Santorum supporters see a political 'tortoise and the hare'
December 28th, 2011
10:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum supporters see a political 'tortoise and the hare'

Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Santorum avoided mentioning his latest poll results at an Iowa town hall Wednesday, but the GOP hopeful's campaign staff and supporters appeared charged by the figures.

Discussion at the event swirled around the CNN/Time/ORC International poll that showed Santorum rallying to third place in the state.

"We're experiencing a surge," said a beaming Tom Intorcio, a member of Santorum's Iowa campaign staff, to people walking into the event.

An emerging question in the audience was whether hard work could beat big spending, and whether a low-budget campaign could still do well with county-by-county shoe leather.

"I think it's about the hard work. That's where it's at," Jeanne Heil, a Santorum volunteer, said.

Heil spent Tuesday night putting together homemade popcorn bags with Santorum's name on them and sticking paper campaign labels onto water bottles with scotch tape.

"He knew what he had to do," said volunteer Karen Fesler. "Just getting out working and meeting the people. It works in every election in Iowa."

Santorum stressed the low-budget theme, talking about how he has no campaign bus.

"Our bus is a truck," he said.

He pushed his key themes: national security, consistency, electing a president who shares voters' values and pushing for more limited government.

"The more limited government is, the more free you are," Santorum said.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
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  1. Henry Miller

    "Santorum supporters see a political 'tortoise and the hare'"

    That's funny–I see a sanctimonious would-be theocrat, a Christian ayatollah.

    December 28, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    The teabaggers little darling. gosh are they really this hard up.?

    December 28, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Real Patriot

    Sanctimonious Santorum may be a tortoise...he may be a hare...but he sure is not a President!

    December 28, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  4. Josh

    Santorum is a disgrace to middle-class people everywhere.The things I've heard come out of his mouth show a complete lack of understanding for those not rolling in millions, like him.On behalf of Pennsylvania, I apologize for this moron. Ron paul revolution, baby.

    December 28, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. Larry L

    What does ranking mean in a state full of right-wing bible-thumpers? You need votes from the modern world to get elected.

    December 28, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. tcaros

    Santorum is moving up in Iowa poll. That means that people are lowering their expectations.

    December 29, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. Noodle Nose Johnson

    "We're experiencing a surge," We've gone from 1% to 3%. Woohoo!! Santorum would lose every state in the general. Please, please nominate him.

    December 29, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  8. tcaros

    I think Snooki could be Santorum in a debate.
    Rick would wrap himself in the flag and his own crazy religion while Snooki takes him down intelliectually.

    December 29, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  9. what's happened to the gop

    santorum is 3rd?!?! god help us!!!

    December 29, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  10. midwestmatt

    Except both the tortoise and the hare got run over by a semi... Just like reality is about to run over Santorum's hopes.

    Rick, you're a joke. Move on. You're NEVER going to be the POTUS. Ever.

    Even your own state said "No more" to you. Why do you think America is going to embrace your extremism?

    December 29, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  11. TruthSpeaks

    lol
    ("The more limited government is, the more free you are," Santorum said.)

    Santorum isnt for limited government

    December 29, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Santorum supporters see a political 'tortoise and the hare'
    Yea, it seems that way – he's on the rise and it's too late to run a smear!
    He's a last minute thought as the voters ABORT other candidates that lost their light
    Santorum, okay – needs 15-minutes of fame – the ONLY one left on the Right!!

    This is funny!

    Obama 2012 – The Real LIGHT to Win the Future!!

    December 29, 2011 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  13. Silence Dogood

    He can't ever be president. Schoolkids would never be able to Google him. I'd never send my kids to Santorum Elementary...

    Since they're in the habit of naming US Naval vessels after Republican presidents (see Ronald Reagan and GHW Bush), I wonder if they'd name a carrier after him. "I served on board the U.S.S. Santorum..."

    December 29, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  14. Thomas

    Go home , be a father !

    December 29, 2011 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I see it as more of a spider and the fly.

    December 29, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem for Santoum is that country isn't as socially conservative as he is. How many people would really go with that over someone more moderate? How could that win over Obama? I don't think that it will.

    December 29, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. willie floyd

    Winning IA or any other state will not put him any closer to the White House.

    December 29, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |