Skip to comments.Which Republica Presidential Candidate Supported Sotomayor?
Posted on 02/15/2012 4:48:57 PM PST by katiedidit1
Pop quiz: Which Republican presidential candidate supported the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor?
Hint: Its the same one who endorsed a pro-abortion-rights presidential candidate in an earlier campaign.
Give up? The answer is Rick Santorum.
Santorum was rightly known as a conservative firebrand during his 12 years in the Senate, but the 1998 confirmation vote for Sonia Sotomayor to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was a notable exception, and so was his endorsement of Arlen Specters bid for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination
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Is this the best you can do to oppose Santorum?
Santorum joined every Democrat in the Senate and 24 other Republicans in voting yes. Sotomayor was confirmed by a vote of 67 to 29. It does not appear that Santorum talked publicly about his decision to vote in favor of Sotomayors confirmation. As many conservatives predicted, she was eventually nominated to the Supreme Court but not until a decade later.
OK you’ve convinced me. I’ll vote for Romney.
Rick Santorum’s no different than any other pro-life Democrat. So, this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
OH NO! this is just the icing on the cake. There is much more to come..stay tuned.
On Spector; “Santorum was effectively returning a favor by endorsing Specter despite his aggressive pro-abortion-rights views. Specter had supported Santorums 1994 Senate campaign.
Six years later, Santorum supported Specter again this time in his hard-fought Senate primary battle against Pat Toomey. Conservatives targeted Specter for defeat because of his moderate to liberal views on abortion, gun control and government spending.
Among those supporting Toomeys primary challenge to Specter: a certain Massachusetts governor named Mitt Romney.
Santorum not only supported Specter. He ran an ad for him.
Arlen is with us on the votes that matter, Santorum said in an ad for Specter. Im proud to endorse Arlen Specter.
What a STUPID question.....he’s the ONLY Senator running.
Sorry, but the Romney smear machine isn’t going to work this time, we are on to you guys
Which Republican candidate supported Dede Scuzzyfuzzy, sat on a couch with Nazi Pelosi in support of Cap and Trade, agreed with Jon Cary on Gorebal warming, and declared the era of Reagan dead while also supporting healthcare mandates?
It was not Santorum but it could have been Romney and it wasn’t Ron Paul.
So who was it?
I think that is a bad issue to run against Rick with. Rick endorsed Arlen over supposedly more conservative Toomey. However, Toomey turned out to be a liberal. He voted YES to gays in the military. I know you have other things to bash Santorum with but this one is probably not going to work. Just a bit of advice.
There are no Constitutional (the only definition that means anything) left running, with one exception, who supports many dangerous and foolish ideas. The field is weak, just the way the leftists planned. That having been said the only person lower than Romney on my list is Santorum. And that’s saying something. I’ll write in a candidate before voting for either. Sadly in a country of 300 Million, we can’t find a strict constitutional conservative (well, one who isn’t batty) to run for office. Sad, sad, sad.
It’s all going to come out on Santorum. He is just beginning to be truely vetted. No comparison as to what Newt as been through by the media and establishment.
So... the country that elected Obama who in turn nominated Sotomayor to the USSC is going to find this problematic...how?
I don`t like the wise-a** latina, but this is rather weak.
But nonetheless... here come the attacks from the Obama Ministry of Information. Nice to see the propagandists from Always Broadcasting Crap have checked in for the day.
Why don't we talk about some of the liberal/leftist judges Romney appointed as Governor of Massachusetts? Maybe that would make an interesting discussion.
It was Santorum. How could a social conservative endorse Sotomayer?
Correction, the first line should have read:
There are no Constitutional (the only definition that means anything) [Conservatives] left running, with one exception, who supports many dangerous and foolish ideas.
which candidate was an outspoken advocate of baby killing?
Which candidate was an outspoken advocate for agressive gun regulation?
Which candidate is a member of a cult that thinks God is a married space alien that lives on the planet Kolob which the earth used to orbit before it was placed in it’s current location?
Which candidate has said he “likes to fire people” “doesn’t care about the poor” wants to raise the minimum wage and wants to fix the safety net?
Which candidate was a failed one term governor who didn’t even try to get re-elected because he knew he would lose in a landslide?
I didn't know he voted for Sotomayer. I can be objective and want to know why he did it.
How could a conservative support Dede Scuzzyfuzzy?
Please, Newt is done. Face it.
This has nothing to do with Romney. Are you disputing Santorums support of Spector? If you happen to be one who is supporting Santorum for his social conservatism, don’t you think it is important to know that it only goes so far? That everyone has a price and Santorum is no different. Arlen Spector devastated the Republicn party as well as this country.
No, it is a big issue to confront a so called social conservative on...he endorsed Spector twice! and on Sotomayer, even McCain voted NAY.
This was not a typical Circuit Court nomination. When Bill Clinton picked Sotomayor in June 1997, many conservatives believed her confirmation would put her in a fast track to the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal editorial called her a liberal judicial activist. Rush Limbaugh said Clinton was putting her on a rocket ship to the Supreme Court. A vote to confirm her to the Circuit Court, many Republicans believed, would make it hard to vote against her if she was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Republicans, led by Majority Leader Trent Lott, delayed Sotomayors confirmation vote for more than a year. When the vote finally happened, 29 Republicans including most conservative stalwarts like Mitch McConnell, Phil Gramm, Jon Kyl and even John McCain voted no.
I need your help. Who beat Santorum in his last bid for senate? Cannot remember his name. He was a conservative Dem wasnt he with a past in Penn? Thanks. Im in a heated facebook argument right now with a former Pennsylvanian.
President Bush personally asked Santorum to endorse Spector. What Republicans asked Newt Gingrich to endorse Dede Scozzafava?
Rush even warned on the vote for Sotomayer. It was a bad vote. Looks like Santorum compromised his principles.
Like it or not..for months Newt has been bashed, slammed attacked and not only by the media and establishment but on FR...well, brace yourself as it is now Santorum’s turn. No more free pass.
Oh like Obama..Santorum blames BUSH. Did Bush ask Santorum to endorse him TWICE?
Yes, ma’am. I hope you’re ready.
Who beat Santorum in his last bid for senate? Cannot remember his name.
Bob Casey, Jr., 59 - 41, 2006
Bob Casey ran as a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat and beat Santorum in a very bad year for republicans.
Of course Mittens will tell you that he was only those things so he could get elected governor in Massachusetts. That actually makes it worse, because it means he has no integrity.
All of the candidates deserve a thorough vetting. Newt got his, and now it is Santorum’s turn.
There are no good candidates in this race. We’re basically handing Obama four more years.
These Mittbots went right down the list accusing every single candidate of working for Romney and here they are doing all they can to eliminate his only legitimate challenger at this point.
I have no love for Gingrich but I see he has made it clear that he’s not going to stand in the way in Michigan and Nevada. That’s an honorable thing to do.
Just looked at Toomney record and he is pro life. His record is ultra conservative compared to Spectors.
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning human cloning, including medical research: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mothers life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
Lol........it was Bush’s fault.
TF, the smear machine you see is not necessarily coming solely from the Romney folks. It’s too bad the rest of Newt’s supporters aren’t as rational thinking as yourself and sensible enough to give Rick a decent shake. Her and her ping list are gleefully watching, cheering, praying that Rick is attacked and overcomed with a barage of negative ads. Think about it, they’re “Cheering” for a conservative to go down. To them it’s justifiable payback for what Newt sufferred in FL, even though Rick wasn’t responsible for the attacks. This is just freeped up beyond belief.
Rick Santorum will make a fine nominee and an excellent President.
So who is going to change this? Nobody. We are in a world of hurt. No way we get to become energy dependent. The elites will make sure of that. No conservative wants to be vetted like Palin. Nobody will audit the Feds (except Paul) & he ain't going nowhere. No logic for this except the elites that have most all of the control over us will put us into huts before they will change anything & as long as the sheeple have a TV & a six-pack they are fat cats & will assume the position anytime the handouts come.
Pass the Kool Aid......there is no perfect candidate, so get over it.
I’m re-posting this hear for all the Santorum-bots, half of you will not even take the time read his stellar voting record, let alone analyze it.
Hat tip to SatinDoll for putting this together
What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like
Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)
Friday, January 6th at 12:13PM EST
Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Defense and Foreign Policy
Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.
Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
Voted for the START II Treaty
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the Presidents authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program
Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge
Voted against National Right to Work Act
Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.
Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of assault weapons by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.
Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapists, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter backup plan to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.
Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.
Voted against food stamp reform
Voted against Medicaid reform
Voted against TANF reform
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.
Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museums Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a states highway allocation
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%
Voted against transferring $20 million from Americorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.
Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an 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 a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.
Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.
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You know, I often see people here saying, excusing Santorum for endorsing Sprcter, Sotomayor, Romney, “Sometimes in politics and in life you have to be pragmatic about things.”
I don’t agree with that. Giving up one’s morals or intellectual integrity is NOT being pragmatic, it’s being a hypocrite and a sellout.
He could as well falling in admiration towards Obama, which he did, before attacking him, as he does now.
I despise people without a moral compass. Romney and Santorum belong the this category. No more flip-floppers!
Santorum was against Tea Party movement, and now he is for it, as he seeks their votes. Santorum was for big government, and now he is against. Santorum was for censoring internet SOPA, and now he is against.
Blast from the past:
Santorum in 2006: “The pursuit of happiness harms America”
Rick Santorum is an enemy of individual liberty
I’ve known that for a looong time. Anyway, it was not for SCOUS it was for a Federal Judge. Anything they can do to prevent us from voting for Santorum! The liberals are so insistant that we nominate Romney, that they attempt to paint him in the most conservative light they can.
Nice, you’re using the dem talking points. This vote was for an appellate court position and not for the Supreme Court. Those appointments are usually rubberstamped.
Shame on you. If you don’t like Santorum, try using non-lib talking points to defend your position against him.
I totally agree. Santorum didn’t hurt Newt. Newt did it to himself with his stupid attack on capitalism before Florida. Santorum didn’t even campaign in Florida. That was a mistake on his part and that is why his boat sank.
That was the point of his decline. That was a fatal error for Newt and it can’t be turned around now. The trust is gone.
Great Senators don’t lose by 17 pts. Newt Gingrich will forget more in a week than Santorum will ever know and it is shameful that this is happening to a true American patriot. America will regret this.
Santorum 2006: “birth control harms women and society”
Did Santorum blame Bush for his vote—give him a brake!