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Rick Santorum at CPAC: Republicans Need to Be More Like Pope Francis
Christian Post ^ | 03/09/2014 | Napp Nazworth

Posted on 03/10/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Republicans should learn from Pope Francis how to better communicate their message, Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, argued Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Republicans focus too much of their message on attracting business owners rather than workers, attacking President Barack Obama and explaining what they are against rather than what they are for, Santorum claimed. Instead, Santorum urged Republicans to reach out to those who are hurting and to talk about how their policies will help them. And to do that, learn from Pope Francis.

"I think we need to take a lesson from someone who is maybe the most popular person in the world right now — Pope Francis," he said.

Like Francis, Santorum wants Republicans to reach out to those who are suffering, and to talk about their positive policy agenda.

Francis is "going out there and not talking about what the Christian faith is against. He's going out there and talking about what we're for. He hasn't changed a single policy. He won't change a single policy. But what he'll do is he'll go out there and talk about the good news to a hurting world because he believes that is what the world needs. It needs the Lord," he said.

While the Republican Party is not a religion, Santorum clarified, it can learn to better communicate its message by observing Francis and explaining to those who are struggling how Republican policies can help them.

"Well, we're not a religion," he continued, "and we're not going to go out there and talk about the good news. But what we need to do is go out and talk about the news of a good America and what that good America can be. We need to paint a picture for people. We need to use a brush where they see themselves in the painting. They see a part of their life, where they hear someone or see a policy and say, 'that's me.' We need to be the 'that's me' party."

Courtesy of C-Span, you can watch the full speech below.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac; popefrancis; republicans; ricksantorum

1 posted on 03/10/2014 8:41:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
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It seems like the Pope Francis is constantly having a crew following him after the 'Clean-up on Aisle 12' announcements. Maybe he is deliberately misquoted by the Media, or maybe his comments are taken out of context, but a lot of his messages have been backtracked as either being mistranslated, misquoted, or not what he meant...
Not exactly the communicator you want to emulate.
2 posted on 03/10/2014 8:48:38 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: El Cid

Where’s my sweater vest, Rick ?


3 posted on 03/10/2014 8:49:45 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We need to paint a picture for people.”

I agree with that.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT by llmc1
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

5 posted on 03/10/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I’ve been to Bemidji.

Mucho cold in winter time...


6 posted on 03/10/2014 8:54:11 AM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s going to run again.
It’s what he does.
I hope the Huckster gets in, just to knock Santorum OUT.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 8:55:58 AM PDT 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: SeekAndFind; Gamecock
Republicans should learn from Pope Francis how to better communicate their message, Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, argued Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Republicans focus too much of their message on attracting business owners rather than workers, attacking President Barack Obama and explaining what they are against rather than what they are for, Santorum claimed. Instead, Santorum urged Republicans to reach out to those who are hurting and to talk about how their policies will help them. And to do that, learn from Pope Francis. "I think we need to take a lesson from someone who is maybe the most popular person in the world right now — Pope Francis," he said.

IB4RSWM

8 posted on 03/10/2014 8:57:35 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind

Be like Pope Francis? As in making statements in foreign languages that continually get misinterpreted, then having to walk them back?

No thanks, Rick.


9 posted on 03/10/2014 8:58:31 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: onyx

As a political figure I was underwhelmed with him last time, and even less impressed now. His sole accomplishment was as a spoiler. He should be with his girl, running for ‘best dad ever’.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 8:59:04 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (If you can read this, you are part of the resistance. Or some scum sucking kapo.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, let’s all emulate the Pope in his redistributionist violation of the Tenth Commandment, which naturally leads to violations of the Ninth which quickly breaks down the Eighth.

Great examples, Rick.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 9:01:25 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Psalm 144

I agree with you 100%.
He’s one politician from our side, who actually makes me grimace every time he speaks, and he didn’t disappoint yesterday on Fox News Sunday.


12 posted on 03/10/2014 9:02:16 AM PDT 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: SeekAndFind

Republican open border policies and free trade policies screw the average workers here.

Close the borders and the minimum wages jobs people will see their wages go up due to the law of supply and demand. Wages will go up, then force people off welfare type schemes so they have to work and can can earn more than before the borders were closed.

This way you don’t need any 0bungu/Democrats minimum wage legislation. Wages go up naturally


13 posted on 03/10/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: SeekAndFind

If he means we have to have an attractive message offered in an attractive form, yes. But I’m not sure Pope Francis, who has been the source of constant misunderstandings ever since his first words as Pope, is exactly the model we want!

Also, I recall Rick being a little on the nasty side about his Republican rivals...I can’t really remember much of his “message” aside from some spiteful remarks, so maybe he should take his own advice.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 9:09:02 AM PDT by livius
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To: SeekAndFind

Some people are born stupid.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 9:10:04 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think that Rick did better than most people expected in 2012 for three reasons:

1. He put in the legwork. He visited every county in Iowa when the polls were still showing him at less than one percent.

2. He is an unapologetic socially conservative. Social conservatives know that he has taken the arrows for his views. They trust him to stand for those views.

(And, third, perhaps most directly related to his message in this article:)

3. He connected with the common man much better than Romney and most of the other candidates. This is something that our candidates, whoever they may be, need to better understand.

Here are a few words cobbled together from his CPAC speech to illustrate that. Some won't like them. But we need to understand the importance of them.

"We went out and talked about job creators. We talked about job creators, not job holders. We trotted out small business person after small business person after small business person after large business person… (W)e didn’t send one server from a restaurant on the stage.”

Not everyone was like the people in the room, Santorum said, "high-energy Type A people who want to reach for the brass ring." The GOP can’t just tailor its approach to entrepreneurs, he argued. The GOP needs “people who are going to work 9 to 5 and go home to coach Little League. Who want to work at the library and volunteer." They need people like that who are "the backbone of America. These folks who don't value just money. But they value family, and community. Children."
16 posted on 03/10/2014 9:21:06 AM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; SeekAndFind

Santorum participated in piling on Mitt Romney with the “Vulture Capitalism” nonsense. As did Michele Bachmann.

Most of the time, and especially in debates, Santorum looks tense and terrified. People will not support a terrified President.

The only way Santorum could get my support would be if he held a press conference laying out all the evidence of the forged “birth certificate,” the forged “draft registration,” the stolen Soshcurity number, and the Kenyan birth records in the archives in England.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 10:19:16 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: SeekAndFind

I voted for Santorum in the primary but my enthusiasm was considerably dampened when he he pronounced George Zimmerman guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, saying that Zimmerman had a”very sick mind” and that his motive was “malicious.”


18 posted on 03/10/2014 10:38:55 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SeekAndFind
The Pope is in favor of guaranteed healthcare by the State.

No thanks.

19 posted on 03/10/2014 11:06:34 AM PDT by what's up (su)
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To: onyx

We really a sick nation aren’t we?

Why can’t these guys grab some bench and shut the heck up!!!


20 posted on 03/10/2014 12:33:19 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
2. He is an unapologetic socially conservative. Social conservatives know that he has taken the arrows for his views. They trust him to stand for those views.

No we don't, Santorum has always been a fake, he was devoted to Arlen Specter and never quit supporting him, until finally he had to become a democrat to get Santorum to stop supporting him.

21 posted on 03/10/2014 1:21:23 PM PDT by ansel12 (Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

sorry to say this.. but

Rick Stantorum is in a foggy world some where..his ship has sailed, he is a professional politician that just can’t give up..
He will go now where..


22 posted on 03/10/2014 3:57:40 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: onyx

The Huck won’t give up his FOX pay check...he too will go no where, his ship sailed away with Ricky S.


23 posted on 03/10/2014 3:59:50 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: what's up

RE: The Pope is in favor of guaranteed healthcare by the State.

Remind us again, where did he actually say that?


24 posted on 03/10/2014 4:46:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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