Rick Santorum, fresh off of a convincing win in the Louisiana primary election, said his campaign is focusing on clinching delegates in swing states in the months leading up to the Republican National Convention.
The former Pennsylvania senator appeared on “Face the Nation” today on CBS, where he reiterated his opposition to political analysts’ “delegate math.”
“The numbers are wrong,” he told host Nora O’Donnell, who said statistics show Santorum needs to win 70 percent of the remaining delegates to become the nominee.
He decried that statistic as “bad math.”
“I think we’re in much better shape than what the numbers out there suggest,” he said.
Front-runner Mitt Romney would be “the worst candidate for us to nominate,” he said, noting that Jimmy Carter is the sole Democratic incumbent to lose an election in the past 100 years.
“We’ve tried before nominating moderates, someone who can appeal to folks in the big cities on the east coast and west coast, but that’s not what will win the elections,” Santorum said.
Turning to the Trayvon Martin shooting incident in Florida, Santorum said George Zimmerman, the man who fired at and killed the teenager, has a “very sick mind” and performed a “heinous act.”
Zimmerman, who has not been charged, contends he acted in self defense.
“It’s a tragic, tragic case,” Santorum said. “Whatever the motive is, it was a malicious one and a very, very tragic one.”
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