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Santorum compares his strategy in Florida to McCain in ’08, says he can ‘surprise some people’

by Andrew Abramson | January 22nd, 2012

Rick Santorum on Sunday compared his chances in Florida to John McCain’s in 2008, saying Florida voters are just now starting to pay attention to the race. Santorum finished third in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, and was more than 20 points behind Newt Gingrich. Santorum and Gingrich are both vying for the conservative wing of the Republican vote.

“Our hope is to keep our head down a little bit and run a kind of campaign that you saw four years ago when John McCain came down,” said Santorum in Pompano Beach. “He didn’t spend a whole lot of money ,but he had two debates. If you look at what happened in South Carolina, pretty much it was that first debate that propelled Newt into a victory. It wasn’t money spent – (Mitt) Romney spent a lot more money than he did.

“People are taking a look at the candidates again in every state. …. People (in Florida) have been sitting on the sidelines not taking the race too seriously and now they’ll have to. This is their time to focus, and I’m confident as the next few days go by that our campaign is going to start to pick up some ground and I think we’re going to surprise some people as we have throughout the course of this campaign.”

But whether Santorum thinks he can “surprise some people,” or actually win Florida is questionable. Santorum said he might leave Florida after Monday’s debate in Tampa and return for Thursday’s debate in Jacksonville, saying “I’m not a believer in putting all the eggs in one basket.”

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6 Responses to “Santorum compares his strategy in Florida to McCain in ’08, says he can ‘surprise some people’”

  1. Dan Bogdan Says:

    wish Republicans would have a single candidate that would have the deep conservative convictions of Rick Santorum, the passion of Michele Bachman, the economic experience of Mitt Romney, the sharp ability for an effective debate of Newt Gingrich, the boldness and persistency of Ron Paul, the manners and diplomacy of John Huntsman and the southern flavor of Rick Perry, but… we don’t have such a candidate.
    With regard to myself…even though I may not be able(alone), to help him win the GOP nomination (according to the conventional wisdom of the GOP establishment…), I will stick with my deep conservative principles (as Santorum does), and support Rick Santorum for the GOP Primary.

  2. Sally Richards Says:

    There is no democracy or freedom of press after the coup. The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.
    http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com

  3. V Says:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/The-Santorum-that-America-doesnt-know.html?cmpid=125219969

  4. TRUST IN RON PAUL Says:

    SANTORUM IS N O T THE RIGHT CANDIDATE

    TO UPSEAT obama.

    THE ONLY GOP CANDIDATE THAT SPOUSES THE
    TRUTH, LOOK AT HIS RECORD, FOR HEAVENS
    AND OUR COUNTRY’ SAKE IS

    DR. RON PAUL:)

  5. Downtown Danny Says:

    Compare yourself to McCrazy is his new strategy?

    Now the U.S. voter is recognizing the Republican party of “less government” is the party that has and wants to give us more government!

    Who wants government in every womans life to stop her from making decisions about her own body? Republicans.
    Who refuses to tax & legalize pot even though you can buy it in any town in American & have been able to for years? Republicans.
    Who wants all gays kicked out of the military for what they do in their private life? Republicans.
    Who refuses to tax & legalize prostitution even though you can pick up a yellow pages in every town & find escort services? Republicans.
    Who refuses to let casinos bring high paying full benefit jobs to Florida? Republicans.
    Who lectured us about our own personal “family values” while their leaders were committing adultery themselves? Republicans.
    It seems Republicans are happy making bigger government to intrude into our personal lives.
    Now they tell us they stand for “less government” – but the facts & reality in our lives tell a different story.
    Bring on Willard or Newt the lech or belongs in a Santarium the nutjob or Paul the flake – ITS OBAMA IN A LANDSLIDE!

  6. Illusions of grandeur Says:

    Newsflash: It’s over Rick.

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