Rick Santorum Goes After Romneycare.

Bookmark and ShareFormer Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a few jabs at former Massachusetts Governor and potential 2012 competitor Mitt Romney and the health care program he implemented in Massachusetts.

“I have a lot of concerns about him in this election cycle because of the pre-eminence of health care and the issue of Romneycare,” Santorum told the Boston Herald at a fund-raiser for a Roman Catholic group in Newton, MA yesterday. “I think the issues unfortunately don’t line up particularly well for Gov. Romney at this time, particularly with health care being front and center on the stage.” He also called Massachusetts’ health-care reform “a failure.”

“People have tried to differentiate it from Obamacare in the sense that the states have the right to do what Massachusetts did, and I don’t dispute that Massachusetts and Gov. Romney had the right to do it, but the question is, was it the right thing to do?” Santorum said. Romney has insisted that health-care repeal is a state-by-state right. He has promised to repeal Obamacare because it’s a federal mandate forced on the country’s 50 states.

Santorum, who endorsed Romney in 2008, said he’s changed his mind because, “It’s a different field. It’s a different set of issues.” Santorum has said that he will make a decision on a 2012 run within the next couple of months and has logged more trips to NH this year than any other potential candidate. A sign to most observers that he is intending on declaring himself a candidate.

Santorum is not the first to call into question the Massachusetts law implemented by Romney as Governor. Other Republicans have attacked Romney and the health-care reform legislation he created as the 2012 presidential race heats up. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Romney should apologize for the law. Santorum stopped short of demanding an apology, but said, “We need someone who’s a strong, practical conservative who believes not in government mandates, not in government control of the health care system but in a patient-centered approach to health care.”

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Santorum Goes After Palin For Skipping CPAC

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum went after Sarah Palin today charging that her decision to skip the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference was a financial one. The former Senator told conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, who hosts an online radio show on Glenn Becks website, “I have a feeling that she has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them.” In what seemed to be a suggestion that the former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate’s priorities were with speeches and appearances that were paid, Santorum stated that Palin has “other business opportunities.”

Santorum also took sarcastic aim at the suggestion that Palin had family responsibilities to tend to as well. “I don’t live in Alaska and I’m not the mother to all these kids and I don’t have other responsibilities that she has,” he said. Santorum is the father of 7 children.

Palin has turned down invitations to speak at CPAC reportedly due to an ongoing rift with American Conservative Union president David Keene who has publicly criticized her.

Taking on Palin can be dangerous ground headed into a campaign but Rick Santorum seems to be the one candidate who is not afraid of possibly alienating her large base of followers. As others have tip toed around any public criticism of the highly popular former VP candidate it seems Santorum is not going to shy away from taking on the power of Palin. If she runs it could be a good move as everyone will have to weigh in on her candidacy. If she doesn’t it could put a dent in his being able to grab her many evangelical followers from the likes of Mike Huckabee.

The CPAC conference begins on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Scheduled to appear are Santorum, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former MA Governor Mitt Romney, IN Governor Mitch Daniels, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former MN Governor Tim Pawlenty, TX Governor Rick Perry, MS Governor Haley Barbour, MN Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and others.

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Rick Santorum 2012 Page Goes Up On Facebook

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With his recent comments to a Pittsburgh TV station making his Presidential aspirations official, fans of the former Pennsylvania Senator have put up a Rick Santorum 2012 page on social network giant Facebook

Although not an official product of the Santorum campaign the page should prove comforting to the former Senator who had a dismal showing in a recent poll in Iowa of potential GOP candidates. Lesser known that some GOP hopefuls, the newly minted Facebook page may help get his name out to a national audience.

Democrats have historically been the political leaders in using technology to get out their message and have reached a younger audience because of it. This has driven their grass roots efforts and has made getting the message out to a broad audience very quickly, an easier task than Republicans have found it in recent elections. However, with the booming popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the GOP candidates have embraced the technology and may no longer be behind in the race for the mass media message.

Santorum is the first to officially kick off a campaign for 2012 and his fans followed suit with a 2012 Facebook page. Will it have an effect on the Former Senator’s bid for the White House? It certainly can’t hurt. In an era of soundbites and Twitter feeds, getting your name out using social networking is going to become a staple of anyone’s run for office. This time it looks like the Republican’s will be leading instead of following.

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From Sea To Shining Sea (or Iowa to New Hampshire)

Bookmark and Share    After spending time in the early caucus state of Iowa, shaking hands and kissing babies at the state fair, former PA Senator Rick Santorum has made his way to the first primary state of New Hampshire as he continues to test the waters as the only candidate to ‘officially’ throw his hat in the ring for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

The possible GOP presidential candidate will attend a fundraising event Saturday for a New Hampshire Republican state senate candidate and will serve as the keynote speaker at the Manchester Republicans Candidate Fair, according to a spokeswoman for Santorum’s political action committee. “I sort of feel in some respects I’m being pulled along in this,” Santorum told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday. “I’m still seriously going through this process. And at this point I’m very encouraged by everything that’s happening.” Santorum added that “there seems to be support on the ground at least to consider this. The response has been surprisingly positive.”

The former Senator told a Pittsburgh television station last week that he was testing the waters for a Presidential run. After making his announcement, the candidate made the trip to Iowa, his third, to campaign for state candidates and hang with potential voters at the Iowa State Fair in order to get his name out in order to compete against the possible candidates in 2012 that have national name recognition such as Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. In a somewhat predictable progression, Santorum left Iowa and headed for the early primary state of New Hampshire.

For the former Senator to make a serious run he is doing what may be his only option. Getting out amongst the voters to heighten his profile. He is sure to face better funded and more recognizable names should he dive head first into the process to garner the GOP nomination in 2012. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll released last week indicated that Santorum was the pick of two percent of Republican voters when it comes to their choice for their party’s next presidential nominee. Santorum was last among a list of potential GOP White House hopefuls listed in the survey.

It may be a long road ahead in the political career of Rick Santorum. A road that he seems, at least now, to be ready to travel down.

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“Officially” Throwing His Hat In The Ring Santorum Goes To Iowa

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After months of speculation, without an official comment on the subject, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has confirmed to KDKA TV in Pittsburgh that he is ‘testing the waters’ for potential voter and financial support in a bid for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination. Santorum will be visiting Iowa August 16th-18th and will be campaigning for several GOP candidates as well as making a few personal appearances. This is Santorum’s 5th trip to the important state of Iowa. The former Senator has also made several trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina, early primary states, fueling speculation that he is planning on a 2012 bid for the nations highest office.

Seen as having strong conservative family values, the former Senator had a voting record that Liberals would deem ‘Bush Like’ and it very well may have cost him another term as the Jr. Senator from PA as the democrats rode a wave of anti-bush sentiment to gain control of the House and Senate. To conservatives however, it is exactly the voting record that could give a strong showing in a primary race especially given the ever sagging popularity ratings of the liberal policies of the White House and both houses of Congress.

As a Senator, Santorum voted Yes on a proposed balanced budget amendment. A move that would be viewed as widely popular amongst the conservative base in today’s economic environment. He also voted Yes to recommend a constitutional ban on flag desecration as well as voting to open up ANWR to domestic drilling. All policies that are at the heart of the conservative bases wish list. In addition he voted Yes on having tax-free education accounts and also voted in favor of the DC school voucher program. To add to his conservative credentials the Senator also voted in favor of a voluntary privatization of Social Security as well as Yes on a Lock Box on the fund.

The Senator was also scored 100% by the US Chamber of Commerce on his business policy as well as receiving a 100% rating by CATO on his free trade voting record. Both ratings which would be viewed as positive lights on his conservative credentials by the conservative base. In a time of economic uncertainty these endorsements could also spur many independents to look Santorum’s way when considering a candidate whose policies could bring the economy out of the current doldrum it is in.

So as the conservative Republican base looks for it’s next shining star it may have to look no further than former Senator Rick Santorum. A candidate whose voting record may have cost him his senate seat in 2006, but in hind sight a record that could be seen as a positive alternative to the liberal policies that have not only kept the car in the ditch, but turned it on it’s side.

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