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November 12th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Rick Santorum on Mitt Romney: "When you're playing defense, you're not going to win"

With the political dust final settling on the 2012 general election, on Friday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Rick Santorum to bring his candid commentary to the program via a primetime interview.

Having competed against Mitt Romney during the Republican primary, the former Pennsylvania Senator said he would have liked to have seen some more intensity, and a more aggressive approach, from his former rival turned GOP party representative:

"What Mitt Romney, in my opinion, didn't do was go out and vigorously defend the beliefs that he said he espoused and didn't go on the offense," he told Piers Morgan. "When you're playing defense, which is what I believe the campaign was doing and Republicans were doing generally throughout the course of this campaign, you're not going to win."

Three days removed from Barack Obama securing a second term in office, Santorum used his "Piers Morgan Tonight" platform to continue his critique of the president's policies:

"If anybody is an extremist on this issue, it's President Obama, who voted for infanticide. That is extreme. And he voted for it as a member of the Illinois State Senate, and in fact argued for it. Now that's extremism. Defending human life, if that's extreme, guilty. I want to defend all human - innocent human life," said Santorum, further reiterating his position of the social issues. "When the president says you can kill a baby after it's born, that's the extremism. And that's what Mitt Romney and I think others should have made as the case. And we did not."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the man who achieved the historic "Santorum Sweep" further expounds upon his political and social beliefs as they relate to the nation's highest office.
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  1. Zygani

    Ricky knows all about how to lose

    November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rogbahia

    Romney was never the problem, and never had a chance. The Republican Party is the problem and their disgraceful and un-patriotic non-govenance over the past four years has denied them any legitimacy.

    It is time for the GOP to reboot completely and reign in the extremists that belong to another century.

    What amazes me is that not one commentator on CNN-who are mostly great at letting politicians (especially Pubbies) getting away with the most outrageous statements that display a worrying level of denial—mentions the Grover Norquist contract.

    So, where is the question on how on earth the GOP can compromise when some 80% of the GOP signed up to NEVER raising taxes. That in itself is the most ridiculous example of irresponsible governance.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Magdalena

    As long as we tolerate the holocaust of the unborn children, our hearts are ice cold and we received what we deserve. Obama supports abortion up to and after birth, but we didn't care. We have been so manipulated that we even believe that killing our unborn is good for us. How???

    November 13, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Daniel

    With all the issues today why hasn't the topic of manufactoring of products in the US become an importaant issue? We talk about rasing taxes, cutting spending, but no major push on building things in the US. When people have more money to spend everyone wins. The lower, middle, and upper class all benefit. Raise taxes on companies that build overseas and sell here. Raise import trarrifs especiallyon American owed compaines manufactoring overseas. Their profit margin can handle the increased tarrifs.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mary Kully

    Being a young and diverse country means we do not yet share a common view on divisive social issues such as gay marriage, gun control and abortion. However, a common thread that we share is our concern for the economy. A recent survey from McLaughlin & Associates shows the economy and jobs are the top issues that will have the most impact on our future."

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    April 13, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Personal Training Long Island

    Honestly, it was a terrible campaign from all candidates on both parties. Looking forward to 2016.

    January 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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