Skip to comments.How Rick Santorum is laying the groundwork for another presidential run
Posted on 01/28/2014 9:22:25 AM PST by C19fan
alk about campaign trail déjà vu.
As hundreds of bundled-up supporters gathered around him on a freezing January day, Rick Santorum towered over a lectern and rallied his troops. Aides pecking at smartphones lined the perimeter of the hotel conference room. An army of young children scurried across the floor. Volunteers collected email addresses and phone numbers at a fold-up table near the door.
The people, the candidate even the weather gave the event a presidential primary campaign feel. But this scene played out in the Capitol Hill Hyatt in Washington, not a Sheraton in West Des Moines and there wont be a presidential election for another two years.
Its at events like this gathering before the March for Life, which marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, that Santorum is conducting a presidential campaign in waiting. There were banners, aides, supporters, a stump speech a whole campaign-style apparatus organized by Patriot Voices, a conservative advocacy group the former Republican presidential hopeful founded after ceding the field to Mitt Romney in April 2012.
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Please, no more retreads.
GO AWAY, STAY AWAY, Santorum.
It would help if he moved away from Washington and perhaps back to his home state.
Jeeze, not again!
Next Newt and Bachman will jump in again.
I would go for Cruz or Paul first but if Santorum were the only alternative to the Christie/Bush cabal of the GOP I would definitely vote for him in a hot second.
That said, I hope none who ran last time, run this time.
No, no, no. Go away Rick. Take the Huckster with you.
I voted for him last time. I’d vote for him over Romney, Newt, or Christie. I’d vote for Walker, Paul (Rand, not Ron), or Pence over Santorum.
Agreed. Rick is a good guy but he has no prayer.
We need to focus our energy on someone who can actually win and bring an end to this nightmare.
Said it better than I did. If they couldn't beat Romney or McCain (08), what makes them think they could win in 2016.
Oh, no, Rick; please no. Please just find a think tank or a foundation or maybe start a talk show or a line of sweater vests or something but please don’t run for President.
This cycle could be worse than last time, because the presidential slot will be vacated. Can you see thirty contenders up there confusing the dickens out of everyone and taking shots at one another and spending the funds that should be going to the candidate?
Is there any way to avoid this?
Please enlighten us on who you think these conservatives are. I'm almost going to predict that you thought Romney was a better candidate than Santorum.
And if we're going walk on eggs over what the eneMedia thinks of our candidates, we'll NEVER win, because whoever conservatives pick will ALWAYS be vilified by the MSM. We need to learn to ignore their lies.
I don't think Santorum is the best possible candidate by far, but he was heads higher than most of the last crew.
Echos of words about Romney, the "candidate who could win."
Here's a tip: REAL CONSERVATISM ALWAYS WINS.
other than conservative ideas just what does Rick bring to the table?
How about Walker and Jindal.
Step 1: Many conservatives with very little chance of winning enter the race.
Step 2: The conservative primary vote is split. The mushy GOPe candidate wins the nomination.
Step 3: The mushy GOPe then loses the general election.
re: Real conservatism always wins.
That’s repeated a lot on FR and elsewhere, but it just isn’t true. It’s not even close to true. Real conservatism gets rejected all the time.
Dennis Vacco was NY Attorney General, swept into office in the 1994 election. A real conservative.
He was rejected at the ballot box four years later, in 1998. Who beat him? Eliot Spitzer.
The problem is when Santorum supported Specter, he lost my heart. I believe he was still on the ballot in the PA primary last time around so I think I ended up voting for him (I know I didn't vote for Mittens). However, this Pennsylvanian still holds a grudge and will vote for another conservative over Santorum. I don't think he is a viable candidate, though I obviously would support him over whomever the GOP-elite are endorsing.
Wow. I was going to post but you said exactly what I was thinking!
Jindal, I could support with every spare penny I have.
Jim DeMint would be my Dream candidate, with a close second being Mike Pence.
I can’t stand Santorum!
I sent Rick $100.
Still no sweater vest...
He was rejected at the ballot box four years later, in 1998.
Are you sure he didn't morph into a liberal while in office?
we have stupid politicians who believe their own PR.
The staffers run the show.
Elections no longer matter because the unelected bureacrats are now in charge and empowered to make up rules. (see epa, fcc, faa, etc)
A sure loser in the general election, I think. But we want a real conservative, so...
This is the George Pataki never need a real job, post-political lifestyle model.
By always maybe running for president again, you can set up a permanent campaign that allows you to keep collecting money from "supporters" while you ponder your decision.
It's a way to legally sell your political access and connections to people who want a foot in the door, and establish important tax loopholes that help you keep more of the money they give you.
Do you want to meet with the EPA undersecretary in charge of water permits in Cayahooga County? Rick Santorum or George Pataki can make that happen for you... maybe you would like to make a donation to his political exploratory committee.
If you want to kill the EPA undersecretary in charge of water permits in Cayahooga County, make an appointment with Bob Torricelli.
methinks rick’s time has come ... and gone
When conservatism supposedly “fails,” it’s because the office holder somehow compromises on conservative principles. In other words, he becomes no longer conservative.
Santorum, I voted for you -— as a LESSER OF EVILS ONLY. Believe me, even all of your voters DONT WANT YOU. Step off.
Agreed. Santorum would make a great next-door neighbor. But he is completely flat as a candidate. He could not even win reelection as senator in his home state. And senators are almost always reelected. Santorum has no personality, no sizzle. In this media age, good ideas are not enough.
As my tagline suggests, we need another Reagan-type candidate. Someone to hold the conservative base AND appeal to the folks in the middle.
IMHO, it (rick's time) was only a figment of his imagination.
Not really. Reagan too ran again after losing the primaries. Finally, we have someone who can present the voters a stark choice. Someone who is both an economic and social conservative and can carry his native PA!
He was my Candidate last time . . . but I agree. No more re-treads.
There is an element at FR that absolutely trashes Santorum whenever his name is mentioned.......and I find this sickening
Why do you heap such scorn upon him.
Don’t we have enough true & evil adversaries without vilifying this pro life, pro family man
I left FR during the last election because of senseless attacks on Santorum
I haven’t been keeping up with him, but how is Pence doing in Indiana?
Please, no more loser re-runs.
Hillary vrs. some Republican loser
Jeb comes to the rescue!!!
A third Bush becomes president.
The 1%’ers profit. No matter what.
Bet on it.
Good! We still have our bumper sticker on our car! We’d actually love to see the two of them (Bobby Jindal and Rick) run together, however unreasonable of a request that might be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JNsPCNAi60
At least he’s not ignoring ths base like Romney.
Millions of regular Republican voters will stay home if they feel disconnected by a candidate. Candidates need to motivate voters.
“Casey’s margin of victory [over Santorum in 2006, his last run in Pennsylvania] (nearly 18% of those who voted) was the largest ever for a Democratic Senate nominee in Pennsylvania, and the largest margin of victory for a Senate challenger in the 2006 elections.”
Casey’s main asset was having his father’s last name. He is not personally formidable. I can’t see how Santorum would fare well in a presidential race.
he had his chance. We need someone like Ted Cruz
Rick - DON’T.
He’ll get trounced, if he is planning its just so he can keep his name out there, not that he has any chance.
I tried to tell folks here there was a reason he lost his home state re-election as senator by one of if not the largest margins in US History.
He lost PA by that much because he DESERVED to lose PA by that much all his say one thing do another finally caught up with him.... He needs to just enjoy being a private citizen and do whatever he wants to do with that, because he’s just white noise politically.
Santorum was an ACTIVIST Senator, he never believed in small government or minimal government, he believed in an activist government, the only difference what what he believed the government should be activist for.
I believe government should be a referee, not a cheerleader for either side, Santorum needs to go away.