Santorum enjoys three strikes
April 4th, 2012
09:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum enjoys three strikes

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - In this contest, Rick Santorum enjoyed having three strikes against him.

With a trio of “X’s” next to his name, the Republican presidential candidate dominated a game of bowling against a small group of family and staffers Wednesday night in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Clad in a cream and black bowling shirt – embroidered with “Rick 2012” at his chest - Santorum showed off his bowling prowess: carefully grabbing his bowling ball, steadying his gaze and knocking down pins with near precision.

Ten frames later, the candidate stood with an impressive haul: three strikes, two spares and a few nines.

Final score: 145 – the highest of his group.

A day earlier, Santorum couldn’t catch a lucky strike.

The candidate suffered a trio of primary losses in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia to Mitt Romney, his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination. That prompted growing calls for Santorum to exit the race.

Earlier Wednesday, the candidate vowed to continue. Santorum even warned that negative attacks from Romney supporters would fall short in Pennsylvania, where Santorum served two terms as senator until 2007.

Just before bowling, Santorum attempted a knockdown of a different kind.

On a day of repeated questioning about when and if he may get out of the race, reporters asked the candidate, yet again.

“All these folks asking questions every five minutes, ‘When are you going to get out of the race?’ for the last week. And yet, [Romney] only won by just a handful of points [in Wisconsin],” Santorum said.

“I mean, for me the story is why is he not just blowing the doors off this thing? And why is it that we're able to hang in there. And the reason is, is the reason we are going to do well here in Pennsylvania: folks want someone that they can get excited about, who they can trust, who they think is authentic, who can battle Barack Obama and effectively defeat him in the general election.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Bryce

    3 strikes...now you're out...of the race. Seriously, Santorum, go home. Come back in 2020.

    April 4, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Levi

    Give me a break. He still won!!! It doesn't matter if it's a blowout or by a couple of points. At the end of the day, he won and you lost. That's all that matters. Say all you want, but you can't get over the fact that more people voted for him than voted for you. Plain and simple. You can't put a spin on that.

    April 4, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Brian Dodge

    Only three strikes?

    1. creationist
    2. anti women's right to choose
    3. antiscience global warming denialist
    4. anti college education
    5. Lied about UC teaching American history
    6. lied about Netherlands euthanasia
    7- ?
    8- ??

    I'm sure you can think of more.

    April 4, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Pat in IL

    Seriously? He actually thinks he is " hanging in there" when it's really just a case of refusing to bow out because he can't do math....like Newt.

    April 4, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Bowling will not help. I noticed there were no other bowlers in the place. He was in Calif last week and about a hundred people showed up, the place could hold about a thousand. Tisk tisk.

    April 4, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    Well what should come next hmmmmmmm. Three strikes a
    nd he's out?

    April 4, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. Peikovianyi

    He should vote in Gettysburg. It's all downhill from there.

    April 4, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Albert Enernie

    Santorum: "folks want someone that they can get excited about". So I get that the republican base isn't super excited about Romney, but Santorum needs to realize that he is doing substantially WORSE than Romney. The masses are not getting excited about Santorum, in fact their enthusiasm is waning. Time to get out Ricky.

    April 4, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. Pedrons

    Hang on Rick!! never loose hope

    April 4, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN READING,OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS,,,,RIGHT HERE IN COMMENTS....SANTORUMS THIRD STRIKE IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN PENNSYLVANIA......... I get the distinct impression that they don't like him very much !!!!!!! It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy....Women are speaking...AND HOW!!!!!

    April 4, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. unretired05

    Well, Rick I hate to break it to you, but when you describe what "people want" that's certainly not a description of you.

    April 5, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Thomas

    When he finally realizes he's out of the race. I hope he doesn't take it out on his kids, he's already dragged them around the country like luggage.

    April 5, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. Tired of republican lies

    Big deal...I had a 195 avg in my league...he's got nothing in trying to connect...his other views suck, just like the rest of the Gobptp....

    April 5, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  14. Tired of republican lies

    So what!!! Can you beat the 10 in a row that I had???I'm a woman...so what are you telling me????

    April 5, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  15. Name: DParke

    Rick get out! It's time to get out of the way so we can get Obama out. Get over it, so we can get on w it!

    April 5, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  16. labman57

    Curious. A number of social conservative politicians have publicly declared that their political aspirations are the result of "speaking with God", some even going so far as to insist that their election campaigns were "God's will".
    Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Palin - all have cited divine intervention as a primary motivator in their quest for higher office, including the current battle for the presidency.

    And yet each has had his/her campaign for the 2012 GOP nominee either never materialize, quickly crash and burn, or in the case of Santorum and Gingrich, gradually founder.
    So what insights can we glean from this turn of events? Perhaps God is an Ashton Kutcher fan, as He appears to have punk'd each of these POTUS wannabes.

    April 5, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. Wow

    From the mouths of babes and we quote the rickster: "folks want someone that they can get excited about, who they can trust, who they think is authentic. Who they think is Authentic or who they know is Authentic? I know it's a leap but it just seems like that is the wrong phrase.

    April 5, 2012 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  18. Morning1Sun

    I say keep on campaigning. Why give Mitt Romney a sweet ride to victory.

    April 5, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  19. joe

    Santorum is totally triple X. lol.

    April 5, 2012 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  20. ouisee

    Santorum should not worry; Romney will add him in his administration. It looks like Rich Romney is going to be the next president of the United States. The lower paid in America will not vote, even if you give them a ride. That is too bad because they make up the majority of America. If they do not care to vote, then just leave them behind. Go Romney, get the beggars out of the way, and keep the rich in power. In addition, add Palin, Gingrich, and Santorum in your cabinet. That would be the dream team.

    April 5, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  21. s

    Sorry Lil ricky, NO One is excited about you, time to open your eyes and go back home and continue to teach your kids to hate.

    April 5, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  22. works4me

    It must be nice to have an entire bowling alley for you and your little group of friends.
    His next strikes will be at the plate in Pennsylvania Stadium, where he'll go down swinging.... yyyoooouuurrre OUT!

    April 5, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  23. Marie MD

    Glad to see that he found himself a job when all of this is over and done and he goes home to more home schooling of the stepford wife and children.
    Sorry but they all seem to be a little off. Just watch them when he is speaking about the British soldiers wearing crisp uniforms and even when he denied saying what he did about the flip flopper and his famous b s line.

    April 5, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  24. Name

    Cool, he played better than Obama played bowling with Wii. Oh yes, Obama did tell that he played better than any person in Special Olympic in Jay Leno's show.

    April 5, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  25. ouisee

    Good-bye Rick! Looks like Rich Willard (Mitt) is going to take the White House in storm. He does not worry about the poor, they do not vote anyway, even if you give them a free ride. Just leave them behind for not voting. His dream cabinet will be Santorum, Gingrich, Palin, and that other person from Wisconsin with the new budget. Oh, and do not forget the Hispanic from Florida. What a lovely team!

    April 5, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
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