Santorum plans fiery Friday night blows against Romney
February 24th, 2012
12:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum plans fiery Friday night blows against Romney

(CNN) – Rick Santorum has been off the campaign trail since Wednesday's CNN Arizona Republican Presidential Debate, but he returns on Friday evening with a harsh critique of Mitt Romney on energy, the economy and his conservative values.

"Governor Romney described himself as resolute on that debate stage," Santorum is slated to say in Lincoln Park, Michigan, according to his campaign. "There's no question that he's resolute – trouble is he's resolutely liberal."

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Billed by his campaign as a "major announcement" – not typical for a Friday evening – Santorum is to rip into his rival while Romney, who was born in Michigan, campaigns on the other side of the state, two hours away.

Santorum, who said "politics is a team sport" at Wednesday's debate, is expected to say Romney's "teammates were the Democrats."

"While Mitt Romney was pushing for the Wall Street Bailouts – I was fighting for the free-market system to work," Santorum is to say, according to prepared remarks released to reporters.

"While Mitt Romney was listening to the radical environmentalists about global warming and pushing taxpayer dollars to green energy companies – I was fighting to open up drilling in Alaska and expand natural gas exploration," he will continue.

Romney has criticized Santorum's "team" comment in his own stump speeches, telling voters in Milford, Michigan on Thursday that Santorum is typical "people [who] go to Washington and they vote for things they don't believe in."

"I'm not sure what's in the water, but they decide that they've got to take one for the team, or whatever they say, and they keep on voting for the same old stuff, and spending grows and grows over the years," Romney said.

On Thursday, Romney's Communications Director Gail Gitcho said "Back in 2008, Sen. Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney for president because of Mitt's 'conservative' record. Now, Rick's changed his tune. This sounds like another case of Rick Santorum abandoning his principles for his own political advantage."

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. rcw

    Its to late Ricky. Your 15 minutes of fame is up.

    February 24, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Haha...anyone want to take a guess at what imaginary thing they're pinching in those photos above?

    February 24, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Those photos say it all about these two men. Are they trying to tell us their brains or their you know what's are this little?
    They are both embarrassing and the teapublikan party should be ashamed that these two out of four left is what they can come up with to lead our country in these insane times.

    February 24, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Dave

    Mitt took Millions from the Government & turned around & bankrupt The companies that were supposed to be turned around with that US money. It went straight into BAINS pockets. I cant wait till 60 Minutes does a story on this. The bottom line is that while Mitt is giving his speach as we speak to The white, whiter & whitest mormons that are at Ford Field, He will never talk about the true Washington Insider He was when it came to a couple Billion from The US Government in SEVERE EARMARKS. I am not makin this up, Its 100 % true 02 games, BAIN, ETC. He is the most BACKSTABBING Man on earth when it comes to pretending to care about the Middle Class. LET DETRIOT GO BACKRUPT. What a PLASTIC human being. HE dont give A DAMN ABOUT PEOPLE LOSING THEIR JOBS & THEIR HOMES!

    February 24, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sniffit - Haha...anyone want to take a guess at what imaginary thing they're pinching in those photos above
    =============================================================================
    Clearly it is the size of the average liberal brain.

    February 24, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    @Fair – When the FDIC regulators go in and have to shut down a bank, and pay off the depositers, that is when the Federal Reserve gets involved and pretty much runs the show. Because when a bank runs out of money, guess whose money it really is that is missing from the bank? Believe it or not, it is ultimately the Fed's money when it is in a bank.

    February 24, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Liili

    Santorum isn't very christ-like! He fails to practice what he preaches daily, yet millions support him blindly even against there own best interest! Our societyi is in serious trouble if those candidates running against Pres. Obama are the best the Republicans have to offer! Scary......

    Woman for Obama/Biden 2012

    February 24, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. JD in Moraga, CA

    Pot, meet kettle. I believe Santorum described himself as "courageous" – it certainly takes courage to wage the kind of lie-through-your-teeth campaign that he is engaged in so far.

    February 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Dr. Fricke

    Look at the photo: Santorum, "Mine, is this big." Romney, "Ha! Mine is this big."

    February 24, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. packerfans

    Dont Vote for Ricky!! He is fake and players!! Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!! He was not President of United States for Michgain in time.. IDoes matter Ricky s word nothing. !! Go Go Vote Mitt!! Who can beat Obama!! Rick never beat Obama that why Obama want Rick winning???

    February 24, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ooooooooooo.... looks like I hit a nerve. Auto industry employee I presume?
    ------------------------
    Missed your mark babe. Now, you read my posts and you're still pretending not to know? Evidently information is wasted on you.

    February 24, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Valentina

    That, Mr. Santorum, will definitely totally backfire. It now looks like your campaign is flailing and voters know it. This latest move will only hurt you and your campaign – you are only speaking to your fringe supporters and there is no way you will attract any undecided voters with this talk. Give it up – you are toast!

    Romney 2012!

    February 24, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. bobden

    Santorum believes that he is the one to tell everyone else what they should believe, what's right and what's wrong, which way is up and which way is down. And he wants to tell us how we should live our lives.
    He seems to think that he is the next Pope.

    February 24, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Sniffit – Haha...anyone want to take a guess at what imaginary thing they're pinching in those photos above
    =============================================================================
    Clearly it is the size of the average liberal brain."

    Day late, dollar short. I already won that race via insinuation and subtext.

    February 24, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Funniest bumper sticker in Fort Myers today, "Democrats – Cleaning Up Republican Messes Since 1933."

    February 24, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since Mittens has saved the Cayman and Swiss banking industry, and jobs in China, right wingnuts think he can save America? America has been saved from republicans, and we need to move on with our current president.

    February 24, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. logicnLA

    First- being liberal is a GOOD thing! It means you have an open mind and are open to change. Second Romney is not a liberal- he is at best a moderate conservative.He opposes gay marriage, he opposes the healthcare reform bill, he opposes restoring the tax code back to what it was: this was supposed to be a temporary return of surplus, and despite his claims, he grew up wealthy so he has no real idea about the middle class.

    February 24, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Valentina

    That, Mr. Santorum, will definitely and totally backfire. It now looks as though your campaign is flailing and voters see and know it. This latest move will only hurt you and your campaign. Furthermore, you are only speaking to your fringe supporters and there is no way you will attract any undecided voters with this talk. Give it up – you are toast!

    Romney 2012!

    February 24, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    They are both con artists.

    February 24, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. anagram_kid

    Politics is a team sport. And these guys are always picked last…

    February 24, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I always thought that the worst smell was from a dead skunk on a Florida Highway on an August afternoon. Now I know that the GOP and their presidential candidate clown show is a lot worse.

    February 24, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Ooooooooooo.... looks like I hit a nerve. Auto industry employee I presume?
    --------
    Missed your mark babe. Now, you read my posts and you're still pretending not to know? Evidently information is wasted on you.'

    I feel safe saying that information is wasted on conservatives in general hehe :-) They're gonna believe what they believe dad gummit and it's not their fault if reality just plain old refuses to obey.

    February 24, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. DIANA

    To paraphrase Seth Meyers – "keep talking".
    Obama/Biden 2012
    Warren 2012 & beyond.

    February 24, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Bill

    Neither will ever be president, so we should all just enjoy the longest running comedy since I Love Lucy.

    February 24, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sniffit - I already won that race via insinuation and subtext.
    ===========================================
    Nice try Sniffit... You just can't handle being backhanded with your own inane posts. Pretty pathetic...

    February 24, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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