'This Week' Transcript: GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum

SANTORUM: Well, I mean, we're going to -- we're going to run everywhere. This race isn't going to be over next week in Florida. It's not going to be over the week after when we go to Colorado and Minnesota and Missouri. Look, this is going to be a long race. There's going to be a lot of opportunities for the rest of the country -- I hear this all the time -- why should three states decide who our nominee is? Well, in this race, it's not going to happen. In this race, we're going to have a long campaign, Florida will have its say, you know, Nevada will have its say, and we keep going from state to state.

And I feel very, very comfortable that as people continue to focus in and examine the candidates, who's the best person to win -- you know, that campaign ad, first off, the felon part -- Mitt Romney even admitted that that was wrong. The second part, the spending -- there's been nobody better that -- in cutting entitlements and reforming spending -- those projects he mentioned, none of them were ever built. The reason that -- that we go through this process is to propose things that -- here in the federal level. And the states have a say as to whether they're built or not, and then none of them were.

So this is -- you know, this is the best he has. Why don't we talk about my record on Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, what I've done on welfare reform and transforming the system? We've got the strongest record on spending, and I'm anxious to match that up against Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Where do you plant your flag? You mentioned Nevada. Mitt Romney is pretty strong right there. We know that Ron Paul is going to go play in all of those big caucus states. Your own home state of Pennsylvania doesn't even come up until late April. Where do you get your next win?

SANTORUM: You know, I -- to be honest with you, people asked me that before. Where do you get your first win? And we were able to pull off a big upset. Our feeling is that, you know, we go out and compete. This is a long haul. We picked up delegates today -- excuse me, yesterday. We're going to pick up delegates in the coming weeks. And we're going to have an opportunity, as states in this race evolves, we're going to have opportunities to win states. That's what we believe. We believe that our message is the best and that conservatives have and are starting and will increasingly start rallying around us when they look at the choices.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How big a blow was yesterday to Mitt Romney?

SANTORUM: Oh, huge. I mean, four days ago, George, he was 2-0, about to become 3-0, and this nomination in his and the minds of the media, anyway, was over. He's now -- I've beaten Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich has beaten Mitt Romney. The idea that conservatives have to coalesce in order to beat Mitt Romney, well, that's just not true anymore. Conservatives actually can have a choice. We can't -- we don't have to rush to judgment. We can actually look at the candidates.

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