I hope he can pick them up, but I’m not hopeful. I hate to say it, but scratch a Santorum supporter, and more often than not you will find a big government supporter more comfortable with a pro-abortion, pro-gay Romney than with a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage Newt.
Catholic “social justice” played a role in Rick’s supporters. Social justice is socialism - it came out like gang busters for Obammycare. Now that Obama uses that power to come out against Catholics, they support a “social conservative” to run their “social justice” system.
People are pretty easy to trick.
Don't know. My wife and her dyed in the wool Catholic pro-life friends were all diehard Santorum supporters. To a woman, they're going with Newt after today's announcement. They don't trust Romney's pro-life street cred.
I strongly disagree. The whole “big government” Santorum meme is very overplayed by the Romney/Paul camp. It’s not as true as they made it sound and that’s an issue the type of voter that was supporting Santorum really does not care that much about or grasp. ALL of Santorum’s traction came from his big religious leader endorsements. Everything we heard about those endorsements indicated that Newt was by far their second choice. I suspect their supporters are of the same mindset. It was easy to get them to abandon Newt because you could point to his marriage infidelity, but it would be hard to get them to go to Romney because of his Mormonism and his liberal record on abortion and homosexual marriage.
It is more likely, I think, that a Santorum supporter would gravitate to Newt rather than vice versa. Some people simply think Newt can run government on more fiscally sound footing, in which case they might move to Romney for his business experience. But NO ONE supporting Santorum thought he could run government better fiscally and they didn’t really care one way or the other.