Skip to comments.Santorum rips Ron Paul for Romney alliance, denies Specter’s claim of no deal
Posted on 02/24/2012 2:14:45 PM PST by mnehring
On Fridays broadcast of Laura Ingrahams radio show, Rick Santorum defended his claim that his endorsement of moderate Sen. Arlen Specter in 2004 stemmed from a conversation the two had about supporting President Bushs Supreme Court nominees.
Specter had appeared on MSNBC earlier in the day and denied that he and Santorum had discussed Bushs nominees prior to the 2004 election.
We never had any such conversation, Specter told the networks Chuck Todd. It would be improper to make a commitment on a vote before I knew who the nominee was and whether I thought the nominee was qualified. Ive got a very strong reputation and a record behind that did not make deals like that.
Santorum, however, told Ingraham that wasnt the case and cited the confirmations of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito as proof.
I would just say in response to that: Roberts and Alito, Santorum said. You look at Arlen Specter and what he did to fight and fight and claw, particularly for Alito at everything that was brought up. He knocked it down. He carried the water and carried I might add brilliantly and stood up and did exactly what he said he would do as chairman of the committee as long as he was consulted, stand up and fight for the presidents nominees.
Santorum said that the conversation took place toward the end of Specters race in 2004 against conservative challenger Pat Toomey, who won election to the Senate in 2010.
We actually had that conversation at the end of his campaign, when he asked me to go out and do an ad to help him, Santorum said. Arlen, I said. I need assurances that you know, if you win this election, youre going to stand up and fight as chairman of the committee. That is an absolute, you know to me the thing I have to have assurances on before I get out and say anything publicly on television or radio about you. And he said, As long as Im consulted as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Thats my responsibility as chairman of the committee to do that. Thats what he said.
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The proof is in the pudding, Laura.
Later in that appearance, Santorum addressed the allegations that two of his rivals for the GOP nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have formed an alliance.
You explain to me why Ron Paul is running ads in Michigan, he said. He hasnt even appeared at a campaign event in Michigan. And he is running ads in Michigan and he is attacking me. I mean, you figure that one out for me and you probably are a better political expert than I am. He hasnt attacked him once in a debate. Look, Ill take on all comers and Ill take them on in pairs if necessary.
Paul, it should be noted, will be making campaign stops in Michigan on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the lead up to the states primary on Tuesday.
Mark my words, fellow conservatives.
Rick’s going to embarrass Willard the Lib in his own home state in county after county after county, and then go on to win Washington rather easily followed by a spectacular Super Tuesday.
Rick, I am a baby. I have to use excuses...They are
tag teaming on me....mommy...
(tho it was ok when they tagged team on Newt)
(maybe, he will ask the media, not to tag team him along w/obama when it begins to hurt)
My neighbor told me today that she and her husband are supporting Santorum. She said they didn’t intend to vote in the primary till someone other than Romney rose to the top and now they want to help.
With her the issue is the schools (She’s a former school employee) and she like’s Santorum’s stance on schools.
With him, the issue is Romney being such a sleazeball.
Sounds to me like Rick was trading his endorsement for Arlen’s vote. So he’ll endorse any old fool as long he gets a good deal out of it, huh?
Santorum: Crybaby with a truckload of excuses.
Like it or not, its how politics work.
Tim Pawlenty endorsed Michele Bachmann for the congressional race today.
Ahhh... quit your daily whining, Christie.
Newt was absolutely right in attacking Willard the Lib & Nutjob Paul..
And so is Rick.
That was cringe-worthy. Sorry, but both Romney and Santorum seem uncomfortable and stilted in their remarks, comments and off the cuff responses.
No depth, no humor and no good proposals on how to clean up the mess.
Cough . . .cough . . . huff . . . huff . . . ummph . . . yooouuuu have GOT to be kidding . . . tough to be a bigger slime-ball than Benedict Arlen. . . .
I'm no Santorum fan, but I do believe Specter is lying.
I will be greatly relieved if Willard gets embarrassed.
Quid pro quo (”what for what” in Latin)
Arlen is a democrat these days and its best to assume he’s working for Obammy.
Sounds to me like Rick was trading his endorsement for Arlens vote. So hell endorse any old fool as long he gets a good deal out of it, huh?
Amazingly, according to many FReepers, Arlen “Magic Bullet” Spectre, Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat, benefactor of murderous hippies, has suddenly become a paragon of truth and virtue.
Did you think Newt was a baby when he complained about the same things? It isn't whining to point out a collusion between two candidates who are supposedly running two different campaigns. The people might want to know about such a setup.
What gets me about this is that Santorum is taking heat for what someone he endorsed did while Willard was appointing liberal judges himself.
Write in your diary. Not a grown up nor leader in my opinion.(in more ways than one)
It appears that Rick was trying to get Specter to promise not to flip on conservatives - again. Santorum knew that Specter was in a much better position to help seat a Justice but was probably unsure. Rick's more trusting than me though because I wouldn't have believe Arlen in any case.
Even if Romney/Paul haven’t colluded and it looks like they have, Paul probably thought Romney would be the leader and wouldn’t attack him in hopes of being VP.
If they have colluded, then Paul might have a promise of VP.
And it would be interesting to know if such a deal existed and whether Romney actually honors the deal.
But I don’t think Paul as VP would help Romney’s ticket. Paul might bring some pothead votes that would otherwise go to Obama, but he would probably lose just as many votes, as he brought.
I disagree.. I think Newt has BOTH of those qualities.
Newt is also the only candidate that has turned off almost all women except you.
Newt may very well be the most effective candidate out there, but I think Santorum is the better values driven candidate. I hope Santorum uses Gingrich in his administration.
I don’t like Gingrich at all but think he would be a spectacular choice for VP because one of the main duties of a VP is to prod congress to act.
We’re being played.
I think Ron is setting it up for Rand as VP if we nominate the liberal, Willard.
And then Rand runs in 2016 for president as a Next in Line/Tea Party guy (after Obama finishes up eight disastrous years.)
It appears you believe the deal is for Rep.Ron Paul to be Romney’s veep; correct?
Actually, the rumor is Sen.Rand Paul would be Romney’s running mate for veep.
At least, that is the rumor.
AND I do not like nor respect Santorum who with Lott 'saved' the Clintons presidency by killing the impeachment proceedings against old gutter snipe Clinton. At least Newt made sure the IMPEACHMENT took place. Any body paying attention during the Clintons presidency know there was/is NO difference between the Clintons/algore and the BamBamKennedy presidency.... Same people in positions of power to destroy US.
Santorum was apparently the most powerful man in the senate. A regular old evil doer.
“When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think [confirmation] is unlikely. The president is well aware of what happened, when a number of his nominees were sent up, with the filibuster. ... And I would expect the president to be mindful of the considerations which I am mentioning.”
Arlen Specter circa 2004
Alito for O’connor was huge. This is the guy who borked Bork.
According to Judge Rogan he was indeed a 'team' player for the other side. There certainly was NO courage in him back then. Wonder how a baby junior senator would overnight make it to a leadership position to be assisting good old cheerleader Trent Lott.
Yeah whatever. LOL
I think Rush or Levin or one of those implied it might be Rand Paul as VP for the payoff. Makes more sense as Ron would defeat the ticket.
Rand Paul at least appears rational if you don’t look too close. However I haven’t forgotten him skipping Bibi’s address to congress.
Exactly. I know what the word 'whatever' literally means. You have just outed yourself for NOT being interested in truth but in a willingness to accept the PROUD GOP status quo.... Good luck. Maybe you might check out the book Judge Rogan, one of the HOUSE managers who had to deal with the tricky Ricky when it came to the Senate impeachment proceedings. Old Ricky refused to allow live witnesses and literal evidence.... So here we are all these years later dealing with the same Clinton bs that could have been removed from US had we had people who respected that oath they took. Team players to protect their own self serving political careers.... right LOL!!!!!
Gingrich ‘Deeply Upset’ That Scozzafava Endorsed Democrat After He’d Supported Her (ROFL)
Newt: “I am, however, deeply dissapointed that she has chosen to back Owens over Hoffman.”
Jarrett: Dems want Scozzafava nod (Newt? Newt?)
Right To Work Prez Calls Out Newt’s Hypocrisy
Group Calls on Gingrich to Rescind Endorsement of Scozzafava
Who Lied to (RINO) Newt Gingrich?
Newt Gingrich - “King of the RINOs”
Gingrich: A Vote for Hoffman Is a Vote for Pelosi
Farewell To GOP’s Squishy Gingrich Wing
Are you kidding me?
Gingrich calls GOP support for Hoffman a ‘purge’
Newt on Greta talking about Scozzafava
Newt Gingrich: Doug Hoffman support a ‘mistake’
Dede Scozzafava Endorsement
Newt has admitted it was a mistake to back Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in the 2009 NY-23 special election.
Whether it was helping to build the Republican Party of Georgia back when Democrats controlled the entire state or leading the nationwide effort in 1994 to break 40 years of Democratic rule in the House, Newt has always tried to advance the cause of a truly conservative Republican party. This has always meant supporting the most conservative nominee possible as selected by Republican primary voters.
Therefore, Newt will almost always back the nominee of the Republican party and not back an independent candidate in a race against a Democratic candidate.
Newt still believes in this principle, however, he has admitted it was a mistake to back Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in the 2009 NY-23 special election. Although she was the Republican nominee, the problem was that Republican primary voters did not pick her, the local party leaders did, otherwise her liberal views would have prevented her from becoming the nominee. The Conservative Party candidate whom Scozzafava was running against, Doug Hoffman, recently remarked about Newts endorsement of his rival, I would advise other conservative republicans: Dont hold this against him.
I wouldn’t believe any of Spector’s exSpctorations.
I wouldn’t believe any of Spector’s exSpectorations.
I haven’t paid much attention to Rand Paul and didn’t know he skipped Bibi’s address to congress. That is troubling and God help us if he is the VP and next in line for President.
What he and Papa Ron can’t seem to grasp is that our survival depends on standing with Israel. Ron continues to want to apply Christian principal to our enemeies that make it crystal clear that their intention is to detroy us and destroy Israel.
If they get nuclear weapons, it won’t make a lot of difference if we audit the Fed. Nothing in the way of fiscal reform will keep us safe if we elect a President that does not understand the nature of our enemies.
If we needed another reason to not want Romney, that he might consider someone so wrongheaded on national security for VP ought to give even a Romneybot second thoughts.
If we allow Obama to continue to disarm us, we may be too weak to be much of an ally to Israel. I wonder from reading the scriptures if that is not where we are headed.
I just wnat to know that, unlike the disgrace we now have, our next President understands that we will not survive without support for Israel.
I agree with your assessment of “Islamic peace” being a fantasy. My husband and I were talking about that very thing last night, and echoing the strategy of letting the rest of the Middle East fight it out, while reenforcing Israel.
Energy independence has to be a part of that strategy for national security. Whoever is elected, I hope we can implement Newt’s Energy Plan. It is the best I’ve seen.
I believe rick. It’s like the Melanie Griffith moment in workIng girl where her side of the story has all the details.
Not so much “denied specter’s claim” as “debunked it”. Complete with contemporaneous news articles.
Why anybody here at FR actually took Arlen Specter’s word for something is beyond me.
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