Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) – Rick Santorum guaranteed that he was committed to his presidential campaign Thursday, stating he knows the origin of rumors to the contrary.
"I know where they're coming from, they're coming from the other camps," Santorum told reporters after a town hall at Florida State University. "I get that. I don't think you've heard me say anything other than what I've said. I guarantee you. I guarantee you we're going to be in this race for a long time."
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No other campaigns have reached out to him and directly asked him to drop out, he said, but "it wouldn't matter if it did." With his prospects of winning any delegates in winner-take-all Florida looking pretty slim, Santorum hinted that he might even move on to Colorado or Nevada before the Florida primary is in the books.
"We can't let grass grow," Santorum said, of his plans for Tuesday night's primary. "One of the things that we even debated in South Carolina whether to stick around because South Carolina election day was sort of a wasted day for us. It's really not a day you can campaign because everybody's – you want your staff all deployed and getting people out to vote."
With Nevada's caucus scheduled just four days after Florida's, and Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri just three days after that, Santorum said his campaign might decide his time is best spent elsewhere.
"We just thought we got to start planting our flag and going to those next states on Tuesday instead of standing here and doing a celebration in a state where the election's over," he said.
As for which of the upcoming states he feels best positioned in, Santorum said that his campaign already has staff on the ground in Colorado and Nevada, as well as "a lot of folks helping" in Missouri. He said that they are less focused on the more moderate states of Minnesota and Maine – which hold their contests on February 11.
"You can't win an election unless you're in the race and we're going to stay in the race," Santorum concluded. "And we believe that the dynamics of this race – if there's anything that it's shown. We've never had three winners. We've never had the dynamism where we've had eight leaders. And this race is constantly changing. South Carolina changed like that in the last few days before and we believe that dynamic is still very present and once all the hype from all these candidates starts to die down and people start to get serious about who they want to go up against Barack Obama, we feel very good."