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Rick Santorum Decides to Run

Original post made by Cindy Cross on Jun 6, 2011

Rick Santorum Decides to Run by Cindy Cross
"I'm ready to lead. I'm ready to do what has to be done for the next generation, with the courage to fight for freedom, with the courage to fight for America," said the former U.S. senator from the steps of the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerset, PA today.

Santorum's campaign slogan, "The Courage to Fight for America" can be heard in all of his speeches, banners and on his website,
Very conservative among other conservatives, Santorum is outspoken about his views against gay marriage and abortion. A fervent outspoken critic of Obama, Santorum said the President was undermining America's freedoms.
"The principal purpose of America was to make sure each and every person was free. Ladies and gentlemen, that is at stake now," Santorum said in a pun aimed at U.S. government sponsored healthcare. "Every single American will be hooked to the government with an IV."

In 2003, the then-Senator compared same-sex marriage to "man on dog" relationships in an AP interview. Miley Cyrus, the teenaged star of Disney's Hannah Montana show, and current pop diva, recently twittered about Santorum's views against gay marriage.

Santorum's responded to Cyrus's negative Twitter in an interview on Chris Stigall's radio show, "When she came out against me, we actually had a family meeting and decided whether I can continue on in this process and, you know, we had to talk to the kids and it was difficult," Santorum said sarcastically. "But we're actually holding out -- we still think we might get Lindsay Lohan. And with that, you know, we can continue. We're waiting."
Santorum got nailed in the 2006 re-election bid for Senator against Bob Casey. Not only did he lose; he lost by nearly 20 points! This was a huge defeat considering Santorum had held the senate seat for two terms.
It will be interesting to see how Santorum handles himself against republican heavyweights such as Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachman during the June 13th republican debate. June 13th could be a TKO for Santorum's political career if things don't go well for him. Stay tuned.


Posted by John Douglas, a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Santorum adds to the list of pipe dreaming republicans. He is a radical right nutcase who thinks that he, and only he, can save our nation from the grips of desperate addiction to government handouts to worthless idlers and welfare cheaters. Thanks Rick, you're just the man for the job, only thing is, the job isn't the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. How about the vice squad?

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

What, exactly, makes him a 'radical, right nutcase'? None of the govt failures you listed are outside of the mainstream of most taxpayers wishes to start improving our fiscal situation. Lord knows, Obama is not up to the task and has in fact been making things worse for over 2 years.

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

The more, the merrier. The next 17 months are going to be wildly entertaining.

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

If the Republicans are serious about winning back the White House, they're going to have to move more toward the center, not the right. These extremists can win elections in isolated Congressional districts, but not nationwide. On the national stage, they're merely entertainment for people like me.

Sarah Palin may please some people with her extreme views, but she lost the White House for the Republicans in 2008. I guess you'll have to decide what's important to you in 2012.

Posted by Vince, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Santorum has no realistic chance at the presidency and he knows it. But he needs an audience to convince that he himself isn't gay. The truth on this guy will come out a year or two from now, as it does for most zealous anti-gay crusaders who try SO VERY HARD to convince people they are not gay. But Steve likes him, so what's not to like?

Posted by Republican Thru AND Thru, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Santorum has proven himself to be a homophobe and a racist. What's not to like? America's South will eat his message up, as will P-town's rightwing fascist Repub-TeaParty crowd which would love to see a racist in office.

Posted by Beware, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Santorum is extreme in imposing HIS religious zealotry on the country....Of the many religious imposers, Santorum leads as the
most dogmatic and imposing of his will ON TO the people. He puts it ahead of saving the economy...It's only that the 'economy' sells better as a campaign message to the masses. ( what a if he'd ever get any of the desperately needed Independent votes ). He's the kind Iowa loves. .Remember, winning Iowa primary is the kiss of death in the November General election. TV crusader Pat Robertson beat out Papa Bush in Iowa primary. Iowa picker Huckster Huckabee over McCain and Romney......that was how Obama won. Iowa & Huckabee screwed up the early state support. Iowa will probably do it again. If so, we know it's all over,if they screw with the process again. They think we're picking a preacher instead of a interfere with your personal life.

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

If all you Republican/Tea Party fans out there hope to get someone into the White House, I suggest you start embracing some of your moderate candidates - i.e. Romney.

Look at the latest poll. Your winning ticket is to surface someone moderate on the social issues but someone who stacks up stronger on economic issues.

Otherwise, you are just giving the victory to Obama. And this is coming from someone who voted for Obama last time.

Posted by Edith, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I voted for Obama last time but I'll vote for any one of the Republicans who are willing to take down medicare and social security and all the other unsustainables. It is just too irresponsible and unaccountable to continue these unfunded liabilities. We're facing an apocalyptic crisis, and these goofy left wingers are making noises about polution, climate change, corporate takeover of the minds of our kids, chemicals in our food and water!!! Go figure. Santorum sounds good to me. Or Bachmann or Palin, though I heard both were talking behind the scenes about doing a playboy cover spread.

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Edith - Clearly you are pretending to be a Tea Party person.

People like you are just as bad with your attitudes. It makes me think twice about ever voting for a candidate the people like you support.

And remember it is the Independents who control most elections.

You and your ilk could do yourselves a favor and become more mature in the dialogue.

Posted by Independent 2, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I voted for Obama, but never again. I don't care weather he runs in 2011 or 2014. I thought he'd do something about the unfunded liabilities that call themselves teachers and fire fighters. But know. Hes as irresponsible and unaccountable as all the other unsustainable supporting debt burdening tax exhausting Demo-rats that call themselves Americans.

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I find it humorous how some people refuse to engage in a factual debate yet(maybe because they know their position is indefensible?) and instead try to impersonate the other side (Edith and Independent 2) in a purposely poor way with the hope of undermining the other side.

Pretty pathetic.

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I am enjoying for the moment the fact that Romney is leading Obama in the polls. And if unemployment remains elevated, we will have a competitive race.

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

"Santorum has proven himself to be a homophobe and a racist." Really? Any examples, other than in your own twisted fantasies (with Vince)? Besides, you say that like it's a bad thing.

Posted by Gladys, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I'm very impressed by Sanitorum's criticism of global warming, saying that it is a Democrat plot. That and the fact that he hates gays and hates blacks and hates anyone not christian. What's not to like?

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Steve, here are your examples of Santorum's racism, homophobia and sexism: Web Link

Rick Santorum, attorney at law, claiming to be the authority on what constitutes junk science. Interesting.

Why is he even wasting time on this? It isn't even on the top ten issues Americans are concerned about: Web Link

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

b-very interesting website, that 'think progess LGBT' site. Not like they have an agenda or present impartial opinions. Anyway, if these comments were not taken out of context, these opinions will not dissuade many voters except gays and theri sympathizers.

Posted by sandy, a resident of California Reflections
on Jun 10, 2011 at 9:10 am

Hey Santorum is willing to spend the next 4 years re-fighting the Affordable Health Care Act. What's not to like about that?

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

Obama supporters are hoping that someone like Santorum wins the Republican nomination as it will ensure Obama's victory.

Case in point, I was all set to vote for McCain and then he had the distastorous decision to select Palin as his running mate. The rest is history. Hopefully, we learn from this history.

Posted by Blossom, a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Jun 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

I don't care if Santorum is racist and homophobic, as long as he saves us from the enormous tax burden we're suffering from unsustainable teacher salaries and all the irreponsible and unaccountable dirty unions, I'm okay. The racism and homophobia is just icing on the cake.

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

Blossom you are clearly an imposter and a joke.

Progressive posters have stooped to a new level of immaturity which is clearly not helping your case with Indendents like me.