Santorum benefits from staying in GOP race
April 5th, 2012
02:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum benefits from staying in GOP race

Washington (CNN) - Get out Rick, a growing Republican chorus says. Forget it, responds Rick Santorum to the calls to drop his increasingly long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The pressure to withdraw is actually incentive for Santorum to stay in the race.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Rick Santorum
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  1. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    He might win Pennsylvania, but he most certainly will not win general election. Women will remember come November! Obama 2012!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Dave

    I can see it now, Mitt breaking out his MARVELOUSLY heavy checkbook & blink, blink, blink. & Rick saying nope. & then Willard tells him well at least support my Keystone plan on sending all that supply out of the country when it comes to this country as my such & such of State when the time comes. Look Rick, I Willard mittens Romney have been officially be bought by BIG OIL. We must not let the Citizens of the United States keep this Supply. They , big oil, are giving hundreds of millions to find a way to cheat & Surpress as many elderly, Minority, Hispanic, & poor vote as possible. I am as we speak making it really tough in FL & Ohio & AZ etc for our citizens without proper State IDs to pull these Ds. I am Mr Personality & I wanna get all up in that startin an Arms race with our biggest Foe Russia!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Stay in Rick just to show Willard he's not entitled to anything. Then you can go back to whatever it is you do.

    Obama 2012

    April 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Peace

    I do not see the reason why Santorum should be force to get out. The primaries are set until June, Romney hasn't clinched the number yet as required. Why should anyone change the rules in the middle of the game??

    April 5, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Dave

    Look Rick, how would you like the secrets of hiding money away in tax free Swiss Bank accounts? & dont you wanna pay 13.8 % like me instead of the rest of the American suckers paying twice & 3 times that.? How bout a car elevator for your home?

    April 5, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Dave

    Come on Rick, I am gonna get a Halibutin of my own called Bain to supply everthing from tanks to cereal to clothes once I start ww3 with Russia & make BILLIONS for my mormon buddies. Ok how bout some majic underwear or even a planet of your own???

    April 5, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Santorum is even starting to fall behind Romney in Penn. Looks like Santorum wants the ultimate humiliation of losing his home state. Pretty dumb.

    April 5, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    Santorum is even starting to fall behind Romney in Penn. Looks like Santorum wants the ultimate humiliation of losing his home state. Pretty dumb.
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    Imagine how Tim Pawlenty feels right about now.

    April 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. deonna

    RS is ok , however NONE of the candidates are perfect (both sides). It's too bad some female voters (male) will choose to vote on a couple misinterpreted issues. I don't think women are any better off today than they they have been for several decades. Status quo. It seems RS stuck up for religious values. Even if you're not religious, gotta give him credit for taking on a hot...hot...topic.

    April 5, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    From loser of his PA Senate seat to campaigning for the highest office in the U.S. it's hard for Santorum to accept reality.

    April 5, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It says his personal opinon
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    As President of the United and leader of the Democrat Party he almost does not have a
    personal opinion. When he's standing in front of a podium with a seal of the President of the United States he is speaking as the President of the country. A President in his offical capacity saying he doesn't think the US Supreme Court doesn't have the right or power to rule legislation unconstitutuional is a blatant challenge of the Courts Constitutional duties. This is a very very dangerous and irresponsible thing to say and do. Obama shows he's either clueless or dangerous and either one is a big problem for this country.

    April 5, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – "This is a very very dangerous and irresponsible thing to say and do. Obama shows he's either clueless or dangerous and either one is a big problem for this country."
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    I guess Dubya standing on the aircraft carrier pitching his "Mission Accomplished" speech should rank right up there then. Admit it, you just like Obama! Got no issue with that, but reading the same old, same ole tired wingnut rhetoric and spoutrage is tiring at best. Could you once get off your horse and put some facts with your comments?
    Might garner you a little more respect than you are showing for the POTUS. Just sayin...

    April 5, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Dave

    i cant believe people are not feelin it with Mr Personality. Just caus he is a draft dodger & ruined a few hundred thousands peoples lives when he fired them & sent their jobs to China. & takes a billion in earmarks & wants to start an arms race with china & is Surpressinng millions of votes from thw workin men & woman & elderly & people of color, & wants to ship all the oil from the Keystone pipeline overseas, DOES THIS REALLY MAKE HIM SUCH A BAD GUY???

    April 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Gabriel

    I can;t blame the conservatives. I mean seriously you want someone who believes in Planet Kolob to be the most powerful man in the world? I'm serious! Mitt beliefs in a planet call Kolob which is by the throne of God.

    April 5, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Gabriel

    Santorum is actually quite smart and crafty! Yes he probably knows he is not going to win BUT if Romney loses to Obama (very likely) he can then say to the right wingers 'see told ya so! Told ya to vote a conservative!!! That alone will give him a lot of momentum and support going into 2016. That is his GOAL now. If Romney loses, you can bet Santorum will play the conservative angle for the next 4 years setting him up nicely for the 2016 primary and whoever that will be the democratic person then when it's all open season. I think it's safe to say Biden won't be running for 2016 assuming Obama wins 2012.

    April 5, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The REAL Truth - Could you once get off your horse and put some facts with your comments?
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    Facts? I direct you to Eric Holder's response to the court which explains it IS the duty of the US Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of legislation. Obama ignorant comments were in direct contradiction of the letter. He was also lying about being "unprecedented". So now Obama can claim title to being an incompetent constituional lawyer, as well as an incomptetent President. The more he speaks, the dumber he proves himself to be. He'd better stick to the telprompters.

    April 5, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. RJM

    Santorum isn't campaigning for President 2012. He's campaigning for Obama 2012 and Santorum 2016. And he should be ashamed of himself.

    April 5, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. The REAL Truth

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – He was also lying about being "unprecedented".
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    Well at least you admit that the GOP has been down the same path before ! :)

    April 5, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. DB

    Getting evangelicals to vote for a Mormon is as tough as getting a racist to vote for a person of color. Thankfully urbanization and growing numbers of college-educated adults are allowing people of all faiths to take on leadership positions. What we are seeing is the last gasp of the racist, bigoted and intolerant extreme-right wing of the party represented by Santorum. In 50 years we will have Mormons, women and blacks and any other person of qualification in leadership positions with a few enclaves of extremenly angry extremests posting comments on CNN. What a day that will be!

    April 5, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. thomas

    This is a perfect example of Ego and Denial working in the male brain !

    April 5, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "A President in his offical capacity saying he doesn't think the US Supreme Court doesn't have the right or power to rule legislation unconstitutuional is a blatant challenge of the Courts Constitutional duties. This is a very very dangerous and irresponsible thing to say and do."

    First, you've got a double negative in there, so I'll assume it's not intended and that you meant to regurgitate the baltant and intentional misinterpretation of what Obama said that has become a opint of fake outrage for conservatives this week. Second, complete crap. Nobody looking objectively at what Obama said and putting it in context would understand it to mean what you're purposefully misinterpreting it to mean. Grow up. This is just more conservative playground politics and feigned indignation. I repeat, GROW UP.

    "Obama ignorant comments were in direct contradiction of the letter."

    The only ignorance I'm seeing/hearing here is the willful and purposeful ignorance of people like yourself who want to sell a blatant misinterpretation of what Obama actually said and obviously intended in hopes it angers a few extra people.

    April 5, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |