Rick Santorum on Strong Iowa Finish: 'Game On'

Matthew Dowd analyzes close results, strong finish for Rick Santorum in Iowa.
2:50 | 01/04/12

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Transcript for Rick Santorum on Strong Iowa Finish: 'Game On'
Let's look at the big picture now with some analysis from ABC news contributor -- data don't -- she first showed some of these entrance -- we -- last -- which -- Some incident that hardline -- -- -- Mitt Romney he got trampled in the very conservative vote in Iowa last night. Losing two Rick -- 35 to fourteen. But then if you look at those voters who say they want to defeat. President Obama he wins big right -- so overall is just tie last night close win for Mitt Romney good news or bad news for his staying out. Well I think it's very telling it tells the story of this entire race which is the voters have been looking for a candidate both is conservative and authentic. And electable incompetent in office they can't find one has vault and I have Mitt Romney was looked as very electable as you say -- -- competent can be new commander in chief. But many voters conservatives don't think he's authentic and -- other candidates have risen to try to. Take capture that they've fallen on -- to attribute so the voters are still looking for a candidate or somebody in May be Rick Santorum is it. That's what I want to ask you about because he came out of nowhere did the old -- way every -- he visited every county in Iowa only -- nine counties -- doesn't have a lot of money yet. Doesn't have a big organization at least -- -- team has thought that he really can't. Go the distance. Well that's this interest thinking you can rise in the -- interestingly without a lot of money and without doing a lot of resources but can you stay in this race and none of the other candidates the other five who Michelle Bachmann Rick Perry. Herman -- have risen. But they have minimalist had staying power and that will be the test. I'm -- -- term -- of staying power -- New Hampshire South Carolina and Florida meantime another big question about what this all means for the general election. Against President Obama because what they're banking on. Is -- the Obama campaign is a long bloody fight. For the Republican -- person be beat up. By the time they make it to the general election but what happens we don't know what's gonna happen with Rick Perry insists is gonna go home and he's -- a sense I think when we do know what. This session but he hasn't officially said it -- it's -- -- Herman Cain hasn't endorsed anybody Michelle Bachmann did not have the the -- that she won in Iowa -- these candidates are dropping out. Who does it help -- -- interest. Because I think the quicker this field went house the more trouble it is for Mitt Romney because he hasn't been able to close the deal -- conservatives he needs to try to do that he needs time to do that. If these candidates Rick Perry drops out Michelle Bachmann craters. Then it's a problem because almost could go to -- -- form or they could go to Newt Gingrich so the smaller this field gets the quicker it gets is more prob. A mad at the end for Mitt Romney vote -- in the meantime he got Newt Gingrich at their firing at him every single day children see a lot more that. In the debate Saturday night right now and now -- we've been talking about I look for so long it's like yeah now we have New Hampshire and moving forward -- -- be there will be this Saturday night of course Sunday morning on this week as well all right so you. Are going to be. Very busy. This week this coming weekend attacks exciting time. Didn't really answer.

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