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Rick Santorum for president? Seriously?
April 5th, 2012
03:32 PM ET

Rick Santorum for president? Seriously?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For a conservative Christian, Rick Santorum is rapidly becoming a candidate without a prayer.

In fact, there is so much handwriting, you can hardly see the wall.

Pennsylvania, his home state and the place he said he was counting on to get the second half of his campaign off to a rousing start, is the same Pennsylvania that voted him out of the United States Senate by a margin of 18 points.

Well, guess what? Apparently the feelings of the voters in that state haven't changed much when it comes to Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney is now surging in the polls in the Keystone State. And Santorum - who once led there by double-digits - is rapidly losing ground.

Santorum is going from serious candidate for president of the United States to the butt of jokes.

CNN political contributor James Carville says Santorum is like "a chicken with his head chopped off. The chicken is dead. The only person that doesn't know it is the chicken."

Senator John McCain is calling Santorum "irrelevant" and a growing number of Republicans say he should go.

Now we find out Santorum is taking four days off from campaigning. Wonder what that's about. Do you suppose a little soul-searching is in order?

There is absolutely no way Rick Santorum is going to be the Republican presidential nominee. You know it, I know it, the voters know it, and on some level Rick Santorum knows it, too.

So why stay too long at the dance and see what little credibility you might have left ripped to shreds as folks watch you refuse to accept reality?

Here’s my question to you: Rick Santorum for president? Seriously?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Katty:
Santorum is worse than the guest who refuses to acknowledge he has overstayed his welcome, and believe me he has. He is right up there with Palin when it comes to handing out irritation. Big time! Santorum's ego is so big it hasn't dawned on him: HE IS NOT OUR GIFT FROM GOD.

Alan:
With Santorum, we get more religion in government. That works so well in Iran, what could go wrong here?

Dominic in Atlanta:
I just became a United States citizen three weeks ago. I might be going back to Canada if Pope Santorum EVER becomes president. And after 12 years, I was just starting to like it here!

Ram:
Seriously. If you are a hardcore, right-wing conservative who's simply not convinced by flip-flop Romney, what choice do you have? You are not going to vote for the president. The only place to turn is Santorum, Gingrich or Paul... or not vote at all.

Paul:
No, not seriously. The old saying is familiarity breeds contempt. Well, the voters in Pennsylvania are most familiar with whacky Rick, so his chances there are nil. No one but Rick and a handful of deluded followers have ever taken this candidacy seriously. Santorum has progressed from odd to strange to weird to irrational to off-the-chart nuts. What's left?

Frank in Los Angeles:
Mitt Romney for president? Seriously? Newt Gingrich for president? Seriously? Rick Perry for president? Herman Cain? Michele Bachmann? The Republican Party is in serious condition. Seriously.

Sandra in Texas:
Maybe he thinks there will be an immaculate election.

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  1. kattyusa

    Santorum is worse than the guest that refuses to acknowledge he has over stayed his welcome....AND believe me he has...he is right up there with Palin when it comes to handing out irritation – BIG-TIME
    Santorum's ego is so big it hasn't dawned on him HE IS NOT OUR GIFT FROM GOD.
    If Obama manages to steal the election in November, Santorum will be one of the main reasons.
    Instead of running against Obama and making a case for his own candidacy, he chose to try to destroy Romney just to get the nomination.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    The scary part is how many voters are backing this religious nut.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  3. Dominic in Atlanta

    I just became a United States citizen three weeks ago... I might be going back to Canada if Pope Santorum EVER becomes President.... and after 12 years... I was just starting to like it here!

    April 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe someone forgot to tell him he was just next in line to be the "not Romney" candidate, and that his turn simply coincided with people actually starting to vote.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  5. John from Alabama

    Jack: Santorum believes he will eventually be the candidate for the Republicans for president. He might not make it in 2012, but there is always 2016. After Romney loses, and I do believe President Obama will beat him, the Republican faithful will turn to the true conservative for the job. Santorum will lose in 2016 when any Deomcrat can beat him, even Hillary Clinton. Especially, Hillary Clinton.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  6. Pete in Georgia

    Relax Jack, Mr. Pennsylvania is not going to be "the guy", however I'd vote for Santorum's cleaning lady before I'd vote for the current Dictator now in power.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Paul From soon to be break away Republic of Texas

    Why not the lizzard man is still in the race just to be a factor at the convention. If he would drop out and put his support in Santorum the race would be much closer. You cann't rule anyone out this year till Texas is counted. It would be great to see a small time millionare to beat a big time millionare.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  8. calaurore9

    As serious as Newt, Herman, Michele, Sarah, Rick, Donald... maybe not.

    Carol in NoHo, Ma

    April 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Garrett Schaublin

    I'm excited! He's only making President Obama's chances of being re-elected higher and higher with the contraception controversy and his utter lack of intelligence and the lack of any moderate bone in his body.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Bill of New Mexico

    To see what makes these people not face reality, you must consider their traits.

    Aggressive–they fight for what they want until they get it. They have achieved much quickly. It's not in their vocabularity to "give up."

    They have big egos–they don't accept defeat.

    There just might be a practical reason–to get set up for 2016 run for president, or to set up for the convention.

    Many Presidents have failed in their first run.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  11. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    I'm sorry... I can't stop laughing.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Mitt Romney for president? Seriously? Newt Gingrich for president? Seriously? Ron Paul for president? Seriously? Rick Perry for president? Seriously? Harold Cain for president? Seriously? Michelle Bachman for president? Seriously? Momma Grisly, a heartbeat away from the presidency? Seriously? The republican party is in serious condition. Seriously.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  13. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't know what voice Santorum hears in his head, but I don't think it is God telling him he can still win the nomination. We have embarrassed Santorum here in Pennsylvania by voting him out of office by 18 percentage points. If he stays in this race he might get embarrassed again in his home state. For a lot of us here in Pennsylvania we did not like the way he stuck his nose into our private lives, trying to tell us how we should live according to his beliefs. Our feelings haven't changed.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  14. Ellie Schultz

    Don't worry, he will never be president. First of all, he is not pulling in enough delegates to get the republican nomination. Secondly, he is too much of a turn off to independents and democrats to get enough votes in the main election. If by a frothy twist of date that he did get the GOP nomination, it would pretty much be a shoe-in for Obama. I personally believe that the only candidate who unites enough conservatives, liberals, and independents I defeat Obama is Ron Paul. I'm sure he would give us a pretty entertaining debate against Obama, too.

    Ellie from Vacaville, CA

    April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  15. jimmy in greenville nc

    Jack, only if he was running against Biden. Then the American people would have a real choice..........between moving to Canada or Shangrila.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  16. gary

    so sad when so many want a person for president just based on religion. Is this 12th century Persia or what?

    April 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  17. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, ny

    No way. You can't have someone that gullible for president. He read somewhere that the Dutch euthanize their elderly for cost savings and bemoaned it in a public speech. The Dutch aren't real happy.

    He read that American History isn't offered in the California University system, and he believed it. Some prankster might tell him on April Fool's Day that the Russians are coming and Rick would hit the button. No way. George was a genius compared to this guy.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  18. John in California

    Yeah, for president of the Flat Earth Society. Seriously, can you think of a better commander-in-chief for a proud membership trapped in a Fifties time warp than Rick-higher-education-is-for-snobs-Santorum?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  19. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Amazing, ain't it. His problem is that he surrounded himself with his old staff, rather then with the best campaign professionals. They tell him what he wants to hear (not that his caucus state wins will never turn into delegates, which is the truth – he doesn't even have a delegate counter). That is often the problem with Senators running for President. The phenomenon bedeviled Hillary too (and will again). The best staff sought Reagan out, as well as Obama. When staff finds you, you have a better chance of winning (unless your name is Rich Perry, who will likely be the VP choice of Romney).

    April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  20. Virginia - Atlanta

    Seriously, Santorum? You had to ask this question? None of the Republican candidates can be considered seriously this year. I guess they knew that President Obama is unbeatable and serious candidates are not running so they will be fresh in 2016. It also gives the radical right an education about the American People, who can be fooled once (2010) but not the second time. Moderate Republicans will again come out of hiding after the Tea Partiers lose the elections for them this year.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  21. Leta

    Rick Santorum for president? that is if Romney will disappear from this planet.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  22. Alan Belisle

    With Santorum we get more religion in government. That works so well in Iran, what could go wrong here?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Peg in NY

    Egads~what a nightmare that would be for women and so many more.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  24. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This is just my opinion but I certainly hope not. Actually, I don't want to see any of the GOP field become President. Romney is a very rich aloof eliteist who is out of touch with what it's like to have to work for a living and Santorum, well, he fell off the cliff to the right.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  25. Richard Texas

    When you look and listen to Santorum it drives you to Romney. Like it or not these fools are the only acts in town vying for the title. There is an old saying though that goes, "Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it". Who in their right mind would run for president to inherit a 17 trillion dollar deficit, 2 wars and an unemployment rate of almost 9 percent? Obama?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  26. Doug Ericson

    I have come to like Rick Santorum, not for his Political beliefs, but as an entertainer. I used to watch Jimmy Swaggart on TV for the same reason. Rick has really grown as a personality throughout the campaign. He was barely noticeable in the early debates, but somehow his charisma began to grow. Rick has chutzpah. Romney has all the charm of a City Rat strolling by your outside cafe lunch table. Romney is the strange girl picked out for you in an arranged marriage that you object to, but have no choice but to accept. In the end we don't choose a President. We rubber stamp one of the candidates chosen by the Top Special Interest groups. It isn't voting when the outcome makes no difference, and the candidates have no intention of answering to the public that voted them in. So why not Rick. He would be fun. Biden might even be funnier, but we will have to wait for that pleasure. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  27. Noel Sivertson, Roswell, New mexico

    Seriously for Rick Santorum and the tea party. Ridiculous for the rest of America. But I will register as a Republican for my state's primary so I can vote for him. Heh-heh-heh.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  28. DaleW in MA

    Rick Santorum's only qualifications would be as head of the 'Church of the United States'. What's that you say, state religion is banned by the Constitution? Oh well, better luck next time Rick.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  29. Brad, Portland, OR

    Jack, you might be laughing at Rick Santorum, but the rest of us are laughing at ALL the clowns the Republicans are running for President.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  30. Martha Brooks

    Nah...it's all a scam. .He is really running for Pope.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    April 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Ram Riva

    Seriously ....if you are a hardcore right wing conservative who's simply not convinced by flip flop Romney....what choice do you have??....you are not goingt to vote for the President....(or are you)..... the only place to turn is Santorum, Gingrich or Paul....or not vote at all !!!......take your pick.....that's what this 2012 election has to offer....

    April 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  32. David in Tampa

    Next stop a lobbing office in Washington D.C. Although the sign post ahead reads the Twilight Zone.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  33. A Glover

    Why is all the media hyped up about Mr.Santorum should drop out of the race. What about Mr. Gingrich,or Mr. Paul who is doing so low in the polls and nobody seems to be concerned. Something fishy here.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  34. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    He our present day Harold Stassen, you know the ex- governor of Minnesota who like that battery on TV keeps running and running, but he keeps losing and losing.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  35. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Nobody with at least a fourth grade education or better would seriously believe this man could possibly be considered a candidate for anything. Santorum has the intellectual capacity of a bowling ball, and any college that gave this guy a degree should have their charters revoked. He is the enemy of progressive thinking and reasoning, and delights in promoting the myth that he is a Christian. I used to thing there couldn't possibly be anyone worse than old G Dubya, but then Rick Santorum came along and lowered the bar considerably.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  36. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Yea. Three business men are all the Republicans have to choose from. Realizing how absurd the bottom two runners are really makes you think about the pairing of "Mitt Romney" and "winner" doesn't it? Three guys just itching to sell to the highest bidder. HOW are these people even being considered??

    April 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  37. Gary in San Jose, California

    You could also say the same thing about Newt. Neither of these guys stands a chance and they know it so they must be looking for something out of the deal. If the GOP has any backbone then they will let these two die on the vine and not succumb to the political payola demands. It would just be rewarding bad behavior.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  38. pat in michigan

    Not likely.
    I can't believe any of these guys can even walk as many times they have shot themselves in the foot.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  39. Karl in Flint, MI

    Rick Santorum is not a well man. Like Newt Gingrich, both with a less them model politician carrier, has delusions of success. During the course of the campaign, he has become so ultra conservative that he is not, and never will be again, a mainstream candidate for any office. He would be well advised to drop out now but maybe he needs to continue until his joke-able efforts make some begin to question his sanity. He has become more and more obsessive and isn't getting any better.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  40. Tina Tx

    If he wants to keep running and spend all his money for a chance to become the next ruler in chief, who cares. I love it cause it keeps the party in a mess and the Greedy Old Party does not like things messy. They want us to believe that they have it all together. They kissed those days goodbye when they allowed Bush to kills the party. Run Rick Run.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  41. Josh from New Orleans

    For someone who claims to be a Christian, Rick Santorum sure is following all 7 deadly sins by staying in the race.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  42. thom richer

    You make this sound like the scoop of the year. I has been a known fact since the beginning of this hilarity. The only prayer we have left is that Romney never sets foot in the White House without an invitation from Obama. Santorum was a scary thought but Romney is just as frightening. The scarier part of this is that Romney will actually be the Republican candidate and on the 2012 ballot. Hopefully his love for Wall Street and Corporate America will continue to shine through and the working majority will recognize this before November. This election is about the working man and woman. Something Romney fails to understand because he cannot identify with.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  43. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, it was never serious. Extreme views on religion shared only by right-wing evangelicals, advocating immediate war on Iran, policies adverse to women,etc. No wonder he lost his previous political position in Pennsylvania by such a large margin.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  44. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Is the Republican Tea Party that hell bent on destroying the country that they are blinded to this reality? Bush was a disaster, Obama is a disaster. Wanna go for a third disaster in a row? Does anyone think we can really survive that as a nation with all our wars, unemployment, debt, crippled economy, and Republican pestilence?

    April 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  45. curtis in philadelphia

    You know Jack, there's nothing better than good fried chicken, crunchy skin, moist meat underneath, side of cole slaw or potato salad, maybe an ear of corn and a tall glass of sweet Iced Tea, at a picnic table in the shade on a hot day. A question about Rick Santorum's chances for President, seriously? Fired chicken is more thought provoking than that.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  46. Peter

    The fat lady has sung.

    -Peter from New York, NY.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  47. Kathleen, Helena MT

    Santorum (and his base) have never accepted reality, so why on earth would they begin to now?

    April 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  48. itsmeagain

    That particular clown in the car takes himself too seriously.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  49. TomInRochNY

    Do you know what's even worse? There are still people who want him to continue. That's a scary thought.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  50. Mike

    There is no other god but God and Rick Santorum is his prophet... sike no way.

    Herman Cain 2012!

    Mike, Savannah GA

    April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  51. D

    If we wind up with a "President Santorum" (he's running for 2016 now, btw), then I'm outa here. It will be impossible to clean the stain of Santorum from our country's reputation.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  52. Diane

    Has he EVER had a prayer, Jack? I just wonder how he's going to view God choosing Obama for president when the incumbent gets reelected. Will he convert?!

    April 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  53. Guilty As The Rest Of Us

    It's more of a statement on the unelectability of Mitt Romney. Nearly $50M later Mitt still can't get half his party to select him over the crazy guy.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  54. Matt B

    "refuse to accept reality?" I think that pretty much says it right there. Mr. Santorum hasn't been accepting reality long before his campaign even began, so the fact that he's stayed in this long, and will possibly stay in longer, isn't very surprising.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  55. Gary

    Now thats a joke, Rick Santorum for president?, this guy talks to much and don't have any self control. America would be in another war within a year of him becoming president.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  56. Chris

    Long Island, NY. Of course not, hes a joke. The guy can't take a hint like Sarah Palin can't take a joke. However, as long as he keeps praying he can beat Romney, President Obama is laughing all the way to the finish line.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  57. Terry

    What a shame he can't win I was so looking forward to changing our Republic into a Religious state, weren't you?

    April 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  58. Julie Ann

    Santorum: arrogance and stupidity are a toxic brew.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  59. Roy Johnson

    All of the canidates should call it quits. They all say I'm here so serve the people, but what they mean is I'm here to get rich and feather my nest when I retire which is the real story.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  60. Becky - Las Vegas

    If you can't hear the music, you don't know you're supposed to stop dancing. Santorum is like Kate Gosslin in that neither knows their 15 minutes is up.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  61. Pam from Texas

    Seriously? No. But.....what if it was only Santorum and Romney? It would be pretty close. Scary, but close. And after what Romney keeps spewing forth from his lips, neither one of them is worth much. It just boggles the mind that this is the Republican field. What are they going to do when it's down to debating the President? Do you suppose we could shut it off from the rest of the world? It will be so embarrassing, humiliating, degrading, etc. for anyone to witness.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  62. Michael

    in some ways, I almost hope the Republicans DO nominate him, not that he could win, Lord even a dead rodent could beat him, but just to give him a greater forum to expose his crackpot views and further disgrace the TPers and the 'publicans.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  63. Julian Arancia

    Why stay so long? Easy, Santorum is a fanatic. He clearly is looking to both be a martyr and do all he can to ensure that if he can't be the nominee then he wants who is to suffer.

    Rick Santorum has already ensure the defeat of the Republicans in this election cycle. He pulled the Republicans off their strong issue (the economy) and focused them on their vote losing issue (culture wars).

    I'm an independent, have voted for both parties. And now I will never, ever pull the lever for any Republican ever again because of the turn they took in this election.

    I like to think that Santorum will be gone for good after this election. But I worry because people thought Hitler was gone after his failed Putsch.

    Make no mistake, Rick Santorum is a true Christian Fascist. If he holds national office this country will break apart as people refuse to be complicit in his hateful politics.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  64. David

    That is what democracy is all about demonstration of craziness. If the guy wants to dance why not let him continue to dance like a masquerade? After all the election is not till November and the Mitt doesn’t quit have the magic number yet.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  65. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    OMG there goes a pig flying by my window with a 'Santorum for President' banner fluttering (or should I say sputtering) behind him.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  66. Libtard

    Jack – Santorum is about as good as a far left liberal. Both worthless!

    April 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  67. Mike, St George Utah

    Jack, as an independent voter and a senior citizen, I could not vote for Santorum or Gingrich. Watching the way they have carried themselves throughout this process makes me cringe at the thought they might be the person that has to deal with the Irans and North Koreas of this world. You can't thump your chest and shove religion down their throats and think you will win the argument. It is past time for him to pack up the family, store the sweatervests and go the hell home before he single handedly gives the election to Obama.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  68. Geoff Munger

    Jack – I'm no fan of Santorum, and I agree with your assessment of his chances. But isn't there something wrong with the system when a candidate is already considered to have dragged out the process too long despite 19 states having yet to vote? I can't criticize a candidate for staying in the race long enough to allow all states some semblance of relevance in the process, no matter how long the odds. (Greenwich, CT)

    April 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  69. Graham Jura

    Rick Santorum is a disingenuous, career politician who was voted out of service on behalf of Pennsylvania by his own people. His lack of delegates even shows how much LESS of an issue religion has become among his fellow Republicans, which is the way it should be.

    Oh, and he brought a dead baby home. He's nuts.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  70. jk in MN

    Jack, When more than half of the US population is female – this is highly unlikely. God help us all if by some strange twist of fate he were elected!

    April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  71. Tex71

    Santorum has taken four days off to fast and pray for God to smite Romney, or shrink his magic underwear. These two guys are equally weird and disturbing, but in entertainingly different ways.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  72. Mr. D

    Rick and Newt are indeed a pair. Rick should run for choirboy of the year and Newt should run from himself. One thing for sure, continuing to run for the nomination is putting Comey Central out of business.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  73. Gigi Oregon

    I really don't like to talk ill of the dead...but please let him continue. I have noticed most Americans have short term memory. The longer he remains going from town to town the better. Those who supported him this time around, didn't remember his home state didn't send him back to the Senate. Sure made me sit up and take notice... If his own state didn't want him, should "We the people" notice their silent message.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  74. chris

    I agree. It's time for Rick to do what is best for the party and throw in the towel. In 2008, when Mitt Romney knew he could not win the nomination he got out of the race...because it was the right thing to do for the party. Now everyone knows Rick can't win, so he needs to stop being selfish and do what's right for the party by getting out of the race.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  75. QS in Seattle

    "So why stay too long at the dance and see what little credibility you might have left ripped to shreds as folks watch you refuse to accept reality?"

    Jack, you obviously were directing this statement specifically at Santorum....but in reality, it can easily be applied to the entire conservative party!

    April 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  76. Pete in Florida

    Santorum let the cat out of the bag by revealing that anyone who isn't rich, white, male, straight Christians will be second-class citizens when the Republicans take over. Good luck, ladies, Romney ain't much better – say goodbye to any hope you have for equal pay, quality health care, and Planned Parenthood. If the GOP takes over our gov't, I intend to buy stock in burka factories.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  77. Gabriel Barkin, Novato CA

    Santorum is obviously staying in the race to secure recognition as a leading Republican base / Tea Party / religious right-wing spokesperson and icon. The longer he stays in, the more he stands to gain in speaking fees and engagements over the next four years, and the better positioned he is to run again in 2016 (especially if Obama wins this year). I think he fancies himself to be the second coming of Reagan, and this is his 1976 campaign.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  78. Aaron

    Its all about me me me and me, Jack. Santorum has likely known he's been out of the race for a while know. That's why were getting the "Satan is attacking america" and the "Obama is better then Romney" remarks. This is because he thinks its better for Obama to win for HIS cause. This guy is convinced its 1976 and that the next election will be his turn. It seems that anyone who gets a taste of the attention and power of presidential politics and running for the nomination can't get enough of it. Sarah Palin took this and ran with it, creating a pseudo-celebrity. The sooner Santorum realizes he has more in common with Sarah Palin then Ronald Reagen the better for America.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  79. Republicans are Neanderthals

    This entire episode speaks volumes on how dysfunctional the Republican Party has become.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  80. steve in miami

    Proof positive our country is heading down the toilet. Santorum is christian fascist and believes he is worthy to be president? Whats REALLY scary is his supporters who believe his righteous bs.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  81. Joe

    I despise Santorum. He's a hardcore bureaucrat who already disrespected the puerto ricans for not being an English only state, considered gay communities a threat to public society, and much more. I'd never vote for him to be a president.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  82. Rick Florida

    Rick Santorum the guy who can't raise enough money, Register in every state or district, tries to control woman's issues and then whines that Mitt Romney is outspending him in every stae. What is going to Happen when President O'Bama out spends him and ridicules him like Romney is doing. Do we really want a person who is so disorganized and a cry baby running this country? I don't! from what the votes says the Voters don't either. Only the religous bigots who have a problem with Romney's religion. I am catholic and I vote for the Man cause Romney is more of a man that Sanotrum is. All Santorum is doing is brining down Romney and helping O'Bama with is re-election. Please!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  83. Donaldbain

    The hard truth of the campaign is that he never had a chance at all. His overt, bible driven message does not translate to electability in the 21st century, it only plays to an ever shrinking portion of society. Education is the demise of the route he sought, and the pattern of votes clearly shows it isn't going to work even to gain a nomination. Ultimately, I think he is staying in the race hoping for a VP slot or important cabinet position offer but it would be madness for another candidate to take on such a loose cannon publicly. He has almost no chance of confirmation and his prescence on the ticket would scare off voters and make others come out in force to vote against him. Rick Santorum is not what America needs, now or ever. I see him testing the waters again in the years to come but he won't get anywhere near the White House.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  84. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Only three clowns left in the car. Can you all just get over it.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  85. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    Rick has is not going to drop out. I'm sure he has every Evangelical organization throwing money at him because they will not back Mitt Romney. Even though Santorum will not get the nomination, he will keep whatever cash he does not spend, write books, and make millions in speaking engagements for the next four years. Life will not be to bad for him.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  86. Gabriel

    Santorum really reminds me of an American Ahmadinejad. Could you imagine that happening? Still, it makes sense, they're both equally deluded.. on all levels.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  87. Shane

    He's never been a valid candidate to run for President.

    1) The man has no chance at getting this deligates.
    2) Has has absolutely no chance at all to win the Presidential election. He needs to hang it up. Unfortunately Romney is the better of the candidates, and the longer the hopefuls bash each other, and the more he opens his mouth the less chance he has of winning.

    Hell I would have voted on him six months ago, before he started actually talking.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  88. Robert

    Santorum is staying in the race solely for PRIDE. He does NOT have the best interests of the party at heart. He would rather the party take the hit, and risk loss to Obama in the Fall, then bow out now and help solidify the GOP.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  89. Peggy Howard

    Santorum would be a great President. Quit making fun of him. He is a Roman Catholic and has God and Jesus.
    Anything is possible with God. Romney is weird, a Mormon, not a Christian, and a lover of big money.
    Go Santorum! He possible could still win there are enough votes out there.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  90. Dave Newman

    Hey Jack. Santorum never had a chance to be the nominee. Romney, IMHO, has a shot against Obama, but probably won't win. Ryan in 2016 would be difficult for Santorum to overcome, so I think this is his swan song!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  91. Steve - central Michigan

    If Santorum is so irrelevant – why does Mitt have to spend so much money competing against this candidate? Mitt outspent him 55 to 1 in WI, but only won by 30,000 votes. That is about $ 100 for every extra vote. Mitt will continue to make big media purchases. Most realize that Romney is just another McCain or Dole.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  92. NLo from Missouri

    Jack, Mr. Santorum, when to sleep in the 1950's and never work up until now. In my opinion he should go back to sleeping. We need a serious candidate who can lead, not tell us that we are being snobs for going to college. Isn't the way to keep people from questioning anything is to keep them ignorant. Isn't that what all those dictators do?

    April 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  93. Mark in Oklahoma City, OK

    Are YOU serious, Jack? In case you haven't noticed, we now have in the White House a guy who NOBODY had heard of four years ago before he decided he was God's gift to Democrats, and who so obviously had NO experience doing ANYTHING in the real world! So, exactly HOW would a Santorum presidency be any worse??

    April 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  94. iceload9

    Rick knows when he says he is no longer running he goes back to total obscurity. It really doesn't matter, he added nothing to moving the US forward. I hope he stays in and makes Mitt keep burning money. Sad truth is Wall St is pretty bottomless though to keep fronting Mitt.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  95. Mark in Houston

    I don't thin the electorate has become dumbed down enough...yet...to allow his type in the White House. Without listing the dozens of reasons he shouldn't be allowed near the oval office, there are still too many of us around who can think and reason and find fault with his policy. However in a short number of years down the road that may change...and that's big time scary.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  96. Tina from WI

    Awww C'mon Jack, why not??? Freedom right? Freedom from women in the work place (because we were duped by feminists). Freedom from public education that might teach evolution or science. (because he wants to defund them). Freedom from family planning (because that's bad for women). Freedom from all common sense or sense of reality at all! Sounds fantastic!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  97. abbydelabbey

    Santorum the Sanctimonious? perhaps he could have run for election for Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition back in the 15th century .... that's where he really belongs.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  98. Jeff In Minnesota

    Rick Santorum is his generation's Barry Goldwater, ultra conservative and unelectable. If the GOP wants to repeat their huge loss of 1964, then back Santorum. It amazes me how people never learn from history.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  99. A Southern Lady - No. Carolina

    Santorum or any religious fanatical Republican would be a disaster for the women of this country. Look at what states with Republican governors are doing to women's rights to control their own bodies and their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the only place many poor women can go for healthcare. Santorum and his like would take women's place in society back 100 years – uneducated, barefoot, pregnant and down on the farm. Vote for progress and the well-being of all our citizens - Obama in 2012.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  100. Fabjan

    I have analyzed Mr. Santorum in depth over the past few months and my initial diagnosis is that he is suffering from a severe case of Narcissism. I would recommend an immediate regimen of daily psychotherapy, supplimented with perhaps a mild antidepressant.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  101. Evelyn

    Jack,I can't imagine either him or Romney being elected .Santorum is to extreme and Romney will say or do what ever he thinks it will take to be the president .We are in for one dirty ,nasty election .With the republicans willing to do any dirty trick to get into power.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  102. Pete

    People who are in-your-face religious usually have something to hide.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  103. Larry in Houston

    Rick Santorum for president? Seriously?
    Answer : He lost the keystone state by an 18 point margin. A "Little" soul searching" you say ? How about "A Lot "
    of soul searching ? or maybe it's time for him to "wake up" and smell the roses ?

    To be perfectly honest, the way I see it is the reason that newt / santorum / & paul is still staying IN, isn't because they already know they aren't going to be the nominee, it's because they want to know where they're at, as far as their actual numbers are. For instance : what states they carried in the primaries / ( or didn't carry ) which counties they were the strongest in / weakest / how many actual Voters came out to Vote / & I'm sure the list goes On. Maybe they want to see how "popular" they are, if they run again.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  104. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Not under any circumstance!

    This man is an avowed theocrat who owes his allegiance not to the people of the United States, but to a senile old man in the Vatican.

    Beyond that he has no knowledge of foreign policy, economics, the Constitution of the United States, women's place in the modern world, science (he is a creationist) or anything else that we expect of those who aspire to the highest office in the land.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  105. Arrgh

    Such a mystery why he's taking 4 days off, huh Jack....it's called Easter you dolt!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  106. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Are you serious ? But then we had Bush – twice

    April 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  107. rex in portland, oregon

    I explect Sanctotum has as much right to waste his time running and you do to waste your time blogging about it.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Concerned

    Maybe in an alternate reality where we are still in the Dark Ages

    April 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Mike

    Santorum has always been a fringe joke. But the amazing thing is how many repukes actually voted for him. Unbelievable. There are places in this country that need to wake up.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  110. Jordan R

    Well ya, but Romney for president too? Both don't leave anyone with a choice :(

    April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  111. Darryl

    You know Jack, maybe we should give him a try. He'll mess the country up so much that we will never elect another conservative again. Santorum 2012, Clinton 2016, Democrat beyond forever!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  112. jlsst

    you just don't understand....

    Santorum is on a mission from God ....
    Like Jake and Elwood....

    April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  113. adwell

    Mitt Romney for President? Seriously?

    April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  114. Eric

    How did he even get this far? Seriously.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  115. misty santana

    Rick Santorum should bow and depart with some dignity! Is it Ego that keeps him in the race, some misguided thought that he will surge ahead!? let us hope he does the Dignified thing and gets out of the race!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  116. jlsst

    you just don't understand ...

    Santorum is on a mission from God ...
    Like Jake and Elwood

    April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  117. Stacey

    He's a religious freak who doesn't have a chance. How self-righteous is he to continue to have his family watch him as he utterly fails.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  118. Will

    It's embarrasing to live in a country where a religious fanatic like Santorum can get this close to running what is supposed to be a free country, not a theology. Go home and make some more catholics rick.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  119. elizabennet

    I'm Catholic and I would never ever vote for this nut. He does not represent any of my Catholic friends (ALL of whom used birth control to plan our families, BTW, Rick).

    This man is a member of a lunatic fringe and could never represent the interests of Americans. No, by his stubbornness, he has demonstrated hubris and short-sightedness. I do not want this man in my corner. I don't want him anywhere near my corner.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  120. Leo in Kansas

    Wlell, Santorum has been anything but realistic in this whole Primary. The only reason to stay in at this point would be to hope he got the VP nod since Romney needs a real Conservative. But I can't even see Santorum in that role, since his views are so polarizing and his knowledge has been proven so limited.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  121. Pete, NJ

    Santorum for spoiler. He can't win but he can force a brokered convention. He can force us to listen to his lunatic rantings until then.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  122. Ron Bouchard

    President of the PBA maybe.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  123. Hunter

    He's a joke, just like all the Republican candidates. Obama will defeat any one of them with his hands tied behind his back, and than heavens for that! Obama is the best thing that ever happened to this country!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  124. Jerry from California

    Thankfully he has no chance or the country would be doomed

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  125. John

    Jack, If there is one kind of person I hate more than a college know it all lawyer and corporatist telling me what to do, it's a religious lawyer corporatist telling me what to do.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  126. Ken Hollars from Illinois

    Jack, yes, I voted for Santorum in the Illinois primary ....to help Obama. But hey, I bet folks up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin would vote for him the the General Election! They don't get out much.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  127. Dan

    Isn't that

    Isn't that Santrum for vice president and pope for President?

    president

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  128. Nick Easton

    All I can say Jack is this: Now the nation knows why Pennsylvania Republicans did not re-elect him to serve as our Senator last time

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  129. bymagick@sbcglobal.net

    Santorum should get himself elected to the College of Cardinals and then run for Pope. His medieval ideas will fit right in,

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  130. (Judge) John R. Stewart

    Mr. Cafferty, I read your report at my winter home in Spain. I did like the comment about Candidate Santorum and the comments. You could throw your hat in the ring now and have a btter chance of beatiing President Obama than Rick Santorum. do he not remember his last campaign for the U.S. Senate as a sitting sentor? People believe their own press clippings. Judge Stewart (Retired) on the Costa del Sol

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  131. Vlad

    Rick is a big joke
    Guy really bellived that he can become a president
    He still live in 1950s

    April 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  132. Tom, from PA

    Santorum for President? This guy was basically run out of Pennsylvania several years ago; and now he's running for President?. That little outburst a few weeks ago, toward the reporter – that's the tip of the true man. He is rude and pushy; and is interested most in his own cause. But, hey, if the Republicans want him, they can have him!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  133. Cee.Louisiana

    Rick Santorum has isolated women voters, his archaic view of womens reproductive rights is a huge noose around his neck,, he would take us back to a place in history that was not kind to women, bondage, and servitude.....he has made some wild statements, and went "bananas" on National TV, vehemently denying a statement, he made, so he is a bit of a loose cannon.......I think he should become a Evangelical preacher, and leave the politics alone.....

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  134. magdalenemantra

    2016 not looking good for him either. Same for Romney. They are so desperate now because they know in 2016 it will be Hillary's turn. Keep offending women's intelligence and you won't see any conservative in the oval office for a long, long time.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  135. David-Willow Spring, NC

    Rick sanatorum for president? DO PIGS FLY? Haven't seen one. There comes a time when enough is enough, that time has long passed Rick away. Now it's time for Rick to go away and throw his support behind Mitt, I mean he is a Republican, right?

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  136. PiedType

    No, not seriously. From Day One he's been way too far to the right to be a viable national candidate. Worse, his brand of virulent narrow-minded Christianity has poisoned the environment for all GOP candidates. He personifies the ultraconservative "war on women" and every Republican candidate in the country this fall is going to pay dearly for it.

    Susan
    Denver

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  137. John

    Jack, Christian voters want to vote for santorum only because he's not a mormon. For them it clears their conscience and they can say "well god, I tried to vote for the right person." My guess is quite a few of them will not vote for romney come election day unless Republican Americans can scare them into voting...

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  138. Colby

    Clearly this guy, as well as those who voted in the Republican primary in my home state of Oklahoma, thinks he is a viable candidate. In all honesty, I wish he would be the nominee, because that would assure President Obama of being re-elected. However, it is disturbing to me that someone with Santorum's backward, hate-filled beliefs can make it this far. As for his chances of actually being the nominee...I agree with James Carville!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  139. Norma Williams

    I think Santorum, Gingrich and Paul are only in it now not to monkey up the works for Romney but to gain control over the GOP election platform as well as Romney. What better way to force Romney to be the conservative he claims to be, to box him into being a right-wing candidate but to hold out until the last caucus/primary. Then give him the nomination but on conservative conditions. This way Romney is forced to be hold true to the Party or be the etch-a-sketch candidate even his own campaign alludes him to be.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  140. Carl in San Diego

    Santorum is a polarizing candidate. His view of America is to have a Christian Theocratic government. His social conservative views have alienated many who might believe in political conservatism but not the bigotry associated with the current crop of social Republicans. This is the 21st Century, we have evolved, sadly Santorum and the Republican party haven't, they would rather we live in the 1950s. As an independent voter, until the Republican's become a conservative political party and quit preaching from the pulpit, and pushing their religious views on the populous, they will not get my vote.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  141. Dale N.M.

    He doesn't have a chance for the nomineein , He needs to wake up the train has left the station.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  142. Kaleb

    Well Rick is just a zealot I disagree strongly with him being president because he will just destroy the nation by doing stuff like cutting of stem cell funding and other weird acts him becoming the chief is a nightmare

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  143. Genee` W.

    Spoken like a true democrat, Cafferty. Unfortunately, it's that kind of media bias that taints the voting pool from getting out to vote. You might remember Reagan caught a lot of flack for being a failure as a candidate but became President anyway. He was criticized heavily as President only to be revered years later after his death. So get out of the way of the voters Cafferty. The opinion of Democrats in the media is over-hyped and over-represented. Santorum is still a candidate appreciated by many.

    West Point, NY

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  144. Dereck from MD

    Santorum has as much chance of becoming President as I have of being the next pope. He has done a marvelous job of showing us what he really thinks of women, religious freedom, and minorities. If we left it up to him slavery would return, only so-called Evangelical Christians would be allowed to hold public office, and women's right to vote would be repealed and they would be forced to be stay-at-home mothers with no say in what happens to their health.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  145. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    There will always be Santorum's in the world as long as a culture we identify ourselves by a set of narrow beliefs or absolute ideologies.

    We build these ideological walls and create our own thoughts, our own language, our own rules. And we allow no one to enter who does not follow the ideology and who we feel does not belong.

    Consequently, we have Santorum, Gingrich, Pelosi, Tea Party, etc. All boxed in their narrow minded walls of an indentured life. It is no wonder we have such a hard time ever moving forward.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  146. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    The same could be said of the other GOP candidates. Seriously? Ron Paul? Mitt Romney? Newt Gingrich? The GOP should just publicly admit that they have little to no chance of taking the White House in November, roll up it's sleeves and start laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 victory instead.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  147. sleepless in nc

    I'm no Santorum hater. I watched him yesterday as he worked the crowd. It was clear to me that he is staying in the race for one reason only. He likes the attention and press. He was a sponge in front of the camera soaking up every bit of it. He knows he can't win. As Huckabee said, no one gets out of the race because they can't win. So, as long as he has money, he'll continue to stay in the race.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  148. Jim

    Jack,

    Santorum knows he's never going to be President. He's staying in the race for other reasons. He's trying to be the candidate of choice for "true" conservatives, assuming that will give him a lot of bargaining power in the future, including at the GOP convention. With any luck, he'll fade fast after the convention and become just another forgotten relic on the dusty shelves of political footnotes.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    April 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  149. John Kelley

    Santorum is not a serious candidate, because he did not displayed the intellectual discipline to stick to the issues. Every social issue he spoke about lost him crucial votes in key swing states. Therefore, he should gracefully leave the field and the next time in 2016 choose someone who can teach him self discipline. Finally, Santorum reminded me of the Salesman who got the sale and then talked himself out of it.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  150. Sandra from Texas

    Maybe he thinks there will be an immaculate election.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  151. Michelle Astoria

    Seriously, Santorum is like Scrooge dancing in his own funeral with people celebrating his death and he's the only one didn't know he's dead!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  152. Blake Berry

    Santorum knows he does not have a shot at the nomination. He is still running so he can further divide the republican party, giving himself bragging rights when he runs in 2016. He wants the party to know that they were mistaken by choosing Romney to compete against Obama.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  153. Gail, Plano TX.

    Rick Samtorum was a joke before he stepped into the GOP presidential race! He was a nut while he was a Senator, & is a bigger nut today! Remember his role in the Terri Schiavo story? He is a man who thinks his opinions must be adopted by all. A man like him who is nothing but a control freak is hardly a choice for President. But the right wing will take anyone but Romney. That is why he has lasted this long. Both potential candidates are LOSERS!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  154. Linda Hawkes

    I consider Rick Santorum to be a very dangerous person, not just a conservative person. He is beyond right-wing and has gone all the way to political reactionary. This man must not be president!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  155. Dennis In Oregon City, OR

    The chances of Rick Santimonious emerging as the Republican nominee rank right up there with Arnold Ziffle doing a flyover on innauguration day. The Mitten Man is perfectly capable of insuring a second term for Obama without further help from you, Newt or Ron. Take sometime off and go bowling more often.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  156. Charles Ruiz de Castilla, Miami, Florida

    Rick Santorum OR Mitt Romney for president? Seriously? We are in big trouble!!!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  157. Rhonda T. Smith

    If Santorum is at halftime, the score is 59-3. Give it up Rick, you look pitiful and crazy, oh wait, you are pitiful and crazy!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  158. misty santana

    It is absolutely insane to speak of President Obama as being like Santorum! Try being **any President who took over after the Bush War regime and all the indebtedness of that fiasco and all the severly wounded vets from that War! When you have a Texas cowboy at the helm walking with bravado to the Planes, in Uniform– you have to really wonder! I suppose a real Scholar like President Obama who happens to have slightly dark skin is just too much for certain mind sets! That is abhorent in this age or any age! President Obama will get reelected because of who he is as a human being!
    misty santana

    April 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  159. Kelly Rodgers from Dallas Tx

    Hey Jack, I don't think Rick Santorum understands the Republican Industrial Complex. Mr. Santorum just has not said the right things to convince anyone he is the man. Money is talking and Rick will soon be walking .

    April 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  160. marybeth, massachusetts

    ALL of the Republican candidates are and have been a joke. Each one tries to outdo the most extreme positions taken by the others. I haven't decided who is the biggest joke because they all scare the hell out of me. Santorum is a Catholic mullah who wouldn't hesitate to impose his reactionary, 14th century view of Catholicism on the whole country. If you aren't a white Catholic rich male, there's no room for you in Santorum's America. What I want to do is give a headslap to Pennsylvania–what possessed you to elect him in the first place? (Kudos for tossing him out though.) I live in MA, and can assure you that you don't want Romney either. Romney made a big mess of things here that we're still trying to fix. Gingrich and Paul are scary too.

    But if Santorum wants to continue, that's his decision. The primaries aren't over, and if that's how he wants to spend his donors' money, so be it. As an Independent, I think his staying in provides fodder for SNL as well as reminding memory-challenged Americans just how certifiably crazy the Republican party has become.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  161. Ernie

    No, not seriously, but he will influence the GOP platform to some degree, as will Ron Paul and to a lesser degree Newt Gingrich.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  162. Overby

    He's become the Hillary of 2012....doesn't know when to leave....................

    April 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  163. Mark, Tempe Az

    Jack, little that Rick Santorum has said on the campaign trail has been grounded in reality, so why should he bow to facts now? Besides, he can point to the other 2 remaining candidates; they won't leave, and they have even less chance. No one likes to give up their fantasy world.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  164. Dan in Seattle

    Santorum is deluded to believe the votes he recieved in the Biblebelt rural parts of the country are an acclimation for him instead of a negative vote for the Mormon cadidate Mitt Romney. How much longer does he think it is about him, that he is some kind of savior? The "one true conservative" label is so meaningless. At some point he has to see the real numbers and realize how futile it is to stay in. It is time to rally around Mitt Romney and concentrate on defeating the Obama administration.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  165. stymied

    Rick Santorum's 15th century view of the rights and roles of women in the world is one of the major reasons I left the Catholic Church. The only real difference is the Cardinals wear robes and not sweater vests. Mr Santorum can keep his Church and I'll keep my birth control, so now we can both be tickled pink.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  166. Fabjan

    In an earlier post I slandered Mr. Santorum's name. I was wrong and deeply apologize to him and any others that were offended.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  167. Chuck from Pittsburgh

    It took two Senatorial terms (12 VERY LONG Years) to finally get rid of Santorum. You would think...as I did that after turning him out of office with an 18 point defeat he would leave politics and leave the American people alone, BUT NO.....Here he is again. Well...bring it on Rick because if he is stupid enough to stay in till April 24th he will be slapped in the face again. The people of Pennsylvania know him very well. He just doesn't seem to understand that. I changed my registration Rick....I'm waiting for you.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  168. Ralph Rodway

    Rick Santorum for president, are you serious

    April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  169. MikeE

    Santorum is like an old coin that has been in circulation too long. He needs to retire from the race cause he is destroying any chance the Republicans have for a run for the presidency. What many want to know is – after all he has said against Romney will he give his entire support to him ?

    April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  170. Pundit

    Why SHOULD Rick Santorum leave the race?

    His constituents believe certain things in a certain way. They voted for him for a reason. By staying in this thing, he is forcing Romney to acknowledge that the Republican party does NOT support him en masse, and that he very much must address their concerns.

    If anything, Santorum is doing the RIGHT thing. No, he won't win. But the longer Romney refuses to budge and address the concerns of Santorum's constituency, the harder it will be for him to win against Obama-san.

    So, Mr. Romney... you'd best come down from your pedestal. The Republican party is -NOT- going to march lock-step with you, Sirrah.

    -Pundit

    April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  171. Patricia Weathington

    Since I don't vote from a void in my soul I seriously want Rick Santorum for USA President. Why not Rick Santorum? Why would we want Mitt Romney a Mormon Bishop that knows how to hide his religious views for political gain. Romney is such a double minded Preacher. Yes Rick Santorum is a serious Presidential candidate that does not hide his views or faith, so voters know where Rick is coming from. Rick is solid and doesn't waiver on his core values, even though he will not force you to follow his faith. On the other hand we never know where Mitt Romney is coming from, because he changes his faith and stance on things to gain THE VOTERS favor and hides he will make a mother with a child follow his faith and give up her child born outside of marriage. Well Cafferty I still favor Rick Santorum and even voted for him right here in Arizona the state John McCain is the Senator for, because I know where he is coming from and respect Santorums moral convictions in a moralless world. :-)

    April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  172. ame

    Jack, reading the comments of your viewers clearly shows why this country is rapidly deteriorating every day... Rick Santorum seems to me to be the only guy who is providing logical well-thought out answers... well Ron Paul does a little... but he is a one trick pony... but the entire media and your viewers do not appear to have the intellect for basic analysis. You are opposing all of Rick's analysis just because you want to be politically correct. Every politician worth his name claims America is exceptional... however Rick is the only one who gave a logical explanation for that (see his speech at the Was...county dinner in Wisconsin a few days ago. Nobody answers what would be the threshold that will not be crossed if the current natural law of one man-one woman definition of marriage is changed. And then idiots like you hide their idiocy by ridiculing Rick... somebody help this nation arrghhh

    April 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  173. Ryan

    The better question is, do I even care if this religious zealot goes down in flames...give him all the rope he needs. Moreover, Jack you are not asking this question looking throught lens of the GOP base. For thoes guys, Santorum and his heavy handed intermingling of religion and politics will always have relevance.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  174. Doug Dickerson

    Rick Santorum is just the guy to match up against the Muslim fundamentalists. He wants to take us back to the same century that the Islamists dream about. (For the historically challenged, that is, roughly, the 4th century A.D.)

    April 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  175. Minoa

    This discussion is moot; the numbers indicate Romney will be the nominee. I look forward to the campaign contests between Obama and Romney. I was was excited when Obama was elected, glad that our country had grown enough to put aside race at least that much. I was also interested in the "change" Obama promised. Not any more. The novelty is gone. Obama has already added more debt than Bush did in 8 years, with NO END in sight! Nobody can give us a straight answer about the true costs of Obamacare; I've asked my congressman and connected Obama supporters...they can't even point me to a list of all the mandates in Obamacare. That is blind Obama worship. It's reckless, and I've had enough.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  176. Larry in Houston

    In a way – I wish he would get the repub nomination – because that would ensure Obama's Win. :-)
    with Romney – obama will have to fight a little harder is all. As far as santorum goes, I doubt if he gets 1.5% of the Women Voters. ( "he ain't gonna ever make it" )

    April 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  177. kevin

    If Santorum became president, I'd move, ANYWHERE, as far away as possible.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  178. sandiegobeachbum

    Good point about Santorum losing his Senatorial election in '08 by 18%. If he's so popular in PA, pls explain that terrible loss. Santorum's chances of beating Obama are slim and none and slim is on a respirator. Santorum obviously doesn't give a damn about his party. If he did, he would drop out right now. Romney has a slight chance to beat the Obama $1Billion Dollar Chicago Mafia Machine. I only wish I could get excited about any candidate. We have a major void of good leadership in our country. It's pitiful that in a country of over 300MM people we don't have better, more competent leaders who can balance a budget and are not self-serving , egotistical jerks. I don't care for any current politicians and feel I am not alone. It is definitely time for a third party in my opinion.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  179. HG

    I was honestly hoping that Rick Santorum would end up with the nomination. That way in 2016, the republicans can't say "Mitt Romney wasn't conservative enough, that's why we lost the 2012 election." The way things are going 2016 may end up looking like 2012 with the caliber of candidates because Mitt Romney will be considered 'too moderate'. I want to see Santorum in the general election, lose, and we can all come back to reality and not remain in some far right wing crazy village.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  180. Marie, Asheville, NC

    I hope he keeps on keeping on. This is all just too funny for it to stop. It is my daily entertainment. (Yes, I don't get out much) Hahahahahaha.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  181. john

    There was a song in the 1950's by Marty Robbins, "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation" (I'm all dressed up for the dance...........). Rick, give it up. You're done....

    April 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  182. Foreverwar

    Santorum needs to be put back into the 1950 time capsule he climbed out of.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  183. David C. Shaffer

    We in Pa. thought we were rid of him.maybe this time he will see the light.And I mean the divine light from above!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  184. ComSenseWiz

    Santorum is like a fly who won't go away. As such, he'll get the swatter treatment when he could have buzzed off to live another day.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  185. sjenner

    Benjamin Franklin said that "guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days." I think the same concept equally applicable to presidential candidates. Time for Santorum to go ....

    April 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  186. David K. Leclerc

    I think Santorum is brokering for the next Republican nomination. Romney bowed out in 2008 and now is the backed candidate despite all the bumps along the way. In 2004 it was McCain. Santorum wants to make sure he gets the party nod for 2016 (if President Obama wins) or 2020 (if Romney wins).

    Whatever his thinking I don't believe that he will hurt his party. His supporters would vote for Lucifer before they voted for President Obama. The worst that would happen is that his supporters might stay home on election day. Still, enough is enough. He should step down now. I don't think he'll have to wait more than four years for another shot anyway.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  187. sjenner

    Benjamin Franklin noted that "guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days." I find the concept equally applicable to presidential candidates. Time for Santorum to go ....

    April 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  188. Michael

    As a life long Democrat if Santorum is nominated it would be the greates thing for the Democrats since Franklin Delno Roosevelt. There is no way that he could win. MIKE Phoenix Az

    April 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  189. ART

    Santorum reeks of despiration, I would say he should drop out to save his reputation but alas he never had one. He was a disaster as a senator and really just a nobody.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  190. Chere

    Embarrassingly, I live in an idiotic state where the uneducated and weak-minded will vote for anyone with an "R" next to his name; the more anti-women, anti-intellect, and anti-secular, the better. Oklahoma IS stuck in the 7th century, along with Mississippi, and the other red states.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  191. Dan

    The purpose of the Santorum campaign is not to run him for president. It never was. It's purpose is to identify and consolidate conservative individuals and groups under the auspices of the political arm of the Catholic Church. This information will be used for fund raising and right-wing political action in future Republican campaigns. The data gathered by his campaign and mobilized by his church is much more valuable than he as a candidate ever was.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  192. Emperor Vadik, CA

    Well Jack,

    Neither Santorum or Romney has a prayer against Obama, so not that it matters this year...

    ...Santorum is playing for 2016, after all, every Republican runner up has been their nominee the next election....

    ...so, we'll see Santorum in 2016, not that he'll be any less crazy in four years either.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm |