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Second Look: Rick Santorum Attracting Larger Crowds in Iowa
Associated Press ^ | December 28, 2011 | Thomas Beaumont

Posted on 12/28/2011 9:28:41 AM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Rick Santorum isn't going down without a fight. In fact, that fight might be lifting him up.

The Republican presidential candidate who may have logged more miles than any other this year is more likely these days to be grinding it out on the campaign trail than trumpeting the buzz he's stirring among Iowa's conservative voters a week before the Jan. 3 presidential caucuses....

"Rick Santorum could be a real surprise," said former Dallas County GOP Chairman Rob Taylor.

In recent days, Santorum's crowds have started growing as he rallies conservatives with a pit bull's pugnaciousness, and just a touch of anger

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: santorum

1 posted on 12/28/2011 9:28:50 AM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
While Santorum's profile in Congress as a social-issues crusader bought him entree with influential evangelical conservatives in Iowa, it's his unhesitating attack on liberals that seems to be fueling his rise in internal polls by rival campaigns.

''Let's look at colleges and universities,'' Santorum said in the ballroom of the restored Frank Lloyd Wright Park Inn Hotel on Mason City's town square. ''They've become indoctrination centers for the left. Should we be subsidizing that?''

Santorum tossed out Harvard University's motto, ''Veritas,'' Latin for truth. ''They haven't seen truth at Harvard in 100 years.''


Go Rick!

Join the fight: www.ricksantorum.com
2 posted on 12/28/2011 9:35:36 AM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Though a bit prone to hysteria, I like and respect Santorum, and would prefer him over Romney, Newt or Paul.

I still believe Perry is the best of the remaining bunch, but I would be content with a Santorum candidacy.


3 posted on 12/28/2011 9:38:22 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
“He's the only candidate in this race I trust,” said Chuck Laudner, a veteran Iowa GOP operative who introduced Santorum to more than 100 party activists on Santorum’s fourth trip to Mason City. “And he's a fighter.”

A candidate I can trust and a fighter. And also a record as a solid conservative.

That's good enough for me.

4 posted on 12/28/2011 9:43:50 AM PST by detective
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
More good news. With Romney, Paul, and Gingrich knocking the stuffing out of each other, Iowa could provide some real surprises.

Santorum for President ping. Let me know if you want on or off the list.

Top 10 Reasons why Conservatives should support Santorum
5 posted on 12/28/2011 9:45:51 AM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Good luck.

So far this is shaping up to be just another “vote for the lessser of two evils” presidential election.

That is how we became so disfunctional that a worthless bag of crap like Barack Obama could float to the top.


6 posted on 12/28/2011 9:47:06 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; AuH2ORepublican; BlackElk; Carry_Okie; curmudgeonII; ...

Might help if I actually pinged the list. Duh.


7 posted on 12/28/2011 9:49:39 AM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
In recent days, Santorum's crowds have started growing as he rallies conservatives with a pit bull's pugnaciousness, and just a touch of anger.

I like the anger. One of the knocks on Santorum is that he comes across as "too nice." A little passion could certainly turn that around.

I think Rick is hitting his stride at just the right moment. How great would it be if the voters came out for him...
8 posted on 12/28/2011 9:54:35 AM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I’ve been in his corner from the start! I’m hoping and praying for his candidacy.


9 posted on 12/28/2011 9:54:54 AM PST by myrabach
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I would certainly vote for Santorum.

The only problem is that the Democrats had absolutely no trouble booting him from his PA U.S. Senate seat and they know exactly what works against him.


10 posted on 12/28/2011 10:01:27 AM PST by Walrus ('illegal immigrant', 'outbreak', 'drill', 'strain', 'virus', 'recovery', 'deaths', 'collapse', 'huma)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Good.

Santorum really ‘teed me off’ a couple of times at the beginning of the campaign, and I dropped my support for him but I can’t remember the specifics. I CAN remember why I can’t support any of the others. So I’m back in his camp.


11 posted on 12/28/2011 10:18:12 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: Walrus
I would certainly vote for Santorum. The only problem is that the Democrats had absolutely no trouble booting him from his PA U.S. Senate seat and they know exactly what works against him.

I'm from PA and have known Santorum personally since the early 90s, and it wasn't demonRAT magic that earned Rick his big defeat in '06.

The demonRATs ran the table that year and no pubbie could have won in PA that year, but Rick added 10% to his own defeat by not backing Toomey against sphincter in '04.

The TEA party conservatives {before there was a TEA party} wanted Toomey and Santorum and Bush worked against him in the PA pubbie primary.

Toomey only lost by 2 votes per precinct {a little over 24,000 votes} and we all blamed Bush and Santorum.

There was no conservative action for Santorum that year, and Rick usually draws big crowds at sportsman clubs, VFW, Moose, etal, but in '06 he couldn't draw flies.

I had a "Sportsman for Santorum" bumper sticker on my truck, but took it off in '04 and never put it back on.

He pissed his base off, big time, and us rednecks with our guns and Bibles told him to get along with the support of his new found media friends.

I think he's learned his lesson, and could vote for him, but right now I'm backing Newt, we'll see how it shakes out.

12 posted on 12/28/2011 10:25:34 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Our stealth Conservative candidate is finally resonating with the base.

He is catching fire at just the right time. I have high hopes for his success in IA.

13 posted on 12/28/2011 10:29:15 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Walrus
The only problem is that the Democrats had absolutely no trouble booting him from his PA U.S. Senate seat and they know exactly what works against him.

So your saying that the Rats will run a Pro Life candidate talking Conservative values against him for POTUS? I didn't know Obummer was Pro Life blue dog. Santorum lost 1 race out of 4 running as a solid Conservative in a notoriously blue state. Can you point to any other of our candidates who have done that?

14 posted on 12/28/2011 10:38:24 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

To Santorum supporters:

If it looks going into election day like Perry is gaining fastest among Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry, would you consider voting for Perry?

I’m just curious, because it seems to me that conservatives should be trying to maximize the power of their vote by rallying around one of those three candidates. If they all get 9%, they could, together, outpoll everyone else, but end up in 4th, 5th and 6th place which will have little impact.

On the other hand, if one of the three is supported strongly by election day, he or she could pull off quite an upset, to the advantage of all conservative voters.


15 posted on 12/28/2011 10:41:06 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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16 posted on 12/28/2011 10:45:21 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

It’s Santorum’s turn, and should he become the next anti-Romney star, he could ride it out for a win. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen.


17 posted on 12/28/2011 10:45:38 AM PST by pallis
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To: Lazlo in PA

Ditto.


18 posted on 12/28/2011 10:48:58 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Norseman
If it looks going into election day like Perry is gaining fastest among Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry...

So Perry is going to beat himself in the Primaries? That should be a weird turn of events.

19 posted on 12/28/2011 10:49:53 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

If Santorum finished 4th in Iowa, Bachmann should drop out and endorse him. He might well have a good chance in S.C.


20 posted on 12/28/2011 10:51:06 AM PST by montag813
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To: Norseman

The latest CNN poll has Santorum in third place in Iowa with 16%. Respectively, question back at ya’.....


21 posted on 12/28/2011 1:49:52 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: USS Alaska
" I think he's learned his lesson, and could vote for him, but right now I'm backing Newt, we'll see how it shakes out. "

Well, if Rick ticked you off before, Newt will tick you off even more, Newt is a Pseudo conservative progressive RINO.
I do not trust Newt.
At least with Rick, I can trust him.
22 posted on 12/28/2011 5:35:48 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Norseman

NO.


23 posted on 12/28/2011 5:39:17 PM PST by rintense
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To: Lazlo in PA
If Rick get's the nomination, Rick will help us win in PA in the electoral vote.
Rick seems to be the rust belt/bible belt Conservative Republican, he will also pull in Ohio for us.
All we need is Ohio, Pa, Florida and we will win.
24 posted on 12/28/2011 5:39:30 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Lazlo in PA

GO RICK!


25 posted on 12/28/2011 5:40:27 PM PST by rintense
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To: pallis
" It’s Santorum’s turn, and should he become the next anti-Romney star, he could ride it out for a win. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. "

I would hold off for that judgement until after Iowa, NH, and SC.
26 posted on 12/28/2011 5:41:35 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Norseman

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2826025/posts


27 posted on 12/28/2011 5:49:54 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Norseman
That link I sent you shows that Rick Santorum is in 3rd place in Iowa.
Sorry, Perry had his day in the sun and he messed up.
So your asking us to support Perry ? when Santorum is in 3rd place in Iowa ?
Your asking us to put all our votes and energy behind Perry when we should be putting it behind Santorum who is in 3rd place in Iowa now... sorry, that dog don't hunt.
28 posted on 12/28/2011 5:53:21 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: USS Alaska

Santorum is such a terrific CONSERVATIVE candidate, I certainly hope the base would get over that he, like all people, made a mistake, or two.

I bet for every mistake Rick Santorum made, we can match that with a bunch of mistakes most, if not all, the other candidates have made.

Newt endorsed RINO Dede Scozzavave in NY’s 23rd district, but Santorum (and Bachmann) endorsed Dede’s opponent conservative Doug Hoffman. We should not hold that alone against Newt, but we also shouldn’t hold one mistake against Santorum either.


29 posted on 12/28/2011 7:41:28 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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