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Author:  Peter [ Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:53 pm ]
Post subject:  WP: Santorum and Huck see opening in Trump-Cruz fight

Santorum and Huckabee, once also-rans, see opening in Cruz-Trump fight
By David Weigel and Katie Zezima January 27 at 8:28 PM

IOWA FALLS, Iowa – Rick Santorum was right on schedule, strolling into the Coffee Attic at 4 p.m. for his fifth event of the day. He shook hands, posed for pictures in his iconic grey sweater vest, and peered into the room where just a dozen potential voters were waiting to meet him.

“It’s not as many as we’d like,” admitted Andy Cable, a local Republican Party committeeman.

“We’ll take what we have, and convert ‘em into activists,” Santorum said.

It took Santorum just 67 seconds to take a whack at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), warning his audience that an anti-ethanol candidate was “in serious contention of winning the state of Iowa, if you believe the polls – which I do not.” Without ever mentioning Cruz, Santorum went on to mock “tough guys” who “don’t win fights” and explain why “on-the-job training doesn’t work.”

For the first time in the short history of Iowa’s caucuses, two of its winners – 2012 victor Santorum, 2008 winner Mike Huckabee – were running against each other. Both men had seemingly been banished to irrelevance as a tireless and well-funded Cruz convinced scores of powerful social conservatives, everyone from James Dobson to Glenn Beck, that only he could win.

In the most recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, the one that captured both men’s winning surges, Cruz stood at 25 percent, Huckabee at 3 percent, and Santorum dead last at 1 percent. But Cruz is struggling to put away Donald Trump, and the one-time winners couldn’t be happier about it.


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