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  • Santorum on Romney ‘endorsement’: ‘It was tough’

    05/11/2012 7:15:33 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 9, 2012 | Eddie Scarry
    On the “Tonight Show” Jay Leno told Rick Santorum that his endorsement (that‘s what we’re calling it) of Mitt Romney seemed “kind of tepid,” given that it was sent out in an email at 11 p.m. Monday. “I think we just needed some time,” Santorum said. “It was a rough and tumble campaign. I can‘t say that it would have been an easy thing the next day to turn around and say ’oh you know, lets just go forward.’ It was tough. So I wanted an opportunity to sort of think about it a little bit… Over the weekend I...
  • "Santorum to 'Reengineer' Campaign"

    04/05/2012 8:46:36 PM PDT · by taraytarah · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4-5-12 | Robert Costa
    Richard Viguerie, a veteran conservative activist and top Santorum supporter, tells National Review Online that Santorum is “reengineering” his presidential campaign. “You can’t repeat the same behavior and expect different results,” he says. “We’ve got to do things different. We’ve got to reengineer the campaign. We’ve got to add things, take things out, and make changes. Everyone recognizes that, from the candidate on down.” Earlier today, Viguerie, along with a group of movement leaders, met with Santorum at an office in northern Virginia. For over an hour, they discussed ways to revive his bid. “We came up with a number...
  • Problems With the Truth: Confessions of a 22-Year Rick Santorum Observer

    04/05/2012 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    I’ve known Rick Santorum for 22 years, having first met him in 1990 before he’d won his first campaign for Congress. I interviewed him on WORD-FM, an evangelical Christian radio station where I was a frequent guest host (and eventually a full-time host) early in his campaign. If I was not the first media personality to interview Rick, I was one of the first. I had Rick as a guest at the request of my friend, Mark Rogers, who was running Rick’s campaign. Over the years I interviewed Rick at least a dozen times and debated him several times as...
  • Fox News Sunday interview with Rick Santorum (VANITY)

    04/01/2012 11:21:38 AM PDT · by Windcatcher · 10 replies
    My brain | 04/01/2012 | Windcatcher
    (Sigh...) How else can I start? I support Rick Santorum, donated to him, but I'm losing count of the times I watch him on a live interview and feel the need for a facepalm. God love you, Rick, but you do not think well on your feet (or perhaps someone working for isn't doing his job prepping you). When Chris asked Rick about siding with "big labor", the right answer was that "there are valid reasons for labor unions and I'll support them when it's fair to do so. Unions get a bad rap when union leaders abuse their leverage...
  • Why Rick Santorum's once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding

    03/31/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 179 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 30, 2012 | Mark Guarino
    By the time Mitt Romney arrives in Wisconsin Friday – his first campaign stop in the state before its GOP primary on Tuesday – his challenger Rick Santorum will have already become a familiar face. Mr. Santorum has been in Wisconsin since last weekend and has dined, bowled, and played shuffleboard with residents in every pocket of the state. He’s even tossed a football at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Santorum’s once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding. In February, the former US senator polled at 34 percent among the state’s likely Republican voters, while Mr. Romney, the...
  • Santorum: ‘I’m Not Going to Run as a Conservative – I’m a Conservative Period’

    03/30/2012 7:41:34 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 60 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 30, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday took GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney to task for his past as a self-described “independent” who claimed he did not want to “return to the days of Reagan-Bush. Santorum, speaking to supporters at the Jelly Belly factory – which had honored President Ronald Reagan in the past for promoting the jelly bean – asked which candidate would be pull together the “Reagan coalition” and win swings states, which are “vitally important” for winning the presidential election.(Snip) “Governor Romney said that after the Etch-a-Sketch flap that he was going to run as a conservative in...
  • Rick Santorum invokes Ronald Reagan at Jelly Belly factory in California

    03/29/2012 11:13:33 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Republican leaders and voters, frustrated by their party's prolonged presidential contest, are increasingly coalescing behind front-runner Mitt Romney. Yet Rick Santorum on Thursday urged conservatives not to forsake their principles under pressure. He did so by conjuring the memory of Ronald Reagan, still the conservative icon, at an oddly symbolic place: the jelly bean factory that created the former president's favorite treats. "Let them know, conservatives all across this country have not given up the fight, we're not going to concede to the moderate establishment who wants to convince everybody that it's over, it's time to go...
  • Newt Gingrich campaign asks state GOP to not seat Stacey Campfield as delegate

    03/30/2012 1:18:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 95 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 3-30-12 | Knoxville News Sentinel Staff
    Newt Gingrich's campaign has asked the Tennessee Republican Party....to not seat Knoxville state Sen. Stacey Campfield as a Gingrich delegate at the national convention. Campfield, who served as a state co-chair for Gingrich's campaign, abruptly switched his support to Santorum days before the March 6 "Super Tuesday" election. "Please be advised that Stacey Campfield does not have the consent of the Newt Gingrich for President Campaign to be seated as a delegate at the Republican National Convention," wrote John Fluharty, the campaign's director of delegate access, in a Thursday letter to the state GOP committee. "As a matter of information,...
  • Conservative Frontrunner Santorum Wins Majority against Romney (if Gingrich steps aside)!

    03/29/2012 1:19:36 AM PDT · by koinonia · 37 replies
    U.S. Politics Online ^ | March 24, 2012 | Concerned Citizen
    Conservative Frontrunner Santorum Wins Majority against Romney (if Gingrich steps aside)! Popular, young and strong on Values, dynamic Senator Rick Santorum wins, with a large, absolute Majority of Votes, against the Unpopular, old and flip-flop Millionaire Mitt Romney, if Gingrich (who has lost in too many States), at last, steps aside, recent Polls reveal : For example, the Front Runner among Conservatives, Santorum, could crush Romney, with 55 % against only 33 % respectively, if Gingrich stepped aside, i.e. with a Winning margin up to + 21%, according to the latest Luisiana Polls by Magelan Strategies BR, of the 19...
  • Pennsylvania slipping away from Santorum? (13-point drop in one month)

    03/28/2012 7:42:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    April will be a tough month for Rick Santorum. The primary schedule has nine contests next month ... three on Tuesday, a non-binding caucus in Missouri (again!), and five primaries on the 24th. The two most likely states for a Santorum win are winner-take-all Wisconsin on the 3rd and the candidate's home state of Pennsylvania on the 24th. Santorum trails in the latest Wisconsin polling, and a new poll by Frank & Marshall College suggests that his support back home has declined significantly: Rick Santorum appeared to be the Republican presidential candidate to beat in Pennsylvania a month ago.With the...
  • Expected Louisiana Win May Be a Hollow Victory for Santorum.

    03/24/2012 10:36:07 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 91 replies · 4+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 24, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    Rick Santorum is likely to win Louisiana’s Saturday primary but a victory there won’t help him much, say Republican strategists. “Winning Louisiana does nothing in the grand scheme of things,” said GOP strategist Tyler Harber. “It won’t give a huge boost of support to Rick Santorum. Winning these contests isn’t as important. It’s now about winning the delegates.”
  • "My Message to Rick Santorum" Bob Grant (RINO Blog)

    03/23/2012 4:54:36 PM PDT · by Politics4US · 52 replies · 3+ views
    Bob Grant Online ^ | March 23, 2012 | Bob Grant
    My Message to Rick Santorum March 23, 2012 Not too long ago, I had asked a woman from Pennsylvania what she thought about Rick Santorum. Knowing that she was as conservative and as Republican as I am, I was surprised at her response. She said, “He is the worst. Those of us who know him best have nothing but contempt for him. He is not an honest person and certainly would not hesitate to stab a fellow politician in the back.” That was a few weeks ago, but I have learned what a tawdry character Santorum is. He is a...
  • Santorum: 'I Would Never Vote for Barack Obama Over Any Republican'

    03/23/2012 10:21:40 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    Santorum: 'I Would Never Vote for Barack Obama Over Any Republican' MAR 23, 2012 • BY DANIEL HALPER Rick Santorum is pushing back against what he's calling a misinterpreted quotation, in which he's being reported as saying he'd vote for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential contest. "I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican," Santorum says in a statement, "and to suggest otherwise is preposterous." Santorum blames Mitt Romney's camp for "distort[ing]" and "distract[ing]" voters. "This is just another attempt by the Romney Campaign to distort and distract the media and voters from the...
  • Santorum Suggests Obama Preferable to "Etch-A-Sketch" Romney.

    03/22/2012 6:27:59 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 761 replies · 17+ views
    latimes.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Michael A. Memoli
    Rick Santorum's latest attempt to use a Mitt Romney aide's "Etch-A-Sketch" remark against the Republican front-runner instead gave his rival a chance to fire back on Thursday, after Santorum seemed to say he'd rather see President Obama reelected than send Romney to the White House. Speaking at an event in Texas, Santorum again made the case that Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom's comments Wednesday on CNN about a "reset" of the campaign if Romney clinched the nomination showed the former Massachusetts governor's efforts to appeal to conservatives were insincere. "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision...
  • Dole: Santorum must soon consider dropping out

    03/21/2012 12:25:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2012 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former senator Bob Dole says GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is "getting close to the point" where he'll have to decide whether to stay in the race for the nomination or drop out. In a telephone interview Wednesday, Dole told The Associated Press he was speaking from the experience of staying in the 1988 GOP nomination fight too long.
  • Santorum's executive experience conundrum

    03/20/2012 7:52:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John Dickerson
    In 2008, Republicans argued that Barack Obama couldn't be an effective president because he had never run anything. Since his inauguration, they have never let go of this argument. In a typical exchange during the BP oil spill, Sean Hannity and GOP strategist Ed Gillespie agreed that the feeling America was on the wrong track could be traced "back to the fact that [Obama] doesn't have executive experience." Indeed, when Rick Santorum was praising Sarah Palin as a vice presidential pick in 2008 at a speech at Ave Maria (yes, the same speech where he talked about Satan), he cited...
  • Gingrich Delegates in IL Switch Support to Santorum

    03/20/2012 2:44:34 PM PDT · by parksstp · 15 replies
    03-20-2012
    News sources have confirmed Jim Runyon, a Gingrich delegate in IL has agreed in principle with 9 other Gingrich delegates in the 4 CD's that Rick Santorum failed to field a slate of delegates, that they will pledge their support for Santorum should he reach Tampa. This will have the effect of eliminating the delegate disadvantage in IL that Santorum was facing, particularly in the 13th Congressional District. It's now possible Santorum may split the delegate allocations by CD with Mitt Romney, or may in face take the lead, despite Romney getting more of the popular vote, since the Congressional...
  • Illinois primary a must win for Santorum, it is time to do or die

    03/20/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT · by VinL · 51 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 3-20-12 | picht
    Newt Gingrich had to win Mississippi and Alabama in order to remain a viable candidate. Those states weren't essential because of their delegate counts or their importance to the national election, but because Gingrich had won nothing outside the South and staked everything on a southern strategy. He lost. He remains in the campaign, but he's a ghost, a bitter aftertaste, and a thorn in Rick Santorum's side. Santorum now faces his own "must win" primary, Illinois. He's won more states than Gingrich, but his strength so far has been in the Midwest and South, and in neither region has...
  • In Illinois, Santorum’s Chance at Nomination Is Slipping Away (Rick's last stand)

    03/20/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/20/2012 | Nate Silver
    A quick glance at the map might tempt you into thinking that the Republican nomination is roughly an even battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with Mr. Romney tending to prevail in the Northeast and the West, and Mr. Santorum in the Midwest and the South. Do the math, however, and you’ll find that the nomination isn’t all that close. Mr. Romney hasn’t done that well in the South — but he also hasn’t been shut out there, winning Florida and its 50 winner-take-all delegates, and Virginia, where only Ron Paul was on the ballot alongside him. The Southern...
  • Team Romney's Unfair Attack on Santorum

    03/20/2012 12:13:10 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 95 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/20/2012 | Guy Benson
    First, here's the set-your-hair-on-fire clip about which we're all supposed to be enraged, via Rick Santorum on the stump: "I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. It doesn't matter to me..." The horror! Rick Santorum doesn't care about the unemployment rate! Except, the former Senator's sentence went on: "...my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. It's something more foundational that's going on." What Santorum was conveying -- albeit terribly ham-handedly -- is that his candidacy is about more than mere economic issues. He's arguing that while Mitt Romney's campaign relies on harnessing and exploiting...
  • Santorum outgunned 7 to 1 in Illinois, 21 to 1 in Chicago media market

    03/20/2012 9:34:24 AM PDT · by Kazan · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Politico ^ | 3/19.2012 | Alexander Burns
    Rick Santorum’s campaign and super PAC have been outspent by a margin of 7 to 1 in the Illinois primary, with forces supporting Mitt Romney shelling out a total of about $3.7 million on the airwaves, according to a GOP media-buying source. Romney’s campaign has spent $1,117,704 million in Illinois while the super PAC Restore Our Future has put in $2.556,353 million. The Santorum campaign spent a comparatively modest $219,961 and the super PAC backing Santorum, the Red White and Blue Fund, put in $312,150. The gulf was even more enormous in the crucial, expensive Chicago media market. There, Romney’s...
  • Santorum: "I don't care" about unemployment rate

    03/19/2012 7:03:28 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 187 replies · 1+ views
    Rick Santorum is coming under fire for saying that the unemployment rate and economic growth are secondary issues to that of freedom in his campaign, a statement that rival Mitt Romney's campaign quickly seized on as being tone-deaf to the plight of out-of-work Americans. "We need a candidate who's going to be a fighter for freedom. Who's going to get up and make that the central theme in this race because it is the central theme in this race," Santorum told a crowd of about 200 voters during a rally here on Monday. "I don't care what the unemployment rate's...
  • Santorum Team Doggedly Resurrects Romney’s Seamus Tale (Mitt's Cruelty to Animals)

    03/19/2012 5:26:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/19/12 | Amy Bingham
    Seamus the Irish setter may have died years ago, but the now-infamous story of his rooftop ride has been more firmly cemented into the narrative of the 2012 campaign than his retaliatory excrement was plastered to the back window of the Romney family station wagon during that fateful trip 20 years ago. The Santorum campaign has referenced Mitt Romney’s treatment of his dog Seamus four times over the past week as an anecdote that purportedly calls into question the former governor’s character. -snip- “If you can’t be nice to your dog, who are you going to be nice to?”
  • Rick Santorum: If I Win The Illinois Primary, I Win The Nomination

    Rick Santorum: If I Win The Illinois Primary, I Win The Nomination By Andrew Rafferty EFFINGHAM, Ill. -- Rick Santorum on Saturday guaranteed that a win in the Illinois primary will result in his nomination as the Republican presidential nominee. "This is a primary, and turnout is everything. You do your job, you do your job, then this is the pledge," Santorum said. "If we're able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you, I guarantee you that we will win this nomination." Illinois has largely been predicted to favor Mitt Romney for Tuesday's...
  • Vigorous’ Santorum crackdown may catch Internet porn viewers

    03/15/2012 11:00:14 AM PDT · by timlot · 397 replies · 2+ views
    Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president. The unapologetic social conservative, currently in second place behind Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, has promised to crack down on the distribution of pornography if elected.
  • Contested GOP convention getting more likely?

    03/10/2012 8:48:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 10, 2012 | Nancy Cordes
    (CBS News) BILOXI, Miss. - The four main candidates for the Republican nomination for president say they're committed to staying in the race right up to the convention this August in Tampa, Fla. There's just one problem: If they do, it might turn out that no one gets the number of delegates needed to win the nomination outright. Stumping in Birmingham, Alabama, Mitt Romney continued his Southern charm offensive, celebrating an endorsement from the country band Alabama. "Wouldn't you love to hear them sing 'Sweet Home Alabama'? Wouldn't that be wonderful?" he asked a crowd at one campaign stop. In...
  • Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a 'two-man race'

    03/09/2012 2:41:53 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 58 replies
    thehill.com ^ | mar. 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Rick Santorum suggested that the Republican presidential field is shrinking to just two candidates. Santorum's comments come as he and his supporters increasingly suggest that the former Pennsylvania senator would benefit from Newt Gingrich dropping out. "So we feel pretty good that it's now narrowing to a two-person race," Santorum said in an interview with Bloomberg TV set to air Friday. "We've been competitive."
  • How Rick Santorum got a $2 million Virginia estate

    03/09/2012 11:05:29 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 131 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | mar.2012 | bySteve Contorno
    Rick Santorum built his presidential candidacy on the premise that he is very different than wealthy, establishment front-runner Mitt Romney, that he is someone who has faced the plights of the average American. Among the hardships Santorum claims to share is an underwater mortgage, the kind that's forcing millions from their homes. "The value of my house is a fraction of what it was when I bought it," the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania recently told Michigan supporters. But the Republican presidential contender's housing situation is quite unlike the one so many other Americans actually face, according to experts and...
  • Newt hammers Santorum with Romney's attacks

    03/08/2012 6:40:29 PM PST · by VinL · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-8-12 | Haberman
    So much for conservatives uniting ahead of Alabama and Mississippi. Newt Gingrich's team just came out with what I believe is its first sharp hit against Rick Santorum of the campaign, a video montage of the former Pennsylvania senator talking earmarks, endorsing Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential race and taking "one for the team," as he memorably put it in the final GOP debate in Arizona last month. If the lines of attack seem familiar, it's because Team Romney - the campaign Gingrich has said he wants to thwart - has been using them against Santorum for weeks. It's...
  • Rick Santorum’s delegate woes: Trying hard in some states; in others, not so much

    03/08/2012 10:46:35 PM PST · by Fred · 38 replies
    Wapo ^ | 030812 | Felicia Sonmez
    Rick Santorum won’t be winning any delegates in four of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts next month. But, at least in the 13th District, it won’t be because he didn’t try. Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Julie Denesha/Getty Images)On Jan. 6, the state filing deadline, a Santorum volunteer had brought to the board of elections an envelope containing nominating petitions for a slate of three Santorum delegates in the 13th, the State Journal-Register reports. But the petitions were never submitted. A volunteer inadvertently failed to take them out of the envelope, the Journal Register reports, and the envelope wound up in...
  • Santorum to Newsmax: I'd Consider Gingrich for VP (Looking for core conservative as running mate)

    03/09/2012 7:06:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 08 Mar 2012 06:28 PM | Martin Gould and Ashley Martella
    Saying he'd look for a "strong and principled conservative" as a running mate should he win the Republican presidential nomination, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum tells Newsmax that he certainly would consider rival Newt Gingrich for that vital role. When asked if he would consider the former House Speaker as number two on his ticket, Santorum said Gingrich had been "tested" by the bruising GOP race and that makes him an attractive vice presidential candidate. Santorum tells Newsmax that his choice would be a core conservative who is “willing to stand up and fight for the things that I believe...
  • RNC’s delegate count shows Gingrich ahead of Santorum (Stand down, Rick!)

    03/08/2012 5:47:11 PM PST · by VinL · 149 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 3-8-12 | Dinan
    Rick Santorum may have won more primaries but the Republican National Committee's current delegate count shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has more bound delegates than Mr. Santorum in the race for the party's presidential nomination. Frontrunner Mitt Romney has earned 339 delegates to the August nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., or more than the rest of the field combined, according to a chart the RNC sent to its members on Thursday. Mr. Gingrich is second with 107 delegates, topping Mr. Santorum's 95 delegates and the 22 delegates pledged to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Winning the nomination will take...