Skip to comments.Santorum: Gingrich Puts Social Issues 'in the Back of the Bus'
Posted on 12/05/2011 6:27:36 PM PST by Fred
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday compared his war against reproductive rights and gay rights to the Civil Rights Movement, and attacked Newt Gingrich for putting social issues "in the back of the bus."
"In terms of social issues [Gingrich] has been married three times, he has two divorces, he's admitted to infidelity," ABC's Christiane Amanpour noted during an interview with Santorum. "Should voters hold that against him?"
"I think character is definitely an issue," Santorum opined. "I've been married 21 years, I have seven children. That's a factor that people are going to look at and should look at when it comes to the person you are going to have lead the country."
"Is he a real conservative with the social values?" Amanpour asked.
"I think that Newt has consistently put those, let's say, in the back of the bus," Santorum replied. "He's never really been an advocate of pushing those issues."
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Thoe who are attacking the other candidates are not getting any traction. They may wish to focus on Obama and stand on their own merits.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Obama has only married one woman too. Newt is not running for cannonization into the Catholic Church. Don’t go there Santorum...
He should be ashamed!
Newt has no standards aside from Newt first.
Santorum just threw out the support of the divorced, and they are many. He just can’t get traction though I personally like him and don’t see him as stringent or irritating as so many others do. I’m pretty sure I won’t get to vote for him in the March 6 TX primary.
Gingrich reverses his position that life begins at ‘implantation’
I like Santorum’s conservatism, but his complaints about Newt are little more than noise from the back of the bus.
This is an indication of how these people think. Santorum evidently thinks his enemy is Gingrich. We know the real enemy is sitting in the White House and I don’t know anyone who is thinking “I’ll vote for one guy in the Primary and then switch and vote for another in the General”.
You’re not running against other Republicans, Rick. And that’s why you’ll never get closer then the public tour to the WH.
Hopefully thats just his opinion because social issues are HUGELY important to many conservatives.
>> Santorum evidently thinks his enemy is Gingrich. We know the real enemy is sitting in the White House >>
Yep, RS is running a cynical niche “look at me, I’m the MOSTEST PROEST LIFEST” campaign for Iowa’s hard core social conservatives. He hasn’t figured out it ain’t workin’ and won’t work.
MB hasn’t figured it out either. Maybe that’s why they have like 5% between them. And FTR, Reagan sort of pushed them to the back of the bus too because at the time, the enemies were Jimmy Carter and the Soviet Union. One has to know what battle one is fighting to have any chance to win.
What a moron. The economy is the only issue people. Give a damn about right now.
Yes he is. That's what primaries are for.
In a way, I guess Newt running might not be a bad thing because Newt isn’t going to focus on this stuff.
I think the GOP has a winning coalition for 2012 if we can focus entirely on economic freedom issues and freeing up the economy.
I’ve been talking to my independent friends. They get all riled up when Bachman or Santorum start up on social issues. But when we focus on cutting spending and regulations to start the economy they start thinking they can vote GOP.
I speak to tons of people. The social issues are a pure loser.
>> Yes he is. That’s what primaries are for. >>
Wow, you’re a little light on political history aren’t you? For the most part, the successful runs are made by those who most effecitvely run against the other party during the primary process.
Moreover, we’ve seen Bachmann, Santorum and Perry snipe the most against other Republicans and what are they, like 11% combined now?
What this primary is for is to A: show a vision for beating Obama and B: show a vision for governing the country after you do. No one is responding to negative snipes against other Republicans. It can be shown to be a total fail this cycle.
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