January 27th, 2012
04:41 PM ET
2 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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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    So, Ricky Sanitary, how are you any different from George Bush? You're not? Then why would anybody vote for you? You are? Well, why don't you rail against Bush, who caused all this mess instead of Obama, who's gone a long way toward cleaning it up?

    I'll start to listen to the first Repugnant who comes out and admits that Bush was an abject failure who should be in jail for war crimes. Otherwise, I can't hear a thing they say.

    January 27, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    uh sorry Ricky but no you're not!

    January 27, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. thomas mc

    The GOP candidates are all going after the crazy voters. That may get them the GOP nomination, but will lose them the general election in November.

    January 27, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    Sorry, most people have totally forgotten who he is!

    January 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. geesam

    He might not allegedly want to be in anyone's Cabinet but he certainly wants to be in someone's kitchen if he drops out of the race. He'll want to be one of the cooks for victory and in fact be one of the large dishes in the right hand side in the Cabinet. And I suspect he wants to be a large dinner plate.

    January 27, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Texas Doc

    Wow, he must be really high.

    January 27, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    "We're in this race."

    Till Super Tuesday, Rick. Then it's on to 5 or 6 months of breathless waiting to see if Mitt picks you for VP, interspersed with occasional denials of interest when the media asks if you're interested.

    We're all really looking forward to it.

    January 27, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Who's more delusional? This flaccid field of failed clown car candidates? Or their mindless, fact-free groupies who spout their propaganda here on CNN?

    January 27, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. mqira

    Santorum: I oppose talking to people....lets just take out the regime! I know what people want....they dont know what they want! And if they dont invite us...we will just overthrow their government! They will have to accept our terms of "peace and democracy". If we are to be the worlds leader of peace....then By God, i will kill anyone in my way, that doesnt agree with me" How can America let other countries be friendly with one another....That will not be tolerated! You will be our ally wether you like it or not! Or we will destroy your counrty in the name of peace!

    F you Sanitarium! You are NO leader...you nut job! I do not support world war III....go fight it yourself!

    January 27, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    What a Putz. I wouldn't want him anywhere near any position of power.

    Got his money by suing a chiropracter for $500,000.

    January 27, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Rick is one angry guy , wouldn't want to be one of his kids !

    January 27, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Rick Santorum sues chiropracter

    January 27, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Biggge

    Obama is on the job, while these clowns are playing the Prez is making it happen,,,

    Chrysler Group LLC will announce next week it will hire more than 1,600 workers to an Illinois assembly plant, signaling the start of a hiring blitz that promises to add thousands of workers to the auto maker's plants over the next three years.

    Obama 2012 keep it up, we are comingt back...

    January 27, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Jake

    so in other words, wasting everyone's time, money and votes!

    January 27, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Thomas

    The case involved the wife of Sen. Rick Santorum (R‑Pa.), who sued for half a million dollars, claiming that, according to the "Prime Time" report, "a botched spinal manipulation by her chiropractor led to back surgery, pain and suffering." Karen Santorum claimed she suffered humiliation from weight gain and no longer had the confidence to help her husband on the campaign trail. Even though her subsequent medical bills totaled just $18,000, the jury awarded her $350,000 for her pain, suffering and inconvenience.

    Thanks for the info on Sen. Rick Santorum (R‑Pa . Karen Santorum claimed she suffered humiliation from weight gain and no longer had the confidence to help her husband on the campaign trail . WOW ,WHAT A SCAM .

    January 27, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. CoJo

    Under Santorum everyone gets free health care!!!! No??? well he said it was wrong to charge people for health services if you do not have health insurance... Obviously FREE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE…cannot believe Wolf missed such an obvious challenge to Santorum…never mind Santorum does not have a response regarding pre-existing conditions…Oh wait he, does… his response..too bad, but with free health care, NO PROBLEM.. Doesn’t that make Santorum a socialist?

    January 27, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. poopmeister

    It's so interesting watching Republican primaries. They spend so much time showing how conservative they are, then during the general election they have to come to the middle. Conservatives confuse me? That's the beauty with being a liberal or moderate candidate; you can be liberal on one issue then flip over to having a more conservative economic position and it will be ok with your base. Conservatives forget that they are running to get a government job and they end up spending their career trying to downsize the government that provided their job. Santorum could not be trusted to come to the middle, where as Romney will probably fit right in...Newt not so much, he's super crazy for either side of the aisle.

    January 27, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. unsub

    i was in a lot of races in high school track

    January 27, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Willie Floyd

    I can't find words to describe this character!! The LEADER of the clown parade!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 27, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Dwilmington

    This is shaping up to be one bizarre race. I'm not sure what to think of the right anymore. It seems so awkward and strange.

    January 27, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Smarter than You

    Santorum is the only true conservative in the race.

    Hence the hatred. True conservative candidates make libbie and moddie heads explode.

    January 27, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Gupone

    Mark my words, he will drop out after Florida as he is running out of money do to the lack of real supporters. Where as Ron Paul is just getting warmed up with plenty of money and supporters. Just wait and see.

    January 27, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Proud Progressive

    Look dude.. go home! Its O V E R! I can't wait till the goop finally pick one of their whackos so Pres. Obama can crush them in the debates! It gonna be great entertainment. I hope they make dvds so we can watch it again and again woohoo!!

    January 27, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Alex

    He did sound the most relaxed and intelligent, but he and his wife are WAY too religious for me. Thanks, but no thanks. Why does there always have to be a deal-breaker when it comes to a decent Republican candidate? A middle-of-the-road third party is long overdue.

    January 27, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Tony

    It is over for Santorum. If he stays in the race he would just ensure that Romney gets to lose to Obama in November. Think about it, conservatives. You can't even stop a Massachusetts moderate in the Republican primary, what makes you think you will win in November? Have you noticed that today Obama leads Romney by 3 point in Rasmussen poll and 6 points in NBC/Wall Street Journal poll? And Obama leads Gingrich by 7 and 18 points? Yes, Rasmussen and Wall Street Journal conducted the poll.

    January 27, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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