Ignoring polls, Santorum says he’s best GOP chance to beat Obama

December 31, 2011

You have to give him points for chutzpah. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has spent most of the GOP primary positioning himself as the candidate of the GOP’s conservative evangelical wing. With polls showing him running as high as third in Iowa, Santorum is out with a new ad in New Hampshire and Iowa making the case that he can win swing voters and is the Republicans’ best bet to win the general election.

Here’s the narrative:

Who has the best chance to beat Obama? Rick Santorum. A full spectrum conservative, Rick Santorum is rock solid on values issues. A favorite of the tea party for fighting corruption and taxpayer abuse. More foreign policy credentials than any candidate. And Rick’s ‘Made in the USA’ jobs plan will make America an economic superpower again. Rick Santorum, a trusted conservative who gives us the best chance to take back America.

Santorum has spent most of the campaign so far back in the pack pollsters have rarely surveyed him in head-to-head match-ups with the president. In fact there have been just three polls since July measuring how Santorum would fair against Obama. All three are by the Republican firm Rasmussen Reports and all three show Obama ahead by 10 points or more. Overall, polling has generally shown that Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman Jr. and Ron Paul would all fare better against Obama in a head-to-head match-up.

Alas, “Rick Santorum, fifth-best chance to beat Obama” isn’t a winning slogan.

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He should NOT have put out that ad. NONE of the polls since this campaign began shows him having ANY chance to beat Obama.

One of the things I like about Santorum is that I thought, for a politician, he was a pretty stand-up buy. But this ad is just a flat-out lie.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/ 2012/president/president_obama_vs_republ ican_candidates.html

Posted by Red_In_Denver1 | Report as abusive

Oh please, he did not lie. He didn’t say based on the polls I will beat Obama. He means based on my character and what I stand for is what will beat Obama once people become aware of these attributes. He loses to Obama in the polls because he is not a known commodity yet.

Posted by dayspring2 | Report as abusive

LOL, the only top tier he will see for any much longer is the top tier of being the most corrupt. Only three senators were selected. He was one of them twice in a row, it’s almost like he was trying for it:
http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in- washington-dc/rick-santorum-top-tier-on- most-corrupt-member-of-congress-list-2-y ears-running

On top of that he really is koo koo.

Posted by chabotjo | Report as abusive