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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / campaign 2012

Santorum Sets Expectations Low for Florida

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, speaks at a campaign rally in Coral Springs, Fla. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)(AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)

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January 24, 2012

Rick Santorum tried on Tuesday to set low expectations for how well he would fare in Florida's Jan. 31 primary, adding that he’s still in the GOP presidential race for the long haul.

“You know, no, I'm not predicting a win. I don't have the money now to be able to do that,” the former Pennsylvania Senator said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. But, he added, “who knows, we may even surprise here. Depending on the amount of carnage that goes on between the other two," he said, referring to rival candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Santorum said that he expects to do better in what he called “the industrial states,” like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and Michigan.

 

Santorum argued that he’s the only true conservative candidate, and that the right risks losing ground on their best issues—like opposition to health care reform and financial reform legislation—if Romney or Gingrich become the Republican nominee. He also said that the media focus on the former Massachusetts governor and former House Speaker doesn't do justice to the complex dynamics of the race.

“The media for some reason wants to make this a two-man race. And every time they made it a two-man race it turned out to be the wrong two people,” Santorum said.

“How do we change the dynamic? Wait a couple of days, the dynamic in this race is going to change,” Santorum said.

 

 

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