Santorum: I'll 'absolutely' win Pennsylvania
April 2nd, 2012
12:13 PM ET
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Santorum: I'll 'absolutely' win Pennsylvania

(CNN) – Rick Santorum sounded like the ever confident Republican presidential candidate when asked about his chances in Pennsylvania's April primary.

The former two-term Pennsylvania senator on Monday said he could "absolutely" guarantee a win in the state, but that it's a "tough state."

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"We actually were part of the movement to change the Republican Party in Pennsylvania to a much more conservative party, and we've been successful winning elections doing that," Santorum said on Fox News.

But he added, "It's not going to be easy."

Santorum lost his re-election fight in 2006 to Democrat Bob Casey by an unprecedented 18 percentage points.

The most recent poll out of the Keystone State from Franklin and Marshall College showed Santorum and Mitt Romney statistically tied for the top spot among likely primary voters ahead of Election Day on April 24.

Despite his uphill delegate climb and falling poll numbers in the 2012 campaign, Santorum has vowed to remain in the race until a candidate reaches 1,144 delegates, the necessary number to clinch the GOP presidential nomination.

With a strong showing in Tuesday's three contests increasingly unlikely, Team Santorum has said they will focus on Pennsylvania and May's elections, which include the southern states of Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina and Kentucky, among others.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Charlie from the North

    Ya didn't last time pal, but I guess since you are only running against the GOPers who are almost as bad as you are, you've got a good shot at it. But when it comes to the general election just one question: If 65% of the electorate did not want you as a Senator why would they want you as President?

    April 2, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    You lost by 18 points in your reelection campaign. You're in a statistical dead heat with Willard. If you get beat in your home state, it's a wrap. Which is sad because I was pulling for you Saint Santorum. I notice that you tend to do well in suburbia, but when it comes to the urban commmunities, you suck! I expect you to win all over Pennsylvania except in Pittsburgh and Philly.

    April 2, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Jeff

    I was one who helped vote him out last time...and I'll be one who'll try to make sure he doesn't win PA THIS time. I will do everything in my power to make sure this happens. Anybody, ANYBODY in the field but Ricky.

    April 2, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Scott

    "We actually were part of the movement to change the Republican Party in Pennsylvania to a much more conservative party, and we've been successful winning elections doing that," Santorum said on Fox News.

    Maybe that's why the people of Pennsylvania decided they didn't want you for a 3rd Senate term...

    April 2, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Jim Hahn

    Santorum couldn't win it the last time he ran, what makes him think that this time is different?

    April 2, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Freddo

    Rickie ... the only thing you should be claiming to know absolutely ... is that you won't be the GOP nominee for President.

    I'll be glad to make that a public bet with you, but truth be told, even you aren't that drunk on your own KoolAid.

    Or are you ...

    April 2, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Focus on May? Mitt Romney can win it in April if Romney sweeps all of the contests.

    April 2, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Reggie from LA

    Now let me get this straight. Not to be mean, but for understanding. He didn't win reelection for Senate in PA? Is that correct? But now, the folks of PA not only have him represent their state, but 49 others too? Did I get this right?

    April 2, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Little Ricky may have moved his home state republican party to the right enough that he might win in Penn. But remember when the entire state voted, he lost by 18 points. It seems like those who know him best don't want anything to do with him. Take the word of the fine citizens of Penn. Send little Ricky packing for home.

    April 2, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Michael

    He probably will win PA in the primary race but in the general election he will lose as he did when he tried to retain his house seat.

    April 2, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    End your hopeless campaign and clear the path for Romney to win the Whitehouse from the Socialist Democrat Obama.

    April 2, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. BigTBone

    How does one go about procuring the quality narcotics that these potential candidates must be on?

    The delusions of this guy are absurd. Pennsylvania voters will not be nice, Rick. (again)

    Are they just trying to push the conversation so far to the right that Mitt looks like the only sane one remaining?

    April 2, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Anantha

    The question should have been can you win with the same percentage points as did Governor Romney in Massachussets where he had 78% support.

    April 2, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Ted van Tol

    Sorry RIck, Obama wil win Pennsylvania!

    April 2, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Margaret

    Silly, silly, Ricky.

    April 2, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Sure you will, Rick... Why don't you bet Mittens $10,000 on it?

    April 2, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    A win for Santorum in PA would open the door for him to run for senator again, now why would they want to give him a win. Santorum knows he won't be the nominee for the GOP so he running for another senate seat in PA.

    April 2, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. sammieb51

    Funny Bush said almost the same thing re: winning Florida preceding the 2000 presidential elections. "you can bet on it"

    April 2, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh Ricky... Me and the other Dems will gladly vote for you in WI!! Don't give up...

    April 2, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. kevin

    This slime ball owes the municipality of Penn Hills alot of money that he screwed it out of. Cyber school. Look it up.

    April 2, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. cali girl

    It would be a great laugh to see this guy go down.

    April 2, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. RINO Bil

    Newsflash Rick, IT'S YOUR HOME STATE! Not only are you supposed to win, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO WIN BY A HONKIN HUGE MARGIN!

    Anything less would be a crushing rebuke of candidate Santorum.

    April 2, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    We don't want Ricky to lose. Then the comedy would be over too soon...

    April 2, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Ferret out the BS

    HaHa..you are funny man....HaHaHa

    April 2, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Bob

    Ayatollah Santorumeni doesn't stand a chance. That backwardassed fool will NEVER be President.

    April 2, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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