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Santorum Unloads on Paul: "No Track Record of Accomplishing Anything"
The Iowa Republican ^ | December 29, 2011 | Kevin Hall

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 Paul’s 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. “It’s simple and short, but there’s no track record there. And the other problem with Congressman Paul is we’d be putting someone who is to the left of President Obama on foreign policy. I mean we’re talking about someone who is in the Dennis Kucinich wing. Don’t laugh. He might be even to the left of Dennis Kucinich.”

It is Paul’s 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… Let’s get serious about what message Iowa’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: gopprimary; government; iowacaucus; publicservice
Santorum Unloads on Paul: "No Track Record of Accomplishing Anything"

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) – lawyerMinnesota 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 [1988] – 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

1 posted on 12/29/2011 3:55:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"...all of our troops around the world..."

Yep, THAT's conservative.

2 posted on 12/29/2011 4:00:00 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 4:04:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I would quote the line from Shakespeare, but that might get me a visit from the SS gestapo.
This is SOOOO insane.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 4:04:41 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Interesting list. Those with real world experience seem to be Paul and Perry. What did Bachmann do before politics?


5 posted on 12/29/2011 4:11:59 AM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: Wolfie

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.


6 posted on 12/29/2011 4:31:21 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: palmer

“......What did Bachmann do before politics?”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Bachmann#Early_political_activism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Bachmann#Family


7 posted on 12/29/2011 4:44:11 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PoloSec

All Empires crumble. When the sun never sets on your military, doom is indeed not far off.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 4:48:40 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
All Empires crumble. When the sun never sets on your military, doom is indeed not far off.

“You can’t 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.

9 posted on 12/29/2011 4:50:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: palmer
She worked for the irs as a TAX attorney.

LLS

10 posted on 12/29/2011 5:21:55 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!)
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To: Wolfie
We are going to go through hell and back... no doubt... but we are Americans... and unlike Europe... we will rebuild and return. I did say through hell and BACK!

LLS

11 posted on 12/29/2011 5:24:01 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What was the one bill Ron Paul got passed?


12 posted on 12/29/2011 5:26:03 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legislation_sponsored_by_Ron_Paul

This one?

# 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.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 5:41:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
PAUL (76) - U.S. House of Representatives [TX] - 20 years + 6-8 odd years running - Libertarian presidential bid [1988]

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

14 posted on 12/29/2011 6:26:32 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That passed. One would never know it.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 6:56:29 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

That was my reaction!


16 posted on 12/29/2011 7:01:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Arrowhead1952

But he didn’t and the kook has risen.


17 posted on 12/29/2011 7:02:06 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.


18 posted on 12/29/2011 7:49:50 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

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.


19 posted on 12/29/2011 8:03:55 AM PST by rightly_dividing (1Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: rightly_dividing

Thanks. I am looking forward to not having the rough commute.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 9:00:57 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Wolfie
Our military is certainly in more places than necessary, with missions far outside of scope. But they are also in places where they are absolutely necessary to protect our national interests.

Pull all US troops out of Korea, for example, and watch what happens.

21 posted on 12/29/2011 9:11:46 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
'Ron Paul has passed one bill in 20 years.'

If only all of our Congressmen would do that we would be better off! ;)

22 posted on 12/29/2011 9:51:46 AM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

It’s not due to his lack of trying.


23 posted on 12/29/2011 10:15:58 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Wolfie
Who are you going to have guard the embassies?

Or are we going to call in all our diplomats as well?

24 posted on 12/29/2011 10:18:56 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: Wolfie

How is that conservative? What does it conserve?


25 posted on 12/29/2011 10:24:23 AM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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