Rick Santorum: ‘Unite behind one conservative, or Mitt Romney wins’

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Tuesday, Rick Santorum came from the back of the pack to within eight votes of frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Michele Bachmann has dropped out, which means the race to become the anti-Romney candidate is down to three: Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry. The Texas governor is putting out word that he’ll still make a bid for South Carolina — in the last few minutes, his campaign Tweeted the following:

And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!

But here’s part of the pitch that Santorum, in urgent need of cash and organization, made to supporters in an e-mail this morning:

Dear Patriot:

It’s Now or Never for Conservative voters. We can either unite now behind one candidate and have a conservative standard bearer in 2012, or have the GOP establishment choose another moderate Republican who will have a difficult time defeating Barack Obama in November.

I don’t think that’s what you want. Neither do I. My name is Rick Santorum, and I am the only authentic, passionate conservative who can unite the GOP….

Santorum takes no shots at either Gingrich or Perry, continuing a kind of truce among the non-Romneys declared by Gingrich during his exit from Iowa last night. “I admire the courage, the discipline, the way [Santorum] focused. I also admire how positive he was. I wish I could say that for all the candidates,” Gingrich said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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30 comments Add your comment

ramguy68

January 4th, 2012
12:26 pm

Rick Santorum????? You mean the guy that says states should have the right to ban birth control and sodomy????? No thinking person can vote for this guy.

Jeff

January 4th, 2012
12:31 pm

You forgot about Jon Huntsman. The only sane one left, now that Johnson is going for the LP nod.

Tom(Independent)

January 4th, 2012
12:39 pm

ramguy – So you want the federal govt to decide these issues instead of the state that we choose to live in? You must be an Obama guy, right? If you can not take care of your family and self, you want the federal govt to do it for you? One further comment – If 90-95% of blacks vote for the black candidate, why doesn’t 90-95% of whites vote for the white candidate? Seems only fair to me!

bluenote

January 4th, 2012
12:40 pm

MrLiberty

January 4th, 2012
12:43 pm

Unite behind Ron Paul or Obama wins.

Centrist

January 4th, 2012
12:44 pm

Now that the electorate will get educated about Santorum’s history and positions, he will be clobbered in states where evangelicals don’t control large voting blocks. The vast majority of political pundits have written him off – only those who have an economic interest in pretending there is a horse race pretend he has a chance.

Santorum is a religious nut who rejects evolution and offered a bill force schools to teach “intelligent design”. He is avidly anti-abortion under any circumstances.

Santorum introduced the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005 to “clarify the duties and responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service (NWS). This legislation, if enacted, would have prohibited the NWS from publishing weather data to the public when private-sector entities, perform the same function commercially. Opponents of the bill suggested it was corporate welfare, where the private weather service companies, which often receive data from the National Weather Service, would be enabled to charge government and military agencies for that information. The motivations surrounding this bill were controversial, as AccuWeather, a commercial weather company based in Santorum’s home state, stood to profit from this legislation, and Accuweather employees had contributed at least $5500 to him since 1999. The liberal advocacy group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, subsequently listed Rick Santorum as one of its “most corrupt politicians”, citing the bill as one of several reasons.

In 2006, incumbent U.S. Senator Santorum lost his attempt at re-election, with 41% of the vote to Casey’s 59%, the largest margin of defeat ever for an incumbent Republican Senator in Pennsylvania.

On April 12, 2007, political action committee America’s Foundation, Highmark and a former Highmark vice president were fined by the Federal Election Committee for sponsoring Santorum with corporate money.

MrLiberty

January 4th, 2012
12:46 pm

Santorum supported Arlen Spector, prescription drug benefits through medicare, tons of foreign aid, gun control legislation and plenty of other Liberal issues. I guess the conservative he is speaking about MUST be Ron Paul since it clearly is not him.

ab

January 4th, 2012
12:46 pm

Tom you have to be joking..

jconservative

January 4th, 2012
12:47 pm

Santorum is to liberal for me. I am a small government guy and he is a Big Government guy.

Frederick Douglass

January 4th, 2012
12:49 pm

Tom(Independent)

Before Obama, 100% of white voters voted for a white candidate, and so did a like number of black voters.

BW

January 4th, 2012
12:59 pm

How the hell do you enforce that sodomy ban? Another big government conservative.

Chief Media Urologist

January 4th, 2012
1:04 pm

I hope these lunatic fringe conservative types jockey for position and one of them overtakes Romney. Only then will this Tea Party debacle be placed in the sunlight and by its own lunacy allowed to whither and die.

Beeg Boi

January 4th, 2012
1:09 pm

Tom has big eye holes on his hood

DixieDemons

January 4th, 2012
1:12 pm

Is conservative a code name for white redneck ? Is liberal a code name for poor minorities ?
Both of you will be standing in the soup line when the Tea Party Terrorists finish gutting our country for fun and profit.

Chief Media Urologist

January 4th, 2012
1:13 pm

Santorum needs to rethink his sodomy position because he sucks.

JD

January 4th, 2012
1:13 pm

Did he say this before or after Bachmann dropped out?

joe

January 4th, 2012
1:29 pm

@ Dixie, we all might be standing in soup lines if Obama wins, spends us into oblivion and our currency and way of life crashes down around us…we’re on the same path as Greece and some other European countries. We don’t elect a new President, we’re next on the chopping block.

Google This

January 4th, 2012
1:30 pm

Here’s something fun, Google “Santorum”

Yes, I know its a made-up word…but aren’t they all?

ramguy68

January 4th, 2012
1:31 pm

Tom(dependent) So you want the federal govt to decide these issues instead of the state that we choose to live in?

When it comes to preventing Jethros that run some of the states like ours from imposing their Victorian beliefs on the rest of us then yes I do. I’d rather be an Obama supporter than a supporter for the self righteous.

Beeg Boi

January 4th, 2012
1:34 pm

Hey Joe, what time does Rush come on?

ramguy68

January 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

When does Rush (the dope addict) come? Try 1900….that’s about the time period that he wants to turn our country back to.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

January 4th, 2012
1:56 pm

I’ll be voting for the only conservative in the primary & general election…. RON PAUL

George Hills

January 4th, 2012
2:40 pm

Mr. Santorum’s anti-gun voting record was a big factor putting him out of office in pro-gun Pennsylvania. Supporting this guy is a vote against guns. Pay attention: it means he’s not a true conservative & he can’t be trusted.

dapetty

January 4th, 2012
4:07 pm

11 Pages of Hard Evidence of Rick Santorum’s Corruption in Congress:
http://www.dapsimplesolutions.com/docs/Santorum_Corruption_Evidence.pdf

Taking money from corporations to pass bills, Being a Senator in Pennsylvania and living in virginia, Taking money from schools to put his own children through private school, etc. etc.

http://bit.ly/zKFxiT

TLWiz

January 4th, 2012
4:12 pm

It looks like the definition of “conservative” has changed away from smaller and less intrusive government to lots of wasteful wars and the goverment gettinjg involved more and more in your private life and forcing you to adhere to a religious standard you may or may not believe in. Santorum and his ilk are much more like the Ayatollah Khomeini than like Reagan.

David Gunwall

January 4th, 2012
5:28 pm

If we want a country which can be an example to the remaining world, we need to look at TRUTH in all areas. Rick Santorum is not affraid to look you in the face and state the truth. If you want to argue about something then go to a debate where both sides are presented and there is no result! We have to get rid of who/what we have now and bring our country back to the values which our ancesters deemed necessary for God to bless us and keep us safe and pure!
The new age movement is not going to bring us to any utopia, it will bring us down!

Aristophanes2012

January 4th, 2012
5:49 pm

Yes, conservatives (and everyone else who is unhappy with the status quo), need to rally behind the one person who stands to change it: Ron Paul.

McCain=Romney=Santorum=Gingrich=Obama=Bush. How about we end lousy government?

Santorum has an enormous laundry list of cheating the system for his own benefit (Google it). My personal favorite is this:

He scammed the PA taxpayers for $72k in free education. The funds for this were allocated for disabled children who cannot attend public school. He then began a hostile back and forth which lasted 2 years when the law “changed” to allow “children of federal elected officials” free tuition. Santorum also receives a $70k/yr. tax break from on a PA house he bought for $87k and doesn’t live in, though it is intended to be reserved for primary residences (the same tuition house).

Screw Him!

zefi

January 4th, 2012
10:15 pm

Cain drops in polls, numbers go to other man, both (shall I say three) of them experienced the same
thing in the nineties . No more please, we can do it.An ex adulterer in the oval office and a first lady who had an affair with a married man. These type of persons will be making history that will be read by our children and granchildren a century later .Is this the kind of role model that we want our children see? Hypocracy is the buzz word here.
Protect our children. They are not political ( pandering, expediency, etc), and they need a God fearing leader in the white house as their role model.

Julianne

January 4th, 2012
11:12 pm

“The race to become the anti-Romney candidate is down to three: Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry” Aren’t we forgetting 12 term congressman, Ron Paul, who happened to get more votes than Gingrich and Perry? If you want to argue against Paul’s consistent positions Jim Galloway, then be my guest. But to ignore and misrepresent the facts is deceitful and dishonest.

The Enemy is "US"!

January 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

The people fidle and debate over non-issues and candidates who have no real solutions while the country burns down economically around our ears. Kind of like what happened in ancient Rome…isn’t it.