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How Rick Santorum is laying the groundwork for another presidential run
Yahoo News ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chris Moody

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 won’t be a presidential election for another two years.

It’s 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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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016election; 2016santorum; nononononononononono; potus; santorum
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Please please I hope this is not true. He needs to go away. We have so many possible conservatives for 2016 who actually accomplished something we don't need Mr. Sweater Vest providing evidence for the MSM to portray the GOP in the worst possible light.
1 posted on 01/28/2014 9:22:26 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Please, no more retreads.


2 posted on 01/28/2014 9:23:29 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: C19fan

UGH.

GO AWAY, STAY AWAY, Santorum.


3 posted on 01/28/2014 9:24:41 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: C19fan

It would help if he moved away from Washington and perhaps back to his home state.


4 posted on 01/28/2014 9:24:58 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: C19fan

Jeeze, not again!

Next Newt and Bachman will jump in again.


5 posted on 01/28/2014 9:25:30 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: C19fan

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.


6 posted on 01/28/2014 9:25:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: C19fan

No, no, no. Go away Rick. Take the Huckster with you.


7 posted on 01/28/2014 9:26:01 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: C19fan

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.


8 posted on 01/28/2014 9:26:39 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Resolute Conservative

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.


9 posted on 01/28/2014 9:27:01 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cripplecreek
That said, I hope none who ran last time, run this time.

Said it better than I did. If they couldn't beat Romney or McCain (08), what makes them think they could win in 2016.

10 posted on 01/28/2014 9:27:32 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: C19fan

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.


11 posted on 01/28/2014 9:28:21 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: C19fan

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?


12 posted on 01/28/2014 9:30:57 AM PST by firebrand
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To: C19fan
We have so many possible conservatives for 2016 who actually accomplished something we don't need Mr. Sweater Vest providing evidence for the MSM to portray the GOP in the worst possible light.

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.

13 posted on 01/28/2014 9:34:49 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
We need to focus our energy on someone who can actually win and bring an end to this nightmare.

Echos of words about Romney, the "candidate who could win."

Here's a tip: REAL CONSERVATISM ALWAYS WINS.

14 posted on 01/28/2014 9:36:20 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: C19fan

other than conservative ideas just what does Rick bring to the table?


15 posted on 01/28/2014 9:36:58 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: fwdude

How about Walker and Jindal.


16 posted on 01/28/2014 9:37:02 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan
If Santorum jumps in again, 2016 could end up being a repeat of 2012.

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.

17 posted on 01/28/2014 9:38:53 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: fwdude

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.


18 posted on 01/28/2014 9:40:41 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: fwdude
Echos of words about Romney, the "candidate who could win." Here's a tip: REAL CONSERVATISM ALWAYS WINS.

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.

19 posted on 01/28/2014 9:40:57 AM PST by old and tired
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To: cripplecreek

Wow. I was going to post but you said exactly what I was thinking!


20 posted on 01/28/2014 9:41:12 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: onyx
UGH. GO AWAY, STAY AWAY, Santorum.

Double bump.....

:-)

21 posted on 01/28/2014 9:42:03 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: C19fan
Walker is fantastic - for Wisconsin. Let's keep him there where he is most effective. He is an unapologetic amnesty pusher, so I want him as far away as possible from a federal position. This one issue would kill our country for good.

Jindal, I could support with every spare penny I have.

Jim DeMint would be my Dream candidate, with a close second being Mike Pence.

22 posted on 01/28/2014 9:42:31 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Lakeshark

Hi Sharky!
I can’t stand Santorum!


23 posted on 01/28/2014 9:43:09 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: C19fan

I sent Rick $100.
Still no sweater vest...


24 posted on 01/28/2014 9:43:45 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Ted Grant
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.

Are you sure he didn't morph into a liberal while in office?

25 posted on 01/28/2014 9:43:56 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: C19fan

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)


26 posted on 01/28/2014 9:44:32 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: C19fan

A sure loser in the general election, I think. But we want a real conservative, so...


27 posted on 01/28/2014 9:45:43 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: C19fan
Since he dropped out in 2012, Santorum has been laying the groundwork for another run. His advocacy group provides him a platform to raise money

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.

28 posted on 01/28/2014 9:45:48 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: C19fan

methinks rick’s time has come ... and gone


29 posted on 01/28/2014 9:46:01 AM PST by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: fwdude

I’m sure.


30 posted on 01/28/2014 9:46:15 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Ted Grant

When conservatism supposedly “fails,” it’s because the office holder somehow compromises on conservative principles. In other words, he becomes no longer conservative.


31 posted on 01/28/2014 9:46:49 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: C19fan

Santorum, I voted for you -— as a LESSER OF EVILS ONLY. Believe me, even all of your voters DONT WANT YOU. Step off.


32 posted on 01/28/2014 9:47:48 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Buckeye McFrog
We need to focus our energy on someone who can actually win and bring an end to this nightmare.

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.

33 posted on 01/28/2014 9:50:24 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: C19fan
In my best voice - Rick Santorum ran for president? Who knew? lol
34 posted on 01/28/2014 9:50:36 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: TheRightGuy
methinks rick’s time has come ... and gone

IMHO, it (rick's time) was only a figment of his imagination.

35 posted on 01/28/2014 9:54:22 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

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!


36 posted on 01/28/2014 9:57:03 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Resolute Conservative

He was my Candidate last time . . . but I agree. No more re-treads.


37 posted on 01/28/2014 10:04:13 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: C19fan

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


38 posted on 01/28/2014 10:07:23 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: RIghtwardHo

I haven’t been keeping up with him, but how is Pence doing in Indiana?


39 posted on 01/28/2014 10:07:55 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: C19fan
Santorum is becoming the Republican Hubert Humphrey - "Candidate that Wouldn't Stop Running (and Losing)" of the 21st century.

Please, no more loser re-runs.

40 posted on 01/28/2014 10:10:18 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Leaning Right

Hillary vrs. some Republican loser

Everyone panic!!!

Jeb comes to the rescue!!!

A third Bush becomes president.

The 1%’ers profit. No matter what.

Bet on it.


41 posted on 01/28/2014 10:16:25 AM PST by warchild9
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To: C19fan

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


42 posted on 01/28/2014 10:20:04 AM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: C19fan

Noooooooooooooo!


43 posted on 01/28/2014 10:27:17 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Guenevere
Mr. Santorum, while having the conservative religious perspective.....smells of big gov’t, Rino leaning, untrustworthy, district of criminality stench.
The left will trash him with the broad brush moniker of the “religious right.”
He is really a milktoast candidate. Not strong enough on the right for the right but right enough to be labeled as as right wing religious extremist by the left .
The country is toast....and until we pull our asses out of the oven we are going to continue to burn until there is nothing left of any value.
44 posted on 01/28/2014 10:30:16 AM PST by free from tyranny
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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.


45 posted on 01/28/2014 10:33:45 AM PST by RginTN
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To: C19fan

From Wikipedia:

“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.


46 posted on 01/28/2014 10:48:40 AM PST by buridan
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To: buridan

he had his chance. We need someone like Ted Cruz


47 posted on 01/28/2014 10:50:00 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: C19fan

Rick - DON’T.


48 posted on 01/28/2014 10:50:22 AM PST by Wuli
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To: C19fan

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.


49 posted on 01/28/2014 10:56:46 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: free from tyranny

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.


50 posted on 01/28/2014 10:58:41 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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