Santorum Says He’s Not Dropping Out Even If He Loses In Wisconsin

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santorumGOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said his campaign will not end Tuesday, even if he loses the Wisconsin primary.

“We’re moving forward, we’re setting up our teams for the 26th. The map in May looks very, very good for us,” Santorum said on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Santorum also emphasized he is not worried about his home state, Pennsylvania. The former senator said he had “a strong conservative base in the state,” disputing numbers which show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner, gaining support there.

When asked if he would consider running for president in 2016 if he lost this GOP race, Santorum said he was focused on 2012.

“If you listen to the folks across this country, we need a conservative,” Santorum said.

“In 1976 the Republican party made a mistake in not choosing Ronald Reagan, [choosing a moderate] and lost … All I can say is, I’m not thinking about the future. We need to win 2012 and re-elect a conservative in 2016,” he explained.

But Santorum still faces an uphill fight with Romney seen as the presumptive nominee by many Republicans and Democrats.

Also appearing on Fox, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) focused on a Romney matchup against President Barack Obama in the general election.

Romney cannot relate to the average American, Dean said. That will make it difficult for the “moderate at heart” former governor to win the election, he explained.

Barbour, however, pointed to Obama’s poor record as the linchpin for whoever runs as the GOP nominee. The president cannot run on his record and that will be the end for his re-election campaign, Barbour explained.

“The case against Barack Obama is on his record … In this case the president’s policies are not only unpopular, they make it harder to make jobs,” said Barbour.

“If this election is about Obama’s policies, he will lose.”

{The Hill/Matzav.com Newscenter}

4 COMMENTS

  1. Give it up already Santorum. You’re only fracturing the party further. You’re not going to win. Get it through your thick head. You’re not going to win. Romney needs all the time he can get to focus his campaign against Obama, and he needs you to get behind him and tell your base to vote for him even though he’s a Mormon and even though he’s more moderate than you are. Why can’t you do what’s right for the country instead of clinging to your own desperate, selfish hopes of becoming president?

  2. 3. Comment from TorahYidKS
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    April 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Give it up already Santorum. You’re only fracturing the party further. You’re not going to win. Get it through your thick head. You’re not going to win. Romney needs all the time he can get to focus his campaign against Obama, and he needs you to get behind him and tell your base to vote for him even though he’s a Mormon and even though he’s more moderate than you are. Why can’t you do what’s right for the country instead of clinging to your own desperate, selfish hopes of becoming president?

    No, TorahYidKS, you give it up. Your “inevitable” candidate hasn’t yet garnered even half of the requisite number of delegates, and my friend, are you, like the Palestinian Gov. Sununu, trying to disenfranchise over 40% of the country’s electorate?

    Look, I verily admit that my candidate has a much harder time than yours in getting the nomination. But it’s my no means impossible. Why do you consider him “selfish”? And “what’s right for the country” is not having an elitist, lying, vacillating, Rockefeller Republican as President.

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