Skip to comments.Rick Santorum Pledges To 'Pull Up Government By The Roots'
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 dont need a manager, Santorum said, a reference to Romneys 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.
Its great to have Wall Street experience. I dont 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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As a PA resident, I predict that Rick will tank in PA.
My PA uncle likes Newt and my Aunt says she is sick of the whole political thing night after night.
......and did you ALSO know that John Kerry served in Viet Nam?????
Hey Rick... Don’t pull them up.... Use Round-up..... Gallons and gallons of Round-Up.
Based on what? Him being up over everyone 20% in the latest polls?
What a pant load. Rick’s a big-govt policy maker not a policy breaker.
FReepmail Antoninus to be added or removed.
I have experience growing up in a small town in western Pennsylvania too, well eastern Ohio..
John Murtha country.
Ah. Still selling the lie that Rick is a Big Govt guy. Nice try.
Fifty senators served throughout Santorums 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, Santorums GPA was 3.66 or an A-. Santorums 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 As 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 Santorums 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 As in every year of Bushs first term. None of the other 49 senators could match Santorums 4.0 GPA over that span.
This much alone would paint an impressive portrait of fiscal conservatism on Santorums part. Yet it doesnt even take into account a crucial point: Santorum was representing Pennsylvania.
“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!
Excuse the typo, getting sleepy. :)
He cant win a battle against Romney. Hes not giving me a lot of confidence that he can go to battle and win against a much bigger challenger, Government.
>> Still selling the lie that Rick is a Big Govt guy.
“What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like”
Rick is NOT a small govt guy.
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.
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.
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?
How does Romney = Rep Senate and House when he depresses conservative voters? Look at when he wins. Turnout down everywhere.
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.
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