Government
4:07 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Gingrich, Santorum Make Campaign Stop in Pennsylvania

Nationally, Republicans may be turning up the heat on the party to unite around Mitt Romney as the GOP's presidential nominee.

But not at this year's Pennsylvania Leadership Conference of staunch conservatives in Cumberland County, where candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich touted their Republican values.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania US Senator, took a moment to dismiss criticism that losing his reelection in 2006 makes his electability doubtful.

Santorum said being "creamed" by Democratic Senator Bob Casey gave him an opportunity to get some distance from Washington and return to the private sector.

"[The] people of Pennsylvania didn't always give me what I wanted, but they gave me what I needed," said Santorum. "And it was a great, in many respects, for me, a great gift to get away, to separate out."

Veteran insider and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich focused on what he called the failed energy policy of President Obama, and the inconsistency of Romney.

Gingrich said the race isn't over yet.

"The truth is, Romney doesn't have it locked up yet, and until Romney has it locked up, it's not locked up. So there's no incentive to get out as long as there's an opportunity to be there if it gets unlocked," said Gingrich.

Gingrich said he's staying in the race because he still has a fighting chance to keep the former Massachusetts governor from getting the G-O-P nomination.