Rick Santorum: 'Were Going to Do Very Well'

Former Pennsylvania senator discusses his surging campaign before Iowa caucuses.
5:07 | 01/03/12

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Transcript for Rick Santorum: 'Were Going to Do Very Well'
We are joined now by Rick Santorum from Johnston Iowa good morning senator good to happy this morning and you heard all kinds predictions. In David's piece why -- you weigh in right now you don't win tonight. -- to do very well tonight ten days ago we were at last place in the polls and everyone was asking me why out of what and I get out and what's happened -- the people of Iowa have examined all the candidates that's what they do in the last two weeks -- make good decisions and they've looked at all the candidates and their look at for the candidate they can trust. And that's our orbit and up in the polls and -- -- -- -- the old fashioned way you can't doubt in Ohio visited all 99 counties I think at last -- -- something like 377. Town hall meetings. In Iowa but the big question going forward you winter coming second to it is is where do you go next in their real questions -- what he had the kind of reach the kind of organization the kind of resource is. To really run a national campaign. Against Mitt Romney last time I checked he would raise about 32 million dollars -- -- one million. Right now lucky we've done this on I would say we -- this on shoestring but that I would be insulting Shuster thanks we've we've really done we've done at the old fashioned way. But we've also done -- -- New Hampshire I mean I've spent more time and New Hampshire and done more events. That anybody but John Huntsman and the same thing with South Carolina we've done more events in South Carolina than anybody else. We've got great teams on the ground at both those places we're prepared to go to all three states are going to New Hampshire right after this. This caucus tonight. Now we're gonna campaigned hard there we're gonna make a day trip to -- to South Carolina and that we're gonna port on the South Carolina we feel very very -- that. We've got the organization. And -- money is coming in better than it's ever command and when we do well tonight we suspect we'll have the resources to be able -- Not just to compete in New Hampshire but to -- compete all the way through. He also turning get the scrutiny that comes to doing better in the race right now you've got Rick Perry. Calling you the king of earmarks Mitt Romney has has your typical Washington. -- politician from your time in the senator when you look at -- you have defended earmarks even that famous bridge to nowhere how can you do that. Well it still look at the constitution George you know that I mean the congress appropriates money that's what congress is supposed to do -- our our constitutional requirement. What happened over the past three or four years there was a huge explosion of up spending. The driven in large part by members of congress being given earmarks to vote for that increased spending. When that happened -- we saw that explosion I said along with Jim DeMint who by the way led this charge and was in fact in your barker himself. That there was abuse going on it was leading to higher spending that we need to put an end to it. We don't Rick Perry hired people to go and get -- money for the state of Texas that's what it you know when you're representative from the congress Ron Paul voted for earmarks. When your represented for congress and in the senate your responsibility is to fight for your -- what happened was abuse that led to higher spending and then we put an end to it and we rightfully did. So you've also been one of the most aggressive candidates on national security which is a -- had a comment you made yesterday. In we are talking up President Obama you said in foreign conflicts he's quote -- with our enemies on almost every single one. And I just wonder -- you can defend that statement given the fact the President Obama has ordered the taking out Osama bin Laden all of the top al-Qaeda leadership has ramped up. Our presence in Afghanistan how can you say he sided with our enemies on almost every single foreign conflict. George and every single contingency that has come up under his administration. The two things you mentioned and are always mentioned by Obama defenders are things that were in place when he was an office when he came into office. They were missions that were defined. He simply gone ahead and continue to execute those -- the -- actually had a -- -- than Watergate was alive when when President Obama took office he's dead now. The outlets right that that was a mission that was already decided that was US policy to kill Osama bin Laden to kill -- al-Qaeda. -- to treat them as enemy combatants the president did not change that policy. But that was not a policy -- probably came -- -- up under his watch the ones that did come up under his watch Iran. Egypt Syria. Honduras -- can go on down the list Poland. The the UK the checks. Ask all of them whether -- -- Israel whether we've been a good ally one that -- you could stand by and look at the ones who have been enemies the United States and we have -- and -- This is a president that has gotten it wrong when every time there's been a decision to be made what is in the interest of the United States. -- contingency came up under his watch. He's blown it we've had quite a list there will never have to follow up on another time one final question about Mitt Romney what's the number one argument against him -- your top opponent right now. The biggest issue in this campaign is going to be the size and scale of government and the biggest signature issue -- health care. I endorse Mitt -- for years ago and there was one question in the debates about health care. This is -- a debate about health care that's what this the the behemoth that government the signature issue is his obamacare we have we cannot put up a presidential candidate. Who is in basically in the same place as Barack Obama on government run health care senator Santorum thanks very much for your time this morning.

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