Rick Santorum tries to muscle past Mitt Romney, Ron Paul

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at the Rising Sun Cafe in Polk City, Iowa. AP/Eric Gay

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at the Rising Sun Cafe in Polk City, Iowa. AP/Eric Gay

PERRY, Iowa — A confident Rick Santorum, surging in the polls, challenged Republican conservatives to rally to his side on Monday, as he took shots at the two men ahead of him – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, is out to rewrite the final chapter of a topsy-turvy Iowa caucus campaign, by summoning enough evangelical conservatives to Tuesday’s evening caucuses to topple the pair.

Said Santorum to a packed lobby of voters and journalists in the Hotel Patee, in the center of the small town:

”You can’t buy Iowa. You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to earn it by meeting with Iowans and giving them the opportunity to test and see who you are. They want to see what’s really going on between those ears.”

Consider that a slap at Romney, whose personal investment in Iowa has been limited – but who has finished with a barrage of local appearances and TV ads. Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich – Santorum’s rise is coming at the expense of the former congressman from Georgia – made a similar accusation on Sunday. “Romney would buy this election if he could,” Gingrich said. (In Walford today, Gingrich conceded that he won’t win Tuesday’s balloting because of the negative advertising poured into the state.)

But Santorum saved his harshest words for the foreign policies of Paul, who questions the use of U.S. forces around the world. Said Santorum:

”Congressman Paul would be able to actually do what he’s been talking about doing – which is really out of the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic party. Which is complete isolationism.”

Santorum specifically focused on Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz on that country’s coast, shutting off the world’s supply of oil. Said Santorum:

”[If elected, Paul] can withdraw all of our ships, he can close all of our bases, he can bring all of that back to the United States and create this huge vacuum around the world. Who’s going to fill in that vacuum to make sure those shipping lanes are open? If Congressman Paul were president, the answer would be – I guess – France. Maybe Belgium, maybe Italy will help. What do you think?

“According to Congressman Paul, he wouldn’t have his finger on the button. He’d get rid of the button. That’s not protecting our country. That’s abandoning our national security.”

Voters posed a pair of uncomfortable questions for Santorum. First, he was asked to explain his embarrassing 2006 loss of his U.S. Senate seat. Santorum explained that he had been caught up in “what was about as big a meltdown in the Republican base as we’ve ever seen in the state.”

But Santorum had this message for voters here who might be considering a candidate – such as Romney or Gingrich – considered more capable of taking on President Barack Obama in November: “I learned there’s one thing worse than losing an election – and that’s losing your principles.”

The more sensitive question for Santorum was his 2008 endorsement of Mitt Romney in the 2008 GOP presidential nomination contest. Part of Santorum’s formula for success on Tuesday is his wooing of supporters of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who carried the state four years ago.

Huckabee hasn’t made an endorsement this year. But Santorum’s literature includes this line attributed to Huckabee: “I adore Rick Santorum’s conviction.”

Santorum told voters on Monday that his 2008 decision – made when Huckabee was still an active candidate — was a calculated one, aimed at stopping the nomination of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Said Santorum:

”My mission, and what I set out to do, was to make that case. It reached the point that – as the primaries labored on – I made the political judgment, correct or not, that it was down to one or two candidates that had the best chance of stopping McCain’s momentum after Florida, before Super Tuesday. Again, I could have been wrong about that. There were candidates I liked better.”

At my elbow was the Rev. Chris Tjapkes, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Perry, an independent congregation of about 100 souls. He liked what he saw of Santorum.

Tjapkes and his wife had both been supporters of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota – until her political strategist abandoned her last week and moved to the Paul campaign.
“That was really low,” Tjapkes admitted. But he wasn’t thrilled with Bachmann’s reaction – which was to accuse her former staffer of being bought off.

“She could have addressed that betrayal with poise and class. But she didn’t – she threw mud,” he said.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. Central: Like Bachmann and Gingrich, Rick Perry knows a Santorum surge would hurt. Here’s a Monday attack by the Texas governor:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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111 comments Add your comment

john

January 2nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Iowa…FORGET YOU! Forget the mid west, Forget the entire United States!!
The WHOLE WORLD is Watching You! Iowan People have become the MOST important in the World,and that happened at the precise time when Main Stream Media labeled Iowa as unimportant if they vote for Ron Paul.
Never before have there been so many Reporters in Iowa from so many different Country’s.
THE BIG Spot Light of the World is on Iowa. RON PAUL has exposed the crooked Politicians and the lopsided elected officials in D.C.who are bought and paid for by big Corporations.
Iowa…..THE People of the United States of America are INFORMED, don’t silence them. Please vote Ron Paul for a Land Slide

No Ron Paul……….NO Constitution!
Know Ron Paul……Know Constitution!

Lois

January 2nd, 2012
3:37 pm

Rick Santorum named MOST CORRUPT SENATOR ….go look it up!

http://www.citizensforethics.org/index.php/press/entry/crew-releases-second-annual-most-corrupt-members-of-congress-report

That’s the reason he lost his seat! And the MSM trying to upsell this corruption to the American public. Disgraceful!

James T

January 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

Santorum is a warmonger and so are Christian ministers that support him. They preach Christian values of peace and love from their respective pulpits but are hypocrites like the ones Jesus spoke about. All Santorum can talk about is killing other people and creating chaos and hate around the world. Christian ministers and people of their congregations…please reconsider what you are doing and vote for a true patriot of peace and freedom this is your last chance to stop the warmongering and hate. Vote Ron Paul 2012

ForLiberty2012

January 2nd, 2012
3:46 pm

You don’t earn it simply by getting footage and pictures of yourself talking to citizens Mr. Santorum. You earn it by being consistent for thirty years, never voting for increasing the federal government, and providing an actual plan for recovery.

The difference between Ron Paul and the others? He doesn’t go looking for people to have photo-ops with, they stand in line to get their pictures with him.

DPJ

January 2nd, 2012
3:51 pm

For anyone who still thinks Ron Paul’s foreign policy views would make him a bad president, please keep an open mind and consider what a former CIA officer thinks of Paul and Santorum:

Former CIA Officer Robert Steele Slams Rick Santorum, Supports Ron Paul – Video
Robert Steele

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lG0EK4YQ_c&feature=youtu.be

Frank

January 2nd, 2012
3:52 pm

Rick Schickelgruber Santorum. My personal favorite.

xFiFtyOnE

January 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

How exactly will Rick “Frothy” Santorum muscle past ANYONE with NO supporters? LMFAO give it a rest MSM. You think you can build a president and the people aren’t buying it. RON PAUL 2012!

NoMoreGovernment

January 2nd, 2012
3:55 pm

Santorum was unable to get reelected in his own state. He believes and has tried year after year to impose federal regulations written by lobbyists just to breed purebred dogs. He isn’t Presidential and he certainly isn’t pro freedom.

Sorry Santorum, you lose. AGAIN.

xFiFtyOnE

January 2nd, 2012
3:55 pm

Adam101

January 2nd, 2012
3:58 pm

If you have any doubts about Ron Paul being the best candidate by far then please read the very interesting article below:

http://usconservatives.about.com/b/2011/12/15/yes-ron-paul-the-media-has-dismissed-you-prematurely.htm

Fellow Americans of every background, let’s come together as people to stop the direction of endless wars, bankruptcy, and full scale Depression to take our country back and start Recovery under President Ron Paul

Ed Rombach

January 2nd, 2012
4:00 pm

The Iowa caucuses provide a clear choice between 5 trigger happy GOP candidates who are eager to be the one to launch a preemptive military attack on Iran vs. 1 candidate who knows that it is preposterous that Iran has the military wherewithal to attack the United States.

If one of the gang of five becomes president and attacks Iran, we can all look forward to $200/bbl oil, and terrorism coming out of the woodwork which will make us much less secure.

DM

January 2nd, 2012
4:01 pm

SANTORUM is on the list of Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington Second Annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report > http://bit.ly/vgsNjP
Republocrats can’t find an honest man in the land.
Ron Paul for President!

Robert Jones

January 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

Santorum is just a watered down version of Ron Paul who the media has decided to adopt as a weapon against Ron Paul. He’ll be kicked to the curb once their character assassination is complete.

aaron

January 2nd, 2012
4:13 pm

Santorum tried to builly his way into a bar where a football game was playing and almost gets kicked out. How the heck is he going to win any voters?
Im going with Ron Paul.

aaron

January 2nd, 2012
4:16 pm

every where I go. All I see is ROn paul. I see 1 pro Romney suporter for every 100 Paul supporters.
MSM, give it up. its not working. just go back to ignoring him. its your smartest move thus far.
Point is, all your tactics will fail as truth and liberty are desired by all men.

Dr. Love

January 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

really?

January 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Norminha

January 2nd, 2012
4:18 pm

Mr Santorum says to be pro-life, yet life is precious in the womb and in all nations America bombards, killing innocents; he wants to continue the status quo.
His foreign policy is not the one Americans are looking for at this time. We must withdraw those billions of taxpayers money that can be used at home, creating jobs, securing our borders, and having peace in our nation and around the world.

Raaj

January 2nd, 2012
4:19 pm

Hello All
Let us all first decide what we are doing before indulging into something that is very important but most ignored right given by our constitution. The Right to Vote.
I never trust politicians (even Ron Paul) because they are born with twisted tongues and it is their instinct to lie. Can you stop a dog from wagging its tail doing anything but cutting it? Difficult.
What do we vote for? Person or ideas. I vote for ideas and principles. The reasons why Ron Paul has won my vote are depicted under:
1. Freedom & Liberty: People have flocked to this country because of the equal freedom and opportunity it offers to all of us. The country was able to attract the best talent for the very same reason. People could freely speak, pray, work, earn and decide where to spend their earnings. Ron Paul is the only candidate who talks about it. You are free to make a decision as long as it does not harm others. If we try to dictate goods and bads then what is the difference between our ideologies and Taliban’s or any other dictators. The more powerful the government is the less powerful people are. It is not about good or bad it is all about controls.
2. Conservative (Christian): None other than Ron Paul is conservative as per the definition of conservative I know of. Meaning not getting involved into other peoples and countries business. All of the leaders including Obama are or planning on interfering in every part of the world including our lives with their mandates. Only Ron Paul follows Jesus’s premise of Live and Let Live..the others are James Bond influenced Christians with Live and Let Die ideology.
3. Pro Life: All the GOP candidates keep on shouting that they are truly pro life and talk about abortion policies but that is only a small part of the equation. All the GOP candidates are talking about severe actions in the middle east on Iran, Syria, Pakistan..China..Russia,..etc.
.etc and then ultimately on the US and you and me…..All the GOP candidates and Obama are not real Jesus followers… they are opportunists who wants Votes from Anti Abortion followers and War mongers so they become that….Tomorrow if suddenly tide changes to killing our own babies…they will become that…How else can you be Pro life on one side and on the other project wars on nations (covert operations etc). killing thousands of innocent people including children….Beware of all these so called Selective Pro Lifers….
4. Anti War: Ron Paul hats off with this one. Remember this was one of the changes promoted by Obama….The explanation given is it takes time to wind up operations blah blah blah….It just requires to stop firing your gun and get out……Meaning these blood suckers need time to stop acting humane and stop killing….
5. Flip-Flopping: Again all are politicians, so trusting is a problem but by historical evidence from last 30 years..(for politicians even 100 years is not sufficient) I can convince my heart that Ron Paul is good. (He is definitely better than all of them combined).
6. Monetary Policy: Majority of the candidates are promoting Usury….done by the Federal Reserve Banking system except Ron Paul. We all need to understand the concept of money. The very powerful are becoming more and more powerful by this anti Christian..anti Islam system of money…Ron Paul wants to shut this down. Auditing the FED (Promoted by Paul) will open everyone’s eyes and push us all to close this anti human system or accept it if there are no issues. He has opposed Bailouts…dropping our money in the pockets of the richest people who caused this mess….
7. Foreign Policy: A lot of people are talking about Ron Paul’s foreign policy being bad but I think except for people with devil’s blood would disagree with his humane non interventionist policies. People are scarred with Iran having nuclear weapon when everyone in the world has them. North Korea, Russia, Pakistan, India, China, Israel……all have them so are we gonna bomb every one of them. We the people of this country are not only paying for the wars but also for its consequences. Our government has colluded with the Oil and Financial Oligarchs of the world and has milked our blood in the form of money and the world’s blood (literally). Before our invasion of Iraq oil price was at 11/- dollars a barrel…today we are paying 100/- dollars a barrel. We spend 4 trillion dollars on these illegal wars and 10 times more at the gas pump. We have such paid mouths in the media that they have the guts to call Ron Paul’s foreign policy bad….Height of insanity….People need to wake up on threats from Iran…In a long time Iran has not attacked anyone….Also nearly every county of Iran size has tons of nuclear weapons…so why Iran…..these war mongers WANT US TO GO BANKRUPT and take away our freedom…These blood suckers are enslaving the guys with force (putting their puppets to control resource prices) and us by creating a monopoly or oligarchy in the oil business and making us pay ten times than what the real price is…Aren’t you in pain already for paying 100 dollars a barrel for something that was 10 dollars a barrel just 10 years ago….Wake up….With the Iraq war we are already paying 10 times with Libya and Iran we will pay another 10 times… Swipe our credit cards to their limits and then these suckers will make us do whatever they want without any opposition….Financial slavery is the worst slavery and don’t become one…..

We all need to come together and pick up a candidate not based his/her facial looks or age but for the values he/she promotes.

Comparing all of the above (my main ingredients of selection) my choice has only one candidate—-RON PAUL………
Again it is not Ron PAUL I am voting for but Peace, Progress and above ALL FREEDOM.

Raaj B

Olio

January 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

The only chapter of any book Rick Santorum will ever contribute to is the “S” chapter of the Dictionary, for “Spreading Santorum”. Just take a cursory look at a google search for his last name.

George

January 2nd, 2012
4:25 pm

If you are concerned about Ron Paul’s foreign policy, you MUST watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NhRPo0WAo

Tyler 57

January 2nd, 2012
4:26 pm

Ask Santorum if he has a budget ready Like Dr. Paul can show now. Look at what Santorum has voted for vs. Dr. Paul’s judgement. Over a 3 yr. period he voted against 700 bills intended to expand the government. Routinely, opposes most spending bills. Voted against the Iraq war.Currently is ranking member of the Domestic and Int’l Monetary Policy, trade and technology. Chair of Oversight & Investigative Sub-Comm.Served on the House Foreign Affairs Comm. and W. Hemisphere, Asia& Pacific sub-committee. Go to DesMoinesRegister,Com.by Mary Stegmeir 12/27/11 part 3 Leadership profile: Ron Paul’s policy vision is consistent, clear (part 3).

We need to protect our kids, who are of draft age and our grand-kids, you’ll being doing them a serious favor and possibly prevent them from putting their “butts” on the line for politicians, like the current bunch (except the good Dr.) will have them do.

Dr. Paul lives by the 10 commandments and the The Golden Rule and an obedience to our constitution, has led an exemplary life, which tops it off just perfectly.

John

January 2nd, 2012
4:28 pm

This is what our foreign aid has enabled Israel to do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX18zUp6WPY&feature=related

The bottom line

January 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

Santorum’s lobbying efforts since leaving office rivals the hypocrisy of Newt. The religious right is so desperate they are willing to ambling anyone that says what they want to hear, regardless of their actions. Looking forward to the Republican Super PACs destroying another one of their own. Check out Santorum’s post Senate activities on http://www.politico.com

mike

January 2nd, 2012
4:29 pm

Santorum envokes the gag reflex every time he opens his mouth

mike

January 2nd, 2012
4:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Frank

January 2nd, 2012
4:34 pm

Many Americans support Israel but don’t know all the suffering our foreign aid has caused:

http://www.ifamericansknew.org

Emma

January 2nd, 2012
4:34 pm

”[If elected, Paul] can withdraw all of our ships, he can close all of our bases, he can bring all of that back to the United States and create this huge vacuum around the world. Who’s going to fill in that vacuum to make sure those shipping lanes are open? If Congressman Paul were president, the answer would be – I guess – France. Maybe Belgium, maybe Italy will help. What do you think?”
I am not an American but because of Jon Stewart and Dr. Paul I have started paying attention to this race. I am from Europe and I just have to say with regards to the above stated quite: Is he crazy? Really? France, Belgium, and Italy to play a policemen of the world? All three countries have their own problems and will definitely not mingle into other countries´ business in the ways described by Santorum.

Jack

January 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Nick

January 2nd, 2012
4:44 pm

Rick Santorum is a fool. He will start World War III with his utter hatred of the Middle East and all its inhabitants. Romney is nothing short of a RINO. He wrote the book on flip flopping. Ron Paul is the real deal. Ron Paul for President!!!

WakeUpAmerica8

January 2nd, 2012
4:45 pm

Rick Santorum is one of the most corrupt in congress:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/09/20/20-most-corrupt-members-o_n_29863.html

Mitt Romney is covering up something, he destroyed government records:

http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/16/9481422-romneys-missing-hard-drives-raise-questions-over-government-records

Ron Paul R[̲̅ə̲̅٨̲̅٥̲̅٦̲̅]ution 2012 !

The bottom line

January 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

@Emma. The Chineese will fill the vacuum with their trillions in oreserve. Ron Paul would make the US a joke, another once great country on the garbage heap of history.

John

January 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

Paul L

January 2nd, 2012
4:47 pm

Rick is already Road Kill!

Mary

January 2nd, 2012
4:51 pm

Where is Jon Stewart when you need him.

I keep reading stories about how “scary” Ron Paul is. Why is he scary? We’re not talking about taking the country to WAR, for Pete’s sake. We’re talking about taking the country to PEACE. We’re talking about restoring the currency, and quitting illegitimate programs that are shrouded in secrecy (Federal Reserve’s secret $16 trillion in bank bailouts; who knows how much we’re paying for the European bailout). We’re talking about restoring America’s VOICE, and sending lobbyists PACKING.

Go Ron Paul. GO IOWA!

Mary

January 2nd, 2012
4:52 pm

Besides, does anybody think that Dr. Paul won’t protect and defend this country with the full might of our incredible military if there is a legitimate threat? NO WAY. Paul even says himself, this is the first duty of the Commander in Chief.

Don’t believe MSM.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

January 2nd, 2012
5:13 pm

As a combat vet, I will vote for Dr. Paul..

As a Georgian I must say Rick Santorum makes Newt Gingrich look good & that’s hard to do.

Obama Sucks

January 2nd, 2012
5:16 pm

Obama’s re-electon gangs are going to spend a billion dollars for more lies and negative advertising to get this idiot re-elected. And the staff of the ajc are bought and paid for by the DNC to get this done. The media is so dishonest and so bias. The democrats and gang Obama are having their people in Iowa vote for Romney because Obama feels he is the easier candidate to beat. Folks a BILLION DOLLARS the liberal progressive democrats are spending for Obama’s re-election. So don’t believe them when they said they are like the rest of us. And the democrats are the richest and most dishonest perverts in all of politics. Also when the democrats cry about Grinrich’s affairs, what about Obama’s homosexual affairs with Sinclair, Young, Love, Davis, Frist, Patrick all while Obama was married to Michelle.

The bottom line

January 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

@Osama Sucks. You are showing early signs of desparation. Why is it the Obama harts always resort to lies? You have zero integrity. The first people to point fingers at someone else with the gay card are almost always gay themselves. The more you rant, the more obvious it is.

AJ

January 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Santorum:

1.The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.

Obama Sucks

January 2nd, 2012
5:46 pm

Double

January 2nd, 2012
5:49 pm

Emma give Germany a short time more.

Obama Sucks

January 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

The bottom line, Simply proving the media bias aganist Republicans by the mainstreet media. As you know they have made so much noise about Gringrich’s affairs but nothing about Obama’s affairs. Where is the fair and balance? As for your comment about me NO THANKS. But I appreciate your concern.

Double

January 2nd, 2012
5:53 pm

Obama sucks,If michelle don’t mind.You should not be jealous.

Double

January 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Obama sucks quit whinning,Jim may at some time get around to the redistricting.then you can vent.

The Baroness

January 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

I am voting for Ron Paul.

Obama Sucks

January 2nd, 2012
6:08 pm

Double, You and the rest of the liberals democrats love to say how bad the others are but you should look in the mirror. Obama is a liar and a fraud. Atlanta needs redistricting so that some better people can get election to run the city instead of the same olde corrupt black democrat politicans. Remember Reed’s election quote “Get out the vote Atlanta. Don’t let Whitie win”.

Michael H. Smith

January 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

One more day of media hype&pump. I love it when the media in this country can’t find something to foment. It’s just so darn revealing. :lol:

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
6:27 pm

Iowa means nothing other than media coverage. New Hampshire will have more meaning with some actual delegates and momentum, and erase Iowa this time next week.

Romney has the nomination all but wrapped up via the polls, campaign contributions, endorsements, and 50 state organization.

I’ll be watching the Sugar Bowl tomorrow night instead of the breathless media inspired, ad revenue election coverage. Maybe the AJC gets ad revenue every time we view or post this page, but my Mozilla Firefox Adblock Plus doesn’t even download them.

jconservative

January 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

So flip flop Santorum has flip flopped on Romney. Wonder why?

While Santorum was in the Senate and making speeches on various social issues the national debt was being doubled. So much for being conservative. Santorum is, has been, and will always be a big government interventionist.

Folks we have had 5 Big Government presidents in a row. It is time for a change.