Skip to comments.FYI: Outgoing Santorum votes AGAINST Gates (SecDef Nomination) (mocks 'talking' with Iran)
Posted on 12/07/2006 6:12:52 AM PST by FreedomNeocon
Overall, 52 Republicans, 42 Democrats and one independent voted for Gates. Three lawmakers _ Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. _ did not vote.
Two Bush allies, Sens. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Jim Bunning, R-Ky., voted against Gates, citing his criticism of the war and his view that the U.S. should engage Iran as part of a solution.
"Mr. Gates has repeatedly criticized our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan without providing any viable solutions to the problems our troops currently face," Bunning said. "We need a secretary of defense to think forward with solutions and not backward on history we cannot change."
Santorum, who lost his re-election bid last month, mocked the idea of engaging dictators and talked at length of the evils of "radical Islamic fascism." When it comes to reaching out to Iran to discuss the security of Iraq, Santorum said of Gates, "I think he is in error."
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Well done, Senator, well done!
Perhaps they misunderstood Gates ... when SecDef says "engage Iran" it might have a different meaning than when SecState says it. My follow up to Gates' statement might be "with how many divisions?" /wishful thinking, reality resumes
He surely did, and maybe there is some life in ol' Jim Bunning after all. But they are minor voices crying in the wilderness of despair. The whole country seems on a death wish to me.
The difference between Ohio and Pennsylvania: We voted out a weak kneed RINO. They voted out a good senator.
If only PA could just give Philly to New Jersey...
I actually imagined him looking at Gates during a hearing and stating...
If you're so stupid that you don't realize your statements today will be used as enemy propaganda, and get our soldiers killed, you have no qualifications to be Sec.
it wasnt just phila that voted rick out - his numbers were down all over the state, even in deep red areas.
But, I sure won't be sorry to see him go.
And voted in a flaming liberal with a voting record to the left of Dennis Kucinich. Good trade, that, real smart...
One man with the decency to be true to his convictions. No wonder he doesn't fit in with "the new tone."
Anyone have an email address for Santorum? I went to his site and it refers to Casey. What a horrible mistake to vote Santorum out.
It is virtually impossible now to see America's leadership as being anything other than divided and with certain exceptions, defeatist.
This is ammunition for the Islamists and the Far Left.
Well done Senators,Well done.
Two real strong decision makers there--and these two clown wanna be PRESIDENT??
Rick Santorum is one of the very few politcians I really like and respect. Too bad he lost the Senante in PA. He would make a great President.
I sure wish he would move to Texas and run. We could use a good Senator.
I'm keeping this good man and great Senator in my prayers. I want so much for us to "...see more of Rick coming up to 2008... ;)"
You can thank the "conservative Christian" base who didn't vote out of sheer spite.