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Romney and Paul successfully call Santorumís conservatism into question
Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2011 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 02/22/2012 8:27:14 PM PST by detective

Rick Santorum’s front-runner status in the GOP presidential race is predicated on the idea that he is the consistent conservative alternative in the field.

And that image had some serious holes poked in it at Wednesday’s debate in Arizona.

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul tag-teamed the former Pennsylvania senator much of the night, calling into question his conservatism on issues ranging from earmarks and fiscal policy to his endorsements and even what is often considered Santorum’s most solidly conservative credential — social issues.

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KEYWORDS: kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; paul; paulybot; ricksantorum; romney; romneyisaliberal; sanitoriumisabigot; santorumisacatholic
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Is there anyone out there who still doesn't realize that Ron Paul is working to get Romney nominated and Obama reelected? In the debate Paul was Romney's hand puppet. Paul was Romney's attack dog. Whenever Romney ordered Paul immediately attacked.

This article shows how Paul is working to get Romney the nomination.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-paul-and-romney-a-strategic-alliance-between-outsider-and-establishment/2012/01/20/gIQAf8foiQ_story.html

1 posted on 02/22/2012 8:27:27 PM PST by detective
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To: detective

They attempted to call into question these issues...too bad Santorum successfully battered their attempts to distort the truth. Santorum dismantled Ron and Romney tonight.


2 posted on 02/22/2012 8:33:29 PM PST by BloodAngel
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To: detective

Romney/Rand Paul 2012 is probably the plan.


3 posted on 02/22/2012 8:34:23 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: detective

This is a campaign ad.

The Washington Compost just donated $20,000 to the Romney 2012 presidential campaign.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 8:34:23 PM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: detective
Maybe so but Santorum didn't look so good, especially the second hour.

"Taking one for the team" by voting for Planned Parenthood didn't go down so well. Made Bush look like an a--hole though. And his story about Specter still doesn't hold water. He just sold out on that one.

5 posted on 02/22/2012 8:35:54 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: detective

So the liberal and the loon are questioning Santorum.......it’s like a bad movie script.


6 posted on 02/22/2012 8:36:16 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: BloodAngel

I wonder how long before the debate the article was written.


7 posted on 02/22/2012 8:36:58 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: WPaCon

Rand Paul is no different than his dad, except that he meters his words much better.


8 posted on 02/22/2012 8:37:53 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: svcw

Santorum had his ass handed to him on a TV tray......


9 posted on 02/22/2012 8:38:47 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: detective

Plus his son said he would accept Romney’s VP position. They are DEFINITELY working together.


10 posted on 02/22/2012 8:40:50 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: BloodAngel

I’m afraid your analysis will turn out to be somewhat of a fairy tale after you read the headlines tomorrow.

It was brutal, and I don’t mean in favor of Tricky Ricky either.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 8:43:19 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Santorum had his ass handed to him on a TV tray......

I don’t think so. He did pretty well. He must win Michigan and Arizona no matter what you believe. Because Newt has decided to by pass Michigan so unless you want Romney to win, you should be nicer to Santorum and support his win in Michigan at least. If you want Romney, then keep doing what you are doing.


12 posted on 02/22/2012 8:43:43 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

Santorum won, but not for the reason many would think. Newt and Mittens needed for him to melt down, blow up, or forget a cabinet department for them to make any headway. While he might not have won it technically, he did enough to keep the momentum from shifting.


13 posted on 02/22/2012 8:45:45 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Odd, as there was already a mini vote posted in another thread that Had Newt winning by a large margin followed by Santorum. Odd what happens when you don’t listens to liberals and the media/rino establishment....


14 posted on 02/22/2012 8:45:45 PM PST by BloodAngel
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To: detective

Now that is funny! Romney and Paul calling someone else out on “conservatism”?

Romney the bold-faced, pro-choice, healthcare mandate RINO that is far closer to Obama than even Juan McCain... yeah - real Conservative creds.

Or Ron Paul who is an isolationist, 9-11 Truther, friend of racist hate groups, who’s strongest “selling” point is that he is tops in military donations. Guess who is his nearest “competitor” in that regard... Obama. I believe Paul’s total is just North of $90K. Obama’s total is a bit more than $70K...

The reality - we have no “Conservatives” left on the Republican ballot. What we have are decreasing levels of pseudo-conservatism. Santorum is the most consistent - but he is very far from a perfect candidate (and pretty far from even a “desirable” candidate). But his old statement being used against him about Satan having his eyes set on this country was dead-on accurate.

Romney is so far Left of even moderate, in my view that I just cannot bring myself to vote for him. He is worse than McCain.

And Ron Paul - If he could somehow be in a position to do something about the monetary system/the Fed, then he would be in a good position. As President, I believe he is every bit as dangerous as Obama.


15 posted on 02/22/2012 8:48:19 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Ingtar

That is true. I just hope he wins Michigan and Arizona. If he doesn’t Romney does for sure and that is frightening.


16 posted on 02/22/2012 8:49:58 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator
Right your boy gets humiliated by his own lack of ability and it naturally becomes the fault of an evil conspiracy between Paul and Romney.

Santos had every opportunity to turn it all back on them, but when the pressure is on, he comes apart like a two dollar wallet. And he definitely illustrated why he can't win or handle the Presidency. He is just not Presidential and tonight, he removed all doubt.

17 posted on 02/22/2012 8:49:58 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Ingtar

I think you’re right. The left’s prayer was that Rick would make some huge gaffe or give them some new talking point. I don’t think anything really new came out tonight.

I just wish Rick would have gone farther with the gov’t is a team sport answer. Should have asked Newt, Romney, and Paul if they never voted for anything in a package that they’d rather not dealt with.


18 posted on 02/22/2012 8:50:20 PM PST by Kenny (I)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

lol. You complete and utter hatred for Santorum is just crazy. What the heck did he do to you? Sheesh. You come on every Santorum thread and just complain about Santorum. Why not just stay on Newt threads and try to get him back to double digits again. You are doing nothing here but wasting your time.


19 posted on 02/22/2012 8:52:43 PM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
“Santorum had his ass handed to him on a TV tray”

You don't know what you are talking about. Did you even see the debate? Paul came off as Romney's brainless hand puppet. He was Romney's stooge, Romney's attack dog.

I kept expecting Romney to give Paul a doggy treat and say “good doggy” after Paul's repeated attacks on Santorum.

Santorum was intelligent and dignified. Santorum came off as a gentlemen against a couple of mean spirited children acting out.

20 posted on 02/22/2012 8:54:40 PM PST by detective
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To: Ingtar
[Santorum won, but not for the reason many would think. Newt and Mittens needed for him to melt down, blow up,]

LOL! Did you actually watch the debate? That is exactly WHAT Santorum did tonight. He Melted down like a warm Dairy Queen, and he blew his temper not only once, but twice and was BOOOOoooooed profusely.!

21 posted on 02/22/2012 8:54:47 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: detective

Did not surprise me that Paul & Romney ganged up on Santorum. But it was strange that Gingrich did not come to Santorum’s defense. He actually was laughing through it all...and his one word answer matched his mood.


22 posted on 02/22/2012 8:57:19 PM PST by entropy12 (Islam is intolerant of every other religion. Koran has clear directives for non-believers.)
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To: WPaCon

I don’t think Paul is running for Veep. He is running for Fed Chairman’s job.


23 posted on 02/22/2012 8:59:04 PM PST by entropy12 (Islam is intolerant of every other religion. Koran has clear directives for non-believers.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Is “melted down” code for dismantled Ron and Romney? Because after watching the debate, that is the only connotation in which anything would make sense.....


24 posted on 02/22/2012 8:59:31 PM PST by BloodAngel
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To: detective
That's funny, just read tomorrows reviews. Santorum will be dropping like a rock. His performance was dismal and ALL the pundits and polls are having a hay day over how badly he came apart. Especially over the “Specter” question.

Besides, I not only saw it, I tapped it.

25 posted on 02/22/2012 8:59:49 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: BloodAngel

Nobody faults you for viewing the world through Santorum colored glasses. Sooner or later though, you will see reality for what it is. And you are not even close.


26 posted on 02/22/2012 9:04:25 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: detective

Their tag-teaming of Rick may impress the Washington P@ss but it won’t conservatives.


27 posted on 02/22/2012 9:04:33 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
BOOOOoooooed profusely

If I were a Romney supporter, as was most of the crowd, I would have booed him as well.

28 posted on 02/22/2012 9:05:17 PM PST by Ingtar ("But it is hard to maintain an aura of invincibility after you have been vinced..." Sowell)
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To: hinckley buzzard

No he demonstrated loyalty to a man who had helped him get elected. Any politician who turns on those who help them are soon defeated and perceived as disloyal ingrates.


29 posted on 02/22/2012 9:06:58 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

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You taped it

Laz tapped it

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30 posted on 02/22/2012 9:07:35 PM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - you can*t do that with a WebTV - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Are you sure you’re not liberal or shilling for Romney? You sure love the establishment line.


31 posted on 02/22/2012 9:08:23 PM PST by bjcoop
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

If I had said glasses, I would be arguing that he won the debate...I am not. Newt clearly and handily won tonight. Santorum’s attacks and criticisms of Romney were successful...Romney’s attacks were batted away and parried.

Santorum won the earmark exchange
Santorum defended his endorsement of Arlen Specter
Santorum completely mutilated Romney on Romneycare being further to the left than is Obamacare.

You are the one blinded by emotional nonsense and seeing “facts” through skewed perspectives.


32 posted on 02/22/2012 9:09:18 PM PST by BloodAngel
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Face it, your boy was outclassed tonight and the coming weeks will show just how badly it went for him.

The press is running with this and Santo is in serious trouble. If not, then the Press is losing it's grip. Time will tell.

33 posted on 02/22/2012 9:09:38 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: BloodAngel
They attempted to call into question these issues...too bad Santorum successfully battered their attempts to distort the truth. Santorum dismantled Ron and Romney tonight.

I agree. The people commenting on the debate thread were one step from being completely delusional. They made it sound like Santorum was dancing around in a pink tu-tu weeping and shrieking with his hair on fire. When I actually watched it, I thought Santorum handled the withering attacks and stacked audience extremely well.
34 posted on 02/22/2012 9:13:03 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: devolve

NYuk! NyuK!


35 posted on 02/22/2012 9:13:21 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Santorum is BY FAR the best candidate still in the race. And light years ahead of the others in terms of conservative beliefs.

Now the biggest goal of the treason media is to destroy him before he can destroy its darling, Urkel. And here you are cheering it on. I’ll bet you even call yourself a “conservative”.


36 posted on 02/22/2012 9:13:33 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: entropy12

Newt Gingrich was a mentor to Rick Santorum when Rick was first elected to the House of Reps.

Later, as Senator Santorum, he allied himself with Sen. Trent Lott (Republican, Mississippi), and was part of the coup that tried to force Newt Gingrich out of Congress. Speaker Gingrich eventually resigned.

Newt Gingrich had a religious epiphany a few years back. I suspect he holds no feelings of vengeance, but cannot but help find the situation in the debate amusing.

Paybacks are a bitch!


37 posted on 02/22/2012 9:14:02 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: arrogantsob

Far more than you will ever know junior!


38 posted on 02/22/2012 9:16:24 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Who is stupid enough to think Specter has any bearing on the race?

And who the hell cares anything about the opinions of the Pressitutes except other LIARS?


39 posted on 02/22/2012 9:16:52 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: bjcoop

You’re out of line. The same thing has been said about Santorum and his supporters. It’s all nonsense.

Obama is evil. I believe Newt Gingrich would make the best President out of the four candidates left IMHO, but any of them would be better than Obama.

I suggest you stick to issues and facts.


40 posted on 02/22/2012 9:18:13 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

I appreciate that historical factoid. Learn something every day!


41 posted on 02/22/2012 9:18:55 PM PST by entropy12 (Islam is intolerant of every other religion. Koran has clear directives for non-believers.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“Santorum had his ass handed to him on a TV tray......”

And it was actually Ron Paul, not Romney, that served up that meal.


42 posted on 02/22/2012 9:18:55 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Don’t disrespect your elders or those more intelligent than yourself.


43 posted on 02/22/2012 9:19:29 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: detective

Every notice that when the social issue comes up, Paul clams up? I can’t recall what he has said on the issue. But that leaves him a half-way conservative.


44 posted on 02/22/2012 9:19:57 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: BloodAngel; PSYCHO-FREEP

>> “Santorum defended his endorsement of Arlen Specter” <<

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Another big mistake.

He should have been man enough to admit that it was a terrible misstep. This is why he is ill-suited for the presidency; he thinks he is God. He has dozens of serious bloopers to admit, but he lacks the strength of character to do it.
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45 posted on 02/22/2012 9:23:00 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: SatinDoll
Boehner was also one of those who first tried a coup to vote Newt out, but later dropped the effort because Armey realized it was the wrong thing to do and tipped Newt off.

I think Boehner is nervous of a President Gingrich. It would pose a serious threat to his current position. And Newt does not like RINO Boehner even one tiny bit.

46 posted on 02/22/2012 9:28:02 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: hinckley buzzard
That is not correct.

Santorum said he “took one for the team” on “No child left behind”

NOT on anything else.

47 posted on 02/22/2012 9:34:00 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58

The whole country took one in the ass on “all children left behind.”


48 posted on 02/22/2012 9:36:42 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: arrogantsob

Click on my “about” page hotshot, you aren’t as hot as you think you are.


49 posted on 02/22/2012 9:36:55 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: TheBattman

I am beginning to beleive the entire Paul family are frauds.


50 posted on 02/22/2012 9:37:46 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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