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Santorum this Morning, Gingrich this Afternoon
American Spectator ^ | 03/09/2012 | Quin Hillyer

Posted on 03/10/2012 8:32:59 AM PST by Keyes2000mt

Just as candidate Rick Santorum was obviously building up to a compelling "grand finale" today in a speech at the Pavilion of the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile this morning, there was a commotion in front of him and to his left. A middle-aged black woman had fainted dead-out, flat onto the concrete floor (it was a bit muggy; raining outside). A lot of candidates would have looked out, stopped talking, asked people to go see if she were okay, and then perhaps continued speaking once it was clear that responsible people were seeing to her well-being. Not Santorum. He stopped his remarks dead in his tracks, just before reaching a planned crescendo:
"Oh -- well everybody, thank you and God Bless," he quickly mumbled, already leaving the podium. And then he leapt down the stairs and rushed to the lady's aid, just about the fifth person to reach her side.

(The lady was soon back on her feet and emergency medical people were making sure she was okay. Thank goodness, it seemed as if she were indeed okay. Santorum never re-took the podium, instead just wading into the crowd to meet people and shake hands.)

It was an unexpected end to an unexpected speech. Most presidential candidates give the same stump speech over and over, with only tiny changes or additions each time to make minor news or to work in some local pitch. Not Santorum. He speaks, completely without notes, at a sometimes overly detailed level of policy minutia, about different subjects from one speech to the next.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; santorum; stalkinghorse4romney; ussalabama; womanfaints

1 posted on 03/10/2012 8:33:04 AM PST by Keyes2000mt
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To: Keyes2000mt

Compare this to obama this week when someone fainted at a lecture

first he cracked a joke about it

Then in his commanding black man voice he ordered someone to do something about it


2 posted on 03/10/2012 8:35:57 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Keyes2000mt; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; Salvation

“A middle-aged black woman had fainted dead-out, flat onto the concrete floor (it was a bit muggy; raining outside). A lot of candidates would have looked out, stopped talking, asked people to go see if she were okay, and then perhaps continued speaking once it was clear that responsible people were seeing to her well-being. Not Santorum. He stopped his remarks dead in his tracks, just before reaching a planned crescendo:
“Oh — well everybody, thank you and God Bless,” he quickly mumbled, already leaving the podium. And then he leapt down the stairs and rushed to the lady’s aid, just about the fifth person to reach her side.

(The lady was soon back on her feet and emergency medical people were making sure she was okay. Thank goodness, it seemed as if she were indeed okay. Santorum never re-took the podium, instead just wading into the crowd to meet people and shake hands.)”

It’s the things politicians do when the cameras don’t notice that really matters. IMHO, this reflects well on Santorum, his flaws as a candidate notwithstanding.


3 posted on 03/10/2012 8:50:18 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Keyes2000mt
He is excellent on the stump. I've watched several of his town hall type meetings on CSPAN, and he does speak completely without a net, and mixes in new stuff all the time. I've watched Romney too, and you pretty much see the same stuff every time. I was amazed after Ohio, Romney even went to teleprompter. I assume Romney has gone into the prevent defense, so it makes sense. Romney appears to be the nominee chiefly because he's the safe bet. But as you would expect, the safe bet is boring as heck. At least we'll get our rest through the general because there won't be anything keeping us awake.
4 posted on 03/10/2012 8:50:31 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Keyes2000mt

Santorum was the 5th person to reach her side. In other words, Santorum did nothing to materially help the lady, but was another person crowding around. That’s what happens many car accidents, when too many people rush forward, to no effect - and sometimes to ill-effect - and surround the injured.

But it was a camera-ready moment.


5 posted on 03/10/2012 8:52:08 AM PST by BCrago66
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To: Keyes2000mt
He speaks, completely without notes, at a sometimes overly detailed level of policy minutia, about different subjects from one speech to the next.

And this is supposed to be a good thing? He admitted he's not a visionary. We don't need a president getting hung up on minutia like this guy does. He would be a disaster in office. Think Jimmy Carter who used to spend time working on the White House tennis court schedule.

6 posted on 03/10/2012 8:52:31 AM PST by petercooper (The one difference between Obama & Romney: Obama is only half white.)
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To: Keyes2000mt

Being so close to the stage I seriously doubt he even knew she went down. And after all the glitter bombings, Obama occupier incidents etc, he probably figured it was another leftist outburst going on.

But that doesn’t fit the smear meme here, eh?


7 posted on 03/10/2012 8:59:38 AM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: petercooper

I watched Santorum’s speech on Super Tuesday in Ohio.

What struck me was after his remarks, he didn’t glad hand Senator Dewine,
or other big wigs.

He immediately took his mother (93 yrs old) by the hand, and made sure
she got down the stage steps. There was someone who then took her.
She walks pretty well, but she doesn’t have anyone—she’s a widow, i think Rick’s father passed away.

I thought that was a class act.

That’s who he is.


8 posted on 03/10/2012 9:01:54 AM PST by preamble
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To: Keyes2000mt; AmericanInTokyo; Lazlo in PA; Antoninus
RICK SANTORUM FOR PRESIDENT!!!!
9 posted on 03/10/2012 9:03:46 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: throwback

More reason why Santorum is electable against Obama. He naturally connects with people especially with common folks as opposed to elites. Hopefully after Tuesday, he’d finally get his chance to go one on one with Romney and deliver the knock-out blow that has been denied him in this three-man race.


10 posted on 03/10/2012 9:12:46 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: preamble

He’s a very nice man, yes. He goes to church, yes. He has a nice moral family, yes. So for those things he’s qualified to be leader of the world’s only superpower? No. I’m voting for a president, not the Pope.


11 posted on 03/10/2012 9:13:29 AM PST by petercooper (The one difference between Obama & Romney: Obama is only half white.)
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To: Steelfish
Oh puhleeeeezz, spare us.

His only purpose in this race is to throw off Gingrich so the mormon has a clear path to the nomination.

He is bankrolled by Romney supporter Foster Friess, who will pull the plug the day after Gingrich drops out.

.

12 posted on 03/10/2012 9:17:49 AM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Rome2000

That’s what you think but its Gingrich who is coming third or dead last in all the recent primaries bankrolled by a Vegas casino gambling with reported ties to criminal syndicates.


13 posted on 03/10/2012 9:21:07 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: BCrago66

Being a hard Newtbot, I say you are FOS. I do not agree with Santorum on many issues, but there is never any worthwhile argument Santorum is not a sincerely caring person.


14 posted on 03/10/2012 9:27:25 AM PST by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: BCrago66

a cheap and unnecessary snarky shot


15 posted on 03/10/2012 9:28:20 AM PST by Nifster
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To: petercooper
No. I’m voting for a president, not the Pope.

Ever lose? I imagine you have if you voted for those bastions of Social conservatism, Goldwater, GHWB, Dole, McCain.

16 posted on 03/10/2012 9:32:29 AM PST by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth.)
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To: petercooper
He’s a very nice man, yes. He goes to church, yes. He has a nice moral family, yes. So for those things he’s qualified to be leader of the world’s only superpower? No. I’m voting for a president, not the Pope.

I agree......and the stage being set Internationally is nothing Santorum can handle with his limited understanding of World Events and happenings. Can you imagine the learning curve he's going to need....and frankly there's no time for that.

Newt's on top of it all, knows the players both nationally and Internationally.....nobody other than Newt can see the whole picture and present it to the people in such a way they understand the perils we are in.

17 posted on 03/10/2012 9:38:21 AM PST by caww
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To: BCrago66

Here Rick does exactly the right thing and more..and you have to lambast him in keeping with the MO of the rest of you Santorum haters on this site.

Keep it up, BC. You all continue to make fools of yourselves....and become more and more insignificant every time you open your mouths.
And by the way, your guy isn’t going to win anything. That’s the best revenge of all against you vitriolic small minded people.
GO RICK! GOD BLESS THE SANTORUM FAMILY!!!


18 posted on 03/10/2012 9:41:52 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Guenevere

RIGHT ON, GUENEVERE!

I’m working as a volunteer for the Santorum campaign in my state....


19 posted on 03/10/2012 9:43:46 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Steelfish

“bankrolled by a Vegas casino gambling with reported ties to criminal syndicates.”

You don’t know what the hell you are talking about, that is plain ignorant. I live in Las Vegas, I wrote the only biography of Harry Reid and I know where the mafia ties are. It isn’t to Adelson, who is one of the richest people in the world and made his money off Consumer Electronics. Steve Wynn and Kirk Kerkorian are much more Mafia tied. Wynn has cleaned up his act, but Kerkorian is tied to Stanley Ho and daughter Pansy of Macao, the gambling/prostitution kingpin (I had to face Ho and his boyguards on a deal once, long story).

In short steelfish, you know diddly/squat on this subject and are talking out your butt.


20 posted on 03/10/2012 9:45:02 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: preamble

Santorum may be class act - and by all accounts he is.

But that doesn’t make me want him as my president. I would rather have a fighter - a mean sonafabitch fighter.

And yes, I do think we’re in a fight and yes that’s why I want a fighter.


21 posted on 03/10/2012 9:50:41 AM PST by Principled
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To: petercooper
He’s a very nice man, yes. He goes to church, yes. He has a nice moral family, yes. So for those things he’s qualified to be leader of the world’s only superpower? No. I’m voting for a president, not the Pope.

I agree......and the stage being set Internationally is nothing Santorum can handle with his limited understanding of World Events and happenings. Can you imagine the learning curve he's going to need....and frankly there's no time for that.

Newt's on top of it all, knows the players both nationally and Internationally.....nobody other than Newt can see the whole picture and present it to the people in such a way they understand the perils we are in.

22 posted on 03/10/2012 9:54:27 AM PST by caww
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To: Mountain Mary

I’m a volunteer in my state as well :)
Sign holding, phone calling, donations....!!


23 posted on 03/10/2012 9:54:43 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“It’s the things politicians do when the cameras don’t notice...”

I agree your statement but in this case the cameras WERE running.

Just wanted to mention that.
JB


24 posted on 03/10/2012 10:06:39 AM PST by thatjoeguy (MAYDAY! MAYDAY! We are so going in ! !)
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To: Keyes2000mt

Another story which details precisely why Rick Santorum is a good man but will not be and should not be president. God Bless him, just don’t elect him.


25 posted on 03/10/2012 11:06:10 AM PST by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: BCrago66

Very cynical and unbecoming remark.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 11:14:10 AM PST by altura
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To: douginthearmy

Being a good man is not a requirement to be President.

It’s only a requirement to be a truly great one.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 11:14:34 AM PST by Keyes2000mt
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To: caww; petercooper

You are both spot on!

I would vote for Santorum if he were on the ticket as Newt’s VP. He needs a lot more on the job experience, and Newt is the guy we need to lead us now.

With Newt we would immediately regain a lot of the respect we have lost internationally. We would finally have someone in the White House with a serious plan for Energy Independence, and the Middle East would know their days of dominance were over. Israel would, for the first time since O took office, know that they had a solid ally again.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 1:36:05 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: conservativejoy

Who woulld win a stare down? Ahmadinejad or Santorum?


29 posted on 03/10/2012 1:39:54 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

My husband said Rick looks like a second grader whose been up to something. I’m sure That would really intimidate our enemies.


30 posted on 03/10/2012 3:33:52 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: conservativejoy
With Newt we would immediately regain a lot of the respect we have lost internationally....... We would finally have someone in the White House with a serious plan for Energy Independence, ......and the Middle East would know their days of dominance were over. Israel would, for the first time since O took office, know that they had a solid ally again.

I have also considered that Newt and Rick might have already determined Rick as Pres. and then Newt will be doing all the grunt work of moving congress.....if Santorum doesn't get Newt on board, and he wins this thing, then all bets are off...he'll fail to unite the congress...and he'll fail internationally and in many other areas because he has no expertize to do the job.

I soooo much want to see Newt as President and will be very much disappointed if he doesn't get it. But I don't underestimate Newt and how he plays his hand either and this game isn't over until Newt says it is. I want to see him go all the way to convention and he says he will do just that.

Meanwhile if I have to vote for Santorum I will, though begrudgingly I admit. He's from my state and we know well how he plays his hand and it will always and forever be to how it makes him look and to advance his political career......he's got a huge self-righteous attitude that doesn't quite and why people grew to dislike him very much...I still do and so don't many others here in Pa.

.....if he thinks he's right even if he's proved wrong he will not heed nor consider....stiff necked says it well. I just don't care for the man at all...his style nor his politics and how he mishandles so much.

31 posted on 03/10/2012 4:40:27 PM PST by caww
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To: conservativejoy

Santorum was raised near where I live now... and for that I can tell why his mindset is what it is.....it’s easily discernable as being an outsider here you can distinguish the mindset.

After over 30 moves in my lifetime thus far, you learn how to adapt to the culture you’re in and siZe it up in order to get along. Rick does carry the mindset here...he is a “country boy” and in my opinion all about his career...and the prominance it gets him. Those who knew him knew well this about him and that has not changed throughout his lifetime.

As far as intimidating anyone....Not possible...as he has to keep a strong hand on his temper....which in doing so prevents him from being intimidating to anyone...otherwise he’d spout off at the mouth making ridiculous comments which we have indeed seen along the way.


32 posted on 03/10/2012 4:48:51 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

“otherwise he’d spout off at the mouth making ridiculous comments which we have indeed seen along the way”

Well this country just can’t risk Santorum’s pesky personality quirks right now.


33 posted on 03/10/2012 4:59:19 PM PST by Toespi
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To: BCrago66

Funny. Somebody observed the EXACT same thing today about this re: Rick on DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND!


34 posted on 03/10/2012 5:06:56 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I do not disrupt Newt threads. I do not naysay or troll there. Respect my Santorum threads, please.)
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To: Principled

Rick Santorum is much more akin to Ronald Reagan in that regard, personality wise. Tough as nails undemeath, but just a kind, gentle, likeable guy.


35 posted on 03/10/2012 5:10:58 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I do not disrupt Newt threads. I do not naysay or troll there. Respect my Santorum threads, please.)
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To: caww

My best friend has given me a lot of insight on Rick from folks who know him personally. They too, said he has a self righteous attitude, is as stubborn as a Jackass, id petulant and can Meltdown in a hurry. Not a raving endorsement for a leader.


36 posted on 03/10/2012 6:06:26 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Toespi
Well this country just can’t risk Santorum’s pesky personality quirks right now.

But those who are supporting him don't seem to take that as an issue...too caught up in his "stage" personality he's performing for them.......although the longer this primary goes on the more he'll expose himself, just as we've seen. In fact several have come to Newts support for how Santorum has fumbled. They recognize he has a need to be seasoned far more than he is to be a President.

He'll continue to speak on social issues because that is what he knows, but will assuredly shy away from other issues or at best stumble thru them when confronted ......that too we have seen. ... you can tell he's trying very hard to "remember" what he's been coached to say rather than presenting his response as his own.

It goes back to lacking a broader understanding of the whole picture in our country....let alone solutions he might have that he himself can call his own. He will have a very difficult time as President....much as we've seen in Obama attempting to get his way thru the system.

We just cannot afford the time and effort he will need to even adapt as President....BTW He never thought he'd get this far this time around...and his lack of preparation evidences this. So hwo in the world is going to be even remotely prepared to be President...he's not.

37 posted on 03/10/2012 6:14:04 PM PST by caww
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To: conservativejoy
"from folks who know him personally. They too, said he, (Santorum) has a self righteous attitude, is as stubborn as a Jackass, id petulant and can Meltdown in a hurry. Not a raving endorsement for a leader.

Yep...that's our rick...as we have known him to be and it really makes it difficult for other politicians he's had to work with...more times than not much time is wasted with his antics etc. which could be better utilized...again known for.

When he's in the debates you can see him muzzling himself, alot of energy is used to keep his lid on which is why he can appear to come off fumbling thru things, he's distracted emotionally handling himself at the same time. And when faced head on it's very apparent his feathers are ruffled.

I've watched some of his videos in congress as well, before i decided he simply isn't ready to be President. I wasn't impressed with his style of presenting his case nor defense of.

38 posted on 03/10/2012 6:26:27 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

Isn’t it amazing how many people don’t study carefully the person running for the highest office in the land?

It’s good to bounce observations off each other, I think.

Your posts are always interesting and insightful. Thanks.


39 posted on 03/10/2012 6:44:06 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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it is odd how many Romney supporters appear to be on this thread. RINO=ism alive and well in the land of FReeper?


40 posted on 03/11/2012 5:43:21 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and I will not go to Kansas to campaign against MITT.)
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