March 14th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum on Romney: 'It's pretty sad when all you have is to do math'

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Rick Santorum laughed out loud at a Romney campaign strategy memo that claims the former Pennsylvania Senator needs "an impossible number of delegates" to take the lead in the GOP race.

"It's pretty sad when all you have is to do math instead of trying to go out there and win it on substance and win it on what Americans want to hear about," Santorum told CNN at a town hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Republican primary in the U.S. territory is set for Sunday.

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"We're a long, long way from over. You know what? I suspect if we keep winning state after state after state he ain't gonna be the nominee," Santorum added.

The memo from Mitt Romney's political director, Rich Beeson, attempted to throw cold water on Santorum's "victory lap after Alabama and Mississippi."

"Santorum and Gingrich now trail Governor Romney by margins they cannot mathematically make up," Beeson wrote in the memo.

Fresh off wins in the Deep South, Santorum said he was up until 4 a.m. watching the returns come in from Hawaii's caucuses. He said the unofficial results looked promising until the votes were counted at Brigham Young University on the island of Hawaii.

"We were within 3 or 4 points. And then the area around Brigham Young University came in with a large Mormon vote and we got sort of shoved down a little bit," Santorum said.

Santorum noted his other main rival in the race, Newt Gingrich finished fourth in Hawaii.

"I think it shows that again… we finished second. Congressman Gingrich finished fourth. And I think it shows we're the alternative," Santorum said in what appeared to be another gentle nudge to the former speaker to exit the race.

In an appeal to Puerto Rican voters, Santorum told a crowd of supporters at a town hall in San Juan that his first foreign trip as president would be to Latin America.

Santorum is considered an underdog in the Puerto Rico primary. Mitt Romney has the endorsement of the territory's Governor, Luis Fortuño. But Fortuño and Santorum are widely known to be old friends. The Governor appeared at a photo opportunity with the former Pennsylvania Senator after his arrival Wednesday morning.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. TrueblueNC2

    facts don't lie....Romney is the leader in so many ways....he is successful, he is a family man, he loves America, he knows how to run a business w/o any attachments to Washington D.C. Santorum stop whining and open your eyes...Obama is who we want to beat and sorry you just aren't the man to do it.

    March 14, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Satberry
    It's more impressing than raiding a company and selling it to communist china like Willard and Bain.
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    ..Even worse is when you use $60 billion of federal tax dollars to prop up a failing Fortune 500 company like GM so that it can go into China to develop technology and ramp up manufacturing. At the same time Obama is talking about penalizing companies who ship jobs overseas he is taking full credit for, "saving the American auto industry". I hope Romney makes him explain this confusion in the debates.

    March 14, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Harry

    I love the above quotation because I am fairly certain that no statement can better encapsulate Santorum's anti-intellectualism or irrationality. Not in fewer than a dozen words anyways... Math? BAH! Who needs it? Math is so elitist! Mitt Romney must be such an irrational nut for going with reality instead of trusting his gut.

    March 14, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Jane

    @Satberry: So, you 'loathe liars', but are okay with a person who is narrow-minded, uninformed and a walking example of hypocrisy regarding living a Christian life, because he 'stands by' all the horrible things he says? That's just scary.

    March 14, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Ron

    Bro, your win in the south has only sealed the fact that the rest of the country is going to reject you as their nominee. The south is quickly rendering itself unimportant to the political world. No? Let's see... If Romney wins he'll say "Screw the south. I won without you". If Obama wins he'll say "Screw the south. I won without you." What else do you need to know?

    March 14, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Stephan

    Its pretty sad when all you have is to hope another candidate will drop the race to raise your chance to win the nomination

    March 14, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Squigman

    Math, was always my favorite subject. All is meaningless without math. Math, is universal, it's the language of all people. Math class was a refuge for people that wanted to get away from people like Santorum.

    March 14, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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