Skip to comments.Campfield dumps Gingrich for Santorum
Posted on 03/03/2012 12:20:39 PM PST by Elvina
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, co-chairman of Newt Gingrichs campaign in Tennessee, announced today he is quitting that position to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race.
The Knoxville Republican made his announcement in a post on his blog. In an interview, Campfield said he believes that conservatives need to unite behind a single candidate and that Santorum is best positioned to defeat establishment Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Campfields decision comes after a conversation with Santorum earlier this week.
In his blog post, Campfield said he was twisted inside because of my loyalty to Newt, my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy.
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Rick Santorum’s Voting Record
As you decide which candidate is worthy of your vote in the primary, Liberty Counsel Action encourages you to review the positions of all of the candidates on controversial issues. Here is Rick Santorum’s voting record on some key issues. Each vote linked to senate.gov roll call record.
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 rapits, 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.
Naw, NOT a chance!
Santorum is our best chance....to lose to Mr. Obama.
That’s nice. He can lose with Santorum and he will have gained nothing and he will probably be more twisted inside. Oh well.
Sanitorium. Our best chance?
He’s a big gov’t gop-e.
They don’t care about a senate voting record even though it is stuffed with pork. Because Santorum is one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. They will care if he becomes president, and starts his “politics is a team sport crap.”
Hmm. That’s quite a list. I presume you are saying that somehow the state co-chair of the Gingrich campaign was unaware of that list, and so made this decision in ignorance? That would seem rather hard to believe.
Why do YOU think that a guy who was on the Gingrich team, and was co-chair of a state campaign, would abandon Gingrich when Santorum is dropping in the polls, and GIngrich is rising? Does he just hate backing a winner?
Participate in the actual conversation. DOn’t just keep spamming threads.
6 posts bashing Santorum? Wow.
Says it all.
DOnt just keep spamming threads.
Glad to hear you say that, Charles. Couldn’t agree more.
Wow, I had heard you guys were rabidly anti-Santorum here, and I guess I heard right! I check back periodically...
I don’t see six posts bashing Santorum. I see posts that disagree that Santorum is a winning bet. So what, the article is about a Campfield not thinking Gingrich is a winning bet.
It is simply a difference of opinion, not bashing. I would say that is healthy.
That should be “I *will* check back periodically.” I guess I am spending too muh time with my toddlers!
Did someone ask for the peanut gallery to chime in? After we’re done, we’ll come over to the kid’s table and let you all go outside to play, but right now the grown-ups are talking.
I read through all the comments and I realize why Rino Romney dominates. Internal fighting.
We’re such a weak group of voters....can’t even keep it together for a few years. Sad really.
FReepmail Antoninus to be added or removed.
“I....personally prefer Newt and think he would make a great president”
Best part of the blog. The rest is just mindless drivel.
Hmm, IIRC the only successful invasion of Georgia came from Tennessee. On the flip side some historically minded Georgians still seem to bear a grudge against anyone who’s surname starts with ‘S’ and ends with ‘m.’
“Campfield dumps Gingrich for Santorum”
Wednesday’s headlines: The South Dumps Santorum for Gingrich
Thanks for coming out Rick.
It’s the new norm for the Newt people.
Some things are not explainable.. Is Mark Levin ignorant of these facts when he's backing Santorum?
Our BEST chance is GINGRICH/WEST!!!!
If your joke was an allusion to General William Tecumseh Sherman, please note that his last name does not end in an m.
Awww, you ruined his insult.
Ummmm...Campfield should have heard by now the latest in Tennessee after he stuck his finger in the wind. Newt is surging and Santo is bleeding - everywhere.
Gingrich West could not be stopped. It would be a rout.
Oh, if we could get that lucky.
It's Santorum or Romney on Tuesday everywhere but Georgia. If you can't figure out Santorum's a far better choice, you have no right when if Romney or Obama ends up in the White House.
Gingrich's only chance in the race depends on Romney collapsing on Super Tuesday. And, Santorum winning in states like Ohio is going to be necessary for him to have that chance.
If Santorum can hold his own with Gingrich, why wouldn't he be able to do the same with Obama?
The reality is that Santorum is closer to Obama than any other Republican in the most recent Rasmussen poll.
Do you know this weasel?
Yep, you’re right.
Like Santorum, you know what's best for me, right?
Santorum is an amateur and is only a balsawood dolt. IMO
He can't. ..why wouldn't he be able to do the same with Obama?
See above, logician.
“my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy”
You'd prefer Romney over Santorum?
Given where Santorum is with less money, it is obvious he has more than held his own with Newt.
No. Would you?
I prefer Gingrich over them both by a lot.
No, it's not obvious. It's wrong.
In case you weren’t aware. Ignorance reigns... especially with noobs who join to post crap.
“Ditto” from the smart Newt “babe”!
(Oh, I’m laughing so hard, I need a hanky!)
Oh, and Campfield whooo?
It's just that the anti's post a lot. :)
Interesting post. Thanks.
[my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative]
Which undoubtedly means, you support Newt Gingrich. (If you even try to imply Saint Ricky, prepare to become temperately challenged.)
What I will NOT do is become so invested in one or the other, to the point I come across as a jilted schoolgirl when I read something like this, that I end up sabotaging our chances to beat Romney, like you are.
I don't see whats so hard to understand about that.
That's not exactly accurate.
Some people on Free Republic are rabidly anti-Santorum.
Some people on Free Republic have intelligent and thoughtful posts explaining why they think Santorum is not the best candidate to defeat Romney and Obama, and think Gingrich is a better choice. I can respect that.
Some people on Free Republic support Santorum because they think he's got a better chance to defeat Romney and Obama. I'm in that group — I was a very late supporter of Santorum and am well aware of the problems with his candidacy, but I believe it is crucial to defeat Mitt Romney in the primary and believe Santorum has a better chance of doing that than Gingrich.
The site owner, Jim Robinson, has endorsed Newt Gingrich but says either Gingrich or Santorum are fine with him as candidates to defeat Romney.
Please don't assume most people on Free Republic are rabid about anything — except perhaps about the need to defeat Barack Obama.
Prolonging the inevitable won't negate it.