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. Fed Up

    This man is a low life scum bag Lobbyist. Now he wants to run the country, or is it ruin the country? I thought part of Obama's promises was to put a stop to Lobbyists running and ruining America, like they did in GW Bush's Administration.

    January 31, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. g-indiana

    I do no think the candidates should be releasing their tax records. It is nobody's business. With that being said, has Obama released his tax returns? And if he has, why are the no news stories talking about the money he and Michelle are making?

    January 31, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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