santorum but I must admit, the man has been working hard in Iowa...Go for it Rick!!

    December 28, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. Sebastian Janssen

    Santorum said: "He can, as commander in chief, move our troops anywhere in the world, disengage from every place from Europe to the Middle East, China, abandon the Strait of Hormuz, pull the 5th Fleet back. That's one of the reasons I think you see folks who are having second thoughts."

    Actually, Rick, that's one of the main reasons why most of us support Paul.

    Good luck with that "registered GOP only" CNN poll in the "as many as 25% registered Democrats and independents" Iowa Caucus.

    December 28, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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