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

Santorum: 'This is a Three-Person Race'

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January 22, 2012

Rick Santorum wants Floridians to know that he’s still in the presidential race.

So went his message on Sunday morning, following a disappointing third place finish in the South Carolina primary where he trailed Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

“This is a three-person race,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union.

 

Santorum spent his remaining minutes attacking Romney and Gingrich. On Gingrich, he said that his rival’s campaign is in debt and cast him as the “high risk” candidate who held the wrong values for the Republican Party on key issues such as immigration.

On Romney, Santorum tried to cast him as the out-of-touch rich candidate. “Mitt Romney is no longer the inevitable candidate,” he said. ‘You have to have the inspiring vision for the country. This is not about how much money you have.”

When host Candy Crowley pressed Santorum about his path to the nomination, given his track record in the South Carolina and New Hampshire primaries, he took the long view.

“This race won’t be over in Florida,” he said “It won’t be over on Super Tuesday. It’s basically now a marathon contest for delegates,” he said.

However, speaking on ABC's This Week, Santorum declined to name a specific state in which he would win next, saying only "we're going to have opportunities to win states."

Alexandra Jaffe contributed. contributed to this article.

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