Rick Santorum: Transcript of ABC/Yahoo News Exclusive Interview

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RICK SANTORUM: Well, it's early. I-- I don't-- I don't worry about polls. I-- I-- you know, we're runnin' a very different campaign. You-- I mean, look at our financial reports. I mean, we're-- we're way down at the bottom. We're runnin' a campaign that's grassroots. I wouldn't run a campaign like this if I didn't think that would be the most-- if-- if-- if I didn't think there was a path to success.

JOHN BERMAN: What proof do you have that the message is catching on, though?

RICK SANTORUM: Well, last night, I was in Rochester-- New Hampshire. And we had about 90 people there at-- at a town hall meeting. It was a 912 group that asked me to come and speak to them. And-- after that-- after the hour and a half time I had with them, I would say close to 90 percent of the people in that room signed up to help our campaign.

I'm finding that in a lot of the places. 90's high, but I'm finding well over half. Every time I got to a meeting. Every time I have-- opportunity to be in front of a group, we get a huge number of people signed up and willing to help. That tells me that the people who are paying attention, the people who are actually interested, the activists, those folks who make up a big chunk of the caucus goers in Iowa and primary voters in New Hampshire. Those folks when they now have analyzed the candidates look-- are-- are saying, "Santorum's my guy."

Most of the people in these polls, I-- I think there was a Pew poll out a couple weeks ago that half the people in this country couldn't even name one of the Republican candidates for president. So the idea that somehow or another people are set on-- on who they're gonna vote for, at least we're finding in the polls we're doing and I'm-- I'm talkin' about volunteers calling voters, 75 percent of the people haven't made up their mind yet.

JOHN BERMAN: Senator, changing the subject here, I want to put you on the spot. You are an alum of-- of Penn State, 1980. A big fan of-- of Penn State football. You know, you know the (UNINTEL) theme song-- or fight song. And a big fan of Joe Paterno. What do you make of what's going on at Penn State right now?

RICK SANTORUM: I'm devastated. I mean, I just can't tell you-- how-- how troubling this is. I mean, I know Joe Paterno. I-- Joe's a friend. I mean, Joe's been a supporter of mine. And I mean, he's-- gosh, I mean, you can't find a more decent guy. And-- you know, this is-- this is tragic. And the fact that-- that he-- at some way, at some level had, you know, some-- some touch of this scandal is-- is really disturbing.

And I-- look, I-- I pray and hope that-- that, you know, that he didn't do anything that he shouldn't have done. But it's-- it doesn't-- you know, this-- it certainly looks horrible for the university, horrible for the football program, and-- and obviously, people-- should-- were fired, should be fired. And-- JOHN BERMAN: Is he one of those people? I mean, as an active alum, is-- is he someone you'd like to see pushed out the door now?

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