Santorum: Where are Romney and Obama?
March 26th, 2012
02:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Where are Romney and Obama?

(CNN) – Mitt Romney should be in Washington, D.C. while the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the national health care law, Rick Santorum said Monday.

"Mitt Romney's 3,000 miles away. He should be here," the Republican presidential candidate said in an interview set to air on CNN's "The Situation Room." "He doesn't want to talk about the issue because he can't on substance disagree with the policies of this administration."

Also see: GOP triple header on 'The Situation Room'

He issued a similar charge to President Barack Obama.

"He's 7,000 miles away," Santorum said of the president, who is in South Korea ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit. "He doesn't want anything to do with 'Obamacare' ... He's running away from it."

Santorum appeared in front of the Supreme Court on the first day of hearings and continued to attack the federal law and its connection to Romney.

The former Pennsylvania senator also bushed aside suggestions from the Romney campaign that a recent kerfuffle with a reporter proves he's unsuited to be president.

"After I won Louisiana by 23 points?" Santorum told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I understand the game but this is, you talk about desperate and pathetic, Mitt Romney can't run on his record."

–Watch the full interview with Santorum and conversations with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on CNN's "The Situation Room" Monday at 4 p.m. ET. Ron Paul will appear Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Gotta Be Kiddin

    I'm sorry Mr. Santorum, but the President is doing his job. I'm sure if he was in Washington you would be saying he should be in South Korea. It really doesn't matter what he does you will find fault with it.

    March 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Jamie from Riverside

    Rick Santorum wants to know where Romney is?
    Hey, I think what everybody wants to know is: where is Rick Santorum's sweater vest?

    March 26, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Sorry Rick, first, you are a clown (my apologies to real clowns), second, the President is at an international nuclear summit, doing things Presidents do, not sitting around waiting to hear what the activist conservative judges that legislate from the bench will rule. Such a mental and political lightweight Santorum is, pathetic.

    March 26, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Valentina

    Rick, give it up already – you act and look like a mad man as of late. But for your information, your argument that you keep pushing and attacking Romney on will become moot once the Supreme Court rules Obamacare unconstitutional. Obama will not want to debate or touch the issue in November knowing that his landmark achievement was just ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the land. So quit, pack your bags and leave already, your stay is way overdue.

    March 26, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Santorum is behaving like a mad man. He knows where Obama is (S. Korea speaking into closed-open mics..oops) and Romney is somewhere in Wisconsin working on his etch-a-sketch strategy, geez don't you follow the news dude!

    March 26, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "He's 7,000 miles away," Santorum said of the president, who is in South Korea ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit. "He doesn't want anything to do with 'Obamacare' ... He's running away from it."

    Ridiculous. For one, it would be somewhat inappropriate to have a sitting POTUS ont he steps fo the SCOTUS yeolling and demanding that it decide the case in a certain manner. Second, I would hardly call attending a nuclear security summit in SK while NK is playing games and has just set up a long range missle to be tested in the coming days...I would hardly call that "running away from" anything. If you ask me, Captain Frothy is starting to get that shrill quality to his voice and statements that signals the point where GOPers/Teatrolls are starting to get desperate.

    March 26, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Curt

    Let me explain it you Ricky. The President is attending a nuclear security summit. Thats something a President does which hopefully will be something you never get the opportunity to do.

    March 26, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    One is doing his job and the other is raising more money with which to bury you under attack ads as soon as you set foot out of the Redneck Range.

    If you're wondering why Rick is still on the campaign trail, remember how the GOP likes to nominate the guy who is Next In Line. By finishing second to Romney, then having Romney finish second to Obama, Rick will have positioned himself as the Next In Line for 2016. The other alternative is to make himself the VP nominee, which will get him even more national attention, again setting himself up as the Next In Line. Santorum's not wrapped too tight, but he's more politically astute than most give him credit for.

    March 26, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Balls McGhee

    Obama is cleaning up the mess you made when you were Senator, Ricky boy

    March 26, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. PJ/TX

    Good grief Santorum, where is your dignity? You look like a damn fool up there screaming your lungs out at
    the sky.
    If you think President Obama attending the Nuclear Security Summitt is less important, then you have zero
    judgement and zero class. The arguments are going on inside, as they should. You are having your
    Glenn Beck moment, and it is pathetic and desperate. Go home.

    March 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. king

    its saddenning when the poor working class and the disable dont have a voice, especially when they are going up against powerful lobbyist who own the repubs party. what will rick and his teaparty zealot put instead of the obama care, let me see: how about a policy that goes on the stock market just like their big oil friends; every time stocks goes up stock goes up; who are they trying to fool, how about the only rich folks healthcare program, which means if your not making a certain amount of money; you might as well commit suicide. lesson folks you cannot allow these repubs to set the stage on health care, because average people will be left out in the cold. too bad average people are the ones who are most against these laws. this just speaks how powerful misinformation by the repubs and their powerful friends are, to see the same people this bill is meant to help, turns agaisnt their own self interest. WOW!!!

    March 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Sid Prejean

    The questions is not, "Where are Romney and Obama?'. The question is, "What the heck are you doing here, Rick?"
    In it's best times and in its worst, the Supreme Court hears fundamental legal argument and decides based, not on what the folks on the steps are chanting, but rather on what our Founding Fathers wrote. I disagree with them – a lot. But some political hack getting air time will have no effect on their decision.

    March 26, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. michele

    Rick you are an idiot!!!! The President is doing Presidential work and being the adult....unlike you and the GOP!!!

    March 26, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Rick Santorum needs to stop dragging his children around like props for photo opps !

    Is it Spring break , ohh thats right they are home schooled.

    March 26, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Obama is busy in South Korea selling the country's defenses out to Russia. MOst likely for a campaign contribution just like the unions give him.

    March 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    3000 miles away from DC is where all 4 of these idiots should stay!!!

    March 26, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Ozzie

    Go home, Ricky. You are a spoiled, volatile, self righteous little boy. You are deeply conflicted, hating way too many people to serve as President. Go on a Retreat, Pray that you grow up. As a Catholic, I find you the antithesis of the Gospel – and radically embarrassing.

    March 26, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Debby

    Romney is doing what he is suppose to Santorum talking about the economy and bringing down the deficit. Romney can't sway the Supreme Court as much as you can't.

    March 26, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    ...and the hits just keeep on coming. This guy is so far out there, it's not funny

    March 26, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Jo

    Rick Santorum gives me heartburn. He is pathetic.

    March 26, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Howard

    Obama's promises of transparency have turned out to be a complete betrayal. Like Hugo Chavez, Obama exploited democracy, to get elected, but once in power, he is systematically removing oversight, accountability, citizen's rights, and freedoms ... all of which are guaranteed in our constitution ... which Obama is trashing. If Obama gets a second term, America will soon be living in a dictatorship, just like Venezuela.

    March 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Alexanders

    Home Schooling bc he does not want them to see the real world. He is such loser anymore. Santorum, please leave and let Romney take the heat. Romney is the only one that can do a good job. HE will win over you with big numbers. so, Good bye..

    March 26, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. timothy

    Ayatollah Santorum said John McCain "doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works." 500 years ago we had the Spanish Inquisition and Santorum wants to be Pope if we won't let him be Ayatollah.

    March 26, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    What a moron! If the robocalls from the flip flopper's MD came are any indication he is groveling and slithering his way through MD.
    On the other hand Jack behind, the president is doing his job just like he did when he signed the healthcare reform which your par of the rich, by the rich and forthe rich ard trying to dismantle sith the old farts on the scotus.
    Even if he was in DC he would have better manners and composure than to scream stupidity on the steps of any building in DC. Get lost and don't come through MD on your way-out, can you say or spell desperate??

    March 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. mm

    Unlike you, Rickey...our president has a job.

    March 26, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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