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Santorum: ‘We’re lucky to finish third’

Video: Rick Santorum says ‘bold colors, not this pale pastel’ will cut it against Obama.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — On the day before the balloting in the first-in-the-nation Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum predicted to HUMAN EVENTS that, a week after trailing Mitt Romney by eight votes, he would “come in fourth, maybe third” among New Hampshire GOP voters.

“We understood the limitations,” Santorum explained, pointing out that his campaign did not have money to spend “on any television” in the Granite State. Although he noted that the campaign coffers have been doing much better since his stunning showing in Iowa January 3, Santorum took pains to note the odds that his team was up against. Along with a tight budget, he cited that “Mitt Romney has been running for President for six years” and added, tongue-in-cheek, “Ron Paul has been running since 1930-something.”

As if to further downplay press post-mortems on a weak showing, the former Pennsylvania senator noted that “we are tied with Rick Perry” for fourth place in most polls.

Speaking to us at the St. Anselm’s campus in nearby Goffstown, Santorum also underscored his message that Romney’s past statements on issues such as cap and trade and “the big bank bailouts” would make him a vulnerable opponent to Barack Obama. In his words, “it would be more about him and not about Obama.”

As for Gingrich, whom he called a friend, Santorum said there were things in the former House speaker’s life that would be “distractions” in a general election campaign, and “we don’t have those distractions.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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