Santorum's congratulatory statement anything but congratulatory
March 19th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
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Santorum's congratulatory statement anything but congratulatory

(CNN) - Just a few hours after Mitt Romney's landslide victory over Rick Santorum in Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary, the Santorum campaign put out an e-mail release titled "Santorum campaign congratulates Romney on Puerto Rico victory."

But the statement Sunday night from the campaign of the former senator from Pennsylvania was anything but congratulatory.

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In the release, Santorum communications director Hogan Gidley said, "Rick Santorum has a consistent core – and he showed that when he went to Puerto Rico and took a locally unpopular but principled stance about English being the official language of America. Mitt Romney on the other hand, switched another one of his positions to gain favor in Puerto Rico, by saying that Puerto Ricans shouldn't have to learn English if they want to become a state. We all know Mitt Romney will do and say anything to get votes, and this is just another example of that."

Santorum did take a controversial stand on English as a condition for Puerto Rico's possible statehood last week in a newspaper interview on the island. He later said to an extent that he was misquoted or taken out of context.

He told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta that both English and Spanish should be required if Puerto Rico were to become the 51st state.

"Obviously Spanish will be spoken here on the island. But this needs to be a bilingual country, not just a Spanish speaking country," Santorum told Acosta.

The Romney campaign reacted to the Santorum campaign statement Monday morning.

"Sen. Santorum is lashing out at Mitt Romney because voters know we won't get the economy going again by replacing one president with no job creation experience with another with no job creation experience," Romney press secretary Andrea Saul told CNN. "Sen. Santorum doesn't understand how the economy works and also doesn't understand that English has been an official language of Puerto Rico for over 100 years."

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination, won more than 80% of the vote in Sunday's primary, capturing all 20 delegates at stake. Romney has a more than a two-to-one advantage over Santorum in the race for delegates, but he's still less than halfway toward the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.


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soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    If anyone wants to get some idea of what Bain Capital does, and where they put their priorities, just find their web site and read their Mission Statement. It's all about "returns" on customer investments. It doesn't mention the word "job" at all.

    March 19, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. GOP Observer

    Wah wah wah wah -I lost Puerto Rico wah wah wah

    Santorum can take his national campaign agenda and platform of leading issues he has such as abortion, pornography, the english language, contraception funding, and religious persecution and have a debate with himself. For the reast of us, we are more interested in Mitt romney's agenda of jobs, the deficit, the economy, and national defense. For rick, he seems incapable of talking about the important issue of the day and has lapsed into a negative whining child act.

    March 19, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. stevetall

    A couple of morons with no other agenda than to become president at all costs. It does not matter what lies need to be told, what hypocracy needs to be demonstrated, or what group of voters needs to be pandered to. Neither one of these guys has a clue about tolerance, fair play, or what representing all Americans means. Their individual agendas are very narrow, with Romney representing only to wealthy who want to get wealthier, and Santorum representing only his own narrow definition of Christianity and what a religious state should look like. Romney doesn't have a clue about how most Americans live, and Santorum hasn't a clue as to how Jesus advocated living life.

    Both are dangerous losers, and voting for either of them will set America back at least 50 years.

    March 19, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. philtration

    Yes JDinHouston,
    This is what you deserve when the Republican's only goal is to "get ride of the black guy"
    They have nothing to offer and they don't have to have a real plan for some GOP voters.
    Just be a white guy and tell me who is to blame for my frightened little existence.

    Fear, lies and crazy talk is all I have heard from the Republicans since the night Obama was elected.

    March 19, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    GOP Observer wrote:

    ... For the rest of us, we are more interested in Mitt romney's agenda of jobs, the deficit, the economy, and national defense. ...
    ----------
    Yeah, we all are. So far he hasn't presented a jobs plan besides generous tax cuts for wealthy people like himself. A plan that would add an estimated $6 trillion over a decade, which he that there is no way on earth that he can possibly "balance the budget" without implementing the type of draconian spending cuts that we have seen in Europe with disastrous results.

    His national defense plan is simple. Let's start a war.

    March 19, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Death To Muggles

    *** "Rick Santorum has a consistent core – and he showed that when he went to Puerto Rico and took a locally unpopular but principled stance about English being the official language of America.

    And you lost.

    March 19, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. PoBoy

    Rick seems to think that just because you take a principaled stand you are the better man. He doesn't seem to get the fact that one man's principals are another's problems. There is nothing principaled about going to PR and telling that Spanish speaking country that they must adopt English. However, Romney is even worse. He basically lies, I mean flip-flops on the record yet again. Obama is going to have a field day with these 2 clowns.

    March 19, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. DaveC

    "Santorum did take a controversial stand on English as a condition for Puerto Rico's possible statehood last week in a newspaper interview on the island. He later said to an extent that he was misquoted or taken out of context."

    I read this loony bin's comments last week when he made it and the comment seemed pretty clear to me. One thing you have to respect about Santorum. He says exactly what is on his mind. There is absolutely no filter between his mind and his mouth. That having been said no wonder he is the tea party darling and the rapid conservative favorite. He thinks just like them.

    Mitt, Rick and the rest of the boys are the reason I am no longer a Republican (along with the tea party, rabid religious conservatives, no tax and spend, etc.). The Republican logic is flawed. Being a Republican used to mean inclusive and fiscal conservative and tax wisely. Now it is no tax (even when it is desperately needed) and spend without funding (that's how we funded the Medicare Part B, No Child Left Behind, etc.) and only white men welcome (as witnessed by this election cycle by the candidates and congress managing to tick off all minorities, women, disabled, etc.). As an independent voter I was really looking forward to a republican candidate that could compete with Obama (like Huntsman) but instead I got the useless four. What a shame.

    March 19, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. iTexan

    All I can say is - imagine Rick Santorum trying to negotiate a treaty (or anything else) with another world leader. If you want another GW Bush (says embarassing things, gets EVERYONE else to hate us to the point of attacking us, and doesn't understand how economics work), then go ahead and vote for Santorum.

    March 19, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. jkINC

    Perhaps Santorum should take an English refresher course, because he's constantly being misunderstood.

    March 19, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Phil in KC

    Yeah – Republicans have a funny way with words. They'll say one thing, then tell you they meant something else. They obfuscate and misdirect. Sometimes they even prevaricate.

    March 19, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Carole Schneider

    I am absolutely fed up with Rick Santimonius rhetoric. Early on I thought he was a nice guy, but apparently
    he has a split personality given his nasty remarks.

    March 19, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. excalifornian

    Santorum was right and the media as usual blew it out of proportion. In order to be a "state" (note this doesn't mean they have to change today under the current status as a US property) they need to have English as the "official" language. That would put the potential 51st state on par with the REST OF THE NATION in speaking English. It makes sense that we should have a common language in order to be a UNITED union of states.

    March 19, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Attila, The Hun

    RoMoney's job argument is a bogus attempt to convince voters that his primary goal was to create jobs. His primary goal running Bain Capital was to make money for investors. Let me repeat, making money for investors was RoMoney's goal. Like any good politician RoMoney is trying to spin things to make him look better to voters.

    March 19, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Kenny

    The Republican logic is flawed. Being a Republican used to mean inclusive and fiscal conservative and tax wisely. Now it is no tax (even when it is desperately needed) and spend without funding (that's how we funded the Medicare Part B, No Child Left Behind, etc.) and only white men welcome (as witnessed by this election cycle by the candidates and congress managing to tick off all minorities, women and the disabled. Republicans have even managed to tick off all the residents of Newt Gingrich's Moon Colony. This comes at an economic time when Newt was putting the finishing touches on his oil pipeline from the US to the moon colony which would have created jobs every place between here and the moon. I know this to be fact. I herd Newt say it on FOX NOISE.

    March 19, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. james - St. Paul, MN

    Santorum is a closed-minded bigot, and Romney is a man who will say or do anything to be elected. Newt is a narcissistic blowhard, and the only candidate who consistently tells the same story with conviction and earnestness (Paul) is considered a lunatic by the party leadership. Who says the GOP is not a barrel of fun?

    March 19, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Julie

    Santorums snipe at Romney only proves that Romney is the smarter candidate. Politics is more than just standing on ones personal opinions. It is also respecting the values and opinions of others. Santorum is rigid and immature in this respect.
    The fact is, that if PR is ever advanced to statehood – that there will be no language requirement any more than there would be a religion requirement because this is the American way. Change it – and you change America to something it's never been.
    This isn't to say that I don't think Americans should learn English – English language and culture are at the foundations of much of what has made America desirable. Change our language – and you may change something about the basic character of our culture as well. If Puerto Ricans wish to see themselves as PRs first and Americans second – then they aren't ready for statehood yet.
    At least they're smart enough to see through Santorums nicy-nice facade. If things continue the way they are in the US maybe a change of language and character would be a good thing.

    March 19, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. dan5404

    Both of these candidates are wasting millions of dollars that could readily be used for worthy charities or building up communities, because it certainly won't see the result they want either in the primary or in November.

    March 19, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Nancy

    There is NO official language of the United States! I am sick of all of these politicians. And it's those "principles" of Santorum that bother me the most. IMO, Santorum would be perfectly happy with a Christian theocracy of the USA! That makes him no better than the Ayatollah of Iran. JMO, of course!

    March 19, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Typical garbage from little Ricky. Whining about this, whining about that. Everyone is against me, waa, waa, waaa. Little has the victim role down pat, almost as good as Half Gov. Palin. Maybe someday little Ricky will understand that he does not represent the majority of Americans, only the majority of the extreme right wing nut jobs and fruitcakes. Little Ricky will get nowhere close to the White House, the real Americans will make of it!

    March 19, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Julie wrote on page 9:

    Santorums snipe at Romney only proves that Romney is the smarter candidate. Politics is more than just standing on ones personal opinions. It is also respecting the values and opinions of others.
    -----------–
    If you believe that, then you truly do not understand the nature of the RINOs that have overrun the Republican Party. "They are what we thought they were."

    March 19, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. dashabq

    OK, lets face it; Santorum never planned to make the full run to the White House. He never expected to last this long. He's gauging his chances for a 2016 run. This far in the campaign, he's just pulling sh!t out of his a$$.

    March 19, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. TKO

    "principled stance"? So does "principled" now mean the same things as "bigoted"?

    March 19, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Santorum dings Romney while defending contraception stance"

    Haha. So he "dinged" Mittens? Was it with or without contraception?

    March 19, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Marshall

    Romney is a corporate raider who makes money for those who already have money, something that has been largely obscure by the candidates obsession with "family values." But Romney is the lesser of the two evils compared with Santorum who is anti women and anti science and a Torquemada in waiting, in waiting to control your life according to his convictions.

    March 19, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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