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Brenham Ranch Surprise: Rick Santorum Endorsed by 150 Evangelical Leaders
Catholic Online ^ | 1/14/12 | Keith A Fournier

Posted on 01/14/2012 1:25:21 PM PST by tcg

Will the Brenham Ranch, owned by former Judge Paul Pressler, be looked back upon as the place where the plans for a Republican coronation were upset? Will it mark the beginning of a surge of support for the candidacy of former Senator Rick Santorum for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination?

It was at that ranch that 150 evangelical Protestant Christian leaders met to choose a candidate whom they could all unite behind. Speculation over the meeting, who attended it, and who would receive the nod of support from among former Governor Rick Perry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, has filled the blogosphere. It has also provided fodder for the mainstream media.

On Saturday afternoon, January 14, 2012, the speculation ended. Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council and a spokesman for the group emerged to report the results. With a strong showing of over 2/3 of the vote, the leaders chose to endorse - and place their formidable resources behind - former Senator Rick Santorum as the Republican nominee.

This vital endorsement of these major evangelical leaders came on the heels of the endorsement of a group of Catholics called "Catholic Vote" just last week. Santorum's strong support among Catholics is well known. It is also growing.

(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012campaign; 2012endorsements; christianvote; conservative; evangelicals; santorum; santorum2012
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Rick Santorum has defended the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death for years - without compromise. He has defended authentic marriage between one man and one woman - and the family and society founded upon it. His economic populism reflects his blue collar background and his plan to revitalize manufacturing is solid and gaining support.

He is a morally coherent candidate. He forthrightly proclaims that economic issues have a moral component. He insists that there is a moral basis to a truly free society. He asserts that America is a moral enterprise.

In a Republican Presidential primary campaign where the Republic establishment expected that they would pick the nominee in a form of "coronation", an increasing number of concerned Americans are now raising their voices now and saying, "not this year"!

1 posted on 01/14/2012 1:25:32 PM PST by tcg
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To: tcg
Newt 2012 Announces Faith Leaders Coalition
2 posted on 01/14/2012 1:27:39 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: tcg

Just proves some religious leaders can’t think. Nothing new.


3 posted on 01/14/2012 1:34:12 PM PST by Logical me
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To: tcg

I haven’t followed this since posting something about the Brenham meeting a week or so ago. Wonder what this means for Perry’s candidacy? I’d just assumed that a group like this in Texas would have to include some of his major donors...


4 posted on 01/14/2012 1:35:40 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Logical me

tsk tsk


5 posted on 01/14/2012 1:36:30 PM PST by golfisnr1
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To: Logical me

tsk tsk


6 posted on 01/14/2012 1:36:45 PM PST by golfisnr1
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To: Utmost Certainty

That number is around 50,000. Thanks for bringing this forward.


7 posted on 01/14/2012 1:39:17 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Logical me

Um care to explain?


8 posted on 01/14/2012 1:39:39 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: tcg

by way of answering my own question, just saw that the South Carolina GOP leader switched his previous endorsement of Perry to Santorum. I don’t think Perry is the kind of guy who will run til the last dime is spent - could be interesting if he chooses to drop out prior to SC. Not because he carries that many voters, but just because he’ll have to choose between Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich.


9 posted on 01/14/2012 1:43:46 PM PST by bigbob
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To: tcg
WOW! This is great article! Thanks for posting! Here's some more from the link you gave us -

In a Republican Presidential primary campaign where the Republic establishment expected that they would pick the nominee in a form of "coronation", an increasing number of concerned Americans are now raising their voices now and saying, "not this year"!

I am a "Reluctant Republican" having left the Democratic Party when the opponents of the fundamental human right to life took control. That party which purported to represent the blue collar everyday American became the party of the cultural revolutionaries on the left. People like us were won over by the courage and plain spoken down to earth style of Ronald Reagan.

His was the kind of "conservatism" which made sense to people who never thought we were "conservatives". It was human, real, honest and quintessentially American. We were not then - and are not now - comfortable with the "Nelson Rockefeller" blue blood image of the old Republican Party.

Rick Santorum has the capacity to attract those "Reagan Democrats" and to reach out to Americans from both parties as well as Independents in a General election. He has proven it in elections in Blue Collar Pennsylvania. He is the grandson of a coalminer who still embodies those bedrock values.   

Many who have wanted someone other than the establishment Republican candidate are from blue collar backgrounds. Our ancestors did not come over on the Mayflower. We care about the poor and cringe when any candidate seems to lack a heart of concern for them. However, we have learned that big government does a horrible job of providing proper care for them. We know that collectivism - be it of the right or the left - is not the solution.

10 posted on 01/14/2012 1:46:59 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: tcg

Toooooooooooo late. They had their chance BEFORE but refused to endorse Huck in 2008.

SC ‘08

McLame 33%
HUCK 30%
Frodo 15%
Willard 14%


11 posted on 01/14/2012 1:48:05 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: tcg

“Rick Santorum has defended the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death for years - without compromise.”

I may vote for Satorum, but to say he’s defended life for years without compromise is untrue.
He endorsed proud baby-killer Specter over a pro-life candidate in the 2004 primaries.
Specter gave Obama the key Senate vote to pass the pro-abortion bill, Obamacare


12 posted on 01/14/2012 1:50:36 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: tcg
"Brenham Ranch Surprise: Rick Santorum Endorsed by 150 Evangelical Leaders "

Why am I not surprised to hear this?

13 posted on 01/14/2012 1:51:20 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Logical me

You’ll have to pardon me, but it seems the real thing to take from your post, is that some folks who think of themselves as Conservative can’t read.

Go back and read that article again, until you can see some value in it. As a Conservative I am amazed that you couldn’t find anything of value there, and actually besmirch the folks who came to the conclusions and expressed the thoughts that article did.

Simply amazing.... can’t think? Are you serious?


14 posted on 01/14/2012 1:56:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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15 posted on 01/14/2012 1:59:14 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: bigbob

Sorry to hear this. Nice guy but I don’t believe Santorum can beat Obama.


16 posted on 01/14/2012 2:02:43 PM PST by make no mistake
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To: Logical me

Pathetic post.


17 posted on 01/14/2012 2:02:50 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: DoughtyOne; Logical me

The Newtie Tooties have proven that they cannot think. All they have is a cult where Newt can do no wrong. Present them with examples of his leanings in the last five years, and all they can do is quote the nineties and cover their ears.


18 posted on 01/14/2012 2:05:16 PM PST by Ingtar (If the GOP wants my vote, they should start fielding candidate for whom I can vote - Jemian)
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To: tcg
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.

19 posted on 01/14/2012 2:09:53 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: .30Carbine

What exactly does this last paragraph mean? I find it contradictory? Does this mean just a little bit of socialism?


20 posted on 01/14/2012 2:12:57 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I don’t interpret it that way. I think it is saying that the only way governments “do” poverty is with collectivism, socialism, Communism. If I were to extrapolate the thought that paragraph leaves hanging, I would write about the Church and her role in the world, i.e., Christian charity. That’s how I read that.


21 posted on 01/14/2012 2:23:25 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Ingtar

The sad thing for me, is that I would love to support someone with Newt’s knowledge of the Constitution and his ability to present information about it and debate like he does. Sadly, I can’t. I too note the things he has done. I don’t like it, but I must.

If I can’t be honest with myself, how can I be honest with others?

Newt is a no-go for me. He has nobody to blame but himself for it too.


22 posted on 01/14/2012 2:27:48 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: tcg

Why don’t we just pick the one who MIGHT draw support away from Newt and ensure a Romney victory??

I like Santorum (and was a Santorum supporter untill last week, but Newt CAN beat Romney, Santorum I am afraid cannot). Go Newt!


23 posted on 01/14/2012 2:39:25 PM PST by JSDude1
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma; .30Carbine
It basically means that Rick Santorum is a collectivist big government statist who values wealth redistribution. See it in his own words, 2nd quote:
"This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone." [Source]

"What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadn’t even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply ‘cheap liberals.’ My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission." –Rick Santorum, p. IX It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)

"I suspect some will dismiss my ideas as just an extended version of ‘compassionate conservatism.’ Some will reject what I have said as a kind of ‘Big Government Conservatism.’ Some will say that what I’ve tried to argue isn’t conservatism at all. But I believe what I’ve been presenting is the genuine conservatism our Founders envisioned. One that fosters the opportunity for all Americans to live as we are called to live, in selfless families that contribute to the general welfare, the common good." –Rick Santorum, p. 421 It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)

24 posted on 01/14/2012 2:41:08 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: tcg
Rick Santorum has defended the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death for years - without compromise.

Well, except when he hasn't.

25 posted on 01/14/2012 2:44:22 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The Republican Party is dead. The Republic is not. At least not yet.)
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To: tcg

I’m an evangelical, and these would-be king-makers don’t represent me.


26 posted on 01/14/2012 2:45:32 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The Republican Party is dead. The Republic is not. At least not yet.)
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To: Utmost Certainty
I had far more respect for Santorum a week ago than I do now. This guy is no conservative. He has spent months fooling all of us.

I think I'd rather have Romney. At least we don't expect a whole lot with him and all one has to do is read Santorum's own words and we know he thinks it's the job of government to redistribute wealth.

He''s a typical socialistic Catholic but at least he votes Republican because he is pro-life. The problem is that to many Catholics, they believe that the desire of Democrats to redistribute wealth trumps the protecting of unborn life.

27 posted on 01/14/2012 2:55:52 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: DoughtyOne
Have you noted some of the things Santorum has done?

RICK SANTORUM

Mr.Blue-Collar. Not.


Santorum is one of the most corrupt politicians in recent memory... he repeatedly sponsored laws giving very specific help to companies -- worth millions of dollars -- and they immediately gave him large campaign donations and -- after he left the Senate -- hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. He was twice named one of America's 3 most corrupt senators by CREW, a clean-government group, and has become a millionaire from payments by these companies since he was voted out of the Senate in 2006.

In 2006, Santorum steered millions of dollars in earmarks to clients of American Continental Group, a lobbying firm. They gave him $14,000 that year in donations, and after he left office paid him $65,000 for “legislative policy consulting services.” Another firm he helped, Consol Energy, paid him $142,500 just in 2010 and 2011.

While in Congress, Santorum kept pushing very specific laws increasing Medicare payments in Puerto Rico; one would have cost the government $400 million. (The eventual bill gave them more money, but not that much.)

Santorum, who entered the Senate as one of the least wealthy congresspeople, bought a $2 million, 5,000 SF house in Great Falls, VA in 2007.

While in the Senate, Santorum held weekly meetings supporting Tom Delay's "K-Street Project," an effort to fill lobbying groups with Republican loyalists.  In 2006, he received $500,000 from lobbyists, far more than any other federal candidate -- 40% more than the #2 recipient, George Allen.

Santorum introduced a bill that required the National Weather Service to keep collecting weather data, and hand it over to private weather companies, who would make the profit off of it.  Accuweather, a private weather company in Santorum's state, gave him tens of thousands of dollars during the time he promoted this absurd bill.

There are many more examples -- $25,000 from execs at Waste Management & Processes, Inc. after Santorum proposed a $100 million subsidy for their coal-to-diesel plant;  $20,000 from tobacco interests around the time he blocked a law allowing the FDA to regulate tobacco, etc. etc.

It's pretty shameless...

even by Congressional standards.


Sources  1.    Santorum's Skeleton Closet  http://www.realchange.org/santorum.htm 2.   Santorum Becomes Millionaire in Six Years After Senate Loss, by Heidi Przybyla and Julie Bykowicz, Bloomberg News Service, in San Francisco Chronicle, January 6, 2012 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/01/05/bloomberg_articlesLXB3FG1A74E9.DTL&ao=all 3.   After Santorum Left Senate, Familiar Hands Reached Out, by Mike McIntire and Michael Luo, New York Times, January 5, 2012http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/us/politics/after-senate-santorums-beneficiaries-became-benefactors.html 4.   Beyond Delay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch), CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), 2006 http://www.citizensforethics.org/page/-/PDFs/Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Report%202006%20-%20Beyond%20Delay%20Report.pdf?nocdn=1 5.  Beyond Delay: The 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress, CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), 2005 http://www.citizensforethics.org/page/-/PDFs/Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Reports/Most%20Corrupt%20Report%202005%20-%20Beyond%20DeLay%20Report.pdf?nocdn=1

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Santorum charity for the poor spent most of its money on management, political friends

"Before it folded in 2007, the foundation raised $2.58 million, with 39 percent of that donated directly to groups helping the needy. By industry standards, such philanthropic groups should be donating nearly twice that, from 75 to 85 percent of their funds. “That’s exceptionally poor,” Ken Berger, president of Charity Navigator, a national organization that rates charitable groups, said of the group’s giving. “We would tell donors to run with fear from this organization.”"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/santorum-charity-for-the-poor-spent-most-of-its-money-on-management-political-friends/2012/01/11/gIQAGDKVwP_story_1.html

28 posted on 01/14/2012 3:01:09 PM PST by true believer forever (First, they came for the rich.)
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To: tcg
Rick Santorum has defended the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death for years - without compromise.

You mean, like when Santorum endorsed pro-abortionist Arlen Specter who has a 0% NRLC rating?

I can respect that Santorum made a strategic decision by doing so (or so it's said), but let's acknowledge that he definitely made a compromise on his morals there. And for a guy who's running on his so-called impeccable moral values… well, it just looks bad.
29 posted on 01/14/2012 3:04:48 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Your quotes are from 2005, and not very specific. I actally find myself in a position of wondering how we will ever transition out of the Nanny state we have become. (Do you have a vision for that, UC?)

This is what’s on his Website today:

RESTORING AMERICA’S GREATNESS
PROMOTING FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY

Reining in Spending and Reforming Government Entitlements for Sustainable and Better Solutions for America’s Families and Future

Living Within Our Means: Cutting $5 trillion over 5 years

Spending Core Principles

Live within our means so that America, our families, and our future generations will have a brighter future unburdened with oppressive debt and high taxation.
Prioritize our national security and defense
Refocus the federal government on constitutional priorities and parameters
Consolidate duplicative programs and agencies
Promote competition for provision of essential services
Eliminate outdated, ineffective, and wasteful programs
Empower State and Local Governments through partnership, block grants, and reserving functions for the States
Reform and Modernize Medicare since reducing healthcare costs is a prerequisite for our long term success and economic strength
Reforming Social Security which is essential for solvency, sustainability, and real retirement security
Proposals

Commit to cut $5 trillion of federal spending within 5 years.
Implement Strong America Now reform through Lean Six Sigma management process as a key engine for cutting government waste and improving efficiency.
Immediately reduce federal (non-defense discretionary spending) to 2008 levels through across the board spending cuts.
Freeze defense spending levels for 5 years and reject automatic cuts.
Freeze spending levels for social programs for 5 years such as Medicaid, Housing, Education, Job Training, and Food Stamps, time limit restrictions, and block grant to the States like in Welfare Reform.
Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with market based healthcare innovation and competition to improve America’s and Americans health, control costs, improve quality and access, and to keep and create jobs which provide resources for healthcare.
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.
Pass legislation to reform the Congressional Budget Process and support legislation to require Congress to pass constitutionally required spending bills on time or not get paid the next fiscal year. 
Implement Medicare Reforms and Innovation proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan and speed up their implementation to control healthcare costs and improve quality.
Reform Social Security and place on a sustainable path by a combination of reforms such as addressing adjusting CPI, dependent benefits and disability income benefits reforms, moving back the retirement age for younger workers, means testing benefits, annual adjustments as needed, and dedicating Social Security payroll taxes to Social Security.
Implement reforms and cost savings of up to $100 billion in March 2011 GAO report requested by Senator Coburn listing 34 areas of duplication and waste.
Stop implementation of any remaining federal stimulus spending.
Freeze pay for non-defense related federal employees for four years, cut workforce by 10% with no compensatory increase in contract workforce, and phase out defined benefit plans for newer workers.
Eliminate all energy subsidies and most agriculture subsidies within four years.
Eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and use half of the dollars to support adoption instead.
Cut EPA resources for job killing regulations and return focus to commonsense conservation and safe and clean air and water.
Cut in half the number of State Department USAID employees and US funding for United Nations programs.
Eliminate funding for implementation of Dodd/Frank regulatory burdens.
Eliminate funding for implementation of ObamaCare.
Cut funding for National Labor Relations Board for decision preventing airplane factory in South Carolina.
Eliminating funding for United Nations’ agencies which oppose America’s interests and promote abortion and cut the US contribution to the UN in half.
Phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac within five years.
Sell unproductive and wasteful federal properties.
Transition Team will review all spending cut proposals and restructuring reforms of the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and the Simpson-Bowles Commission for additional savings.


30 posted on 01/14/2012 3:06:09 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Logical me

31 posted on 01/14/2012 3:13:30 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: .30Carbine
Santorum, Newt, and Perry all have comparable plans for slashing government largesse and reversing the nanny state (though Newt has the best tax plan by far, even compared to Ron Paul). I have no doubt that all 3 are solid in this respect.

But for me, it ultimately comes down to force of personality and articulation, insofar as who I can see is the best for waging war against Liberalism, can win against Romney, and ultimately defeat Obama. That's why I support Newt.
32 posted on 01/14/2012 3:19:28 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Nobody can win the Presidency with a pullover sweater vest.

You can quote me.

33 posted on 01/14/2012 3:26:37 PM PST by Afronaut (It's 1984)
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To: tcg

Dr. Tim LaHaye apparently didn’t get the message (He got left behind) and just endorsed Newt Gingrich!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2833031/posts


34 posted on 01/14/2012 3:48:44 PM PST by matthew fuller (Romney= Buckwheat's great white hope!)
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To: make no mistake; All
Sorry to hear this. Nice guy but I don’t believe Santorum can beat Obama.

Very true my FReind.

Gingrich is the only candidate that can take the fight to the sitting White House illegal alien, Keynsian, Kenyan, Marxist, Chicago thug.

We need a fighter. If Gingrich gets angry (as we all are seeing America in her death throws), takes off the gloves, so much the better. We need the likes of Generals Patton, Leslie Groves, and Curtis LeMay to save our country.

We can't afford another namby-pamby, wishy-washy, indecisive, casper milque toast, weasle.

This is our last chance to save our Republic.

35 posted on 01/14/2012 3:54:00 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Cobra64
"This is our last chance to save our Republic. "

You got that right. If we screw this election up, it is likely our last ever election. We have already seen how much Obama has trashed our Constitution- If he gets in again, we can forget about the Constitution, elections, etc...

36 posted on 01/14/2012 4:08:20 PM PST by matthew fuller (We are getting McCained!)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
I think I'd rather have Romney. At least we don't expect a whole lot with him and all one has to do is read Santorum's own words and we know he thinks it's the job of government to redistribute wealth.

So you *were* a Dem troll all along, pushing Perry to divide and conquer whatever *real* conservatives were in the race?

Noted.

37 posted on 01/14/2012 4:26:29 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Well, you must have not seen Santorum fighting in the Senate for the partial birth abortion ban.


38 posted on 01/14/2012 4:53:20 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: All

Before we all get on Santorum’s band wagon, we need to know what his voting record is.

This is just some of the worst of it:

RICK SANTORUM

VOTED AGAINST INCREASING THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATORS
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00201

VOTED TO ALLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO RECEIVE THE EARNED INCOME CREDIT BEFORE BECOMING CITIZENS
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00154

VOTED TO GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=105&session=1&vote=00058

SANTORUM: TRIM SOCIAL SECURITY NOW- EVEN IF PAINFUL.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j7O34Bpp42k-IlMMNiOLBkYF2zNw?docId=b1cff9ecefe24ca6ae1764a09761e361

VOTED TO GIVE WELFARE BENEFITS TO NATURALIZED CITIZENS without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=104&session=1&vote=00427

VOTED AGAINST HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS, paid for by reductions in state grants.
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00179

VOTED AGAINST FOOD STAMP REFORM
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00353

VOTED AGAINST MEDICAID REFORM
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00352

VOTED TO INCREASE THE SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT FROM $1 BILLION to $2 BILLION
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=1&vote=00302

VOTED TO RAID SOCIAL SECURITY instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=2&vote=00056

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.
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00031

It’s going to be Romney or Newt or by a slim chance, Santorum.

VOTED AGAINST INCREASING THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATORS?
VOTED TO GIVE WELFARE BENEFITS TO NATURALIZED CITIZENS?
VOTED AGAINST HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS?
VOTED AGAINST FOOD STAMP REFORM?
VOTED AGAINST MEDICAID REFORM?

People NEED to know this about Santorum’s voting record.

Newt is NOT my first choice, and I can’t say I like him that much.
I just feel it will take a man of Newt’s bravery, (yes, bravery. Newt’s right. The others are too timid to debate Obama) intellect, experience and debating skills to bring the Marxist/Muslim down.
Have we all forgotten his smack-downs of his RINO opponents and the Obama butt-licking interviewers?
All agree he’s the most intelligent, experienced and the most skilled at debating- even the Obama loving Media.

Obama is going to have a billion dollars in this campaign fund, the commie MSM in his back pocket, he’ll use the same same voter fraud methods, and illegal overseas contributiions as he did in ‘08.
Do you think the rats are going to let the commie coup they they have hoped for for generations slip through their fingers??
The fight is going to be the hardest fought and the dirtiest in U.S history.
We have GOT to have a STRONG man with the experience, intellect and debating skills to go up against Obama- or America is doomed.


39 posted on 01/14/2012 5:18:25 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: grey_whiskers

Drats, you figured it out!! We can’t put anything over on you, can we? You’re too smart. :)


40 posted on 01/14/2012 5:29:32 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: grey_whiskers; Conservativegreatgrandma
So you *were* a Dem troll all along, pushing Perry to divide and conquer whatever *real* conservatives were in the race?

Noted.

You are losing your edge.

Great many with the word conservative or some other such handle to evoke same, in the name (for added cred) are just that, trolls who talk up your candidate as long as he/she is down in the polls, all the while badrapping the contenders.

The posting history gives a better indication than the latest paragraph.

41 posted on 01/14/2012 5:39:42 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: true believer forever
Rick Santorum presents himself as a super-religious, right-wing-Catholic goody-two-shoes. That may even be true as far as his marriage is concerned, though his constant obsession with sex in general and gay sex in particular is, well, interesting.

That's from your first source. Just take a step back and look at that crap sandwich paragraph. ALL your sources are very lib ones. CREW? C'mon, give us a break!

42 posted on 01/14/2012 7:53:34 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: true believer forever

Since I haven’t studied each of these charges, I am left to respond to you in the following manner. I have to do it going on what I already know about the U. S. Senate in part.

The Senate is a bastion of disgusting people, almost completely dominated by Leftists from both parties. Those of the Left have been particularly bad. How many of them have been consorting with people like Ayers, Soros, and their ilk? It has essentially been a lost cause for the last fifty years, probably a lot longer.

Into this mix, it is now stated that Santorum is one of the top three most corrupt people there. Ted Kennedy, John McCain, John Kerry, Harry Reid,... and on it goes were less corrupt than Rick Santorum. That’s what I’m supposed to believe? Evidently you believe it. I’m having trouble with this premise.

If this premise is flawed, and I think it is, how else has information about Santorum been spun here to denigrate him, take him down, destroy his chances of being president?

You mentioned CREW. I just went to their site.

Here’s CREW’s list of worst governors.

America’s Worst Governors

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)
Gov. Donald Carcieri (R-RI)
Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)
Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA)
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Gov. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)

Notice anything in common between these eleven governors? Why of course nine out of eleven are Republicans.

I’m beginning to see a pattern here fella.

Look, nobody around here is going to accuse me of being a supporter of Rick Perry. I still don’t think he’s one of the worst governors by any stretch of the imagination.

I’m not sure who fed you this tripe, but I’m not hungry enough to ask you for a serving for myself. No thanks.

Information can be spun to look very bad, when it really isn’t. I’m going to have to tell you, that’s what it looks like is going on here.

I appreciate your efforts. Later...


43 posted on 01/14/2012 8:18:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: .30Carbine

Some have graduated from listening to (and believing) the pap of what these people say to watching what they do. The Specter endorsement negates almost all of what he says.


44 posted on 01/15/2012 3:17:15 AM PST by jammer
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

That is not true. Santorum is overall conservative and miles better than Mittens. Come on.


45 posted on 01/15/2012 9:04:51 AM PST by bjcoop
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To: bjcoop
Have you seen Santorum's voting record? He's no conservative. He was my second choice in Iowa but we never were exposed to Santorum's real voting record.

He's way down on my list now.

46 posted on 01/15/2012 10:50:36 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: tcg; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ..
This vital endorsement of these major evangelical leaders came on the heels of the endorsement of a group of Catholics called "Catholic Vote" just last week. Santorum's strong support among Catholics is well known. It is also growing.

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


47 posted on 01/15/2012 12:38:45 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: bjcoop; Conservativegreatgrandma

As an Evangelical, I will vote Santorum over Mittens any day.

I would not vote for Mitt if he paid me a million dollars. I know too much about him and what makes him tick.


48 posted on 01/15/2012 1:06:50 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Lauren BaRecall
"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve?"

And good point about which sources some pretenders around here have and have not.

Regards

49 posted on 01/15/2012 1:19:50 PM PST by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: Utmost Certainty
"I have no doubt that all 3 are solid in this respect.

Only Newt and Paul are credible on spending, Paul way more so than Newt since Newt in the last 10 years or so has been making lots of big government sounds. Santorum has zero credibility and is unacceptable.

50 posted on 01/15/2012 1:45:28 PM PST by jpsb
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