Skip to comments.Santorum Endorses Clovis, Blasts Ernstís Record of Raising Taxes
Posted on 05/15/2014 10:39:19 PM PDT by iowamark
The last time Rick Santorum was in Iowa, political reporters suspected that an endorsement in the Republican U.S. Senate contests was eminent. Santorum endorsed his longtime friend Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who is running for congress in Iowas third Congressional District on his trip to Iowa in back in March, but he refused to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis at the time. Clovis was an early and influential supporter of Santorum in the 2012 presidential race.
This morning Santorum got of the sidelines and officially backed Clovis in Iowas U.S. Senate race, but in doing so called out so-called conservative groups in Washington, D.C. that are attempting to mislead Iowa conservatives by trying to anoint candidate. Santorum, who is eluding to State Senator Joni Ernst, goes on to say, Simply put, a voting record that supports tax increases and not showing up for the job the people entrusted you to do are not conservative principles.
Santorums endorsement is now the third endorsement Clovis has received this week by prominent social conservatives. Clovis was officially endorsed by talk radio host Steve Deace on Monday. On Tuesday, it was the FAMiLY Leaders Bob Vander Plaats, and today its Santorum. Santorums decision to take a shot at Ernst in his endorsement is interesting considering that Clovis has not shown much aggression in the Republican primary.
Santorums 2012 national campaign manager, Michael Biundo, is consulting Clovis campaign. Chuck Laudner, a Santorum confidant, Iowa grassroots organizer, and conservative activists is serving as Clovis campaign manager.
Ernst has been under fire for missing votes in the Iowa Senate and has more recently begun to take some heat for voting to increase the gas tax and tax sales on the internet.
Below is the text of Santorums endorsement of Clovis.
"Santorum Endorses True Conservative Clovis For U.S. Senate In Iowa Blasts DC groups for meddling to confuse Iowa conservatives
VERONA, PA Winner of the 2012 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum announced that Patriot Voices PAC has endorsed Sam Clovis for U.S. Senate in Iowa.
Rick Santorum said, I am proud to endorse my friend Sam Clovis for the United States Senate. I had the pleasure of getting to know Sam during my run for president and was blessed by his support along the campaign trail. I know what is in his heart and Sam is a true, full-spectrum conservative who believes in the greatness of American exceptionalism and the founding principles in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
I have watched this race develop and was not going to get involved, but I feel compelled to more publicly voice my support for Sam because so-called conservative groups in Washington, D.C. have tried to anoint a candidate. Unfortunately, these same groups either dont know the real record, or they are trying to mislead Iowa conservatives about who is the best conservative in this race. Simply put, a voting record that supports tax increases and not showing up for the job the people entrusted you to do are not conservative principles.
I am fond of Iowa and have gotten to know many Iowans through the years. The one thing that all Iowans appreciate and expect from their politicians is the truth. And the truth is that Sam Clovis is a man of principle who will advance the cause of conservatism and be an outstanding U.S. Senator.
Senator Santorum visited all of Iowas 99 counties and held 381 public events across the Hawkeye State on his way to winning the 2012 Iowa Caucus. It was his victory in the Iowa Caucus that propelled Senator Santorum on to 10 more primary and caucus victories as the conservative choice for President. Sam Clovis endorsed Senator Santorums campaign for President in the Fall of 2011."
Rick Perry backing Matt Whittaker:
Bill Northey endorses Mark Jacobs:
Santorum- supports raising taxes on businesses by supporting the increasing minimum wage tax.
Very disappointed in Santorum. I supported him in the primaries and now can’t trust him.
Rick loves big govt. Nice guy though.
Santorum is correct on this issue.
Will it make any difference to Jacobs getting 35%?
Go pound sandal, RINO. You showed us what you are.
One of the best conservatives in politics. God Bless Santorum and his family. We would be proud to have him in the White House. And the fact that he is a stanch pro-lifers is the best of the best. Such a shame we have such spoiled brats in the conservative section of the party. Oh well you guys love Obama anyway. I think you secretly do like having him as President.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Friday for immediate cuts to Social Security benefits, risking the wrath of older voters and countless others.http://news.yahoo.com/santorum-trim-social-security-now-even-painful-210617928.html;_ylt=AwrSbmrhCHZTMw4Aj4pXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMzd2bjlxBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNARjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1NNRTM0Nl8x
Santorums wife dated abortion doctor in the 1980s: report
Santorum in 2004 backed abortion-rights supporter Arlen Specter for Senate over conservative challenger Pat Toomey
He voted to fund Planned Parenthood as part of an appropriations bill that provided money for Title X family planning. He voted three years in a row against bills to end the National Endowment for the Arts, famous for funding artwork like a cross in urine.
The fiscal watchdog organization Club for Growth describes his performance in Congress as merely above average. Santorum voted for union-backed legislation that restricts steel imports. He opposed repeated attempts to reimpose the pay-go rules that would hold down spending increases and tax giveaways. He voted against the National Right to Work Act and voted for Fed Ex unionization. He supported a bill by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) increasing the minimum wage. He voted for practically every emergency supplemental spending bill sought by the Bush administration, which added tens of billions to the deficit. He voted to increase the debt ceiling and voted against a flat tax. He voted against reforming welfare programs numerous times.
He requested billions of dollars of earmarks for his home state of Pennsylvania, and defends this practice by claiming that there are good earmarks and bad earmarks. He was one of only 25 Senators who voted for the Bridge to Nowhere, part of the $284 billion 2005 highway bill known for its bloated earmarks.
He voted for the expensive Medicare Part D prescription-drug program, the largest entitlement program since Lyndon Johnson, which is expected to cost $68 billion this year. He said after the fact that his vote was a mistake since the program did not have funding. During last weeks presidential debate in Arizona he admitted that voting for the No Child Left Behind Act, which expanded the federal governments role in education, was a mistake and he took one for the team.
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Why is he trying to stanch pro-lifers?
conservative challenger Pat Toomey
That is the funniest post I have read in my time on Free Republic. Toomey conservative......oh my gosh...what a joke! Mr Gays in the military....another ridiculous voter who loves the liberals.
He voted for the expensive Medicare Part D prescription-drug program,
That President Bush wanted. Every other Republican voted for it too.....lord almighty you are stretching. I hope you don’t pop. And the dating abortion doctor in the 80’s....his wife was not running for President if you didn’t know. Plus what a low thing to worry about....