Santorum: S.C. results mean GOP race will be a long fight
January 21st, 2012
11:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: S.C. results mean GOP race will be a long fight

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished third in the first Southern state primary, a disappointing showing for the candidate who just days ago was declared the winner of the first 2012 GOP presidential contest in Iowa.

Santorum conceded to CNN in an exclusive interview that the winner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, "kicked butt" in South Carolina but argued the 2012 GOP nomination fight would be a long race.

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  1. Indy

    Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum just proved to everbody that the people are sick of Romney running against Obama before actually winning the Republican nomination. Huge mistake for Mitts to have nothing in his war chest to go up against Newt,and act like he is already the Republican nominee.Romney deserves this huge kick in the butt, serves him right.

    January 22, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Voice of Reason

    The irony is that they are all fighting over who gets to lose to Obama.

    January 22, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  3. Stephanie

    Of course the GOP primary race will be a long fight...the GOP has a disaster crew for candidates. Romney- the 1% (disconnected and phony), Newt – the lobbyist (erratic and mean spirited), Santorum- the Bishop (alienates voters with moralistic self righteousness), Paul- Dr. Liberty (leader of a cult of followers of fringe ideas). None of these candidates has even once attempted to reach out to all voters, promise to work with Democrats instead of annhiliate them, offer solutions instead of slogans, give Obama due credit instead of creating a fictional person to run against because..they can't face the truth that Obama had had incredible success since he took office. They remain in denial about the 8 failed years of Bush and the squandered surplus, unnecessary wars, and economic disaster of an administrationt hat had full control of all 3 branches of govt for almost the entire 8 years. How come none of the candidates is pandering for GW Bush's endorsement? The GOP is a disaster because they no longer represent the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of the American people. They are stuck in their splintered realms: the bible, Wall Street, and War.

    January 22, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    It's a good thing he's not dropping out -if he does, it will be like what happened when Perry dropped out – all Perrys people ended up voting for the newter. I honestly the whole political system is rigged , that disgusting Perry, not only he's corrupt, I had a gut feeling that he spoke with the newter,(most likely a phone conversation) like Before he dropped out. Telling the newter that he would think his people would come to his side, and vote for newter. Perry Knew that IF he stayed IN, the Vote would be splintered. anyway, good riddance to him, but now we are the ones who have to put up w/ him. At least I can honestly say that the most Eastern part of Texas is Independents /Democrats / and still a few republicans, ( south eastern most part also) look up our mayor, (on google) we just re-elected her – 2nd Term ) her name is Annise Parker – Perry is going to have a difficult time trying to change the most Eastern part – & the most South eastern part of Texas – to his agenda – At least we can think for ourselves, not like other areas.

    January 22, 2012 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  5. diridi

    this guy is wasting time...

    January 22, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |