Santorum vows 'different message' from opponents as he continues campaign

Rick Santorum vowed to "deliver a different message" than his fellow Republican primary presidential contenders in upcoming GOP primaries. 

Speaking at his South Carolina primary party at The Citadel, Santorum promised to continue running despite placing third in the South Carolina primary. 

"Let me assure you we're going to Florida and then we're going to Arizona," Santorum said to cheers from the crowd. 

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Santorum said he would continue focusing on social conservative issues unlike other members of the field. 

"And we're going to deliver a little different message than the other folks in this race," Santorum said. "I'm going to go out and talk about how we're going to have a Republican party — a conservative movement that makes sure that everyone in America has the opportunity to rise."

Santorum did congratulate the night's big winner, Newt Gingrich. "He's been up, he's been down, he never stopped fighting," Santorum said. "Good job buddy."


He appeared to take jab at his opponents for focusing too much on fiscal issues. 

"As much as we like to talk about that as conservatives if you cut taxes and reduce spending, you'll do fine," Santorum said. 

Earlier in the evening Santorum said that he was pleased with the outcome of the primary because it proved Mitt Romney isn't a lock for the Republican nomination.

 With 67 precincts reporting, Newt Gingrich won South Carolina with 41 percent of the vote, followed by Romney with 26 percent, Santorum with 18 and Paul with 13 percent according to CNN. 

"I ask you, it's a wide open race. Join the fight!" Santorum concluded.