Skip to comments.Santorum's Fight for Welfare Reform
Posted on 02/16/2012 1:47:07 PM PST by FresnoRobert
As the junior senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum shepherded welfare reform through the U.S. Senate in 1996. Given his limited tenure hed been elected to the Senate only two years before the fact that Majority Leader Bob Dole selected Santorum to lead the effort is nothing short of remarkable, Santorums former colleagues say. It also is a testament to an overlooked virtue of the ex-senators: his pragmatism.
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I have really been pleased with the Sen. Santorum surge.
I know Mr. Gingrich would be a pretty good POTUS but his negative perceptions are so strong, even among the right, I don’t know if they can be overcome.
But I am OK with either getting the nod — both are viable if they play their cards right.
Interesting .... but how do you feel about voting for a Romney/Santorum ticket?
That’s the plan.
>>Interesting .... but how do you feel about voting for a Romney/Santorum ticket?<<
Don’t get me wrong, but are you female? B/c Mrs. FD always does that “so, if I died would you remarry?” or “if I was so sick I couldn’t take care of myself, would you put me in a home?”
I try to avoid the avoidable until it becomes unavoidable.
I guess the GOP establish wants to know just how large a defeat it can orchestrate before the party is replaced.
Look around this country and tell me if some guy who wheres 60s and 70s sweater vests and has the goody, goody image he does will poll better than a guy who has a lot of the same failings as most in this country have. Santorum may poll well with the 30% of conservatives he does at this point but in the general hes going to be excoriated.
We know that Romney is totally unelectable, and that Santorum lost his Senate seat in an 18 point, epic wipe-out of unelectability.
I think that being the nominee, the conservative Newt would win in the head to head, spending equal, Presidential election.
Maybe he rubs you the wrong way by wearing a sweater vest, but he is far more liked than Newt or Mitt and he’s winning and polling well. Why are people voting for him instead of Newt? It seems obvious to me. Even a significant amount of Republicans don’t like him. I can overlook Newt’s negatives and vote for him versus Obama, most conservatives can. That is not the problem. The problem is that Independents and cross over “Reagan Democrat’s” won’t. As a group, women just don’t like him. That will not change in the general election. My wife is very conservative but she thinks he is a two timing cheater.
And Rick supports her action with the same stubbornness that Mitt defends his signing onto insurance mandates!
Just a question, what did Santorum do before entering politics, did he ever have a job, will it be vetted?
Newt taught for years.
IMO its because of the meme that Newt is unelectable because of his negatives which is nonsense. But after all its what you have fallen for also right? Its also because Santorum is that last not Romney.
Romney & the establishment have made it plain how much they dislike Santorum. He wouldn’t touch Santorum with a 50 foot pole.
This debate pull-out is just too orchestrated. Why else would Santorum drop out if there isn't a promise for him down the road?
I would have sued also. My wife had neck surgery for a car rear-ending her. Having hip bone taken out and a stainless steel plate screwed into your spine is not a fun endeavor. My wife now 12 years later has a normal appearance. Her neck still bothers her and her range of movement is permanently limited.
As far as Rick supporting Specter; there was an agreement that if Rick supported him that he would fight for our judicial candidates. We have two excellent Supreme Court Justices as a result. If that is not a factor for you, you can always look at Newt's support of liberal candidates versus conservative ones. There are three occasions where he has done so.
In the 2009 special election for Congress in New Yorks 23rd district, Gingrich was outspoken in his support of liberal Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava, up to the moment she finally quit the race after conservatives had rallied behind Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.
Long after most prominent conservatives had endorsed Hoffman, Gingrich held firm in his advocacy for a liberal candidate who supported Obamas stimulus plan and the pro-union card check proposal, among other bad positions.
In that NY-23 race, for instance, Gingrich went so far as to attack conservatives who supported Hoffman (whom Gingrich belatedly endorsed himself), saying: So I say to my conservative friends who suddenly decided that whether theyre from Minnesota or Alaska or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I dont think so.
Gingrich also aggressively supported and campaigned for liberal Congressman Wayne Gilchrist (R-MD) when he faced a conservative challenge from current Congressman Andy Harris who won in the primary.
In 2006, Gingrich also backed liberal Congressman Joe Schwarz (R-MI) when he was challenged by the conservative candidate, Congressman Tim Walberg who won in the primary.
Regarding your question, if that is your standard then Mitt should be your guy. He has the most private enterprise (business) experience of ANY of the candidates. So if that is your standard, you may want to re-evaluate.
Lets see. You are saying that everyone who endorsed Romney over McLame in 2008 is not to be trusted? You do know that Romney is more conservate than McLame right? So everyone whe every endorsed Romney in 2008 is off your list? You know that includes:
Also From Wikipedia:
As of November 5, 2007, The Hills running tally of endorsements from members of Congress showed Romney leading McCain 38 to 28 for the lead among Republican candidates. Conservatives in the Republican coalesced around Romney after the January 29 Florida primary. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum endorsed Romney on the talk radio show of Laura Ingraham. The talk radio community, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, William Bennett, Mark Levin, Dennis Prager, Glenn Beck, Hugh Hewitt and Laura Ingraham endorsed Romney, in an anti-McCain move. In spite of their efforts, Romney was out of the race and McCain became the presumptive nominee less than two weeks after Florida
Looks like Rick was in good company and you have a mouth full of sour grapes.
Mitt Romney himself is running, and one of the biggest fans of Mitt Romney is running, one anti-Romney conservative is running and has been endorsed by freerepublic.
Out of those three, I don’t trust the first two.
Interesting how on so many threads, Santorum supporters bleed into Romney defenders.
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