February 8th, 2012
09:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum claims strong fundraising after Tuesday wins

(CNN) – Fresh off of his Tuesday night wins in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Wednesday he has the momentum and fundraising to propel him towards success on Super Tuesday.

"We're doing very, very well raising money," Santorum said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "I think last night we raised a quarter of a million dollars online. So we're doing really well and we feel like going forward we're going to have the money we need to make the case we want to make."

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He said his campaign, whose cash intake has lagged behind that of his rivals, just experienced the "best two weeks that we've had of the campaign, fundraising-wise."

Those resources will help Santorum compete as the campaign rolls next to Michigan, where delegates are allocated proportionally, and Arizona, which is winner-take-all. After those primaries and Washington state's caucuses on March 3, over 400 delegates are up for grabs on Super Tuesday. CNN delegate estimates showed Santorum moving to third place in the delegate count as of Wednesday morning.

"We're heading to Michigan, we're really excited about that. We're also heading to Ohio. Super Tuesday is going to be a very, very big day for us," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "We think Michigan is a great place for us to plant our flag and talk about jobs and manufacturing and giving opportunities for everybody in America to rise."

Michigan has a significant population of evangelical voters, and the proportional allocation could help second, third, or fourth-place finishing candidates stack up the 1144 delegates to win the nomination. Mitt Romney was born in Michigan and his father was the state's governor.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, outraised Santorum by a 25-to-1 margin in the fourth quarter of 2011, though Santorum's fundraising picked up in January. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich brought in more than double Santorum's haul that quarter.

Although no delegates were tied to Missouri's primary, and the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses will not directly correlate to delegate allocation, Santorum said the three wins – combined with his first victory in Iowa – gives him momentum as the race moves towards Super Tuesday in early March.

"Iowa was a non-binding caucus too and that turned out to be a pretty important race and everybody participates in that every year, every presidential election year," Santorum said on CNN. "We definitely are the campaign right now with the momentum, the enthusiasm on the ground.

Santorum said he hopes to pick up additional delegates through the apportioning process, which takes place at various conventions in the spring.

The candidate addressed the presence of the man standing behind him in his Tuesday victory speech: Foster Friess, the billionaire mutual fund manager who has contributed to the pro-Santorum super PAC, the Red, White, and Blue Fund.

"No. I mean, Foster doesn't run my super PAC." Santorum said. "He may be a donor to it but the person who runs my super PAC, I haven't spoken with in about five months."

He acknowledged spending "a lot of time together" over a 20-year friendship, but said, "we also know what the law is and Foster doesn't run the super PAC and we don't talk about anything regarding those matters."

He pointed to his wins as evidence that his message is resonating, despite having a smaller financial pool.

"If money made the difference, we wouldn't have won four primaries so far," he said.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. s

    Go Back to your crazy church freaks please

    February 8, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Well, you gotta admit. He presents a better choice to conservatives than Romney or Gingrich. Paul's overall message has been twice rejected by voters in the past.

    February 8, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Larry L

    If you want a theocracy you might try moving to Iran. But wait... Santorum wants war with Iran... He's a Bible-thumping chicken hawk who is pro-war without ever serving a day in uniform. This guy is crazy enough for the Tea Party but far too crazy to attract independent voters. The GOP is hosed in 2012.

    February 8, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. skalamba

    Santorium didn't accomplish nothing at all he looses the Senate seat at the time he was a senator. No way for him.
    he is just the flavor of the month right now. No way for him. ROMNEY WILL BE THE NOMINEE AND WILL BEAT OBAMA.

    February 8, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    the GOP race for 2012 is just a joke and it keeps getting funnier and funnier. You can count the victories of course but also look at the number of people actually going out to cast ballots. Ain't that high, folks even less so far than both 2008 and 2010. Mitt Romney can go across the country and slam Obama all he wants to his pro-Romney crowd but the truth is that his negatives are rising more than his positives are. And Ricky is just TOO extreme to win a general election, against women's rights, claims wanting your kids to go to college makes them snobs, and then the religion thing will not work come November. Yet I would LOVE to see Santorum take on Obama face to face and see if he will still tell a lot of the untruths he says about the president when he is there to defend himself.

    February 8, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If money made the difference, we wouldn't have won four primaries so far," he said."

    Caucuses, my friend. Caucuses.

    February 8, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Michigan will be interesting. Romney has the putative home-field advantage, but Santorum's populist message about USA manufacturing will resonate up there. If Santorum pulls off Michigan, it will be DEFCON 5 time for the GOP.

    By the way, the daily denials from candidates about speaking to their SuperPAC buddies are really getting tiresome. Nice rulings, Supremes.

    February 8, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. DaveC

    Wow. A three person race between a failed former PA senator, a failed former GA congressman and a failed former presidential candidate. Talk about the lesser of all evils. A choice between the rich guy who doesn't care about you and me {Mitt), which goofy statement can I make today (Newt) and a crooked former senator (Rick). Thank god I abandoned the Republican party after Bush Sr. and became an Independent. While I am not that thrilled about Obama I cannot even think of voting any of these clowns into the presidency.

    February 8, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. gg

    the best thing to happen to michigan was when romney moved

    February 8, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. steve

    if santorum is the rep nominee--I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA

    February 8, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Anonymous

    I don't think the people in Michigan appreciate Flipper the Elitist Robot's blasting the auto bailout.

    February 8, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. george of the jungle

    this is good news for the president. one more nut as front runner. Everyone will focus on rick now. Hope the repos keep spending that money. At least they are helping the economy whether they like it or not. The longer they are out there the more the American public gets to look at these clowns. This guy would set women back 100 years and kill all our health insurance.

    February 8, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Thomas

    Stooges were commonly known by their first names:
    Larry , Curly and Moe .

    Obama 2012

    February 8, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Jrdz

    Mittens will keep spinning out of control with all his flip flopping and miss quotes trying to keep his head above water. In the meantime the GOP Clown Car will still be heading for the cliff come August just in time for their convention.

    February 8, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |