Skip to comments.Rick Santorum: Early Primaries, Caucuses 'a Travesty'
Posted on 10/07/2011 3:20:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called the front loading of the primary schedule a travesty and placed blame for it on Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in an interview with ABC News.
Santorum suggested that the leading candidates, especially Romney, are trying to disrupt the process to have the primaries so early that other candidates simply wont have the time to build enough momentum to take on the front runners.
Well this is clearly Mitt Romney and Rick Perry [who] I am sure are very interested in running the clock out, Santorum told ABC News. They are in a position where they have resources and name recognition. The shorter the time frame the less opportunity for other candidates to come up and catch them from behind. ......
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At the rate we’re going, the run up for the 2016 election will begin before all the ballots are counted for 2012
He’s right. It’s absurd we’re running elections a year ahead of time just for a primary (and at this rate, we could hold the national conventions in February). They ALL need to be pushed forward back to where they used to be in the late Spring or Summer.
One thing is clear... most people are fed up with non-stop election cycles.
It’s WAAAAY too soon.
Who knows even IF there will be a U, S, of A two Novembers from now??
Santorum’s correct, completely correct. The purpose of the primaries is to vet candidates and is part of the electorates discovery process. Speeding that up benefits the insiders over the outsiders, the known over the unknown, and the deep pockets over the shallow. It isn’t good for our country.
Listen to him whine in the interview. Blaming something states have been debating over for some time now, on the leading candidates.
It's ridiculous. I guess being first brings in $$$$$.
Sanotorum is right that the primary’s are too early.
He is wrong that Perry and Romney are the drivers behind it.
The Drivers behind it are the State who oved their dates up just to be first.
GREED mostly because they want the Money these guys spend.
PRESTIGE of being the First
In Florida’s case: They want a VOICE.
Florida has the only real reason for moving their primary
IT IS TIME WE ALL HAVE A VOICE.
It is absolute BS that by the time some states get to vote the Candidate has already been selected, and these states have no voice at all. OPEN primary’s where party lines mean nothing should have no primary’s at all. Those are a farce from beginning to end.
Ugh! I don’t know what it is...it is stupid and certainly not rational, but I can’t stand Santorum.
Just looking at him makes me want to slap him.
It is not his positions— I don’t really understand what it is, but my dislike is strong.
It also annoyed me when he said he would add a room onto the White House to fit all his kids. Just irked me, even if he was kidding.
Concur, but what Santorum loses on the one hand, he gains on the other. The primaries have been rigged to allow Dim crossovers in the early primaries stuff ballot boxes for "moderate" (RiNO/Wall Street) and "Me-Too" Pubbies.
Adding Southern (SC) and Western (Nev.) States to the mix should help conservatives -- with a bullet-point note that hmmmm, Nevada contains lots of Mormons, doesn't it?
I support Perry and enjoy seeing threads titled..oops
“Rick Santorum: Early Primaries, Caucuses ‘a Travesty’”
Scroll on by the ones you don’t like, dear lent
Ronald Reagan 1975 CPAC speech:
“I don t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, We must broaden the base of our partywhen what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?”
Santorum says that the front tier leaders are running roughshod over Christmas — when it should be for families, etc. He is shameless in this blatant appeal for votes.
His remarks completely override any concern he has for the pushed up primary calendar which the STATES are doing.
Hadn't heard that. If Nevada is on January 14, Iowa and/or New Hampshire could be in December.
Texas holds our primary in March..I hate these early primaries.
Rick Santorum couldn’t catch up if the primaries were all held in April
It’s a Romney Cain Perry race IMO
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Sounds like those dem crybabies to me.
Stick to something you know about...your gore loving rino.
I guess you watched his whiny video. What a wimp.
The Republican party has made a shift to the RIGHT. Most of the RINOs are gone. Look at the power in the House, it clearly is more right.
Let’s not attack a good conservative because he’s not your candidate. The point is relevancy. As the states fight to be first and earliest is real harm done? I think yes.
The GOP needs to step in and undo a lot of this, but politics involves conniving and long term strategic planning to win. I don’t like it, as I don’t think it produces the strongest candidate. We don’t need another McCain.
It’s not like this was just invented this year. Each candidate works to attract voters and jigger the system. Obama did it to Hilary. It’s his M.O. and we wouldn’t have an Obama if the Chicago Tribune hadn’t gotten him elected.
It will be interesting to see how our fears play out. It would be funny if Cain is our nominee despite all the machinations.
I think the Wall Street Wing will have noticed by now that he's a fully-seasoned executive and former Fedhead. That will make some eyebrows go up in the RiNO camp if Romney and Perry continue to wallow.
Sure he could. Three months is half an eternity in politics. Look how the picture has changed just in the last 10 days!
Yes, it does. Is that your way of telling us you want to vote for Rick Santorum now?
Lol...funny...you’re up early Rick...take some metamucil..it may help...
They are all politicians. They ALL have character flaws. Even the candidate I vote for.
To keep the order of early primary/caucus states intact, as determined by the RNC, if one shifts the date than they all need to revisit the schedule.
I doubt it was Romney himself as much as his supporters or state operatives...not putting anything past the man himself, of course, But it is a good opening for Huntsman and Santorum to see the weakness in his armour and keep it up with the ethics charges.
Yes, we have a long way to go to perfection, but I have come to the realization we will never see perfection. We ALWAYS go the best we can get. I am grateful each one of those people are in place rather than Pelosi. The Republicans are doing a great job of hanging together—the true RINOs are gone.
Which doesn't say much about the Senate.
What is with that phrase “The Era of Reagan is over,” being repeated? If it had any truth, then people wouldn’t have to keep saying it; but the fact that it keeps being regurgitated, shows the staying power of Ronald Reagan.
There have been several credible media supports suggesting ROmney’s well-entrenched election campaign has influenced the dates of primaries and caucuses.
There is NO evidence that Rick Perry, who just entered the race 2 months ago, has had any influence at all on the primary schedule.
But Facts don’t seem to bother Santorum, as seen by his lumping every frontrunner together in his attack on early primaries, and also his willingness to buy into the false, baseless attack about the stupid rock.
Santorum never was the same after he folded for Bush and endorsed Arlen Specter.
I agree with you on this one.
But I don't agree with Santorum in that it was Romney and Perry doing that. It seemed like it was the State of Florida wanting to have more of a say in this process. I didn't like the move at all, and I think it was a poor call by the state.