Santorum on CNN poll: 'Hard work pays off'
December 28th, 2011
05:35 PM ET
8 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. Larry L

    Homophobia, narrow-mindedness and bigotry pays off with the right-wing crowd in the primary. In the general election being mean and crazy isn't an actual asset. It would help if he didn't come across as such a whiner.

    December 28, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Satanorum is one with the radical religious fringe. These crazies only care about their own religion of choice and want to impose that narrow theology on all Americans and our government. The klan of religious and social engineering.

    December 28, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. MTATL67

    This guy is two goose steps from being a full Nazi.

    December 28, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Phil in KC

    I don't agree with the guy's politics, but I like his approach. He's put in the time and worked the ground game, which is so important in Iowa. It's the epitome of retail politics.

    December 28, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Santorum can pat himself on the back all he wants. The reality of the race is that he was next in line to get his turn to try on the glass slippers. They just might fit in Iowa, but not across the nation. NEXT!

    December 28, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    part of me would LOVE to see Santorum get the nomination and go up against Obama. I want to see him make his claims to the president's face and not keep throwing the stones he does in interviews. And it would just show how nutty the GOP has become if he DID get that far

    December 28, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Santorum's surge in Iowa can only be attributed to the introduction of some form of nasty, brain-eating parasite into the Iowan [R] electorate. Being [R], this portion of the electorate started with only about half a brain anyway.

    December 28, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. gonzogates

    sanitarian is wastin his money on this race. He would be better off running fer janitorial staff presdient!

    December 28, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. gonzogates

    Gnurk Dickrich is better off runnin fer junkyard dogcatcher than pres. He ain't got a chancel He's a has been and all washed up already.

    December 28, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Harry

    Rick Santorum would set this nation back 100yrs. Thank God he has a snowballs chance in hell of winning. If he did win, then I would be moving to Canada for sure eh!

    December 28, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. GaryB

    I have to comment on one of his statements. Unlike Rick Santorum, I actually own a small business, and I can tell you that hard work does not always pay off. Sometimes, you work day and night only to have customers file bankruptcy while owing you money. Sometimes the projects that require the most work yield the least profit due to circumstances beyond your control. Rick has just demonstrated to me that he's yet another politician who doesn't understand small business.

    December 28, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Eric

    Okay Rick. But everyone outside the state of Iowa knows you have zero shot to win a general election.

    December 28, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. 4F

    Sanitarium is a narrow-minded psycho who would like to be in your bedroom and in your panties. He may win in Iowa because the state is so narrow-minded that if it turned sideways it would disappear. The religious right in Iowa is almost as scary as Islamic fundamentalists. Whatever happens in Iowa if we do exactly the opposite we will survive.

    December 28, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Paul

    better Paul and his ranting ideas than global religious nuclear war with Santorum.
    Of course, Paul would be a disaster as well .. but not a nuclear one

    December 28, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Fredrick

    Hard work didn't keep him from not being re-elected. Get a real job, pal.

    December 28, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. mark

    "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." on second thought... NO to police empire . RON PAUL 2012.

    December 28, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. santorum is a leech

    santorum lived off of state $ from PA while home schooling his bunch of rug rats in VA. That and other reasons are why PA voters fired him. He wants to make rape and incest victims bears kids but doesn't want to have the gov't pay for them. He doesn't have a real job and the koch brothers and others are paying his bills. He is a leech and needs to just go away.

    December 28, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. JLFuller

    Santorum is indeed a good trooper. I hope there is a place for him President Romney's adminstration where his views on family can best be used, say HHS secretary.

    December 28, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Trying to limit the government to just enough old men to monitor every uterus in the U.S. will be a very daunting undertaking. Don't think it's possible.

    December 28, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Maxwell Kleinfeldt

    I think I speak for many more than you might expect when I tell you there is no way, absolutely no way that my vote will go to the establishment Republican candidate. I am very conservative but frankly, if more of the same is in store, I will help split the vote with a third party and Obama will win. Santorum would be a great choice but my fear is the Rhino's want Romney and he might as well be Obama in my opinion.

    December 28, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Nicholas Voss

    If Santorum rises in the polls the press will destroy him too.

    December 28, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. chuck

    evangelicals such as rick santorum @ mike huckabee have never liked the latter day saints. This is y they try 2 take out the stronger mitt romney each election. Their attacks on him @ the mormons are born out of only 3 main mindsets. MISUNDERSTANDING OF L.D.S. BELIEFS, JEALOUSY @ HATRED

    December 28, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. jhon q

    do not elect this guy president it will spill disaster for us as a nation

    December 28, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. celador2

    Rick has worked hard and steady in Iowa for months. He shows personal contact over time, or retail poliics pays off. The lewho attended his townhalls and listened to an interview on local radio now may be willing to vote Rick Santorum in the caucuses.

    Nothing can replace retail politics in Iowa.

    December 28, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Namesylviajohnston

    Keep on Rick. I trust you, Perry, and Bachman more because each of you are more conservative than the others. I trust that whoever wins the presidency will look at the others in the race and give them positions that reflect their greatness. Bless all of you.

    December 28, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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