Skip to comments.Santorum dips toes in 2012 Iowa waters
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 GOPs 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 Iowas Right to Life group before heading east to Dubuque, where hell headline a fundraiser for the conservative Americas 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.
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Hunter/DeMint/Pence/Palin will do.
NO thanks. Santorum lined up behind the RINO Specter. I’ll pass.
....don’t think he’s got much of a chance.
Not after getting crushed in his home state last time.
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.
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.
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....
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.
Rick....STOP DYING YOUR HAIR LIKE ELVIS!
i could continue like this for hours.
Rick IS a Good guy.....he poisoned himself with backing Specter.
No more socially conservative than DeMint or Palin or Hunter. Probably less so.
actions have consequences.
Just say NO!
Just say NO!
I don’t think Rick is a RINO, just not the right man for the job.
Yep, you said it.
I vividly remember the last “lecture” I got from him.
No kidding.....he learned a VERY valuable lesson....NEVER TRUST A DEMOCRAT, which is what Specter was/is.
Again, NO white guy is going to beat o in 2012,IMHO
He’s a soft conservative. Finger in the air a bit too much.
And that is his “Mark Of Cain”. He forever doomed himself with the Conservative diehards.
But he not a RINO by any means.
He is NOT a RINO,,,,he made one big mistake.....I will forgive him...hope Penns. will.
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
Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign will no doubt get about as far as Jim Gilmore’s.
Will he bring in his Socialist buddies Specter and Slick Willard to stump for him ?
Didn’t his backing of Sphincter ultimately do-in Toomey in that race - Toomey was ahead in the polls until that endorsement?
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.
I agree, he doesn't rise to Romney standards.
He could be a good cabinet secretary or something.
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.
Let’s hope the frontrunners are ALL conservatives. I think people are ready for Reaganism, part II. No more damn Rudy McRombees.
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.
Santorum is hated by the socialists.
Go Rick GO!
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.
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. Thats 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. Its 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.
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.
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.
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.
See Post #45.....
Rick gave a sop to the animal rights crowd by proposing “puppy mill” legislation as well.
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.