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. 4F

    Sanitarium is a very narrow-minded religious zealot and appeals to like-minded Iowans. In your bedroom and in your panties control freaks we can do without.

    December 28, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Obama Is God Awful

    Rick Santorum will make a Great President. He'll have to have a very special Congress to get anything done, though. A rigid conservative President won't well work with a liberal Congress.

    December 28, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. jhon q

    wow interesting that so much of your campaign is only there to target ron paul cause he to much for you to handle hahaha , yea you thaugh plp will stand by you cause you cry out for blood just show that plp aint that blood tursty like you stealth sanctorum. your like system bulldog just there to antagonize ron paul and not present thing thrue solution to the problem we had , maby you should be like hermain and come up with a phrase that would make you popular "i am drone sanctorum and i am stealth ready to kill"

    December 28, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Ricardo Maxwell

    Santorum scares the heck out of the Marxists aka neocommies aka Democrats aka Obamabots. He is a true conservative and would surely stop the current slide down the road to a totalitarian dictatorship.

    December 28, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Bob from Columbia, SC

    Santorum is insane and a hypocrite. He and others like Bachmann want to go around policing the world, while at the same time talking about the unsustainability of increased government spending. Newsflash, military spending is government spending and every dollar you spend abroad creates new enemies and drains our treasury even further. Furthermore, Jesus Christ is not going to come back to earth because President Santorum/Bachmann turns the middle east into a battlefield, despite their hopes to the contrary.

    December 28, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Nunya

    Iowa definitely will cement its growing reputation as completely out of touch and irrelevant to the nomination process if Santorum comes in first or second there...

    December 28, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. gg

    strait-jacket material

    December 28, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Jedediah

    Imagine that, Ron Paul wouldn't keep us in state of perpetual war..Horrors!

    December 28, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. MrLawlesss

    Hard Work, and getting last second endorsments from Bob Vander Platts... Bob endorsed the wrong conservative in this match. Could of secured a win for a conservative in Iowa but instead picked the lowest guy on the Totum Poll, Rick is no Huckabee, Huckabee has that charisma that cant be taught, or bought.

    December 28, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Sarah

    While I admire Santorum's principles on some things, he's unfortunately a one-trick pony with absolutely no chance of beating Obama. The GOP needs a true conservative who will also bring in independents–and that's Ron Paul. If Santorum can get past his pro-war stance (and follow the lead of our troops, who overwhelmingly support/donate to Paul), I could see him endorsing the good doctor after Iowa, because they're very similar on most social issues.

    December 28, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Hal

    Oh ! Ricky is the up and coming top dog now ? Did the Kahilla check his back ground thoroughly enough so they don't waste their money on another Herman ? Maybe you should have JP Morgan and Goldman/Sachs sell shares of corporate media Ricky to the Democrat /Republican football fans. Then the favored banks can naked short the stock after the election under another special extentions from the COMEX and CME ( No regulatory oversight here. ) exempting the banks from position limits ( like silver AGAIN ! ) .
    The dreamy looks from the brainwashed Republican/Democrat football fans lead me to believe there won't be a whimper when they're swindled out of their money and wake up homeless.
    Viva La Horse Manure !!

    Hal

    December 28, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. newjerseybt

    The reason the other candidates are in this circular firing squad is that they all need to fend off a few of their past positions which seem to meld with Obama's positions. This is why I support Santorum. He is the least flawed; seems like a man of good character who will defend the Constitution without question.

    December 28, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. MassLibertarian

    Please Please give us a true conservative to vote for. Sanatorium fits the bill!

    December 28, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. xRedfoxx

    Are we talking about the same Santorum that wants to bomb every country that isn't christian and that wants to bomb every governmnet that isn't democratic? wow!! C'mon Iowa!!

    December 28, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. mookie

    HAHAHAHA, what a joke, establishment is grasping for straws.

    December 28, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    last paragraph sounds pretty appealing.

    December 28, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Ben

    He's doing well and it's no surprise. People know who he is and they can take him or leave him; it looks like they're going to take both him and Ron Paul.

    December 28, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. 3eyedjohnny

    Yes, we need more wars and Santorum is the person to lead the charge. More wars, more out of control spending, more erosion of liberty, bigger government. RIck, Rick you're our man!

    December 28, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. xCipher

    Another Flavor of the month is on the rise and Newt falls fast.

    December 28, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. pompey

    ......decent, honorable candidate who if he shows electability I will vote for him......anybody but "you know who"......

    December 28, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. David Wendell

    I can't believe it! Santorum actually received some attention from the main stream media !! Santorum is consistently for pro-life, pro-real marriage, pro-troops and defense and smaller federal government. That's the real reason he has gotten so little exposure on the media.

    December 28, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. Kent Rauscher

    I Like him.. he is a true conservative .. unlike Romney and Gingritch and the nuitcase Paul... We are loomking for a conservative we can support against the Bumbler In Chief who has brought the country to financial and structural ruin in just a short 3 Yrs. Good grief this is important ..he was true though.. he promised to "fundamentally change our country and our rewrite our history".. who could have imagined he meant it.

    God help us if we dont vote this Marxist out ....

    .

    December 28, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. brad

    No one supports him. Not even Mrs. Santorum would vote for that guy.

    December 28, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. songman

    He's my man, and Bachman is his VP....bout time we get this right without the media and estasblishment dishing up the same ole same ole for us...wake up people...these two are the real deal...we need them....

    December 28, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. Greg Buls

    Perfect. The GOP has already thoroughly alienate Paul supporters. Now it's time to alienate traditional liberals, who might otherwise vote for a tolerant, anti-war Paul. We need another war candidate, who virtually embodies the ideas of religious and personal intolerance! Go GOP, the 'stupid party'!

    December 28, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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