Take Another Look At Rick Santorum - for President

The following quotes are some of the reasons I am supporting Rick Santorum that I said I would send in my last emal.   They are all taken (except for a couple) from the GOP debates. Links to the debates are given. I knew when the field was narrowed to Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Romeny that I would vote for Rick Santorum. However, I believe each candidate has been very useful in the debates.   I have listened to every debate and read several of the debate transcripts.  I have been familiar with Santorum for twenty years or so - ever since I worked with citizens from Pennsylvania on educational issues.  At that time Santorum was a real friend of education.  At the end of this email I give some brief comments about why I think Santorum is electable.

The GOP's Rick Santorum summed up the illegal alien issue, quoted below, in the South Carolina Republican debate better than any politician I have heard.

"If you want to be an American, the first thing you should do is respect our laws and obey our laws. And ... the idea that someone who came here and lived here 25 years has only broken one law -  if they've worked for 25 years, they've been breaking the law for 25 years."

Santorum continued, "If they've been working, they have probably stolen someone's Social Security number; and they've committed Social Security fraud. This is not just a single occurrence. It's an ongoing issue. And if we treat people like that differently than we do with a mother who out of a desperate situation goes out and - and shoplifts or does something and gets thrown in jail, what are we saying - that we're going to treat people in this country who do things for their family differently than those who are here illegally? I don't think so." South Carolina Debate 1/19/2012  http://www.cfr.org/us-election-2012/republican-debate-transcript-charleston-south-carolina-january-2012/p27129

Santorum had the best answer on Iran and nuclear weapons and the best understanding of the Muslim religion and its ramifications that  I have heard from any politician explain. And he always back Israel.

Moderator:   I wonder why it is if America has lived with a nuclear Soviet Union, we have come to live with a nuclear North Korea. Why is it that we cannot live with a nuclear Iran? And if we can't, are you prepared to take the country to war to disarm that country?

RICK SANTORUM: They're-- they're a theocracy. They're a theocracy that has deeply-embedded beliefs that-- that the afterlife is better than this life. President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said the principle virtue of the Islamic Republic of Iran is martyrdom. So when your principle virtue is to die for your-- for Allah, then it's not a deterrent to have a nuclear threat, if they would use a nuclear weapon. It is, in fact, an encouragement for them to use their nuclear weapon. And that's why there's a difference between the Soviet Union and China and others and Iran.

Moderator:  What about Pakistan? They are an indifferent ally at best. They have nuclear weapons. Are you also prepared as president to say they must disarm or else?

RICK SANTORUM: They are not a theocracy. And we're very hopeful of-- of maintaining-- a more secular state-- than-- than is in place today. But there is a serious threat. And this administration has bungled it about as badly as they can in trying to con-- continue those positive relationships. We've had some real serious problems with the-- with the Pakistani military. Obviously-- with respect to-- Osama bin Laden, with respect to-- North Waziristan. But you have-- the reason is we have a president who's just very weak-- in-- in that region of the world and is not respected.  And therefore, he's not-- he has not been able-- to have that strong hand in working with Pakistan that they're used to. 

SANTORUM: Well, the - first off President Obama has dealt with it about as badly as possible. First he emboldened Assad by coming into office and establishing an embassy there, reestablishing diplomatic relationships, going through the process of trying to rehabilitate this tyrant. All, I'm sure, to the consternation of our friend, Israel who has consistently done the opposite, tried to step away and isolate Israel while at the time they're trying to negotiate in a very difficult situation in their country.  With respect to - to - to Syria, look, Syria and Assad are a threat to Israel. I was the author of a bill when I was in the United States Senate to put sanctions on Syria. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/new-hampshire-debate-meet-the-press--facebook-debate-transcript/2012/01/08/gIQAqYMDjP_blog.html  New Hampshire Debate Jan 8 2012

(Santorum has more good quotes on Israel and Iran and what he would do right now  in his CNN interview at this link:  http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1202/02/pmt.01.html

Santorum does not back down from his stand on homosexuality. Liberals accuse him of being a "gay hater."  He did not back down on the issue but explained his views very well in the debate.

Background for Santorum's answer:  Moderator said to Mitt Romeney: Governor Romney, I'd like to remind you of something you said in Bay Windows, which is a gay newspaper in Massachusetts in 1994, when you were running against Senator Kennedy. These are your words, "I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party, and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster anti-discrimination efforts." How have you stood up for gay rights and when have you used your voice to influence Republicans on this issue? Mitt Romney answered  Andy, as you know-- I don't discriminate. And in the appointments that I made-- when I was governor of Massachusetts, a member of my cabinet-- was gay. I appointed people to the bench, regardless of their sexual orientation. Made it very clear that, in my view, we should not discriminate in hiring policies, in legal policies. [Romney did say "I do not favor same-sex marriage.]   Compare Romney's answer to that of Santorum.

Moderator's question to Santorum:  Moderator:   Would you be a voice for speaking out for gay rights in your party? And if not, why not?

RICK SANTORUM: I would be a voice in speaking out for making sure that every person in America, gay or straight, is treated with respect and dignity and has the equality of opportunity. That does not mean that I would agree with certain things that the gay community would like to do to change laws with respect to marriage, respect to adoption, and things like that. So you can be respectful-- this is the beautiful thing about this country. (CLEARS THROAT) James Madison called the first amendment, he called it the-- the-- the perfect remedy.

And that is people of all different backgrounds, diversity, opinions, faiths, can come into the public square and can be heard, and can be heard in a way that's respectful of everybody else. But just because you don't agree with someone's desire to change the law, doesn't mean you don't like them or you hate them or you want to discriminate against them. But you're trying to promote th-- (CLEARS THROAT) excuse me, promote things that you think are best for society.

And I do so. And I think if you-- if you watch the-- the town hall meetings that I've been doing all over New Hampshire, I do so in a respectful tone, I listen to the other side, I let them make their arguments, and then we do so on a very-- a very respectful way. And you know what? We may not agree. That's why we leave it open to the public to be able to elect members of Congress and the Senate and the president, who will support their idea.

Moderator:   What if you had a son who came to you and said he was gay?

RICK SANTORUM: I would love him as much as I did the second before he said it. And I would try to do everything I can (APPLAUSE) to be as good a father to him as possible. New Hampshire Debate January 8, 2012 at this link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/new-hampshire-debate-meet-the-press--facebook-debate-transcript/2012/01/08/gIQAqYMDjP_blog.html

Santorum understands and able to communicate succinctly that social issues are the root of economic problems and willing to blast Obama's policies. 

DAVID GREGORY: Let me ask you, Senator Santorum, we've talked some about the role of government, but the presidency is often called "the bully pulpit." I wonder, as president, how you'd use the bully pulpit to try to shape American culture and values.

RICK SANTORUM: I haven't written a lot of books. I've written one. And it was in response to a book written by Hillary Clinton called It Takes A Village. I didn't agree with that. I believe it takes a family. And that's what I wrote. And I believe that there's one thing that is undermining this country and that is the break down of the American family. It's undermining our economy. You see-- the rates of poverty among single parent families, which are-- moms are doing heroic things, but it's harder.

It's five times higher, in the single parent family. We-- we know there's certain things that work in-- in-- in America. Brookings Institute came out with a study just a few year-- a couple of years ago that said if you graduate from high school and if you work and if you're a man, if you marry, if you're a woman if you marry before you have children, you have a 2% chance of being in poverty in America.

And to be above the median income, if you do those three things, 77% chance of being above the median income. Why isn't the president of the United States or why aren't leaders in this country talking about that and trying to formulate, not necessarily federal government policy, but local policy and state policy and community policy to help people do those things that we know work and we know are good for society? This president doesn't. In fact-- he has required programs not to talk about marriage, not to talk about abstinence in order to get federal funds. He's working exactly against the things he knows works, because he has a secular ideology that is against the traditions of our country.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/new-hampshire-debate-meet-the-press--facebook-debate-transcript/2012/01/08/gIQAqYMDjP_blog.html  January 8 Debate in New Hampshire

SANTORUM: Those three things, if you do, according to Brookings, results in only 2 percent of people who do all those things ending up in poverty, and 77 percent above the national average in income. It's a huge, huge opportunity for us.
But what is the Obama administration doing? Elaine Bennett runs a program called Best Friends, the wife of Bill Bennett. And she told me through Bill that the Obama administration now has a policy, and this program is a program targeted at at-risk youth, specifically in many case necessary the African-American community, who are at-risk young girls. The Obama administration now has regulations that tells them that they can no longer promote marriage to these young girls. They can no longer promote marriage as a way of avoiding poverty and bad choices that they make in their life. They can no longer even teach abstinence education. They have to be neutral with respect to how people behave.
The problem is neutrality ends in poverty, neutrality ends in choices that hurt people's lives. This administration is deliberately telling organizations that are there to help young girls make good choices, not to tell them what the good choice is. That is absolutely unconscionable. 
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/new-hampshire-debate-meet-the-press--facebook-debate-transcript/2012/01/08/gIQAqYMDjP_blog.html  January 8 Debate in New Hampshire

Santorum understands how government regulations is destroying our economy (this is from a Victory speech not a debate) and able to communicate it.

But when I traveled around Iowa to the small towns, I found a lot of those small towns were just like the small towns that I traveled around in Pennsylvania. They were towns that were centered around manufacturing and processing.

Those good jobs that built those towns, and those jobs slowly, whether it's in Hamburg, whether it's in Newton, or any place in between, we found those jobs leaving Iowa. Why? Because our workers didn't want to work, because our workers weren't competitive?

No. It's because government made workers uncompetitive, by driving up the cost of doing business here. It's 20 percent more expensive to do manufacturing jobs in this country than it is in the top nine trading partners that we have to compete with. And that's why we're losing our jobs.

And so, when Republican purists say to me, well, why are you treating manufacturing different than retail? I say, because Wal- Mart's not moving to China and taking their jobs with them. http://www.clipsandcomment.com/2012/01/04/transcript-rick-santorum-iowa-caucus-victory-speech-january-3-2012/ Transcript - Rick Santorum - Iowa Caucus 'Victory' Speech - January 3, 2012.

Santorum doesn't back down from using God and religion in his debates, etc.  He understands and communicates succinctly how our Constitution is based on God and Christianity. This is the best answer on this question I have ever heard.

SUZANNE BASS, JACKSONVILLE RESIDENT:  My question, how would your religious beliefs, if you're elected, impact the decisions that you make in the office of the presidency? [This question was asked to all four candidates. Santorum's was far, far better than any of the other candidates from the conservative and Christian perspective]

SANTORUM: Faith is a very, very important part of my life, but it's a very, very important part of this country. The foundational documents of our country -- everybody talks about the Constitution, very, very important. But the Constitution is the "how" of America. It's the operator's manual.

The "why" of America, who we are as a people, is in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights."

The Constitution is there to do one thing: protect God-given rights. That's what makes America different than every other country in the world. No other country in the world has its rights -- rights based in God-given rights, not government-given rights.  And so when you say, well, faith has nothing to do with it, faith has everything to do with it. If rights come...

(APPLAUSE)

If our president believes that rights come to us from the state, everything government gives you, it can take away. The role of the government is to protect rights that cannot be taken away.

And so the answer to that question is, I believe in faith and reason and approaching the problems of this country but understand where those rights come from, who we are as Americans and the foundational principles by which we have changed the world.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/new-hampshire-debate-meet-the-press--facebook-debate-transcript/2012/01/08/gIQAqYMDjP_blog.html  Debate January 8, 2012 at this link:

The following came from Santorum's Missouri Victory speech where he continues to extol his faith.

I want to also thank -- I have to always thank -- first off, let me just thank God for giving us the grace to be able to persevere through the -- through the dog days, and blessing us and blessing our family.  From his Missouri victory speech.

The president over the last few years has tried to tell you that he, in fact, the government can give you rights, the government can take care of you and provide for you. They can give you the right to health care, like in Obamacare. 

But look what happens when the government gives you rights. When the government gives you rights, unlike when God gives you rights, the government can take them away. When government gives you rights, the government can tell you how to exercise those rights. 

And we saw that just in the last week, with a group of people, a small group of people, just Catholics in the United States of America who were told you have a right to health care, but you will have the health care that we tell you, you have to give your people, whether it is against the teachings of your church or not. 

I never thought as a first-generation American, whose parents and grandparents loved freedom and came here because they didn't want the government telling them what to believe and how to believe it, that we had a First Amendment that actually stood for freedom of conscience, that we'd have a president of the United States who would roll over that and impose his secular values on the people of this country. 

And it's worse than that. When one of the Catholic bishops tried to communicate that through Army chaplains, the Obama administration said, no, you can't do that, no, because your language is seditious, and they made them change the language of a letter from a bishop to his people.  See his entire speech at :  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/rick-santorums-missouri-victory-speech-full-transcript/2012/02/07/gIQAGcUwxQ_blog.html Rick Santorum's Missouri victory speech:  Full transcript.

Following comes from Santorum's victory speech earlier in Iowa.

SANTORUM: People have asked me how I've done this, sitting back at the polls, and not getting a whole lot of attention paid to us. How did you keep going out to Iowa in 99 counties and 381 town hall meetings and speeches?

Well, every morning, when I was getting up in the morning to take on that challenge, I've required a strength from another particular friendship. One that is sacred. I've survived the challenges so far by the daily grace that comes from God.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SANTORUM: For giving me his grace every day, for loving me, words (ph) and all. I offer a public thanks to God.  http://www.clipsandcomment.com/2012/01/04/transcript-rick-santorum-iowa-caucus-victory-speech-january-3-2012/ Transcript - Rick Santorum - Iowa Caucus 'Victory' Speech - January 3, 2012.

My Comments:  

Santorum exhibits honesty, conservatism,  and Christianity in every debate and speech. He comes across as sincere and consistent even with independents and liberals. He communicates conservative and  Christian values in succinct, brief language and finds a way to slip in facts and information with just a few words with which few people are familiar - issues that need to be brought to light. He admits mistakes in voting that he made instead of defending them and makes no excuses for them but defends and explains those stands he took that were questionable to conservatives.  He is not afraid to blast Obama when he feels it is necessary, and I think he will do very well with Obama in debates. 

I now truly believe Rick Santorum is truly our most electable candidate.  I did not believe that even a few weeks ago. I believe people (independents and liberals even) view Santorum as sincere and honest. I began to realize that other conservative friends of mine were coming to the same conclusion that Santorum was the best canddiate.  Then as I watching CNN the other night to see how they were treating the candidates, Piers Morgan was interviewing Santorum Feb. 2nd before Santorums's 3 big wins.  Morgan treated Santorum with utmost respect  In the interview with Jerry Springer, folllowing the interview with Santorum,  Piers Morgan, the far left liberal, made these comments: 

 Piers Morgan: "Tell me this, when you hear Rick Santorum -- because I've interviewed him a few times now and I like him personally, but I find that he's probably of all the candidates the one I have least in common with in terms of many of his views. And yet I have a grudging respect and admiration for his consistency. Very much unlike some of his -- like Mitt Romney has flip-flopped so many times, you're not quite sure where he stands. At least with Santorum you know what you're going to get. He doesn't change his position on his key issues. 

Jerry Springer made this comment: "I have great respect for Rick Santorum, I don't agree with his politics, but he is obviously a man of great faith.....  Well, I don't agree with Rick Santorum on most issues. But I will say of the candidates -- of Republican candidates running, he's the most authentic. And that is exactly true. I think his strategy is to just hang in there long enough while hoping the other two self-destruct, which is not an unreasonable hope. So he could be the last man standing simply because if Romney keeps saying the stuff that he's saying, you know, I don't know - http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1202/02/pmt.01.html On Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN.

In the next email I plan to give a few concerns I have with the other candidates and why I think Santorum is more electable and comes closer to being what the Tea Party, conservatives, evangelicals want in a candidate than the others.  However, I will certainly support the candidate that is chosen by the Party.  You can go to this link and read the email I have already sent to most of you about my concerns with Newt Gingrich: http://www.wpaag.org/Newt%20Gingrich%20-%20Conservative%20or%20Progessive%20Own%20Words.htm

 

Posted February 10, 2012