Rick Santorum: I'm Next

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to local residents during a campaign stop at the Java Lounge coffee shop, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Williamsburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told ABC News' “This Week” that he expects to soon supplant surging rival Newt Gingrich and become the Republican favorite.

So if you look at all of these little boomlets, they last about four to six weeks. Newt is in about week three,” Santorum said.

So we feel pretty good that, you know, come the middle of December and toward the end of December, as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust, someone that is authentic, someone who knows what they believe in and why they believe it, and has a record to back up the rhetoric as to what they want to do to change this country, because we do need big changes, well, who has been doing that?”

As “This Week” host Christine Amanpour noted, Santorum is currently tied with former Obama administration ambassador Jon Huntsman for last in Iowa, according to the most recently conducted Des Moines Register poll (Iowa's primary, the nation's first, is scheduled to take place Jan. 3). Santorum, however, was non-plussed.

"We're within the margin of error of both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, both of whom have had enormous attention by the national media, and have had money and resources," Santorum argued. "Rick Perry is running literally millions of dollars of ads in Iowa, and he is right next to me in the polls."

Although the logical connection between Perry's failures and Santorum's future success was never made explicit, Santorum emphasized the strategic importance of “character.” “"I think character is definitely an issue," the former Pa. senator said. "I think they have to make a decision based upon the person's entire record. And certainly character counts." Consequently, “I think we have a very good chance of winning Iowa," Santorum said. "We've spent the time in the state, we've talked to the activists… And we'll have people at those caucuses advocating for us because I've been in their county. They know my message. They know what I want to accomplish." 
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