Santorum's congratulatory statement anything but congratulatory
March 19th, 2012
08:29 AM ET
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Santorum's congratulatory statement anything but congratulatory

(CNN) - Just a few hours after Mitt Romney's landslide victory over Rick Santorum in Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary, the Santorum campaign put out an e-mail release titled "Santorum campaign congratulates Romney on Puerto Rico victory."

But the statement Sunday night from the campaign of the former senator from Pennsylvania was anything but congratulatory.

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In the release, Santorum communications director Hogan Gidley said, "Rick Santorum has a consistent core – and he showed that when he went to Puerto Rico and took a locally unpopular but principled stance about English being the official language of America. Mitt Romney on the other hand, switched another one of his positions to gain favor in Puerto Rico, by saying that Puerto Ricans shouldn't have to learn English if they want to become a state. We all know Mitt Romney will do and say anything to get votes, and this is just another example of that."

Santorum did take a controversial stand on English as a condition for Puerto Rico's possible statehood last week in a newspaper interview on the island. He later said to an extent that he was misquoted or taken out of context.

He told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta that both English and Spanish should be required if Puerto Rico were to become the 51st state.

"Obviously Spanish will be spoken here on the island. But this needs to be a bilingual country, not just a Spanish speaking country," Santorum told Acosta.

The Romney campaign reacted to the Santorum campaign statement Monday morning.

"Sen. Santorum is lashing out at Mitt Romney because voters know we won't get the economy going again by replacing one president with no job creation experience with another with no job creation experience," Romney press secretary Andrea Saul told CNN. "Sen. Santorum doesn't understand how the economy works and also doesn't understand that English has been an official language of Puerto Rico for over 100 years."

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination, won more than 80% of the vote in Sunday's primary, capturing all 20 delegates at stake. Romney has a more than a two-to-one advantage over Santorum in the race for delegates, but he's still less than halfway toward the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Puerto Rico • Rick Santorum
soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. George McGlone

    Now, ...Let's see, ...What's the difference between Romney and Santorum? Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter, ...I'm not voting for either of these fools!, ...I'm smart, ...I'm voting for Obama!

    March 19, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. TommyD1956

    Is it required for Puerto Rico, or any territory, to have the English language as their "only" official language to become a state?
    Has it been "an" official language for 100 years?
    If it is not required "by law", then I would say Santorum was only trying to push his own private agenda on them.
    If it is not required, I'd say Romney was correct. If it is not "required by law", then it simply is not required. Period.
    Of course if Romney is just stating fact it will still be held against him by some!
    Wouldn't it have been nice if the article actually answered that question!

    March 19, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Tillie

    Rick Santorum 's honest and open desire to change our secular legal system into a Biblical theocracy based on HIS religion is reason enough to "Just Say NO" to the New Religious Republican Right – The American Taliban. As a catholic, I do not want my country run by the Catholic Church or Southern Baptists, Buddists, Muslims or any religion. I have no right to tell people how to worship their god, just as others have not right to tell me how I should worship mine. Keep religion out of our legislative system or we'll end up just like Iran – with a Christain version of Sharia law.

    BTW, there is no war against religion. I pray silently all day long because Jesus told me not to pray in public, but to go behind closed doors. He also told me not to brag about my charitable works. So, my question to Rick Santorum is, why are so many christians complaining about no being able to pray out loud in public when Jesus tells us not to do it in the first place?

    March 19, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Andy

    Does anyone honestly believe either of these guys can beat President Obama?

    March 19, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    It is really sad that in a country of more than 200 million, the best nominees for the highest office in the land are the four clowns now contending for the Republican nomination. On the other hand, the politicians have developed a nominating and campaign routine that is so punitive that only a masochist would want to attempt it. Add to that the fact that the process is so expensive that only those with money have a real say. (But don't tell the Supremely Stupid Court that; they wouldn't understand.)

    March 19, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. albert

    Interesting that the Bible says God is not partial (Acts 10:34,35) Santorum is just another make pretend Christian looking for votes. And Romney is also a make pretend Christian.

    March 19, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Phil

    @ Rudy kidding....a company that exist to make money for its investors. Now thats a novel idea.

    March 19, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Kris

    The GOP doesn't really want to win the Presidency, that's why they can't come up with any better candidates. They would rather increase their vote in the House, win the Senate, and obstruct all of the White House initiatives. Then, when everyone is tired of nothing getting done, they'll take back the White House in 2016, and control all 3 branches of government (including judicial.)

    March 19, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. albert

    Hey Tillie, didn't Jesus also tell you not to practice Pagan customs and not to practice Idolatry?!? Funny how YOUR house of worships is full of this garbage. Look up the origins of Christmas and Easter. You hypocrite!

    March 19, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Stan

    Of course Romney said Puerto Ricans didn't have to learn English to become a state. This would have offended his oversea workers that work for his companies.

    March 19, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. GI Joe.

    Rick is a very hate-filled nasty person hiding behind what he thinks the pope wants him to say in order to gain rule over this country.


    March 19, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Undoubtedly, a man of great faith. Yes! faith, greed, all the sins needed to be a politician rolled into one. What a pile.

    March 19, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. mm

    I need to learn the Republican language. It is nothing I have ever learned in my higher education, world travels, wars and/or life experiences.

    March 19, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    steven harnack
    I say let it ride right thru November. Obama/Biden 2012!

    March 19, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. kevin

    Two more reason to vote for Romney. Fist Santorum winning with the help of democrats who know that he is a weaker candidate. Second, Romney,s wins in Florida and PR clearly shows that catholics and latinos will vote for him in November, not for Obama.

    March 19, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Coolheaded

    Santorum: snark, not smarts. Cry babying, not class. Epithets, not experience. He and Gingrich are out of the running. Now if he'd just stop running his mouth. Sanatorium has lost the chance at ever leading the party in the future.

    March 19, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. HIppoCritter

    I think Republican politicians should be required to speak English.

    March 19, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Tillie


    Hey Tillie, didn't Jesus also tell you not to practice Pagan customs and not to practice Idolatry?!? Funny how YOUR house of worships is full of this garbage. Look up the origins of Christmas and Easter. You hypocrite!

    March 19, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
    A christian Catholic hater, Al or just comprehension issues? You mind your religious beliefs and I'll mind mine. I don't push mine on you & you don't push yours on me. You focus on your family and I'll focus on mine. Deal?

    March 19, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Johan S

    Wait, now Rick Sanscrotum is in favor of bilingual education? He says "english should be the national language" but "we need to be a bilingual nation"? That's equally as flip flop as Romney .. Anyway I thought bilingual education would cause people's kids to be indoctrinated by foreign commie or muslim propaganda right under their noses .. Suddenly we need to be a bilingual nation?

    March 19, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Brian G

    There goes Santorum again, devoid of the facts. He may as well go "all in" and choose Palin as his running idiot. Together, they can start the Fiction Party, one day hoping to change the name America to Bible Land.

    March 19, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Brian G

    Kris nailed it. Even George Will believes the White House is unwinnable for the GOP at this point. He's made the assertion that campaign money would be better suited in the Senate races. Only problem is that the Dems may win back the House. Having control over the Senate with Dems in the WH and HOR is futile.

    March 19, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Does anybody really care what language they speak in PR?!! They are NOT going to become a state. They need to be set lose to become a country or team up with somebody else because they cost this country more than they are worth.

    March 19, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Skip Glanz

    What a Tea Party puppet. Santorium is stuck in the fifties, where women stay home and minorities keep suffering. By minorities I mean the majority of Americans who do not follow the Tea Party doctrine. Stupidity breeds stupidity. Apparently neither candidate has a position on any of the problems facing America. All they do is ridicule each other and that makes them both LOSERS. America could be the biggest loser if either of these fools get in.

    March 19, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Phil wrote on page 10.

    @ Rudy kidding....a company that exist to make money for its investors. Now thats a novel idea.
    Your sarcasm makes it sound as if you missed the point. The point is that the Bain Capital's only motive was to turn a profit. It was not the benign job creation engine that Mitt Romney wants to make it out to be. Like I said earlier, the more paychecks you have, the smaller your bottom line. If you want to turn a larger profit, you have to reduce waste and costly expenses.

    March 19, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. jess

    Funny how the Mormon beat the Catholic 83% to 8% in an overwhelmingly catholic territory. Just goes to show you that most people would like to keep their faith in their homes and churches, and away from the TV news cameras.

    March 19, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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