Santorum: GOP Would Suffer Under Romney

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rick-santorumRepublican presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned Saturday that rival Mitt Romney would lead the GOP to defeat in the fall, and that even if Romney won, the party would suffer under the former Massachusetts governor’s moderate leadership.

“Even if we win,” Santorum said, “we lose.”

Santorum, a conservative former senator trying to slow Romney’s ascent in New Hampshire and South Carolina, declared that he will win the GOP nomination despite the GOP establishment’s backing of Romney.

“I’m running against the establishment,” Santorum told reporters before addressing an Atlantic/National Journal conference on the economy and the electorate. The conference focused on 11 Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor surveys released since 2009. “I’m the underdog.”

Santorum said his party has a habit of nominating moderate candidates who have been laying in wait and paying their dues. He said that’s not a good recipe for victory, pointing to the general election losses of John McCain in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996.

“Its Mitt’s turn,” Santorum said sarcastically. “Look how well we’ve done with that.”

Romney might be capable of defeating President Obama, Santorum said, but added that it would be a hollow victory because Romney wouldn’t represent the party as well as Santorum.

“Even if we win, we lose,” Santorum said. “We need somebody who’s not just rearranging deck chairs.”

{CBS News/Matzav.com Newscenter}

7 COMMENTS

  1. Romney’s more moderate positions make him a better candidate to beat Obama than Santorum.

    McCain didn’t lose because he was center-right. McCain lost because Obama destroyed him in the debates (which he will not be able to do to the more charismatic, quicker thinking Romney), Obama ran a great campaign, and the country (and particularly independents) was sick of Bush. And of course choosing an unqualified right-winger like Palin was the death blow to Mcain’s campaign (Almost everyone I know who was going to vote for McCain but didn’t, made their choice based on McCain’s choice of Palin for VP). Don’t be fooled by social conservative activists who’ll say that McCain lost because he wasn’t conservative enough and Romney will lose too. It is a totally false, self-serving analysis.

    Romney’s moderate record is the very reason why he consistently polls better against Obama than the rest of the field, including Santorum. Let no one tell you otherwise!

  2. #4, if you have something intelligent to say, why don’t you share it with all of us? If you have a specific criticism, why not voice it instead of hiding behind a vague cliche?

  3. Are conservatives really going to sit at home and not vote against Obama if Romney is the nominee? I highly doubt it.
    But crucial independents and Democrats looking for an alternative to Obama will most likely NOT vote for a Santorum, whereas they WOULD vote for Romney. The Republican establishment understands this. It’s simple logic. The polls show it again and again. Can anyone refute this sound argument intelligently?

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