See Rick Santorum’s Entire CPAC 2012 Speech

Bookmark and Share  Rick Santorum, the newest person to once again  be a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, delivered a powerful speech at CPAC today that strongly argued that he is not only conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, but that he is the best alternative to President Obama.

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Rick Santorum’s Triumphant Trifecta Turns the Political Tables Yet Again

Bookmark and Share   In what proved to be another stunning turn of events in the ongoing Republican race for President, underdog Rick Santorum pulled off a truly stunning victory in not one, but three separate electoral contests across the nation.  Tuesday’s non-binding primaries and caucuses in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri were essentially beauty contests.  Quirky state Party rules do not allow for these contests to actually award any of each state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.  That is left to a series of other events in each of the three state’s unique presidential electoral nominating process.

Nevertheless, all three of Tuesday’s election contests do bode well for Santorum’s chances of receiving a sizeable number of delegates when the final stages of the allocation process does take place and in the mean time, his clean sweep of Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri have provided voters with another tremor in the 2012 election cycle.  It certifies this election as one which has broken the traditional mold created by past elections which usually allow Republicans to have a clear frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination at this stage of the game.  Even more astounding about the results of yesterday’s contests  were a number of factors that also include geography, money, and timing.

After big back to back wins for Mitt Romney in Florida almost two weeks ago, and another big win in Nevada this past Saturday, Romney should have established  a degree of momentum that added to a sense of inevitability regarding his becoming the eventual nominee.  Add to that the undeniably sizeable, professional, and well financed organization that Romney has and you had no reason to believe that Romney could lose one , let alone three, nomination contests that took place hundreds of miles away from one another on the same day.  The mere fact that Romney’s abundant resources provided him with the perfect opportunity to dominate in three different races in three different regions of the country at the same time, should have made it much more difficult for his underfinanced Republican rivals to compete against him in all three states very effectively.  Yet despite being out-organized, out-campaigned, and outspent by Romney, Rick Santorum who has not won a contest since Iowa back in January, not only beat Mitt, in one state, he did so in all three states and even more dramatic than that, he did so by wide margins that would seem to indicate that Romney was not even competitive. That inludes Colorado where Sanotrum won by anywhere from 5 to six percent of the vote.  Technically, a win by more than 5% in any election is considered a landslide.

The results were so stunning and such a boondoggle for Santorum that it left the rest of the field with absolutely no ability to put a positive spin on the results.

Ron Paul:

Aside from a second place showing in Minnesota, Ron Paul underperformed and remains a true non-entity in his plight to capture enough delegates to have some relevance at the Republican National Convention.  Of course I could be forced to eat my words if a very close brokered convention allows Ron Paul’s handful of delegates to adopt some sort of dangerous foreign policy or national security plank in the G.O.P. platform or to even determine who takes both the top spot and second slot on the Republican ticket in September.  Until then though,  Ron Paul has once again become a sidenote in another presidential election and will remain so until he can win a state, something which seems to be totally impossible for him to do.

Newt Gingrich:

Tuesday’s results were nothing but embarrassing for Gingrich.  He went from establishing himself as a comeback king and giant slayer in South Carolina, to being about as successful as the Hindenburg.  Being beaten by Romney would have been bad enough for Newt but to be beaten by Mitt and overtaken by Sanotrum and even losing to Ron Paul in one case, makes it hard for Newt to to try to maintain some staying power as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.  It also makes it nearly impossible for Newt to raise the kind of money that he will need to compete effectively during the three weeks leading up to the Michigan and Arizona primaries, not to mention the all important Super Tuesday gaggle of contests that follows soon after that.   Newt’s pathetic performance in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota  now leaves him in the middle of an electoral desert and while I will not write him off, I will admit that any roadmap out of the desert for Newt must include some major stumbles and wrong turns by his opponents.

Mitt Romney:

There was absolutely no reason for Mitt Romney’s poor showing in all three state’s on Tuesday.  Unless of course voters just don’t like him and unfortunately for him, the evidence would seem to indicate that that is indeed the case.   While Romney had everything working for him in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota, his rivals had everything working against them.  Yet Mitt Romney failed to move closer to the nomination and ceded valuable ground to what is a very sizeable sector of the Republican electorate that seems to be more interested in denying Romney the nomination than they are in  accepting a clear alternative to Romney.  This now puts Romney closer to his moment truth.  He can either forge ahead by aiming his fully loaded negative guns on Rick Santorum, as he did with Newt Gingrich, in an attempt to win the nomination by default, or he can finally stop trying to play it safe and be a leader who puts forth a number of bold reforms in a concise conservative agenda that addresses the desires of the conservative electorate whose shoulders he wants to be raised to victory upon.  This means no more singing of  the national anthem to waste time that could be used to address the policies that support the meaning behind our anthem.  It means no more platitudes about policies and conservativism, or attempts to impress the nation with his wife and sons standing loyally behind him.  It means now is the time for him to step up and show us exactly why and how he can be the leader we are looking for instead of trying to convince us of why everyone else is not the leader we are looking for.

As for Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator has been given his own Newt Gingrich-like opportunity for a second comeback.  I am not certain if the opportunity was because he has actually been impressing voters with his policies and leadership potential, or if he is simply the beneficiary of a vote that is protesting the perceived inevitability of Romney’s nomination.  Either way, it is most definitely another chance for Santorum to establish the type of momentum that could catapult him to the nomination.

Doing so though will be an uphill battle.  Santorum’s newfound opportunity will be riddled with a barrage of assaults upon his record, a record that can easily be distorted and challenge his image as a consistent conservative.  Romney, Gingrich, and Paul will almost certainly transform Santorum’s prolific return of earmarks to the people or Pennsylvania whom he represented in the United States Senate into the record of big spending, big government liberal.   Santorum’s conservative credentials will also be challenged based upon his one time support for liberal Republican Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter in a primary against the more conservative Pat Toomey.

None of this will be impossible for Santorum to overcome, but it will help prevent him from gaining the head of steam that will be required for him to capture any sense of inevitability regarding the nomination for himself.  But at the same time, Santorum’s string of victories make it certain that inevitability still eludes Mitt Romney too.

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Santorum Leaves Florida Swinging …… at Newt Gingrich. See the New Hard Hitting Ad

Bookmark and Share   Fresh off of his poor third place showing in Florida, Rick Santorum is trying to take advantage of Newt Gingrich’s big 15% second place loss to Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State by reclaiming the title of “conservative alternative” to Mitt Romney, the big winner in Tuesday’s primary contest  [see the ad below this post].

The ad is a very powerful condemnation of Gingrich which catches you off guard with opening arguments that would have you think the ad is comparing Santorum to his three Republican rivals, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul.  It claims that the three politicians in question support legislative policies which are conservative anathema; Cap-and-Trade, amnesty, and the government bailouts.  It would be bad enough for Santorum’s Republican rivals to have to wear all three of those issues around their necks, but the surprise comes when it is revealed that three politicians in question are not Romney, Paul, and Gingrich but rather President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Newt Gingrich.

The surprise comparison is twice as debilitating for Gingrich because while you might expect Mitt Romney to be accused of being too liberal, this ad avoids Romney and shockingly puts Newt Gingrich in an entirely differently league, one that puts him directly in the room with iconic liberals  Obama and Pelosi.

The ad happens to be one of the most effective of this campaign cycle to date.  It is produced well and is quite creative.  It also presents Santorum’s case against Newt in a way that avoids being overly outlandish and to the point of being too hard to believe.

Yet while the ad is quite good, it is also indicative of the unfortunate position that Rick Santorum finds himself in.  This ad pits him against Newt Gingrich, not frontrunner Mitt Romney, and it signals the fact that Santorum knows he is still competing in a primary within the primary………. the conservative primary within the Republican primary.  It demonstrates that Rick Santorum is in a desperate fight to just get in to the race against Mitt Romney.

The good news for Santorum is that it is quite possible that conservatives have not yet ensconced themselves in Newt’s camp and Rick could still possibly win over a majority of them. One most notable conservative to recently go to Santorum’s side  is Michele Malkin, a talking head with a considerably large conservative following.  But at the same time it is a little late in this race for Santorum to hope his horse places or shows when the only ticket he can cash in on is the one to win.

But hope springs eternal and this ad is has a spin on it that forces me to give Rick Santorum a lot of credit, even though I believe it will help Mitt Romney than it will help Santorum.

Rick Santorum Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Bookmark and Share  Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made the following comments in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Rick Santorum said: “Tonight Barack Obama transformed the President’s annual State of the Union address into the kick-off of his re-election campaign. From beginning to end, the American people heard more of the same – empty promises and grand platitudes that will do nothing to help the millions of Americans who are unemployed or under employed find a good paying job.

Rather than call for decisive action in allowing projects like the Keystone Pipeline or reducing the regulatory burden his Administration has imposed, the President declared war on those who are most successful in our society. Barack Obama should realize he’s the President of all Americans, but sadly, he has instead chosen to govern and campaign as the Divider-in-Chief.

We need to unite America and create an environment that rewards hard work and success, allowing people the opportunity to rise in society. We need a President who will rebuild the sector that built American economic greatness – manufacturing. My plan is diametrically opposed to that of the President’s. Barack Obama speaks of raising taxes and imposing barriers to growth, my plan would eliminate the corporate taxes on manufacturers, eliminate the burdensome regulations of this Administration, and free our market to explore for the energy necessary to grow our economy.

Our Party needs to provide a clear contrast with Barack Obama in the general election.  Our campaign does just that by focusing a positive message of a resurgent American manufacturing sector, an Administration that will believe in American exceptionalism again, and valuing the dignity of each and every human life. America deserves better than what they heard from Barack Obama tonight. ”

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An Interview With Rick Santorum

Bookmark and Share  Rick Santorum recently sat down with the editorial board of New Hampshire’s Nashua Telegraph newspaper.

For over an hour, Senator Santorum answered substantive questions about the issues and on topics ranging from  healthcare to Iran, and energy to education, Santorum proved that he has a command of the issues and is certainly worthy of consideration for the Republican presidential nomination.

For those of you who are truly interested in where the candidates stand and really want to know about all the candidates, I suggest that you find the time to watch this interview.  It provides you with a true sense of who Santorum is and how he would lead us if given the opportunity.  To view the interview in its entirety, click on the image link below.  Below that you will find a synopsis of the questions and answers in the interview.  While it serves as a handy summation, it does not have the full impact that the actual video of the interview has.

Click here to see the complete interview

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Welcome to The Telegraph’s Editorial Board interview with Republican Senator Rick Santorum.

Q: What role should the federal government take to make health care more affordable?

A: I think the federal government makes health care less affordable…. With government control comes potential for waste, fraud, misuse.

On Health Care: Take car insurance, which is supposed to cover an accident, not routine items like oil changes. … Health care is the exact opposite. Health care covers everything right now … Don’t insulate the consumer from the price.

Q: Your tax reform plan is pretty affordable. Would it generate enough revenue?

A: Lower the tax rate, but create a broader base, by closing loopholes in the tax code. … Need more manufacturing jobs.

On taxes: In order to attract manufacturing jobs back you can eliminate the corporate tax for manufacturers. … We can get jobs back here that are higher paying.

On energy: I was just up in the north country. The northern pass is a big deal up there. My response is ‘lets build more power plants in this country.’

Q: Are the any areas that should be off limits to oil drilling?

A: Yes, but it’s not ANWR. (Artic National Wildlife Refuge). … That’s a coastal plain not one of the mountainous regions of Alaska as it’s portrayed to be.

On Obama: He’s accomplished what he wanted by being an absentee leader on important issues. … That’s not what the economy needed.

Santorum: There’s a failure of leadership in the White House.

Santorum: The president acts like a politician running for office, not a sitting leader. That has had a poisonous effect on the country.

Santorum: Republicans want to shrink government, not increase spending.

Q: On illegal immigration: What do you do with people who have been here for decades with jobs and families?

A: We shouldn’t be raiding homes, but we should be enforcing the law.

Q: What about a Romney’s plan?

Santorum: Well that’s a classic Romneyism. He changed his position because he’s running in a conservative Republican Primary.

Comment From John
How does Senator Santorum plan on helping America’s veterans who are unemployed after returning home? The unemployment rate for vets is currently a staggering 14%

A: That’s a huge problem. … It bleeds over into homelessness, suicide, unemployment.

Santorum: We have to stop that. I’m the only one in the race who wants to increase the number of people in the military.

Santorum: I’m all for tightening the belt, but I’m not in favor of reducing defense spending.

Q: How do you envision military action in the future, more like Iraq and Afghanistan or more like Libya?

A: Libya was unique because I don’t think there was a national security interest there. … The whole point of our military action was humanitarian. It was basically to stop a massacre.

On military: The next big issue is Iran, and what do we do about that situation. … Iran with a nuclear weapon is the same as Al Queda with a military weapon.

Santorum on Iran: We need to invigorate the pro-democracy groups in that country.

Santorum: Under president Obama, we took a neutral position at best.

Santorum: If you are a nuclear scientist working in Iran, you should be treated as any other enemy combatant against the united states.

Comment From Kevin
Senator Santorum voted against NAFTA. But the general Republican consensus is that free trade is a net plus both economically and in terms of spreading Western values. What is his trade philosophy?

A: I wasn’t convinced NAFTA was good for my District (Pennsylvania) and I was greatly worried about Mexico as a trading partner.

Q: What should the role of the federal government be in education?

A: Very limited… One of the biggest regrets I have is voting for No Child Left Behind. … Federal control of education goes up as the increase in funding goes up.

On education: We have 5 kids and home-schools them. Academic performance is only one indicator.

On education: The education system was built around the time the Model T Ford was being built. … We built a factory for education. … The factory is not build to educated your child, its built to educate children.

On college: The idea that all students should go to college is ludicrous. Not everyone needs to go to college.

On education: Pumping money in to a system that is producing a large amount of failure is not working.

Q: Does you support the teaching of creationism in schools?

A: Kids in schools want to know where we came from. They are told scientific facts about that, but they are not allowed to have a discussion or debate that might contain the word “God” or “creator.”

Q: What about entitlement reform?

A: I think we need to get our house in order and get our deficits down. We need to have revenues match expenses…. In my opinion, we’ve missed our window. Now we have to fix it.

Santorurm in closing: I bring experience, confidence, and charisma … and I plan to be the next president of the United States.

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