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. lyad

    What are any of these clowns doing in Puerto Rico anyway? By being a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico cannot vote to elect a U.S. President, so then why are there any 'delegates' to be had from down there? What kind of a 'double talk' is this?

    March 19, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. nolimits3333

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 8 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 22 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    March 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Tony

    Rick Santorum is so radical on nearly every issue that he would be a danger to the country if he were ever elected.

    His sourgrapes comments coming on the heals of a massive Romney win in Puerto Rico shows he isn't just radical, but classless as well.

    March 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. ned

    Regarding flip-flopping: Romney has a high IQ, like Clinton has a high IQ. Remember when everyone constantly accused Clinton of being a "camilleon", the forerunner of a flip-flopper? They are pragmatists who govern in subtleties, instead of being bull-headedly simplistic. The kind of men who make good presidents.

    March 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Rsprings

    Santorum is to "principled" to realize, that there is history that may cause one to be flexible. America, has an English speaking heritage. Puerto Rico has a Spanish heritage. The US acquired Puerto Rico as a result of a treaty ending the Spanish American had been under Spanish rule for 400 years. Puerto Ricans do not want to give up their heritage any more than Santorum would give up his faith.

    March 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Liili

    Santorum isn't christian-like at all! He's the epitome of a hypocrite!!!! This great country certainly deserves better competing to be the most powerful! And he thinks Pres. Obama isn't good enough!! More importantly why does Rick Santorum refer to former Gov Romney as Gov. and the POTUS as Barack or Obama? Just asking.......

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. TJeff1776

    Santorum is a young man with a few "tricks of tha trade" yet to be learned. Lets face it, he put tongue in motion BEFORE mind in gear. He did a dumb thing but attempts UNsuccessfully to silver-tongue it. Limbaugh has the same problem- but more deep-seated.

    March 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. REG in AZ

    Nobody said that any of them had any class ... and they just continue to prove it.

    March 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. cgs

    In the past when a candidate could see that he wasn't going to get enough delegates to be the nominee he would gracefully bow out of the race. I think Newt and Santorum have bought into the liberal notion that "everyone wins...everyone gets a trophy...we don't keep score...there are no losers... It makes them look pathetic!

    March 19, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    @nolimits3333, now what is an intelligent person such as yourself doing trying to make a point using facts?? You know the rethugs know one thing and one thing only, spreading lies and fear. Awesome comment btw.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 19, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Kareen

    I am watching this campaign from another country and I can't believe what these clowns are saying to the voters and what is even worse is, that some folks believe them.
    Santorum calls himself a religious person, but for some of the comments made by him I hope he rots in hell.
    President Obama is on the side of Pornagraphers seems to be the latest.
    God help you all if the people are stupid enough to vote for this sad person.

    March 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. felix

    And this is why Mittens will win the nomination. But not until these two guys do some serious damage to each other right up until the convention. Then they will meet a ready President, with a strong ground force and re-election budget amid a strengthening economy. The GOP's best hope is that gas prices stay high, and suckers believe that only a Republican can immediately make them lower again if elected.

    March 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. J.Crobuzon

    There's something brainsick about the guy. He seems to actually believe his own talk.

    March 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Stop whining Rickie. Don't blame Romney because YOU shot yourself in the foot. Maybe you should think more before you speak?

    March 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. 333gtx

    It is not surprising many Americans do not know they do not elect the president.

    March 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Saboth

    Romney's job creation: More minimum wage jobs for the local stores put out of business by mega billion dollar corporations. "I look forward to firing mom and pop, BUT...I look forward to rehiring them back at half their wages later!"

    March 19, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Peggy

    Reverend Ricky once again leads by example and we once again see how a true "Christian" lives by his values. Or perhaps it is situational ethics? Heaven help us if this self-appointed guardian of morality is ever elected.

    March 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Russell

    Hey, it's the Spanish Inquisition all over again!

    March 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    So much for grace in defeat, or the total lack thereof.

    March 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. J.Crobuzon

    "When Alaska and Hawaii, just to name two, became states they had to switch over to English. " Yes, but they all still speak 'Alaskan' at home, don't they? And people speaking "Hawaiian" is a big problem for tourists in Hawaii, I guess? What, it's not? Heck, next you'll be telling me "palin" isn't Alaskan for "blubber."

    March 19, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. texan

    Tweedle dumb and tweedle bumber. Neither is a viable candidate...........

    March 19, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. john

    not only is sanitorum expressing sour grapes, the subject line in the "congratulatory" email was purposely deceptive to get its recipients to read it! pitiful.

    March 19, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. EddyL

    Not a shard of class....

    March 19, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Rob

    Why shouldn't PR be a state, there are a lot more people who live there than some of our western states

    March 19, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Robert

    Now Santorum needs to go to Illinois and tell all the Ebonics speakers in Chicago that they will have to speak English to get welfare under his administration.

    March 19, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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