Santorum sends daughter to campaign in Hawaii
March 10th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum sends daughter to campaign in Hawaii

(CNN) - For Rick Santorum's team, the campaign trail just got a few thousand miles longer - and slightly more tropical.

The candidate's eldest child, Elizabeth, 20, will go to Hawaii to stump for her dad ahead of the state's caucuses next week, Santorum announced Saturday.

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In the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, the campaign's decision further underlines that every delegate counts, even those located half an ocean away.

With 17 delegates at stake, Hawaii holds open caucuses, meaning any registered voter in the state can participate. Voters will caucus on Tuesday.

The former Pennsylvania senator broke the news about his daughter while standing on stage at a campaign rally in Missouri with his wife, Karen, and second-oldest child, John.

"John just said to me there is an advantage of being the oldest," Santorum joked.

Elizabeth Santorum, who has become a top surrogate for her father, isn't the first child of a candidate to be sent to distant lands this election cycle.

On Thursday, Mitt Romney's campaign announced they were sending the candidate's son Matt to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, both of which held their caucuses Saturday.

Romney won all nine delegates in Guam, as well as nine delegates in the Northern Marianas.

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Filed under: 2012 • Hawaii • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. stormeagle

    I think his name should be changed to Rick SANITORIUM.
    Because I think he's so extreme he's dangerous.

    March 10, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Hint to the righties: This will make her a public figure and subject to criticism and comment, so spare us the poutrage if a comedian makes a joke about her. Defamation (lying about her) is different, though.

    March 10, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Jay

    Yay! I'm going to see her. I wish Rick himself came here though.

    Santorum 2012

    March 10, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Ralph100

    WOW, she looks just like her father. Not a good sign. They both have that grin thing down pat. Gag!

    March 10, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Nice vacation dad! Did the PAC pay for the trip? Who paid for the flight and hotel? It will be a tough gig in HA on the one hand its where Obama grew up and on the other is the University of Hawaii an LDS school. Mormons have that game down. Fundamentalist and rigid Roman Catholism is going to be a tough gig in HA but Elizabeth should still have great weather, a good flight, and a nice hotel.

    March 10, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Santorum won't find Hawaii as accomodating as Kansas. Even the Republicans in Hawaii aren't as radical in their practice of religion and the people of Hawaii aren't as bigoted as the "Red States". People who live on small islands learn that compromise and tolerance are positive traits – far away from the Tea Party mind-set.

    March 10, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Looks like Lizzy just needed a spring break trip to Hawaii paid for by daddy's donors.

    March 10, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Did Santorum send Elizabeth on a secret mission to check out President Obama's birth certificate? Maybe he should send some of his other children to Area 51 to check on UFOs.

    March 10, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Why is his daughter in more photo ops then his wife ?

    Something is weird about this guy. Then again , somethings also wrong with Mitt and the Newt .

    The whole GOP looks like nerds with daddy issues.

    March 10, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Bman

    His Daughter is now fair game in the Media.. Let the speculation begin.... Does she need contraceptives?

    March 10, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Doug

    Hawaii? Seriously? Isn't he afraid she might end up in Kenya, or Indonesia, or God knows where. BTW, how can we be sure she is really Santorum's daughter. Has she produced a birth certificate yet?

    March 10, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    Children believe in their parents and do what is necessary to help them win. Too bad in the end they will discover how much "defeat" hurts!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 11, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  13. Dvet

    I hope she had contraception. A free vacation without dad in hawaii. Damn damn damn well grandpa explain this.

    March 11, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  14. aaron

    Does she have like 10 kids also?

    March 11, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Who cares, but I do like the sign being held by some kid in the background. Yes, home schooled, so your worlds is a tiny little spec of religious rhetoric and the world as your parents see it until you leave the nest and find out that the world is not a tiny shell of your kind but a complex world made of many different people and points of views and religions.

    March 11, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  16. Ron

    Bad idea, Rick! You don't want the world to see the non-sense you have been teaching your little girl. Don't do it. It will be a disaster!!!

    March 11, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. drickles

    Bunch of horses in the family. Please don't grin.

    March 11, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So it's not ok for a woman to forgo being a wife and mother in order to work, but it is ok for him to use his daughter to try to gain votes. What is Rick gonna do when he finds out how popular the Mormons are in Hawaii? What is Rick gonna do when his daughter decides to become a Mormon?

    March 11, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. diridi

    How many Caddies this pig has???????????

    March 11, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |