Santorum: Romney hasn't called me for VP vetting
July 9th, 2012
08:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Romney hasn't called me for VP vetting

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said in a Monday interview with an Iowa radio station that his party's presumptive nominee hasn't been in touch with his one-time rival as part of the vice presidential vetting process.

"You'd have to ask (former Massachusetts) Governor Romney who he's considering," Santorum said, but "I haven't been in touch with the Romney campaign, so I suspect that we're not under active consideration at this point."

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Santorum said selecting the No. 2 is an "important decision."

"I suspect it will be a solid conservative and someone that we can get excited about," he told Radio Iowa.

Santorum won the Iowa lead-off caucuses in January and came closest to Romney in the race for the Republican nomination. Santorum won 261 delegates before dropping out in mid-April as the delegate math appeared stacked against him. He later said other factors, including the health of his youngest daughter, played a role.

He has planned a series of campaign and meet-and-greet events in the first-in-the-nation caucus state through Thursday.

Echoing comments made by other possible vice presidential candidates, Santorum told Radio Iowa that he wants "to do whatever we can to be helpful to Governor Romney" and sees himself campaigning for other Republicans.

"If my campaigning will be of help to candidates, conservatives who want to come to Washington, D.C., and want to shake things up and really return this country back to the governing principles that made it the greatest country in the history of the world, then I'll be active and involved," he said. "At least a lot of folks are calling and asking for help, so that's a good sign that maybe we can be helpful there."

Asked whether Romney was properly "prosecuting" the campaign against President Barack Obama, Santorum did not offer a clear opinion of Romney's campaign style, but said that the driving "issue in this race has to be Obama."

"Right now, there's just a barrage of back and forth," he said, "and I'm not too sure a whole lot of people are paying a whole lot of attention to it at this point."


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. 333maxwell

    Dear Rick Santorum.

    Governor Romney may not be running the best campaign here, but he is not 'totally' bat crud crazy.

    Signed, your Mother.

    July 9, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Charles Moore

    And if I were you, Rick, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting.

    July 9, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rick ought to avoid any contact with Mittens. Romenycare in MA pays for abortions, and that is a teavangelical no no.

    July 9, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. pennsylvania sage

    Pennsylvanians learned the hard way: never believe a thing this man says. I'm proud that I never voted for this big-government theocrat.
    Check his wife's personal history, Santo's theft of tuition and the house he claimed as his residence, plus the mortgage for his real home.

    July 9, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has $100 million in a tax retirement account. If we give the maximum legal amount of $15,000 per year for 660 years, we to will get to $100 million.

    July 9, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Dang... don't you hate it when they have their way with you then don't call? It makes you feel so cheap and used...

    July 9, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Stu Steinberg

    Thank, God, that even Romney recognizes that Rick Santorum is a far right-wing, fundamentalist Christian extremist. He, and those like him–such as Rick Perry–seek to replace our democratic republic with a Christian theocracy where biblical law will rule us. He and the rest of this crowd are inherently anti-Semitic since they believe that only their religion, only God as they see him or her, is the true God and that the rest of us are heathens. They are the American version of the Taliban and believe that women are not equal and should have no control over their bodies, which they see, like the Taliban, as man's prerogative. As far as I am concerned, Santorum and his followers are preaching sedition. It is also clear that there are elements within the radical Christian community who believe that violence against the government and citizens is necessary when, for instance, dealing with the abortion issue. Santorum has never said a single word condemning these factions who have supported his various political candidacies. Finally, he, like Romney, is another flag-waving pseudo-patriot who never served in the military and has not done a single thing in his life to make things better for the poor, the elderly, veterans, or minorities.

    July 9, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    Don't feel too bad, Rick. He hasn't called me either!

    And we both say such nice things about misty.

    July 9, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Well, he hasn't called me, either.

    July 9, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    .....because you both are idiots of this nation, and GOP is cult. Nation knows, world knew.

    July 9, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Poor sanatorium. It's bad enough that the rethugs can't come up with a better candidate so he thinks that he is going to be vp? The bully and the stepford man.
    What a pair without a pair on either of them.

    July 9, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Karl Jonas

    as if...

    July 9, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Besides my continued asking of THE BULLY'S 2011 TAXES what is it with that look that the bishop has?
    It's really creepy!!!

    July 9, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. sittingduck

    C'mon Rick! Were you really expecting that call.

    July 9, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. FlotsamJetsam

    If I were Rick Santorum I wouldn't be holding my breath waiting .......

    July 9, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Ed R

    Santorum's nasty gibes during the primary campaign are enough reason to ignore him. Eminently inelectable, it seemed that he was on a vendetta, not an honest campaign with policy differences. His dislike of Romney expressed itself in disagreeable facial expressions and body language. It reminded me of Al Gore's behavior. Like a bad cold, he refuses to go away.

    July 9, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that Romney would be interested in someone who had a stick up his... a rigid conservative like Santorum. It is likely that Santorum couldn't really deal with Romney and his flexible positions and no so conservative stances.

    July 9, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. Tam

    So Romney has a few grey matter cells left after all. Who would want this guy as VP?! Oh, maybe Sarah and Michele would.

    July 9, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    uh don't expect that phone to ring anytime soon Ricky.....especially since according to you Romney is the WORST candidate to run against the president.

    July 9, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. enuff

    Did he really think he would be considered? It has been quite obvious that these two men do not like each other.

    July 9, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. MrManhattan

    Rick, if Mittens wants a wacko VP, Michelle Bachmann has you beat hands down!

    July 10, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. Thomas

    Dose Rick have call waiting on his phone plan ? My gut feeling is he might be waiting a long long time.

    Remember Rick , Expectations can be a real let down !

    I was hoping to see them both wearing those cute sweaters on the trail together.
    Rick has a better chance at touring with Pat Boone .

    July 10, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. windows

    Romney needs to keep away from this nut if he wants to have a decent chance of winning the election. He has huge problem with women as it is – put this guy on the ticket and its over. Even his endorsement of Romney was the lamest endorsement that I have ever heard. In another note both Obama and Romney simply suck.

    July 10, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  24. n

    Romney is not the one . . . period.

    July 10, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |