Rick Santorum: GOP Debate Rules 'Arbitrary'

The presidential candidate criticizes the selection process for Thursday's GOP debate, and his plans to make a comeback.
4:25 | 08/02/15

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Transcript for Rick Santorum: GOP Debate Rules 'Arbitrary'
Senator Santorum joins me now. I said or your shirt from Donald Trump he is emphatically not ruling out a third party wrong. Well you know acts. Not concerned about that the the Republican Party is gonna treat every candidate. Fairly there they have rules are gonna live by those roles and now trump like every other candidate horizon fallen. I I don't have any fear that don't jump somehow it's going to be treated unfairly in their four run as a third party candidate. The case let's get to you at right now it looks like you're not going to be on that debate stage you're not in the top ten years. You're quite a ways out what what what do you say about these debate rules that can leave you. The runner Roth last time out of the the first debate. They're out there they're pretty arbitrary I saw a poll recently that said that they asked Iowa caucus goers if you could name all the presidential candidates. An 80% could only gained three and that's people here in Iowa that that probably studied this more than anybody else. These polls national polls are rep irrelevant I was at of 1% the national polls where years ago and of them would in eleven states or million votes won the Iowa caucus in fact. I'm on the Iowa Caucuses in two weeks before that the Iowa Caucuses which I events like it said one. I was a 2% the national polls national polls mean nothing and so since arbitrary figured unfortunately. The networks and now and they aren't see if have gone along with this. Irrelevant measure of of legitimacy of candidacy. And then have the ability to influence in who is in the top ten by the about a coverage they gathered about and advertising dollars and yet folks who have advertised on fox and Fox Business. In order to drive their numbers up. At this is at accurate from everywhere I got Iowa I'm here obviously right now on I was in New Hampshire record it very strongly South Carolina. People are really concerned that that that the media is now saying we're gonna decide who the what you don't call the field. We're gonna decide who the top candidates are not the people of violent not the people of New Hampshire longing that's wrong to be close to this disease to all the legitimate candidate let's period but to be cleared that this is the chairman of the Republican Party uses the RNC. It is signed off on these criteria. I mean you're you're you're being frozen how wrong this first debate and upset it I've said it from day one. Season well liked I. Here's a hideout for years ago four years ago there is a straw poll I finished fourth wait out of the pack the two people that the person that finish first. Didn't what a delegate. A few days later another candidate can men with tens of millions of dollars is that the top of the polls on August. The heated when a delicate so I'm not really worried about what's happening here in August whether it's a debate. Our or the like I'm just looking for the opportunity for all the candidates in this race to get an opportunity. To be heard and a national stage because they deserve it these are really good qualified men and women and ice I I guarantee you. Someone and that first or first debate is going to be someone's gonna get a lot of delegates come come next year. And it will be another incidence where the RNC and the national media missed it. OK so I'll ask you make your status though you mission the national polls let's look at the polls in Iowa where you want. It in the in the most recent poll you were at less than 1%. In Iowa. What what is happened. Were donor support go. Yeah well the number one they're not her. Number whether or not talk at a caucus goers are visible and is a much broader poll that number two. Again when I talk to folks out did you know I spent several days till the last few days and most of people like to octave. Are undecided and add a pop actually get a fair amount of support but. A lot of folks are undecided up on their list stead and they're gonna work their way through these through these candidates and the folks that are doing well. Not surprisingly are the folks that are getting most of media attention and as I said before there was a survey done that 80% of Iowa caucus goers could name more than three candidates cell. I guess I'm not concerned about what happens now I'm gonna go out of it almost sixty counties in Iowa we're gonna continue as we art. Getting our caucus captains get in our county are county organizations together. And come February when it matters not August but come February. Now will be there will surprise people again and not they'll scratch they had had say. Did you why did we messed up this summer right and not that not recognize that all candidates can breaks up the table should be should be in this in this game and I have no doubt you'll live all 99 of those Iowa counties thank you senator Santorum.

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