Skip to comments.Santorum wants promises from Romney before backing
Posted on 05/01/2012 3:20:22 PM PDT by DBeers
WASHINGTON Rick Santorum wants to ensure the GOP's policy platform represents conservatives' interests. Newt Gingrich wants help retiring his campaign debt and repairing his reputation.
Both Republicans are expected to endorse their former rival Mitt Romney and signal to their backers to fall in line behind the party's presumptive nominee but each wants assurances that Romney will deliver for them. Neither is rushing toward the task.
Meanwhile, it doesn't appear that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is going to go that way. Paul is still in the race and hasn't yet recognized Romney as the party's nominee. The tea party favorite and former Libertarian presidential nominee seems unlikely to endorse given deep differences with Romney on economic and foreign policy issues.
Romney plans to meet Santorum on Friday and Gingrich plans to endorse him this week, an end-of-primary dance that happens every four years once the party settles on a nominee.
Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, quit the race April 10 but has stopped short of publicly embracing Romney as the GOP's standard bearer after a bitter primary season that featured Santorum calling Romney "the worst Republican in the country" to run against Obama.
....people close to Santorum said, he wants assurances from Romney that the party's platform would represent conservatives' interests, and that Romney would govern as a conservative.
Unlike Gingrich, Santorum also doesn't need Romney's help to retire campaign debt.
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Rick the Stalking Horse, he has all the presence and stature of a guy running for Town Council. You are the Democrats best friend
Just go home Rick, YOU LOST.
Yes, he lost - just like your guy who sits on a couch with Pelosi.
Let us not forget that RINO Romney has all the presence and stature of an unprincipled, spineless, morally confused, and depraved homosexual seeking power.
Romney is a stealth Rosie O'Donnell that looks good in a suit!
How is this so called "stalking horse" the Rats best friend?
Both Gingrich and Santorum have dropped out and their partisans are STILL sniping at one another... sad.
Surely at some point a person can saw off his past life? Neither Gingrich nor Santorum nor Romney ever shot anybody. The Pelosi couch photo-op has long been disavowed by Gingrich, who belatedly came to recognize that the global warming scare was a scam.
The critics of Santorum haven’t gotten anything right about him this season, there’s no reason to believe your assessment is any more correct.
Clearly, we should vote for Obama?
Good luck Rick...
Today I had a thought that might get us through this crap sandwich we’ve gotten rammed down our throats call Romney.
Phase 1 - Convince Romney to select a reliable conservative as VP.
Phase 2 - Focus all of our energy at defeating Obama.
Phase 3 - Summon up all the courage we can to hold down the bile as are forced to vote for Romney.
Phase 4 - Impeach Romney at the first offense thus placing a conservative in the oval office.
This is the best I scenario I can think of that keeps Obama from being reelected and Romney from being Romney. I had such high hopes for this year and we got a punked.
The competition was not for naught: it did push Mitt Romney’s run to the right. As for impeaching him — only if he does something impeachable, of course, like try to force gay marriage from a Federal level. After this season of Obama constitutional outrages, Mitt will look milktoast bland.
“...and signal to their backers to fall in line behind the party’s presumptive nominee but each wants assurances that Romney will deliver for them.”
This does nothing but demonstrate excessive credulity.
Guys, why would these ignoble RINO SOBs NOT promise us whatever we want???? Migth as well pile it on thick, while your lying.
That’s WHY they are dispicable! That is WHY our nation is bankrupt! Not playing this horse S-— game again.
It reminds me of the Fox News narrative throughout the campaign as they fallaciously described conservatives on the fence “wanting to hear from Romney” this and that nonsense before getting on board.
I don’t “want to hear” a damned thing from Mitt Romney assuring me jack ____. Why? Because whatever he says is pure and utter bull ——!
If ONLY Mitt Romney would just say that he promises not to betray the conservatives...
So, he said it. He said he was “severely conservative”. Feel better?
Honestly, the level of stupidity by these RINO’s is astounding. Sure, some conservatives may be naive but seriously. How many are going to fall for this?
Hate it down here in the sewer!
Should have been the elites' flushed!
A promise from Willard ?
[GASPING FOR AIR]
“The competition was not for naught: it did push Mitt Romneys run to the right.”
Respectfully, that is worthless. We pushed him to the right in words, not deeds.
Romney’s words are and always have been meaningless.
His campaign inadvertantly told the truth ONE TIME in the past year. That was when his campaign manager described him as an Etch a Sketch.
How can anyone beleive anything Romney says.
“Clearly, we should vote for Obama?”
If you are prepared to vote for Mittens, we’ve established what you are.
After establishing that, isn’t it only a matter of dickering over your price?
Obama: six; Romney: a half-dozen. Que sera sera.
At least Santorum isn't holding his hat out like Newt is. Good to know Gingrich's endorsement can be purchased.
It's all we got cuz if it ain't Mitt it's Obama and we gotta try to convince anti-Romney conservatives that Mitt will behave and if not, perish politically.
Cuz God help us all if the now simple socialist but at heart hard line COMMUNIST wins because we have prideful and petulant conservative rubberheads refusing to support the GOP nominee.
Of all the complaints about Mitt, few have been that he committed any kind of business fraud. I mean I hate to praise by faint damnation, but look at the kinds of financial shenanigans that virtually everyone in the Obama clowder is neck deep in. Policy flip flops, yes and that is extremely worrisome. We know what Barack Obama policy will be and it’s a promise of hell.
WE? What was your position on this homosexual activist Romney hired?
Clearly you should vote your conscience. I vote principles; in my opinion, man love (cult of personality) and useful idiotness that is either unprincipled or principle compromising is the domain reserved for the 0boz0bots and the Romneybots.
Excuse me but just what “repairing” does Newt Gingrich need to his reputation?? I didn’t read any further than that.
Aww, make him swear on his magic underwear. That’ll do the trick (duck’n & runn’n)
I tend to agree with you and would suggest Newt Gingrich would be head and shoulders above, a conservative alternative to, RINO Romney. Anyway, you would have to ask the author of the article, Philip Elliott, that question as I have no clue.
So, I guess it’s Virgil. That way Obama gets only 1/2 my vote.
Great. Just bash one of the conservatives. Real great. Another one is leaving the race tomorrow on my birthday no less. Seriously stop bashing the candidates who stepped up to the plate and bash the idiot Romney who is the worst candidate in history. Yep even worse than McCain who at least served his country.
I have been voting principles for 50 years and our country goes over the falls faster each day. I wonder how much luck you have had voting for what you thought were principled representatives. I would think you batting average is not so great. After uncovering that Obama is in office based on some forgeries, I find nearly 100% of my principled reps say he was born in HI because the forgery says so and besides it is not much of an issue. As a side note, I cannot bring Newt or Rick back or Michelle either although I supported all 3. So, Virgil is an option, but we all know he will not replace either Rino Romney or Ozero.
‘Cept we already know Willard’s record in office. He ain’t fit to serve as dogcatcher.
Newt Gingrich, the fiscal conservative who private jetted his way into over 4 million in debt during what has to have been one of the most unprofessional presidential campaigns/wife's children's book tour in modern times.
You say prideful, I say principled.
So let's see this winning platform......I should vote for Romney because he supports abortion just like 0.
I should vote for Romney because he supports fag "marriage" just like 0.
I should vote for Romney because he is a tax and spend liberal just like 0.
I should vote for Romeny because he created the blueprint for 0's socialized medicine.
Man, you're right....just look at what a stark contrast Romneybama is. Man, I just swell up with pride.
Romney supporters are what Stalin called "useful idiots." If you put a bicycle in the garage, that doesn't magically make it a car. If you elect a NE liberal because there is an "R" after his name, that doesn't magically make him conservative.
I swear, so many wishy-washy RINOs are like abused spouses. They swear in their mind that "next time I'll leave," and then they get smacked around again and so they fall over backwards to defend their abuser. Lemme guess, Romney only does liberal things because he loves us. It's our fault, we push him to it. He works hard, and we just get in his way. He did promise to not do it again.
-To all you romneybots out there, don't worry, I'll respect you in the morning too.
Promises that he’ll be VP (which I think was pre-arranged, but Romney, who never keeps his deals, is now looking elsewhere).
Promises from Mitt?!?! Hahahahahahahahaha!!! That’s funny, I don’t care who you are.
I read that he’s looking at Rob Portman from Ohio (another RINO).
The sickening thing, of course, is that several large states haven’t even had their primaries yet, but Romney is already the winner. Disgusting.
I think his behavior is all the evidence one needs. Santorum is exactly like Romney in everything but his more conservative social positions (many of which became a lot more conservative when he saw that they were selling points-look at his track record).
To me the depressing thing about this is that it shows that social conservatives are by no means political or fiscal conservatives, and that GOP voters actually do want a big-government nanny-state RINO.
On that basis, I think Santorum believed he had the VP position sewed up, since Romney would benefit from his social conservative votes and Santorum thought this would be a bargaining chip. But I think Romney now realizes that he doesn’t need them, and that most of the socons will vote for him anyway once he becomes the nominee, so now he’s free to look for another RINO from an important state (such as Rob Portman from Ohio).
I am running out of ideas that prevent Obama from being elected. Do you have anything? Who do we vote for that sends Obama packing? I don’t think the country can last another 4 years of this aspiring dictator. What options do we have left? I am open for suggestions.
What other option do we have?
I understand that Romney is a crap candidate. So who do we vote for that unseats Obama? If Obama gets another term we have committed suicide as a nation. We will be another 3rd world marxist country like Venezuela.
This election is tearing me up. This is a lose lose election. I see no good way out.
If you are prepared to endorse Romney, "The worst republican in the country," we've established what you are. After establishing that, isn't it only a matter of dickering over your price?
I would not think so; however...
I would hope he simply wants to get Romney to make statements publicly and specifically on some issues he has thus far been mum and or ambiguous on SO THAT conservative can at least TRY to hold his feet to the fire. As of right now, Romney has been given a free pass by both the RINO establishment GOP and the Media.
I would agree that there is a big difference between forcing Romney to exchange vows and forcing Romney to faithfully act; HOWEVER, in this apparent upcoming shotgun wedding between conservatives and the blushing bride apparent RINO Romney there are some who AT LEAST want an I DO before being forced into the relationship.
“....people close to Santorum said, he wants assurances from Romney that the party’s platform would represent conservatives’ interests, and that Romney would govern as a conservative.”
An excellent move by Rick Santorum, especially since Rick is the guy who won 11 states.
Wish more people would get some public assurances from Romney. If many, many pro-life, conservatives get promises from Romney, he will look like a fool if he doesn’t comply.
Thanks Rick for continuing to look out for our country.