Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Santorum Takes Campaign to the High Court Santorum Takes Campaign to the High Court

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Santorum Takes Campaign to the High Court

Rick Santorum is taking his case that Mitt Romney would be a terrible Republican nominee to court. Santorum is in Washington, D.C. Monday just in time for opening arguments on President Obama's health care legislation.

Santorum's planned appearance Monday afternoon at the Supreme Court, with all of the colorful optics and national media exposure it offers, couldn't have come at a  better time for the struggling candidate. Romney's delegate lead has been increasing and more and more prominent Republicans are calling for the party to rally behind him.

Santorum has been arguing that because Romney spearheaded a health care program as governor of Massachusetts that is similar to "Obamacare,'' he would not be be a credible standard bearer for the Republican Party's strongest line of attack. Santorum has made that pitch many times before but it could take on an added resonance on the steps of the Supreme Court.

"It is (Obama's) huge Achilles heel, and we're putting up the one guy who can't make the case,'' Santorum told a handful of reporters over coffee at the Hotel George Monday morning.

Santorum blamed his losses in most of the states that have voted so far on being heavily outspent by Romney. The battle wouldn't be as lopsided against President Obama in a general election that doesn't get underway until after the convention, Santorum contended, if he can keep Romney from winning the required 1,144 delegates before then.

Though most prominent Republicans say a contested convention would be a disaster for the party, Santorum said, "It is the best thing that could happen. To makes this election a two-month election negates Obama's advantages in this race.''

The next contests will be April 3 in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is expected to be the most competitive of the three states but Santorum said: "I think we'll do well in Wisconsin. I don't think we'll win,'' he said. A few minutes later, he revised his outlook. "It won't be easy but I think we can pull it off.''

Santorum said he will not make a pilgrimage to Capitol Hill as Romney did last week. "I don't call those guys up on the Hill. I don't call governors,'' said the former Pennsylvania senator before heading to a private meeting with donors.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

Michael, Executive Director

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL