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

Santorum: We Need a President to 'Upset People’s Equilibrium' in Congress

March 5, 2012

Congressman Eric Cantor’s endorsement of Mitt Romney made headlines on Sunday, but on Monday Rick Santorum was having none of it.

Calling the House Majority Leader from Virginia a “good guy” but a man who “tinkers around the edges” instead of making bold policy, Santorum said on Fox News’ Fox & Friends that a nominee’s job should be to offer robust solutions.

“We don’t need someone who’s going to make congressmen feel comfortable,” he said, taking a swipe at Romney’s tax plan. “We need someone who’s going to go in there and shake things up and upset people’s equilibrium and get them to think big.”

 

He added: “Romney’s plan is not big, it’s not bold, it’s anything but transformational.”

He also spoke of his inability to get on the ballot in Virginia and troubles in Ohio – where he stands to lose more than a quarter of the state’s delegates due to ballot flubs -- but chalked it up to his shoestring organization.

“We’re not this big behemoth of an organization that can spend endless amount of money to get on ballots that early in the campaign,” he said. With regards to Ohio, he said: “We’re on the statewide ballots and on the vast majority of the congressional districts.  I think the number of delegates here is  pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.”

Noting that his campaign is being vastly outspent, he added: “It’s remarkable we’re doing as well as we are, guys.”

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