Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, known for his uncompromising conservatism and confrontational rhetoric, argued Sunday that he is more electable than a leading rival in the Republican presidential race.
“We’re going to win Texas, no matter who the nominee is,” Santorum said on Fox News Sunday, a reference to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who launched his campaign last week. He noted that the GOP would need to win swing states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. “I’ve got the track record to do that,” Santorum said, considering his successful run in Pennsylvania.
Santorum, who defeated two Democratic incumbents to win U.S. House and Senate seats, did not mention his 18-point loss to Sen. Bob Casey (D.,Pa.) in 2006, when Santorum was trying for a third term. He spent $26 million on the effort.
Asked about that race on Fox, Santorum said it was a “miserable year” for Republicans. “It was a meltdown in Pennsylvania and I got swept out with like everybody else,” he said.
Since finishing a surprising fourth in the Ames Straw Poll August 13, Santorum’s candidacy has received an injection of new energy.