Skip to comments.Santorum on defensive as race turns to Louisiana
Posted on 03/24/2012 8:28:18 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
Facing heightened pressure to revive his presidential bid, Rick Santorum was forced to explain another apparent misstep as he courted Louisiana voters Friday, the eve of a critical contest in a Republican nomination battle that increasingly favors Mitt Romney.
Santorum said he would support the eventual GOP nominee - if it isn't him - despite what he insists are similarities between front-runner Romney and President Barack Obama that make them indistinguishable on some issues. He caused an intraparty uproar earlier in the week after suggesting he'd prefer a second term for Obama over a Romney presidency.
"I've said repeatedly and will continue to say, I'll vote for whoever the Republican nominee is and I will work for him," Santorum said as he walked back his original comments less than 24 hours before Louisiana polls were set to open. "Barack Obama is a disaster, but we can't have someone who agrees with him on some of the biggest issues of the day."
The situation underscored Santorum's challenges ahead of a Louisiana contest he's favored to win. Santorum has had success in the South, having won last week's contests in Alabama and Mississippi. Regardless of the outcome Saturday, however, Romney will have collected more delegates than his opponents combined as the race then turns to more favorable territory in the coming weeks.
Santorum's continued missteps are complicating a candidacy already struggling to overcome major financial and organizational deficiencies. Before losing this week's Illinois primary, Santorum hurt himself by declaring that neither the economy nor the nation's unemployment rate was his top concern.
"I think the biggest development of the last 24 hours was Sen. Santorum's remarkable mistake in suggesting that re-electing President Obama was acceptable under any circumstance," Republican contender Newt Gingrich told reporters in Port Fourchon, La. (snip)
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And while Santorum tried to recover from one misstep, a supporter in the audience added an off-message wrinkle. As he fired the pistol, a woman in the crowd shouted: "Pretend it's Obama."
Ugh, was she from #OWS?
Rick Biden, its time to go home.
Santorum’s original comment made perfect sense: If the GOP offers a candidate very similar to the incumbent, people will stick with the known quantity. I also think that is exactly what is going to happen.
What was Rick doing at a range with a crowd? Is he touched?
Hey Rick, going to the range isn't a game show.
Now, back to the real world again!
Santo is grandstanding again, trying to get the NRA loyals to identify for him. It was a typical Santorum photo op (Iowa Pheasant hunt, not for his pure love of the sport, but a pathetic display for political gain.)
No ifs ands or butts.
And the elites just cannot understand why we don’t trust or want mitt.
Relax would ya? Willard has the nomination in the bag.
It’s moments like this that I hate politics and the politicians make me cringe.
LOL! Name calling children like yourself are always quick to pick a fight or shout insults when they are outclassed. Only problem is, I don’t play with children, so you will have to find someone else who is more on your level of juvenile proclivity.
Ok, I am calling you on your own Bull S**t.
Prove to this forum, where I support Romney. Your pathetic insinuations don’t count either. Go on, get busy!......
Because that is the real world as of now. Newt is dead as dead.
Don't give me sophistry just a choice, a straight answer to a revealing-for you- hypothetical IF you have the guts to stray from your usual contemptuous disingenuous nature.
Look who’s calling the kettle black?
But really, you are getting desperate, like your candidate.
I support Newt, and you know that, so stop making extreme extrapolations from your limited perspective. Like I said earlier, I don’t argue with children.
Even Spock's idiot bastard son knows how weak you are on logic—only Santorum can stop Mitt so ipso facto your deranged Rick hate makes you a Romney running dog.
BAM!!! That's reality smacking you upside the head FRiend!!!
[PF is a Mitt operative and wants you to think that way]
You had better back that claim up, because I am calling you on it.....
More Lamestream lies from PSYCHO-FREEP.
Santorum did not say that he would vote for Obama, or any of the other twists that the left has been putting on this.
What he said is that Mitt Romney is not a satisfactory ALTERNATIVE to Obama, because he has many of the same faults. They are both lying socialists. That was perfectly correct. Pushing Romney gives us no real choice. It’s a Stalinist Communist vs. a Leninist Communist, with both of them more than happy to kill babies, push gay marriage, nationalize healthcare, and spend like there’s no tomorrow.
You say that you are bashing Santorum because you prefer Newt. But the purpose of the left wing press and the RINO establishment is to nominate Romney, not Newt, and that is what you are helping them do, whether you realize it or not.
If Romney is nominated, I will not vote for him, and neither will a lot of other people. But if enough lies are spread about Santorum at this critical juncture, then Romney is going to be nominated. Why do you think Drudge and the GOP/e are all pushing this story?
...your partisan and irrational attacks on the best hope for America aka Rick Santorum—the only real treat to Mitt and Obama—though I like Newt—will bear me out.
Whether one agrees with Santorum’s opinion or not, the real inexcusable error is the fact that it proves Santorum has a knack for unforced idiocy. What he said had zero potential for gain, and tremendous potential for misunderstanding, but he said it anyway. That’s just not very bright, and the hostile post-primary press will have field day after field day.
You’re right. I don’t have any proof other than a month or two’s worth of circumstantial evidence - your manic efforts to bring down the only guy in this race who’s in reach of the nomination - besides Willard.
...remember, no paralogisms.
You are correct that the Press will and IS having a field day at all of Santorum’s countless gaffs. And DON'T YOU DARE, point that out.
Grasping at straws, did any of the ladies have fish net hose on so you could say there might have been a hooker in the crowd. Unbelievable!
This is what I think, as well. I can't help but contrast it with Rick Perry's GENUINE love of guns. He did his shooting on his off time, not to pander for votes. Santorum's effort just doesn't come across as the real thing.
Santorum reiterated that he would support the Republican candidate. He did not “backtrack”. I am tired the the constant media lies about Santorum and his supposed gaffes.
I am also tired of FReeprers, who should no better, mindlessly parroting the media narrative about Santorum being dumb etc.
The question is, do you know that or not?
And Newt will get the same treatment AGAIN should he by some miracle overtake Santorum.
Only Willard gets a relative pass.
Are you seriously gonna tell me you you don't see the pattern here?
You act like that is my fault. If Santorum were a viable and dynamic politician, he would know what to say and how to say it. Instead, he blabbers off these ridiculous and numerous gaffs which the Press is making extreme examples of.
This is not the first time Santorum has opened his over sized mouth and promptly planted both of his size 11’s simultaneously. He has repeatedly done this time after time. It's like he is incapable of learning or something. His advisers must be tearing their hair out by now.
Is Santorum dumb? You can answer that question yourself, by simply taking a realistic look at what I outlined above.
If this is who you are convinced will be the nominee, AND be the most likely to win against Obama and the Billion dollar machine, supported by the Federal Treasury, then you need to seriously revisit your own mental capacity.
Answer post 15 please.
No he wasn't. He said what he said.
His entire speech has been run over and over, ad nauseum.
That is context.
The same thing backfired on Kerry in 2004. The obvious is all to prevalent.
” If somebody held a gun to your head and said either choose Rick, Mitt or Obama what would you say?”
That’s ridiculous, sounds like kids in the schoolyard.Im saving the whole argument about holding my nose or voting 3rd party until it becomes necessary. If Santorum and Newt are out today then today is the day to start that discussion. The reason they want that discussion today is to promote Romneys inevitability. That discussion shouldnt happen until after the convention, if at all.
The other night, after Romney won Illinois, some hysterical Santorum supporter--can't recall who it was---implied that all who failed to immediately get on board Santorum's bus were closet Romney plants. Are you trying to advance that ridiculous POV?
Do a detailed search of my posts. Get back to me if you find even one that HINTS of being a Romney supporter, and post it so everyone can see. Otherwise, please don't waste my time with such lunacy.
What was Rick doing at a range with a crowd? Is he touched?
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum fired a few rounds at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range on Friday morning before taking verbal jabs at his opponents during a public rally in which he described himself as the only candidate who can provide a “clear contrast” to President Barack Obama.
After demonstrating his marksmanship with a .45-caliber semiautomatic Colt pistol, Santorum talked to a crowd of a few hundred Ouachita Parish residents about his plans to lower energy prices, produce more jobs and limit government.
All the excuses, explanations, clarifications, apologies, etc,, won't change a thing. The thing that sticks in 90% of the public minds is the original headline. And in truth, when Santo left so much to be headlined in the first place, this will be the result every time.
And these are not lies, Santo did say it.
...so absent any rational dissent, I can only suppose you are for Romney and then, of course, Obama.
Typical of a covert Mittbotts who have used other candidates--some gone others who should be gone--as covers for their Santorum smears.
[I remember as a kid in the schoolyard we settled a lot of things...]
LOL! That is one of the most nonsensical opinions I have ever seen used in an adult political discussion. But in your case, it is evident that you are still there. (Based on your final sentence.)
I wish Santorum was more articulate and was better at dealing with the media and the issues. But he is not dumb. He is being targeted. He is being lied about. His words are taken out of context and twisted to fit with the false narrative presented by the MSM.
The false narrative is only effective if people spread it. I don't care if you disagree with Santorum or if you think he is not the best candidate.
You don't need to sink to personal insults. People can disagree without personal attacks.
I remember how when I first read Stephen King way back when the voice in my head was arbitrary. But later when I heard King's actual voice it was as if he were the narrator of his subsequent works in my mind.
Oops, sorry—bit of a sidetrack—you are wrong:)
This whole thread has been one big personal attack, on anyone who does not bow down to Rick Santorum. Period.
We have been accused of all sorts of Leftist crimes against those pure and perfect conservatives who command all righteous Profligacy (LOL! That word will keep them busy for a while.)
I don’t think profligacy is even a word.
First, it's an ABC affiliate story, so there is a slant to it that favors Mitt and tries to diminish Rick. That's where I typicaly tune out.
The language used that I highlighted is indicative of their intent. Santorum's campaign has a reasonably good head of steam to it and more and more voters are being turned off by mittens.