Skip to comments.Romney and Paul successfully call Santorumís conservatism into question
Posted on 02/22/2012 8:27:14 PM PST by detective
Rick Santorums 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 Wednesdays 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 Santorums most solidly conservative credential social issues.
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This article shows how Paul is working to get Romney the nomination.
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.
Romney/Rand Paul 2012 is probably the plan.
This is a campaign ad.
The Washington Compost just donated $20,000 to the Romney 2012 presidential campaign.
"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.
So the liberal and the loon are questioning Santorum.......it’s like a bad movie script.
I wonder how long before the debate the article was written.
Rand Paul is no different than his dad, except that he meters his words much better.
Santorum had his ass handed to him on a TV tray......
Plus his son said he would accept Romney’s VP position. They are DEFINITELY working together.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
That is true. I just hope he wins Michigan and Arizona. If he doesn’t Romney does for sure and that is frightening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.!
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.
I don’t think Paul is running for Veep. He is running for Fed Chairman’s job.
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.....
Besides, I not only saw it, I tapped it.
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.
Their tag-teaming of Rick may impress the Washington P@ss but it won’t conservatives.
If I were a Romney supporter, as was most of the crowd, I would have booed him as well.
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.
You taped it
Laz tapped it
Are you sure you’re not liberal or shilling for Romney? You sure love the establishment line.
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.
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.
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”.
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!
Far more than you will ever know junior!
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?
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.
I appreciate that historical factoid. Learn something every day!
“Santorum had his ass handed to him on a TV tray......”
And it was actually Ron Paul, not Romney, that served up that meal.
Don’t disrespect your elders or those more intelligent than yourself.
Every notice that when the social issue comes up, Paul clams up? I cant recall what he has said on the issue. But that leaves him a half-way conservative.
>> “Santorum defended his endorsement of Arlen Specter” <<
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.
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.
Santorum said he “took one for the team” on “No child left behind”
NOT on anything else.
The whole country took one in the ass on “all children left behind.”
Click on my “about” page hotshot, you aren’t as hot as you think you are.
I am beginning to beleive the entire Paul family are frauds.
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