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March 2nd, 2012
08:52 PM ET

Santorum: Limbaugh comments 'absurd'

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks Rick Santorum for reaction to Rush Limbaugh's controversial comments about Sandra Fluke.

RELATED VIDEO: Santorum backtracks on Obama snob comment


Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Santorum • Rush Limbaugh
BLITZER'S BLOG: It’s going to get nasty!
February 23rd, 2012
03:43 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: It’s going to get nasty!

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) – If you think it’s been a rough ride for the Republican candidates during this campaign season, just wait. This will be seen as child’s play once the general election campaign begins.

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: The war of words between President Obama and his campaign supporters versus the eventual Republican nominee and his supporters will be fierce.
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Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingtich • Politics • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul • Wolf Blitzer
BLITZER'S BLOG: How many times will the tables turn between now and November?
February 21st, 2012
03:25 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: How many times will the tables turn between now and November?

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Things appear to be moving in the right direction for President Obama and his re-election drive – at least a bit.

The unemployment rate has been steadily going down in recent months.

The Dow Jones is hovering around 13,000 – nearly double the 6,547 that existed in March 2009, shortly after he took office.

His job approval number, according to our latest CNN-ORC International Poll, is at 50%.

On top of this, the president beats each of the four GOP presidential finalists in hypothetical one-on-one matchups.

Despite those indicators, White House and Obama re-election campaign officials should be under no illusions. There is still a lot of time between now and the November election.

Where things stand in February certainly doesn’t indicate where they will be in November.

There are so many factors at play.

For one thing, we don’t know who the Republican nominee will be. It probably will be one of the four finalists, but not necessarily. This already has proven to be one wild and unpredictable race for the GOP nomination.

Most serious Democratic Party insiders fear Mitt Romney a lot more than they fear Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul. They believe the former Massachusetts governor would be a very formidable opponent.

They believe they would have an easier time with Santorum. His outspoken views on social issues, they say, could alienate many moderate Republicans and independents, especially suburban women.

Then again, I have often heard Jimmy Carter aides recall that they were high-fiving each other in 1980 when they heard that Ronald Reagan would be the Republican nominee. How could an incumbent president, they thought, lose to a former Hollywood actor?

We all know how that story ended.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingtich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul • Wolf Blitzer
February 20th, 2012
06:49 PM ET

Democrats targeting Santorum

Do Democrats see the former Pennsylvania senator as a serious threat? CNN's Donna Brazile and Will Cain discuss with Wolf Blitzer.


Filed under: 2012 election • Donna Brazile • Rick Santorum • Strategy Session • Will Cain
Santorum explains opposition to women in combat
February 10th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

Santorum explains opposition to women in combat

(CNN) – Rick Santorum reiterated his opposition Friday to women serving in combat roles in the U.S. military, saying female troops have reduced physical capacities and would distract men from their assigned duties.

"If you're out there, for example, in a group, or just two people, and some people, because of women, have, as you know with respect to physical capabilities, they don't have the same requirements that men do in the military, and may be in a position if someone is injured, has to be brought back," Santorum said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

The full interview airs Friday at 5 p.m. ET. on CNN

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Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Military • Rick Santorum
January 27th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Santorum: 'We're in this race'

(CNN) – Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race Friday, saying his lighter-than-usual campaign efforts in Florida were no indication of plans to drop out of the running.

"There hasn't even been a discussion, not even approaching a discussion to discuss a discussion, as to whether to get out of this race," Santorum said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "We're in this race."

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Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Santorum
January 11th, 2012
11:44 PM ET

Santorum responds to negative ads

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks presidential candidate Rick Santorum about negative ads against him.

RELATED STORY: Santorum takes on Perry and Romney


Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Santorum
December 29th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Stunning turnaround for Santorum in Iowa

CNN's Wolf Blitzer speaks to GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum about his sudden rise in the polls in Iowa.

RELATED VIDEO: Santorum on Ron Paul

RELATED STORY: CNN Poll: Romney on top, Gingrich fading & Santorum rising in Iowa


Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Politics • Rick Santorum
December 21st, 2011
07:12 PM ET

Santorum: I was asked to drop out

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he's been encouraged by some conservatives to drop out of the race.

RELATED STORY: Santorum: Faith leader asked me, others to consider dropping out

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Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Santorum
November 15th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Santorum on Penn State: I felt like I was punched in the gut

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, A Penn State graduate, expresses disbelief and disgust about the sex abuse scandal.

On politics, the Republican presidential candidate says he's focused 'like a laser beam' on Iowa and New Hampshire.


Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Penn State • Pennsylvania • Politics • polls • Republicans • Rick Santorum
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