Skip to comments.Santorum Suggests Obama Preferable to "Etch-A-Sketch" Romney.
Posted on 03/22/2012 6:27:59 PM PDT by true believer forever
Rick Santorum's latest attempt to use a Mitt Romney aide's "Etch-A-Sketch" remark against the Republican front-runner instead gave his rival a chance to fire back on Thursday, after Santorum seemed to say he'd rather see President Obama reelected than send Romney to the White House.
Speaking at an event in Texas, Santorum again made the case that Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom's comments Wednesday on CNN about a "reset" of the campaign if Romney clinched the nomination showed the former Massachusetts governor's efforts to appeal to conservatives were insincere.
"You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there," Santorum told a crowd in San Antonio, according to NBC News. "If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch-A-Sketch candidate of the future."
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Obviously, he is saying that that is what a lot of voters will be thinking if Romney dances around the issues as the Etch-a-Sketch comment seemed to indicate. Personally, I consider Milt a liberal, and a horrifying nominee. He would be the easiest candidate for the Punk to defeat. But Santorum will be voting for Romney, as will I, if it comes to that, and everyone knows it. OTHERS will not be as willing to vote for someone whom they believe will at best slow the speed of the train wreck.
We know BO will sell America down the river. Romney will support abortion, gun control, taxes, socialized medicine but he isnt an enemy of America.
Thats a real comfort knowing Romney isn’t an ememy of America.
All that stuff about gay marriage, not being for Reagan, Romneycare etc etc are just expression of his love for America?
Agreed. Not sure why people want the primary to stop now and hand it all to Romney. There are a few more states to go.
THis whole thread reminds me of the old CHinese proverb that three men make a tiger.
He is correct though.
You can still support Anybody But Romney for the purpose of denying Romney the needed delegate amount. If there’s a chance no matter how slim that we can still get somebody else completely, that’s enough reason for me to support Santorum. I hate Romney about as much as I hate Obama, and Santorum ain’t all wrong in what he said.
The above are Santorum's words.
I enthusiastically endorse them. He is dead-on right. Bullseye!
Anyone wanting to belong to Liberal Party B instead of Liberal Party A hasn't a clue about what's going on.
It is time for a new party.
It is time for conservatives to recognize the danger to this country posed by the two liberal parties presented to us as our "only" choices.
I have trouble believing points 1 and 2.
1) A capitalist would never sign socialized medicine and cap & trade into law, nor would a capitalist support bailouts. A capitalist would DEFINITELY never advocate adopting the individual mandate on a national level as he did in ‘09.
If Romney sincerely came out his actions, I’d be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt a la Newt because I REALLY want to see Obongo tossed out. But instead of running away from his past, he’s embraced it!
Romney doesn’t get to be a capitalist just because he’s been in business. Jason Altmire, my congresscritter, has business experience too, but he’s no more of a capitalist than any of the other Blue Dog frauds.
2) I don’t believe anybody who supports everything in Point 1 could have any respect for the Constitution.
3) I concede that Romney probably doesn’t subscribe to black liberation theology, so he might be marginally better in that respect. Unlike 1 and 2, he’s at least on the record for flip-flopping on affirmative action.
Unfortunately, #3 alone won’t even come close to saving America. It’s 1 and 2 that are far more important, and there Romney is an utter failure.
You hit the nail on the head. He is unstable. He certainly does not act like a mature adult. Maybe the pressure is too much for him. He is not ready for Prime Time.
He certainly will; if not in ads, the comments will be on repeat by the media.
I don't care how disappointed Santorum is, some opinions are best left unspoken. I'm still on the fence about voting for Romney, but I take serious issue with Santorum making public statements like this; it's childish, and shows a lack of discretion. I didn't think the day would come I would say this, but he needs to get out after Louisiana. I'd rather see Newt, warts and all, continue onward. The odds are against him, just as they are with Santorum, but at least he has the insight to know when to reverse course, or shut his trap.
You enjoying your Obama $5 gas, 5 trillion in debt it piled on us ,illegals it let in etc? you do realize that money has to be paid back so we are living in the matrix now built on debt not reality? Keep campaigning for Obama the more you do the more it makes want to vote against Obama.
sure Oracle. Nobody could be worse than Obama , or what it has done to America.Obama will increase his attacks on America because it knows it wont have to face another election.Obama will destroy the U.S. because it wont be facing reelection.
Santorum is right. If Obama’s liberalism sends us to the brink, then the blame can be placed at the feet of the democrats. But if Romney’s knee jerk liberalism takes us to the same place, the blame will fall on the Republicans and we can expect that the MSM will then blame it all on Conservatives and the sheeple will believe it.
In that sense another 4 years of Obama would be better than 4 years of Romney followed by 16 years of some Democrat Obama clones.
If the Etch-a-sketch candidate gets the nomination. I’m voting 3rd party.
Not always “foolish”, IMHO. I'm persuaded that many of those making the claim are trolls, perhpas sent over to FR by DU to stir up chaos among conservatives.
Therefore, looked at from their point of view, these “troll claimers” are "rational" rather than foolish — whereas from our point of view, the best description should probably be “devious.”
Yes, Santorum is indeed finished. IMHO, the Republican voters should reject him in tomorrow’s Louisiana POTUS primary election. I am sick and tired of posters on this site bad mouthing our candidates, no matter who it is!!! It infuriates me when I read that conservatives would rather see Obama re-elected then Romney, or Gingrich or Santorum, or Paul!!!
Santorum could and should have won the nomination, but....he did the same thing as Gingrich, put his foot in his mouth and both men lost their cool on numeous occasions. Not a good trait for the world’s most powerful leader!!!
Me. I would vote for a blind monkey, with one hand tied behind his back, before I would ever vote for the destroyer of America and the American way of life, Barack Hussein Obama, the America hater and his “evil devil” wife Michelle. These two people are truly America’s worst enemies!!!
Who ever the Republican candidate is, I will back him or her, because sitting on your hands, and letting Obama get re-elected is commiting virtual suicide for one’s own life and....more importantly do the same to their children and....American children yet to come!!!
He’s right. A Romney presidency would further dilute the GOP into the party of a more gradual socialist nation. At least if we have a real conservative there will be genuine differences in philosophies as opposed to a debate of scale in policy. As it is right now, most the Rebublicans are the same as Democrats, in they just want to stay in power as opposed to having any solid principles. Romney is the best choice for making that happen.
Anyone who thinks this is not the case needs to look up Alf Landen.
One way Romney would be worse is that all of his supporters will continue to support him when he pull the cr um stuff he pulled in MA at the national level.
Imagine an EO “legalizing” gay marriage nationally? He did it in MA. Permanent ban on normal-sized magazines? He signed it into law in MA. Yet so many Republicans support him anyway.
The same people will resist Omaba’s agenda.
That didnt take long........Fox news just repeated Ricky’s statement, but it started with Rick Santorum wants voters to vote for Obama. Oh well, no matter what, he gave the Obama campaign a great ad. Idiot.
Enlighten me......when did Gingrich “put his foot in his mouth?” I can assure you, Gingrich never said anything this stupid or selfserving.
The anti Mormon posts, imho, are absurd. If you all think Romney is a liberal, why would you think he wants to rule as a conservative Mormon theocrat?
What evidence do you have that, in a long public and private career, Romney has been “less loyal” to the USA than to any entity? When has he put Mormonism above business or politics?
Why would service to your church be a negative here?
Gee, I wonder how much those who fear mormonism really don’t like catholics very much either?
It’s just crazy talk that sounds like it belongs in the 1930’s. Since you all believe Romney is going to repeat his Mass. governorship if he becomes president, was there ever an issue that he did something to favor Mormonism in Mass.?
What a sanctimonious jackass. I didn’t like him when he endorsed Specter the Defector, don’t like him now.
For some reason I never really liked him, now I know why.....
Romney does not and will not support any of the things listed. I don’t know why some here live in a fantasy world in which Romney has not been supporting conservative causes, when in fact he ran as the conservative alternative (endorsed by Santorum for that reason) 4 years ago.
Romney is pro life, opposes gay marriage. Opposes illegal immigration, more strongly than Newt. Is for lower taxes and reducing government. Opposes Obamacare.
These are facts. All the constant recitation of Romeny holding the exact opposite positions, is fantasy.
If you don’t trust him fine, but it’s also a fact that Newt and Rick have given plenty of reason to question whether they would govern as true conservatives.
The fact that all politicians are untrustworthy on some level is a little fact of life some of you don’t seem to have discovered.
I've been thinking about this, P-M, and I think you are right, although I have one caveat.
The objective for me must be to try to win.
It is good to cast a principled vote, or even a protest vote, against the 2 liberal parties, but how much better to begin to build a legitimate, conservative alternative or to put energy into the strengthening of a 3rd party that already has made progress in creating a viable conservative party?
NY-10, Dede baby!!! And....Pelosi hugging, and Sharpton kiss-up!!! If you would just keep an open mind, you would be amazed what you will learn!!! And....by the way, Newt Gingrich is going nowhere fast. You may not like that thought, but....that is the real world. Have you looked at his numbers recently!!! Objectively, both Santorum and Gingrich blew their chances, simply by their own action and words!!! I know you do not like to hear the truth, but....the truth is the truth!!!
I only pray & wish your energy and determination was being put forth to destroy POTUS Obama politically then being spent idolizing a going nowhere Gingrich!!! Obama is the real enemy within our buxom!!! Wake up to reality, your future, your children’s future and our country’s future is at stake....and, you are rambling on about someone who has no chance at all to become the POTUS. Shucks, that’s like wishing to eat swiss cheese on the moon and believing it.
“These are facts. All the constant recitation of Romeny holding the exact opposite positions, is fantasy.’”
Nicccce...they are facts why? Because he says so??? Otherwise, point me to the facts.
If people agree with him, then they should like how it can be used in an Obama ad for reelection.
Some people just hate Santorum.
You hit the nail on the head...
Obimbo’s not a blatent socialist, he’s a blatent Marxist. And that’s the key between Mittens and Barky - Mittens, at least, won’t put other blatent Marxists on the Supreme Court. We now have two, we can’t abide any more.
“I only pray & wish your energy and determination was being put forth to destroy POTUS Obama politically then being spent idolizing a going nowhere Gingrich!!! Obama is the real enemy within our buxom”
Not if you listen to Santorum, he prefers Obama over Romney.......this year. In 2008 Santorum couldn’t give enough praise to Romney. Santorum is a political whore and I will keep the faith with Newt Gingrich, thanks anyway.
I’m sorry but if you think Romney will be worse than Obama you are not dealing with reality.
There are too many reasons to list but then what else are we here for.
First, Romney’s positions are conservative now, they became more conservative even as he was in Mass. but in any event he has put forward a straight out conservative platform and he did the same in 2008.
Next, Romney would have a conservative republican Congress, whereas if conservatives stay home to defeat Romney you may actually give Obama a more favorable liberal Congress.
Next, there is no way Romney will appoint or a republican senate approve another Elena Kagan on the US Supreme court.
Next, did you notice Eric Holder has made the US Attorneys a disgrace and is pursuing a divisive racial agenda?
Next, all federal judges would be recommended by the REPUBLICAN senator from their state. That’s how it works, whereas now democrat liberals are picking judges, lifetime judges, throughout the land.
Next, Obama is DISARMING us, right down to our nuclear deterrent, he will get us killed. Romney supports a US military second to none.
Next, Romney strongly supports the state of Israel.
Next, Romney strongly opposes illegal immigration, so much so he may have trouble getting some hispanic votes.
Next, Romney is pro energy, pro ANWR drilling, pro offshore drilling, pro Keystone pipeline. Have you heard of Energy Sec Chu who doesn’t own a car (Romney has at least 2 American made Caddies) and who admits he is trying to do away with oil use?
Kathleen Sebelius. Enough said.
Free contraceptives for all, while death panels cut cancer treatments and leave old people to die with “pain pills”?
Abortion? Obama is pro killing late term babies that survive abortions. Romney is pro life.
Obama is giving our missile defense secrets to the Soviets.
Government spending - trillions wasted in stimulus, more to follow.
Government bailouts - Romney opposed the auto bailouts, which really were turning the automakers over to the unions and destroying investors’ capital.
Guns? Are you kidding me? Holder intends to propogandize gun owners out of existence. Project gun walker???? Obama referring to “clinging to guns and bibles”.
This is a partial list.
I see that too. IMO, it's because most people don't really listen for ideas and truth. They are seeking to be entertained at all times, because that is what they have been trained (and continue to train themselves) to do. We look at images displayed for us, and naturally choose entertainment value over coherence and common sense, because it's more embarrassing to be fat or unattractive than to hold to stupid and hateful Marxist ideas.
Television has truly destroyed our American culture.
Imagine how different things would be if we had to read the writings of the candidates instead of watching them writhe, slip, and dodge as they struggle with the camera people. "Game face" indeed.
IMO, the end came when Reagan failed to cut off the cancer that Jimmy Carter inflicted upon us with the Department of Education. Bill Ayers and his fellow travelers took it from there, producing America hating Marxist college grads for the past 30 years. They now infest the entire government media complex. Armies of statist, ivy league lawyers (both Obamas come to mind) writing legislation to empower government and themselves.
Soon the memory of freedom and liberty will be gone. Everything comes from the government, either directly or by permit.
Santorum endorsed Romney 3 yrs ago and now if Santorum is not the candidate for president he will endorse Obama. Better believe he just gave the democrats a great campaign ad.
This will be Vesty’s swan song.
Newsflash, “dear”. You butted into a conversation in which I objected to someone saying that’s what he said. I suggest you check back in the conversation before making smart remarks.
Maybe you should try commenting on what Santorum actually SAID, rather than making garbage up. . . .
What he actually said was that it would be better to stay with what we have, the known, than Romney the unknown.
VERY WELL SAID. This exactly, 100% mirrors my feelings as well. 100%. I am just a tiny bit mollified that maybe he won't throw the 2nd Amendment under the bus because he's been endorsed by Ted Nugent! 2nd Amendment Ted is my single hope that the gun issue will at least stay off the floor of the Congress (both houses) for awhile. It also depends on who he picks as his running mate. But if the NUGE endorses, it gives me some hope at least.
You make good points in this post.
Santorum’s comments are red meat for the left. The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination should only center on obama’s complete failures as a president, commander-in-chief and diplomat.
There are innumerable issues that can and should be focused upon rather than contending that we should retain obama and allow him to completely destroy our culture and nation.
Mitt is NOT my personal choice for the nomination, but if he gets it, I will rally around him for the sake of our country and her future.
To dislike Romney is one thing. To start talking about Obama being better is to become a member of the DNC reelect Obama committee. That is just crazy.
The primaries are not over, and those who want Santorum or Gingrich should keep working. But the in advance jump to Obama is well, there is only one word for it - liberal.
One reason the “conservative” candidates have been unable to beat Romney in (enough) republican primaries, is that Romney is running an extremely conservative campaign.
I put “conservative” in quotes because at least on illegal immigration, Newt went considerably to the left of Romney. that is exactly the type or erratic wild swing Gingrich is prone to, and why he is not reliably conservative in office.
Having said all that, I would be thrilled with a president Santorum or Gingrich.
That’s not quite right, but it’s closer than what you stated before.
If the Congress, especially the House, actually DID their job; I’d vote for the ass-clown just to make sure the GOP-e would crash and burn. They haven’t done SH!T to block ANYTHING TOTUS had thrown at us!
As it stands, just getting ‘your/our guy’ into the White House doesn’t roll back ONE regulation, close ONE dept. They all love gov’t; as long as they control the direction.
Nobody in the field is a Washington outsider nor anyone I’d trust to shrink the beast.
“What he actually said was that it would be better to stay with what we have, the known, than Romney the unknown.”
When you figure out how that quote is any better, let us know.
It not only says Obama is better, it is a false statement. Even if you think Romeny is a liberal, he is not an “unknown”. He’s been running for president for at least 8 years, he does have a record in government and business, his private life is known and his current and in 2008 positions are conservative.
Santorum’s comment was poorly thought out. If you listen to his speeches that is not surprising. It’s very admirable he talks without even a speech, but it’s painful to watch him begin a point, not know what to say after the first sentence in ,and then struggle to recover while he steps all over his own lines. This happens a lot.
And that’s why now he said something that many people will interpret as being over the top disloyal to the effort to defeat Obama.
BTW some of this idiocy bolsters the view of moderates that Romney is a republican they don’t need to fear. In an odd way it’s giving Romney an image as the republican they can vote for. I know that from listening to annoying democrat relatives.
Will, what Romney are you talking about?
IF more of you would listen to the candidates’ speeches, you’d know that Romney’s speeches are 99% anti Obama and 100% conservative. This is one of those little facts. Romney gave an eloquent barn burner anti Obama speech Tuesday night.
So the request that the candidates focus on Obama is needed for the other 3. They naturally are attacking Romney because they are trying to catch up. Perhaps they would do better by showing their anti Obama creds.