Skip to comments.Santorum: "I Was Basically Pro-Choice All My Life, Until I Ran for Congress" (1995)
Posted on 03/17/2012 11:01:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
IN THE SUMMER OF 1989, Rick Santorum and a fellow associate at the Pittsburgh law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart left work to drive to Three Rivers Stadium for the firm's annual softball game. Sitting behind the wheel, Santorum popped in a tape, and on came the reedy voice of a man lecturing as if to a classroom.
Listen, Santorum said. Newt Gingrich.
Who the hell is Newt Gingrich? the co-worker asked.
Santorum explained that Gingrich was a congressman from Georgia, and that he was the guy to listen to if you were considering a future in politics. At the time, says the co-worker, I had no idea that was something Rick was interested in. As it turned out, Santorum was already telling people he was running for Congress in the upcoming election. The tape was something he had ordered from GOPAC, Gingrich's political action committee, full of do-it-yourself campaign tips for aspiring candidates.
In recent years, of course, Gingrich's tutelage of Santorum has taken on a much more direct nature. Last September, Santorum, at 37 a Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, managed the Senate floor debate as it passed its welfare bill, all the while working closely with Gingrich, now speaker of the House of Representatives and the country's most powerful Republican. Santorum, who prior to his election to the Senate last year served two terms in the House with Gingrich, is in fact known on Capitol Hill as Gingrich's protégé and his point man in the Senate. The two meet weekly for early-morning swims at the House gym.
Much of Santorum's record, thus far, has been a series of tantrums. More than a dozen times in his first few months in the Senate, Santorum took to the floor to trash Bill Clinton for not drafting a balanced-budget proposal...
(Excerpt) Read more at phillymag.com ...
So, in his first years, he was already fighting the spending when he could. Nice to know.
ansel12 found his campaign ads.
Just like Wrong Paul: Talk, talk, talk and no results, unlike Speaker Gingrich...
But of course, he’s been Catholic all his life.
Looks like Newt thought highly of young Rick. Good to know.
Hasn’t the Catholic Church been anti-abortion since the Apostle Peter was in charge?
“a series of tantrums”
That’s where I stopped reading. Whatever follows is garbage and lies, guaranteed.
I don’t know about abortions in those days, but the Church has been pro-life all of my life and I’m a little older than Santorum.
[ Just like Wrong Paul: Talk, talk, talk and no results, unlike Speaker Gingrich... ]
1996 PROVED Newt got results, Romney got Romney Care, Paul didn’t get shit done, and Santorum got a few dribs and dabs here and there done....
Newt headed the 1996 conservative revolution in the middle of hostile times/territory, got shafted by moderates in his party and was eventually exonerated it is time for his comeback as POTUS and herald in the Conservative revolution of 2012.
“Kids?” What are you, 90? It’s not “Philly.com” it’s Philadelphia Magazine, which has been around since 1967.
caww, so you don’t miss this 7 page article.
Can we trust who he would put on the Supreme Court?
This story is 17 years old. People change in 17 years.
Philly .com is a sh#t mag brother. I live here.
Thanks...going there now.
Senator Santorum's voting record and legislative history back up his statements. He voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, in favor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in 1995, 1997, and 2000, and against resolutions supporting Roe vs Wade. As well as voting in favor of this legislation, Senator Santorum co-sponsored almost all of them.
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