Skip to comments.Tired and broke, Santorum heads home to do taxes
Posted on 01/27/2012 8:24:21 PM PST by Mariner
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) Rick Santorum is tired, almost broke and going home.
The former Pennsylvania senator is taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the Tuesday primary that even he expects to deal him a third consecutive loss.
Santorum says he would rather spend his Saturday sitting at his kitchen table doing his taxes than campaigning in a state where the race for the Republican presidential nomination has become a two-man fight between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
The cash-strapped candidate acknowledges that he simply can't keep up with the GOP front-runners in Florida.
"We're going to talk about the Constitution and talk about being a strong conservative," Santorum said at an event here this week. "And that's all we can do."
Outside advisers are urging him to pack up in Florida completely and not spend another minute in a state where he is cruising toward a loss. But Santorum insisted on Friday that he would return once he has readied his taxes for public release.
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This sends a very strong signal to the 9% that would have voted for him to select a winner from the other 3.
I'm CERTAIN none of Rick's votes will go to Paul and the potential emerges for the first 50% +1 winner.
I like Rick a lot.
I’d like him even more if he dropped out and threw all of his support to Gingrich.
I have a not so high income ( ha.) and I have an accountant to do my taxes...I just don’t get this...Can you say “delegate”??
and his wifey has a law degree.
He said on Hannity tonight that they are very happy with the way the campaign is going and he’s not dropping out. Neat.
“A recent study shows that U.S. taxpayers waste an astounding $431.1 billion annually on tax compliance. That means that we pay about 30 percent of our total income taxes Washington receives, just to be able to pay them! How large is $431.1 billion? Its more than the dollar value of all the goods and services produced in 42 individual states, such as Michigan or Virginia and even the nation of Saudi Arabia!” Support the FairTax!
God Bless you RIck Santorum. Get those taxes done and release them and then get back to bashing the heck out of Romney.
“I like Rick a lot.Id like him even more if he dropped out and threw all of his support to Gingrich.”
That’s what I was hoping for as well but at last night’s debate I got the feeling that Rick was auditioning for Romney’s VP spot. That would really disappoint me...and it still wouldn’t make me vote for Mittens!
He must be physically exhausted, and he doesnt get coddled the way the other candidates do. How to show that fire when you are living on energy drinks. Except he did very well indeed when he went toe to toe with Romney. His ego is not as brittle as Newts.
He said last night to Greta that he was going home to do his tax thing and hoped to have them out by Tuesday.
Poor bugger prolly just wants to see his kids and sleep in his own bed.
This is like “Kim Kardashian Politics”
All speculation , all of the time!
No doubt. He needs a break. It’s been nonstop since before Iowa.
He’s auditioning to be either Romney or Gingrich’s VP. He’s just waiting to be bought off.
I'm sure he does.
But if he had money, or a shot at double digits he would be barnstorming.
He knows it's over and will announce either shortly before or shortly after FLA.
Romney would pay millions and offer any office to ensure it's AFTER FLA.
Someone should let him know about H&R Block? I like Rick but this is pretty selfish if he is really serious about getting a Conservative nominated.
Pray for America
that’s sure not what he said on Hannity...”we’re in great shape”, “lots of money”, “really like where we’re at”, “in it for the long long term”...etc.
Sorry, this is weak. He has until April 15th to do his taxes, just like everybody else. He has been a true disappointment lately. Does anyone REALLY believe he’s leaving the campaign trail to either get his taxes off his home computer or do them himself at the risk of his campaign? I guess so.
What a shame. The last social conservative left and I’ll nearly bet he won’t be back on the campaign trail.
I hope, like others, that what supporters he had will now support Gingrich. We do NOT need Myth to win.
I actually believe that there are a few of us left that understand the concept of
“integrity” and “principle”.
He’s been barnstoming as you say for several months as you sayl
Romney would buy the Universe if he could, but like BHO, doesnn’t mean that we have to give up and let that happen.
I think they are all probably tired. The political seasons start 2 years in advance now. It;s hard and expensive. Seems like just a few years ago, things didn’t even start until Feb of the election year. Now we are doing 2 dozen debates before Feb.
That's like saying, "Support the Black Market." If you think the drug war was bad, just wait until there's a substantive NRST.
Any tax system will be bad as long as we can't rein in spending.
I believe he’s retrieving his taxes (not doing them) from his home office/computer because the candidates have been asked to release them. That’s exactly what he told Greta the other night.
I personally could not face my party, any conservative, or my country if I was Santorum after what this dude has done to this race in Florida.
It just boggles my mind to see how someone could be so obtuse, and or just so utterly self-centered and selfish.
It could have gone so well for him if he’d dropped out. I really thought he was a better man.
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Why should Santorum drop out? He wants to be president just like Paul, Mitt, and Newt. He’s earned the right to make his own decision. But I wonder if he is backing off, looking for a spot in the new republican admin?
Hang in there Rick! Your day is coming. Maybe in 2020 after a two-term Newt presidency?
I would gladly vote for him.
What a skewed AP headline.
Don’t you think his wife and/or trusted friends could have done that so he could preserve his presence in FL?
You haven’t lost until you quit.
He just quit.
I don’t know how these candidates, and all of them, no spring chickens, keep up with the pace. It exhausts me just to think about never having a day with nothing to do. I really admire them and their wives for never looking tired and always smiling. I could never do it.
Just the fact that those two would even consider showing up for a photo op for FUBO tells you all you need to know about the Bushes. I guess the idiot son, GWB, decided to pass on the opportunity. Never forget the fact that the reason we have Obama today is sitting right there with him. They are part of the GOP’s “It’s My Turn” strategery for picking presidential nominees. Results: Bush 41, Dole, Bush 42, McLame. Nothing more need be said.
I’m surprised by that pic. The Bush’s just have no pride in the family. To cozy up to BO who has done NOTHING but trash their brother and son for 4 years is just nothing but disgusting. I guess they are impressed with his celebrity. It really shows poor judgement, kind of like them buddying up to Clinton who did nothing but trash them too. They look like idiots with zero spine or pride. No more Bushes.
That pic REALLY has me pissed!!
What are the chances of the THREE of them having a “meeting” FOUR DAYS before the Florida primary??????
Tell me now how it DOESN’T look like a “conspiracy” against the Tea Party and Newt.
Get Romney nominated, no conservative Tea Party backed candidate.
Set Romney up like a Little League T-Ball for Obama to hit outta the park in November, and THEN Jeb gets his 2016 shot with the Tea Party officially dead.
(....oooops..forgot my Reynolds Wrap cap.....)
This Florida voter will vote for Rick, and I know many more who have in the last 24hrs decided to do the same.
does he not have a right to run?
This Florida voter will vote for Rick, and I know many more who have in the last 24hrs decided to do the same.
So much, I gotta run home to do my own taxes..........
A letter I sent to Senator Santorum tonight:
Dear Honorable Senator Santorum:
I am writing as a conservative voter concerned about the race in Florida this coming week.
I have appreciated your career serving our nation since the early 90’s, especially as I was a worker in the pro-life movement, volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center in southeast Alabama for several years. I was a military wife, and spent countless hours working there and observing your stance and strong pro-life advocacy as a conservative representative. I have always admired your courage
in leading on this issue, and know that the pro-life, as well as the conservative cause have been greatly served by your efforts. In short, I have been a fan of yours for a very long time.
I have also enjoyed your participation in this primary process very much. I was heartened by your win in Iowa, and had hopes that your momentum would continue into the following primaries.
However, it is clear to us, as voters, that this momentum has not continued. Polls clearly show Speaker Gingrich has had the solid lead next to Governor Romney in this race going forward.
While I realize Speaker Gingrich is a flawed candidate, I still believe he will successfully articulate the conservative message and beat President Obama in the general election. I strongly feel that if
Governor Romney wins the nomination, he will go down in solid defeat against Obama.
I urge you, for the good of this country, which faces a dire future under continued democratic leadership, for the good of the conservative cause, and most of all, for the good of the unborn, to resign from the Florida race and remove your name from the ballot before the vote on Tuesday. I also urge you to THEN take in the lead
in refuting the actions of the Republican establishment, and use your leadership skills to rally these and other voters behind the candidacy of Speaker Gingrich. At THIS moment in our history, you are in the prime position to do this.
If Governor Romney wins, it is clear he will have the strongest momentum throughout the primary and will win the nomination. As he is not a reliable pro-life candidate, his win will be a death knell to millions more unborn children yet to come. If Speaker Gingrich wins, you, I, and others will remain in this fight to promote the pro-life
cause, as well as conservative leadership and values for years to come.
I do believe sometimes we have to lose a few battles to remain in the fight. I want to remain in the fight for the unborn, and for conservative principles to return this country to greatness. I believe
your name should be at the top of the list for the vice presidential nomination, or that you should perhaps return once again during the next election to run again, as have many winning candidates before. I do hope you will do this for our country. I will remain forever grateful to you, and you will have my unrelenting respect if you do
so. My own husband sacrificed for this country by serving in Iraq for two tours, and a tour in Korea, and so we are not strangers to sacrifice. I can tell you that in doing so, you will gain much more than if you decide to continue with other ambitions.
Sinc — LibsRJerks.
3 candidates splitting votes up. No wonder we cannot knock off Liberal Mitt. Rick needs to support Newt since he says Romneycare is bottom up socialism to keep Romney from winning. We will not have a chance to win with Mitt because he will not have the base.
Thank you Rick voters-you will give us Romney.
I don’t know if it is true that if Willard wins in Florida, his path to the nomination is secure, but if that ends up being true, Rick Santorum’s refusing to leave Florida and ask his supporters to support Newt, will have given Willard the nomination, and barack the presidency. He is taking a big gamble... maybe he doesn’t see it that way, maybe he doesn’t care...
What exactly made you change your mind since you made that post? You really think Santorum can win the nom?
I’m surprised he doesn’t use a tax program like H R Block to do his taxes.
I don’t expect Santorum to be in the race much longer. We are now down to the point where ‘money talks,’ Romney has plenty of it; Newt’s hanging in ok.
BUT, as a presidential candidate, I would personally go through every last check, charge slip, bank account, etc. before I turned them over to an accountant for eventual public release. The public won’t pay that much attention, but our fearless media will take them apart line by line.
Calling you out as a huge concern troll - five or so posts since you joined in September 2011 - appeared to support Newt and now in the homestretch you've had a change of heart. *sniffles*
There is an official protocol that you just don’t decline an invitation to the White House. However, GHWB and Jeb could have insisted on there being no photos if there were a serious reason for the meeting.
Not a troll, just don’t post much. Watched 4 years ago when this site was all Fred all the time, Hows that working for you? So hoped it would be Sarah, but don’t get the love for Newt? conservative with morals and Newt don’t mix....
was Signed up before but didn’t post
And what is a concern Troll?? My only concern is that Obozo is gone in 4 (or less)past that we should be on the same page without the name calling....