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Rick Santorum Pledges To 'Pull Up Government By The Roots'
LATimes ^ | March 20, 2012 | John Hoeffel

Posted on 03/20/2012 9:25:06 PM PDT by Steelfish

Rick Santorum Pledges To 'Pull Up Government By The Roots'

By John Hoeffel March 20, 2012

Rick Santorum, after finishing far behind Mitt Romney in Illinois, turned his focus Tuesday night to winning his home state of Pennsylvania, which votes in five weeks, styling himself as the only trustworthy conservative and delivering a populist appeal aimed at blue-collar voters.

After mentioning that he had called Romney to congratulate him, Santorum took aim at the front-runner in his election night speech, implying that he was too wealthy and not tough enough to take on President Obama.

“We don’t need a manager,” Santorum said, a reference to Romney’s experience as a businessman. “We need someone who is going to pull up government by the roots and throw it out and do something to liberate the private sector in America.”

Santorum was not in the Land of Lincoln, but in Pennsylvania, the state he grew up in and represented in the U.S. House and Senate until he was trounced in 2006. He did hold his party at the Gettysburg Hotel, however, which is at 1 Lincoln Square.

Speaking under an enormous banner that said, “Freedom,” Santorum stressed his childhood growing up among working-class people, drawing an implicit contrast with Romney, whose father was the head of American Motors and the governor of Michigan. Romney became extraordinarily wealthy as the head of a private equity fund.

“It’s great to have Wall Street experience. I don’t have Wall Street experience,” Santorum said. “But I have experience growing up in a small town in western Pennsylvania, growing up in a steel town, growing up in public housing and apartments, and seeing how men and women of this country scraped and clawed because they had the opportunity to climb the ladder of success in America.

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1 posted on 03/20/2012 9:25:14 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

As a PA resident, I predict that Rick will tank in PA.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 9:29:42 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

My PA uncle likes Newt and my Aunt says she is sick of the whole political thing night after night.


3 posted on 03/20/2012 9:32:43 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Steelfish; All
"Santorum stressed his childhood growing up among working-class people..."

......and did you ALSO know that John Kerry served in Viet Nam?????

4 posted on 03/20/2012 9:33:26 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Steelfish

Hey Rick... Don’t pull them up.... Use Round-up..... Gallons and gallons of Round-Up.


5 posted on 03/20/2012 9:34:59 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Ciexyz
As a PA resident, I predict that Rick will tank in PA.

Based on what? Him being up over everyone 20% in the latest polls?

6 posted on 03/20/2012 9:35:21 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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What a pant load. Rick’s a big-govt policy maker not a policy breaker.


7 posted on 03/20/2012 9:36:25 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; AFPhys; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; ...
Santorum for President Ping List.

FReepmail “Antoninus” to be added or removed.

8 posted on 03/20/2012 9:37:47 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Steelfish

I have experience growing up in a small town in western Pennsylvania too, well eastern Ohio..
John Murtha country.


9 posted on 03/20/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Gene Eric

Ah. Still selling the lie that Rick is a Big Govt guy. Nice try.

http://www.redstate.com/jamesm/2012/03/11/rick-santorum-fiscal-conservative/

“ Fifty senators served throughout Santorum’s two terms: 25 Republicans, 24 Democrats, and 1 Republican/Independent. On a 4-point scale (awarding 4 for an A, 3.3 for a B+, 3 for a B, 2.7 for a B-, etc.), those 50 senators’ collective grade point average (GPA) across the 12 years was 1.69 — which amounts to a C-. Meanwhile, Santorum’s GPA was 3.66 — or an A-. Santorum’s GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50.

Across the 12 years in question, only 6 of the 50 senators got A’s in more than half the years. Santorum was one of them. He was also one of only 7 senators who never got less than a B. (Jim Talent served only during Santorum’s final four years, but he always got less than a B, earning a B- every year and a GPA of 2.7.) Moreover, while much of the Republican party lost its fiscal footing after George W. Bush took office — although it would be erroneous to say that the Republicans were nearly as profligate as the Democrats — Santorum was the only senator who got A’s in every year of Bush’s first term. None of the other 49 senators could match Santorum’s 4.0 GPA over that span.

This much alone would paint an impressive portrait of fiscal conservatism on Santorum’s part. Yet it doesn’t even take into account a crucial point: Santorum was representing Pennsylvania.”


10 posted on 03/20/2012 9:42:26 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Steelfish
Beam me up!!


11 posted on 03/20/2012 9:44:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish

“Speaking under an enormous banner that said, “Freedom,” “

Yes, Rick is about FREEDOM and is the candidate who most understands the importantance of our inalienable rights!


12 posted on 03/20/2012 9:46:34 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

Excuse the typo, getting sleepy. :)


13 posted on 03/20/2012 9:47:44 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Steelfish

He can’t win a battle against Romney. He’s not giving me a lot of confidence that he can go to battle and win against a much bigger challenger, Government.


14 posted on 03/20/2012 9:52:42 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Lazlo in PA

>> Still selling the lie that Rick is a Big Govt guy.

“What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2859903/posts?page=5#5

Rick is NOT a small govt guy.


15 posted on 03/20/2012 10:04:04 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: NavyCanDo

Santorum almost beat Romey in his home state of MI and came within 1% in OH! The aerial bombardment of round the clock ads will have an effect on any candidate. Plus IL is a liberal state tailor-made for Romney.


16 posted on 03/20/2012 10:05:41 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Gene Eric

Yeah. Picking and choosing a couple votes out of context says everything about a mans voting record. Good thing no one is buying that spin. BTW, how did your guy do tonight? I stopped reading the results after I got to the third place Paul in single digits.


17 posted on 03/20/2012 10:10:58 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Gene Eric

Santorum as head of ticket equals = Obama, Dem Senate, Republican Congress with less of a majority.

Paul = Obama, Dem Senate, Dem Congress

Romney - Rep Senate, Rep Congress

Which would you rather have?


18 posted on 03/20/2012 10:19:31 PM PDT by Wooly
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To: Wooly

How does Romney = Rep Senate and House when he depresses conservative voters? Look at when he wins. Turnout down everywhere.


19 posted on 03/20/2012 10:22:09 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Lazlo in PA

What does Newt’s performance have to do with Rick’s record of sustaining big govt?

Rick is an establishment politician. The idea he’ll ‘Pull Up Government By The Roots’ is ostentatious and absurd.


20 posted on 03/20/2012 10:22:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Wooly

>> Which would you rather have?

The truth.


21 posted on 03/20/2012 10:23:01 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Gene Eric
What does Newt’s performance have to do with Rick’s record of sustaining big govt?

I disagree with your flawed premise and disregard it. Rick is not the Big Govt guy you claim he is. Second, Newts performance is everything in this equation. You are now either with Rick or Romney. Rick is the only one left to have a chance to take out Romney now.

22 posted on 03/20/2012 10:38:13 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

>> You are now either with Rick or Romney.

That’s the kind of ultimatum I would expect from Team Santorum.

Sorry, Lazlo, you’re not making my decisions.


23 posted on 03/20/2012 10:55:51 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Steelfish

How the hell does he plan to accomplish this? He’s a big government Conservative. He’s not afraid to call himself that.


24 posted on 03/20/2012 11:11:18 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Gene Eric

I don’t know if you saw this, but there are only two people who can be placed into nomination right now.

Rule #40 from the GOP Convention Rules.

http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf

Page 38

(b) Each candidate for nomination for
President of the United States and Vice President of the
United States shall demonstrate the support of a
plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more
states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of
that candidate for nomination.

If the person isn’t in nomination, they are not a choice you have. Rick and Milt have the 5 state pluralities already. It is close to impossible to see where Newt makes up the 3 states needed to qualify. In other words, your choice has been made for you.


25 posted on 03/20/2012 11:13:47 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Is the brokered convention off the table?


26 posted on 03/20/2012 11:26:55 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Gene Eric

From my reading of the rules, there can only be a brokered convention between the people that are in nomination, if it comes to that. They will be the only ones as well with the number of delegates to fight it out, much like Reagan Ford in ‘76.


27 posted on 03/20/2012 11:41:16 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Well I’m sure you’re familiar with the threats of Jeb Bush taking the convention. I don’t know what to believe.


28 posted on 03/20/2012 11:57:11 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Steelfish

I’m with Santorum. Should Romney win then I am voting 3rd party. Santorum will win Pennsylvania but we’ll see if he can win Louisiana. I think he can. Santorum is the only candidate left. Not backing Ron Paul or Mitt Romney. Gingrich is a long shot, but if he won I could live with it. When He won South Carolina and it seemed he was the front runner, I was backing Gingrich. But Santorum is my last guy left.


29 posted on 03/21/2012 12:04:39 AM PDT by Mozilla (Defeat Romney first then defeat Obama)
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To: Steelfish

I get why Gingrich fell down the polls. He had a history himself that was murky. But Romney is the worst. I support anybody that wants Romney to lose.


30 posted on 03/21/2012 12:07:24 AM PDT by Mozilla (Defeat Romney first then defeat Obama)
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To: Gene Eric
I don’t know what to believe.

Believe in your tag line, and keep on believing in it.

31 posted on 03/21/2012 12:08:28 AM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever
Believe in your tag line, and keep on believing in it.

Can you map out how that scenario is going to happen? I must be missing something here.

32 posted on 03/21/2012 12:31:36 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Actually, I’d rather only share it with like-minded dreamers and realists, who know what it means to stand fast in faith and hope, and never waver. I’ll let you know when it happens though... promise.


33 posted on 03/21/2012 12:37:58 AM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: true believer forever

I’ll take it from that then you have nothing.


34 posted on 03/21/2012 12:41:30 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

No, I said what I meant. I usually do that. Don’t you?


35 posted on 03/21/2012 12:45:47 AM PDT by true believer forever (If Newt is good enough for Sarah, he's good enough for me!)
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To: Steelfish
As long as Rick is pressing on, I will press on!!

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength
they shall mount up with wings as eagles

36 posted on 03/21/2012 4:30:02 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Steelfish

This isn’t even a good ‘red meat’ phrase since the substance of it is ludicrous.

If Santorum keeps on with loony soundbites, {eg, “I don’t care about unemployment”) he’ll simply push himself to the margins of American politics.


37 posted on 03/21/2012 6:29:56 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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