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. GOP Observer

    Rick is better suited to managing a bolwing area than being in elected office –and I think he would be happier doing this.

    April 5, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. GI Joe

    It's free hotel and meals (with matching gov't funds). Why should he go home and pay his own way?

    April 5, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. joe smith

    well, we hope he gets the last laugh; on top of that, maybe he could convince some salvage company to remove the Japanese ship from the ocean, and make some real money from the scrap..by no, or Goverment wants to sink it, cause polution..is there no one in this couintry with at least a pea brain..

    April 5, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. Ed1

    That means you are out.

    Get out and unite the party or do you not get it.

    April 5, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. sacreblue2

    Old pinhead is just getting set up to be knocked down again by the voters in PA. Strike 3, you're out.

    April 5, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. R.I.P. Damon

    I wouldn't begrduge the senator too much on this...he knows that his campaign is hanging on by a prayer so he probably needs all the fun and relaxation he can get. After how long and brutal this campaign season has been, who wouldn't need it?

    April 5, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Flint Rock

    Yawn . . . We whipped his backside by 50 points last time he ran for public office in PA.

    April 5, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Bessy

    What fun ! Bowling in an empty bowling alley and then telling everyone what your score was. Ricky Boy is just one of the " plain " folk out having fun. Not !!!

    April 5, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. PJ/TX

    ".... he needs all the rest and relaxation he can get"....
    Fine, but rest and relax on your own dime. WE are paying for his secret service protection. Wonder if they like
    bowling.
    The campaign is "brutal" because the candidates are brutal. Their decision. Attack because they lack substance.

    April 5, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Jean

    No way will Santorum quit now. I can only hope that he fails to win Pennsylvania , maybe then he will get the message. Or maybe I should hope he ends up the winner in this awful mess. If he keeps talking then people will see more and more how he plans to run this contry. Scary! So far he has said he would work against contraception because it is "wrong", and he seems to be a first class war mongerer, For those republicans who talk about a smaller government it seems in reality they want to control our personal lives even down to our bedrooms.

    April 5, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Grady

    well, at least he has a possible "pro-bowling" carreer ahead of him after his election bid craters...

    April 5, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Dan

    Everyone knows that a 145 is poor to mediocre, as is the candidate.

    April 5, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Mike D

    Bowling is an affront to Christian decency! What kind of example is Santorum setting for the nation, for families, for children?! I am outraged!

    April 5, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Watching this year's Republican primary, I've run a full circle of emotions: amazement of the candidates running; extreme laughter at the candidates running; extreme boredom of the candidates running.

    Looks as if Mitt is it, and here I am back to amazement that the Grand Old Party has the audacity to think Romney has what it takes ... notwithstanding his extreme lack of appeal, his continual lies, and his absolute self serving grandiosity towards all that is - well - Mitt Romney.

    Obama/Biden 2012 (because the alternative will bring us right back to where we were economically in 2008)

    April 5, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Fritz

    "Ticker: Santorum's lucky strikes"

    I thought this would be about him huffing down some cigarettes or I wouldn't have hit the link.

    April 5, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. James PDX

    You gotta give Santorum credit; he could find a silver lining in catching the clap.

    April 5, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Santorum...three strikes...too easy. Pass.

    April 5, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. achepotle

    I like his common sense plans for America...banning birth control and building a fulp-sized ark in Missouri will get us back on track.

    April 5, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Sniffit

    Was it a turkey? How appropo that would've been.

    April 5, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Reasonable score. If he can get it up to around 200, he may have a chance for the Pro Bowlers' Tour. That has to be a lot less stressful than the job he is currently looking for.

    April 5, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Gimcy

    The press assigned to Santorum had to work pretty hard to make a story out of this mindless moment. I can't wait until April 24th so PA can let the rest of the country know what we really think of him....again....

    April 5, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Alger Dave

    I've backed Santorum all the way, but I too think it's probably time for him to drop out. Maybe after Pennsylvania. I don't see social conservatives (or anyone else for that matter) getting excited about Romney, but the GOP will have to learn another hard lesson (weren't we supposed to learn this the last time too?) – RINOs and/or candidates you cannot trust (read Romney) don't excite anyone, and will ultimately lose. The GOP candidate was going to have a hard time this go-round anyway, mainly due to the improving economy, but Romney will fail miserably for a whole variety of reasons. Santorum can no longer likely win, so he should probably bow out and cut his losses, as folks may otherwise blame him for Romney's impending meltdown in November. If the GOP cannot field a candidate that appeals to social conservatives (and Romney obviously does not), that candidate will lose the general election. We can now only hope that Romney doesn't 'sweep' a lot of the rest of the ticket with him.

    April 5, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. asdf

    So Santorum would beat Obama in a game of bowling...well, at least that's one thing.

    April 5, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Alger Dave

    Romney continues to solidly win all the states that have always, and will this fall vote Democratic. Good for him! Unfortunately he cannot win the battleground states (at all, or without spending 10-fold more than his opponents) and cannot win the conservative leaning states. I guess you could spin the latter to say that Romney will end up winning the Alabama's, etc. in the fall, and he probably will. However there's no good way to spin his struggle in the battleground states. Obama must be salivating over this election. He can probably mail it in right now. GOPers now need to focus on making sure we keep our majority in the House (and in our state gains from 2 years ago). You can bet the Dems won't spend too much on defeating Romney (as that should be easy), and will instead pour their resources into taking back the house and making gains in state races.

    April 5, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Don't embarrass yourself and wreck any hope of a future political career by forcing Romney to beat you in Penn. Get out now while you're still ahead in areas besides delegate count. You're young and could come back, just not right now. Think about your family Rick and choose wisely. Do not get caught up in the excitement of the moment.

    April 5, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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