Santorum hits Romney on jobs, explains dour tone
February 4th, 2012
08:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum hits Romney on jobs, explains dour tone

Lee's Summit, Missouri (CNN) - Rick Santorum started off describing the fifth straight monthly decrease in the nation's unemployment rate as encouraging – followed by the obligatory reference to Obama's "horrible policies."

But by the end of the day Friday, Santorum had found a way to turn the nation's improving jobs climate into a reason not to vote for one of his Republican rivals

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"Everybody talks about jobs, look at what's going on," Santorum told a crowd of more than 500 in Lee's Summit.

"I suspect, if I'm Mitt Romney, I'm getting a little nervous because maybe that job picture won't look so bad in November. And then what's his pitch to all of you? 'I'm the guy who is going to put you back to work'?"

Santorum has spent the past few weeks trying to position himself as the 'just right' candidate, telling voters he strikes the right balance between Romney and fellow frontrunner Newt Gingrich. On the jobs issue, he tried that argument again.

"The president of the United States is more than a guy from the private sector who knows how to create jobs," Santorum said. "You've got to be commander-in-chief. You've got to look at bigger issues. You've got to look at the role of government in people's lives. You've got to look at what the role of a leader is in this country.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we need someone who is more multidimensional than Governor Romney and not as multidimensional in every idea in the world as Newt Gingrich. I promise you: no moon colonies, I promise."

Throughout his four stops across Missouri on Friday, Santorum painted a rather gloomy picture of the current state of America. He told students and local residents at William Woods University in Fulton, "you will not be safe, even here in Missouri" if Iran gets a nuclear weapon. He later added that the "siren song" of big government will "devour" and "own" people if it gets the chance.

Friday morning in Hannibal, Santorum said that all of the nation's "government-run" public schools are failing, and if they're not failing, it's only because someone has stepped in to prevent the failure that's "forced upon them."

After giving another rather dour speech at his last event of the day, Santorum tried to explain his tone.
"I know this is not a rally speech," Santorum said. "But this is not a rally time. This is a time for big things. This isn't a time for happy talk. This is a time to think about what's at stake and to be inspired, not by lofty words, but by inner strength and conviction of doing the right thing for your country."

That right thing, he told the crowd, was to vote for him on Tuesday.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. diridi

    120,000 jobs lost after KB Toys of Bain-Capital took money from Government before it even went bankrupt. Watch youtube, on "when mitt romney came to town". It says all....jobs lost in several states, and shipped to China.

    February 4, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to what Santorum said, I think he is endorsing President Obama.

    February 4, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. rcw

    He reminds me of one of those people wearing one of those end of the world signs.

    February 4, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Please God, let this be the last caucus/primary for Santorum.

    February 4, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |