April 3rd, 2012
09:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum after losses: 'It's halftime'

(CNN) – Despite disappointing finishes in all three of Tuesday's Republican primaries, Rick Santorum indicated no sign of letting up in his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination.

"The clock starts tonight," Santorum said to supporters in Pennsylvania.

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Speaking on familiar turf, the former two-term senator from the Keystone State urged supporters to dismiss attacks from his opponents ahead of Pennsylvania's primary later this month.

"You know me. You know how hard I work," Santorum said. "They'll say all the things, that I'm someone who doesn't stand up for what I believe in. You know me."

In recent days, Santorum has predicted he will win his home state's contest, which has 72 delegates at stake. He also expects to push on through May, a month that holds contests in what he deems more conservative states.

"We have now reached the point where it's halftime," Santorum said. "Half the delegates in this process have been selected, and who's ready to charge out of the locker room in Pennsylvania for a strong second half?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Pedrons

    And the sweater guy keeps on moving on proudly, sweating in his blue collar coal stained sweater.

    April 3, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Eric

    Uh, it's halftime and you are losing badly, Rick.

    April 3, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. works4me

    Halftime for the half brain

    April 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Durham

    Crazy! It is time to step aside!

    April 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. acepaul

    Time to throw in the towel, Rick. Not a chance you can keep Romney from getting the nomination.

    April 3, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. Anderson

    Oh my god. He is either delusional, or incredibly selfish. He has no chance of winning the nomination or even forcing the issue at the RNC convention. At this point he is servicing his own political goals (perhaps forcing Romney to choose him as a running mate). Anyone whispering in Santorum's ear that he should stick in it should be ashamed of themselves.

    April 3, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Killdeer

    heck of a place to start the clock...one second before midnight

    April 3, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. skarphace

    Santorum to Pennsylvania: "You know me."

    Yup. It is why they kicked you out of office by a record-breaking margin.

    April 3, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. skarphace

    I hate to say it, but Santorum's speech sounded like a concession speech. He did not sound positive at all.

    And if it is anybody's 'halftime', it is Romney's as he has over half the delegates needed for the nomination.

    April 3, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. skarphace

    Normally, I am not much of a Romney fan.

    However, in the race between Romney and Santorum, I definitely am. A Romney presidency would be tolerable, if a bit hard on the economy as the 'trickle down' policies are enacted again.

    However, a Santorum presidency would be absolutely horrible. Too horrible to contemplate.

    April 3, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Rossbach

    Yes, we Pennsylvanians know Rick quite well. That is why he is no longer our senator.

    April 3, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If anyone but Newt, Rick or Ron were running against Mittens, Mittens would be toast. Mittens has spent over$60 million against Rick, and still cannot get over 40%. I listened to Mittens lies tonight, and cannot believe anyone buys the crap he is selling.

    April 3, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    almost time for Rick to curse out another reporter....blaming the media for his shortcomings is about all he has left.

    April 3, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Richard-Missouri

    Mr. Santorum: shut-up, and get off the stage already – it's over. You stand NO CHANCE of getting the party's nomination, and neither do Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul. The only thing you and the others are being are sore losers. You may also be hoping that you can blackmail Mitt Romney into giving you a shot at the Vice-Presidential nomination ("I'll keep going if you don't nominate me as your running mate..."). Fat chance. There are SO many more qualified, and more popular candiates for Vice-President: Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio, for example. Do us all a favor: get off the stage, and get behind Mitt Romney. It is said that Obama will have amassed a $1 BILLION campaign war-chest to use for his re-election. Thus, in order to stand a chance, we need to come together and focus all our resources and energy behind the candidate who is best able to beat Obama, and right now that appears to be Mitt Romney. The longer you, Gingrich, and Paul stay in this, the more it hurts the party overall, and makes it easier for Obama to win.

    April 3, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. dan5404

    Sorry, Rick, but the phrase you were looking for was "half wit". Just tying to help people understand you better.

    April 3, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. ANDORIFWHAT

    A "Rolling-in-money' presidency would be very INTOLERABLE...all the COMMON CITIZEN would get is just a TRICKLE and nothing more from this guy.

    April 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  17. John Paul

    Wow! Did he forget the mother who shopped at General Dollar? Steel town, weak canidate. Half time or "I'm Out!"?

    April 3, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. Name. Lisa

    Good riddance, Ricky. You're going down!

    April 3, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Al

    "Pennsylvania, you know me." Yes we do. That's why we voted you out of office when you were our Senator.

    April 3, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. JB

    Half time? Can he tell time? Oh man ... the power of DENIAL... and that is SO NOT a river in Egypt as a great professor of mine would say!

    April 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. Name

    Very good Mr.Santorum dont give up keep going all the way until the convention.In the end you are making Obama a big favor.

    April 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Ricky L

    It's halftime and the score is 48-3.

    April 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. George Manz III

    I live in PA and the only reason Santorum lost his seat in PA was the anti-bush drive to kick out republicans.
    He is the more conservative

    April 3, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. An American

    Sanitorium should leave the race-that will give him so much time to try to turn the social clock back on America by oh..say..60 years....

    April 3, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. The dreamer

    It's not "halftime", Ricky boy. It's game, set and match.

    April 3, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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