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Late-surging Santorum looks to rally voters ahead of Iowa caucuses
CNN ^ | 1.1.12 | John Helton, Josh Levs and Paul Steinhauser

Posted on 01/01/2012 11:33:28 AM PST by trumandogz

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- Rick Santorum started the new year riding the wave of a strong finish in the last major poll before Tuesday's Iowa caucuses and looked to rally his supporters in a series of events on Sunday.

There were few surprises in Saturday night's Des Moines Register poll -- front-runners Mitt Romney and Ron Paul finished 1-2 as they had in other polls during the week. But the Register poll showed Santorum, who just weeks ago had registered only in single digits, pulling ahead of rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: iowa; iowacaucus; ricksantorum; santorum
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1 posted on 01/01/2012 11:33:33 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

Does Santorum even have a policy platform?
Honestly, I don’t even know what his keypoints are.


2 posted on 01/01/2012 11:44:13 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: trumandogz

Santorum has been living in Iowa for the last year preparing for the pot luck dinner straw poll.. meanwhle Gingrich has a big lead in the first real primary in SC


3 posted on 01/01/2012 11:46:02 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: trumandogz

ANY CONSERVATIVE (Santorum, Perry, Newt, Michele, or Herman) on the ballot that beats Flippin’ Willard Flopney will make this Tuesday a nice day.

Period.


4 posted on 01/01/2012 11:49:42 AM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

I’m with you!


5 posted on 01/01/2012 11:50:56 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: mylife

Pay attention: Strong national defense, balanced budget, life — not necessarily in that order.


6 posted on 01/01/2012 11:51:54 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Has Santorum ever balanced a budget?
Commanded troops?


7 posted on 01/01/2012 11:56:50 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Well, he’s prolife. He promises to eradicate Obamacare outright.

http://www.ricksantorum.com/issues

He’s opposed to gay marriage and would defend traditional marriage.

Appoint justices to defend the constitution.

Immediate cut in government spending to 2008, with further reductions of 5 trillion in 5 years.

Defense spending freeze.

Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution capping government spending at 18% of GDP so that Congress and the President will need to balance the budget like Governors are required to do.

Social Security Reform, so that the money coming into the program is self-funded over time.

Eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and use half of the dollars to support adoption instead.

•Eliminating funding for United Nations’ agencies which oppose America’s interests and promote abortion and cut the US contribution to the UN in half.


8 posted on 01/01/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: mylife

I’m not a Santorum man (my man was Cain), as you can see from my profile, but Santorum’s got the goods.

He’s the strongest conservative standing.


9 posted on 01/01/2012 12:02:53 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: mylife
Has Santorum ever balanced a budget? Commanded troops?

Get a life!

10 posted on 01/01/2012 12:05:34 PM PST by P-Marlowe (Stop Romney!)
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To: trumandogz

If Santorum gets properly positioned he has my vote. His voting record when he was in congress speaks loudly for a man who does what he says.


11 posted on 01/01/2012 12:07:33 PM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: P-Marlowe

I’m just askin.


12 posted on 01/01/2012 12:07:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BenKenobi

Rick Santorum has just not been able to get traction, which has been too bad up to now. But he has the kind of platform and program that I could get on board with, now that my #1 choice (Herman Cain) was derailed by the machinations of the Chicago Mob and David Axelrod, who manages to make James Carville look like a Boy Scout in comparison.


13 posted on 01/01/2012 12:09:04 PM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: mylife

Has Santorum ever balanced a budget?
Commanded troops?


Look at his Tiffany’s line of credit for Newt’s budget balancing and in his bathtub for the troops he’s commanded.


14 posted on 01/01/2012 12:11:09 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: mylife

Did Abraham Lincoln ever command troops, or balance a budget before being elected President?


15 posted on 01/01/2012 12:12:18 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: alloysteel

Well, I used to run the Cain list. I’m not formally endorsing Santorum, but like I said, the man’s the best conservative standing.

Axelrod might be able to push Cain out, but last I checked we the people can still write him in.

I figure I owe it to him to stick with him till the end.


16 posted on 01/01/2012 12:12:38 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: Neoliberalnot

American Conservative Union:

1998 ACU Ratings: Gingrich 100%, Paul 88%, Santorum 84% [last year all 3 were in Congress]

1998 was the last year that Gingrich, Paul and Santorum were all in Congress.

Gingrich’s annual and lifetime ACU ratings were far better than both of the others:

100% - Gingrich: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (90% Lifetime Rating as of 1998) 88% - Paul: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (88% Lifetime Rating as of 1998) 84% - Santorum: Annual 1998 ACU Rating (83% Lifetime Rating as of 1998)

Source: http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/1998/98houseratings.htm



17 posted on 01/01/2012 12:13:24 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: BenKenobi

Supporting Arlen Spectacle over Toomey is something he’ll never recover from.

Elephants never forget.


18 posted on 01/01/2012 12:13:49 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

Never said he was perfect.

Everybody’s got their flaws and Santorum’s got fewer than the rest.

His platform is solid, as is his voting record.


19 posted on 01/01/2012 12:17:34 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Nope.
Did Lincoln ever balance the budget after gaining the presidency?


20 posted on 01/01/2012 12:19:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Lincoln fought in the Blackhawk War.

In his day, preserving the union was the hot issue, not a balanced budget.

21 posted on 01/01/2012 12:19:43 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: CainConservative

I don’t see Santorum there. Says Newt is 90 percent lifetime (as of 1998), while Paul is 19 percent lifetime.

Wouldn’t it be better to get lifetime ACU rankings for all three, rather then cherrypicking a year?


22 posted on 01/01/2012 12:22:25 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: Siena Dreaming

Don’t get us started on how much of tyrant Lincoln was.


23 posted on 01/01/2012 12:22:26 PM PST by catfish1957 (Save a Pretzel for the Gas Jets!!!)
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To: catfish1957

If we want a model of Conservative governance, lets look at someone who wasn’t assassinated. Coolidge is probably the best. Speak less, do little, but what you do do, do.


24 posted on 01/01/2012 12:24:12 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: Siena Dreaming; mylife

Mylife didn’t ask if Santorum had fought. He asked if Santorum had commanded troops. This argument is really specious, however.

Mylife asked if anyone knew Santorum’s policy statements and I listed 3 off the top of my head. I’m sure there are many more. Mylife has not been paying attention to the race to even ask such a question. It does not improve one’s postition to change the argument.


25 posted on 01/01/2012 12:29:05 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: CainConservative

“1998 was the last year that Gingrich, Paul and Santorum were all in Congress.”

I’ll take OJ trial for 200, Alex.


26 posted on 01/01/2012 12:31:48 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: mylife

The answer is no. Santorim was a run-of-the-mill Senator. No e executive experience. No business experience. The last stand for Evangelicals.


27 posted on 01/01/2012 12:32:26 PM PST by magritte
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To: catfish1957
I'm not sure how answering a question would get anything "started".

Perhaps your comment would be more appropriate if directed to the person who asked the question.

28 posted on 01/01/2012 12:35:36 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: BenKenobi
Santorum became a “team player” and endorsed Specter as a favor to Bush and the Republican Party. Toomey has long since said he understood and has forgiven him.
But just because those actually involved in the incident have made nice and moved on that doesn't necessarily stop the griping from the peanut galleries.
29 posted on 01/01/2012 12:36:22 PM PST by Happy Rain ('The GOP establishment thinks a conservative can't win--Liberal Democrats KNOW conservatives win.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I just don’t see Santorums positions as standing out from any of the other candidates.


30 posted on 01/01/2012 12:38:08 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Usually the question would be if a candidate has had military experience, not if he/she has commanded troops.

I just answered the question with that common understanding in mind.

Don't know if the poster meant it that way, but the litmus test of commanding troops blocks way too many people from the Presidency IMO.

31 posted on 01/01/2012 12:38:58 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: afraidfortherepublic; mylife

>>>mylife: Has Santorum ever balanced a budget? Commanded troops?<<<

>>>afraidfortherepublic: Did Abraham Lincoln ever command troops, or balance a budget before being elected President?<<<

Notes on Abraham Lincoln’s Military Service

The year 1832 saw the start of what is known in history as the “Black-Hawk War.” Black Hawk, age 67, was the leader of the Sauk and Fox tribes. He had crossed over the Mississippi River into Illinois in violation of a treaty that he and his people were to remain west of the river.

Governor Reynolds of Illinios called for 400 thirty- day volunteers from Sangamon County to serve in the state militia. Enter Abraham Lincoln. At the time, he was working in Offutt’s failing store. The time seemed ripe for a change. He and other men from the area, mostly Clary’s Grove boys, signed up. To his surprise, Lincoln was voted captain of the company. He was very pleased but didn’t know a thing about soldiering. He didn’t even know the orders and commands common to soldier life. His first verbal order to his troops resulted in a reply of “Go to hell.”

Lincoln and his men marched a lot, slept on the damp ground, and ate lousy food. They didn’t fight in any battles but they did arrive after the fact of a fight in which they found 12 dead white men bloodied and scalped. Lincoln also got into some other troubles. He was arrested for shooting off a firearm in the camp and was held in custody for a day. At a subsequent court-martial, Lincoln was ordered to carry a wooden sword for 2 days.

Lincoln re-enlisted twice after the first term of service ended. He was a private both times. He still saw no action. He was a soldier and did what soldiers do and have always done-marched, worked on details, survived/endured inclimate weather, and complained. Yet on a much later day and time in his life, Lincoln became teary-eyed when he talked about the common soldier. After he was President, he also commented that nothing in his life up to that point had ever given him as much satisfaction as having been chosen by his peers at that time as their captain.

http://abesblogcabin.org/notes-on-abraham-lincolns-military-service

Santorum, of course, never bothered himself with military service, nor have any of the other candidates, except Perry and Paul.


32 posted on 01/01/2012 12:46:46 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: BenKenobi

I was donating to Cain several times a WEEK. I still haven’t put anything into Santorum’s coffer, because my wallet fingers are still burnt from Cain. But I will donate if he does super well in Iowa. And I think he will.

Look, FReepers: we have to support SOMEONE over Romney. A lot of you say it HAS to be Newt, but it doesn’t.

1. Conservatives dislike Romney. They won’t vote for him unless they HAVE to. They would prefer another nominee.

2. If the last primary states still have Romney versus Non-Romney on the ballot, non-Romney will win. If non-Romney is Santorum, he will win. This is why we wish Santorum to do well in the early primaries.

3. If Santorum is our nominee, there will be many non-Obama voters of all parties who will vote for a stick of gum over Obama, especially those whom Obama has hurt (pretty much all of us). All Republican voters will vote for Santorum. Santorum will lose us the gay vote. Which would not have gone to Newt anyway.

4. Many Americans have learned through the MSM to hate Newt. They don’t even know who Santorum is. And Santorum is Italian, which is nearly Hispanic. Well, kinda? But a new person to learn about is an open book for most people, and more attractive than Newt to them.

Santorum could win the presidency. We’d have a decent man and loyal conservative in the White House. We wouldn’t be knuckle-biting all weekend, wondering what our President might do or say that’s crazy come Monday (a la Newt).

Santorum will make presidential decisions on the basis of what is good for the country and aligned with the Constitution. Newt will make his on the basis of what will make Newt look like a genius and yet still aligned with the Constitution.

Santorum will say, “Get out of here!” and have an intern who waltzed into his office flicking her bikini thong straps at him fired, and investigated for a possible “honey trap” from enemies foreign or domestic. Do I have to spell out what Newt’s response would be?


33 posted on 01/01/2012 12:48:19 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: smoothsailing

Impressive info on Lincoln.


34 posted on 01/01/2012 12:49:38 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: mylife

Maybe not, but he is the most pro-life candidate out there. He walks the walk and always has.

#2 He’s not afraid to back Israel and stand up to Iran. I haven’t heard that from any of the others. He certainly distances himself from Paul, in that regard.

I could go on, but I won’t. I’m watching the Packers, and I need to move closer to the TV to keep track of the score. LOL.


35 posted on 01/01/2012 12:51:26 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mylife

probably not.

What exactly had Obama accomplished prior to ‘o8?


36 posted on 01/01/2012 12:51:49 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: quantim

that’s too bad.

The negatives for the others are far more negative than this.

And, of course, the negatives for our current president outnumber Santorum’s negatives in an exponential fashion.


37 posted on 01/01/2012 12:54:00 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: Yaelle
Santorum could win the presidency. We’d have a decent man and loyal conservative in the White House. Etc.

Absolutely!

38 posted on 01/01/2012 12:54:05 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for the history lesson.


39 posted on 01/01/2012 12:55:45 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife; xzins; wmfights
FWIW Obama has experience now as a commander in chief. Does that make him more qualified to be president than Santorum?

Bush managed to balance the budget every year in Texas. He sure didn't take that experience with him to Washington, did he?

Santorum is the most consistently conservative candidate in this race. I haven't really committed to anyone at this point, but I'm hoping he walks away with Iowa. If it is Gingrich, Perry or Santorum, I will donate and work for them. Anybody but Romney.

40 posted on 01/01/2012 12:58:49 PM PST by P-Marlowe (Where's my tagline?)
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To: Scotswife

He voted “Present” a lot.


41 posted on 01/01/2012 12:59:27 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I like Santorum!

But whoever wins South Carolina for us and carries Willard’s severed head on a stake into Florida is MY candidate.

I STILL think that’s Newt. But I’m open to any conservative as always.


42 posted on 01/01/2012 12:59:48 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Yaelle

“Do I have to spell out what Newt’s response would be?”

First lady of the United states!

Well said. I couldn’t have said it better.


43 posted on 01/01/2012 1:03:07 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: Scotswife

You know what else is too bad? Both parties decided that nominating a *senator* was a good idea.

And now both parties are paying dearly for this choice and likely a couple generations ahead.

It’a an automatic disqualification for many people.


44 posted on 01/01/2012 1:04:26 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: mylife

Let’s face it, Santorum is no Lincoln. :)


45 posted on 01/01/2012 1:05:08 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
One of my favorite songs~Hey! Mr. Lincoln!
46 posted on 01/01/2012 1:08:50 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Happy Rain

The perfect man isn’t out there. It was a mistake and it is relevent to any assessment of Santorum the man.

But, like I said if the worst that can be said of Santorum is endorsing the wrong man, then that speaks volumes.

I prefer Cain, simply because he was the outsider, who had business experience and has never held public office. Because I believe very strongly that we need to get someone in there who isn’t part of the whole establishment mentality.

A struggling business doesn’t promote someone from inside, they bring in folks from outside to get things straightened, someone who doesn’t have the connections. Cain was that man.

Santorum, I have no qualms with him or his positions on the issues.


47 posted on 01/01/2012 1:11:03 PM PST by BenKenobi (You know, you really need to break free of that Catholic mindset.- metmom)
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To: mylife

I like Hank Williams, Jr.

“Mr. Lincoln”

Mr. Lincoln I wish you were here
The Republics changed alot in a hundred years
I don’t think its working like you planned
Mr Lincoln we sure could use a hand


48 posted on 01/01/2012 1:27:24 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: mylife

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/williams-hank-jr/mr-lincoln-13342.html

:o)


49 posted on 01/01/2012 1:32:01 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

50 posted on 01/01/2012 1:34:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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