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Former Perry S.C. Supporter Switches Endorsement to Santorum (South Carolina GOP leader)
American Spectator ^ | 1.14.12 | ROBERT STACY MCCAIN

Posted on 01/14/2012 1:01:36 PM PST by Qbert

South Carolina GOP leader Patrick Haddon, who formerly supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential primary, yesterday announced his endorsement of Rick Santorum.

"After looking at all the candidates and their political careers, and looking for a true conservative that has been fighting for real Republican causes, there is only one candidate that has been a consistent conservative fighting [for] family values and supporting pro-life issues," said Haddon, former chairman of the Greenville County GOP. "That is why Shelly and I are proud to endorse Senator Rick Santorum for President of the United States."

Haddon's endorsement of Santorum was at least the second defection from Perry's South Carolina campaign this week. Spartanburg businessman Barry Wynn switched his endorsement to Mitt Romney, after denouncing Perry's "destructive" attacks on Romney's business record at Bain Capital.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: back2paintcreek; perry; perry2012; perry2020; santorum
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1 posted on 01/14/2012 1:01:47 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Great news! Good for Rick!


2 posted on 01/14/2012 1:05:16 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: Qbert

Nice to see people in SC coming to their senses. At worst, we still need an ADULT to battle President Obama.


3 posted on 01/14/2012 1:07:02 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: BobL

Ohh man, I still remember the vapid stuff Bachmann and Santorum were spewing to attack Cain, Perry, Newt, or any candidate who happened to be on the top of the polls.

Exactly by what standard are conservatives seeing Santorum as the uber conservative? All he has is his pro-life credentials. Everything else is boring, tepid, noncommittal. At least Newt and Perry are offering a flat tax and other major reforms. Santorum can’t even support right-to-work laws.


4 posted on 01/14/2012 1:09:42 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: BobL

Ohh man, I still remember the vapid stuff Bachmann and Santorum were spewing to attack Cain, Perry, Newt, or any candidate who happened to be on the top of the polls.

Exactly by what standard are conservatives seeing Santorum as the uber conservative? All he has is his pro-life credentials. Everything else is boring, tepid, noncommittal. At least Newt and Perry are offering a flat tax and other major reforms. Santorum can’t even support right-to-work laws.


5 posted on 01/14/2012 1:09:42 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: BobL

Santorum is a far better choice. At least he can get votes.


6 posted on 01/14/2012 1:10:44 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: Qbert

I think Perry is 100% conservative and is equal to any in that respect. That said, he is running a terrible campaign and I don’t know who to blame. It could possibly be those who are baling on him who are to blame.

Perry is a great governor and a fine gentleman but something is not right. In a couple of the debates he looked as if someone had secretly drugged him as he looked sleepy and tired. That is not the normal Rick Perry. He is a fine public speaker yet he performed poorly in those debates. All of that is peculiar to me.


7 posted on 01/14/2012 1:11:05 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: South40

“At least he can get the votes”.

But what are y’all voting for, exactly? So he’s Catholic and pro-life? That’s all I ever hear about.


8 posted on 01/14/2012 1:13:17 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Qbert

Is this guy a Landscaper AND head of the SC GOP?


9 posted on 01/14/2012 1:14:13 PM PST by marty60
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To: Qbert

Obama will mop the floor with Santorum.


10 posted on 01/14/2012 1:14:41 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: Qbert
Social conservatives moving to big spending, big government candidates, very sad.

JANUARY 13 Nine European Nations Downgraded by S&P:
JANUARY 11 Greece so poor families are abandoning their children
JANUARY 12 - Greece's unemployment rate jumped to 18.2%

here in the USA 15.232 trillion and counting
43 cents of every dollar spent is debt

Just a little reminder debt(spending) kills nations

11 posted on 01/14/2012 1:14:44 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Perry had serious back problems and was most likely under some kind of medication. Horrible luck for Perry.


12 posted on 01/14/2012 1:17:52 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Gov. Perry was fatigued in those early debates. He was recovering from back surgery, and at the end of a long day of campaigning he attended the debates. Though it hasn’t been confirmed, he was probably on painkillers at that time, too.


13 posted on 01/14/2012 1:19:49 PM PST by Quicksilver (nominate Rick Perry - defeat Obama - overhaul Washington!)
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To: Apollo5600

“Exactly by what standard are conservatives seeing Santorum as the uber conservative? All he has is his pro-life credentials.”

Um, that’s only the most important part.

As for his fiscal conservativism, his plan is actually better than Paul Ryan. He’s promised cutting to 2008 levels immediately plus another 5 trillion in cuts over 5 years.

Good enough for me. Solves the immediate fiscal problem, and the long term fiscal problem. That’s what we want, right? A plan to get spending under control.


14 posted on 01/14/2012 1:20:33 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: exit82

Why would you think that? He does just fine against Newt and blows Romney away in the head to head.


15 posted on 01/14/2012 1:21:54 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: Qbert

Patrick Haddon is an idiot. Only Gingrich can defeat King Obama.


16 posted on 01/14/2012 1:22:39 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Apollo5600; BobL
At least Newt and Perry are offering a flat tax and other major reforms. Santorum can’t even support right-to-work laws.

Good points, but Gingrich and Perry have really stepped in it with their attacks on capitalism. It looks like we are stuck with Santorum by default. At least we know he is pro-life. However, I don't know how he gains the perception of being an alpha male by wearing those sweaters.

17 posted on 01/14/2012 1:22:58 PM PST by wmfights
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To: jpsb

How is Santorum a big spender? He’s pledged to cut spending immediately to 2008 levels and another 5 trilliion in 5 years.

That solves both the immediate problems and the long term problems.


18 posted on 01/14/2012 1:23:12 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: BenKenobi

Okay, not only does he have spending problems in his record, I honestly don’t see a difference in any of their plans to cut spending. That’s pretty much a given. How does Santorum stand out over Newt or Perry? And when his “social” stuff is the “most important”, why is it more important than the same exact stance held by Newt and Perry, who also have pro-life credentials that are, perhaps, even stronger than Santorums? I am not seeing an objective analysis of Santorum’s actual record here or his actual platform as compared to the others. It’s hope and change all over again.


19 posted on 01/14/2012 1:23:25 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: wmfights

“However, I don’t know how he gains the perception of being an alpha male by wearing those sweaters.”

Dunno why people don’t like those sweaters? I’d rather look at what a candidate believes rather than what he chooses to wear.


20 posted on 01/14/2012 1:25:07 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: Qbert

Rick S. is a nice person though he cannot stand up to Obama. Newt can do a better delivery in making a liberal think of where the other’s ideas are coming from. These guys (both Ricks) should get behind Newt. The splitting of votes only helps Mitt.


21 posted on 01/14/2012 1:25:25 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Apollo5600
But what are y’all voting for, exactly? So he’s Catholic and pro-life? That’s all I ever hear about.

You can go to this link...

HERE

...just scroll down to see a very detailed matrix of all the candidates' positions.

If that link doesn't work, go here...

LINK

...and find the two links on the right that refer to "Positions of GOP Candidates for President" and download either the full (64 issues) or the condensed (19 issues) versions of the same matrix.

Very handy.

22 posted on 01/14/2012 1:25:25 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: exit82

"Obama will mop the floor with Santorum."

I doubt that.

The biggest knock that some have against Santorum in debates is that he's "surly" or whatever... but hey, so is Obama (just go back and watch his debates with McCain)- so they would be neutralized in this aspect. Yeah, Newt would do very well against Obama in debates- but debates aren't everything, and who knows what's going to come out of his mouth from one minute to the next during the long campaign season?

23 posted on 01/14/2012 1:26:39 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: wmfights

It’s better to say that their “perceived” attacks on capitalism are hurting them. I don’t know about Newt (I have not read his exact verbiage on the matter), but there is a strong difference between attacking capitalism and attacking poor business practices. I haven’t seen Perry, once, ever attack anyone for being “too rich”, but rather for being unethical and incompetent.

Only Cain really had the real business credentials. Romney has his “wall street” credentials which deserve scrutiny. Newt and Perry have superior credentials when it comes to the State’s role in getting out of the way of business. Any attack on Romney’s record is fair game to eliminate the SOB.


24 posted on 01/14/2012 1:27:04 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Quicksilver

“Though it hasn’t been confirmed, he was probably on painkillers at that time, too.”

Was Perry on painkillers when he signed legislation giving in-state tuition to Illegal Aliens?


25 posted on 01/14/2012 1:28:12 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: Apollo5600

“That’s pretty much a given. How does Santorum stand out over Newt or Perry?”

Well for starters, Newt supported Hillarycare and has pushed for the individual mandate.

Perry supported Gardasil. Perry is also supportive of abortion in the case of rape and incest.

Santorum is way better than both on the prolife issue.

“Newt and Perry, who also have pro-life credentials that are, perhaps, even stronger than Santorums?”

Not on this planet. See above.

“I am not seeing an objective analysis of Santorum’s actual record here or his actual platform as compared to the others.”

I just quoted his actual platform in the case of spending. Go check it out.


26 posted on 01/14/2012 1:28:33 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: Qbert
Gingrich-Santorum
 
or
 
Santorum-Gingrich

27 posted on 01/14/2012 1:29:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Christie at the beach

Newt can be brilliant. He can be the smartest guy in the room.

But then he absolutely backbreaks you when the crunch comes. Every time. He says what he thinks, and what he thinks isn’t always well considered.

As an idea man, great, but as president? No. I want someone who I can trust to do the right thing, not someone I have to keep an eye on to make sure he doesn’t do something disastrously stupid.


28 posted on 01/14/2012 1:31:22 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: BenKenobi
Dunno why people don’t like those sweaters? I’d rather look at what a candidate believes rather than what he chooses to wear.

That's great but most voters don't pay even a .25% of the attention to candidates that we do at FR. As a result perception is critical. Santorum is great on life and as a result if stuck with a choice between him and Romney I will vote for Santorum. However, a lot of people see him standing on stages with that "howdy doody smile" and the sleeveless sweaters and he projects an image of a wimp.

29 posted on 01/14/2012 1:32:16 PM PST by wmfights
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To: Quicksilver

Ive been on pain pills and they can make you a little sleepy. Still I was conherent. Maybe he was on horse tranqilizer stength? In which case he should have taken a half dose while debating?
Anyhow, Santorum is offering one thing SoCons really , beside religous conviction ,and that is family values.
He ties it in nicely with the job situation.


30 posted on 01/14/2012 1:32:35 PM PST by Leep
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To: BenKenobi
I’d rather look at what a candidate believes rather than what he chooses to wear.

It is disquieting how the media makes the process all about show and not about substance. That so many just go along with that is even more disturbing. It's why we ended up with Obama.

31 posted on 01/14/2012 1:33:55 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: trumandogz
Was Perry on painkillers when he signed legislation giving in-state tuition to Illegal Aliens?

It's a lucky thing this horse is dead. No amount of painkillers could save it from the agony of this eternal carping.

All Texas taxpayers are treated (more or less) equally, and as a Texan, I'm fine with that. You, on the other hand, can pound sand.

32 posted on 01/14/2012 1:34:44 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Qbert

I say some of the people in the republican party and at Huck’s meeting are Romney rinos because Newt is not anti buisness. They know this. Why do people want Romney given a pass. Newt didn’t come down on free markets. People, wake up! He was about questioning his business expierence and creating 100,000’s of jobs. This is way out of shape. Good thing, some of us see what is happening.


33 posted on 01/14/2012 1:35:27 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Quicksilver; jpsb

Thanks. Somehow I had missed that.


34 posted on 01/14/2012 1:37:33 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Apollo5600
...but there is a strong difference between attacking capitalism and attacking poor business practices.

What bad business practices? I won't vote for Romney, but saying he wasn't incredibly successful as the head of Bain Capital denies the truth.

I haven’t seen Perry, once, ever attack anyone for being “too rich”, but rather for being unethical and incompetent.

I was a huge Perry supporter until his "vulture capitalist" crap.

What exactly was so unethical that Bain Capital did?

35 posted on 01/14/2012 1:38:10 PM PST by wmfights
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To: Leep

“Ive been on pain pills and they can make you a little sleepy. Still I was conherent. Maybe he was on horse tranqilizer stength? In which case he should have taken a half dose while debating?
Anyhow, Santorum is offering one thing SoCons really , beside religous conviction ,and that is family values.
He ties it in nicely with the job situation.”

Perry has the family values record to go with the promises.

He was recovering from back surgery-—spinal fusion-—during the early debates. Have you had that particular surgery done? If so, maybe you can tell us how you felt afterward. The timing was lousy, but he was in quite a bit of pain at the time.


36 posted on 01/14/2012 1:39:26 PM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: Apollo5600
But what are y’all voting for, exactly? So he’s Catholic and pro-life? That’s all I ever hear about.

Could it be because that's all you ever wanted to hear?

Santorum is pro-life. But he's also a proponent of free trade, the Second Amendment, tax cuts, and he opposes and said he would repeal Obamacare. Moreover, and as I said earlier, he can get votes where Perry has proven he cannot.

37 posted on 01/14/2012 1:40:58 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: wmfights

So your argument is that ‘Republicans are dumb so they should back Newt because he’s a RealMan?’

Where I come from, RealMen stick with their wives. But then what do I know?


38 posted on 01/14/2012 1:41:02 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: BenKenobi
"As for his fiscal conservativism

He has zero credibility as a fiscal conservative, zero. As a leader in the Senate he pushed Ws' big spending socialist agenda and helped bankrupt the nation. All he does is talk the talk.

39 posted on 01/14/2012 1:43:57 PM PST by jpsb
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To: BenKenobi
Hi Ben, Rick is nice (and agree with his views) but he cannot deliver the message as Newt can.

I was hoping Rick S. could move his numbers last week. I see he cannot. I hope you come to see those votes are helping Mitt before it's too late. Do what you feel is right but I can tell you, Rick S. cannot stand up to Obama. Newt has the message. In his C-span message, he says what America needs and has about lost.

40 posted on 01/14/2012 1:45:40 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Qbert

Good to see someone come to their senses.


41 posted on 01/14/2012 1:47:11 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: Apollo5600

"Santorum can’t even support right-to-work laws."

Right to work is a state issue, and what somebody did as a Senator of a blue collar state isn't necessarily relevant to the actions of a President on a Federal level.

People make concessions sometimes in order to get re-elected- I don't think any of us like it, but that's the way it is. Perry made concessions in regards to illegals in Texas, did he not? (I was strongly opposed to those, too). And Newt- well, Newt went off the rails and sat down on the couch with Nancy, even though he had no reason to...

42 posted on 01/14/2012 1:48:32 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
I'm listening to Santorum's SC Prez Forum speech right now, and he's really boring. Sounds worse when he tries to be enthusiastic… this guy can't communicate the message effectively. Please drop out Santorum, argh.
43 posted on 01/14/2012 1:55:42 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: exit82

He would certainly try, but it’s pretty hard for a groundskeeper to attack the potential new hire, when the grass is all dead.

Santorum will appeal to many U. S. Citizens. I think he might surprise you.


44 posted on 01/14/2012 2:00:50 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: Utmost Certainty

He is a nice man but he does not have the passion to get people behind him fully. Obama will crush him. Please Rick help stop Romney.


45 posted on 01/14/2012 2:01:43 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Christie at the beach

I’m sorry, but we’ve been down this road before. Santorum reminds me so much of Jimmy Carter. Everybody loved him because he was such a nice Christian man. No thanks.


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To: Quicksilver

Recovering from back surgery, long days of campaigning, maybe on painkillers, none of this confirmed...

Ah, thanks for clearing that up.

Sure hope he’s guaranteed to have perfect health if elected to office. I can only imagine the excuses then, and at what cost.


48 posted on 01/14/2012 2:03:54 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: Qbert
Rick Santorum's voting record:

What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like

NEA
Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.

Bankruptcy
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Defense and Foreign Policy

Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.

Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.

Voted for the START II Treaty.
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban anti-personnel landmines.
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same pay raises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyrannical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the President’s authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea.
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program.

Nominations

Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture).
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge.
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN.
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge.
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit.
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge.
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge.
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge.

Labor

Voted against National Right to Work Act.
Voted against repeal of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages.
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor.
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding.
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding.
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization.
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here.
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representatives from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.

Guns

Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device.
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of “assault weapons” by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.

Reform

Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional pay raise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapists, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter “backup plan” to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require state and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.

Immigration

Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators.
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens.
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.

Taxes

Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.

Welfare

Voted against food stamp reform.
Voted against Medicaid reform.
Voted against TANF reform.
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion.
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.

Waste

Sponsored an amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million.
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Project (WA).
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion.
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million.
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL).
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry.
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a state’s highway allocation.
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%.
Voted against transferring $20 million from AmeriCorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.

Spending and Entitlements

Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies a new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.

Health Care

Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against allowing consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.

Education

Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing.
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.

Energy

Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.

Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.

49 posted on 01/14/2012 2:06:34 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: jpsb

And Newt wasn’t? What did Newt do to stem the tide? Nothing.

Why didn’t Newt produce a balanced budget when he was House Majority leader? The debt went up every single year under his tenure.

EVERY YEAR! He has zero credibility on this issue. At least Rick has a plan. Newt’s plan will be to reach around the aisle.


50 posted on 01/14/2012 2:08:30 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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