January 27th, 2012
04:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: 'We're in this race'

(CNN) – Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race Friday, saying his lighter-than-usual campaign efforts in Florida were no indication of plans to drop out of the running.

"There hasn't even been a discussion, not even approaching a discussion to discuss a discussion, as to whether to get out of this race," Santorum said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "We're in this race."

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The former Pennsylvania senator said his team had begun hiring staff in states that hold contests in March and April, though he did not name the states.

Santorum will return to Pennsylvania for fundraising events Friday and Saturday but said he'll be back on the trail in the Sunshine State by Saturday night.

Saying his campaign had just gotten its "sea legs" in terms of financial support in the last few weeks, the candidate stated his team has raised twice as much money since the beginning of the year as he did in the previous nine months.

"I believe we're going to win this," Santorum said. "It's going to be an opportunity for us to be able to rise and be the conservative that folks have been looking for in this race."

A new Quinnipiac survey released Friday showed Santorum in a close race with Texas Rep. Ron Paul for third place in Florida. The poll showed 12% of likely primary voters were backing Santorum, while 14% were supporting Paul.

The candidate directly attacked the two Republican frontrunners in the race during the CNN/Florida Republican Debate Thursday night, causing some political observers to question whether Santorum was dampening his potential for a possible running mate pick or cabinet position.

But the candidate said he's only interested in one job.

"I have no desire to be anything in anyone's cabinet or anything else," Santorum said. "I'm not making this sacrifice…to do anything but be the President of the United States."

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  1. Rick's Sanatorium

    Sorry Rick but the asylum is looking for you. Your delusion of being POTUS is almost over.

    January 28, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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