Skip to comments.Rick Santorum: I am concerned about Ron Paul
Posted on 06/10/2012 6:16:32 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
In his more high profile appearance since leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination, former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum said Sunday that he is prepared to battle Texas Congressman Ron Paul for the loudest voice at this years Republican presidential convention.
I like the platform that we have right now. Im concerned that Ron Paul and some of his supporters out there are looking for a platform fight. And I want to make sure that we have strong, principled conservatives there who stood with me in our primary fight to go there and counterbalance the effect of the Paul folks, said Mr. Santorum on ABCs This Week.
Speaking Sunday, Mr. Santorum downplayed speculation that the battle between him and Mr. Pauls campaign could cast a shadow on the August convention.
Still, Mr. Santorum and Mr. Pauls battle to secure support for their platform could draw a fair amount of attention. Speculation that Mr. Paul could use his delegates to influence the direction of the Republican Party comes just one week after his campaign released an email saying they plan to send upwards of 200 to 500 delegates that could persuade Mr. Romney to change his policy.
We stand to send nearly 200 bound delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa
Whats more, we will send several hundred additional supporters to Tampa who, while bound to Romney, believe in our ideas of liberty, constitutional government, and a common-sense foreign policy. When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the Convention floor, wrote Mr. Paul.
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I wasn’t aware Santorum even had a platform.
Give them a bag of weed and some Cheetos and they will be quiet.
But what’s surprising here is that Romney, who is in bed with the libs on every major leftist project, has won the nomination... and Santorum is picking a fight with the Paulbots? And he’s concerned about the Paulbots influencing the party platform? I think this is just a vanity trip for Santorum trying to remain relevant, picking on the little guy, since he doesn’t have the guts to mess with the GOP Overlords.
MSM will try to make this into a big deal all summer.
Once liberal Romney finishes off what Obama has done to destroy America, we will need a grown up in Santorum to come in and clean it up.
If they want to push for a more sound monetary or fiscal policy in the platform, more power to them. I doubt they’ll get anywhere pushing for changes on social issues anyway.
“... we will need a grown up in Santorum to come in and clean it up.”
Yeah, that’s definitely going to happen. /sarcasm
” I wasnt aware Santorum even had a platform. “
Good point, and also no clue from Santorum as to what exactly would be so threatening for the platform that Ron Paul might offer, for the convention to consider.
Sure wouldn’t want to have an open discussion there, or cause any consternation whatsoever to the GOPE cakewalk, they who have finally got a socialist at the top of our ticket.
He was likely referring to the current Republican Party platform.
What exactly is it that they’re worried the Paulbots might push for? A plank condemning government-run health care? Maybe one opposing gun control? Perhaps a plank opposed to progressive, confiscatory taxation?
Granted, these planks might be a little embarrassing for the presumptive nominee...
The platform gets a some degree of work-over every convention, given the fast changing times and existant threats. Given the abuses to the platform by the elected, who generally think it fish wrap anyway, I guess they would be happy with it just as is, and just as Santorum posits.
In 1996 Santorum was endorsing removing pro-life from the Republican Platform.
Santorum is a fraud and has no business speaking for principled conservatives. He is a fiscal socialist and a RINO who has supported ethanol subsidies and Arlen Specter.
We need more Paul and less Romney in spite of your duplicitous allegations. I agree that Paul is goofy with regard to foreign policy, but our troubles at this point in time are mostly financial and Ron Paul would make a great leader in addressing those problems. Make all the “Libertarians are only concerned about legalizing drugs” arguments that you will, it’s just a distraction.
If Paul wants to be a troublemaker his son will have no future in the party.
A dollar that holds its value, reining in the feds on civil rights abuses, a pro-life position, reducing the role of the federal government in general. That spells trouble.
I don’t have a problem with Paul, except for his obvious shortcomings. I do have a problem with his base which has been taken over by the radical stoners. He attracts a lot of the kook fringe folks which dilute his real message.
Being Romney’s attack dog against Paul is just part of the price Santorum has to pay for whatever position he gets in the Romney Administration.
So its true Santo is a Union stooge like Myth Romney...
Both will say absolutely nothing against the UNIONS..
Paul is indeed a bit off his rocker but he’s no Union Stooge...
Pauls agenda would de-fund the unions COMPLETELY...
Little wonder they HATE him.. Pauls agenda would HOG TIE the police, firefighter, teacher and givernment workers UNIONS..
They HATE Ron Paul even worse than they hate Scott Walker..
I know its hard it’s hard to believe but it’s so...
You do know Santo and Myth hate Paul don’t you?..
As much as Zero who is also a Union stooge hates him..
They are on the same team...
Rick has it all wrong...
It’s “the battle between the Conservatives and Willard’s campaign that will cast a shadow on the August convention”
Willie’s spotlight is not as bright as he imagines...
Paul is a double edged sword. He has good general ideas about the role of a very limited Fed, but his crazy foreign policy ideas are dangerous.
Borrow and spend big government Santorum picking a fight with cut spending end, the fed Paul? Lol, standing tall with socialist Mitt huh Rick?
What you say is true if you limit the definition of conservatives to the social conservatives. It is just that he is not a fiscal conservative. Everyone knows that Catholics in general tend to have bleeding hearts and either tend to be socialist or tolerate socialism as long as they hear the right rhetoric on gays and abortion.
Dear Mr. Santorum, does Specter know you’re cheating on him with Romney?
Maybe a plank against federally subsidized abortions or Roe vs Wade? Because Paul stands against both, and Romney sides with the Democrats on that issue.
Oh God don’t tell me this cino is going be mittens vp. Take a hike Rick, we got your number.
“...Santorum has very high ratings with every conservative group”
Except one. Conservative voters. He lost 750,000 of them in his 2006 run for reelection. That’s why he lost by 18 points.
Maybe santorum wasn’t lying when guest hosting for Bill Bennet’s Morning in America radio show said, “The electorate has moved further to the left and we need to move our party more in that direction”. He said it... February 2009 while co-hosting with michael steele... and another great gop party moderate.
Statist tools such as Santorum nor Romney know nothing anything “strong, principled conservatives”. Both are worthless.
I’m sorry. Please explain what Romney has to do with my statement. Santorum got 750,000 fewer votes in 2006 than he did in 2000. Liberals never voted for Santorum so that means conservative became aware of his record and did not vote for him in 2006.
Yes, the GOP took a bath because conservatives tired of the rhetoric that wasn’t followed by action. We didn’t want republicans in charge, we wanted conservatives and the RINOs were the first to go that year.
Of course Santorum has a platform. He's vehemently opposed to liberal Big Government. Santorum's platform is called "Big Government in the name of conservatism."
A central plank of the Santorum platform calls for repealing of anti-union "Right to Work" laws in as many states as possible. </sarc>
Santorum is a fraud and has no business speaking for principled conservatives >>
I agree, he is a RINO who couldn’t even win his own state, they kicked him out in the last senate election, rightfully so. He should fade away.
In 1996 Santorum was endorsing removing pro-life from the Republican Platform. >>>
Santorum also voted for Title X funding which funded planned parenthood and not only did he vote for it during the bush adminstration, the funding increased by $30 million, so much for being pro life and fiscally conservative.