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Santorum slams media, gives defiant defense of campaign ‘misstatements’ (Drudge attack flops)
Washington Post ^ | 2/21/12 | Felicia Sonmez

Posted on 02/22/2012 5:56:49 AM PST by jimbo123

Rick Santorum appears to be gearing up for a showdown.

In remarks to about 250 supporters in the auditorium of a Masonic lodge, the surging Republican presidential hopeful and former Pennsylvania senator didn’t directly refer to any of his recent campaign-trail statements that have drawn controversy.

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The audience applauded, as did the man, who earlier in the speech was holding up a sign that read, “Drudge wants Mitt. AZ picks Rick.”

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drudge4romney; mattdrudge; mattrhoades; norinos
Looks like Matt Drudge and Matt Rhoades' attack isn't having the desired effect of flustering Santorum.
1 posted on 02/22/2012 5:56:55 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

just the opposite ... Santorum’s responses the these “controversies” have actually made me like him better, and I am hoping the CNN moderator can’t help himself and asks Santorum something about this a lot in the debate tonight


2 posted on 02/22/2012 6:01:12 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: jimbo123

Misunderestimated is good.


3 posted on 02/22/2012 6:01:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: jimbo123

Has anyone else noted they attacked Rick, and last cycle they always referred to Huckabee as a former Baptist Pastor. I have yet to see anyone in media to point out that Romney was Bishop in Mormon church and thus was a pastor in the mormon religion and that some of the peculiar beliefs that mormons hold that those in evangelical Christianity consider them in the “cult” category rather than Christian?
Hello Matt Drudge, how about that?


4 posted on 02/22/2012 6:02:13 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: jimbo123

Santorum is on a roll and picking up steam. I like how he is fighting now where in the beginning when he was so far off the radar he sounded weak and whiney. He definitely has more of a presidential swagger than he ever did before and I like it!


5 posted on 02/22/2012 6:03:49 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: jimbo123
“I can tell you, the reason I think we’re doing well in this campaign is because we’re being available to the American public,” Santorum told a mostly subdued crowd that filled only the front portion of the sprawling auditorium.

If this is true welcome to 4 more years of Obama...

6 posted on 02/22/2012 6:04:27 AM PST by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: jimbo123
He risks alienating independent voters by keeping the focus on of some of his outside-the-mainstream remarks.

I just love it when the leftwing US news media try to tell us what is 'outside the mainstream'.

7 posted on 02/22/2012 6:04:36 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Blue Highway

I noticed early on that he did well in all the debates despite being ignored by the media.


8 posted on 02/22/2012 6:10:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: jimbo123

Who’s Matt Drudge?


9 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:20 AM PST by CASchack
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To: CASchack

Matt Drudge = Matt Drudge + Matt Rhoades + Joe Curl + Charles Hurt.


10 posted on 02/22/2012 6:25:34 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I haven’t been to his site since before bloody Thursday. I won’t go back.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 6:27:47 AM PST by CASchack
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

As a matter of intellectual honesty, you surely can’t believe that Old Media has looked the other way on Mitt Romney being a Mormon. Google “Maureen Dowd” plus “Mitt Romney” as just one example, but do it on an empty stomach.


12 posted on 02/22/2012 6:33:01 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jimbo123

I have to disagree with you. I admit the article is somewhat snarky, pointing out that the crowd was small and subdued. However, the quotes from Santorum sound very whiny and angry.


13 posted on 02/22/2012 6:39:17 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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14 posted on 02/22/2012 6:39:22 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Blue Highway

-—He definitely has more of a presidential swagger than he ever did before and I like it!——

I’ve noticed that too. I think it’s the real Rick.

Previously, he had to break through. It’s hard to do that without looking like a jerk.


15 posted on 02/22/2012 6:39:39 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: jimbo123

If they start bringing up religion then it’s fair game to bring up the Mormon beliefs that Romney embraces. Isn’t he a church elder? Turnabout is fair play.

Santorum’s Christian worldview is perfectly acceptable to most Americans and the Drudge attempt to twist it as “kooky” won’t work.


16 posted on 02/22/2012 7:31:29 AM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: jimbo123

The GOP establishment can’t come out and stick a knife in Rick’s back because he played good soldier and went along in supporting Arlen Specter. If they backstab him now nobody will ever go along with that again. Instead they are forced to use surrogates.

We’ve just learned that Matt Drudge is a lousy hit man.


17 posted on 02/22/2012 7:31:46 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cripplecreek
yeah I did think he did well debate wise, but the media never talked to him. The first debate was all Romeny and all Perry. Looking back you know who they wanted as front runners so they could lead them to slaughter against Obama.

Santorum was complaining about his lack of time during the debates and I agreed with him, but the media portrayed him as whiney and he sort of came across like that initially. Now he has some cajones and I like it.

18 posted on 02/22/2012 7:32:40 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: jiggyboy

Mostly because they are waiting until he is the nominee. There is a difference between referencing the one Dowd piece and what the other poster mentioned. Huckabee and Santorum are referenced in virtually EVERY article, tv news piece and internet post as Pastor or social right winger or whatever term fits the moment to spread the message that each is some sort of out-of-step loony zealot. They are not doing this to Romney...at least not yet. If he moves on the general, we will get a heavy dose of Mormon paranoia from the media.


19 posted on 02/22/2012 7:33:45 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
We’ve just learned that Matt Drudge is a lousy hit man.

We've just learned that Matt Drudge, Matt Rhoades, Joe Curl and Charles Hurt are lousy hit men. They're all running the Drudge Report right now, it's not just Drudge anymore.
20 posted on 02/22/2012 7:41:37 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Keep praying. We are up against PHENOMINAL powers and interests here, both seen and unseen. It is going to get very, very tough for one Rick Santorum. However, he is proving he has the guts and mettle to withstand, and take this fight straight to the gates of hell if necessary, to right our sorry Ship of State. I for one have high hopes he gets the mocking, cynical, liberal, libertine mocking questions from CNN about faith. Rick will drive a telephone pole right smack through the midsections of these idiots and traitors in the MSM...


21 posted on 02/22/2012 7:48:00 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Keep praying. We are up against PHENOMINAL powers and interests here, both seen and unseen. It is going to get very, very tough for one Rick Santorum. However, he is proving he has the guts and mettle to withstand, and take this fight straight to the gates of hell if necessary, to right our sorry Ship of State. I for one have high hopes he gets the mocking, cynical, liberal, libertine mocking questions from CNN about faith. Rick will drive a telephone pole right smack through the midsections of these idiots and traitors in the MSM...


22 posted on 02/22/2012 7:48:25 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Keep praying. We are up against PHENOMINAL powers and interests here, both seen and unseen. It is going to get very, very tough for one Rick Santorum. However, he is proving he has the guts and mettle to withstand, and take this fight straight to the gates of hell if necessary, to right our sorry Ship of State. I for one have high hopes he gets the mocking, cynical, liberal, libertine mocking questions from CNN about faith. Rick will drive a telephone pole right smack through the midsections of these idiots and traitors in the MSM...


23 posted on 02/22/2012 7:48:36 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: stonehouse01

Far more than elder....he was a Bishop.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 7:51:46 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: jimbo123

Good. A defiant response is exactly what is called for. No one will vote for a candidate who apologizes all the time.


25 posted on 02/22/2012 7:53:20 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Slow server. Sorry!!


26 posted on 02/22/2012 7:54:07 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Patience, my compatriots, PATIENCE! FR will be "Santorum Country" in a very short time, IMHO.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

——Rick will drive a telephone pole right smack through the midsections of these idiots and traitors in the MSM...-—

I like that image. I heard him do that to Bob Scheiffer, so he has it in him. He even brought up Obama’s legislative indifference to infanticide. I hope he keeps bringing it up.


27 posted on 02/22/2012 7:59:50 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

I agree. Santorum is sounding like a right wing nut. Address Obama and not each other and the press. and please keep Satan out of it!!


28 posted on 02/22/2012 8:02:27 AM PST by vprin23512 (vprin23512)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

The Leftist “Mainstream” for Obama media will be all over Romney if he wraps up the nomination, and they will run with every real or phoney belief that people fear about the Mormon religion.

Their attempt at making Santorum look nutty will be dwarfed by their assault on Mitt. Meanwhile, they will continue to ignore the Rev. “not so” Wright, black liberation theology, muslim connections and the questions about obama’s homosexuality.


29 posted on 02/22/2012 8:07:32 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: jimbo123
We've just learned that Matt Drudge, Matt Rhoades, Joe Curl and Charles Hurt are lousy hit men. They're all running the Drudge Report right now, it's not just Drudge anymore.

Next you're gonna tell me it's been outsourced to India...

30 posted on 02/22/2012 8:11:03 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Antoninus
No one will vote for a candidate who apologizes all the time.

Don't you mean, they won't vote for a candidate who apologizes domestically all the time.


31 posted on 02/22/2012 8:12:24 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
I am probably going to vote for Santorum. However, I know what you mean about whiney. He has come across that way to me. He also reminds me of Seinfeld, just not as funny.

I do love this picture of him with his youngest daughter. The love in that little girls face toward her daddy can not be faked. This is the picture that has swung the lady vote.

32 posted on 02/22/2012 8:23:15 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: stonehouse01
If they start bringing up religion then it’s fair game to bring up the Mormon beliefs that Romney embraces.

Yeah...and 20 years in "Rev" White's pew....

....those chickens sure are coming home to roost

33 posted on 02/22/2012 8:24:58 AM PST by spokeshave (Mitt will release his tax returns when 0bambi releases his Birth Certificate and grades)
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To: jimbo123

Last line in the article: “The danger for Santorum? He risks alienating independent voters by keeping the focus on of some of his outside-the-mainstream remarks.”

Yeah, right, “outside-the-mainstream” of the average mainstream-media-journalist, that is; way outside. But maybe pretty mainstream when it come to the average American voter, eh?

The average journalist in this country, especially among the East/West Coasters, has no clue the impact religion has on the majority of people in this country, so they figure Santorum is just plain loon crazy to be defending himself, and picking on them while doing so. It’s a fight they’re not likely to win, and could cost them another few percent of their readership in their long, inevitable, slide to a profit-free, and salary-free, environment. Soon may it come.


34 posted on 02/22/2012 9:24:28 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: skeeter

Yes, and mainstream does not necessarily mean good or correct. At one point being anti-slavery was out of the mainstream, as was being in favor of women having the right to vote. When the left is way outside of the mainstream then it is seen as bold, daring, modern, avant garde, smart. For example, gay marriage is outside the mainstream, but that does not make it weird or bad from the media’s point of view. Their standard is that if they agree with it, it is good and if they don’t agree with it, it is bad. Really smart and objective journalism.


35 posted on 02/22/2012 9:35:58 AM PST by Anima Mundi
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