Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he is a viable candidate for the GOP nomination who is ready to take the proverbial 3 A.M. phone call, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette
Santorum told a crowd in Vinton, Iowa, that although many may see the race for the Republican nomination as being down to Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, the 2008 caucuses provide a good reason to not count Santorum out.
In that year, front-runners Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson failed to win a single delegate in Iowa.
“The people of Iowa made a decision — they voted for the best guy,” Santorum said, adding “no candidate is working Iowa like I am — our time will come.”
Santorum also revived the idea of who is best equipped to deal with a 3 A.M. crisis call, telling the crowd that he would be awake and near the telephone, something he feels President Barack Obama cannot say.
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was campaigning for the Democratic nomination in 2008, she argued in a TV ad that she was the candidate with the most experience to answer a 3 a.m. call about a homeland security crisis.
“I can tell you, this president is not ready,” Santorum said, claiming that Obama has already “slept through that phone call in some cases.”
Santorum placed fourth in the 2011 Iowa GOP Straw Poll in August behind Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Mitt Romney did not participate this year, and Rick Perry appeared as a write-in candidate — they finished sixth and seventh respectively.
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