Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Matt Strawn - Iowa GOP Chair
Kathie Obradovich - Des Moines Register
Gregory: wow it’s a frothy field and
Santorum is rising!
Todd: Romney has the support of people who
basically have given up on life
Gregory: but will those people bother to vote?
Todd: no but Ron Paul supporters will get
up at 4:30 a.m. assuming they’re not high
Strawn: we can’t afford another four years
of slow but steady economic growth
under Barack Obama
Todd: At first people don’t like Santorum but
once they experience it they like it
Todd: Unlike Santorum Romney is very slippery
Gregory: Santorum’s support is more sticky
Strawn: 100,000 Iowans will pick the
Gregory: that’s amazing
Strawn: unless it snows then South Carolina
gets to choose the Commander in Chief
Todd: Romney would win easily if he
never said anything
Gregory: Iowa is tiny and full of white farmers
Strawn: we are first in the nation -
it’s all we’ve got!
Todd: will Perry supporters learn to
Gregory: I’ve noticed you get used to
Santorum after a while
[ break ]
Gregory: Rick Santorum you have a hot hand
Santorum: people keeps asking me
‘Santorum when are you going to surge’?
Gregory: what do you say?
Santorum: I say hold on tight I’m coming
Gregory: no other Senators endorsed you
Santorum: Santorum is not that popular
in the U.S. Senate
Santorum: I’m looking to bring Santorum to Washington
Gregory: you have experience with pork
Santorum: I alone kept Washington from exploding
Gregory: you endorsed Romney in 2008
Santorum: I respected John McCain immensely
and hate Romney therefore I endorsed
Romney just to stop McCain
Gregory: Is Romney a conservative?
Santorum: what day is it?
Gregory: ha ha
Santorum: you can’t have a strong economy
unless you repress gay people
Gregory: you are soft on fetuses
Santorum: I support abortion exceptions
but I’m not in favor of them
Gregory: you funded Amtrak
Santorum: Sadly I was forced to compromise
with Ted Kennedy on socialist railroads
Gregory: you say Obama would be dangerous
for America but Republicans are also
Santorum: Obama keeps dividing America
between black and white
Gregory: that sounds just like him
Santorum: Obama has refused to meet with
John Boehner for last six months
Gregory: that can’t possibly be right
Santorum: well Obama is giving speeches
attacking Republicans and that is just wrong
Gregory: Republicans are not to blame
Santorum: the problem is government oppression
Santorum: Republicans discovered in 2009
that government spending is bad
Gregory: you say Obama’s foreign policy
is appeasement to evil people
Santorum: Obama wants muslim thugs
to steal elections because he is from Chicago
Gregory: of course
Santorum: Obama is bad because he didn’t
support the democracy movement in Iran and
wouldn’t support the dictator of Egypt
Gregory: that makes no sense
Santorum: It does because I don’t care about
democracy - I just hate Islam
Gregory: got it
Santorum: Bush tried to support democracy in
Iran and Obama won’t help at all!
Gregory: what would you do in Iran?
Santorum: covert action baby
Gregory: Obama is doing that
Santorum: there is no evidence that Obama
is engaging in covert actions
Gregory: do you know what the word covert means?
Santorum: we must launch air strikes against Iran!
Gregory: will you win in Iowa?
Santorum: you’re going to see a big jump
[ break ]
Gregory: who is going to win Iowa?
Obradovich: Santorum is surging
Murphy: Santorum is coming out fast
Halperin: Romney has only to fear Perry
Mitchell: the evangelicals may not vote
for Ricky if supports abortion when a
woman’s life in danger
Brooks: Santorum clearly explains how
gay people cause unemployment
Murphy: the churches will dump Perry
because he’s a dumbass
Obradovich: voters who are born-again but
like marijuana will support Ron Paul
Brooks: average people think America is
declining but their only answer is a
Mitchell: Ron Paul would win but he’s not
Murphy: new people never vote in Iowa
Obradovich: Independents love to caucus
and like Ron Paul
Gregory: can I talk?
Murphy: ok ok
Gregory: Mitt Romney wants to be the
white Barack Obama
Halperin: Mitt has run the best campaign but
the White House machine is even better
Brooks: Romney is too bland to win
Gregory: America is in decline! [ sobs ]
Mitchell: Obama has not found his voice
Murphy: how you win the GOP primary but still
take the general election?
Brooks: Rick Santorum is against poverty
Gregory: then he’s doomed
Obradovich: don’t ignore Iowa!
Halperin: Santorum will squashed like a bug
Gregory: Romney’s SuperPACs are vicious
Mitchell: they crush and they kill
Murphy: Rick will fail because he is
Brooks: hell that dweeb couldn’t win
Gregory: January is going to be fucking exciting!
Halperin: Mitt is going to wrap this up by
Gregory: so who wins Iowa?
Obradovich: I predict a surprise!
Gregory: and that’s another episode
of Meet The Press