Rick Santorum Rallies in Osage Beach Before Caucus

7 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Friday, March 16 2012 Mar 16, 2012 Friday, March 16, 2012 2:11:00 PM CDT March 16, 2012 in News
By: Emily Spain and Breana Jones
loading

OSAGE BEACH - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum held a rally in Osage Beach Friday, speaking to a crowd of more than 500 people. The former Pennsylvania senator appeared at the Main Street Music Hall.  This visit comes on the tails of Santorum's big win in Missouri's non-binding primary in February.  Santorum hopes to continue his Show-Me State streak with most of the state's caucuses getting underway on Saturday.

The candidate told KOMU 8 News in an interview following the rally, "The clear convincing margin of victory here in Missouri just made everybody look up and take notice. It's really been that springboard of Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado that day that has made this a two candidate race, and I'm very very grateful for the people of Missouri."

Nationally, many campaigns deemed the Missouri primary a beauty contest among candidates.  Santorum has invested more time in Missouri than the other candidates—he was the only one to campaign prior to the non-binding primary.  Some voters said they came to see if what Santorum stood for. 

"I wanted to see if he was willing to right those wrongs and he is," said Theres Fiore Chester, a resident from Osage Beach. 

With Santorum close behind Mitt Romney at the top of the GOP race, some Republicans are calling out Gingrich and Ron Paul for holding Santorum back from closing the gap.

"Why is [Gingrich] staying in, it doesn't make since. He's losing. What is the purpose of that except to split the vote," Fiore Chester said. "So I believe he should drop out, Paul should drop out and let's see then who gets the delegates."

Santorum called on voters to send someone with conservative views up against President Obama for the election in November. He said the Republican nominee needs to stand out against Obama.

"We need someone who can draw a clear contrast. We need someone who has the track record of shrinking government...someone who's strong on national security and has convictions. Not someone that's been on every side of every issue, that you can trust that when things get tough that they're not going to go for what the popular sentiment is they're going to stand up for what they said they were going to do," he said.

KOMU 8 News asked Santorum where he had the Mizzou Tigers on his March Madness bracket, but the candidate said he didn't fill one out and normally pulls for Penn State.  He did add that he thinks the MU basketball team has the potential to pull it off this year.  

For a full list of caucuses in Missouri click here.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - New trail markers identifying places of interest in the African American community are coming to the downtown Columbia... More >>
35 minutes ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:53:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The local segment of a national student film competition called "Campus Movie Fest" (CMF) is starting Wednesday at... More >>
36 minutes ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:52:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Hackers compromised a mocked-up home page of Gentry Middle School in Columbia, briefly posting the N-word in the... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:24:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) is investigating a sexual assault that happened over the weekend near... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:53:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Twelve Democratic presidential candidates took stage Tuesday night in Ohio while mid-Missouri viewers watched on television. The debate... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:44:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri released the results Tuesday of a survey on the campus climate surrounding sexual assault... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:27:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday Missouri is in no shape to handle a recession if financial... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:13:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - From ear to ear, it's hard to miss 94-year-old Elmo Winterhalter's smile. "I don't know I've always... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:40:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in EmVP
COLUMBIA - MU Health Care unveiled a new therapeutic, outdoor activity center for patients Tuesday. The area has a... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:14:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Three people were hospitalized after a crash involving an ambulance shut down two major roads Tuesday afternoon. ... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:20:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order Tuesday to create a campaign to educate, warn, and deter... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:32:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (KSHB) — You never know what you'll encounter as a police officer. One day, you may walk... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:47:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who is on a record-breaking pace during the first half of the season, and Wisconsin running... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in Sports
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say an improvised explosive device blew up in an elementary school playground in Helena.... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:07:00 AM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Moberly man pleaded guilty to a federal charge of aggravated identity theft and will be sentenced in... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:44:41 AM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- When it comes to concussions in high school sports, there is good news and bad news, a new... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:29:48 AM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkey defied growing condemnation from its NATO allies to press ahead with its invasion of northern... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:45:00 AM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City T-Bones are officially locked out of their stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:48:00 AM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 42°
5am 41°
6am 40°
7am 39°
8am 40°