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 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.

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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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Rick Santorum, “Floored” by Herman Cain’s Abortion Position

Bookmark and Share  As stated in a previous White House 2012 post, Herman Cain was going to take some heat for his Peirs Morgan interview in which he stated that he opposes abortion under all circumstances and then seemingly contradicted himself by saying that abortion is a persoanl choice to be made by families.

Well now Senator Rick Santorum has jumped on Cain for his remarks with the following email:

Anthony

       Probably like me, you were absolutely floored by what Herman Cain said on CNN last night.

      After acknowledging that he believes life begins at conception, Herman Cain went on to say it’s up to the individual to decide whether or not to kill an innocent unborn child. That means that while he believes it is a life, he doesn’t consider it a life worth fighting for. As the author of the legislation that banned partial birth abortions forever, I am stunned that someone running for the Republican nomination for president would have this position.

        In fact, Herman Cain’s pro-choice position is similar to those held by John Kerry, Barack Obama and many others on the liberal left. You cannot be both personally against abortion while condoning it – you can’t have it both ways. We must defend the defenseless, period.

         We can disagree about tax policy. We can disagree about government regulations. Those are fair issues to debate. But we must all stand unified in defense of the defenseless unborn.

         If you stand with me in defense of life, please make an immediate contribution of $25 to my campaign so I can continue  stand up for the unborn.

         Fighting For America,

 

 

 

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Santorum Bases His Candidacy on a Fight for America’s Freedom, Against President Obama

Bookmark and Share While New York liberal, Anthony Weiner captured Monday’s headlines with his admission that he is a member of Congress who is a liar that denied his penchant for the proliferation of porn on the internet that featured his own member, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, a candidate known for his conviction to values and moral decency, was citing the real promise that our nation was founded on, as the foundation for which he based his decision to officially run for President.
 
In his speech delivered in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Santorum hammered President Obama on everything from his unwillingness to wisely use our nation’s resources, to amassing a debt that will cost future generations 40 cents on every dollar.  “Who are you, Mr. President, to say that you, and your Administration should take 40 cents out of every dollar, and borrow it from future generations to prop you up” said Santorum. 
 
But what the former Senator used to really pummel the President with was Obamacare.  For him Obamacare is the primary example of what is wrong with the thinking of the current Administration and it was used as the basis for his theme……..keeping Americans free. 
 
Santorum made the case that our nation was founded by people who did not want to live  where their rights were granted to them by Kings, but instead to live in a nation where they were free to exercise the unalienable rights granted  by God.  He argued that the purpose of America is to be free yet under the current Administration, that freedom is at stake.  He added;
 
“We are facing a time when we have a group of people led by President Obama who believes that America’s greatness is in government , not its people . And there is one singular act that is the lynchpin and that is Obamacare”
 
According to Santorum, Obamacare is designed to take power away from the people and make them dependent by hooking them up to government with an IV.
 
“They want to hook you. They do not want to free you. They do not want to give the opportunities. They believe in themselves, the smart people, the planners” , said Santorum
 
In a reference to Margaret Thatcher, Santorum made the case that Obamacare, was the greatest example of the type of
legislative threat to our freedom and prosperity that we must make a priority in turning back and repeated the words of Lady Thatcher who after doing an assessment of her time in office, compared to Ronald Reagan’s time in office and stated;
 
“I was never able to accomplish in England, what Reagan accomplished in America, and it was one thing that stood in my way….the British national healthcare system.”
 
Senator Santorum wrapped up his remarks  by describing how in 2008 Americans wanted a President they could believe in, but President Obama took that faith that the American public gave him, and “wrecked our economy, centralized government, and robbed people of their freedom” and concluded by saying;
 
” I believe now that Americans are not looking for someone that they can believe in.  They’re looking for a President Who believes in them.   Fellow Americans, it is our watch, it is our time…it is our time for all of us  to step up and do what America requires us to do.  I’m ready to lead.  I’m ready to do what has to be done for the next generation.  with the courage to fight for freedom, the courage to fight for America.  That’s why I am running for the President of the united States.  Join the fight!”
 
While this speech was not enough to propel Santorum to the head of the pack, no one speech could have.  But this one did demonstrate that he understands the conservative ideology that, if articulated right, can defeat President Obama.  And while many discount the Senator as a one issue candidate, it is clear to me that if his opponents believe that, they can easily be blindsided by an underdog who has been known to come from behind in the past.    So while expectations for him in the G.O.P. field may not be high, he should not be underestimated.  If he can raise a sufficient enough war chest to stay in the race, he will at the very least raise some eyebrows.  And based upon what is a proven conservative record and his ability to convey the sense that he truly understands what lies at the heart of conservatism, if given a chance by voters, Santorum will be one of those candidates who makes the Republican nomination contest a real horse race.    
 
 
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