Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rick Santorum the Likely Sleeper in GOP Primary


It has been a roller coaster ride throughout the GOP primaries. Many front-runners took the lead, but faltered down the road. While Ron Paul got the support of the Libertarian Party and Newt/Romney got the support of the GOP establishment, the conservative voters are lost. We have seen Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry falter. Also, Herman Cain dropped out. The only person left is Rick Santorum. Similar to "Survivor", the last person standing usually wins.

(FoxNews) With 45 percent of Iowa Republican voters undecided and a roller-coaster ride about to come to a screeching stop next Tuesday with the GOP caucuses, it may be Rick Santorum's turn to take the final ascent and surprise the political class by ... doing better than expected?

Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has been touted as the sleeper candidate by none other than 2008 Iowa caucuses winner Mike Huckabee. He has relentlessly campaigned in the state, hitting all 99 counties and moving his family out there. He has held 350 campaign events in the past year.

He has received key endorsements from well-known social conservatives in the state, and has had solid performances at each of the debates. And he's running an old-school style campaign that Iowa voters expect in the retail-style politics of the Hawkeye State.
The man whose at the back of the polling pack -- despite recent buzz giving him a late boost -- is taking nothing for granted but has nothing to lose.

Santorum, who claims organization and message will make the difference, is also banking on a divide and conquer strategy.
"There's really three primaries going on here," Santorum said. "Ron Paul has his own primary, the libertarian primary. And (Newt) Gingrich and (Mitt) Romney are sort of the establishment primary. And I think there are three who are vying for the conservative mantle to go up against the Gingrich-Romney duo. And I think that I'm going to be the one coming out Iowa with that mantle.
"And if we can do that, then we're off to the races here, and conservatives around the country, just like they're doing here in Iowa, are going to start rallying around our campaign," he said.