Santorum feeling momentum
December 29th, 2011
11:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum feeling momentum

Coralville, Iowa (CNN) - Republican hopeful Rick Santorum –a man who experienced his first big bump Wednesday– said he's doing "pretty well right now" as he campaigned outside the college town of Iowa City Thursday. Referring to the media frenzy surrounding the candidate, one voter asked if it was "always a circus like this."

"No. This is the first day for things like this," Santorum said.

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The first of many he hopes.

A CNN/TIME/ORC International poll Wednesday put Santorum in third place among people likely to attend Iowa's Republican caucuses. He was surrounded by reporters and network TV camera crews as he made his way out to his pickup truck after the event and was asked how it feels to have this kind of a following.

"It's been a while, let's just put it that way," the former Pennsylvania senator said with a smile before he climbed in.

At his press conference, Santorum said he's witnessed his crowds "getting bigger" in recent days, as well as his campaign phone calls "going better."

"All of that is a very positive sign," he said, adding that he believes it's a result of his months of grassroots-style campaigning across all of Iowa's 99 counties–some of them, he says, he's visited "two or three" times. "We've got a game plan in place. We stuck to it in spite of people saying it's not working."

The White House hopeful also said seemed confident he would press on after Iowa.

"I think we're doing pretty well right now. We're gonna go to New Hampshire after this," he said, adding that he hopes to soon see signs that folks there are coming around to him, as they may be starting to do in Iowa.

"People are starting to make their decisions and adjust allegiances as it always happens in a primary. Things move, and in this primary it's moved pretty quickly and pretty dramatically, and we feel that can happen in New Hampshire, too, as well as South Carolina and going forward."


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    When you google "santorum" and then read how he's "feeling momentum," why it's just too much!

    December 29, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Hey, Senator. Here's some advice. When you are asked direct quesitons on current events, you should come up with some direct answers. You appeared on Morning Joe this morning, and didn't come across as well as you have liked for the simple reason that you dodged a direct question. "What would you do about Iran if they follow through on their threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, closing off the Persian Gulf from any oil exports, because of sanctions?" Or something like that.

    But, Senator, you will get a second chance this evening to show your profile in courage. You came close to complete meltdown and panic on that question. You will get a second chance this evening. Better figure out a better answer.

    December 29, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Doug in NYC

    I'm not sure this is a "Flavor of the Week" I'm going to try, as ThinkAgain said, Google "santorum".....BARF

    December 29, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    You're the new flavor of the week Rick. Let's see how long it takes before those teavangelicals lose their sweet tooth.

    December 29, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Really I don’t care who has momentum
    GOOD NEWS is “Soledad O'Brien she will host the 7-9 a.m. show”. Starting next week Thanks CNN

    December 29, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Rumblepfish

    Does anybody else think this guy looks and acts creapy.

    December 29, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. TheAmerican

    Ronald Reagan spoke in support of Paul's foreign policy views in the early 1980's, stating "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country."

    Paul said, "There's nobody in this world that could possibly attack us today... we could defend this country with a few good submarines. If anybody dared touch us we could wipe any country off of the face of the earth within hours. And here we are, so intimidated and so insecure and we're acting like such bullies that we have to attack third-world nations that have no military and have no weapons."

    December 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Steve, New York City

    Santorum is an intolerant clown . . a typical right-wing extremist (if you're not exactly like him, there MUST be something wrong with you).
    Hopefully the momentum he feels will carry him straight out of the public eye.

    December 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Santorum? Really, GOP? Santorum? Seriously? Oh wait, there's no one else left is there?

    December 29, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    TheAmerican wrote:

    Paul said, "There's nobody in this world that could possibly attack us today... we could defend this country with a few good submarines. If anybody dared touch us we could wipe any country off of the face of the earth within hours. And here we are, so intimidated and so insecure and we're acting like such bullies that we have to attack third-world nations that have no military and have no weapons."
    -----------------
    I am not going to dispute the veracity of your quotes. I am just going to point out and ask if you realize that Dr. Ron "What? Me not worried." Paul is talking about open nuclear warfare. Ronald Reagan had been advocating open nuclear warfare with the Soviets since his "A Time For Choosing" speech in the eve of the 1964 elections. A speech that not only lost the election for Goldwater, but resulted in one of the largest landslides in electoral college history.

    [ I strongly suggest that everyone, conservative and liberal alike, should read that speech. The words carry an uneasy resonance in today's world In 1964, the nuclear fears with the USSR and China. Today, they are Iran and N. Korea. ]

    December 29, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Jilli

    Santorum...no way. He hasn't realized this is a republic, not a theocracy. His backward views were rejected in his home state, why on earth would he think he'd have national appeal?

    December 29, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Sam McGowan

    All Santorum's "surge" means is that Iowa Catholics wised up to Gingrich and switched to another Catholic. He'll carry his 16% for a day or so but end up with 1-2% in the actual caucus.

    December 29, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. joe troncale

    Santorum is a true conservative. He is a good man. He means what he says and is not a phoney like the golfer-in-chief.

    December 29, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Church of Suicidal

    The frothy tide is rising. Time to smear the Santorum.

    December 29, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    for people even to THINK this guy could be POTUS just shows how truly pathetic today's GOP has become. Then again Iowa is not really a great representation of the United States. Thank God for that! By the way are there ANY minorities there or are the minorities there considered the ones with formal education?

    December 29, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. diane

    I believe as a consistent conservative, Santorum will get the nomination. He is steadfast on issues and WILL DEAL WITH IRAN ACCORDINGLY! You need to watch some YouTube interviews of Santorum to understand where he sits on Iran. Not the people, but the leaders.....Santorum 2012!

    December 29, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. George

    Read Ron Paul's plan. It's by far the best.

    December 29, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    @ diane

    I hope you are correct. I would LOVE to see Obama mop up the floor with the likes of Rick Santorum

    December 29, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Jeffer65

    In 2008 I believe Huckabee won Iowa and basically tanked everywhere else. Sorry Iowans you do not represent all of America. Santorum is not good choice.

    December 29, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Penny

    Well I guess it's Santorum's time for being the "big man" on the top of the polls. It won't last. Just ask: Perry, Cain, Paul, Gingrich...

    December 29, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Peg - Az

    You simply can get more republican than this guy.

    December 29, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. AntiPalinAlaskan

    Santorum is all over the place in Iowa...you can smell it, you can feel it, and you really don't want to taste it.

    December 29, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Santorum feeling momentum◄
    Momentum for what?

    Obama 2012 – Kaine 2012 – The momentum has not yet started!!

    December 30, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. Jason

    Momentum, failure. Same difference.

    December 30, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |