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Santorum gambles on shifting away from economy amid signs of recovery
The Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2012 | Felicia Sonmez

Posted on 03/11/2012 10:56:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

One day after a new jobs report suggested that the country’s sluggish recovery may at last be getting off the ground, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Saturday gave his strongest indication yet that he is pivoting away from economic issues and seeking to make inroads among voters on foreign policy and the issue of health care.

...“You hear now the media starting to say, oh well, looks like the economy is getting better,” Santorum told supporters Saturday night in Springfield, Mo., shortly after the Associated Press declared him the winner of the Kansas caucuses. “You know, the economy may be getting better and Republicans may lose their edge on that issue. Well, if that was the only issue in this race, that may or may not be the case, we don’t know.”

He added that “the point is that’s the point -- we don’t know what the big issue of the day is going to be when it comes to national security. It may be the dominant issue, national security with Iran on the precipice of getting a nuclear weapon, Israel feeling increasingly isolated by this administration.”

...“The issue may not be jobs and the economy,” he told the crowd. “It may be something more fundamentally important: Having someone who stood up for something called freedom.”

...“I may not have been a Wall Street private-equity-fund manager, but I served eight years on the Armed Services Committee,” Santorum said Saturday. “I led the charge identifying Iran’s nuclear program nine years ago, authored bills to put sanctions to stop it. We’re not electing a CEO. We’re electing a commander-in-chief, and there’s one person who has experience doing that.”.....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; gopprimary; jobs; santorum2012
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1 posted on 03/11/2012 10:57:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Even Santorum is starting to believe the propoganda spewed ad nauseum by the lame stream media.

Sad really.


2 posted on 03/11/2012 11:01:04 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He ought to stay on this and lean hard in dismissing these false claims of recovery. Recovery my a$$. Bought gas or hamburger meat lately? Obie is, as usual, lying about the “recovery” that isn’t taking place. BLS lies or misrepresented the unemployment numbers. Don’t count people who have run out of their 99 weeks or whatever the heck it is now for benefits. They are still unemployed just not carried on the rolls any longer. What a load. Shovel ready? Yeah, shoveling you know what.


3 posted on 03/11/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT by rktman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just keep in mind that this is left-wing Propaganda from the ComPost.

Contrary to the headline, if you read carefully, Santorum does not say that the economy is getting better, or that it doesn’t matter. He says that THE MEDIA say the economy is getting better. But even if—hypothetically—it does get better, that’s no reason to vote for Obama and the Dems.

Because there is a more basic issue—freedom.

Maybe he’s being a bit too subtle, but no matter what he says, the ComPost will lie about it anyway.

I’m minded of what Mark Steyn says in his recent column on middle-aged Sandra Fluke. Some Republican politicians, such as Arnold, think you can be a conservative economically, but a liberal morally. No, you can’t, because bad morals and government tyranny are not compatible with economic success. Give on one, and you will give on the other.


4 posted on 03/11/2012 11:07:40 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: unixfox
Actually, Santorum’s message has stayed the same.

The Media has finally “discovered” Santorum’s economic message, and they “report” this as a “change” in Santorum.

5 posted on 03/11/2012 11:07:49 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nice contrast for Newt.

Rick + Obama “The economy is improving!”

Newt “They’re numbers are baloney.”

Paraphrased of course. Newt is still hammering the point that job growth is anemic, and Obama’s BLS is just dropping people from the calculation of unemployment. I started a thread the other day about February’s deficit being a record high.


6 posted on 03/11/2012 11:07:49 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What are these signs of recovery? Are new businesses opening? Are workers getting raises? Are high gas prices really a sign of a healthy economy as Obama and his lapdog media claim? Paying out bonuses to CEOs because they put more workers out on the streets and doubled the workload on the employees who survived THIS cut is not a recovery. Using inflation to drive up profits is not a recovery. It’s gotten so bad that even federal gummint employees are not getting pay raises! When Uncle Sugar can’t afford to give his “workers” a raise every six months or so, you know its bad!


7 posted on 03/11/2012 11:10:04 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

“Nice contrast for Newt.

Rick + Obama “The economy is improving!”

Newt “They’re numbers are baloney.” “

— - - - -

Oh yeah, I was thinking the same. :-)


8 posted on 03/11/2012 11:12:45 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No brains, no guts, no vision.

By his own admission.

Whichever way the wind blows...

He must be getting advice from Romney’s people. Or maybe Romney himself.


9 posted on 03/11/2012 11:14:36 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Santorum, because of his progressive income tax, better fits the “Socially-Conservative/Fiscally-Liberal” category.


10 posted on 03/11/2012 11:15:02 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Cicero
THe ComPost will lie about it....

..and the anti-Santorum group at FR will use it to pile on more negative comments against him.

Sad.

11 posted on 03/11/2012 11:17:13 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Cicero
THe ComPost will lie about it....

..and the anti-Santorum group at FR will use it to pile on more negative comments against him.

Sad.

12 posted on 03/11/2012 11:17:28 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This man is clearly and demonstrably stupid.

And, an apt poster child for the admonition: "It's the economy stupid"!

13 posted on 03/11/2012 11:18:49 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: unixfox

Wait ‘til Obama magically gets the price of gasoline down a few months before the election - I’m betting it’ll happen ‘in prime debate’ time...

Obama’s friends in the ME will ‘be there for him’ - the Chicago Way. Lower gas prices BEFORE the election.

The crash will be after the election. If Obama wins, the ‘press’ ( Democrat-Media-Complex) will give him a pass and say he’s done all he can - or that Bush is responsible - etc. If the country crashes after a Republican’s been elected - in office 5 months - the MSM will give him full responsibility and blame.

Here’s an international ‘take’ on our MSM:

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/07-03-2012/120708-arizona_sheriff_obama-0/


14 posted on 03/11/2012 11:19:40 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Irrelevavant. Romney is going to be the GOP nominee, so it doesn’t matter what Santorum does.


15 posted on 03/11/2012 11:22:19 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

the day after obama is re-elected the economic downturn will continue... with a vengenance...

and pity poor poor pitiful rick for not knowing that


16 posted on 03/11/2012 11:24:20 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Has he been hitting the economy so far?


17 posted on 03/11/2012 11:33:26 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Santorum is an establishment stooge, and doesn’t wish to point out that the economy is in freefall.

The media all love his kind of candidate; he helps them with their agenda. (useful idiot)
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18 posted on 03/11/2012 11:41:27 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Raider Sam

>> “Has he been hitting the economy so far?” <<

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Not that I’ve noticed.


19 posted on 03/11/2012 11:42:27 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor

Can’t wait until Rick is the nominee, and Obama runs ads of him saying the economy is improving! :)


20 posted on 03/11/2012 11:43:00 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Mariner
A stinking attorney/MBA who possesses absolutely NO ANALYTICAL SKILLS AT ALL. Somebody wasted a crap load of money on his education.
21 posted on 03/11/2012 12:06:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Romney and Santorum have already given away the economy as an issue.


22 posted on 03/11/2012 12:08:13 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Are you saying that being a Pro Wrestling lawyer does not qualify Rick to be President!? :)


23 posted on 03/11/2012 12:10:24 PM PDT by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: conservativejoy

HA!! Yeah, at a minimum that is what I am saying. :):)


24 posted on 03/11/2012 12:19:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Cicero

You are absolutely right.


25 posted on 03/11/2012 12:22:29 PM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Santorum is so full of himself.......

“I led the charge identifying Iran’s nuclear program nine years ago, authored bills to put sanctions to stop it.”

Yea, sure, like he single handedly “authored” the Welfare Reform bill that Newt started in the house.

This guy scares me. He has the potential to be dangerous, if he ever gains the power of the Presidency.

26 posted on 03/11/2012 12:27:30 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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[...“I may not have been a Wall Street private-equity-fund manager, but I served eight years on the Armed Services Committee,” Santorum said Saturday. ]

And, especially important, He DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night! LOL!

27 posted on 03/11/2012 12:30:28 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: editor-surveyor
Oh, you can bet the farm, the MSM is salivating like Pavlov's Dogs over even the remote possibility that Santo might win the nomination.
28 posted on 03/11/2012 12:33:38 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: unixfox

It is not only propaganda, it is vacuous morale support for doing the wrong thing, on top of which, the large Fed Reserve investment in the market artificialy sustain such morale support.

The whole thing is about to tank very badly on some idiots who should know better and warn people ahead instead of being caught like Bush II-McCain idiots right before last elections.

What a bunch of morons.


29 posted on 03/11/2012 12:34:45 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
;) And proudly worked with John "Crybaby" Boehner and Lindsey "Light Loafers" Graham to undermine Speaker Gingrich before becoming Bob Dole's lapdog.

Quite the judge of character, he is. /s

30 posted on 03/11/2012 12:35:03 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Those of us who have acute memories from those times, are not well received by the Santo puppies here. Especially after we keep presenting them with actual facts, direct from the record. You outlined exactly, what happened. And don’t forget Trent (Can’t we all just get along?) Lott.


31 posted on 03/11/2012 12:40:26 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It will be interesting to see what happens on Tuesday. If Gingrich doesn't win both states, his southern strategy looks weaker. If Romney wins one, weaker still. If Gingrich wins neither, it's nonexistent.
32 posted on 03/11/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Guenevere
THe ComPost will lie about it.... ..and the anti-Santorum group at FR will use it to pile on more negative comments against him. Sad.

So true.

33 posted on 03/11/2012 12:44:32 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Guenevere
THe ComPost will lie about it.... ..and the anti-Santorum group at FR will use it to pile on more negative comments against him. Sad.

So true.

34 posted on 03/11/2012 12:45:43 PM PDT by Kenny
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... signs of recovery


35 posted on 03/11/2012 12:50:52 PM PDT by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I was so into politics in the early to mid 90s.....then the establishment colluded with Democrats to destroy Newt, the very person that revived the conservative movement after Bush senior tried to drive a stake through the it’s heart. Many of those pseudo conservatives and establishment Republicans owed their careers to Newt. I was disgusted for a long time. I paid attention to the election in 2000, and to 911, but what really got me interested again was the Tea Party movement.


36 posted on 03/11/2012 12:52:40 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Not me, there was NO WAY! I would let ALGORE gain the kind of power that Clinton had!


37 posted on 03/11/2012 12:56:23 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I didn’t walk away, but I examined the landscape in the late 90s and basically gave up hope. Everyone (including Republicans) seemed to be jumping on the big government express.


38 posted on 03/11/2012 1:00:44 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Santorum gambles on shifting away from economy amid signs of recovery"

How to recognize a socialist big spender.


39 posted on 03/11/2012 1:17:49 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: rktman
Recovery my a$$. Bought gas or hamburger meat lately?

Zactly. The campagn ads can write themselves: When Obama took office the average gas price was this and is now that. When Obama took office the average price of a loaf of bread was this and is now that. When Obama took office the average unemployment number was this and is now that...Debt before and now...deficit before and now...housing values was this now that...

You get the picture. The big O can run from the numbers but all he wants.

40 posted on 03/11/2012 1:57:46 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Smart move Ricky.

“U.S. Economic Growth now at 21-Month Low”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2857638/posts


41 posted on 03/11/2012 2:32:14 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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>> ...“You hear now the media starting to say, oh well, looks like the economy is getting better,” Santorum told supporters

Rick, what are you thinking? “Makes me want to puke!”


42 posted on 03/11/2012 2:34:10 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: conservativejoy

>> a Pro Wrestling lawyer

Hilarious if true, but nothing wrong with that.


43 posted on 03/11/2012 2:36:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Felicia Sonmez - Harvard graduate 2005

44 posted on 03/11/2012 2:39:50 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Btw, what recovery? If a Republican were President today we would be hearing a different story.


45 posted on 03/11/2012 2:41:23 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If the economy improves, all the other candidates would be following Santorum’s lead. Once again, they arrive at their conservative positions conveniently late.


46 posted on 03/11/2012 2:41:28 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Btw, what recovery? If a Republican were President today we would be hearing a different story.


47 posted on 03/11/2012 2:41:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Gene Eric

It’s Twue! It’s Twue! LOL!


48 posted on 03/11/2012 2:47:16 PM PDT by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Housing. We were blessed when we sold our 20 yr old house in FL in September and actually sold it for more than we owed. Now we bought a 4 year old house in NV 1 and a half times bigger than the one in FL for 50% less than it sold for 4 years ago. Truly blessed.


49 posted on 03/11/2012 5:59:54 PM PDT by rktman
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To: unixfox; Cincinatus' Wife
Even Santorum is starting to believe the propoganda spewed ad nauseum by the lame stream media. Sad really.

What makes it sad is they all fall it.

50 posted on 03/11/2012 9:56:12 PM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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