Skip to comments.Taking Aim at Santorum: The Romney Campaign Misfires.
Posted on 02/11/2012 11:21:34 AM PST by Steelfish
Taking Aim at Santorum: The Romney Campaign Misfires. FEB 20, 2012, VOL. 17, NO. 22 BY JONATHAN V. LAST
On Saturday, February 4, a national poll from Rasmussen Reports showed Rick Santorum as the only Republican to lead President Obama in a head-to-head matchup. The next morning, a PPP poll showed Santorum suddenly leading Mitt Romney in Minnesota. So the Romney campaign responded with what are becoming its trademark tactics.
Having completely ignored Santorum since New Hampshire, on Sunday afternoon the Romney team sent out a press release calling him a proud defender of earmarks and pork-barrel spending. The email contained an oppo-dump of news stories and quotes designed to make Santorum look like a latter-day Ted Stevens.
On Monday a PPP poll was released with more good news for Santorum: It showed him with a 13-point lead in Missouri. So the Romney campaign became more aggressive. Before the clock struck 2:00 p.m., the campaign had sent out four more press releases attacking Santorum.
The first labeled Santorums criticisms of Romneycare falsehoods.
The second announced that Romney surrogate Tim Pawlenty would be holding a conference call to discuss Santorums long-history of pork-barrel spending.
The third was a summary of the Pawlenty call. (Sample: [Santorum] has been a champion of earmarks, and to hold himself out now as somebody who is an unquestionable conservative in these matters, just is not supported by the facts.)
The fourth was a reminder that Santorum had endorsed Romney in 2008. Or at least it was an excerpt of Santorums endorsement. It elided the language which, back in 2008, made it clear that Santorum was coming to Romney as a conservative-of-last-resort.
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But, has either vowed to overturn Obamacare if they become President?
In 2008, 42,218 Coloradans caucused for Romney. This year the number dropped by almost half, to 23,012.
[In Minnesota] He went from 25,990 caucus supporters in 2008 to 8,222 this time around.
Yes, but according to the Dems, the media and the GOP establishment Romney is the most electable.
Gingrich vowed to overturn Obamacare at CPAC yesterday.
He is the only candidate to swear what he will do. I believe him. Let’s ask Romney or Santorum what they will do on day one and whether or not they will do the same as Gingrich. If they dance around it then you know they are establishment politicians.
Let’s all quit buying into the media’s and punditocracy’s narrative. The people will decide through votes not polls. Gingrich is not dead and Santorum’s recent wins do not make him thhe front runner. Romney is neither conservative nor inevitable. Personally, I believe Newt will do well through Super Tuesday and the up-coming debates. Long way from being over.
Romney cannot run on his own liberal record , so he attacks the records of others.
I can vote for either Gingrich or Santorum, right now I like Gingrich better.
Gingrich wants the bill on his desk on day ONE. He knows if he wins we have taken the Congress. The liberal scum will cow-tow and step and fetch. They care more about their power and pension than this nation.
LOL. If Romney gets the nomination, they might even have to add that word to the dictionary.
I am now going to refrain from using the word ‘severe’ in any of its forms for awhile after Mitten’s CPAC speech.
Newt (in his CPAC speech) has given a pretty bold plan how to do so if he wins.
Only Newt has vowed to repeal Obamacare.
(did it again yesterday at CPAC too)
Santorum and Romney have called parts of Obamacare ‘cruel’ or ‘inappropriate’ but failed to promise a total repeal like Newt has.
Yes they both have. Santorum has repeatedly.
They BOTH have promised to repeal it, reverse it eliminate, call it terrible names and fart in its general direction.
It’s ridiculous to get taken in by polls, pundits or Fox News.
Long way to go until this race is decided and anything could happen.
>> “Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with Patient-Centered Healthcare” <<
This is exactly the kind of BS I was talking about.
The only acceptable answer is repeal Obamacare, not replace it with more crap.
No federal involvement with any health issue is the only thing that is acceptable.
Santorum’s socialism is just as bad as Obama’s.
“But, has either vowed to overturn Obamacare if they become President?”
Wow, this far into the campaign and you don’t know? Just watch any Newt speech, ANY, including his CPAC speech and you’ll have your answer.
Gingrich has. Its part of his platform of change.
Santorum just wants to rename it and keep it.
We have to get the feds completely out of all health issues now.
Perhaps you should check his website before calling it socialism.
repeal ObamaCare and its burdensome job-destroying bureaucracy, taxes, mandates, and heavy-handed government decision-making and replace it with [SantorumCare]
I don't know whether or not to go "blech" at SantorumCare, because I don't know what sort of federal apparatus he has in mind.
I do know the one I have in mind - NO federal apparatus.
S O C I A L I S M:
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 anti-personnel landmines.
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same pay raises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyrannical 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 repeal 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 representatives 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 pay raise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapists, 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 the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border patrol 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.
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%.
Voted against transferring $20 million from AmeriCorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.
Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies a new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against allowing consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing.
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.
Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.
His website says that he will replace it with his owm plan.
That is socialism.
Santorum has said that Obamacare was the central issue of this election and that Romney would have to completely give that issue away if he (Romney) were the nominee.
Santorum has said that Obamacare was the central issue of this election and that Romney would have to completely give that issue away if he (Romney) were the nominee.
He has problems dealing with his past collusion with Hillary on healthcare.
Your aspersions about Rick are incorrect. Can you provide a quote that corroborates them.
Santorum has said that he will replace Obamacare with Santorum Patient Centered Healthcare.
That is just window dressing for keeping it.
Give up GulfBreeze, you’re just shilling for Santorum’s proposed socialist plan called for by his own website.
Santorum's primary idea is to bolster Health Savings Accounts, to make a better, more free market system of health care thrive.
I prefer Newt because he can paint a better vision for a robust and likable conservative renaissance. He also has overseen one of the best conservative movements in our lifetime.
There's no need to use hyperbole against the other conservative candidate down to sell Newt.
Newt has an 89 lifetime ACU rating, Santorum has an 80. He's not Mitt Romney.
Sliming Newt isn't going to help your candidate, particularly with lies such as that one.
Give us reasons to vote for Rick over Newt, please don't get into the Romney gutter.
So you can’t back up your statements. You give up.
Have you considered just promoting your favorite choice in the race?
>> “Santorum’s primary idea is to bolster Health Savings Accounts, to make a better, more free market system of health care thrive” <<
You’re offering facts not in evidence.
I’ve listened to all of the speeches, and only Newt has promised to rip it out, without promising to replace it.
We need to get the feds completely out of health and food issues. Presently they are bigtime drug pushers.
Look. I like Newt. I will work for him if he gets the election. But don’t expect the Gingrich people to tear down Rick with no facts coming back at them:
“Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, has been working alongside the wife of former President Bill Clinton, now a Democratic senator from New York, on a number of issues, and even appeared with her at a press conference on Wednesday to promote - of all things - health care legislation”
Sorry. No, your wrong.
Open your eyes, I have backed up my statements.
Your shilling is becoming acrid, open a window!
You for got to say “naner, naner, naner.”
Do you know what HSA’s are? This has nothing to do with “replacing” Obamacare with something else. HSA’s should be expanded. An HSA is an account that you can put your own pretax dollars into and then draw on them to pay for medical bills. This essentially allows people to deduct their medical costs and lower their tax burdens. Expanding them is a form of TAX CUT.
I prefer Newt to him, but what you are saying Santorum believes is simply over the top and incorrect.
My wife has a HSA.
You don’t need any government to have them.
Look. Why aren’t you spending your time posting all the good news about your candidate? Gingrich is a great guy and you are obviously all for him. Why don’t you go to the threads about where is winning in this poll or that poll and have a ball with other Gingrich supporters? Or go to one that shows how high his favorability ratings are now and have fun there. You are just wasting time and space posting a bunch of unsupported false attacks about Santorum.
You'd best have something better than that......
Here is Newt’s health care plan. I think it would be a libertarian pipe dream to get the government out of health care. It’s just not a realistic statement considering Medicare and Medicaid. I think #5 in Newt’s plan is a necessary law...health plans should not be allowed to drop your coverage if you get sick. The reality is if that’s not banned, most plans will do it, and the consumer would not realistically be aware of it until it’s too late. #8 though, is the kind of government intervention I don’t like. It sounds like social engineering. The other 11 points sound good, although I’m not sure how some will be implemented.
The point is I am not going to be baited into fully tearing down a guy I genuinely like. However, I am not going to pretend like his failures aren't real. They are.
Newt is a mixed bag. The sum of which is pretty d@mn good in my opinion. I don't get why all his avid fans can't get together on a thread and talk about it like the Santorum supporters are TRYING to do here on this thread about our guy.
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