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Santorum: You Know That Cruz And Paul Are Really Just ‘Bomb Throwers,’ Right?
Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matt Vespa

Posted on 01/19/2015 1:02:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

With 2016 rumblings abounding, we forgot about Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania Senator threw some early punches last week at his potential rivals, calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “bomb throwers,” who had no real accomplishments on their resumes (via NYT):

Discussing Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Santorum raised four policy issues that he said would prompt questions about Mr. Huckabee’s fealty to conservative principles. Mr. Santorum was even harsher when discussing Mr. Paul of Kentucky and Mr. Cruz of Texas, both first-term senators, dismissing them as “bomb throwers” with scant achievements.

“Do we really want someone with this little experience?” Mr. Santorum asked, referring to Mr. Paul, Mr. Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who is also in his first term. “And the only experience they have basically — not Rubio, but Cruz and Paul because I don’t think Rubio is going to go — is bomb throwing? Do we really want somebody who’s a bomb thrower, with no track record of any accomplishments?”

As for Huckabee, Santorum noted that the former Arkansas Governor once supported cap-and-trade legislation: Reminded that Mr. Huckabee had once backed a cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions, Mr. Santorum exclaimed: “Climate change. This guy was for climate change.”

Mr. Huckabee’s spokeswoman declined to address the individual issues, instead criticizing Mr. Santorum for “pulling the pin on grenades tossed in our own G.O.P. tent.”

So, while we’re on legislative records, let’s rehash RedState’s Erick Erickson’s 2012 post about Santorum’s voting record in the U.S. Senate, where he voted against a flat tax, the National Right To Work Act, food stamp reform, Medicaid reform, and paying off the debt within 30 years.

As Erickson wrote back then, “the only real justification for supporting him [Rick] now is he is not Mitt Romney.” He then added that Santorum personifies “big government conservatism,” something I do not think the party base will find palatable after eight years of Obama in 2016:

Rick Santorum is a pro-life statist. He is. You will have to deal with it. He is a big government conservative. Santorum is right on social issues, but has never let his love of social issues stand in the way of the creeping expansion of the welfare state. In fact, he has been complicit in the expansion of the welfare state. Suddenly we’re all forgetting what a big government conservatism is. The term was coined by Fred Barnes in defense of George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservative” agenda. Bush intended to use domestic social welfare policy for conservative ends. In the process, he expanded the welfare state to do so through No Child Left Behind, the prescription drug benefit, etc. Rick Santorum was a willing participant in this. Santorum is a conservative. He is. But his conservative is largely defined by his social positions and the ends to which government would be deployed. But he has chosen as the means to those conservative ends bigger government. We see big government conservatives most clearly when they deviate from the tireless efforts of people like Mike Pence and Jim DeMint and the others who were willing to oppose George W. Bush’s expansion of the welfare state.


Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.


Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Defense and Foreign Policy

Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.

Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.

Voted for the START II Treaty

Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.

Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines

Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.

Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.

Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.

Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.

Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.

Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea

Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.

Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.

Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program


Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)

Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge

Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN

Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge

Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit

Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge

Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge

Voted for James Brady to be District Judge


Voted against National Right to Work Act

Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages

Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor

Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding

Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Voted for Job Corps funding

Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization

Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations. Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here

Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.

Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.

Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.


Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.

Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device

Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.

Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.

Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.


Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.

Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.

Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapits, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.

Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.

Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.

Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.


Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators

Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens

Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.

Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.

Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.


Voted against a flat tax.

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.

Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.

Voted twice for internet taxes.

Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.

Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.

Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.

Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.

Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.

Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.

Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.


Voted against food stamp reform

Voted against Medicaid reform

Voted against TANF reform

Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion

Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.

Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.


Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million

Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)

Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion

Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.

Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million

Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)

Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry

Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a state’s highway allocation

Just some food for thought given that most of the candidates considering a 2016 bid so far are not what conservatives are looking for in 2016.

TOPICS: Kentucky; Pennsylvania; Texas; Campaign News; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2016election; bombthrower; cruz; election2016; kentucky; pennsylvania; randpaul; santorum; santorum2016; santorumvotingrecord; statism; tedcruz; texas
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1 posted on 01/19/2015 1:02:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He is a big government conservative"

Ain't no such thing.

2 posted on 01/19/2015 1:04:40 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s time for Rick Santorum to get a real job and cease the hit jobs on REAL constitutional conservatives such as Ted Cruz. Santorum is clearly carrying the water of the GOPe and is endeavoring to split the conservative vote between real conservatives such as Ted Cruz and phony conservatives such as himself.

3 posted on 01/19/2015 1:05:21 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FU Santorum! This dirt bag is the one throwing bombs.

4 posted on 01/19/2015 1:08:25 PM PST by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

I agree with you. I think a guy who lost twice needs to sit down and let others try. That goes for Romney too.

5 posted on 01/19/2015 1:09:40 PM PST by hawkaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We certainly do not want people with experience in graft and corruption.

6 posted on 01/19/2015 1:12:21 PM PST by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Rodamala; House Atreides; All
that does it for ME...forget RWR's 11th rule.

Rick Santorum, GET a real Job..Leave America alone,
YOU are a (pathetic) loser. I know desperation makes
you do this comment (no excuses)

7 posted on 01/19/2015 1:13:37 PM PST by skinkinthegrass ("Bathhouse" E'Bola/0'Boehmer/0'McConnell; all STINK and their best friends are flies. d8^)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Better to throw a bomb than be a bomb.

8 posted on 01/19/2015 1:13:41 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Rodamala
"He is a big government conservative"
Ain't no such thing.

How about "big government social conservative"? To use one of our opponents' pet phrases, that's more nuanced

9 posted on 01/19/2015 1:14:55 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bomb throwers? Cool.

10 posted on 01/19/2015 1:20:46 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum has all the appeal of wet bread.

11 posted on 01/19/2015 1:37:08 PM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum is a piece of work.

Bomb thrower calling someone watching him throw the culprit that was throwing.

Never did like this weasel.

12 posted on 01/19/2015 1:37:46 PM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember James Dobson sounding the alarm over this guy 20 years ago. What a disappointment he turned out to be.

13 posted on 01/19/2015 1:38:42 PM PST by 9thLife ("Life is a military endeavor..." -- Pope Francis)
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To: eartick

I think i know what you mean....but...

14 posted on 01/19/2015 1:39:26 PM PST by 9thLife ("Life is a military endeavor..." -- Pope Francis)
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To: eartick

I think i know what you mean....but...

15 posted on 01/19/2015 1:39:27 PM PST by 9thLife ("Life is a military endeavor..." -- Pope Francis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WTF does “Bomb Thrower” mean anyway.

I heard this idiotic statement last election and it never comes with any context.

I don’t really want an explanation, so don’t tell me.

Oh, and FU Rick

16 posted on 01/19/2015 1:41:59 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish Santorum would just go away.

17 posted on 01/19/2015 1:46:10 PM PST by jospehm20
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Guess Rick Santorum just screwed his chances of getting a job in a New Administration.

Rick is such OLD news...time for him to find a Profession he would like and could stick too...

There was a time I liked him, but when he failed to fight for his Senate seat I lost respect...

18 posted on 01/19/2015 1:46:11 PM PST by haircutter (P)
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To: Rodamala

Plus, only fags wear sweater vests.

19 posted on 01/19/2015 1:50:02 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum is so much of a has-been that even he knows it. The only realistic reason for him to run again is to take in contributions and fund campaign consultants, and perhaps gin up some sales for a book or create an audience when he fishes around for a slot as a TV or radio host.

20 posted on 01/19/2015 1:50:31 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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