Riding a closing burst of support ahead of Tuesday’s presidential caucuses, Republican candidate Rick Santorum told a crowd of supporters Sunday afternoon that he is ready for a wave of negative attacks now that he has emerged as one of the top tier contenders in Iowa.

“This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been in tough races,” said the former Pennsylvania senator. “I’ve had the national media crawling up anywhere they could crawl . . . . It’s not going to be fun.”

Santorum’s final sprint had the air of a victory lap as he began the last two days of a long Iowa campaign with what he said was his 372nd town hall meeting.

This conservative capital of western Iowa is “where it started to take hold for us,” he told more than 150 people jammed into the Daily Grind coffee shop in downtown Sioux City. Santorum stopped short of predicting a win, but said that the Iowa caucuses two days from now will “send a shock wave across this country.”

Continue reading →