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Santorum: Might as well have Obama over Romney
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer / The Associated Press ^ | Will Weissert

Posted on 03/22/2012 9:00:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn't the GOP nominee and for a second day compared rival Mitt Romney to an Etch A Sketch toy.

Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: The former Massachusetts governor is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.

"You win by giving people a choice," Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas....

(Excerpt) Read more at seattlepi.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 03/22/2012 9:01:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d rather have Romney over Obama, but it really makes no difference. I’m just tired of that arrogant Muslim-in-the-closet. Might as well go with a guy from a religion which boasts Donny Osmond rather than the “rage boy” terrorist.


2 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:03 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You aren’t a conservative either Rickie.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:39 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You aren’t a conservative either Rickie.


4 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:47 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Santorum has lost it. If he had said that Romney as the candidate would result in Obozo winning, that would be one thing. But to make the comment that HE should be the GOP candidate or people should just go ahead and vote for Obozo is narcissistic and stupid. Hmmmm. Two traits which Obozo demonstrates on a regular basis.


5 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:47 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: SoldierDad

If this race ends up being Obama vs. Santorum, we might as well call it “Dueling Messiah Complexes.”


6 posted on 03/22/2012 9:10:14 PM PDT by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if Gingrich has the balls to say the same thing?


7 posted on 03/22/2012 9:11:30 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When we have such a loser for president, why are we about to put a dweeb like Romney up? Come on. Is it because he can fund so much? Money bags must have an appeal when running against an incumbent.

If Obama wasn’t destroying the nation with the explosion in food and gas prices, I’d almost agree with Rick.

We need a better candidate. Dang. Please God, not Romney. He will Etch a Sketch his way to liberalism in nothing flat.


8 posted on 03/22/2012 9:12:10 PM PDT by garjog
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To: sthguard

We all need to pray for the Salvation of our Nation.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 9:13:51 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. That’s pretty arrogant and narcissistic. Something I’d expect from Newt, but I thought Rick was bigger than that. Too bad.


10 posted on 03/22/2012 9:14:01 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee your Posting more Romney created AstroTurf .
What a shock !
This Romney propaganda has been posted a dozen times by fellow Concerned ones who also peddle non stopnRomney AstroTurf 24/7.

By the way Rick is right !


11 posted on 03/22/2012 9:14:33 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Whatever one’s opinion concerning Romney versus Obama, we should avoid demonizing each other over it. I have already written that I will not vote for Romney, and I'm a man of my word. I will not vote for him. However, I understand the concept that it's better to vote for an Obama lite, aka Romney, versus the real deal. I will not question the motives of anyone who votes or does not vote for Romney, as I'm sure many of us are agonizing over our current dilemma.
12 posted on 03/22/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: SoldierDad

Santorum just removed himself from any consideration. No doubt the process is long, tiring and stressful but it does vet the candidate. Santorum just showed the type of judgement that precludes him from being the Republican nominee.


13 posted on 03/22/2012 9:15:34 PM PDT by allendale
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To: SoldierDad

a very good point!


14 posted on 03/22/2012 9:16:14 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Kevmo

Kevmo: “I wonder if Gingrich has the balls to say the same thing?”

Gingrich already stated he disagrees with Santorum and would vote for Romney over Obama. He made it clear he has fundamental disagreements with Romney on many issues, but Newt apparently feels President Obama is far, far worse.


15 posted on 03/22/2012 9:17:10 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: SoldierDad

It’s called hyperbole .look it up .
The non stop Over reaction to any comment is pathetic and PETTY !


16 posted on 03/22/2012 9:17:41 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s finished.


17 posted on 03/22/2012 9:17:44 PM PDT by this is my country
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To: allendale

Get a grip .
It’s a joke .
How many Romney bots invest this site now !


18 posted on 03/22/2012 9:19:21 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only guy living that would be worse: McInsane.

Thank God he and Sarah didn’t end up in office!


19 posted on 03/22/2012 9:21:15 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Obama has finally found a state issue he doesn't want the fed to take over. Arresting Zimmerman.)
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To: CitizenUSA

So then the choice could be between “far, far worse” socialist and “etch-a-sketch” RINO.

Hard to tell the difference.

I think I will vote straight-ticket republican, but the top will be a write-in.


20 posted on 03/22/2012 9:21:30 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: allendale
Santorum just removed himself from any consideration.

Rick is still my guy, but that comment really has me wondering. I've said it before and I'll say it again: this election, getting rid of Obama TRUMPS all. If that means Romney, so be it. Romney may not be the most conservative candidate, but he's not an America-hating Marxist.

The etch-a-sketch comment was really dumb, but it wasn't made by Romney. This comment came straight from Santorum. Hmmmm.

21 posted on 03/22/2012 9:21:54 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Kevmo

This site is swarming with Concerned ones who post the same Romney AstroTurf over and over and over .
This tired story has been posted about ten times .


22 posted on 03/22/2012 9:21:54 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ricks a pathetic loser. Quit now Bibleboy. ANY repub is better than Obama...................You are so desperate


23 posted on 03/22/2012 9:24:38 PM PDT by LC Gladiator (Barack Obama is a malevolent Marxist cockroach and a foul festering pustule on the hide of America.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can he say that after seeing how much damage Obama has been doing even though he’s facing re-election? It will only be worse when he doesn’t have to face re-eleciton.


24 posted on 03/22/2012 9:25:19 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time for Rick to go. He is a very poor sport. Would make a horrible President. Could not get anything done (except re-elect Snarlin Arlen Specter). I do not like Romney that much either, but Rick is being poisonous


25 posted on 03/22/2012 9:25:50 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A never-divorced, never-had-a-years-long-affair Gingrich (and one who wasn’t 50 pounds overweight) would be the best. Actually a Rick Perry who didn’t commit gaffe after gaffe might be the best.

But Rick and Mitt are both big-government types. We conservatives have no options left for a “win.”

All we can do at this point is to try to get rid of Obama and minimize the judicial-appointments and foreign-policy damage (presumably with Willard von Mandatecare).


26 posted on 03/22/2012 9:28:40 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Kevmo

One of you Rickophiles need to fax me some of that stuff you’re smoking!!


27 posted on 03/22/2012 9:30:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: ncalburt

Your spin here rivals that which I have seen and heard from PMSNBC.


28 posted on 03/22/2012 9:31:29 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Huge mistake-huge gaffe-DNC commercial ad now.

An endorsement for Obama. A Howard Dean moment, I am afraid.

29 posted on 03/22/2012 9:32:36 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: LC Gladiator
Quit now Bibleboy.

Why don't you take your pro Romney BS talking points and religion hating slams over to your friends at DU, troll.

30 posted on 03/22/2012 9:34:16 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: garjog

“When we have such a loser for president, why are we about to put a dweeb like Romney up?”

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Because the GOP establishment saw Sarah Palin as the same sort of threat to them, as she was to the GOP establishment in Alaska.

That is why.


31 posted on 03/22/2012 9:35:21 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rick is right. I don't plan to vote for president if Romney is indeed the nominee. Tried that. November. 2008. Cannot get fired up about him and even if I could, millions of others would not.

No, time to work the downticket races, unless Newt can get something put together for the convention.

32 posted on 03/22/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT by Lexinom (Mitt < 1,144)
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To: Kevmo; All
"I wonder if Gingrich has the balls to say the same thing?"

No. Ricky's "testosterone level" produces other infamous quotes like THIS:

(Uhhh...gee Ricky...please clarify again...which one of the quotes again are we supposed to be usin' this week??)

33 posted on 03/22/2012 9:37:58 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: ncalburt
-> By the way Rick is right !

Rick has just endorsed Obama basically. He should had Not said this running for president.

34 posted on 03/22/2012 9:38:03 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: LC Gladiator
If we nominate Romney, Romney will lose.

On another thread, WhiskeyX's analysis is very good on Republican Primaries being manipulated by RINOs, and mind-numb Democrats following marching orders from the left.



Very well described!
Maybe it's time we got some DINOs to copy this evil plan against Democrats.
But who would soil their name and credibility, to do such an evil thing against the real evildoers? "


35 posted on 03/22/2012 9:39:36 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This was Santorum, imitating John McCain (remember him?) assuring us we had nothing to fear from an Obama win.

Santorum just jumped the shark.

Go away Santorum.


36 posted on 03/22/2012 9:40:46 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Prime Directive is to send that disrespectful, Commie-loving, America-hating A-hole back to Chicago. To ignore that is to ignore how destructive and poisonous Obama really is. Nobody will convince me any of our candidates will be worse than Obama.


37 posted on 03/22/2012 9:41:47 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t like Romney but I’m sick of Rick!


38 posted on 03/22/2012 9:42:54 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t like Romney but I’m sick of Rick!


39 posted on 03/22/2012 9:43:12 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Obama record:

Unemployment over 8% for 3.3 years making it the weakest recovery in 200 years. That number counts only active job seekers in previous 4 weeks. With unemployment lasting average 6+ months, U6 unemployment is 15%.

Gasoline prices double since inauguration.

Millions of homes foreclosed and continuing.

47 million now on food stamps.

$5 Trillion added to national debt in 4 years.

$6.5 Billion wasted on Solyndra and other green energy projects.

Obamacare escalating healthcare costs instead of the $2500 annual savings he promised.

Killed Keystone pipeline until after election.

Allowed Iran to continue building nuclear weapons.

Sending Muslim brotherhood in Egypt $1.5 Billion of tax payer money bypassing congress.

Wiped out GM bond & stockholders and bailout UAW union members.

Afghanistan is now the longest quagmire with no victory in sight.

Even Willard Romney will have trouble beating this record to the negative side.


40 posted on 03/22/2012 9:44:01 PM PDT by entropy12 (Every tax payer now owes $150,000 towards the national debt. We are worse than broke.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Little Ricky screwed the pooch, he’s done, toast, kaput. Now we’re down to a two man race!


41 posted on 03/22/2012 9:53:41 PM PDT by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: shalom aleichem
Obama would slaughter Santorum, there is no doubt in my mind on that. He could not win one of the dozens of GOP debates. The only one he was even noticed in, was one of the first when he blew his cool. And Newt with is dismal delegate count stands no chance of making it to Tampa. So we have the hand we are dealt. Really not much different than this time in 2008.

I remember posting on FR about this time in 2008 that a McCain yard sign would never cast its shadow on my front lawn. I wasn’t going to sit out in November, but I certainly wasn’t going to lift a finger for him or show my support in any way. That changed with one helluva fantastic VP pick. Being a big fan of Palin long before he chose her, I was doing cartwheels when he picked her. I was immediately trying to find where I could get McCain/Palin signs, buttons and bumper stickers. And I was donating that very night.

Who I wonder could be Romney’s Palin? He better start giving that some deep thought.

42 posted on 03/22/2012 9:54:37 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As usual, the media is distorting Santorum's remarks. And it's disappointing to see people here on FR eagerly lap up the media's distorted propaganda. Here's what Santorum said:

"You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there... If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch-A-Sketch candidate of the future."

Santorum never said that he personally prefers Obama to Romney. His first three words provide the context: "YOU WIN BY..." His obvious point is that you beat an incumbent by offering something clearly different, not something only slightly different. When he says "... we might as well stay..." he's surmising how voters in general will respond when presented with the choice of a known quantity (Obama) and unknown quantity (Romney) that's only slightly different. It's the same point that numerous commentators (including the majority of participants here) have been making for months. We're not going to beat Obama by being Obama Light.

Yes, Santorum is himself a weak candidate. And, yes, it's a shame that Santorum's off-the-cuff remarks lend themselves so easily to being taken out of context, but let's not swallow every ridiculous distortion that the media throws our way.
43 posted on 03/22/2012 9:55:09 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: musicman

Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008. That’s a matter of public record. I consider it to have been a mistake.

Who did Gingrich endorse in 2008?


44 posted on 03/22/2012 9:56:09 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just as soon as your candidate exhibits the same level of courage.


45 posted on 03/22/2012 9:57:55 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Romney’s only way to heal this party, is to in fact nominate: Sarah Palin.

Nothing less will absolve him, and the party establishment, of their slime. Karl Rove’s slime. All of it.

Nothing less.


46 posted on 03/22/2012 9:58:02 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rick, That has got to hurt!


47 posted on 03/22/2012 10:00:06 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repubs paid as much attention to Rush as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: ncalburt

Then why choose to post to me, if it’s been posted over and over and over.

Your Concern about this same stuff is duly noted.


48 posted on 03/22/2012 10:00:14 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Romney’s only way to heal this party, is to in fact nominate: Sarah Palin.
***I wonder if that would work this time around. I’m a Palin fan, but RINO + Palin might not be enough any more.


49 posted on 03/22/2012 10:01:59 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: garjog
"When we have such a loser for president, why are we about to put a dweeb like Romney up?"

Because that's what Republicans do! 08= McCain, 96= Dole, 88+92= GHWB, 76= Ford, 72+68+60= Nixon. The only keeper was 80+84, Reagan. 64=Goldwater might have been a keeper, but he lost to LBJ.

50 posted on 03/22/2012 10:02:08 PM PDT by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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