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Santorum dips toes in 2012 Iowa waters
Politico ^ | 8/11/09 | Jon Martin

Posted on 08/11/2009 6:04:12 PM PDT by pissant

Add former Sen. Rick Santorum to the list of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

POLITICO has learned Santorum will visit first-in-the-nation Iowa this fall for a series of appearances before the sort of conservative activists who dominate the state GOP’s key presidential caucuses.

The Pennsylvanian, who lost his 2006 re-election bid, will visit Iowa on October 1st, appearing on a Des Moines radio talk show and speaking to a luncheon and workshop of Iowa’s Right to Life group before heading east to Dubuque, where he’ll headline a fundraiser for the conservative America’s Future Fund PAC and then speak about the future of the GOP to a public audience in the Mississippi River city.

“Your voice becomes more amplified when you go to a place like Iowa or New Hampshire,” Santorum explained in an interview Tuesday about the visit.

Like other potential White House aspirants, he insisted it was too early to consider a presidential run. But he acknowledged that he was interested in taking a higher profile in the party.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 2012gopprimary; culturewar; getsantorum; homosexualagenda; ia2012; lavendermafia; lawrencevtexas; ricksantorum; santorum; santorum2012; slipperyslope; socialconservative
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No Rick, we don't need you. Tell that to Mitt and Huck too.

Hunter/DeMint/Pence/Palin will do.

1 posted on 08/11/2009 6:04:15 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

NO thanks. Santorum lined up behind the RINO Specter. I’ll pass.


2 posted on 08/11/2009 6:05:56 PM PDT by NoobRep
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To: NoobRep

agreed


3 posted on 08/11/2009 6:06:32 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: pissant

....don’t think he’s got much of a chance.


4 posted on 08/11/2009 6:06:48 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

Not after getting crushed in his home state last time.


5 posted on 08/11/2009 6:07:28 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Too socially conservative for me. I want a fiscal conservative-libertarian and strong on national defense and the borders. Plus the fact he endorsed Specter pretty much killed his career.


6 posted on 08/11/2009 6:08:40 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: NoobRep

Ditto. The one chance they had to get rid of Specter a few years ago and this dope backs him (fellow RINO) and then Specter ditches the party, one last time to give the Dems the veto proof Senate they needed to try and more easily shove this socialistic crap down our throats. Santorum should look in the mirror and see the damage he’s done. Moron.


7 posted on 08/11/2009 6:08:54 PM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: pissant

There is a house for rent ....call the guy in Conn. for directions..... Maybe he can give Rick a lead on a good Countrywide lender for Iowa....


8 posted on 08/11/2009 6:10:34 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

It defense of Rick, he just followed Reagans rule of not speaking ill of a fellow republican. That was his downfall, and look what we got saddled with in PA, A halfwit and a politcal whore.
Rick is good on abortion, good on guns and a smart guy. To compare him with Mitt or RINOs isnt true. IF he was a RINO, then why does the left hate him so much?
But I dont think he would stand much of a chance anyways.


9 posted on 08/11/2009 6:12:52 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: pissant

Rick....STOP DYING YOUR HAIR LIKE ELVIS!


10 posted on 08/11/2009 6:13:51 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: pissant
I'm waiting for Sarah.
Looking back, she did a really smart thing resigning. She is free to sharpen herself on the speaking circuit now.
11 posted on 08/11/2009 6:13:58 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just say no to Soylent Green health care)
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To: pissant
WHY?????????
12 posted on 08/11/2009 6:14:26 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: pissant

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahha....

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahaha.

i could continue like this for hours.


13 posted on 08/11/2009 6:14:35 PM PDT by NYIslander
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To: Yorlik803

Rick IS a Good guy.....he poisoned himself with backing Specter.


14 posted on 08/11/2009 6:15:03 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

No more socially conservative than DeMint or Palin or Hunter. Probably less so.


15 posted on 08/11/2009 6:15:44 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Ann Archy

actions have consequences.


16 posted on 08/11/2009 6:17:05 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: pissant

Just say NO!

Just say NO!

To RINOS.


17 posted on 08/11/2009 6:18:45 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

I don’t think Rick is a RINO, just not the right man for the job.


18 posted on 08/11/2009 6:19:34 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: NoobRep

Yep, you said it.


19 posted on 08/11/2009 6:20:21 PM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: pissant

I vividly remember the last “lecture” I got from him.

Pass.


20 posted on 08/11/2009 6:20:37 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: HiramQuick

No kidding.....he learned a VERY valuable lesson....NEVER TRUST A DEMOCRAT, which is what Specter was/is.


21 posted on 08/11/2009 6:21:19 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: pissant

Again, NO white guy is going to beat o in 2012,IMHO


22 posted on 08/11/2009 6:21:41 PM PDT by Domari Nolo
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To: pissant
From OnTheIssues:


They have him listed as a hard-right conservative, however, given the votes I have highlighted below, I am not sure just how hard-right he is.

1. Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
2. Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds.
3. Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business.
4. Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women.
5. Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore.
6. Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010.
7. Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons.
8. Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.
9. Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. 10. Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
11. Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
12. Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
13. Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
14. Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007.

23 posted on 08/11/2009 6:22:11 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

He’s a soft conservative. Finger in the air a bit too much.


24 posted on 08/11/2009 6:22:54 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Ann Archy

And that is his “Mark Of Cain”. He forever doomed himself with the Conservative diehards.
But he not a RINO by any means.


25 posted on 08/11/2009 6:24:06 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; pissant
Too socially conservative for me. I want a fiscal conservative-libertarian and strong on national defense and the borders. Plus the fact he endorsed Specter pretty much killed his career.

Now that is a surprise.

I've taken you as a social conservative all this time.

How disappointing...
26 posted on 08/11/2009 6:24:13 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Yorlik803

He is NOT a RINO,,,,he made one big mistake.....I will forgive him...hope Penns. will.


27 posted on 08/11/2009 6:25:21 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SoConPubbie; Extremely Extreme Extremist

EEE is a libertarian conservative of sorts. The problem with that is that the leaders of libertarian wing of conservatism are mostly fruit loops. A problem EEE recognizes. The most solid guys are almost always socons AND fiscons


28 posted on 08/11/2009 6:28:07 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign will no doubt get about as far as Jim Gilmore’s.


29 posted on 08/11/2009 6:31:06 PM PDT by Loyalist (If a tree falls in the forest, and the media is not there to cover it, does it make a headline?)
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To: Loyalist

Mercifully.


30 posted on 08/11/2009 6:32:16 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Will he bring in his Socialist buddies Specter and Slick Willard to stump for him ?


31 posted on 08/11/2009 6:39:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Ann Archy

Didn’t his backing of Sphincter ultimately do-in Toomey in that race - Toomey was ahead in the polls until that endorsement?


32 posted on 08/11/2009 6:44:02 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: Ann Archy
Is the senate or representative seat from his state up for grabs in 2010? See if he can will again there, or as governor. We don't need a another young politician running for the big ball of wax in 2012, do we?
33 posted on 08/11/2009 6:56:12 PM PDT by boatbums (Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life!)
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Bump


34 posted on 08/11/2009 7:06:04 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: pissant

Agreed, and let’s face it. A candidate who cannot carry his home state should not be on the ticket...

even Mondale carried his own state in ‘84.


35 posted on 08/11/2009 7:09:27 PM PDT by beancounter13
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To: Yorlik803
To compare him with Mitt or RINOs isnt true.

I agree, he doesn't rise to Romney standards.
He could be a good cabinet secretary or something.

36 posted on 08/11/2009 7:10:06 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: pissant

Let’s just hope we have candidates to split the RINO vote—instead of candidates to split the conservative vote. That’s the name of the game in the primaries.


37 posted on 08/11/2009 7:12:25 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

Let’s hope the frontrunners are ALL conservatives. I think people are ready for Reaganism, part II. No more damn Rudy McRombees.


38 posted on 08/11/2009 7:14:37 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SoConPubbie
I am socially conservative. I support pro-life and pro-traditional values/marriage politicians.

What I don't like is Republicans pushing nanny-state, big-government laws like banning online gambling, tobacco bans, or going after porn. It's just more statism under the guise of conservatism.

39 posted on 08/11/2009 7:16:01 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: pissant

Awesome!
Santorum is hated by the socialists.

Go Rick GO!


40 posted on 08/11/2009 7:16:53 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: pissant

Thanks pissant...


41 posted on 08/11/2009 7:17:19 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: pissant

I disagree. Santorum has been a reliable supporter of conservative issues, even if Specter was not. After watching Sanford self-destruct, and Palin, I would say we need all the help we can get. Hunter has no chance. DeMint and Pence, maybe, but they will or will not throw their hats in, and they may or may not be able to get anywhere. Right now, it’s Romney’s to lose. Santorum is welcome to give him a run for his money.


42 posted on 08/11/2009 7:35:49 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Ann Archy
"He is NOT a RINO ... he made one big mistake ... I will forgive him"

Me too. I also believe he decide to follow the lead of President Bush and the GOP to support Specter, to his later regret.

I will always admire and respect his heroic leadership in passing the ban on partial birth abortion.

Then, Senator Rick Santorum spoke, calmly yet passionately, with the authority that comes from the truth and needs no emotional manipulation to persuade those who are listening: “The senator …said she hears the cries of women outside this chamber. We would be deafened by the cries of the children who are not here to cry because of this procedure”. He then turned to his colleague on the Senate floor and cried out with a prophetic urgency: “Where do we draw the line? Some people have likened this procedure to an appendectomy. That’s not an appendix!” He pointed to a diagram he was using to make his appeal which showed a child being partially delivered. “That is not a blob of tissue. It is a baby. It’s a baby!”

At that moment- and we all heard it - a baby cried. That cry filled the chamber and changed the environment.

IMHO, Rick Santorum still has a place in the conservative movement.

43 posted on 08/11/2009 7:38:33 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: pissant

Santorum is NOT a RINO. Not even close. His support for Schfincter in the primaries was inevitable as a Jr. Senator with W. in the White House. You will not find anyone more passionate about the radical Islamic threat we still face. He got screwed in the last election but he isn’t finished in politics. Actually, Palin/Santorum is my dream ticket.


44 posted on 08/11/2009 7:54:51 PM PDT by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: pissant

Arlen Specter was endorsed in 1996 by Santorum for President when Arlen went to Iowa himself.

Then Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004 during the US Senate.

But later that year Santorum who is a darling of National Right To Life, a GOP establishment group, went to Alaska.

His mission was to twist the arms of Alaska Right To Life so they would support “pro-choice” Lisa Murkowski for US Senate.

Santorum pushed for them to endorse Murkowski over pro-life Mike Miller. Miller was supported by the then mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin.

They must be putting Santorum in to try to pry votes away from Palin on behalf of Willard M. Romney.

That’s how desperate the GOP Washington Beltway Establishment is.


45 posted on 08/11/2009 8:03:33 PM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan, I hope.)
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To: pissant
Saw him on TV in the last 24 hours. Came off very limp.
46 posted on 08/11/2009 8:08:36 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit The law will be followed, dammit!)
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To: Ann Archy

I posted a true story about Santorum going up to Alaska in 2004 to push Alaska Right To Life to endorse “pro-choice” Lisa Murkowski in the primary.

The blog of the pro-life candidate in that race, State Senator Mike Miller, reported that Santorum twisted the arms of the pro-life group to support Murkowski.

Miller was supported by Sarah Palin, then mayor of Wasilla.

I think Santorum is in the fray as a splinter candidate like Fred Thompson in 2008.

Thompson split votes in South Carolina so McCain could win.

The objective of Santorum is to split off pro-life conservative votes so Romney can win.


47 posted on 08/11/2009 8:10:17 PM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan, I hope.)
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To: jdsteel

See Post #45.....


48 posted on 08/11/2009 8:11:33 PM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan, I hope.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rick gave a sop to the animal rights crowd by proposing “puppy mill” legislation as well.


49 posted on 08/11/2009 8:13:45 PM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan, I hope.)
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To: Ann Archy
Why would Penns forgive him, when people here still have their panties in a wad about supporting Spectre. We will never get over the Dems if we cant get over ourselves.

And, if I remember correctly, he was hailed as a social conservative until the election, and all of a sudden he is a RINO. That is the dumbest term, because it is now thrown at anyone who is not “your” candidate.

On the other hand, I dont think we should be so vocally wanting for a political “Moses” to lead us out of the desert. The Palin, Hunter, Demint, Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani people are just propping up politicians on a pedestal. But all men are fallen, sinners, and just like Sanford, can do something to wreck their chances. And then the people who desperately want them will have to explain the egg on their face.

50 posted on 08/11/2009 8:23:35 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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