Santorum to release four years of taxes
January 30th, 2012
05:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum to release four years of taxes

(CNN) - Rick Santorum said Monday he plans to release four years of tax returns that he found while digging through paperwork at his Pennsylvania home this weekend.

"But I want to make sure that I get someone to take a look at them to make sure that we – that I have everything that I'm supposed to have," Santorum said on CNN's "John King, USA."

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The former two-term senator left the Florida campaign trail Friday to travel home for fundraisers and fish out his taxes, following calls from the media to release them after his GOP presidential opponents did the same.

Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, however, came under criticism for releasing tax returns that only span back to 2010.

Also while Santorum was home, his three-year-old daughter Bella was hospitalized with pneumonia in both lungs late Saturday night, prompting the candidate to cancel his scheduled campaign appearances on Sunday.

Shortly after taking part in a tele-town hall from his daughter's hospital room Sunday night, his campaign announced a new schedule for Santorum, this one taking him to other early voting states instead of Florida.

The former senator will spend time this week in Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada and Colorado.

Speaking to CNN from Missouri on Monday, Santorum said he was pleased with internal poll numbers in the state that he claimed show a close competition between him and the top two frontrunners: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

"We are planting our flag here," Santorum said. He added that his campaign will spend money on other states set to hold their contests on March 6, also known as "Super Tuesday."

While the former senator trails far behind Romney and Gingrich in national polls, a new Gallup poll released Monday shows Santorum gaining momentum in the last three days. In the new poll, he garnered support from 16% of registered Republicans, up three points from Friday. Gingrich took 28%, while Romney came in at 27%.

"This is a race that we believe will come to us at some point and we'll be able to take advantage of it when it does," Santorum said.

Watch the full interview on CNN's "John King, USA" at 6 p.m. ET.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Santorum • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. realitybites

    Not news, you know this don't you CNN? I expect to find this in the National Enquirer or one of those Rupert Murdoch tabloid Rags like Fox.

    January 30, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Dieter Zerressen

    Nobody cares, little Ricky.

    January 30, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. 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? Next if he is so great why didn't Pennsylvania re-elect him?

    January 30, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. mike

    did anyone else notice no one asked Santorum for his taxes? No one cares!!!!

    January 30, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Hair bear

    We really don't need them! Santourum is not in demand!

    January 30, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. A.A

    I pray for your daughter to get well soon.

    January 30, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. AhhPures

    UH OH....I think he means he wants someone to look at them and see if he is going to be in any big trouble.

    January 30, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. My name is Jose Jimenez

    Who cares? Like Perry once said, " I see no viable way forward for me". Those words apply equally well to Santorum. If his game plan is to be positioning for 2016 that ain't gonna happen.

    Soon he's use his poor sick little daughter as the reason for dropping out just to save face.

    January 30, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Rick voted to prevent Americans from getting just compensation for their pain and suffering caused by medical malpractice
    But that didn’t keep Rick’s wife from suing a Virginia chiropractor for a half million dollars in “pain and suffering”
    Pretty hypocritical, since that’s twice as much as the cap on such damages that his own legislation would have allowed others to receive
    Rick calls their own lawsuit a “private family matter,” but doesn’t seem to think everyone else’s family deserves the same rights and respect

    How many other frivolous lawsuits was Rick involved in ?

    January 30, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. indyreader

    Ricky could release his tax forms from his entire adult life, his job applications, his college transcripts, high school transcripts, every English class essay he ever wrote, every math and spelling test, every love note and every entry in his My Little Pony diary, and you still couldn't pay me enough to even consider voting for this lying, sleazy theocrat.

    January 30, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. Blessed Geek

    No one's interested in his taxes.

    January 30, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. caros

    Nobody cares about Santorum's taxes. You have to be a contender.t

    January 30, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. The Middle

    Good for Santorum. He said he'd release them when he gets home and is going follow through. I hope he doesn't expect the others for four years and get on with real topics.

    January 30, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. jean

    So he filed tax returns that he isn't sure contain everything that they should? Hmm. If he is willing to release four years, I'd like to see five, please.

    January 30, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. anonymous

    I don't care about Santorum's taxes - it's his theocratic ideology that is deeply disturbing.... Anyone who thinks that birth control is "harmful" to women and believes that states have the right to legislate birth control is someone who would attempt restrict a woman's reproductive rights (and I'm not even talking about abortion here). His sanctimonious self-righteousness and blatant disregard for the rights of women are more akin to the Taliban theocratic notions than to American concepts of liberty, democracy, equality, and separation of church and state.

    I also find it deeply disturbing that he would take home the corpse of his premature baby for his children to meet and get to know... the "ew-factor" in that is beyond my comprehension. Grieving is one thing, but that....

    January 30, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Mr. Moderate

    What Pennsylvania home? He's lived in Virginia for years. Kind of strange he would not keep something as important as his tax returns at his primary residence in Virginia.

    January 30, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Larry L

    What would make anybody want to run for President?

    January 30, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. 21k

    maybe someone can tell him nicely, seeing that he really should be focusing on his daughter's condition at this point: don't bother rick, it's over.

    January 30, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Who is this guy?

    January 30, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. Benny

    Oh, how cute. Santorum playing as though he is one of the "big kids".

    January 30, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    We had the pleasure of getting the chance to listen to Senator/Candidate Santorum this evening in Luverne, MN – He is the candidate to win the nomination!!!! Very impressed!!!!

    January 31, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  22. dlt

    My husband & I had the pleasure of listening to Candidate/Senator Santorum tonight and we were very impressed to finally hear what this man has to say!! He'll be getting our vote!!!

    January 31, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. BinMesa

    I would not vote for him if he released 40 years of tax returns. He is a right wing christian crazy.

    January 31, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  24. Drake Espenlaub

    In the new poll, he garnered support from 16% of registered Republicans, up three points from Friday. Gingrich took 28%, while Romney came in at 27%.

    Well that leaves 29% of undecided voters since there are only 3 Republicans in the race. O wait, I must have forgot about Ron Paul as the mainstream media does everyday. This is why I come to cnn/foxnews once a week and tell myself I will never look at the website again..I check back in hopes for a change, usually being reminded how much it relates with our government on the idea of change.

    January 31, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  25. Anonymous

    His lobbying records would be far more interesting.

    January 31, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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