November 9th, 2012
05:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney lost by playing defense, Santorum says

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered no insight into his own political future in a Friday CNN interview, but did offer his thoughts as to why the Republican nominee lost to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

"What Mitt Romney, in my opinion, didn't do was go out and vigorously defend the beliefs that he said he espoused and didn't go on the offense," Santorum said in an interview to air Friday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "And when you're playing defense, which is what I believe the campaign was doing and Republicans were doing generally throughout the course of this campaign you're not going to win.
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Filed under: David Petraeus • Rick Santorum • TV-Piers Morgan
October 24th, 2012
08:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Santorum: Mourdock criticism 'gotcha politics'

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on CNN Wednesday a U.S. Senate candidate's comment that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something that God intended to happen" has been misunderstood in a game of "gotcha politics."

Richard Mourdock, the Republican Senate nominee from Indiana, said at debate Tuesday he struggled with his position on abortion in cases of rape or incest.
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Filed under: 2012 • Richard Mourdock • Rick Santorum
Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin
September 26th, 2012
10:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin

(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday morning endorsed Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and made headlines for his controversial comments on rape earlier this fall.

On Tuesday – the last day Akin could legally request his name be removed from the November ballot – the congressman set out on a bus tour of the state. His move defied calls from a number of Republicans and GOP groups - including his state's Republican party - to quit the race, concerned his continued candidacy would challenge their chances of winning control of the Senate.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Jim DeMint • Rick Santorum
Santorum: Romney making inroads with blue collar voters
August 29th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Romney making inroads with blue collar voters

Wesley Chapel, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney is making strides in talking about issues important to blue collar workers, one of the GOP presidential candidate's former rivals said Wednesday.

Rick Santorum, speaking to Louisiana delegates at a hotel outside Tampa, said his win in the Bayou State's Republican primary in March was fueled by working and middle class voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
August 29th, 2012
02:50 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Santorum misleads on 'dependence'

(CNN) - Rick Santorum evoked the homespun values of hard work, education and family in his speech to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, but his math needs improvement.

The former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up in this year's GOP race criticized President Barack Obama during his convention speech for what he called a belief "in government handouts and dependency."

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Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney
August 28th, 2012
10:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Rick Santorum offered his most high-profile praise of former rival Mitt Romney during a speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday evening.

The former presidential candidate – who engaged in a prolonged and sometimes bitter battle with Romney before dropping out of the race in April – spoke highly of Romney and vice presidential nominee, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.
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Santorum releases delegates ahead of GOP convention
August 24th, 2012
01:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum releases delegates ahead of GOP convention

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who at one point was Mitt Romney's top rival for the GOP presidential nomination, officially released his delegates Friday and encouraged them to back Romney at next week's Republican National Convention.

"I am pleased to share the news with my supporters that I am releasing my delegates in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan so we can go in to next week's convention united and committed to defeating Barack Obama in November," Santorum said in a Friday statement. "This is our opportunity to energize our party with a strong, conservative ticket. I look forward to making the case on Tuesday night for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, because I believe their conservative policies will put our country back on a path to prosperity."
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
August 19th, 2012
12:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum calls Obama campaign 'divisive,' pointing to Biden comment

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who himself waged a bitter fight with Mitt Romney during this year's GOP primaries, said Sunday that a sharp turn to the negative in the general election fight between Romney and President Barack Obama is a product of divisive rhetoric from the president and his team.

"I don't get the sense that Gov. Romney is complaining about the negative attacks, but he will tell you as much as anyone else, you are in a political race and you are going to take the blows and go after each other," Santorum told CNN national political correspondent Jim Acosta on "State of the Union."
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Santorum
Santorum says Obama 'potentially' could gut Clinton's 'signature achievement'
August 9th, 2012
12:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum says Obama 'potentially' could gut Clinton's 'signature achievement'

(CNN) - Republican attacks against the Obama administration's changes to the way states administer welfare programs continued Thursday, though leading surrogates for Mitt Romney seemed less certain than when the attacks began that the changes would definitively end welfare's work requirements.

Speaking on a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum would only say that the changes would "potentially" gut the work requirements, a charge President Barack Obama's administration denies.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Santorum
Santorum, Bush, Paul to speak at GOP convention
August 7th, 2012
07:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum, Bush, Paul to speak at GOP convention

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who emerged as Mitt Romney's fiercest competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, will speak at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official tells CNN.

The former Pennsylvania senator is one of four Republicans including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who will be announced Tuesday as primetime convention speakers. They join seven others who Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Monday would address the convention.

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