Skip to comments.Does Santorum think the voters are dumb by saying he is above the dirty politics of Mitt and Newt?
Posted on 01/31/2012 7:14:20 PM PST by mitchell001
Tonight after the Florida Primary results were posted, Rick Santorum spoke from Las Vegas, Nevada. He said that he was staying above the fray, above the mud-slinging between Romney and Gingrich. We all know the only reason that he has not been hit with much mud from Romney or Gingrich is that his lower position in the primaries. He boasted that he was more positive than the others. However, since Gingrich is a mortal threat to Romney, Romney started the NEGATIVE ads against Gingrich. Gingrich had to counter with negative ads toward Romney or drop out of the race. Santorum is really playing the role of a Newt spoiler. To add insult to injury, Santorum is running negative, untrue ads against Gingrich in Nevada and Colorado. Santorum has now officially exposed himself to a possible relentless negative campaign with the Gingrich team. I know that Santorum has been the darling of the media and the sentimental favorite, but now he is playing for keeps from now on. Santorum must now be exposed to the same serious ad attacks which have had serious effects on the fortunes of the other candidates.
Meanwhile he is running negative ads in Iowa and Colorado.
They all do it and I am all for it as long as the ad represents the truth and does not spin it. For instance, showing Mitt Romney clearly saying that he was NOT a conservative is a valid ad and proves Newts point. Showing Mitt saying he is for Gun control is valid. Mitt ran ads claiming that Newt resigned in disgrace and that’s just factually wrong but the geriatric voters in Florida are too dumb to search for the truth.
See this post I made about Santorum: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2731419/posts
For those who want to attack me, note the date on the post. It was back in June. You just need to know to read the political games going on.
I don’t see much difference from Newt to Mitt.
Forget about that. This is a war and there is an old saying that 'the first casualty in war is the truth.'
It seems like in Rick's book criticisms of one’s opponents is only OK if he's the one doing it. Blech.
I wish you good luck on saying ANYTHING negative about that little man, I was berated by most of the freepers when I tried to point how devious he is.
In time, they will know.
I thinl Newt should get out and support Santorum as the true conservative in the race.
Newt needs to answer this question. He says that he could not concentrate during the last debate because Romney was lying too much and the audience was all Romney supporters. Well does he honestly think it will be different with Obama. I was very disappointed in his debate and if he can handle Romney how is he going to handle Obama. He does very well when he is winning but if he has any pressure, he cannot handle it. Very strange.
Let the flaming begin.
If Romney beat Newt by a landslide 14 points, Newt OBLITERATED Santorum by an embarassing 20 point spread. Rick is delusional.
Thanks for the post about Rick Santorum’s RINO actions in his past. Since he endorsed Mitt Romney last time in 2008, I agree with you, Santorum is a stalking horse for Romney, maybe in exchange for a VP spot.
Nice, substantive and may I say constructive criticism designed to change hearts and minds. More?
I agree. Santorum is the most conservative and he has been largely neglected even here.
You make an assertion (Rick is delusional) without data to back it up. By your logic, Newt should concede to Romney.
Please, I know there’s better.
I would run ads that have Goeorge Soros saying Romney and Obama are the same. I would runs ads that have Obama saying that Obamacare was taken right from Romney Care.
“Why Vote for Romney when we have Obama?
How do you figure?
“I thinl Newt should get out and support Santorum as the true conservative in the race.”
Pardon me if Newt doesn’t take the advice of people that believe something that damn stupid.
I have more respect for Paul supporters.
Newt was carpet bombed all week, and still got one out of every three voters to vote for him. Santorum had his best debates and the advantage of staying above the fray while the other two hacked away at each other, and could STILL only manage to garner 13%. In a four way race, shouldn’t 25% be the benchmark? Rick is delusional based on staying in the race based on his Iowa “win” , for which he camped out in Iowa for a year to get.
Your post doesn’t make any sense. You claim that Santorum stating he is above the fray is BS, and then describe why he actually is because Newt and Mittens are solely in a cage match to the death with heavy doses of negative adds hitting the airwaves. Why didn’t you economize and just state you hate Rick Santorum? Why not the same venom towards Ron Paul who has been running adds hitting Newt, yet mysteriously laying of Mittens?
Better, but let me ask; are you a single-issue voter? If so, you can count on the party to disappoint again. Santorum has been a practicing, faithful Catholic much longer than Xavier-come-lately Newt and has pro-life credentials at least as good. Gingrich’s only advantage is two friends who will bankroll a super PAC. That’s a game at which Mitt is better. Mitt’s primary campaign, and Mitt’s are modeled after Clinton in 1992; act like the presumptive nominee and some folks will treat you as such.
Rush told us today that Romney is the second choice for Santorum voters, not Newt Gingrich.
Newt made a strategic mistake after SC going after Mitt. What he should have done was spend all of his money going after Santorum’s big government voting record and his “small ideas.” If I was Newt I would work hard to bring Santorum down to single digits in NV so he will suspend asap, before Rmney builds too bog a lead to overcome in a two man race.
We have no national primary. Florida is one state only and lost half their delegates. Newt also failed to make the ballot in his home state. Paul is working the caucus states and may end up with more delegates than Newt.
I’m trying to avoid name calling. Is this how Newt supporters will turn Obama supporters in a general election?
Let’s mutually design a HIT ad against Santorum. Let’s start with Jim Wayne’s June posting below. I invite others to join in and add to the following criticisms of Santorum.
Rick Santorum must be opposed because he is a RINO who I think is setting himself up to be the running mate of Mitt Romney. At that point, we will have freepers saying we should unite behind them.
Santorum is not in the same category as Palin, Bachmann, Allen West or Herman Cain.
Santorum supported funding for Amtrak. Santorum was for abortion (in 1990) before he was against it. Santorum supported ethanol as automobile fuel. Santorum supported Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey. Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney and called him a conservative. Santorum called himself a “progressive conservative” and positioned himself as such in the initial days.
Santorum and Arlen Specter were partners in pork-procurement and figured out that between them they could share the right rhetoric to get voters to vote for them.
Don’t get fooled. He just knows to use the right rhetoric. DO NOT help MITT ROMNEY. Support for Santorum is support for Mitt Romney.
That is Rush’s opinion and he is welcome to it. I rather think this is an “ABG” phenomenon.
The most conservative figures are not in the race. Look, I haven’t said that Newtbots are stupid, or delusional, or anything like that. However when I say I support Santorum as the last conservative in the race, it’s abortion, immigration, taxes, spending, and military strength. Romney talks tough on immigration but his actions always come down elsewhere. Newt is an amnesty guy and always was.
I just heard Rick Santorum on CNN. Wolf Blitzer asked him about Newt. Santorum goes ballistic and said this:
“Newt Gingrich left SC with all the momentum and wasted every bit of it with negative personal attacks. He blew it himself”.
Is this man delusional or what? He didn’t mention his buddy Romney. He didn’t mention the 15 million dollars in negative ads run against Gingrich. Apparently self-consumed liar thinks Romney will win the nomination and make him his VP. That’s why he staying in the race, after getting destroyed in SC and Florida by Newt Gingrich. He should be ashamed of himself. He’s trying his best to kill the conservative wing of the GOP with his bullheaded arrogance.
That’s because we noticed Rick is NOT the most conservative, by a long shot. He’s a big government pro union moderate who happens to be pro life. At best.
Check my date, newbie, before you call me a troll. I’ve been through this primary season, and my early choice was run out by Romney’s OR. Gingrich is someone we’ve seen take bothe sides of many issues. Will he defend private property rights against the Feds or make nice with his bench buddy Nancy Pelosi? We know what he says now, but will he flip again?
Santorum endorsed Romney!, The anti-Christian cult leader, the most passionate and proactive abortionist and pro homosexual agenda candidate we have ever had in the GOP?
No wonder Mitt is Santorum people's second choice.
Wow, it’s as hard to attack Santorum as it is for him to make an impression. While everything about Newt is larger than life, everything about Rick is small. Small ideas, small speeches, small chance to win.
Santorum was for abortion?
Then mabye you ought to take off your blinders, do some reading, and put on your thinking cap.
Wow. That was some foresight! Well done.
It seems to be true, if Santorum voters can't get Rick, then Romney is their man.
I didn't know until minutes ago that Santorum himself is a Romney man, that is sick, bizarre.
I don’t see much between Romney and Obama.
You have a point, Mitt has probably signaled to Santorum the VP slot if he stays in. Can Romney secretly slip money to Santorum to keep him running? Santorum hurts Newt not Mitt.
I didn’t make the original assertion that Santorum was a liar. I haven’t said anything nasty about your candidate. We know that Newt and Nancy think AGW is a vital issue. How will he come down? Us or Them?
I agree, except that some of the supporting cast changes.
Newt will fight Obama by telling people how they are different. How will Romney fight Obama. By highlighting their similarities? He won’t have the media to prop him up, and his attempt to carpet bomb will fail miserably. Obama has way more money to fight back with.
What are your sources for the following statements?
"Santorum supported abortion in 1990" and "Santorum called him (Romney) a conservative".
Im trying to avoid name calling. Is this how Newt supporters will turn Obama supporters in a general election?
...but you started the name calling by calling Newt a Mitt? You knew the reaction that would invoke and now play holier than thou. Is your name Rick?
I did not call Newt a Mitt. I just don’t want either one.
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