Wrapping his last townhall in the state, Santorum made a final pitch to Iowa voters here, promising that no matter how he ranks in Tuesday's first-in-the-nation caucuses, he'll continue on with the same grassroots strategy in the next state primary to keep his candidacy alive. "We're not going to run a big campaign," Santorum told voters at a Pizza Ranch restaurant, where the overflow crowd forced him to give two separate speeches in the same venue. "We're not going to hire a bunch of experts and staff. We're going to run the campaign that keeps continuing to interact with voters that is accessible and accountable. We're going to do our best to be lean and mean and set an example that you can win the presidency that way and you can govern the country that way."
Having visited Iowa repeatedly over the last year, Santorum is now positioned better than ever for victory in the caucuses, a possibility that hardly anyone--including Santorum himself--thought possible even a few weeks ago. Before a few recent polls showed him beginning to surge in Iowa, Santorum often struggled to get people to show up for his appearances; his campaign reported some of the lowest fundraising numbers within the election cycle. "When we report our financial picture it's going to be embarrassing," Santorum said. "Except for the fact that in the last four or five days we've raised more money than in the last three or four months." He also said that his campaign is planning to spend the recent influx on blanketing New Hampshire with ads in advance of the state's primary next week. Santorum did not predict victory there (he's polling near the bottom in New Hampshire, according to the latest public opinion surveys) but he expressed a confidence that not long ago would have been laughable. "We can compete there," he said. "We think we can do well." http://www.inorthfacejackets.net/north-face-womens/women-s-gtx-jackets/north-face-women-s-gore-tex-jacket-dodgerblue-slategray.html Santorum also took one last parting shot against his opponents--many of whom, after all but ignoring him for most of the campaign, have attacked him in recent days. "We have three congressman who have represented heavily Republican districts," he said, referencing Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. "We have a Republican governor of Texas who ran as a conservative. How hard is that? It's Texas. . . .We have a governor of Massachusetts who ran as a liberal, both for the Senate and lost and the governorship and won, and didn't run for re-election." Santorum will join Paul, Bachmann and Romney's sons on Tuesday morning at the Rock the Vote rally in West Des Moines.