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Sunday
Jan202013

Rick Santorum: President Obama a ‘Sore Winner’

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Sunday accused President Obama of being a “sore winner” in his dealings with Republicans.

“That’s the problem with this administration. They don’t — they’re not very gracious winners. And I always said, you know, there’s one thing worse than a sore loser, and that’s a sore winner. And the president’s a sore winner,” Santorum said on “This Week.” “He could get something done on deficits and entitlements, but he’s got to move his people to do that, instead of forcing Republicans always to come his way. And that’s the problem.”

He also said there is real opportunity to achieve bi-partisan immigration reform.

“I think the Republicans are ready to do something on immigration. And, I mean, you saw Marco Rubio’s plan, which is pretty—pretty far down the road, looks a lot like what President Bush put forward four years ago,” Santorum said. “Yes, they’re willing to do it. But they’re not willing to give the president everything he wants, because I think they believe the rule of law still matters in this country.”

Santorum advised Congressional Republicans to stand their ground against Obama’s gun proposals and clashed with former Democratic Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm, who supports Obama’s efforts and also was on  the “This Week” roundtable.

“Deer don’t wear armor. Why do you need an armor- piercing bullet?” Granholm said.

“But criminals could -- having the ability to defend yourself is something that is a right in our country,” Santorum responded.

Santorum, chairman of Patriot Voices, also tweaked the president for what he argued was a lack of action to address the “glorification of violence” in film and TV.

“Not one thing the president did dealt with Hollywood and gun violence and video games and all the glorification of violence,” Santorum said. “Why do you need to protect Hollywood?”

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Tuesday
Aug282012

Rick Santorum to Press Welfare Attack Against Obama in RNC Speech

Scott Olson/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- He was perhaps Mitt Romney’s most bitter enemy during the protracted Republican presidential primary, but on Tuesday night Rick Santorum plans to give his most hearty pat on the back yet to a former rival he spent the better part of a year slapping in the face.

In his Republican National Convention speech, Santorum plans to take up the Romney campaign’s line of attack on President Obama’s handling of welfare reform, talk about getting Americans back to work and highlight the conservative principles he campaigned on during his own presidential bid.

Romney campaign strategist Russ Schfriefer said he had read the former Pennsylvania senator’s speech and that it was “particularly good." Another source familiar with the text said it “will tug at your heartstrings.”

Schriefer said Santorum would draw heavily from his own biography as the hard-working product of immigrants and speak about the “dignity of work.”

“I would cast it as a hopeful,” Santorum confidante John Brabender told ABC News in an interview. But he acknowledged that the former presidential hopeful would not be pulling any punches.

Brabender said Santorum viewed Obama’s handling of welfare as “very illustrative of the failure of his presidency.”

In the speech, 90 percent of which Brabender said Santorum wrote himself, he “contrasts what he believes this country was built on vs. Barack Obama and how the two seem to be dramatically opposed.”

Sources indicated that Santorum had been upgraded to a more coveted speaking slot at about 9:15 p.m. after originally being assigned an earlier one. His remarks are expected to clock in at about 14 minutes.

But Santorum’s role in Tampa this week goes far beyond his brief time at the podium in the convention hall on Tuesday night. He is also embracing a role he begun carving out during the primaries -- as one of most prominent leaders of the conservative movement.

Santorum has put together a “Patriots for Romney-Ryan 2012″ reception in Tampa’s Liberty Plaza on Wednesday featuring a "who’s who" of the conservative movement, including Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, Americans For Tax Reform’s Gorver Norquist, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and such conservative luminaries as Gary Bauer, Phyllis Schlafly and Richard Viguerie.

Some of these leaders publicly backed Santorum over Romney during the primary. In fact, after he dropped out of the race Santorum’s own loyalty to Romney appeared to be in doubt when it took weeks for him to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee. Since then he has only campaigned for Romney a handful of times.

But now that Romney has officially become the nominee of the party, Brabender said Santorum’s conservative credentials and his blue-collar roots could be an asset between now and November.

“We have to turn some conservatives from just being Romney voters to being Romney activists,” he said. “What is clear is that when he speaks, conservatives listen.”

And although he has, at times, been critical of Romney’s policies, Santorum loyalists said those differences would not be on display this week.

“This is Mitt Romney’s convention and Rick understands that,” former Santorum campaign communications director Hogan Gidley said in an interview with ABC News. “His speech will bolster the nominee’s argument that he’s the best person to lead this nation forward.”

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Friday
Jul132012

Rick Santorum to Hold First Campaign Event for Romney

Jay LaPrete/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will hold his first formal campaign event for Mitt Romney this weekend since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, sources close to Santorum tell ABC News.

Santorum, who emerged as one of Romney’s last opponents standing after a hard-fought primary season, will appear on Saturday at the opening of the Romney campaign’s Greensburg, Pa., victory office.  It’s familiar turf for Santorum who used to represent that area of southeastern Pennsylvania in Congress.

Up until now, the former rival has not been in close touch with the Romney campaign.  Santorum had said he was willing to campaign for the former Massachusetts governor, but since the meeting between the erstwhile foes in May there has been limited contact between the two camps, Santorum sources said.

Saturday’s event represents another step in the peace-making process between Santorum and Romney, and it is also a sign that the Romney campaign believes Santorum can be a helpful surrogate in the country’s economically-struggling Rust Belt area.

Santorum was asked to participate in the Greensburg office opening by the Romney campaign and Republican party officials, and “he was happy to accept the request,” according to a source familiar with the planning of the event.

But ever since he ended his own presidential bid in April, Santorum hasn’t always sounded like the most enthusiastic Romney backer.  The candidate, who in March called Romney the “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” was asked in an interview on CNN last month if he now “trusts” the presumptive GOP nominee.

“Well, I trust him more than I do Barack Obama,” Santorum told CNN’s John King.  “This election is about a choice.”

Santorum’s campaign appearance for Romney comes on the heels of a two-day tour of Iowa this week, which invited speculation about whether the former senator was going back to the state that handed him a belated win in the presidential caucuses not only to say “thank you” to his supporters there but also to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run.

Last month, Santorum also launched a new independent group called “Patriot Voices,” which he formed to promote the conservative causes that were the hallmarks of his campaign -- from stem cell research to pro-life issues to foreign policy.  He has been backing candidates and sending out issue alerts as well as fundraising emails to his supporters, much like he did as a candidate.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Rick Santorum Heads to Iowa to Thank Supporters

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Iowa brought Rick Santorum glory -- belated glory, but glory nonetheless -- when he was finally proclaimed the winner of January’s Iowa caucuses.  Now, he’s heading back to thank those who helped him pull off the surprise win, launching a two-day trip there on Tuesday.

In addition to campaign events in Bettendorf and Dubuque on Tuesday, he will hold a thank you “meet-and-greet” barbecue lunch for his “Iowa supporters” in Iowa City.  

On Wednesday morning, he has an early event for a state representative in Cedar Falls and a morning press conference with Iowa conservatives in Coralville.  In the evening, he will hold another thank you barbecue for supporters in Windsor Heights.

While campaigning in Iowa, Santorum held town halls that lasted as long as any audience member still had questions, sometimes taking queries for two hours or more.  The former Pennsylvania senator will take a trip back down memory lane with another town hall on Wednesday, this time with congressional candidate Ben Lange.

The packed two days read like a campaign schedule for the candidate who dropped out in April, but spent the most time campaigning in Iowa, shaking hands and kissing babies, trying to earn a win there.  On caucus night, Romney was named the winner of the contest until the results were certified two weeks later, making Santorum the victor.

Santorum won’t be alone in Iowa on Tuesday: President Obama is campaigning in Cedar Rapids and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is heading there as well to bracket the president’s event and push their message.

The Red, White, and Blue Fund is Santorum’s hybrid political action committee and is sponsoring the Iowa visit.  During his primary campaign, the fund served as his superPAC, but now acts as his leadership PAC, promoting his political endeavors as well.

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Friday
Jun292012

Rick Santorum Heads Back to Iowa on ‘Thank You’ Tour

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum is heading back to Iowa, but it’s not to campaign for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.  Instead, Santorum is traveling there to thank Hawkeye State voters for his belated caucus victory there in January.

ABC News obtained an early copy of the schedule, which is lengthier than the initial two events released earlier this week.  The former presidential candidate will launch the two-day “thank you” tour with a barbecue lunch on Tuesday, July 10, in Iowa City.

Santorum will also campaign for congressional candidates he has recently backed.  Following the lunch, he will be the “special guest” at a reception for congressional candidate John Archer in Bettendorf.  In December, Santorum spoke at a Christmas Party and fundraiser for Archer.  He will head to Dubuque that evening for a fundraiser for another congressional candidate, Ben Lange.

On Wednesday, Santorum, 54, will make a stop at a breakfast in Cedar Falls and will then appear with The Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats for a news conference with other conservative leaders in Coralville.  (Vander Plaats endorsed Santorum last December ahead of the Iowa Caucuses.)  That evening, he holds another thank you “meet and greet” picnic in Windsor Heights.

The packed two days read like a campaign schedule for the candidate who dropped out in April, but spent the most time campaigning in Iowa, shaking hands and kissing babies the old fashioned way to try to earn a win there.  On caucus night, Romney was initially named the winner of the contest until the results were certified making Santorum the victor about two weeks later.

News of Santorum’s busy schedule comes just hours after the former Pennsylvania senator appeared on CNN offering less-than-laudatory words for Romney’s signature health care plan in Massachusetts, something he consistently stressed during the primary campaign.

“I think what you’re seeing is it hasn’t worked in Massachusetts,” Santorum told Piers Morgan Thursday night.  “Health care costs in Massachusetts are number one in the country.  They have a series of problems with people who decide to take the tax, in other words, pay the fine, instead of buying insurance, because it’s cheaper.  It doesn’t work.”

Santorum officially backed Romney last month in a middle-of-the-night e-mail message to supporters, and since then has given a string of tepid testimonials for the presumptive GOP nominee.  He also has yet to campaign with Romney.  By contrast, their other rival, Newt Gingrich, has appeared with Romney at least twice.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Santorum Heads Back to Iowa to Say ‘Thank You’

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum, the belated winner of this year’s Iowa caucuses, will be traveling back to Iowa next month to thank the voters who vaulted him to the top of the GOP primaries.

Santorum will host two “Thank you, Iowa” events on July 10 and 11. The first will be a lunch in Iowa City and then the next day a picnic in Windsor Heights, according to Matt Beynon, spokesperson for the Red, White, and Blue Fund. The events are free and open to the public.

The RWB Fund is Santorum’s hybrid political action committee and is hosting the events. During his primary campaign, the RWB Fund served as his superPAC, but now acts as his leadership PAC, promoting his political endeavors as well.

Beynon tells ABC News more Iowa events will be added closer to the event dates.

The trip will undoubtedly bring on speculation that the at times-tepid backer of Mitt Romney is interested in another run and is starting out early.

The Iowa events were first reported by Politico.

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Sunday
Jun172012

Santorum Would Give Romney a ‘Flat No’ If Offered Cabinet Post

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum has given his former rival some tepid endorsements since officially backing him last month, but on Sunday he said he wouldn’t even accept a cabinet post from Mitt Romney if asked to serve in a hypothetical Romney administration.

“I want to help Mitt Romney get elected president,” Santorum told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “I’ll be happy to help him and advise him if … (he) wants my advice as president. But, no, my … objective right now … is to serve my family and provide for them.”

Santorum mentioned that the two eldest of his seven children are in college, but when Crowley pointed out it wasn’t a “flat no,” Santorum said it “pretty much” was.

“It’s pretty much a flat no,” Santorum said. “And it’s not because I don’t want to help Gov. Romney. … It’s just, for me … it’s a matter of my priorities and my time of being a husband and father and … I have to take care of them.”

Santorum backed Romney in a middle of the night email to supporters, which first raised questions whether the endorsement was heartfelt. Since then, the two have not campaigned together and as of Friday no official invitation has been made to Santorum for the two to hit the trail together, not even when Romney visited his home state of Pennsylvania Saturday.

Last week, also on CNN, when asked if he trusts Romney, Santorum answered, “Well, I trust him more than I do Barack Obama.”

But, Saturday in an address to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Romney did mention Santorum and a study the former Pennsylvania senator frequently mentioned on the campaign trail. The former rival then praised Romney in his own speech, saying Romney’s remarks were “right on and not because he quoted me.”

In the interview on Sunday, Crowley also asked the former presidential candidate about comparing Romney to President Barack Obama during the primary campaign and Santorum answered he had “no problem with questioning the authenticity,” because those were “all things” he “thought were legitimate differences between us as candidates.”

“I mean there are differences between us,” Santorum said. “I don’t back away from any of those things. But at the same time, clearly, the difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney is a chasm. … I have a great degree of comfort in supporting Gov. Romney as the choice between the two.”

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Tuesday
Jun122012

Santorum Gives Tepid Backing of Romney

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum isn’t exactly brimming with enthusiasm about the man he is supposed to be supporting for the presidency.

When asked on CNN if he now “trusts” Mitt Romney after railing against him during the primary, especially when he consistently compared his health care plan in Massachusetts to the president’s health care plan, he gave quite a tepid endorsement.

“Well, I trust him more than I do Barack Obama,” Santorum told John King. “This election is about a choice.”

Santorum went on to say he believes Romney when he says he will “repeal Obamacare,” and that, through his new organization Patriot Voices, he will keep a watch on the presumptive GOP nominee as well as other conservative candidates to hold “their feet to the fire.”

King asked the former presidential candidate if he worries that his supporters will see him as just choosing the “lesser of two evils.”

Santorum answered that he’s “passionate and enthusiastic about a lot of things that Governor Romney supports,” but he’s “made no bones about the fact that I have concerns about Governor Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts.”

He was also asked if he is just “tolerated” by the Romney campaign or more welcome into the fold and whether he will be out campaigning for his former rival.

Santorum answered he feels an “obligation to go out and work hard” in the campaign and will be “helping the Romney campaign wherever they believe we can be helpful in working with them.”

Santorum and Romney have made no public appearances together since their meeting last month. The former Pennsylvania senator did formally endorse him last month, but it was in a middle-of-the-night email to supporters, which also seemed to push the message he was less than enthused.  Just last week, a Santorum senior adviser told ABC News they have had no formal requests from the Romney campaign to help out on the trail. On Monday night in Atlanta, Romney was joined by another former competitor, Newt Gingrich, for a fundraiser.

Santorum also wouldn’t weigh in on who he thinks should be Romney’s running mate, saying that since Romney is the person who “vanquished” him in the primary, “I’m not going to be out there as a former foe making recommendations to who he should pick.”

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Friday
Jun082012

Rick Santorum Launches Conservative Group

Jay LaPrete/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum announced Friday morning that he will be launching a new group that he will lead to promote conservative issues that were hallmarks of his campaign.

The former presidential candidate is starting “Patriot Voices” to make sure the topics he spoke about daily on the campaign trail stay part of the national debate.

“One of the things that we found as I traveled around the country is that people came up to me a lot and said…I was out there speaking about things that gave voice to their concerns on a lot of issues,” Santorum said on Fox News Friday morning.  “People are concerned about the economy, people are concerned about national security, but I think a lot of people have basic anxiety about where America is going and I tried to talk about those during the campaign: the adherence to the constitution and the importance of understanding where our rights come from and who we are as a people and a culture and how that is being changed by this administration on the issue of religious liberty or life or marriage.”

ABC News reported Tuesday he would be forming the 501 c(4) organization when Santorum teased the announcement earlier in the week.

In a statement, the group said they “will mobilize one million conservatives around this country who are committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.”  

Through this group Santorum can stay focused on the issues he cares the most about while trying to remain relevant as the de facto leader of social conservatives in this country.

The former Pennsylvania senator, in an interview broadcast from Chicago, where he will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference later Friday, said he wants to give a voice to “people left behind by both parties” and promised to “hold campaigns accountable.”

Santorum said the group would also help out Mitt Romney’s campaign and “make sure Mitt is the next president of the United States and that we get rid of the scourge that has been the bane of the economy and the country which has been Barack Obama and his administration.”

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Wednesday
Jun062012

Has the Mystery of Santorum’s ‘Big’ Announcement Been Solved?

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Earlier this week, Rick Santorum teased on Twitter: “I have a big announcement coming on Friday! Stay tuned!”

On Tuesday, sources close to Santorum told ABC News that the former presidential candidate will be announcing the formation of a 501 c(4) organization that he will use to pursue a set of issues he has fought for during much of his political career.

This first wave of issues is likely to focus on an agenda that includes anti-abortion, faith and family causes.

However, another senior strategist with ties to Santorum cautioned supporters would have to wait until Friday to find out about Santorum’s next move.

Though Mitt Romney is now at the helm of the Republican Party as its presumptive presidential nominee, it stands to reason that Santorum can still remain relevant as a de facto leader of social conservatives.

Last month, the pro-Santorum super PAC, the Red, White, and Blue Fund, became a hybrid political action committee that will also work as a traditional leadership PAC to push Santorum’s message, support his political travel, cover administrative costs and donate money to candidates he supports with similar views.  This new issues-oriented push from Santorum could easily operate out of this leadership PAC.

The announcement could come during Santorum’s morning speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago.  Friday will be a busy day for the former Pennsylvania senator.  He is also headlining a fundraiser in Dallas for the Tea Party candidate in the Texas Senate race, Ted Cruz.

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