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Old 04-10-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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By “suspending” now – effectively ending his bid – Santorum preserves his options for 2016 if Romney does not win in November, or 2020 if Romney does. It is oft-noted that in the modern era, the Republicans usually nominate a candidate who has run before. Santorum can now fashion himself to be the 21st century version of Ronald Reagan, who ran for the GOP nomination twice unsuccessfully before succeeding – and reaching the White House – in 1980.
What happens to Rick Santorum's GOP delegates? | Alaska Dispatch

The Republicans historically nominate the runner-up in the previous primary race: The 2012 GOP nomination: History says it will be Mitt Romney. - Slate Magazine

Santorum has received good exposure during his primary run, gotten his message out, and demonstrated that Romney cannot ignore the conservative base and still get their support. I wish him and his family well - and will support him in 4 or 8 years - depending on what happens in the GE.

Thanks Rick!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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LMAO! Us on planet Earth will not be supporting Santorum in 2016. He was too much a simpleton bible thumping nutjob to beat a milquetoast surefire loser like Mitt Romney, how is he going to beat the better tier candidates an open race will attract like Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels? He dropped out of the race because he knew he'd lose his HOME STATE! AGAIN! I hope we've seen the last of Man-on-dog Santorum but he'll probably get some TV or radio show that will annoy those with a soul for years on end
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:31 PM
 
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If you read the whole article it explains that the exception to that rule is that if there is a Vice President who is running, he get the nomination. So if Romney wins (and he's already said Santorum won't be his VP) then his VP will likely be the nominee in 2020. If you really want Rick looks like you better vote for Obama.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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Not a prayer. The only reason he got the delegates he did is because Romney is a very weak candidate and the extreme religious zealots had nowhere else to turn. By 2016, it'll be, "Rick who?"
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:49 PM
 
Location: USA
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Not a chance. The GOP is loaded with up-and-comers. Rick Santorum is not one of them. This field of non-Romneys was his best shot.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: West Egg
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LMAO! Us on planet Earth will not be supporting Santorum in 2016. He was too much a simpleton bible thumping nutjob to beat a milquetoast surefire loser like Mitt Romney, how is he going to beat the better tier candidates an open race will attract like Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels?
That surefire loser Romney lost to a surefire loser four years before he won the nomination.

You remember Romney, right? Four years ago, there was almost nothing but guffaws at those of us who pointed out the GOP's penchant for nominating last time's runner-up. He stood no chance, right? In the past he had loudly proclaimed his adamant support for Roe v. Wade, vowed to be more pro-gay-rights than Ted Kennedy, had implemented health care in Massachusetts. And lo and behold, he wins the nomination.

How about John McCain? Opposed the Bush tax cuts, said he didn't want Roe v. Wade repealed, called Falwall and company "agents of intolerance". Eight years ago I was incessantly laughed at for pointing out that he was the odds-on favorite to win the nomination in 2008. And he did.

Rick Santorum massively outperformed expectations this time around. Romney outspent Santorum 10-1. Romney had the experience of having run before. Romney had his pick of the right's campaign managers, advisors and strategists. Santorum did far better than the former Speaker, than the Governor of Texas. Anyone who thinks Rick Santorum underperformed in 2012 needs to have another look.

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He dropped out of the race because he knew he'd lose his HOME STATE! AGAIN! I hope we've seen the last of Man-on-dog Santorum but he'll probably get some TV or radio show that will annoy those with a soul for years on end
His home state? You mean like future nominee George H.W. Bush lost his home state to Reagan in the 1980 primaries?

The GOP follows a very clear trend when selecting nominees for President. And that trend points to Rick Santorum being a very strong contender in 2016 or 2020.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: MN
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LMAO! Us on planet Earth will not be supporting Santorum in 2016. He was too much a simpleton bible thumping nutjob to beat a milquetoast surefire loser like Mitt Romney, how is he going to beat the better tier candidates an open race will attract like Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels?
This.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:34 AM
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A stronger female candidate from any party will beat Santorum in 2016. If Republicans want the White House in 2016 they better find a female with some sense. With the way the Republican party is cannibalizing themselves these days none of these guys returning to the ballots in 2016 will get anywhere. If Republicans where smart they'd try to unify ASAP for 2016 by trying to stand behind someone before primaries. This way when primaries roll around they'd already have their man/woman picked before the convention.

Sadly this level of cooperation doesn't exist
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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I'm assuming President Obama will win re-election. And that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party candidate in 2016. If she wins in 2016 she will be a 2-term President. Santorum had one possible opportunity. And he failed. Such is life in national politics. 4 years. 8 years. They are millenniums in politics.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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I'm assuming President Obama will win re-election. And that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party candidate in 2016. If she wins in 2016 she will be a 2-term President. Santorum had one possible opportunity. And he failed. Such is life in national politics. 4 years. 8 years. They are millenniums in politics.
Eight years is indeed a long time in politics. But not too long. You admit it yourself when you predict that Clinton will be back in 2016 8 years after losing a nomination bid. Hardly an isolated incident. McCain, GHW Bush, Nixon all won nominations 8 years after their first try. Reagan and Gore, 12 years. Dole, 16 years.

Besides, we're not talking 8 years but 4 if, as you postulate, President Obama wins in November. If that happens, Santorum is the single most likely GOP nominee in 2016.
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