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Santorum sharpens criticism as urgency peaks
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 02/01/2012 | Philip Elliott

Posted on 02/01/2012 6:28:27 PM PST by writer33

Sharpening his criticism, Rick Santorum on Wednesday laid into Mitt Romney's health care overhaul in Massachusetts and Newt Gingrich's shifting policy positions as he sought to deny either rival the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum, looking to find footing ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada and Tuesday's primary in Colorado, told supporters in a freshly polished campaign speech that Republicans would guarantee President Barack Obama a second term if Romney or Gingrich were to win the nomination. Signaling he was unwilling to exit the race and help either rival rise, Santorum said he would push on all the way to the Republican convention, if necessary.

"I'm in this race until the very end," he said to boisterous cheers during a speech that his advisers cast as a major address, but offered little new. "I'm going to stay in this until the very end."

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: santorum

1 posted on 02/01/2012 6:28:35 PM PST by writer33
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To: Clint N. Suhks; Antoninus; Colonel_Flagg; cripplecreek; darrellmaurina; fieldmarshaldj; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 02/01/2012 6:29:36 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33

Double Face Palm Alert!


3 posted on 02/01/2012 6:30:37 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Antoninus

(((((PING)))))


4 posted on 02/01/2012 6:31:05 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: writer33

Urgency? LOL

OK sure.


5 posted on 02/01/2012 6:34:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: writer33

Prayer ping for Rick.


6 posted on 02/01/2012 6:37:31 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: writer33

Rick. it’s time to do the right thing for the party and that is to drop out and put your support behind Newt. We have to beat Twitt Romney and keep the white Obama from being the nominee for Republican president.


7 posted on 02/01/2012 6:39:03 PM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: writer33; All
Ricky "SOPA" Santorum the collectivist big government statist.
"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)

"If you're a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you're a Republican, if you're a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now and that's Mitt Romney." –Rick Santorum, 02/1/2008 [source]
Check out his brochure, 50 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Santorum, where he proudly defends food stamps, increasing minimum wage, stem cell harvesting, college tuition subsidies, bloated school funding, working with Bono to fight world poverty, etc.

Also see his disturbing voting record for more doozies.
8 posted on 02/01/2012 6:39:16 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s not my title. Newspapers. And of course, the Chronicle got in their shot on Santorum about some mother struggling to pay her kid’s prescription drugs, implying that only government can help.


9 posted on 02/01/2012 6:39:22 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33

>> Signaling he was unwilling to exit the race and help either rival rise, Santorum said he would push on all the way to the Republican convention, if necessary.... during a speech that his advisers cast as a major address, but offered little new.

Small-minded loser. But then we already knew that.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 6:39:38 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: writer33
"I'm in this race until the very end," he said to boisterous cheers during a speech that his advisers cast as a major address, but offered little new. "I'm going to stay in this until the very end."

Someone should tell him to get a real job.

I guess he is staying in so he can make sure Mitt gets the nod and the gives him the VP slot as a reward to making sure a Conservative doesn't get the nomination.

11 posted on 02/01/2012 6:43:30 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: Utmost Certainty

“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.”

Can you say elitist?

Santorum appoints himself as the guy who needs to think for conservatives because they can’t think for themselves.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 6:47:22 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Santorum the collectivist big government statist. ?

thank you for the wonderful sources. Rick is another fraud masquerading as a Conservative.

Rick has delusions of grandeur. Sadly for our Republic, his delusions could cost our Republic dearly. If Mitt or Obama is elected the result is the same: a socialist h*ll for America. I am sure Rick would not feel he had a part in it.

I hope his money dries up fast (but I would expect Soros and Mitt would make sure he is funded)

13 posted on 02/01/2012 6:49:53 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: writer33

Actually, I can’t imagine Santorum sharpening anything.
I LOVE his devotion to pro-life causes, and his family, however he just isn’t presidential material.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 6:52:37 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: writer33
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15 posted on 02/01/2012 6:52:56 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: reasonisfaith
Can you say elitist? Santorum appoints himself as the guy who needs to think for conservatives because they can’t think for themselves.

you nailed it. He comes across in the debates as a smug elitist. He has a truly inflated opinion of himself.

16 posted on 02/01/2012 6:53:09 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Santorum does appear to be a compassionate conservative in the Bush mold. That doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t be an OK president, but we shouldn’t fool ourselves into believing he’d fundamentally change the federal government. Like Bush, Santorum’s record is one of support for big government social programs.

I’m not trying to demonize the man. Let’s just say I see Christian charity differently. Charity comes from private, voluntary action, not top down, federally forced contributions. The federal government isn’t the church, and taking from one citizen to give to another is essentially immoral. If it’s done against one’s will, it’s theft.


17 posted on 02/01/2012 7:01:01 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can be it. Being good? Now that's something special!)
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To: writer33

Lhasa Apso frantic barking ping.


18 posted on 02/01/2012 7:02:12 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Gov. Perry quit for the right reasons, in the right way, at the right time. Thank you, sir.)
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To: writer33

bump!

All the way to the convention maybe?


19 posted on 02/01/2012 7:06:57 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: smoothsailing

He, he.


20 posted on 02/01/2012 7:11:45 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33
To me, there's a bright light in the sand between private charity and government social programs. Some seem to blur that line, like Santorum. The federal government is not constitutionally authorized to redistribute wealth. Giving tax money to others, to include everything from welfare to subsidies to businesses, is not a public use. Of course, that would prevent politicians from channeling government largess to their special interests, so what's the fun in that?
21 posted on 02/01/2012 7:12:00 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can be it. Being good? Now that's something special!)
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To: sand88

He was waiting to use his ‘above the fray’ scolding of Newt and Romney at the last debate. He’s in as a spoiler at this point.....he’s hallucinating if he thinks he’ll go from 13% to plurality except maybe in Missouri.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 7:16:07 PM PST by CASchack
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To: writer33

Where was he many months ago! You can’t decide to take the Conservative side so late in the game and make a difference!


23 posted on 02/01/2012 7:25:22 PM PST by Deagle
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To: writer33
Santorum, looking to find footing ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada and Tuesday's primary in Colorado, told supporters in a freshly polished campaign speech that Republicans would guarantee President Barack Obama a second term if Romney or Gingrich were to win the nomination. Signaling he was unwilling to exit the race and help either rival rise, Santorum said he would push on all the way to the Republican convention, if necessary.

"I'm in this race until the very end," he said to boisterous cheers during a speech that his advisers cast as a major address, but offered little new. "I'm going to stay in this until the very end."

Rick Santorum is an A-class asshole and spiteful, petty minded prick. Just as he supported Arlen Spector the RINO and killed off Pat Toomey's chances in the PA primary in 2004, now he is stubbornly & spitefully bound & determined to deny the nomination to Gingrich while ensuring victory for Romney. Personally I would not be surprised if Santorum is working clandestinely for Romney by being offered some cabinet post if Romney wins..... which is as unlikely as a snowball in hell.

Santorum is a bitter, spiteful, small-minded prick!

24 posted on 02/01/2012 7:27:15 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: rcrngroup

That’s a bit harsh. Just call him Ross Santorum.


25 posted on 02/01/2012 7:30:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: writer33
Santorum, looking to find footing ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada and Tuesday's primary in Colorado, told supporters in a freshly polished campaign speech that Republicans would guarantee President Barack Obama a second term if Romney or Gingrich were to win the nomination. Signaling he was unwilling to exit the race and help either rival rise, Santorum said he would push on all the way to the Republican convention, if necessary.

"I'm in this race until the very end," he said to boisterous cheers during a speech that his advisers cast as a major address, but offered little new. "I'm going to stay in this until the very end."

Rick Santorum is an A-class asshole and spiteful, petty minded prick. Just as he supported Arlen Spector the RINO and killed off Pat Toomey's chances in the PA primary in 2004, now he is stubbornly & spitefully bound & determined to deny the nomination to Gingrich while ensuring victory for Romney. Personally I would not be surprised if Santorum is working clandestinely for Romney by being offered some cabinet post if Romney wins..... which is as unlikely as a snowball in hell.

Santorum is a bitter, spiteful, small-minded prick!

26 posted on 02/01/2012 7:36:34 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: Nervous Tick
">> Signaling he was unwilling to exit the race and help either rival rise, Santorum said he would push on all the way to the Republican convention, if necessary.... during a speech that his advisers cast as a major address, but offered little new.

Small-minded loser. But then we already knew that"

Besides knocking Gingrich & Romney - What is his platform & what does HE plan to do if elected? We may not be in agreement on any of his positions.

If he won't drop out - how about talking about HIMSELF instead of everyone else!!

27 posted on 02/01/2012 7:40:00 PM PST by LADY J
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If Santorum gets anything above 5% in any state west of the Rockies I'll fall out of my chair.

Why he's wasting time and energy out here is beyond anything I learned in politics over the last 40 years, and from it's study further back.

Ridiculous hubris. Or, payola.

28 posted on 02/01/2012 7:53:07 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

He,he.


29 posted on 02/01/2012 7:55:47 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33

Just a thought. If Santorum stays in the whole way through the (mostly) proportional delegate states, we could have a brokered convention. For a political junkie, that is a dream come true. Is there some other candidate they could agree on who would be better than Newt?


30 posted on 02/01/2012 8:27:21 PM PST by TJA
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To: TJA; writer33

The Elites were talking Jeb Bush. It’s posted on FR. Andrea Mitchell spilled the beans saying that if Romney can’t beat Newt they want a brokered convention so they can pick their guy. And some FReepers are dumb enough to let them pull that stunt.


31 posted on 02/01/2012 8:35:37 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Just curious. What is wrong with Jeb Bush?


32 posted on 02/01/2012 8:39:05 PM PST by TJA
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To: TJA
The Bush men support NWO.

Jeb & George HW Bush & Obama Jan.27, 2012


33 posted on 02/01/2012 8:44:39 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

My choice would be Bobby Jindal.


34 posted on 02/01/2012 9:00:01 PM PST by TJA
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To: TJA

Unfortunately his parents weren’t citizens when he was born.


35 posted on 02/01/2012 9:03:18 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Neither was Obama’s father. If that is the criteria, why the whole fight over where Obama was born if the undisputed fact of his father’s non-citizenship settles the matter.


36 posted on 02/01/2012 9:46:16 PM PST by TJA
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