Elections

Santorum Rips Media For Trying To Decide The Election Instead Of The Voters [VIDEO]

Steve Guest Media Reporter

Rick Santorum ripped the media for “weighing in” on the debate process and “trying to decide the election instead of the voters.”

Appearing on CNN’s “Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield” Wednesday, Santorum explained that when he won the Iowa caucus in 2012, he was at two percent the national polls mocked “the idea that the polls have any idea who is going to win these critical early primaries.”

Santorum wants the debates to be set up “based on who is running legitimate campaigns for president, and who is doing well this the states that matter.” Santorum indicated Iowa and New Hampshire as being the states that “matter.”

“And they should have debates that include everybody on the stage, and I would… I divide it up, and have two primetime debates,” suggested Santorum. “If one primetime debate is good, why aren’t two primetime debates not good? And have seven on seven or six on six, whatever the number is and have it either randomly assigned or take the… if you are going to use the national polls or the state poll, take the even numbers to put them in one debate and the odd numbers in the other.”

Regarding the “Trump factor” which many say has driven millions of additional people to view the debates, Santorum said “the eyeballs that really matter are the eyeballs that are voting in Iowa and New Hampshire and I can guarantee you that the high percentage of the caucus goers are watching the debates… they watch both of them, I have no doubt about that here in Iowa and New Hampshire, and that’s right now, what really matters.”

Santorum indicated that the election is not a national primary. It is, however, a state by state primary process.

Explaining how when he won the 2012 Iowa Caucus with only two percent in the national polls, Santorum said “the idea that the polls have any idea relationship as to who is go is going to win these critical early primaries, it just doesn’t. And for the media to create an undercard when one does not exist, is in my mind just weighing in and trying to decide this election… instead of voters deciding this election.”

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