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Amid sinking poll numbers, Santorum says voters like him the best, but think he can’t win

by Andrew Abramson | January 23rd, 2012

LADY LAKE — As Newt Gingrich surges and grabs much of the conservative vote that Rick Santorum covets, Santorum pleaded with an overflow crowd of close to 400 at a town hall in Lady Lake to go with their conscience and vote for him.

Santorum is polling at just 11 percent in Florida in two polls released Monday.

“I have the best positive-negative ratio of anyone in the race, but people say ‘he can’t win, so I’m not going to vote for him’,” Santorum said. “That is called a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Santorum said Gingrich has “a favorable/unfavorable that approaches 30 or 40 percent negative, whereas mine is like 5, or +1, depending on the poll you’re looking at.”

Santorum said GOP voters should choose the candidate they believe holds their values, because the eventual nominee will have the money and backing to compete against Obama.

“Does anyone doubt whoever is the Republican nominee will have all the money they need to run against Barack Obama?” Santorum said. “Whoever is the Republican nominee will be backed fully, completely and enthusiastically by the entire base of the Republican Party.”

As some conservatives have called on Santorum to drop out so Gingrich can pick up Santorum’s voters, Santorum spent much of Monday’s town hall avoiding direct criticism of Gingrich.

Santorum denied that there is a huge push for him to drop out of the race.

“It’s not a huge cry,” he said. “I think everyone realizes this race is going to change again in a week, change again in another week. If there’s one thing we’ve seen again in this race, it’s unpredictable.”

On Sunday in South Florida, Santorum was more critical of both Gingrich and Romney, taking numerous shots at Gingrich and his ties to Freddie Mac and Freddie Mae, as well as a voting record that Santorum said is not conservative.

But on Monday, Santorum said the focus should be on Obama, although he still took an indirect swipe at his opponents.

“If this race is about the Republican nominee and their inconsistencies, their problems and all the other issues revolving around them, folks, (Obama’s) $1 billion and the mainstream media will make this a very, very ugly election.”

Santorum did mention Gingrich’s unfavorable ratings and took a few mild shots at Gingrich, saying he has never run in a statewide race and he could never win in a Democratic-heavy district. Santorum said he showed his ability to attract Reagan Democrats by winning four of his five races in Pennsylvania, a swing state.

Santorum also criticized Mitt Romney, saying, “Mitt Romney’s run three times and lost twice. He ran as a liberal, a moderate and a conservative.”

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2 Responses to “Amid sinking poll numbers, Santorum says voters like him the best, but think he can’t win”

  1. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    The Bill of No-Rights

    We the latest generation of sensible people in the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the rewards of liberty to ourselves, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, hereby establish some common sense guidelines for those whiny, guilt ridden and delusional free riders.

    (A lot of good people are confused by the original Bill of Rights and thus are offered these corollary thoughts in simple language.)

    WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT:

    ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. You are sincerely encouraged and more power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

    ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc . . . but the world is full of idiots — and always shall be! Accept this and learn to ignore them.

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  2. kathy Says:

    You can’t be serious about abortion. Speak to women who have been raped and ask them if they can have the baby. If it were me I would not because it was forced upon me like your ideals. WONT HAPPEN :)

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