Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is finding himself the odd man out in what has turned into a two-man fight for the Republican presidential nomination. Despite having won Iowa, Santorum is short on cash and trying to hang on, The Washington Post reported
Recent polls put Santorum 20 points behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. While Romney is blanketing the state in TV ads and Gingrich is playing to large crowds, Santorum has no money for ads and is now pinning his hopes on contests down the road, the Post reported.
“Our focus is a national strategy; it’s not just a Florida strategy. We aren’t going to get sucked into that trap,” Hogan Gidley, a Santorum adviser, told the Post. “We are going to hit Missouri and Colorado and Minnesota, and we aren’t going to get stuck spending every moment in Florida.”
Despite the problems, Santorum is not going to change his tactics and aides say he isn’t quitting.
“I don’t think an angry candidate is what we want in the fall,” Santorum told the Post. “I don’t think angry is going to win — I think people want to like their president. I think people want to see someone that is positive and upbeat and not sort of pointing their finger, angry all the time. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t times appropriate for anger, but it shouldn’t be the main virtue of our candidate.”
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