Skip to comments.Santorum attacks Romney as contraception roils GOP
Posted on 03/02/2012 8:46:01 AM PST by Graybeard58
SPOKANE, Wash. Seizing an opportunity to instill doubts about Mitt Romneys conservative credentials, Rick Santorum on Thursday said his presidential rivals gut reaction to a Senate measure that would have repealed mandatory health coverage for contraceptives shows the former Massachusetts governor is not conservative at the core.
Romney opened himself to criticism the day before by telling a reporter that he opposed a Republican bill to block President Barack Obamas policy on contraceptive insurance coverage. Hours later, Romney reversed himself and said he had misunderstood the question.
But the damage was done. Santorum used the opening to score political points just five days before Super Tuesdays 10-state voting, suggesting that Romney was too moderate to defeat Obama in November.
We arent going to win with someone who doesnt excite the very people that we need to excite, Santorum said during a rally inside the New Life Assembly of God church. We won 2010 not because we nominated moderates!
The issue of contraceptive coverage resonates with conservative primary voters, but it also offers a contrast between each partys priorities that could have general election ramifications. While the issue roiled the Republican presidential contest, Obama railed against oil and gas company subsidies in New Hampshire.
The dispute offered a window into Romneys fundamental challenge in his second White House bid. He dominates his opponents with money and organization, but he has struggled to win over his partys right flank because of lingering concerns about his social conservative bona fides. The turnabout in message also allowed his critics to once again label him a flip-flopper.
Addressing a town hall-style meeting in North Dakota, Romney briefly spoke in favor of the Senate provision that pitted religious freedom against womens privacy rights and riled Americans in this volatile election year. He called Obamas decision
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Santorum still talking about rubbers and pills. Enough!
And then he complains when the media pegs him as johnny one note.
Gas, energy, taxes, healthcare... Obama is so vulnerable.
The country is about to slide off a fiscal and moral cliff, and we’re obsessed with birth control.
Gotta hand it to the Alinskyites, they’ve got this down to an art.
Let’s give him the benefit of a doubt and say he’s not a liar. Then, if he misunderstood the question and gave a knee-jerk answer, what would he do when faced with one of those 3 a.m. phone calls? Would he not be able to comprehend what is said to him and answer anyway? Not fit to serve. If only he loses Ohio next week, then he’ll be on his way out and Gingrich can climb back up again. I miss Mrs. Palin not running, I was counting on that for 2012.
The Dems LOVE this “contraception” issue.
The fact they keep shooting back at Rush with this tramp from GU proves to me they are trying to keep this issue alive. Continued talk about it distracts from any focus on Obama.
If you read the NY Times or WaPO - there is rarely any articles about Obama, the economy, or gas process.
If the state forcing their will upon US religious institutions isn't a worthy topic in this campaign, nothing is.
The Republicans keep falling for it, when will they learn? sigh.
No wonder he can't win......(But we knew that a year ago.)
Not surprising that Romney doesn’t care about religious freedom. He did the same thing in Mass. with Romneycare. Right now they’re gunning for the Catholics. He’ll worry about it when they get to the Mormons.
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