The sweater vest wearing dweeb will be lucky to get past single digits in SC, and should get on with his life.
I am sure he has a bright future in losing some more elections.
Such a freak geek. Santorum should look in the mirror...this is how he voted..
Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies a new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against allowing consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.
I’m sorry but I didn’t see this. Santorum came across as big government.
I think the individual mandate would cause an immense amount of economic hardship to the majority of Americans especially if implemented during an economic downturn such that we have been mired in for the past several years. When implemented in conjunction with an obvious socialist power grab, it was double plus dangerous. This is why I was against the current mandate. 20 year old opinions on the subject are largely irrelevant imho.
This is silly. Santorum bruised no one tonight but himself. I have always thought there was more to Rick than this. Today I saw two opposite sides of the political coin. Rick Perry totally blew me away with his sincerety and his humanity and marvelous grace and class. Tonight, Rick Santorum showed me the exact and complete opposite.
He was petulant, spiteful, and nasty and his cultivated facade of schoolboy innocence is utterly gone. He was absolutely hateful lashing out like a spoiled child. I say this as someone who supported him through thick and through thin and defended him as few as several days ago. Never again.
Obviously I am in the minority here, but we can use Santorum in the race longer. As Sarah Palin said, from the Bible, steel sharpens steel, and they all could use the practice. Going up against the Obama machine in the fall won’t be easy.
My opinions that Santy decided he needed to Go Hard or Go Home tonight, and I thought he brought it. He needed to show differences between himself and both Newt and Mitt, and he did. Not one of the three is a conservative from central casting. It is fair to delineate where you differ, and it is fair that with Perry gone, and with Santy only today receiving credit for Iowa, that he have a shot in SC.
FReepers were harsh and unhappy with Santorum tonight. But some of the comments were about how he looked or sounded, and certainly fault could be found with how mitt and newt look and sound at times.
Still, I do think Newt, as he is wont, wom the debate.
I was proud of our candidates tonight...I thought they all did a good job and any one of them will be a great improvement over the democrats.
There isn’t one that I would agree with on everything...but boy, it is refreshing to see such articulate and well thought out men striving to be our President. All stand up for freedom and American values...makes me damn proud!
“Similarly, its no secret that Gingrich backs or at least used to support an individual mandate.”
My take on the individual mandate, for what it’s worth, is that it’s fine not to have an individual mandate so long as we can come to an agreement that people who opt out get no free healthcare. They go in debt and owe the money... period. I would go so far as to change the bankruptcy laws so it would not be excused through bankruptcy.
I think a lot of folks, wrongly, saw this as the same thing as requiring auto insurance. Plus, with everything else the government is into these days, the individual mandate doesn’t initially seem like that big of a deal. After all, they could have simply created nationalized health care and raised income taxes to pay for it, all constitutional given prior rulings. My point? The individual mandate is certainly unconstitutional, but they could have funded it differently and avoided the issue.
That said, Newt helped defeat Hillarycare. That should at least somewhat mitigate his toying with the individual mandate that he now admits was a mistake. He might have supported it at one time, but he didn’t pass it and isn’t responsible for it now.
I have no doubt that Newt has a lot of baggage, but he actually helped roll back big government when he had his chance, and he clearly isn’t afraid to take on the powers that be.
want to blame some people for Obamacare passing into law?.. it wasn’t Romney or Gingrich
here’s Santorum and his turncoat daddy who was the deciding vote in the Senate..
I hate to say it, but Santorum is totally out of his league on the debate stage. He acts like a teenager.
I’d be a little more enthused about Santorum if he hadn’t been completely blown out in his last election. How can we believe he could pull off a win in a national election?