Santorum campaign:  If we go to the convention 'so be it'
March 6th, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum campaign: If we go to the convention 'so be it'

Steubenville, Ohio (CNN) - In another signal the battle for the GOP nomination won't end on Super Tuesday, a spokesman for Rick Santorum said the former Pennsylvania senator is prepared to fight all the way to the Republican convention.

"If we all go to the convention with a certain amount of delegates and we have to figure something out at the convention so be it," Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters at the campaign's Super Tuesday party headquarters.

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Gidley's comments came in response to one of the chief arguments now routinely made by Mitt Romney's advisors who predict Santorum will be too far behind in the delegate count after Super Tuesday to catch up and clinch the nomination.

"He's got to get to 1144 too," Gidley snapped back in a reference to the number of delegates need to secure the nomination.

"He wants us out because he can't get there," Gidley added, referring to Romney.

In a sign the Santorum campaign may be lowering expectations for Super Tuesday, Gidley indicated the former Senator is comfortable with coming in second in the popular vote in Ohio.

It's unlikely Santorum will win the most delegates in the crucial Super Tuesday battleground. The campaign failed to file the necessary paperwork to pick up delegates in areas of Ohio where Santorum was favored to come out on top.

Gidley shrugged off the mistake, saying Santorum is not the "establishment candidate."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Core republican Values

    I agree with you Rick. Don't give up. American needs you.

    March 6, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Todd Morgan

    what does being the "establishment" candidate have to do with getting on a ballot??

    Any rational person would assume that if you are going to run for president you might actually think about it, organize a plan, and make sure you were on every ballot in every precinct.

    I like Rick in many ways, but this kind of ineptitude is not what we need in the white house

    March 6, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Mikey

    No matter what the outcome of the primaries, you have to love this quote from former First Lady Barbara Bush on Monday:

    "It's been, I think, the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life. I hate it," Bush said at a conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word. I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, 'What are you doing?'"

    Republicans, she's talking about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Levi

    "Gidley shrugged off the mistake, saying Santorum is not the 'establishment candidate.'"

    That has nothing to do with it. Get with the program. The campaign made an extremely stupid mistake by not making sure he is eligible for the delegates. Just like he isn't on the ballot in Virginia. It's embarrassing. Being eligible for delegates seems to be pretty important if someone wants to win a nomination. This is a joke. The only thing more embarrassing than not being on the ballot or being eligible for the Ohio delegates is the fact that the Santorum campaign keep trying to spin it and play it off as anything other than a mistake.

    If you screw up, admit to it. Don't blame the "establishment." Did the "establishment" go out and get Romney and Paul eligible, or did their campaigns make sure it was done?

    Give me a break.

    March 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. FedUp

    Keep fighting, Rick.

    March 6, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Fla Pete

    Santorum,you can go to the convention,IF ya have cab fare...No riff raff allowed,you too Romney.....

    March 6, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Sorensen

    Sanatoriums wife thinks he is brilliant and a genius. Obviously, the poor, little naive thing has totally lost her marbles,
    if she ever had any. She will need serious psychological help, when the old man goes down in flames.

    March 6, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |