May 5th, 2014
07:21 PM ET
8 months ago

Crossfire: Santorum doesn't think Rand Paul would win GOP nomination

(CNN) – Rick Santorum said Monday he doubts a Libertarian-leaning candidate, like Rand Paul, could be nominated to lead the Republican Party in a presidential election.

Asked by co-host Van Jones on CNN's "Crossfire" if he could support the Kentucky senator if he winds up running and is nominated in 2016, Santorum said he doesn't think he’ll have to consider that ultimately.

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"Well, first off, I don't think that will happen because a Republican Party is not a Libertarian Party. It is a conservative party and it will nominate a conservative, not a libertarian," Santorum said.

Paul has been open about the possibility of running.

Likewise, Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 presidential candidate, is also eyeing another bid.

Santorum is an arch-conservative who gave Mitt Romney a run for his money in key conservative states last go-around.

Related: Santorum 'very open' to another presidential bid


Filed under: 2016 • Crossfire • Rand Paul • Republican Party • Rick Santorum
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Santorum nor Paul have a chance .

    They are both lounge act's and always will be.

    However , Rand Paul can sing and do Huey Lewis and the News impersonations .

    May 5, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Santorum may be correct, but I think Paul has a better chance than he does. I'd think that Paul should be the Libertarian candidate rather than the Republican.

    May 5, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Amazing

    Well, we know Rick won't win the nomination either!

    May 5, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats AXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Ricky Santorum and Rand Paul will be long gone by then.

    May 6, 2014 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  5. Don John

    Although he may be right, I think the Republican Party tends to nominate the most moderate candidate available in the field that's running. The ubber conservatives like Santorum and Huckabee didn't do well in the last two cycles and Bush could hardly be considered a conservative, although I'll agree he was more conservative than his two opponents. The real problem hamstringing the republicans is that they have allowed the ultra conservative wing of their party to hijack the platform committee thereby hamstringing their candidates with ridiculous positions like the personhood amendment and gays are an abomination and shouldn't by allowed to marry. The republicans as a whole over cater to their right wing, giving up the moderates to the democrats. It's an interesting proposition because moderates and democrats as a whole tend not to vote while right wing republicans always vote. It's kind of like "a bird in hand is worth two in the bush"

    May 6, 2014 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Too early to agree with the sanatorium but he's right. I do hope he doesn't think that he is going to fail again.
    For starters how many times can you use the illness of your daughter as a sympathy card?
    You are waaaaaaaaaaaay too much of a rightie and you would never even get close to the middle like the twit did who went from semi liberal to right wing nutso and lost big.

    May 6, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |