Team Santorum increasing its ranks
February 8th, 2012
01:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Team Santorum increasing its ranks

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's very modest Republican presidential campaign is growing in size.

A top adviser to the former senator from Pennsylvania says the campaign's infrastructure, which has been on a shoestring budget, is increasing.

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"Slowly but surely we're adding staff," Santorum senior adviser John Brabender tells CNN. "But we'll do it efficiently. We'll stay nimble."

He says the campaign is now up to speed with their grassroots team and their digital team and that they've now got a volunteer director on staff. But he says it's nothing in comparison to the size of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign staff, and Brabender adds that "we're not creating a huge bureaucracy."

Santorum won all three of Tuesday's contests, and the sweep of caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a non-binding primary in Missouri is helping his campaign's bottom line.

"We're doing very, very well raising money," Santorum said Wednesday morning 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."

Brabender tells CNN that that quarter million dollars all came after midnight, and he expects the figure to rise throughout the day. Brabender will be a guest on Wednesday at 6pm ET on CNN's "John King, USA."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Romoney Romoney Romoney.....

    Teri Shivo!!!

    February 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    His wife says "Rick doesn't hate anyone ...." She left out "... in his church".

    Teri Shivo!!

    February 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Jules

    The Romney Money Machine is going to have Santorun in their sites now, Poor guy!

    February 8, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    It doesn't matter how much staff you have Pretty Ricky. It's all about the message. And frankly, yours is based on ideology. The last thing we need in the White House is an ideologue who wants to turn America into a theocracy. He'd rather have the title "Surpreme Leader Santorum."

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 8, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. JOHN

    Rick is a con artist, The reason why he lost his Senate seat in PA, because we did not trust him and he was an unaffected Senator

    February 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    correct spelling ~ Terri Schiavo

    February 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. jane arciero

    The amazing phenonmenon of Santorum's success in 4 caucuses is that he went to a state university, he is from immigrant parents, he has no money and no support from the Republican establishements and is essentially from the blue collar mentality and from the streets and not an elitist. Maybe he understands the condition of the hard working middle class. And is not embarrassed about the Judaeo-Christian and western civilization history that created this democrazy. He is starting to appeal to many. If anything he is too honest a little naive that he can appeal to many who have abandoned these values. Jane Arciero

    February 8, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Abus

    It is still Paul who is the only one capable to heal this country. And don't believe the media, no matter if its about him, Romney, Santorum or Gingrich. LOOK AT THEIR PLANS and ON THEIR RECORD!

    Devote some time for America and do your research.

    Paul 2012.

    February 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Laverne

    Romney is crazy and Santorum is crazier!

    February 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rick Santorum is not my candidate but he did a good job beating Romney in Colorado

    February 8, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. WhereIsPalin

    Republicans know exactly what they want. They just have trouble showing it.

    February 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    WhereIsPalin

    Republicans know exactly what they want. They just have trouble showing it.
    ---------------
    Republicans have made it clear as to exactly what is that they want. They dropped the poker faces on Nov 8., 2008. They've been saying it ever since. They want Pres. Obama to fail.

    February 8, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. oman

    Team Santorium: A losing team.

    February 8, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. rcw

    All Rick's baggage will come out now. Why do we keep sending the people helped create this mess we are in back to Washington? They are like recycled football coaches.

    February 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. ...and the winner is...!

    .......and the GOP nominee is...."Newt Gingrich" he is as solid as a rock...and washington needs an insider who knows what is broken and in need of fixing...!

    February 8, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Robert

    Rick Santorum is a religious fanatic and I could not be happier that he won last night.

    February 8, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    R. Santorum has been able to do two things VERY effectively. 1) he presented Gingrich as an erratic and unpredictable candidate. Result: Newt lost the next debate by trying to portray himself as calm; and 2) he placed Willard against the ropes (something no other candidate has been able to do) about his MA health care plan. Result: Willard was clearly frustrated and unable to spin his way out of that debate providing a good knockout punch for future debates. Not a bad performance in my view.

    Obama 2012.

    February 8, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |