Skip to comments.Santorum: You Know That Cruz And Paul Are Really Just ‘Bomb Throwers,’ Right?
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. Huckabees 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 dont think Rubio is going to go is bomb throwing? Do we really want somebody whos 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. Huckabees 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 were on legislative records, lets rehash RedStates Erick Ericksons 2012 post about Santorums 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 were all forgetting what a big government conservatism is. The term was coined by Fred Barnes in defense of George W. Bushs 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. Bushs 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 Presidents 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 Museums 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 states 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.
Ain't no such thing.
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.
FU Santorum! This dirt bag is the one throwing bombs.
I agree with you. I think a guy who lost twice needs to sit down and let others try. That goes for Romney too.
We certainly do not want people with experience in graft and corruption.
Rick Santorum, GET a real Job..Leave America alone,
YOU are a (pathetic) loser. I know desperation makes
you do this comment (no excuses)
Better to throw a bomb than be a bomb.
How about "big government social conservative"? To use one of our opponents' pet phrases, that's more nuanced
Bomb throwers? Cool.
Santorum has all the appeal of wet bread.
Santorum is a piece of work.
Bomb thrower calling someone watching him throw the culprit that was throwing.
Never did like this weasel.
I remember James Dobson sounding the alarm over this guy 20 years ago. What a disappointment he turned out to be.
I think i know what you mean....but...
I think i know what you mean....but...
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
I wish Santorum would just go away.
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...
Plus, only fags wear sweater vests.
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.
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