Rick Santorum

Preparing for presidental run, Rick Santorum proudly trumpets his record of anti-gay bigotry

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Then U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum addresses his Michigan primary night rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 28, 2012 |Attribution: Jim Young/Reuters

Daily Kos

If anyone was curious if Rick Santorum would pull back a wee bit on publicly hating teh gays in his perennial run for president, his remarks during a meeting with Iowa state legislators yesterday should put any question to rest.

Noting his opposition to the 2003 Supreme Court decision striking down laws against sodomy, Rick thinks that all that frothing he did back in the day provides him all the gravitas needed to be handed the keys to the Oval Office.

The video first posted to the conservative blog Caffinated Thoughts and later picked up byRight Wing Watch, shows Santorum at his whiny, victimized best. He gnashes his teeth and rends his garments over the press reporting his bigoted and extremist views in practically every race he has ever entered.

Head below for the video and more on this story.

One social conservative issue that I think is, two of them, I should say, are paramountright now. Number one, the one that has been in the news recently is religious liberty. I know we’ve all, and State legislatures have seen what happened in Indiana and Arkansas. What happened there was the media created a firestorm and leaders didn’t lead.  …And you learn that the media can be brutal.  It can be intimidating.  It can be overwhelming, and you can look at folks and think, ‘That is a stand-up person, they are going to stand-up tall.  They are not going to back down when it gets tough.’  Then you realize, ‘Wow, that is not what I thought was going to happen.’

I just share this with you because there is nothing… and this is what Walt (Rogers) was talking about… there is nothing that substitutes for experience, and particularly experience being in the middle of a vortex of a firestorm when your conservative principles and ideas are under the most intense scrutiny.  And where you’re being called everything you can possibly imagine and trying to intimidate you from backing away from your position. That is when you find out if the person has what is necessary to stand up and lead through a difficult time, not back down, not run for the hills, not bail out, but actually stand-up in a positive and hopefully winsome way and make the arguments.

I always say when it comes to whether it’s religious liberty now or the marriage issue or a whole bunch of other things, we are losing these arguments simply because we aren’t making them. We’re not making them because we are intimidated from them. And I think that’s just a…if that continues then life as we know it, particularly the family, is going to become a very very bad trap in the long term.

Oh for the love of … Rick, you giant tool. You and your fellow bigots aren’t “losing these arguments simply because [you] aren’t making them.” You have made your sad, tired arguments over and over again and you have lost nearly all of them on their own glaring lack of merit.

The media did not create a firestorm in Indiana. Mike Pence and his fellow conservatives in the legislature created that firestorm. Rick Santorum was never put through the wringer. He jumped into that wringer himself with his big, homophobic, theocratic mouth and has no one to blame for getting wrung out “over and over again” but himself.

I could do without seeing his smug, pinched face over the course of the next election cycle. But if I have to, I will take some comfort knowing that he will once again be mocked and ridiculed as the ridiculous ass clown he is and has always been.

Author: Steven Payne

Yep: Rick Santorum plans to run for president

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Daily Kos

Well, it’s happening. Rick Santorum will be running for president again.

“America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Santorum added that being underestimated—again—“has given me a lot of latitude.”

Allow me to do you the favor of underestimating you more, then.

Where he had to build his operation from the ground up in 2012, Santorum now has a grass-roots operation called Patriot Voices, which boasts 150,000 activists across the country.

So you’ll get 150,000 votes, then. Good for you, sport.

Santorum is likely to have more competition for the support of social conservatives than he did in the last campaign. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and retains a strong reservoir of support among evangelical voters, is considering another White House bid.

Rick Santorum’s advantage: if you look up Huckabee on the internet, you get some really sick stuff.

Santorum argues that the reemergence of immigration as an issue will work in his favor because he takes a tougher line than many other Republicans do.

So ex-Sen. “Man On Dog” is going to retool himself by becoming more anti-immigrant than any other of the probable candidates. I’m not even sure how that’s possible—at some point you would expect the whole thing would collapse in on itself in a sort of redneck singularity.But good luck with that; I know the statesmen of the Republican Party have been very, very concerned that their members haven’t been expressing more spiteful and far-right anti-immigrant views. That’s why they set Steve King to the task of drafting their immigration policy, after all.To answer the inevitable question: No. No, I will not be following the campaign travails of Rick Santorum as he wanders around the country on his own personal Mr. Bus. You don’t want that. I don’t want that. Nobody wants to think about Santorum on a Bus, not now, not ever.

 

Santorum: ‘Mabye It Wasn’t Bad’ That Founders Limited Who Could Vote

I always  knew Rick Santorum was a jackass but now I know he’s a colossal jackass…

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…Santorum was on C-SPAN today, and during a discussion about U.S. foreign policy and bringing democracy to other nations, Santorum suggested that “maybe it wasn’t” bad that the Founding Fathers placed certain limits on who could vote in U.S. elections at the start…

Santorum did not say in any way that the U.S. ought to have any limits on who can vote nowadays, but he did suggest that the Founders might have done the right thing in limiting who could vote back when America got started:

“Were we ready for an election when the United States was formed to have everybody in the United States vote? Well, our Founders didn’t think so. They limited the people who could vote in an election. Now you could say that’s horrible, that’s terrible. Well, maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. But it was a decision that was made to make sure that there was some continuity and stability within the government.”

Santorum: Obama’s ‘Minions’ Privately Told Me They Thought I Could Beat Him (VIDEO)

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How long have u suffered from delusions of grandeur, Santorum?

TPM LiveWire

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to promote his new book “Blue Collar Conservatives,” Santorum was asked whether he thought he’d win if his family was game to launch another presidential bid. He lost the Republican nomination last time around to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

“Look, I thought I could have won last time,” he said. “I’m convinced. You know I asked one of the Obama minions who were running the campaign ‘Hey, why didn’t you guys help me? I was up there battling Romney and all these folks at MSNBC were saying wouldn’t this be great if Santorum were the nominee, why didn’t you help me? Why didn’t you go out and bang me a little a bit, hit me you know, as being too conservative?'”

“And the consensus was, ‘We didn’t want you, because of this,'” Santorum added, holding up his book.

The former presidential hopeful then recounted how he met with Romney’s campaign manager and pollster after dropping out of the race. Romney’s team showed him a poll from Pennsylvania that found Santorum down by four points among voters who went to the polls during the workday, but up by 21 points after 5 p.m.

“When working people go to the polls,” host Joe Scarborough pointed out.

“This is it. And that’s what the other side is scared to death of,” Santorum said.

Watch below:

Santorum To ThinkProgress: ‘The Only Reason You Don’t Have A Voter ID Is You Want To Continue To Perpetrate Fraud’

Think Progress

To Rick Santorum, the more than 23 million  American voters who don’t have a government-issued photo ID aren’t potential victims of disenfranchisement. The presidential hopeful uses a different name: perpetrators of fraud.

ThinkProgress spoke with the Republican presidential hopeful about voter ID laws — which require that citizens present a certain form of photo identification or they are barred from voting — during a campaign stop in Milwaukee last weekend. Santorum said that he supports such laws because, as he states it, “the only reason you don’t have a voter ID is you want to continue to perpetrate fraud.” He went on to dismiss the notion that anyone might not have access to a voter ID, saying that “it’s not a problem.”

KEYES: Voter ID has been a big issue here in Wisconsin. I know Lindsey Graham has proposed a national voter ID law. Is that something you would sign as president?

SANTORUM: I think that’s a state issue. I support voter ID. In my opinion, the only reason you don’t have a voter ID is you want to continue to perpetrate fraud.

KEYES: What about folks who don’t have access to a voter ID though?

SANTORUM: As you know, in every state they allow free access to free voter ID, so it’s not a problem.

Watch it:

Santorum’s claim falls somewhere in the murky world between audacity and lunacy. More thanone in ten Americans lack a government-issued photo ID. These people are not committing voter fraud — indeed, voter fraud is rarer than getting struck by lightning — they are potentially having their right to vote stripped away. Santorum appears to have confused the disenfranchisees with the disenfranchisers.

Continue reading here…

Santorum calls reporter’s question ‘bulls–t’

Rick Santorum talks with a NYT reporter. Screenshot via CBS.

What?  The “holier-than-thou” Rick Santorum becomes unhinged?

The Raw Story

An angry Rick Santorum lashed out at New York Times reporter Jeff Zelany after a campaign rally in Wisconsin Sunday evening, calling the paper’s story on him “bullshit.”

The former Pennsylvania senator’s temper was fueled when Zelany asked him for clarification about a line attacking Mitt Romney in his speech.

“You said Mitt Romney was the worst Republican in the country, is that true?” Zelany said.

“What speech did you listen too?” Santorum replied. “Stop lying! I said he is the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I’m talking about. I said uniquely for every speech I give, I’ve said he’s uniquely disqualified to run against Barack Obama on the issue of healthcare. Would you guys quit distorting what I said?”

Santorum added: “Quit distorting my words. If I see it, it’s bullshit! Come on man, what are you doing?!”

The Louisiana Primary winner later released an email to his supporters, telling them “he was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter” but that he “didn’t back down” nor “let him bully me.”

Santorum continued to praise his actions in an interview on Fox News Monday morning.

“If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican is the way I look at it,” he said.

WATCH: Video from CBS News, from March 25, 2012.

Santorum told to ‘pretend it’s Obama’ at shooting range

One of the sad commentaries on the state of our nation…

The Raw Story

At a shooting range in Louisiana on Friday, an onlooker encouraged Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to pretend the target he was firing at was President Barack Obama.

“Santorum is shooting a 1911 Colt,” Politico’s Juana Summers tweeted from the sheriff’s office shooting range in West Monroe. “Range master says ‘Well, it’s not your first rodeo.’ Someone here says ‘pretend its Obama.’”

“As Santorum had headphones on and was standing far from supporters, he likely didn’t hear [the] woman say ‘pretend its Obama’ as he shot,” she added.

NBC’s Andrew Rafferty provided confirmation: “Woman watching Santorum at shooting range in LA yells ‘Pretend it’s Obama’ (there is n0 chance Santorum heard it)”

Afterward, the former Pennsylvania senator reportedly called the remarks “horrible.”

A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed Santorum holding a 14 point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney going into Saturday’s Republican primary in Louisiana.

Update (1:15 p.m. ET): The Secret Service is investigating, according to The Associated Press.

Update (1:30 p.m. ET): MSNBC has obtained audio of the remark.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchel Reports, broadcast March 23, 2012.

 

Rick Santorum: President Obama Shouldn’t Let Daughter Go To Mexico

TPM2012

Rick Santorum said President Obama set a bad example and potentially endangered American tourists by letting his daughter Malia go to Mexico on a spring break vacation.

Santorum told Glenn Beck that an American president should not send his own family into the area given State Department travel warnings for Mexico.

“What I would say is that the president’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying,” Santorum said in a phone interview with Beck. “If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think that’s what presidents do. They set an example. And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

Earlier today, Politico reported that several news outlets had removed reports on Malia’s vacation at the request of the White House, which has long asked the press to refrain covering the president’s children when not accompanied by their parents.

As Beck’s website, The Blaze, notes, there is no State Department travel warning in effect for Oaxaca, the popular tourist destination where the first daughter is reportedly vacationing.

See video here…

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Santorum Touts Endorsement Of Birther Joseph Farah

Unless Newt Gingrich exits the race, Santorum’s chances of winning the required delegates to clinch the GOP nomination for the Presidency is slim, at best.

However, given his performances thus far, and his anticipated performances in the south, Santorum still has some relevancy.

Hence this story…

Think Progress

Hoping to beat Mitt Romney in upcoming Southern primaries, Rick Santorum’s campaign sent out a press release today touting the endorsement of 200 “esteemed conservative leaders.” Among the supporters the Santorum campaign is “proud to announce” are many controversial figures, such as immigration hawk Tom Tancredo andproudly Islamophobic retired general William Boykin (who was nearly uninvited from West Point earlier this year), but one name particular stood out — Joseph Farah.

Farah is the founder and editor of World Net Daily, a website dedicated to advancing the myth the President Obama was not born in the United States. Farah is so dedicated to “eligibility issues,” as he calls them, that he’s even said Cuban-American Sen. March Rubio (R-FL), a darling of conservatives and potential vice presidential pick, is “not eligible” because he’s supposedly “not a natural-born citizen.”

Farah is also known for blaming earthquakes, hurricanes, and the Penn State sex scandal, among other things, on the growing acceptance of homosexuality.

Ironically, in the same Fox News interview in which Farah questioned Rubio, he suggested that Santorum has not gone after Mitt Romney harder because he is “trying to position for a vice presidential candidacy.”

Santorum: Obama is ‘a snob’ who ‘wants everybody to go to college’

Can you believe this clown?

The Raw Story

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum once again attacked President Barack Obama on wanting students to go to college Saturday morning, calling the president a “snob” on the campaign trail in Troy, Michigan.

Santorum spoke the tea party group Americans For Prosperity’s Michigan branch and received a round of applauds for his latest eye-brow raising statements.

“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob,” he said. “There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them.”

Santorum doubled down on his comments from Thursday, saying  “the indoctrination going on at the university level is a harm to our country” thanks to Obama.

Ironically, Santorum would be calling himself “a snob” as well based on his past history. In 2006, while he was a senator, Santorum pushed to make college more affordable  for all Pennsylvanians.

WATCH: Video from C-SPAN, which was broadcast on February 25, 2012.