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Santorum: Iím More Electable Than Romney, Paul
National Journal ^ | December 28, 2011 | Chuck McCutcheon

Posted on 12/28/2011 3:02:32 PM PST by Qbert

Fresh from his sudden rise in an Iowa poll, Rick Santorum on Thursday had harsh words for the two Hawkeye State front-runners, contending that Rep. Ron Paul’s foreign policy would “leave an enormous void around the world” and that Mitt Romney has “been all over the map” on too many issues.

Less than a week before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, a CNN/Time/ORC poll showed Santorum in third place with 16 percent, with Romney at 25 percent and Paul at 22 percent. The poll saw Santorum gaining considerable ground while Newt Gingrich, who had previously led in the state, saw his support collapse to 14 percent. In an interview on CNN, Santorum attributed his new status to his dogged  visiting of all 99 Iowa counties to compensate for a lack of money and organizational support. “Hard work pays off,” he said. He said that Paul, who is seen as having the best organization in the state, has given too many voters pause with his laissez-faire foreign policy views, which include withdrawing troops at U.S. bases abroad. “My concern is that Ron Paul would walk in there, day one, pull our troops back and leave an enormous void around the world,” Santorum said. “He can do that day one without congressional approval. He can, as commander-in-chief, move our troops anywhere in the world, disengage from every place from Europe to the Middle East, China, abandon the Straits of Hormuz, pull the Fifth Fleet back.”

Meanwhile, the former Pennsylvania senator said, Romney has not been consistently conservative. He cited the ex-Massachusetts governor’s views on overhauling health care and a “cap and trade” proposal aimed at reducing greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. “There's a whole laundry list of issues where Mitt's been all over the map,” he said.

Although Romney is often described as the Republican most likely to win over Democratic and indepdent voters in a general election, Santorum said Romney has never won an election where he campaigned as a conservative and went after those crucial voting blocs.

“I've run as a conservative in a blue state of Pennsylvania and won two elections,” he said. “Yes, I lost one in an election year where everybody lost [2006], but in the election years that were contested that are going to be more like 2012 than 2006, those are the elections I won in Pennsylvania, and we can win them again.”

Santorum also took a swipe at Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann, both of whom have played up their “outsider” status in being eager to take on the Washington establishment. “What we've seen is experience is a valuable thing,” he said. “We had the president, who came in with little experience … If you look at the track record, I got a lot of things done when we were in the Senate.” He added that even though he disagrees with the policies of President Lyndon Johnson –- a former Senate majority leader –- he said Johnson was “a pretty effective president. He was able to understand the dynamics.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: iowa; iowacaucus; ricksantorum; romney; ronpaul; santorum

1 posted on 12/28/2011 3:02:36 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

That is like being the best yodeler in Harlem.


2 posted on 12/28/2011 3:04:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: Antoninus

ping


3 posted on 12/28/2011 3:06:40 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: freedumb2003

“That is like being the best yodeler in Harlem.”

Or being the tallest man in the village Obama is from.


4 posted on 12/28/2011 3:07:02 PM PST by jessduntno (The Republican elite hates him, Rove hates him, Boehner hates him, liberals hate him. It's Newt!)
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To: Qbert

I could back this guy. Waiting to see if he picks up traction.


5 posted on 12/28/2011 3:08:41 PM PST by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: arderkrag

traction? in a week he wont even be in the race anymore.


6 posted on 12/28/2011 3:13:05 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: Qbert

Notice he hasnt taken a swipe at Gingrich like the rest. Even when Gingrich was up top he didnt attack him like the rest did.

You can bet they are the ticket if one of them wins the nomination.


7 posted on 12/28/2011 3:15:15 PM PST by crz
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To: Qbert

Dear Senator Ricky;

How’s about getting in back of Sen. Arlen and giving Him another push too, K?


8 posted on 12/28/2011 3:17:30 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: arderkrag
I could back this guy.

So could I.

9 posted on 12/28/2011 3:20:07 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

“Dear Senator Ricky; How’s about getting in back of Sen. Arlen and giving Him another push too, K?”

Read this, and educate yourself:

http://spectator.org/blog/2011/12/13/re-specter-scozzafava-etc


10 posted on 12/28/2011 3:25:14 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; AuH2ORepublican; BlackElk; Carry_Okie; ...


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

Top 10 Reasons why Conservatives should support Santorum

11 posted on 12/28/2011 3:29:37 PM PST by Antoninus (Defeat Romney--Defeat Obama.)
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To: Qbert

Of course he’s better that Romney or Paul. He’s pretty decent of a conservative.

That said, the turd my pet bird (Vote for Gogogodzilla’s pet bird’s turd! It’s better than Romney, Paul, and Obama combined!) just dropped in my bathroom sink is better than Romney or Paul or Obama... so it ain’t all that hard to be better.


12 posted on 12/28/2011 3:34:03 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Qbert
I agree that Santorum is the most electable Republican candidate.

Any Republican candidate is going to be attacked nonstop by the MSM and the Washington establishment. Santorum is not a MSM celebrity. He has never had liberals support him against another Republican candidate. If he does well in the primaries it will be in spite of not because of the MSM and the experts.

If he can remain strong and explain how the Obama Administration is destroying the country the MSM will continually ridicule and attack him but he will survive and win.

13 posted on 12/28/2011 3:35:21 PM PST by detective
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To: Qbert
I agree that Santorum is the most electable Republican candidate.

Any Republican candidate is going to be attacked nonstop by the MSM and the Washington establishment. Santorum is not a MSM celebrity. He has never had liberals support him against another Republican candidate. If he does well in the primaries it will be in spite of not because of the MSM and the experts.

If he can remain strong and explain how the Obama Administration is destroying the country the MSM will continually ridicule and attack him but he will survive and win.

14 posted on 12/28/2011 3:36:47 PM PST by detective
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To: detective
Santorum: I’m More Electable Than Romney, Paul

Well DAH The only way the surrender monkey can win in Texas is that he can bring home the bacon better than anyone.
15 posted on 12/28/2011 3:42:50 PM PST by John D
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To: arderkrag
I could back this guy. Waiting to see if he picks up traction.

Excuse me? Don't you understand a thing about self-government?

The people are responsible for "traction."

That means us. So get to work. Happy to help.

16 posted on 12/28/2011 4:16:59 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: Qbert

“..with his laissez-faire foreign policy views, which include withdrawing troops at U.S. bases abroad.”

I’d like to instead ask Santorum the question, how many of these would you leave open?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/28/graphic-mapping-a-superpower-sized-military/


17 posted on 12/28/2011 4:49:48 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: arderkrag
" I could back this guy. Waiting to see if he picks up traction. "

Waiting to see if he gains traction ?
He IS the most conservative and consistent we have in the race now who has a good chance to win this thing since Newt is on his way down in the polls after people have gotten a good look at Newt and passed on him.
One thing that Sarah Palin was right about of what she said at the beginning of this month is that Rick Santorum can turn this thing around in 30 days and he looks like he is doing it.
Also ? don't be surprised if Sarah Palin endorses Rick Santorum.
18 posted on 12/28/2011 6:31:12 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
" traction? in a week he wont even be in the race anymore. "

That's some lofty words since Newt is behind Rick Santorum in polling in Iowa.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but Newt is on his way down in the polls, people have already gotten a good look at Newt and want something else.
19 posted on 12/28/2011 6:33:38 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

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


20 posted on 12/28/2011 6:43:18 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Qbert

When Santorum drops out he’ll endorse Gingrich. Mark it down.

So will Perry. Not so for Bachmann. She’s told too many lies about Gingrich and sold her soul to the devil for a vote.
She’ll crawl back under the rock she came from.


21 posted on 12/28/2011 8:46:50 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: American Constitutionalist

Gingrich will win both SC and Florida. Then he’ll be right back tied with the liberal for the nomination.


22 posted on 12/28/2011 8:49:00 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: American Constitutionalist

All they’ve gotten a good look at when it comes to Newt are Romney’s unethical lies. Newt as a late surger has had a money problem, being unable to counter Romney’s false “four-Pinocchio”-certified ads effectively. My feeling is Newt’s saving his money for SC and FL where he has the chance to pick up more delegates after other candidates have dropped out of the race. THE PROPORTIONAL DELEGATES COMPLETELY CHANGE THE STRATEGY THIS YEAR! Since these states aren’t winner-take-all, it isn’t worth fighting with a large number of other candidates for a small pie of delegates in a small state.

Newt/Santorum has been the ticket I’ve been looking for for a few weeks now. Santorum doesn’t have the gravitas to carry the ticket, but is reliable enough to trust as a V.P. and can help win PA/OH more than any other candidate. Santorum should use this traction to strike a deal with Newt to be his V.P. and then drop out of the race and endorse Newt A.S.A.P.


23 posted on 12/28/2011 9:05:50 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: JediJones

Don’t blow my high. I’ve already settled on Marc Rubio as VP.


24 posted on 12/28/2011 9:14:36 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Hoodat

I’m not a fan of the GOP nominating politically inexperienced, green freshmen to the top of national tickets for reasons of affirmative action or otherwise. Rubio and West might be great candidates someday but let them face reelection once or twice before they’re considered.


25 posted on 12/28/2011 9:55:48 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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