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Stay Scrappy, Santorum: Republican Candidate Cries for Attention, Gets It -- VIDEO

His feisty attitude worked in the debate, but will it earn him straw-poll votes?

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August 12, 2011

The Bachmann-Pawlenty back-and-forth that dominated the early part of the Republican debate in Iowa on Thursday frustrated fellow candidate Rick Santorum, who has been lamenting the lack of attention he's getting from the national media.

Santorum fought to respond to a question following heated exchanges between his two Minnesotan opponents. You can watch his "Ooh! Ooh! Pick me!" moment below.

His underdog attitude seemed to work in his favor: After answering only one question during the first 45 minutes of the debate, Santorum was able to chime in on nine questions over the remainder of the 2-hour event, including once for looking like he "wanted to jump in" and once for "looking incredulous" (according to moderators' observations).

 

And he's still feisty on Friday -- on the stump and off. He cried for attention in his soap-box speech at the Iowa State Fair, asking supporters to vote for him in the Ames Straw Poll to help him gain some time in the national spotlight. Afterward you can hear Santorum being interviewed off-camera by a reporter who asked, "Do you feel like you were treated fairly last night?" Watch to hear how he reacted:

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