Santorum enjoys three strikes
April 4th, 2012
09:47 PM ET
3 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. anagram_kid

    Sen. Santorum said, “…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.”
    It will be years before the GOP has such a candidate. When your base is a collection of anti X (women, intelligence, change, progress, innovation, education and reality) you get the current crop of GOP candidates.

    Obama 2012 – Because being president is a job for adults

    April 5, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "Don't embarrass yourself and wreck any hope of a future political career by forcing Romney to beat you in Penn."

    Don't embarrass yourself and wreck any hope of a future political career by continuning to speak publicly.

    FIFY.

    April 5, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. gg

    three strikes-your out

    April 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Lynda/Minnesota:
    "...extreme boredom of the candidates running. "
    ------------------------------------------------
    Lynda you voiced the array of emotions that I felt,still feel. It was so hard for me to believe that they were running the people they were running that it made me paranoid. I just KNEW there was some kind of nefarious plot afoot that we were not aware of. It turns out these clowns were the best of their no-crop season. Fine. Then I got stuck on laughter right around the Herman-Perry era. Gotta admit I miss those days. THOSE clowns were at least funny! Now I'm stuck on unbearable boredom. Even talking smack on this thread about Herman Munster Big-Head Romney is darn near impossible. He is unspiring. They are ALL unspiring. They've darn near bored me into a coma! lol!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 5, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. anark e

    If you're gonna play with the big boys you can't play with the green kiddie ball

    April 5, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)
    "They've darn near bored me into a coma! lol!"
    -----------------–

    Well, the good news for me is that I have managed to finish two quilts and shed 30 extra pounds this primary season...

    Let the GOPer yawnfeast continue much longer and I might end up needing a new treadmill.

    April 5, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. SP, PA

    What a Joke.. Santorum is not at all a conservative. He is just dancing in tune with the democrats to destroy GOP. He begged democrats to vote for him MI and Wisconsin. Media is exalting him to devide GOP base against failed Pres. Understand this GOPers or get doomed in the General election.

    April 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. True Conservative

    Rick is the proven conservative. Mitt is a proven weather-vane.

    April 5, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Ben

    "a trio of X's"? You mean like "XXX"?

    April 5, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. madison359

    That's a nice pic of St. Rick bowling with all of his pals.

    April 5, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ Lynda
    LOL! Good use of downtime!

    April 5, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Greenspam

    Today Santorum says he bowls like the top 1%.

    April 5, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    PA needs to think before voting Santorum, he can't beat Romney and he knows it, he's trying to win his old Senate seat back in PA.

    April 5, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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