Skip to comments.Conservative leaders 'all in' for Santorum (200 conservatives pledge to raise nearly $2M)
Posted on 03/11/2012 7:49:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A group of conservative leaders pledged to raise a combined $1.78 million for Rick Santorum's campaign and SuperPAC after meeting privately in Texas this weekend with the Republican presidential hopeful, POLITICO has learned.
More than 200 conservatives from all over the country convened at the Houston Omni for a Friday fundraising reception for Santorum's campaign. They then met to plot strategy with the former senator Saturday morning, discussing how to overcome Mitt Romney's growing advantage in the GOP primary and fend off Newt Gingrich.
"The message was, 'we're all in,'" said South Dakota businessman and conservative organizer Bob Fischer, one of the events co-hosts.
Fischer explained that the $1.78 million represents money that, over the course of the weekend, individuals gave and pledged to raise for the campaign and SuperPAC. "It could be significantly more," he said. He declined to share the names of the donors writing large checks to the SuperPACs.
Santorums campaign has been badly outspent by Romney throughout the primary season and could use such an injection of cash. Such pledges are not always followed through on, but in the contribution limit-free, SuperPAC era its easier to raise money with a handful of deep-pocketed givers.
Many of those at the meeting were at the January gathering of conservatives at a Texas ranch where there was a vote taken to rally around Santorum as the chief conservative alternative to Romney.
Co-hosts in Houston included Fischer, Rebecca Hagelin, Richard Viguerie and Tim Lefever.
Also present were conservative leaders Tony Perkins and James Dobson.
It was not a discussion of who to support, it was a consolidation of support, said Perkins, differentiating the meeting with the January session. There was a big push to raise funds. There was a sense of, Now is the time to step up.
Perkins said Santorums comments Friday night at the closed-press reception were little different than what the candidate has been saying publicly.
Paraphrasing, Perkins said Santorum made clear he was in the race for the long haul and said, We have a chance now and I need your help.
Fischer dismissed Romney's lead in the delegate hunt and, suggesting a potential convention floor fight, said it was noted at the meeting that in some states delegates are only pledged on the first round of balloting in Tampa.
He indicated that Santorum was ready to go to the convention "if it's needed" and argued that the campaign was now "a two-man race."
But Gingrichs continued presence in the race looms large for Santorum, especially ahead of Tuesdays primaries in Mississippi and Alabama, where polls show the three candidates all drawing a significant share of the vote
If they were to converge together you would have a majority, said Perkins, whose Family Research Council has not endorsed in the race.
Saying it was Gingrichs decision on whether to stay in the race, Perkins deemed the former speaker as the most influential guy in American politics right now he could be a kingmaker.
Crony politics, backroom deals and promises.
Gingrich will let Chuck Norris and Rick Perry handle them:)
God Bless these patriotic conservative folks. They also want a moral, principled man of character as President. This is the most wonderful news on a Sunday evening. Good Luck President Santorum. I trust 200 Christian conservative leaders completely. They have studied this primary as a group and definitely prayed about this decision.
This campaign sure has found some legs.
Santorum is going to get creamed by Obama. All Obama has to do is play clips form the Satan sermon, add a few lies, and point out his weak resume and its a done deal — four more years of the Bamster.
Because they feel that taken everything into consideration, Santorum’s policies are closest to their beliefs I would surmise.
DELEGATE COUNT THUS FAR:
Total Number of delegates: 2286
Unallocated delegates: 1459
Number of delegates needed to win: 1144
Romney 444 (700 needed)
Santorum 202 (942 needed)
Paul 66 (1078 needed)
Gingrich 115 (1029 needed)
"Evangelical"? Nope, not there.
RE: All Obama has to do is play clips form the Satan sermon, add a few lies, and point out his weak resume
Not sure if most people are bothered by the reference to Satan at all. That will only play well mostly with his liberal base.
Weak resume? Obama was Senator for only 2 years ( mostly voting present ). Santorum was Senator 12 years and Congressman 4 years. Who has the better resume ?
If Romney is nominated, blame Newt.
Who blinks first, Gingrich or Santorum? If Romney is to be beat, those two have to doubleteam him, they have to work together.
The people who fall for these kind of dishonest attacks were already going to vote for Obama. Whoever runs against Obama will be continually attacked and lied about.
Santorum is the only one who has endured the most vicious and dishonest attacks the MSM can dish out and is not only still going strong he has actually gotten stronger.
If you are too cowardly to back someone who will be unfairly attacked and lied about by the Obama Administration and the MSM then back whoever you want.
Me, I'll take someone who stands up to the immorality that has infiltrated our country. I'll take Rick Santorum.
But...but Santorum was never a Community Organizer.
“Weak resume? “
OK, so you think that Santorum has a strong resume.
I would judge it differently.
Obama is an incumbent president which historically is VERY hard to unseat.
12 years in the Senate Santorum accomplished almost nothing except stop partial birth abortion. This is good, but he didn’t reduce the size of government, didn’t reform welfare or cut taxes and often voted for pro union positions.
Santorum is asking to run one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world and has NO management experience.
Then he lost by 17 points IN HIS OWN STATE the last time he ran. He can’t even convince people who know him best to support him.
Sorry, but a really weak resume.
Now I will support him if need be, but doubt if he could win.
Obama may be able to tease Santorum into making foolish statements, but Romney is going to be the nominee, says its mathematically all over.
After Tuesday, we may be in a position where Newt-torum has more delegates than Romney.
Getting 1144 delegates between Newt and Rick, and then forcing an alliance at the Convention, is our best hope. it is no longer a far-fetched idea, either.
LOL! love it:) Perry’s been working along with Chuck Norris for Newt in Texas. The picture is great..thanks
Take a minute and actually think about this. If all primaries were proportional ones, your theory would work.
But they ain’t.
When the winner-take-all primaries heat up, Gingrich and Santorum splitting the conservative vote means that Romney wins the state and all the delegates and has the nomination locked up before the convention.
You must want Romney to win. Keep it up. You’ll get what you hoped for. Romney.
RE: Santorum’s record in the Senate.
Let’s look at some of his other accomplishments off the top of my head:
* As a Republican leader in the Senate, he was pivotal in the fight to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito ( he and the other Senator from PA, Arlen Specter, who at that time, did not turn turncoat).
* Rick Santorum opposed frivolous lawsuits against the gun industry by helping with the legislation (The Protection of Lawful Commerce Act) that would protect law abiding firearms manufacturers and dealers from frivolous lawsuits attempting to hold them liable for criminal acts of third parties.
* He was also co-author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act which passed in 1996.
* Authored both the “Syria Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom and Support Act” which he successfully fought to pass in spite of initial opposition by President Bush.
RE: He lost by 17 points IN HIS OWN STATE the last time he ran
That was at a time when REPUBLICANS LOST NATIONWIDE EVERYWHERE and both houses were taken over by the Democrats.
Bush LOST in PA by a HUGE MARGIN to John Kerry just two years before.
If you believe this is a political career ender, consider how Richard Nixon lost the presidential race in 1960 and then went on to lose the governor’s race in California in 1962 ( just two years later ). You know the rest of the story.
ROMNEY TRASHES AND BURNS RICK AND NEWT
HAVE ROMNEY SUPPORTERS TRASH RICK AND NEWT
HAVE ROMNEY SUPPORTERS TRASH RICK AND NEWT SUPPORTERS
ASK RICK AND NEWT SUPPORTERS TO VOTE FOR ROMNEY
HAVE NEWT SUPPORTERS TRASH RICK
HAVE NEWT SUPPORTERS TRASH RICK SUPPORTERS
ASK RICK SUPPORTERS TO VOTE FOR NEWT
Most of Rick supporter said they would vote Newt if Rick did not get in, but we have Newt supporters saying they would NEVER vote for Rick. Rick is nothing like romney or obama. He has LESS baggage than Newt, yet we are suppose to go with Newt. Maybe we should say no romney no newt???
RE: I just hope Obama doesn’t remind The Rev. Father Rick that when he was a U.S. Senator that the GOP had control of the House, the Senate and the White House and WE STILL HAVE ABORTION.
How is that going to work for Obama? Santorum is just going to tell him that the priority in the early 2000’s were both the economy ( getting out of the DOT COM bust ), and terrorism and homeland security. He can also remind Obama that HE is the biggest impediment to the pro-life cause and it would be easier if we had a pro-life president than a pro-partial birth abortion president.
He can also remind the rest of the country that Obama was the ONLY Illinois Senator to oppose the born alive baby’s act that was presented by their legislature then. A bill that even Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer supported at the Federal Level.
The topic of abortion is a no win for Obama because he can be exposed for the baby killer he is.
Sadly, too little, too late. The American people want a “winner” even if they don’t know who can win.
In which case you might as well allow ROMNEY to glide to the nomination.
Winner-take-all primaries are Puerto Rico (Romney wins, no matter what), Utah (Same), Maryland (Same), Delaware (Same), D.C. (Same), New Jersey (Same), and Pennsylvania (Rick’s Home State). Only Wisconsin could go either way.
Not a ONE of those Romney states goes Santorum if it is a two-man race, not ONE.
Didn’t I read something similar to this about three weeks ago except it was somewhere near Dallas? Isn’t this the same group?
All I can say is this — If Santorum can’t even win Pennsylvania, he will have proven that he can’t win the general elections.
>> Most of Rick supporter said they would vote Newt if Rick did not get in, but we have Newt supporters saying they would NEVER vote for Rick.
And Paul supporters won’t vote for Romney if Santorum supporters refuse to support Newt assuming Romney trashes Rick when he really means to trash Newt, and Rick starts puking, Newt starts dancing...
No,Newt and the Newtereds must wait till California,Im really really sure he can turn it around then.If only everyone including Obamawould just quit and get out of Newts way,,,,really
I’m not supporting Romney, but if it comes down to him and Santorum, I’d rather it be Romney in the general. At least he stands a better chance against the Kenyan. I’d rather not have Rev. Rick who’d lose in a landslide for being a goofy theocrat.
You must be kidding me!
Romney would be a disaster in the general election! The Obama campaign has been preparing for Romney for over a year. Why do you think the media has been shilling for him? He’s the dream candidate for Democrats to run against: a stiff, white, upper class CEO tailor-made for Gordon Gekko comparisons for them to play their class warfare games.
And the minute he gets pressured for being “severely conservative”, he’ll revert back to his moderate self and alienate the base.
And if you think for a minute the left won’t engage in an orgy of Mormon-bashing, you’re dreaming.
I’ll happily take Newt or Santorum any day over Romney.
Who are these “conservative leaders” I’ve never heard of, and why are they deciding things for me?
Been a conservative my whole life and have not spent any time regarding any of those names as a “leader” of my beliefs.
Why do you only want to talk about condoms and abortions?
What are they deciding for you? They're pledging to give their own money to help Santorum. How does that even affect you?
Wahhhhh!!!! Those pesky Christian Conservatives are screwing up our election! Wahhhhh!
One of them wrote a book about George W. Bush...betraying the conservative cause..that may not fly with Texas voters and Perkins has been accused of affiliation with hate groups by the southern poverty center...they are all three christian conservatives.(You know who Dobson is..Focus on the Family)
I prefer Chuck Norris and Gov Perry supporting Newt.
Despite the stated purpose of this board, it sure is disheartening to see all these sneering attacks by certain posters against Christian Conservatives in general, and Rick Santorum's faith and moral values in particular. Either these posters are atheists or they are hypocrites. No two ways about it.
Very true, however there are unique circumstances here. One, he did a bad job. Two, "lied his way into office and may not even be eligible" puts a helluva asterisk next to that incumbent "I".
Three, even Jimmy Carter had a better claim to a return to office than Obozo does. And that's being pretty fair on the job-performance front, comparing apples to apples.
Well, there is two ways about it, and the other way is that there is no more severe critic than a disappointed idealist. Such people are not cynics, which is what atheists and hypocrites tend to become.
Personally, I'm dismayed by the attacks on Santorum, too, and I'd prefer him over Newt -- certainly over the tedious RiNO Romney -- and either him or Newt over the atrocious Obozo; but still we have to accept that politics ain't beanbag and that people will criticize.
In the best of all worlds, we get a convention fight, twelve or fifteen ballots, and finally a stampede for Sarah, who I personally think is the secret love-child of Teddy Roosevelt out of Annie Oakley. But that's just me.
RE: Three, even Jimmy Carter had a better claim to a return to office than Obozo does.
We also should remember. At this point in time in 1980, Ronald Reagan was behind in the polls by double digits !! I believe when they took the poll at the end of February then, it was 58 to 40 in favor of Carter.
Even Gerald Ford and Papa Bush fared better than Ronald Reagan then.
Of course Romney would be a disaster, but Santorum would be an even bigger one. They’re both parody candidates that epitomize the worst elements of the GOP.
True, but none of 2012's candidates are even close to Reagan's stature. And, last I checked, 52 Americans weren't being held hostage by a hostile government, chipping away at the incumbent's approve numbers.
“They then met to plot strategy with the former senator Saturday morning, discussing how to overcome Mitt Romney’s growing advantage in the GOP primary and fend off Newt Gingrich.”
I thought Superpac were not allowed to meet with the Candidate.
“HAVE NEWT SUPPORTERS TRASH RICK”
On the calls I have made for Newt. We are not allowed to Trash Mittens or Santorum.
He told me that he would not vote for Romney, but would vote, Newt, Obama or Santorum. I asked him HOW could you be so spread out in who you would vote for and why not Paul and why in the world obama? He said he knows what obama is about and can be controlled, (he trust the system much more than I do) and that he thinks romney could be worse than obama because of his stealth past, and purposeful hiding of who he really is. I said I know he is not a conservative, but worse than obama? He was convinced that romney is up to more than meets the eye.
He said romney is protraying himself as something he is not and he's not talking just politics??? He said if you wanted to defend capitalism, romney should be the last person you should pick. He investigated it completely, and said that there is things there he will have to answer for. He said he did not know why the republican leadership criticized the other candidates for bringing it up, as well as other similar financial dealings. He said obama will be able to lay out his reasons very simply for the people to understand and that he cannot beat obama. He thought the the RNC was up to something and that obama will not have a problem questioning capitalism; in fact, romney makes the case why capitalist are so bad. Again he said the worse person you could nominate is romney if you are defending capitalism.
He really made sense. Why would the RNC push a nominee with corrupt dealings to represent all capitalist? It would be easy for the left to point out the corruption and say ALL capitalist are like that. Maybe the RNC is giving up. I know he showed me enough that he is right, and I can't wait until the next time we get together to talk. He's an interesting man.