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Murdoch backs Santorum for US president
Breitbart ^ | 1/2/2012 | AFP via Breitbart

Posted on 01/02/2012 11:27:35 PM PST by Qbert

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Monday urged Iowans to back firebrand social conservative Rick Santorum, one day before they cast the first votes of the 2012 White House race.

"Can't resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country," Murdoch, 80, said on his official Twitter feed on the eve of the heartland state's nominating caucuses.

Santorum has surged into third place in recent days on the strength of his take-no-prisoners social conservative ideology and seemed poised for a strong finish in the largely symbolic first-in-the-nation ballot.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Pennsylvania
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1 posted on 01/02/2012 11:27:40 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

That’s how Santorum should have been doing it from the beginning. I’m glad to see he’s picked up his game.


2 posted on 01/02/2012 11:42:48 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Too bad he isn’t a fiscal conservative.


3 posted on 01/02/2012 11:51:43 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

“Too bad he isn’t a fiscal conservative.”

Don’t believe the propaganda. Santorum is a fiscal conservative. He supports a balanced budget amendment and reducing government spending.

http://enjoymentandcontemplation.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/santorum-fiscal-conservative/


4 posted on 01/03/2012 12:01:59 AM PST by detective
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To: American Constitutionalist; Antoninus; AuH2ORepublican; BlackElk; Carry_Okie; ...
Santorum Ping

Santorum for President Ping List. FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

5 posted on 01/03/2012 12:02:22 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Qbert

This is obviously being done to help Romney later get the nomination, by keeping Gingrich out.

If the race were to come down to Romney, Santorum and Paul, then Romney will win...... and THAT is what Fox is all about.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 12:06:01 AM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: detective

I’m sure he’s conservative enough and I do respect that but I think he stands no chance against Romney and even less than no chance against Obama. We better hope we take the senate because the Presidential election doesn’t look promising imho.


7 posted on 01/03/2012 12:06:01 AM PST by RC one (I will not vote for the gun grabbing, draft dodging, pro-choice, so called Republican Mitt Romney.)
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To: SatinDoll
Too bad he isn’t a fiscal conservative.

From Rick's campaign site.

"Senator Santorum fought to maintain fiscal sanity in Washington before it was in fashion, fighting for a balanced budget and a line item veto. He bravely proposed reforming entitlements, cutting spending and even developed a "spendometer" that added up the cost of Democrat amendments to spending bills. This record made him one of the most conservative senators in Pennsylvania's history."

What a wacky fiscal Liberal he is.

As far as I can see from his stump speeches, he is calling for cutting regulations, spending and taxes. He is a fiscal Conservative.

8 posted on 01/03/2012 12:08:48 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Qbert

Too bad his network doesn’t listen to him

Their noses are so far up Romney’s butt they will need a team of proctologists to extract themselves

They can smell the Charles from their vantage point

Especially chief Mitt knee padders...Megan Kelly and Brett Baier and Herr Krauthammer


9 posted on 01/03/2012 12:09:30 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: Qbert

I like rick but his lifetime acu is lower than newts

I know that like polls, folks here hate those unless they support their position

We need to congeal an anti romney sooner more than later

Folks....


10 posted on 01/03/2012 12:14:02 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: wardaddy

I am with you. I have no problem to see Santorum and family in the White House. I hope he wins if Sarah does not run.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 12:17:45 AM PST by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: RC one
“he stands no chance against Romney and even less than no chance against Obama.”

You certainly agree with the Democrat/MSM propaganda.

They said Reagan stood no chance against Carter in 1980.

They said Reagan was alienating the neutral nations in the 1980’s and that Communism was the wave of the future and that America was isolated and unpopular.

They said McCain was the best nominee because he would appeal to moderates and independents.

They said the Tea Party and other conservatives were extremists who would alienate moderates and independents and cause the Republicans to lose big in 2010.

I have heard all the arguments before. They say a principled conservative can never get the votes of moderates and independents. An outsider who is not endorsed by the MSM can never win.

I don't believe it.

12 posted on 01/03/2012 12:20:36 AM PST by detective
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To: Qbert

Rupert supported Hillary, than Obama, so this is at least a little more positive move on his part.


13 posted on 01/03/2012 12:23:38 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: SatinDoll

Unfortunately, if you’re from a north Eastern state, you can’t swing as far to the right as somebody from the south might.

Unless he’s a big-time spender, I would be willing to cut him some measure of slack.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 12:28:08 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Qbert

Wow... This is an interesting twist.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 12:39:23 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: detective

Obama isn’t Carter and Santorum sure as hell isn’t Ronald Reagan. You go on disbelieving though.


16 posted on 01/03/2012 12:43:27 AM PST by RC one (I will not vote for the gun grabbing, draft dodging, pro-choice, so called Republican Mitt Romney.)
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To: Qbert
Interesting. I wonder if this could translate to Fox News NOT being so strongly in bed with ROMNEY starting today?
17 posted on 01/03/2012 12:45:17 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: VicVega
Rupert supported Hillary, than Obama, so this is at least a little more positive move on his part.

He might be a liberal, but unlike Obama, he likes America and he's a capitalist. I'll give him that much.

18 posted on 01/03/2012 12:48:30 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: SatinDoll

Not sure where he stands, but Perry has a pretty funny ad attacking Santorum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt6XCZz2X1Y&feature=youtu.be


19 posted on 01/03/2012 12:50:25 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

He has shown a tendency to swing both ways. And yes, he is a capitalist.


20 posted on 01/03/2012 12:54:24 AM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX LSU TIGERS, GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: Qbert

I said weeks ago, when Santorum was at 5 percent in the polls, that Rick Santorum will be the surprise coming out of Iowa on Jan. 3.


21 posted on 01/03/2012 1:02:08 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: Gator113

This is obviously being done to help Romney later get the nomination, by keeping Gingrich out.
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Yes indeed. And it has also been reported that the planned invasion of earth by the Martians has been postponed until after the election.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 1:06:54 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: Gator113

Rupert Murdoch is an international businessman and international businessmen are for “world order.”

The candidate of “world order” is Romney.

Murdoch’s forefathers like Nelson Rockefeller were backing George Romney for president in the mid 1960’s.

Murdoch wants to get Santorum up in the national polls over Newt and his vote up down South so the conservative vote can be split for Romney wins in South Carolina and Florida.

P.S. My first choice for president right now is Bachmann.
To defeat Romney today I would probably hold my nose and vote for Ron Paul instead of the conservative vote splitter Santorum.

ROMNEY MUST BE DEFEATED EARLY AND AT ALL COSTS....EVEN IF IT MEANS VOTING FOR PAUL IN IOWA OR NEW HAMPSHIRE.


23 posted on 01/03/2012 1:12:45 AM PST by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: VicVega; All

How can an ad that consistently takes 3 words out of an interview to use out of context to lie about another candidate be “pretty funny”? While I love your support for LSU and the N.O. Saints, when it comes to Rick Perry...... The gall of him attacking a TRUE Conservative like Rick Santorum; I have to tell you Vic, Rick Perry would not make a decent scab on Rick Santorum’s ass.

Geaux LSU Tigers beat Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.

Go Saints, beat Detroit in the Playoffs.


24 posted on 01/03/2012 1:15:55 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: detective
Rick Santorum is not a fiscal conservative.

- Voted for Perscription Drug Benefit mandate.
- Endorsed Arlen Spector.
- Agreed with Newt on illegal immigration when Newt mentioned his limited amnesty.
- Voted for the Gun Manufacturers Liability Act of 1994 prohibiting the sale of hand guns with safety devices.
- Voted against Death Tax repeal in 2003.
- Voted for the federal regulation of farms requiring that large farms construct animal waste treatment facilities.
- Voted for Bushs' No Child Left Behind and other national testing initiatives.
- Voted for afirmative action (later voted against it).
- Voted for Minimum Wage increases (Flipped on this several times).
- Voted for federal funds for military operations in Bosnia.
- Voted to cut Trident II D-5 missles several times.
- Voted against the elimiation of the National Endowment for the Arts funding numerous times.
- Voted to seize private property to designate 7 million acres of Cal. desert as a wilderness area.
- Voted against the first amendment and for lobbying restrictions and regulations.
- Voted for the Motor Voter law several times.
- Voted to limit Striker Replacement of union thugs.
- Voted on the FY 94 Clinton budget, which contained at that time the largest tax increase in U.S. history.
- Voted against SDI several times.
- Voted against Hunter amendment that sought to require the Defense Department to ask individuals entering the armed forces if they are homosexuals. (He later switched to the more conservative position on this).
- Voted against school choice early in his career. (He later switched to the more conservative position on this).
- Voted against both the 1991, 1992 spending freeze and voted for numerous large Bush II Budgets.
- Voted for tabaco tax increases (1998).
- Voted against the exemption of banks with assets of less than $250 million from the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (1998).
- Voted for the Chemical Weapons Treaty of 1997 that the ACU said, "violated U.S. constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, ceded U.S. national sovereignty to international agencies, and threatened U.S. defense forces".
- Voted for Kassenbaum amendment to the Ryan White Reauthorization which allowed for funds to be used to promote homosexuality or intravenous drug use.
- Voted for the 2005 highway bill that included thousands of wasteful earmarks, including the Bridge to Nowhere.
- Voted to continue funding the Bridge to Nowhere rather than send the money to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
- Sponsored a bill to extend milk subsidies in 2005, which he claimed he did to “save countless Pennsylvania dairy farmers.”

Some additional points from here:

- A prolific supporter of earmarks, having requested billions of dollars for pork projects in Pennsylvania while he was in Congress. Perhaps recognizing the sign of the times, Santorum finally reversed his position in 2010, saying that he was opposed to them , but one must remain skeptical about his sincerity. As recently as 2009, he said, “I’m not saying necessarily earmarks are bad. I have had a lot of earmarks. In fact, I’m very proud of all the earmarks I’ve put in bills. I’ll defend earmarks.”

- An examination of his scores in the NTU rating of Congress shows that Santorum compiled a very strong record on taxes and spending in the first four years of each of his two Senate terms, then a sharp swing to below the Senate Republican average in the Congress before his reelection campaign.

- In the 2003-2004 session of Congress, Santorum sponsored or cosponsored 51 bills to increase spending, and failed to sponsor or co-sponsor even one spending cut proposal. In his last Congress (2005-2006), he had one of the biggest spending agendas of any Republican -- sponsoring more spending increases than Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Lincoln Chafee and Thad Cochran or Democrats Herb Kohl, Evan Bayh and Ron Wyden.

- Santorum also supported raising congressional pay at least three times, in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

- He voted NO on raising the minimum wage in 1995 and 2005. But on the same day he voted NO in 2005, he sponsored an amendment that would increase the minimum wage, which he later boasted about to skeptical voters in a 2006 campaign brochure he released called “50 Things You Didn’t Know About Rick Santorum.”

- In the same “50 Things” campaign brochure, Santorum boasts about sponsoring a bill to regulate “price gouging and unfair pricing by the big oil companies.” This contradicts his opposition to a “windfall profits tax” that Democrats tried to impose on oil companies in 2005. He also voted YES on Sarbanes-Oxley, which was an overreaching bill that tried to tighten accounting regulations following the Enron scandal.

Also see: Rick Santorum the Pro-Life Statist
25 posted on 01/03/2012 1:16:44 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Future Useless Eater

There is NO QUESTION Murdoch is doing this to help Romney just as he’s clearly directed anyone on Fox News who isn’t powerful enough to set their own agenda to support Romney (which for the last month meant attacking Newt). Dick Morris underlined how this strategy has been used in other primaries, where the nominal frontrunner lays off the fringe candidate so he can knock out the serious competitor in the early races, then knock out that whole weakened field in the bigger states after IA and NH. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul simply steal votes away from candidates like Newt (and maybe Perry but it’s a longshot) who can win.


26 posted on 01/03/2012 1:27:14 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Obama in 2012!)
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To: VicVega

Not sure where he stands, but Perry has a pretty funny ad attacking Santorum.

I don’t think it is funny at all. This is why Perry won’t go anywhere. He is not going after Romney. He and Bachmann are going against other candidates. I can’t wait for Perry to drop out. Disrespectful person!!!


27 posted on 01/03/2012 2:20:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! The ONLY MORAL CONSERVATIVE!!! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: VicVega

Glad only 300 people saw the ad. It is a stupid ad. Glad to see he is wasting his money.


28 posted on 01/03/2012 2:22:22 AM PST by napscoordinator (A miracle is happening before our eyes! The ONLY MORAL CONSERVATIVE!!! Rick Santorum 2012!!!!!)
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To: Qbert

That explains the global smear campaign and kangaroo courts that have created for him (Murdoch) and his associates.


29 posted on 01/03/2012 3:44:15 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (Ignorance is no excuse.)
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To: Qbert

WOW

HUGE

watching FNC you’d a thunk they were shilling for Romney?

or is that a Roger Ailes thing?


30 posted on 01/03/2012 4:25:04 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Lancey Howard

People like his plan to bring manufacturing back.


31 posted on 01/03/2012 4:28:16 AM PST by jersey117 (.)
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To: Qbert

I’m sure he also reached out to Rick to apologize for Colmes’ asinine, callous remark. I hope he pulls the plug on Colmes.

Sarah Palin said a few weeks ago that Santorum could pull this off in Iowa. And that was back before the bandwagon. The woman has good instincts.


32 posted on 01/03/2012 4:34:43 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: SatinDoll

Compared to whom?


33 posted on 01/03/2012 4:35:47 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: detective

As the late compromising Ev Dirksen shook his finger at Tom Dewey in 1952 and said: “You led us down the path to defeat before, why should we follow you again.” (not exact words). For some reason though, the sheeple keep doing as it is told.


34 posted on 01/03/2012 4:42:44 AM PST by Theodore R. (I'll still vote for Santorum if he is on the April 3 ballot.)
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To: Qbert

If Murdoch says it then it must be ... A ploy. Dammit, I’m beginning to truly hate these rich, meddlesome ba$tards.


35 posted on 01/03/2012 4:56:28 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Theodore R.
As the late compromising Ev Dirksen shook his finger at Tom Dewey in 1952 and said: “You led us down the path to defeat before, why should we follow you again.” (not exact words). For some reason though, the sheeple keep doing as it is told.

???? Ike was the Republican candidate in ‘52, he WON the whole thing.

36 posted on 01/03/2012 4:58:08 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Qbert

Good,Hope he sends him some money.


37 posted on 01/03/2012 4:59:24 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Lazlo in PA
As far as I can see from his stump speeches, he is calling for cutting regulations, spending and taxes.

His stump speeches on fiscal issues sound good; his record on fiscal issues is horrible. He was the hand maiden for George Bush's Compassionate Conservatism in the Senate. He not only voted for Bush's spending binge budgets but he helped shepherd them through. He also was the chief liason with the lobbyists for the GOP. Santorum is a typical Bush / Huckabee - type Compassionate Conservative. Good on social issues, horrible on fiscal issues.

38 posted on 01/03/2012 5:10:35 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: napscoordinator

They arnt attacking Romney (or Paul) because you got multiple conservatives in the same race targetting the same voters. There is no point in a social conservative attacking Romney because they have little chance of attracting Romney’s moderate/establishment base. But with Perry or Bachmann attacking Santorum...they COULD attract Santorum’s voters.


39 posted on 01/03/2012 5:11:48 AM PST by floridarunner01
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To: wardaddy

So you’re surprised that the career ACU rating of someone who (i) served in the House for four years representing a heavily Dem district and served in the Senate for 12 years representing a slightly Dem-leaning state while always in a filibuster-susceptible majority (so GOP Senators often had to hold their noses and vote for imperfect bills) is a teensy bit lower than the career ACU rating of a House member from an overwhelmingly conservative district who served 16 years in the minority (with a huge Dem majority with no need to compromise) and then voted only sparingly when he got to the majority because, by tradition, the Speaker almost never votes? Well, I’m just surprised that their career ACU ratings are as close as they are.

You should compare Santorum’s vote ratings (not just from ACU, but from other conservative groups as well as from liberal groups) to those of other Senators serving alongside and see whether you still think his voting record wasn’t very conservative. Rick Santorum is not a perfect presidential candidate—no one is—but being insufficiently conservative is not one of his flaws.


40 posted on 01/03/2012 5:13:41 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Qbert

Anyone who watched Santorum “fight” for reelection against Bob Casey in 2006 knows that Santorum is not someone we want as President.


41 posted on 01/03/2012 5:15:59 AM PST by gruffwolf
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To: VicVega; Qbert; Gator113; SueRae

I won’t see this ‘endorsement’ as having any credibility unless today - TODAY - Murdoch hangs the disgusting Allan Colmes by his own petard, and either Murdoch or Ailes crawls on their belly to publically plead for Santorum’s forgiveness that Colmes wasn’t fired on the spot yesterday. If ever a situation has called for IMMEDIATE, on-set expulsion, Colmes’ unspeakably vile behavior yesterday was it.


42 posted on 01/03/2012 5:21:00 AM PST by GGMac ((lesson learned re Obie: parse every sentence, every word, every gesture, every photo))
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To: Qbert; All

Santorum is a solid Social/Moral conservative. He is literally HATED by the homosexual crowd. Which makes him my friend.

He would be a natural pick for me because of our similar views, and I hope he beats Romeny and Paul in Iowa. I have not supported him because I believed that Newt was the best overall candidate (social/national defense/fiscal). I see Santorum as beomg a good VP choice to Newt to shore of Social Conservatives.

I don’t think, but I seldom get it right, that Santorum will fizzy after Iowa - IF he does well there. However, if Newt can’t win Iowa, I would trully love Santorum clean house in Iowa. IF he could continue it on succesfully for the rest of the primary season and win, I could definitely support him. However, I don’t think he will appeal outside of states where social/moral conservatives are a strong force.

I would like to see him as VP to another like Newt. Now if he sold out and ran with Romney....I still won’t vote for Romney.


43 posted on 01/03/2012 5:33:57 AM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: detective

Reagan had strong political support and money. Santorum doesn’t. That said I like him better than Newt. He shows some self restraint and is a solid conservative. I don’t see Santorum on a couch with Nancy P. laughing about ruining the US economy for the sake of liberal non-science.


44 posted on 01/03/2012 5:40:44 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Qbert

Murdoch from the A-Team?


45 posted on 01/03/2012 5:46:05 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Qbert

Murdoch needs to Tweet Roger Ailes on this: FoxNews relentlessly pimps Mittens and pummels Santorum (as they did Bachmann and Cain before).


46 posted on 01/03/2012 6:02:33 AM PST by montag813
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To: Gator113
This is obviously being done to help Romney later get the nomination, by keeping Gingrich out.

If Newt is so great why did he collapse in Iowa? He sat on his fat ass while Paul and Romney ripped him to shreds and stole 20 point from him. LET THE PROCESS PLAY OUT. No one is royalty. Let them fight for it!

47 posted on 01/03/2012 6:08:51 AM PST by montag813
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To: montag813

Yup. Newt began with a noble plan — to not go negative. When others did and attacked him, he didn’t respond with factual statements. Now, he’s turning into a whiner, and that’s never attractive. I don’t think he has what it takes.


48 posted on 01/03/2012 6:12:38 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: Qbert
Now that it appears Michelle Bachmann is fading off into the sunset, I believe Rick Santorum is our last hope to get a real conservative nominated this year.

I wish Rick luck tonight and hope he is still a valid candidate come March 6 (when my state primary is held).

I'm also sick of the argument some people are making that Romney is the only chance to beat Obama because he'll win over the moderates. The moderates will always tend to vote for the Democrat as was shown when McCain, Dole and other "moderate Republicans" were nominated. On the other hand, a true conservative will bring large numbers of independents and right-leaning Democrats into the GOP fold, as was clearly shown during the two Reagan elections.

49 posted on 01/03/2012 6:23:08 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 36 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: All
Threads like this are very informative. FReepers spend three years out of four telling us how useless congressmen are, how out of touch, how they live in a Washington bubble, how they have no real world experience, how they are all corrupt. But that fourth year when given the choice between outside the beltway governors and long term congressmen with no executive experience they support the congressmen for president.

I can only think of one reason this completely illogical phenomenon:

Panic.

50 posted on 01/03/2012 6:54:56 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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