Skip to comments.Rick Santorum, in movie exec mode, considers his options for 2016
Posted on 04/02/2014 7:59:19 AM PDT by GIdget2004
Theres going to be a fight on the right to see who will be the Christian conservative choice of 2016, says Jamie Johnson, a former Santorum campaign staffer. Ive never seen the stars aligned like this before in Iowa, with so many possibilities. I love Rick Santorum, and I wish him the best, but this is a new day.
Its a day when GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are rock stars and when former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee could jump in and steal a lot of the evangelical support. And thats just the fight for the right flank of the party. Who knows whether Jeb Bush or Chris Christie will end up eating away at the pie? This means that even some of Santorums most avid supporters last time around cant promise to be there for him going forward. Ask Chuck Laudner, an Iowa strategist who logged thousands of miles in his pickup truck, working as just one of seven people on the Santorum campaign stationed in Iowa.
Put it this way, he said when asked about whether he plans on taking the truck out again in 2016. Ricks got dibs. But I dont expect that you can re-create the 2012 caucus and re-create that dynamic. I doubt that anybody is going to be riding in that truck except me.
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I like Rick Santorum and voted for him in the last primary but I hope everybody who ran last time, sits this one out.
America is too stupid to have a great man as Santorum as President. America does not deserve your incredible greatness. Just enjoy your life and watch America go down in flames because of their intense stupidity. You don’t need to take part of these selfish idiots.
Spend time with your daughter? Just a thought.
Yeah the progressive liberal Democrat Satanists would love for the GOP to have 10 canidates to vote for while they get behind one. In fact i would expectthem to set up faux conservative groups to encourage and pay candidates to run. We are dealing with a conniving breed of liberal Democrats now. No time to play checkers when they are playing chess. In fact it’s time to play Spock chess - the 3 dimensional variety.
I sent Rick $100.
Never did get that sweater vest...
Rick “Take One for the Team” Santorum
I agree with nearly everything Santorum stands for, but he’s unelectable.
lol. He may have spent it to buy himself a new one.
The sweater vest is great; it exudes “family” and the values it evokes.
A standout, to be sure.
Me too but Santorum didn't actually run last time (or the time before) he was just a spoiler for his buddy Mitt Romney. Santorum must know something about the 2016 election that we don't know yet. Perhaps Senator Graham or John Boehner are considering a possible run and may need Santorum's help?
Santorum has turned running for President into a career. I’m kind of jealous, he’s making pretty good coin from it.
Curious as to why you think that is.
He lost his Senate seat while an incumbent. He couldn't beat the father of Obamacare, Mitt Romney, in the 2012 primaries. He then later endorsed Romney.
In short, if he was "electable" he would be currently holding office.
Santorum backed Specter over Toomey. Was he great then?
His message, it be early in 2011 I believe just really resonated with me and got me back heavily interested in politics. He just could have been more polished. The media and far left were disgusted with him so he must have been on target and probably paved the way a bit for other conservatives, those we will see running for the next nomination.
Started campaigning in Iowa based in a pick up truck.
Realistically, I expect newer faces to probably make their mark next time.
Santorum was kicked out of his senate seat by a larger margin that Christine O’Donnell lost her race to become a first time office holder.
We will all be better off when this Arlen Specter devoted phony, finds a job, and leaves us alone.
Tier 2 at Pro-Life Profiles which is basically the best ranking of any reknown and somewhat mainstream politician: http://prolifeprofiles.com/rick-santorum-pro-life , I don’t necessarily vouch for the site but the information is helpful nonetheless.
Still, if Rick Santorum ran for President, I wonder if he might become one of those candidates who gets shunned out of the debates if he doesn’t put up good numbers in the primaries. By numbers, in general, I’d say 5% or better to begin with in the early voting.
You morons need to take your pathetic and childish Mitt Romney spoiler excuse and shove it up your ass. Anybody you didn’t want was a Mitt Romney spoiler. Too bad none of you had the man parts to listen to what Sheldon Adelson was saying out loud.
If anybody was helping Romney it was you.
Of course, you don’t mention he won his Senate seat two times, not bad for a place like Pennsylvania and lost mainly in a year, Republicans were just plainly beaten bad.
He’s prolife, gets the best rating of any mainstream politician around. Hardly seems phony but name-calling and falsehoods seem to be your style.
Palin does not hold office anywhere because she does not want to.
She learned years ago she makes much more money, with much less stress, by writing books, giving speeches, having 100 TV shows, etc.
Every once in awhile she'll tease people with the idea she *might* run for president. But that's more about keeping her name in the news & making money than actually running for office.
Thanks for the personal attack, speaking of “style”, I merely posted facts on Santorum.
Santorum lost by a BIGGER margin than Christine O’Donnell, and he was the incumbent! It was history making that election cycle, and not at all typical as you tried to claim, no one resembled Santorum’s 18 point wipeout.
The Catholic Santorum admits to switching to pro-life to run for office in 1990, but in 1996 he endorsed and campaigned for, Arlen Specter’s presidential run, to change the GOP to a pro-abortion platform.
Santorum was devoted to Specter (under the radar and behind the scenes), and supported him against Toomey in both 2004, and 2010.
Specter, with Santorum on stage, endorsing and clapping:
I want to take abortion out of politics. I want to keep the Republican Party focused on the vital economic and foreign policy issues and leave moral issues such as abortion to the conscience of the individual. I believe abortion is an issue to be decided by women.”
I pledge to lead the fight to strip the strident anti-choice language from the Republican National platform.
And this is why he is unelectable. He betrayed us.
If I wanted a ‘RockStar’ candidate,, it won’t be a recycled politico.
> “Curious as to why you think that is.”
How about because of his history to date?
My Senator Cornyn also supported Specter over Toomey. I won’t vote for him anymore either.
Getting weary of what and who ever running to lefty advocate publications like the New York Times or Wapoo and their edited pontifications given any credit. If they appear here don’t give a damm what they say or think.
chest beating always enhances one’s argument...
What are you talking about?
Was that strange post an emotional lashing out, because you can’t challenge any facts in post 23?
Palin may have been the most popular governor in history and left office with very high approval ratings.
Palin left to lead a national movement, and has changed the political landscape and moved the GOP right, and has helped elect Governors, Congressmen, and Senators like Ted Cruz.
Santorum is a guy who has been desperately seeking work since he was booted out of the Senate by an historical loss for an incumbent Senator.
About 18 points, even worse than the infamous Christine O’Donnell race, and she wasn’t a 12 year incumbent.
While he is postulating his moral absolutes, he fails to recognize the legal context--that is, what level of Government is responsible in a particular area of concern. The Founding Fathers deliberately left the Police Powers (health, safety & moral concerns) to the States & local governments. Santorum seems indifferent to the most basic divisions of responsibility in his rush to prohibit what offends him. That is neither Conservative, nor moral. It shows an undisciplined fanaticism, but nothing useful in returning America to her principles, both political & cultural.
in re sactorum, I totally agree. that was a response to the namecalling referred to in your post.
I beg to differ. I never even sent money to his campaign let alone vote for him.
Whatever, You just accused everybody you opposed of secretly working for him like every other Alinskyite.
I thought Santorum was on his way, and then he had to start talking about compromise. We don’t want compromise, we want a clear, articulate constitutional conservative vision that will inspire people and win them over. That leaves a field of one...Ted Cruz.
Libertarians promote anti-American social liberalism at ALL levels of government, it is why Rand Paul has moved to support gay marriage and social liberalism, although he is a Senator, and is running for President, federal office.
Which one? LOL His presence in the debates were just one huge Gaff. I love the guy, but how in the hell does one get elected to anything being such a HORRIBLE public speaker? He made Bush look like a scholar. If he runs again, he'll have to be a whole lot more prepared.
I supported Rick Santorum back in 2008 when he ran as a conservative before he stepped down and then endorsed Mitt Romney as the only "conservative" who can win.
I opposed Ron Paul but never even gave it a thought that he was working for Mitt Romney. I opposed the former ambassador to China, liberal republican but never accused him of working for Mitt Romney, I cannot recall accusing any other republican of secretly working for Mitt Romney except Rick Santorum who did it twice already. Heck, I'm one of the few who never blamed Ross Perot for losing the election for George H W Bush in '92 (even though I was far from supporting the man).
If Rick Santorum had stayed out of the 2012 primary (or at least admitted he felt that his "opponent Mitt Romney" is a "conservative" like himself (as he stated in 2008) then he would have appeared more consistant. But instead, in 2012 he ran against Mitt Romney accusing him of "not being conservative". And in the end what did he do again in 2012? Endorsed Mitt Romney as the only "conservative" in the race to beat Barack Obama.
That's not being an "Alinskyite", it's called recognizing reality.
I do not oppose any issue Rick Santorum ran on and ran for. I support EVERYTHING that Rick Santorum claims he stands for. It's just that I know what he says he stands for and what he really is are two different things.