Skip to comments.Santorum Unloads on Paul: "No Track Record of Accomplishing Anything"
Posted on 12/29/2011 3:55:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
On the same day Rick Santorum achieved his highest poll numbers of the presidential campaign, he also leveled his sharpest criticism of a GOP rival. One hour and thirty minutes into his town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night, Rick Santorum lowered the boom on Ron Paul. Prompted by a question from an attendee, Santorum said Pauls promises are unrealistic and scary.
Paul has promised, if elected president, to cut five federal departments. Santorum says those are among several promises Paul would not be able to fulfill. Ron Paul has passed one bill in 20 years. What makes you think he can get rid of anything? He has no track record of accomplishing anything in Congress. He has shown no ability to do what he promises to do. Santorum said.
The former Pennsylvania senator admitted that a lot of what Ron Paul says about monetary policy makes sense. However, sounding good and actually delivering on what you say are two different things.
I understand the appeal that Ron Paul has, Santorum said. Its simple and short, but theres no track record there. And the other problem with Congressman Paul is wed be putting someone who is to the left of President Obama on foreign policy. I mean were talking about someone who is in the Dennis Kucinich wing. Dont laugh. He might be even to the left of Dennis Kucinich.
It is Pauls foreign policy that concerns many Republicans. Although he would have to work with Congress to achieve many of the budgetary reforms he promises, as president, Ron Paul could make an immediate impact on foreign policy.
He can actually order on day one that all of our troops around the world come home on day one, Santorum said. The danger of that should just chill every Iowan Lets get serious about what message Iowas going to send to the country and the message has to be We want a responsible conservative.
Santorum has tangled with Paul occasionally during presidential debates. However, his words in Cedar Rapids were the sternest rebuke that he has delivered against the Texas congressman during a campaign event.
The article title got me thinking, so I made a list, starting with the lawyers:
ROMNEY (64) lawyer Bain Capital Massachusetts Governor [2003-07] 4 years public office, plus additional 6+ years running; 1994 U.S. Senator [MA] bid lost; U.S. Presidential bids [2008, 2012]; author
SANTORUM (53) lawyer [Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. D.C. and Pittsburg offices since 07] Fox News Contributor - 16 years public office, U.S. Congressman, Pennsylvania [1991-95] - U. S. Senator [1995-07] lost bid for 3rd term by largest margin in PA GOP history]; author
BACHMANN (55) lawyer Minnesota State Senate [2003-07]; U.S. Congresswoman [MN] [2007- _____] 8 years public office ; political activist; foster parent; 2011 autobiography
GINGRICH (68) U.S. House of Representatives [GA] - 20 years [Speaker 1995-99] Resigned from U.S. House of Rep after win - Fox News Contributor adviser - speaker author
PAUL (76) - U.S. House of Representatives [TX] - 20 years + 6-8 odd years running - Libertarian presidential bid  GOP presidential bids [2008-2012] -- U.S. Air Force flight surgeon [1963-65/Natl G. 1965-68] OBGYN; author
PERRY (61) - Texas Governor [2000 - ______] 20 years public office: TX Lt. Gov [1999-00]; TX Agriculture Commissioner [1991-99]; TX House of Rep [1985-91] ; Cotton Farmer [8 years]; Captain, U.S. Air Force pilot [1972- 77]; author
Yep, THAT's conservative.
While I don’t personally care for Perry, I haven’t forgotten what Rush said about he, Bachmann, and Santorum being the ones who would actually walk the walk every day.
All others are completely off the list and I don’t have to worry about refusing to vote for them.
I would quote the line from Shakespeare, but that might get me a visit from the SS gestapo.
This is SOOOO insane.
Interesting list. Those with real world experience seem to be Paul and Perry. What did Bachmann do before politics?
Santorum is emerging as my newest favored candidate, I’ve been through Perry, then Cain, then Bachman, now Santorum.
My frustration level is high, it seems the powers that be, who ever they are (probably the RINO establishment with support of the democrat machine, MSM etc.) are being successful in selecting the primary candidate for us.
I hate to say it and dread the thought, but that candidate is Romney, of course once that happens the demons and MSM, are armed to the teeth and will unload on Romney with maximum firepower shock and awe...I see doomnation in our future unless something significant happens very soon.
“......What did Bachmann do before politics?”
All Empires crumble. When the sun never sets on your military, doom is indeed not far off.
You cant tell me that America is not exceptional. You can't tell me that because I've seen it
"Rick Perry has always remained faithful." -- First Lieutenant Daniel P. Moran
[6:45] Medal recipients tell of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their fellow heroes -- and why they support Rick Perry.
What was the one bill Ron Paul got passed?
# Sunlight Rule. H.Res. 216, 2009-03-05, originally H.Res. 709, 2006-03-02. Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to ensure that Members have a reasonable amount of time to read legislation that will be voted upon. Prohibits votes on legislation from occurring until ten days after its introduction, with the intent of giving lawmakers enough time to read bills before voting on them; allots 72 hours for House members and staff to examine the contents of amendments. Paul charged his fellow legislators with voting for the Patriot Act in 2001 without reading it first; more than 300 pages long, it was enacted into law less than 24 hours after being introduced.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If RP would have ever run for congress with an (L) behind his name, we would not be worried about him now. (L)oser
That passed. One would never know it.
That was my reaction!
But he didn’t and the kook has risen.
I know he is not running again, but it really makes me question the intelligence of the voters in his district. I know many vote for the lesser of two evils, but for him to be reelected so many times is ridiculous.
I have often wondered who re-elects RP, and why?
Off topic: Congrats on your retirement from 40 years of service to our nation and thank you.
Thanks. I am looking forward to not having the rough commute.
Pull all US troops out of Korea, for example, and watch what happens.
If only all of our Congressmen would do that we would be better off! ;)
It’s not due to his lack of trying.
Or are we going to call in all our diplomats as well?
How is that conservative? What does it conserve?
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