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PoliCon
08-16-2010, 08:14 AM
By Mike Wereschagin
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, August 15, 2010

BARRINGTON, N.H. In the cafeteria of a company tucked into the pine woods, Rick Santorum is writing his second act.

The company is Turbocam International, whose mission statement says it "exists to serve God and create wealth for its employees." About 50 workers listen as the former Pennsylvania senator tears into President Obama's administration. The last question comes from someone at the back of the room.

Are you running for president?

"I am considering it, and I'm going through the process right now," said Santorum, 52, who lives in Northern Virginia but still maintains a home in Penn Hills.

He visited 25 states this year, with three visits each to the Republican proving grounds of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first states to vote in presidential primaries.

"I'm just seeing if this is something that's possible seeing whether, financially, it's possible, both from the standpoint of being able to run a campaign and from the standpoint of being able to feed my children," he said, traveling from the Turbocam event to a fundraiser in a rented, black Infiniti M35.

He and his wife Karen are the parents of seven children, one of whom, Isabella, 2, was born with Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder that delays development and causes heart defects and kidney problems. Ninety percent of children with the disorder die during their first year.

"I don't have the luxury of not working. I've got to work. I've got to get paid. So I've got to figure out how to do that and run for president."

As the torch-bearer for social and religious conservatives in Congress, Santorum railed against abortion and same-sex marriage, and for keeping alive Terri Schiavo, a Pennsylvania native who lived in Florida in a vegetative state for 15 years until her husband fought successfully to remove her feeding tube.

Santorum's knack for ideological warfare fueled his political rise. Santorum beat a seven-term incumbent in a heavily Democratic House district in 1990 and defeated another Democratic incumbent for his Senate seat in 1994. He became its third-ranking Republican in 2001.

His stridency made him a top target of Democrats, and helped Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. beat him in 2006.

Santorum remains a culture warrior. He's a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington think tank dedicated to applying Judeo-Christian traditions to public policy issues. Santorum contributes to Fox News Channel and writes an opinion column for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"If we don't stop what's happening in Washington in this election, America as we know it, is over, and you will be the generation that lost it," Santorum told a crowd of donors in New Hampshire. "I look at this opportunity as the greatest blessing that can be bestowed on any of us. You have a chance to do something great for your country."

He compares the health care overhaul to "government-run education."

"When the government took over the education of our children, what they did was create a direct pipeline to your wallet. And what's happened? We have, by all accounts, the worst public education system in the Western world. Our children are, in every category, at the very bottom, except for one: how they feel about themselves," Santorum said.

Iowa could prove difficult for him.

"Iowans love their schools," said David Hill, a longtime political consultant whose firm is polling for one Iowa Republican gubernatorial candidate. Socially conservative voters there, who propelled former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a pastor, to victory in their caucuses in 2008 now are more concerned with picking a candidate who can win a national race.

"The question is, is Rick Santorum a winner?" Hill said. "That might be more important than ideology."

Even supporters, including Allegheny County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Roddey, say Santorum might be too divisive to win a national race.

In a column published on the website Catholic Online in 2002, Santorum blamed the priest sexual abuse scandal on Massachusetts liberalism. In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, he said legalizing gay sex would lead to legal polygamy and incest. On the Senate floor in 2005, he compared Democrats to Hitler.

"His positions in the last couple of years in the Senate, his campaign style, became very strident. He really moved away from the middle and was very far out there on the right," Roddey said. Then again, he said, "There were times when Richard Nixon was completely written off."

Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire say there's no clear favorite for 2012. The party tends toward established candidates, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hasn't generated much passion. Santorum sees an opening.

"With (former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John) McCain out of the way, Romney seems to be the logical guy. He's pretty much indicated he's not going to try to run as Mr. Ultra-Conservative," Santorum said. "He's going to try to run as more of sort of a mainstream Republican, whatever that means."

It's Monday. Santorum spent one of the last four nights in his Northern Virginia home.

On Thursday and Friday, he campaigned in Colorado for Jane Norton, the GOP's establishment candidate for the Senate.

"She's in a primary against a guy who claims to be more conservative than her, so having me out there helps her," Santorum says. Norton stands a better chance than opponent Ken Buck of capturing the seat from Democrats in the fall, he said.

Buck allied himself with tea party groups in Colorado, but was caught on tape calling some of them "dumbasses" and, at a separate event, telling people they should vote for him because he isn't a woman.

"The guy's a little bit of a loose cannon, which is great because I think he's kind of self-destructing I hope," Santorum said.

Buck beat Norton 52 percent to 48 percent Tuesday.

Between Santorum's appearances for candidates, he talks to their donors and collects favors from the candidates' patrons.

New Hampshire's Executive Council, District 3 seat is an obscure office, even in this politically savvy state. But the Republican candidate is Chris Sununu. His father, John H. Sununu, was President George H.W. Bush's chief of staff, a former governor and perhaps the state's most powerful Republican. Two of the four GOP Senate candidates attended the fundraiser in a supporter's backyard. Santorum delivered the keynote address.

He told the crowd it was a "national tragedy" that Chris' older brother, John, lost his re-election in 2008 after serving one term in the Senate.

After Santorum's 20-minute speech, the most important vote in the yard remained uncommitted.

"We've got a lot of great Republicans coming through this state. Sen. Santorum is one of those great Republicans," said former Gov. Sununu.

Santorum continues to raise money. His political action committee, America's Foundation, took in more than $645,000 in donations in the first half of this year. Last year's donations totaled more than $1.2 million.

"I've never done this," Santorum says. He was the only Republican in his 1990 House race because no one thought the incumbent was vulnerable. He faced token opposition in 1994. "I've really never run in a primary."

Both times, he beat incumbent Democrats through relentless campaigning.

"The Republican base voter in presidential primaries is very conservative, and there will be a conservative candidate who will automatically carry a lot of that base. If (former Alaska) Gov. (Sarah) Palin decides to run, she'll take all the air out of the room, but if she doesn't, Rick Santorum could turn out to be that conservative candidate, and he could have a real chance," said Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat.

After leaving Colorado on Saturday morning, Santorum flew to Jackson, Wyo. Fresh off the plane, he drove to the golf course at Teton Pines, where the first tee faces the soaring, namesake peak of Grand Teton National Park. It was his second round of golf this year; he shot an 85.

"It's one of those things. I don't know why. I don't have to play very much to play well."


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_694992.html

PoliCon
08-16-2010, 08:17 AM
Sorry Rick, I will not be supporting your candidacy.

linda22003
08-16-2010, 08:24 AM
Social issues like the ones he represents are the least of our problems right now.

PoliCon
08-16-2010, 08:37 AM
and his strong ties to K street helped to oust him in 2006 and would play against him even now.

lacarnut
08-16-2010, 12:19 PM
Rick can forget about it. Palin is going to run.

Satanicus
08-17-2010, 04:45 PM
Rick can forget about it. Palin is going to run.

As if she can win.

She quit the last government job she had , and if she won re-election to the WH she would also quit , she said lame ducks should quit.

Not to mention she is polling below 30% ... and her endorsement is seen as a negative.http://www.politicususa.com/en/palin-rating-crash

The half term Gov is done , never before has GOP talked about running someone who is polling so low.

When the election approaches Mitt and Newt will 'take her out' ... the info is ready and waiting if she decides to run.

lacarnut
08-17-2010, 05:35 PM
As if she can win.

She quit the last government job she had , and if she won re-election to the WH she would also quit , she said lame ducks should quit.

Not to mention she is polling below 30% ... and her endorsement is seen as a negative.http://www.politicususa.com/en/palin-rating-crash

The half term Gov is done , never before has GOP talked about running someone who is polling so low.

When the election approaches Mitt and Newt will 'take her out' ... the info is ready and waiting if she decides to run.

Obama does not stand a snow ball chance in hell in 012 with high unemployment and anemic growth. The Magic Negro will get trounced if the economy does not turn around. With the idiots on his economic team, I do not see that happening. You see, community organizers do not know diddly squat about economics. Kinda like your dumb ass.

JB
08-17-2010, 05:37 PM
She quit the last government job she hadAs did Bumble.

lacarnut
08-17-2010, 05:42 PM
As did Bumble.

Along with 2 Democratic Governors that joined the Obamination team.

Articulate_Ape
08-17-2010, 06:51 PM
Sorry Rick, I will not be supporting your candidacy.

Ditto.

CueSi
08-17-2010, 07:00 PM
I will also pass on this. :p

~QC

Articulate_Ape
08-17-2010, 07:02 PM
Rick can forget about it. Palin is going to run.

You are only half right.

fettpett
08-18-2010, 10:56 PM
Santorm is a moron, he wont be getting my support either.

lacarnut
08-18-2010, 11:26 PM
You are only half right.

I will bet you 40 bucks she will run; loser donates the money to CU.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 12:39 AM
I will bet you 40 bucks she will run; loser donates the money to CU.

I'll bet you $100 that she won't. Same terms.

lacarnut
08-19-2010, 12:55 AM
I'll bet you $100 that she won't. Same terms.

You are on. The last dude that bet me lost. Just a friendly reminder. :D

Just for clarification, I am betting you that she will enter the primaries.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 01:02 AM
You are on. The last dude that bet me lost. Just a friendly reminder. :D

Just for clarification, I am betting you that she will enter the primaries.

You betcha.

lacarnut
08-19-2010, 01:10 AM
You betcha.

You want to pay up now or latter? I don't think that millions of her adoring fans will allow her to sit the election out.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 10:17 AM
You want to pay up now or latter? I don't think that millions of her adoring fans will allow her to sit the election out.

We'll see, won't we? What you fail to understand is that she will have the adoring fans regardless of whether she runs or not. There is nothing for her to gain by running for POTUS. She has been through that mill and is doing better than fine doing exactly what she is doing. But, hey, I could be wrong; there's a first time for everything.

Zeus
08-19-2010, 12:04 PM
We'll see, won't we? What you fail to understand is that she will have the adoring fans regardless of whether she runs or not. There is nothing for her to gain by running for POTUS. She has been through that mill and is doing better than fine doing exactly what she is doing. But, hey, I could be wrong; there's a first time for everything.


I've been somewhat thinking along those same lines. She does good as a conservative voice that can rally the troops but I doubt they would back fer in a presidenbtial run. Sure somw may suppert her in a presidential bid but not enough to win. Then again if she was to win this would be the time to do it when most the population is more than willing to give Obumbler his walking papers.

Same thing for Rick Santorum (sp?)

PoliCon
08-19-2010, 12:21 PM
I can see her running for Steeles job before I can see her running for president . . . .

ralph wiggum
08-19-2010, 12:24 PM
I guess he was at the Iowa State Fair yesterday, always a "testing the waters" place for any potential Presidential candidate.

lacarnut
08-19-2010, 01:32 PM
We'll see, won't we? What you fail to understand is that she will have the adoring fans regardless of whether she runs or not. There is nothing for her to gain by running for POTUS. She has been through that mill and is doing better than fine doing exactly what she is doing. But, hey, I could be wrong; there's a first time for everything.

This might be a first for you. She has taken all the arrows that the media and the W.H. has shot at her and she is still kicking their asses. So, I think she is going to enjoy running against wimpy ass Repubs, winning the nomination and the Presidency. It will be interesting anyway you cut it though.

Zeus
08-19-2010, 01:54 PM
This might be a first for you. She has taken all the arrows that the media and the W.H. has shot at her and she is still kicking their asses. So, I think she is going to enjoy running against wimpy ass Repubs, winning the nomination and the Presidency. It will be interesting anyway you cut it though.

That's what the right needs , a candidate that is unapologetic conservative. I believe the country is looking for a plain speaking Confident leader to fix the harm brought on by the obumblers policies. Even a lot of the left is realizing they been sold a bill of goods not worth squat.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 02:39 PM
This might be a first for you. She has taken all the arrows that the media and the W.H. has shot at her and she is still kicking their asses. So, I think she is going to enjoy running against wimpy ass Repubs, winning the nomination and the Presidency. It will be interesting anyway you cut it though.


We'll see. ;)

lacarnut
08-19-2010, 03:12 PM
That's what the right needs , a candidate that is unapologetic conservative. I believe the country is looking for a plain speaking Confident leader to fix the harm brought on by the obumblers policies. Even a lot of the left is realizing they been sold a bill of goods not worth squat.

I am afraid that the establishment Repubs do NOT want an unapologetic conservative. The party has been hijacked with country club republicans. Mitt Romney is a good example. The yahoos that run the RNC would much prefer him over Palin. In fact, Palin scares the shit out of them because she would upset the apple cart, and be more inclined to favor main street rather than the big interests of wall street. A shinning example of that is she forced the largest corporation in the US, EXXON, to either drill on the oil leases that they had been holding for many years or give them up. Exxon took her and the state to court and lost.

The Repubs need a fighter who will take their message to the people. GWB did not do that and the liberals ate his lunch on domestic issues. One thing that conservatives need to remember that there only a few moderate Democrats in the Senate. The overwhelming majority of them are not going to go quietly even if we elect a Repub Prez and a majority in the House and Senate. So, we need someone that will go toe to toe with the liberal media and liberal Democrats. I can not think of a better person than Palin for doing that.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 03:29 PM
I am afraid that the establishment Repubs do NOT want an unapologetic conservative. The party has been hijacked with country club republicans. Mitt Romney is a good example. The yahoos that run the RNC would much prefer him over Palin. In fact, Palin scares the shit out of them because she would upset the apple cart, and be more inclined to favor main street rather than the big interests of wall street. A shinning example of that is she forced the largest corporation in the US, EXXON, to either drill on the oil leases that they had been holding for many years or give them up. Exxon took her and the state to court and lost.

The Repubs need a fighter who will take their message to the people. GWB did not do that and the liberals ate his lunch on domestic issues. One thing that conservatives need to remember that there only a few moderate Democrats in the Senate. The overwhelming majority of them are not going to go quietly even if we elect a Repub Prez and a majority in the House and Senate. So, we need someone that will go toe to toe with the liberal media and liberal Democrats. I can not think of a better person than Palin for doing that.


Well, on behalf of CU, I would like to thank you in advance for your generous $100.00 donation. :p

Molon Labe
08-19-2010, 03:33 PM
. In fact, Palin scares the shit out of them

I don't know about them...but she scares it out of me. ;)

lacarnut
08-19-2010, 03:42 PM
Well, on behalf of CU, I would like to thank you in advance for your generous $100.00 donation. :p

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

BTW, if she runs and wins the Presidency, I will donate another 100 bucks to the cause. How about you?

lacarnut
08-19-2010, 03:44 PM
I don't know about them...but she scares it out of me. ;)

Most Republicans have that effect on me also.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 03:58 PM
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

BTW, if she runs and wins the Presidency, I will donate another 100 bucks to the cause. How about you?

You betcha!