Skip to comments.Rick Santorum at CPAC: Republicans Need to Be More Like Pope Francis
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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Where’s my sweater vest, Rick ?
“We need to paint a picture for people.”
I agree with that.
I’ve been to Bemidji.
Mucho cold in winter time...
He’s going to run again.
It’s what he does.
I hope the Huckster gets in, just to knock Santorum OUT.
Be like Pope Francis? As in making statements in foreign languages that continually get misinterpreted, then having to walk them back?
No thanks, Rick.
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’.
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.
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.
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
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.
Some people are born stupid.
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.
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.”
We really a sick nation aren’t we?
Why can’t these guys grab some bench and shut the heck up!!!
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