Santorum returns to Iowa, but not for Romney
June 29th, 2012
12:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum returns to Iowa, but not for Romney

(CNN) – Rick Santorum visited all 99 counties in Iowa before winning the most votes in the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses. In mid-July he'll return to the state, though his official schedule doesn't mention any events with now-presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum's trip was announced through the Red, White and Blue Fund, a super PAC that supported the former Pennsylvania senator during his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. The group billed the visit, slated July 10-11, as an opportunity to "say thank you to supporters, campaign on behalf of several Iowa candidates, and take part in a press conference."

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Santorum will make stops in Iowa City, Bettendorf, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, Coralville and Windsor Heights during his two day trip, with venues including BBQs, a breakfast, and fund-raisers for three Iowa congressional candidates.

Not included? Any mention of events to rally for Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee that Santorum endorsed in a late night email in May.

Romney finished second in the Iowa vote count in January, coming within 50 votes of Santorum. The state, which carries six electoral votes in November's general election, is labeled a "toss up" on CNN's Electoral Map.

Santorum's announcement came the morning after he trashed the health care law Romney enacted while governor of Massachusetts, saying the measure pushed through by the GOP presidential candidate left the Bay State with high costs and uninsured citizens.

"I think what you're seeing is it hasn't worked in Massachusetts," Santorum said of the law on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

He continued: "Health care costs in Massachusetts are number one in the country. They have a series of problems with people who decide to take the tax, in other words, pay the fine, instead of buying insurance, because it's cheaper. It doesn't work."

Asked why Romney would make a good pick for president if his record on health care in Massachusetts was so dismal, Santorum said Thursday that Romney himself had acknowledged mistakes in the measure.

"What he said is they did some things right. They did some things wrong. He learned from those mistakes. I'm using his language," Santorum said.

Romney has said that there were things he would do differently on the Massachusetts health law if given the chance, though he still stands by the measure as necessary and successful in the Bay State.

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Watch your back Willard!!
    GOP you'd better try for a do-over at the convention, because you're trotting out a dude that is going to get trampled. He has no credibility on anything he rails about. Jobs, healthcare, foreign policy, relating to non-millionaires....Willard is a liability.

    June 29, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I cannot believe that Santorum would not campaign for Romneycare. Romneycare funds abortions in MA, and the teavangelicals must be beginning to see that they were sold a worthless candidate in Mittens.

    June 29, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. miles

    Off and running for 2016!! May-be we'll put Mitt-flip on his ticket?

    June 29, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Romneycare = Tax = End of story

    How did Romney fool the Tea Party?
    They should simply go home and concede defeat.

    June 29, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick is beginning to see support for Mittens is crumbling, and will be ready in 2016. Maybe then, the GOP will have someone other than Prince Reebus, and will not be stealing delegates from Paul and Santorum to get Mittens convention delegates.

    June 29, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Kimberly

    He KNOWS romney will not be winning in November, like most Americans know, so he will not support him, and look stupid. He is sewing up Iowa for his presidential run in 2016. Anyone with a brain KNOWS this! He wont beat Clinton in 2016, but he WILL be running!

    June 29, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Must be nice to have all that extra money for a useless trip.
    It didn't work in Massachusetts? My brother in law will be surprised that it doesn't work in his state.
    The whole teapublikkkan party flip flops. I sort of like when they start eating their own. I don't see that much love behind the bishop for 2012. They are literally biting their tongues and sometimes those pesky, I don't like you, words come out.

    June 29, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |