Skip to comments.Mich. voters: Santorum connects better than Romney (It's not just Michigan)
Posted on 02/20/2012 4:35:01 PM PST by tobyhill
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum promised Monday to revive manufacturing, cut taxes and shrink government, pledges that drew loud applause from conservative Michigan voters who said he was more in line with their values than native son and GOP rival Mitt Romney.
Santorum's growing connection with Michigan conservatives risks embarrassing Romney in his home state. Romney was counting on a strong finish in Michigan's presidential primary on Feb. 28 to carry him into the big, multistate round of voting a week later on Super Tuesday.
But Santorum, fueled by a recent trio of victories and sensing an opportunity to upset or at least bloody Romney with a strong primary finish of his own, is charging hard at a state that he says shares many of the same characteristics as his blue-collar state of Pennsylvania. Santorum pledged Monday that, under his administration of less government and more individual freedom, "manufacturing jobs will come back here to Muskegon."
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Pee Wee Herman connects better than Romney. Romney doesn’t connect. Never has...never will.
“Mich. voters: Santorum connects better than Romney (It’s not just Michigan)”
Perhaps because voters believe that Rick might actually believe what he says, something that’s been proven highly unreliable with Slick Mitt.
Santorum isn’t giving bizarre speeches about our perfectly tall Michigan trees and beautiful greenish brown grass. LOL
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I wish Santorum would ditch this “revive manufacturing” nonsense.
It makes him look like he doesn’t understand free markets, free trade, and limited government.
It sounds like Milt is severely a fan of MI. What a toad.
I fixed that. George could connect with people. Mitt isn't his father by a long shot.
I’m looking at a 150’ tall Doug Fir that is obviously too tall!
Santorum’s oft-repeated proposal to tax “manufacturers” at one rate and other businesses at another does not constitute “less government and more individual freedom”.
I disagree. Every election cycle we craft a message that leaves the folks in the rust belt without anything to interest them. It always focuses on nebulous concepts of Free Markets that don't resonate well with this segment. We are basically ceding these voters to the Rats who sell them on Big Gov't hand outs. This Manufacturing message is why he is starting to interest old Reagan Dems and some Union people who care about this. When it boils down to it, he is just lowering the taxes on this sector more than he lowers the rest. Not really a terrible sin. Ideally, I would love to see him zero all taxes on business for a couple years, but this is a good start.
VEry interesting! Could you expand on that?
“I wish Santorum would ditch this ‘revive manufacturing’ nonsense.”
I think that’s a key part of Santorum’s electoral appeal. Jefferson wrote of the unique American Agrarian Ideal: “Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God... etc”
There could also be an “industrial heart” of America that is a bit withered. I don’t want to get deep into how much economic sense it makes to incentivize manufacturing specifically, other that to say that it probably wouldn’t effect overall economics that much, and that there are natl security reasons for maintaining manufacturing proficiency, but the main thing is that it fits into the election meme that Santorum is on the side of the working man. So this will help your avg Joes, and Joe the Plumbers, rationalize, so to speak, votes for the republican, this time.
So I say all the more power to Santorum on this. And maybe it’s real. Maybe he really could revive manufacturing, and help the working man, and industrial (swing) states.
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