January 26th, 2012
12:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum guarantees he's a candidate 'for a long time'

Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) – Rick Santorum guaranteed that he was committed to his presidential campaign Thursday, stating he knows the origin of rumors to the contrary.

"I know where they're coming from, they're coming from the other camps," Santorum told reporters after a town hall at Florida State University. "I get that. I don't think you've heard me say anything other than what I've said. I guarantee you. I guarantee you we're going to be in this race for a long time."

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Santorum
January 25th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum to prepare tax returns this weekend

Naples, Florida (CNN) – Rick Santorum told reporters on Wednesday that he plans to head home to Virginia over the weekend for the first time since Christmas to prepare his tax returns for public release and attend some fundraisers.

"Frankly, I've got to get home because everyone's asking for my tax returns," Santorum said. "I got to get home and I got to get these tax returns so everybody gets what they've been asking for. And so we're putting that together. I got to get home to do it and I want to get that issue, you know out there and behind me so I'm not the guy that's not doing their taxes."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Taxes
January 25th, 2012
12:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum says Obama SOTU pandered to blue-collar workers

Naples, Florida (CNN) - Speaking to a crowd of more than a thousand people at the First Baptist Church here the morning after the State of the Union, Rick Santorum praised President Obama's focus on manufacturing and said that it proved he was the right candidate to defeat him in November.

"I was very excited at the president's speech last night," Santorum said to laughter from the crowd. "I actually was because the President of the United States made the case for Rick Santorum to be the nominee of the Republican Party."

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Santorum
Santorum defends TSA profiling
January 24th, 2012
07:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum defends TSA profiling

Punta Gorda, Florida (CNN) - At a tea party rally here Tuesday evening on the banks of Charlotte Harbor, Rick Santorum offered up a vociferous defense of law enforcement profiling when asked about possible overreach by the Transportation Security Administration.

"We are spending billions and billions of dollars, wasting money, wasting time, delaying people. A United States senator's going to be secondarily searched? Oh everybody should be treated the same," Santorum said sarcastically, referring to a recent incident where Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was forced to miss his flight after refusing a secondary search. "Use common sense. Please."
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Santorum
January 24th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum on popcorn, candidates and Obama

Stuart, Florida (CNN) – Speaking on the baseball field here at Community Christian Academy, Rick Santorum reacted to his Monday night debate performance in Tampa by arguing he had risen above the fray.

"I felt for awhile, I have to tell you, that I should have been selling popcorn for awhile because you know the two candidates out there going at each other," the former senator said Tuesday of the lively exchanges between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich during the debate. "Which just really points out the fact is we need to make this campaign against the president of the United States - about the worst president this country has ever seen, Barack Obama."
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • President Obama • Rick Santorum
January 23rd, 2012
04:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum ignores charge Obama is a Muslim

Lady Lake, Florida (CNN) - During a town hall at an American Legion Hall here Monday afternoon, Rick Santorum was asked a question about President Obama's religion that's been a common refrain amongst certain Republicans going all the way back to 2008.

"I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not," the woman in the audience began. "He constantly says that our constitution is passé, and he ignores it as you know and does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim and my question is, why isn't something being done to get him out of government? He has no legal right to be calling himself president."
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Santorum
January 22nd, 2012
06:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum brushes off S.C., takes on Iran in Florida

Coral Springs, Florida (CNN) - Trying to brush off his third-place finish in South Carolina on Saturday, Rick Santorum went straight to Florida on Sunday in search of momentum.

Newt Gingrich's strong win in the Palmetto State was something of an equalizer, Santorum argued, emphasizing the importance of the January 31 primary here in the Sunshine State.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Santorum
Santorum: Campaign is surging
January 20th, 2012
11:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Campaign is surging

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Rick Santorum said Friday he has felt a "palpable change" in his campaign in the past 48 hours and now feels that he's surging into South Carolina's primary on Saturday.

"Early in the week I was sort of getting the sense, you know things weren't quite going exactly with the kind of enthusiasm – it was good, but it wasn't feeling exactly like I wanted it to feel," Santorum said at the Citadel Republican Society’s annual Patriot Dinner.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Paul's whistle stop tour of South Carolina
January 20th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul's whistle stop tour of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - At the second stop on what his campaign is calling a "Whistle Stop" tour of South Carolina, Ron Paul addressed a crowd of 50 or so supporters in a vast airport hangar here at the Charleston Air Force Base.

Telling the friendly crowd that his campaign is doing something "a lot different than what the other candidates are doing" by focusing on a strict interpretation of the constitution, Paul said his message is really starting to resonate.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • South Carolina
Romney the focus of questions at anti-abortion forum, despite absence
January 18th, 2012
10:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney the focus of questions at anti-abortion forum, despite absence

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Four of the five remaining presidential candidates appeared in Greenville, South Carolina Wednesday night at an anti-abortion forum sponsored by Personhood USA.

But the missing candidate – Mitt Romney – was nonetheless present in both the moderators’ questions and the answers from the GOP contenders.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
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