Krista Branch “Remember Who We Are” Added as One of the Santorum for President Theme Songs

Press Release

Verona, PA – The Rick Santorum for President campaign is proud to announce that it has chosen “Remember Who We Are” by Nashville artist Krista Branch as one of its theme songs.

 

Rick Santorum said: “Our campaign has focused on returning to a government that believes in the American people again, and few songs express the beauty and strength of who we are as free Americans better than Krista’s.  ‘It’s our time,’ as the song says – our time to take a firm, unwavering stand against big government; and it is our time to take our country back.

Our campaign is a grassroots bottom-up movement – not a top-down, Washington insider campaign.  We are supported by men and women across this country who understand what it means to be free.  We must remember who we are, and that we are blessed to be a nation of free people.  We have a responsibility to reclaim the foundation of freedom in its fullest sense – and to do everything we can to restore and preserve it for our children and grandchildren.”

Krista Branch - “Remember Who We Are” is available to download on ITunes.

www.kristabranch.com

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Rick Santorum Never Said He Wanted to Ban Birth Control

By Brian Hughes

Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum never said he wanted to ban birth control. He is not flip flopping on the issue, he flat out never said it. The media has been spinning a lot of what the former Senator has been saying to deter possible voters for whatever reason. I have attached the video of Rick’s interview with David Gregory on Meet the Press from February 12, 2012. In this interview the very first thing addressed is the contraception rumor. Rick doesn’t hide his values or his faith but that doesn’t mean he actually wants to ban birth control. The media is constantly taking what Santorum says regarding any Social issues and painting him to be some type of extreme religious nut.

 

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Rick Santorum a Champion on Conservative Issues and His Record Proves It

 

by Dennis Dupuis

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RICK SANTORUM – STRONG  

  • Strong on Values!  
  • Strong on Life!
  • Strong on Liberty and the Constitution!
  • Strong on the 2′nd Amendment!
  • Strong on Border Security!
  • Strong on fiscal conservatism

Here’s  the Facts!

Rick Santorum has received an A- on issues of border control and illegal immigration. By far the best grade among all presidential candidates currently. Rick is not an isolationist when it comes to issues of National Security. Rick will defend the United States and our Allies, promoting liberty and freedom!

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/2012-presidential-hopefuls-immigration-stances.html

Rich Santorum receives an A+ lifetime score from National Rifle Association.

http://www.votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/1299

Rick Santorum secures Conservative Christian endorsement from Evangelical Leaders!

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012/01/15/rick-santorum-secures-conservative-christian-endorsement-debate-over-mitt-romneys-busines

Rick Santorum receives high standards on pro-life issues

Rick Santorum, the true pro-life candidate!

As you can see by the endorsement ratings listed below. pro choice liberal groups score Rick Santorum almost consistently 0%, while pro life ratings are 100%

Here’s the Proof!

Rick Santorum debates Barbara Boxer on partial birth abortion bill in Senate 1998.

 

2006 Planned Parenthood – Positions 0%

2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

2001 Planned Parenthood – Positions 0%

2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 20%

1999-2002 National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association – Positions 0%

1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

1999 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

1999 Planned Parenthood – Positions 0%

1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

1997 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

1996-2003 Planned Parenthood – Positions 0%

1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America – Positions 0%

1996 National Right to Life Committee – Positions 100%

1995-2004 National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association – Positions 0%

1995-1998 Planned Parenthood – Positions 0%

1993-1996 Planned Parenthood – Positions 5%

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/2012/01/17/fox-poll-santorum-seen-most-conservative-gop-candidate

On fiscal conservatism

Rick Santorum, one of the most fiscally conservative as rated by the National Taxpayers Union:

Excerpt:

NTU’s scoring paints a radically different picture of Santorum’s 12-year tenure in the Senate (1995 through 2006) than one would glean from the rhetoric of the Romney campaign.  Fifty senators served throughout Santorum’s two terms:  25 Republicans, 24 Democrats, and 1 Republican/Independent.  On a 4-point scale (awarding 4 for an A, 3.3 for a B+, 3 for a B, 2.7 for a B-, etc.), those 50 senators’ collective grade point average (GPA) across the 12 years was 1.69 — which amounts to a C-.  Meanwhile, Santorum’s GPA was 3.66 — or an A-.  Santorum’s GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50.

Across the 12 years in question, only 6 of the 50 senators got A’s in more than half the years.  Santorum was one of them.  He was also one of only 7 senators who never got less than a B.  (Jim Talent served only during Santorum’s final four years, but he always got less than a B, earning a B- every year and a GPA of 2.7.)  Moreover, while much of the Republican party lost its fiscal footing after George W. Bush took office — although it would be erroneous to say that the Republicans were nearly as profligate as the Democrats — Santorum was the only senator who got A’s in every year of Bush’s first term.  None of the other 49 senators could match Santorum’s 4.0 GPA over that span.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/was-santorum-senate-spendthrift_629850.html

Excerpt:

Citizens Against Government Waste told us that Santorum left the Senate in 2006 with a lifetime rating of 80 percent with the anti-earmarks organization, ranking him in the top 25 percent of Senate Republicans. That put Santorum in CAGW’s “Taxpayer Hero” category.

And the fiscally conservative National Taxpayers Union provides a flattering big-picture assessment of Santorum’s voting record on fiscal issues. The NTU looks at legislators’ votes on everything from taxes to spending to debt regulation and fiscal policy in general and then grades them. You can see all of the Republican candidates’ scores here. NTU doesn’t provide a composite score for legislators, but in yearly grades issued during Santorum’s Senate years, NTU gave him an “A” grade seven times, a “B+” three times and a “B” twice. He also got Bs in his last three years in the House (as far back as the NTU ratings go). Santorum got better grades than most of his fellow Republicans during his 12 years as a senator.

“Some would say that would average closer to an A- grade, while others would say it’s closer to a B+,” Pete Sepp, executive vice president of NTU told us in an email. “We tend to choose the side of caution when speaking about any lawmaker’s average, because it’s also important to examine the individual parts of the overall record.”

– Robert Farley http://factcheck.org/2012/02/romney-vs-santorum-a-misleading-contrast/#.Tz7AuB5cytM.facebookExcerpt

One source is Club for Growth, who give excellent summaries of where candidate stand and how they acted on economic and fiscal issues. Key points on Santorum:

Santorum has consistently supported broad-based tax cuts and opposed tax increases either by sponsoring key legislation or by casting votes on relevant bills.  Some high profile votes include:

  • Voted NO on the Clinton tax hike in 1993
  • Voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
  • Voted NO on a cigarette tax hike in 1998
  • Voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
  • Voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
  • Voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
  • Voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
  • Voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006

Here are his ratings from when he was in Congress:

American Conservative Union — 88%

National Right to Life Committee — 100%

Americans for Tax Reform — 95%

National Tax Limitation Committee — 92%

U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 88%

League of Private Property Voters — 94%

http://www.redstate.com/wosg/2012/01/06/rick-santorum-yes-he-is-a-true-conservative/

Here is what John Hawkins/a professional blogger who runs Right Wing News had to say of Santorum’s fiscal plan:cutting $5 trillion of federal spending within 5 years, freezing spending levels for 5 years, a Balanced Budget Amendment that caps spending at 18% of GDP, implementing Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms, reforming Social Security, freezing the pay of non-defense workers for 4 years, and eliminating the funding for Obamacare. That is an agenda that should get the blood pumping for fiscal hawks who’ve been disappointed in the conservative leadership from D.C. over the last few years.Based on: http://www.ricksantorum.com/spending-cuts-and-entitlements-reform

John Hawkins went on to say:Romney supported the McCain-Kennedy amnesty, TARP, Cap and Trade, and Obamacare was based on Romneycare. Those are huge issues that go right off the table if Mitt becomes the nominee. Santorum, on the other hand, voted against McCain-Kennedy, has an A- grade from NumbersUSA on illegal immigration, opposed TARP, voted against Cap and Trade, and opposed Obamacare. Being on the right side of those elephantine issues may be the difference between victory and defeat in 2012 and Santorum has credibility there, while Romney doesn’t.

The numbers reveal the TRUE conservative and here’s the stats to prove it:

http://theintransigentconservative.blogspot.com/2012/02/fact-checking-santorums-conservative.html?spref=fb

LIST OF PEOPLE/GROUPS WHO HAVE ENDORSED AND/OR SUPPORT RICK SANTORUM:

http://ricksantorumforpresident.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/list-of-endorsements-and-supporters-for-republican-presidential-candidate-rick-santorum/

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Comparing Santorum’s and Romney’s Election Records Show Santorum has the Best Chance to Defeat Obama

 

By Brian Hughes

By comparison of Santorum’s and Romney’s election record it becomes clearly obvious that Santorum has a better chance at defeating Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama. While Rick Santorum has 2 wins against Democratic incumbents including 2 re-elections and 1 loss, Mitt Romney only has 1 win against a Democratic incumbent with no re-elections and 2 losses. Santorum is the best choice hands down for the Republican nomination to go up against Obama with a record of 4 wins to 1 loss in comparison to Romney’s 1 win to 2 losses.

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In 1990, at age 32, Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, located in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. He scored a significant upset in the heavily Democratic district, defeating seven-term Democratic incumbent Doug Walgren by a 51%-49% margin. Although the 18th District was redrawn for the 1992 elections, and the new district had a 3:1 ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans, Santorum still won re-election with 61% of the vote.

Santorum served in the United States Senate representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. From 2001 until 2007, he was the Senate’s third-ranking Republican. He was first elected to the Senate during the 1994 Republican takeover, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Harris Wofford 49% to 47%. He was re-elected in 2000, defeating U.S. Congressman Ron Klink by a 52%-46% margin.

Romney decided to take on longtime incumbent Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. In the November general election, despite a disastrous showing for Democrats overall, Kennedy won the election with 58 percent of the vote to Romney’s 41 percent, the smallest margin in Kennedy’s eight re-election campaigns for the Senate.

Romney was sworn in as the 70th governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003. Both houses of the Massachusetts state legislature held large Democratic majorities. Midway through his term, Romney decided that he wanted to stage a full-time run for president, and on December 14, 2005, Romney announced that he would not seek re-election for a second term as governor.

Mitt Romney lost to John McCain for the Republican Nomination in the 2008 Presidential race.

 

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List of Endorsements and Supporters for Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum

 

By Katie Gorman BorweySeth Riggio and 7 others

Last Updated: 02/15/2012

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Alabama- Congressman Robert Aderholt

Alabama- Dr. Gina  (The Dr. Gina show, talk radio 101.1 in Alabama)

Alabama- Richard Rutledge, Conservative Party Alabama Chairman

Alex and Brett Harris, co-founders of Huck’s Army

Alex and Brett Harris, founders of The Rebelution

The American Tea Man (Tea Party Member, theamericanteaman.com)

Arizona- Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee

Arizona- John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Institution

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The Family Leader

Brad Thor, bestselling novelist

Brian Burch, President CatholicVote.org Candidate Fund

California- Ken Campbell, Conservative leader

CatholicVote.org

Christians for a Moral America

Citizen Wells News

Colorado- Bob Schaffer (former Congressman and US Senate Candidate)

Colorado- David Schultheis (former State Senator)

Colorado- Frank DeFilippo (former State Representative)

Colorado- Gary Ellis (Montrose County Commissioner)

Colorado- Jane Norton (former Lt Governor and US Senate Candidate)

Colorado- Jayne Schindler (President, Eagle Forum of Colorado)

Colorado- John Sampson (Candidate for State Senate, CO-25)

Colorado- Kathy Ellis (Mayor of Montrose, CO)

Colorado- Kent Lambert (State Senator)

Colorado- Pat Miller (former State Representative)

Colorado- Scott Renfroe (State Senator)

Colorado- Sean Conway (Weld County Commission)

Colorado- Sue Sharkey (Board of Regents, Univ of Colorado)

Colorado- Tom Tancredo (former Congressman and 2008 Rep Pres Candidate)

Colorado- Wade Troxell (Fort Collins City Councilmember)

Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance

Conservative HQ Chairman Richard Viguerie

Conservative Party USA, and all affiliates

Dan Davidson, co-creator of the “Stuck on Huck” radio program. Now “We Pick Rick Radio”

Dave Mustaine (Megadeath Frontman, Musician/Singer)

David Limbaugh (Rush’s brother)

Donna Joy Vance, Partial Birth Abortion Poster Baby

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air.com

Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Family Research Council

Florida- Jim Naugle, former Mayor of Fort Lauderdale

Florida- John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Policy Council

Florida- Latin Builder’s Association of Florida

Florida- Representative Scott Plakon

Foster Friess, businessman and founder of Friess Associates

Foster Friess, Investor and Billionaire

Gary Bauer, President of American Values

Georgia- State Representative Sam Teasley

Georgia- Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission

Glenn Beck, TV and Radio host

Greg Spero, conservative activist

Hogan Gidley, Senior Huckabee staffer National Communications

Illinois- Al Salvi, former US Senate nominee

Illinois – Charlene Foss-Eggemann, President, Republican Women of Park Ridge

Illinois – Joseph Hedrick, Niles Twp. Republican Committeeman

Illinois – Karen Hayes, former state director, Concerned Women for America

Illinois- Penny Pullen, former State Rep, Pres of Eagle Forum IL

Illinois- Sandy Rios, Family PAC DC Vice Pres, former Chicago radio host

Illinois – Sharee Langenstein, Eagle Forum Nat’l Issues Chr. on Religious Liberty

Iowa- Ben Lange former Republican congressional candidate from Iowa’s 1st Cong District

Iowa- Chuck Hurley, President of the Iowa Family Policy Center

Iowa- Chuck Laudner, Conservative activist

Iowa- Des Moines-area minister, Rev. Terry Amann

Iowa- Des Moines City Councilman Halley Griess

Iowa- Dr. J. Albert Calaway, retired Pastor of 44 yrs, Founder of Truth,Values and Leadership

Iowa- Gary Gordon, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Sioux City,

Iowa- Halley Griess, Des Moines City Councilwoman

Iowa- HuckPAC leader Lori Jungling

Iowa- Kim Lehman, RNC National Committeeman

Iowa- Minister Terry Amann

Iowa- Oskaloosa News

Iowa- Sam Clovis, Sioux City talk radio host

Iowa- Secretary of State Matt Schultz

lowa- State Representative Dawn Pettengil,

Iowa- State Representative Tim Kapucian

Iowa- State Representative Walt Rogers

Jack Bond, Singer/Songwriter

James Dobson, Family Talk

Jerry Boykin, Army Lt. General (Orig. Delta Force)

Jerry Delemus (912 and Tea Party Leader)

Jill Stanek, passionate Pro-Life supporter and spur to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of 19 Kids and Counting

Joseph Farah, Founder, Editor and CEO of World Net Daily

Karen Testerman (Cornerstone Foundation Founder, Pres of First Principles)

Liberty Sons (Young Conservatives, Radio talk show hosts, bloggers)

Luana Stoltenberg, an abortion foe from the Quad Cities

Maggie Gallagher, former Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage

Mark Levin, Conservative Talk Radio Host

Megan Robnett, Conservative activist, creator-leader of social media at Santorums Corner

Michael Farris, President Home School Legal Defense Association

Michelle Malkin, Conservative, Fox News Contributer

Michigan- Chuck Yob, former National Committeman

Minnesota- David Sturrock, Former State GOP Treasurer

Minnesota- David Watkins, President- MN Assn of Christian Home Educators

Minnesota- Ed Matthews, former candidate for Congress

Minnesota- Ed Morrissey, National Blogger, HotAir.com

Minnesota- Gary and Mary Lynn Scott, Activists, LeSueur MN

Minnesota- Gary Borgendale, Local Ministry Director, Salem Communications Twin Cities

Minnesota- Justin Krych, Deputy Chair, 8th Cong Dist, GOP

Minnesota- K.J. McDonald, Mayor of Watertown, former State Rep

Minnesota- Marjorie Holsten, Minnesota Home School Advocate

Minnesota- Mary Kellett, Prenatal Partners for Life

Minnesota- Peter Adolphson, Former State Representative

Minnesota- Randy Gilbert, former Mayor of Long Lake

Minnesota- Representative Joe McDonald

Minnesota- Representive Mike LeMieur

Minnesota- Ron Carey, Former State GOP Chairman

Minnesota- Dr. Scott Wright, Former State GOP Exec Committee Member

Minnesota- Senator Ben Kruse

Minnesota- Senator Bill Ingrebristen

Minnesota- Senator Dan Hall

Minnesota- Senator David Brown

Minnesota- Senator David Hann

Minnesota- Senator David Thompson

Minnesota- Senator Gretchen Hoffman

Minnesota- Senator John Carlson

Minnesota- Senator Paul Gazelka

Minnesota- Senator Sean Nienow

Minnesota- Teresa Collett, former candidate for Congress

Missouri- Joe Ortwerth, St Charles County Exec

Missouri- Senator Jim Lembke

Nevada- David McGowan, former Clark County GOP Political Director

Nevada- Jeff McGowan, GOP leader

Nevada- Sharron Angle, NV Republican, Tea Party favorite

Nevada- Zach Moyle, former Executive Director of GOP

New Hampshire Carroll County Sheriff Christopher Conley

New Hampshire- Dan Hogan, Pro-Life Advocate

New Hampshire- Greg Spero, Conservative Activist Leader of Atkinson

New Hampshire- Minister Paul Berube

New Hampshire- Paul DiMarco (former Town Councilor for Londonderry)

New Hampshire- Representative Jason Antosz

New Hampshire- Representative Jeanine Notter

New Hampshire- Representative Lenette Peterson

New Hampshire- Representative Matt Swank

New Hampshire- Representative Wes Shuler

New Hampshire- Representative Gary Hopper

New Hampshire- Representative H. Bart Hardwick

New Hampshire- Representative Kirsten Schultz

New Hampshire- Representative Logan Chism

New Hampshire- Representative Regina Birdsell

New Hampshire- Representative Sue Delemus

New Hampshire- Rick Parent, New Hampshire former GOP Congressional candidate

New Hampshire- Senator Jim Luther

New Hampshire- TEA Party leader Jerry DeLemus

New Hampshire- Ted Maravelias, Conservative Activist Leader of Windham, NH

New Hampshire- Veteran Awareness Coalition (VAC)

North Carolina- Representative Jason Saine (District 97)

North Carolina- Representative Mark Hilton (District 96)

North Carolina- Representative Rayne Brown (District 81)

Ohio- Andy Douglas, Director of Christians for Constitutional Awareness

Ohio- Attorney General Mike DeWine (former Senator, former Romney delegate)

Ohio- Bobbi Radeck, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Ohio

Ohio- Brad Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute

Ohio- Burr Robinson, Chairman of Cincinnati East Tea Party

Ohio- Calvin Pauley, Miami Township Tea Party Screening Committee

Ohio- Crystal Gurry, Legislative Liaison of Concerned Women for America of Ohio

Ohio- Dawn Slike, Former Operations Director, Lake County Right to Life

Ohio- Debbie Smith, President of Warren County Right to Life

Ohio- Diane Stover, Director of NE Ohio Values Voters

Ohio- Glenn Newman, Founder of Marietta 912

Ohio- Joseph Platt, Board Member of Family First

Ohio- Kelly Kohls, Chairman of Warren County Tea Party

Ohio- Larry Heller, Leader of Miami Township Tea Party Ohio- Linda Theis, President of Ohio

ProLife Action

Ohio- Lori Viars, President of Conservative Republican Leadership Committee

Ohio- Marcie Garrison Longenecker, Executive Committee of Liberty Alliance Cincinnati

Ohio- Mark Lucas, Leader of Hilliard-Galloway Tea Party & 912

Ohio- Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life

Ohio- Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values

Ohio- Scott Nichols, Co-Founder of Clermont County Tea Party

Ohio- State Representative Seth Morgan

Ohio- Sue Hardenbergh, Co-Leader of Anderson Tea Party

Ohio- Tom Zawistowski, Founder of Portage County Tea Party

Ohio- Tony Maas, Board Member of Family First

Oklahoma- Senator Jim Inhofe

Pat Boone, Singer/Radio Personality/Conservative

Penna Dexter, Radio Host and Commentator

Pennsylvania- Humane Society Legislative Fund

Pennsylvania- John Norvaisas (Former Democrat Councilman)

Pennsylvania- Phyllis Shlafly, Conservative Activist, Founder of Eagle Forum

Pennsylvania- Representative Glenn Thompson

Pennsylvania- Representative Lou Barletta

Pennsylvania- Representative Tom Marino

Pennsylvania- Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman

Pennsylvania- Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati

Pennsylvania- Senator Bob Mensch

Pennsylvania- Senator Dave Argall

Pennsylvania- Senator Don White

Pennsylvania- Senator Gene Yaw

Pennsylvania- Senator John Eichelberger

Pennsylvania- Senator John Pippy

Pennsylvania- Senator Kim Ward

Pennsylvania- Senator Mike Folmer

Pennsylvania- Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne

Pennsylvania- Senator Richard Alloway

Pennsylvania- Senator Robert Tomlinson

Pennsylvania- State Senate GOP Caucus Chairman Mike Waugh

Pennsylvania- State Senate GOP Caucus Secretary Bob Robbins

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America

Redstate.com

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation

Shelley Ahlersmeyer, Senior Staffer & grassroots coordinator for Huck PAC

Social conservatives back Rick Santorum

South Carolina- Andy Patrick, SC State Representative

South Carolina- Bill Connor, SC GOP leader

South Carolina- Dr. Britt Blackwell, York County Council

South Carolina- Bruce Henderson, York County Councilman District #2

South Carolina- Cotton Cole, Lancaster County Councilman

South Carolina- Gresham Barrett, former Conressman

South Carolina- GOP Leader Patrick Haddon

South Carolina- GOP Leader Stephen Brown

South Carolina- Jane Hall, Spartanburg County District 4 Councilwoman

South Carolina- Keith Pounds, Director of the South Carolina Fathers Initiative (SCFI)

South Carolina- Kevin Moughan, Lancaster County County GOP Vice Chair

South Carolina- Larry McCullough, Lancaster County Councilman

South Carolina- Lisa Van Riper, Pro-life activist

South Carolina- Mark Palmer, York County Executive Committeeman

South Caroina- Michael Johnson, Fort Mill School Board

South Carolina- Representative Deborah Long

South Carolina- Republican Party Chairman Tim Callanan

South Carolina- Representative Andy Patrick

South Carolina- Representative Bill Herbkersman,

South Carolina- Representative Greg Delleney

South Carolina- Sandy McGarry, Lancaster County Chairwoman

South Carolina- Senator Chip Campsen

South Carolina- Senator Greg Gregory

South Carolina- Senator Larry Grooms

South Carolina- Tim Callanan, Berkeley County Republican Party Chairman

Stephen Cruiser, Comedian/Writer/Pundit

Steve Strang, The Strang Report

Susan B. Anthony List (Pro-Life National group)

Teen Defenders

Tennessee- Dr. Aaron Margulise (former Newt delegate, 2nd Congr District)

Tennessee- Dr. Leonard Brown (former Newt delegate, 2nd Congr District)

Tennessee- Scott Smith (former Newt delegate, 2nd Congr District)

Tennessee- Senator Stacey Campfield (former statewide county chairman for Newt)

Tennessee- TN GOP Assembly

Texas- Abby Johnson, Live Action Films

Texas- Cathie Adams, President Texas Eagle Forum

Texas- Craig James, US Senate Candidate

Texas- Michelle Smith, City Councilwoman of Rockwall TX

Texas- Richard Neill, Texas conservative leader

Tim Busch, Businessman

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council

Victoria Jackson (former SNL actress, Tea Party member)

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Based on his Election Record Rick Santorum should get the MVP “Most Valuable Politician”

 

By Brian Hughes

Based on his Election Record Rick Santorum should get the MVP “Most Valuable Politician”. Santorum’s election record should be something of importance to the GOP since the goal is to win against incumbent Democratic president Barrack Obama. The GOP has obviously chosen Mitt Romney to be there nominee if he can make it. When you look at Romney’s election record it doesn’t really look like he’ll stand much of a chance against Obama. let’s take a look at a comparison of the two Republican Candidates election records and vote who you think would be more likely to defeat president Obama.

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If you take an honest look at the comparison of these two GOP Candidate’s election records it becomes an easily obvious choice.

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Facts About Presidential Candidate Senator Rick Santorum

This article is a compilation of facts and links to information in response to issues arising against Rick Santorum. Please feel free to add to this list anything you think may help equip his supporters with facts to defend him. Try not to post links that are already in the document, and try to post your information under the appropriate heading. If there is none, add a new heading but please make sure it falls within the alphabetical order of the main subjects.

Each Topic is numbered

1. 2ND AMENDMENT 11. EARMARKS 21. RACISM
2. ABORTION 12. EDUCATION 22. RIGHT TO WORK
3. ANIMAL WELFARE 13. ELECTABILITY 23. SOCIAL SECURITY
4. ARLEN SPECTER 14. E-VERIFY 24. SANDUSKY’S ADOPTION AWARD
5. SOTOMAYOR 15. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (THE FED) 25. SOPA
6. BALLOT ISSUES 16. FOREIGN POLICY 26. BODY ARMOR
7. BIRTH CONTROL 17. GAY RIGHTS 27. EMBRYONIC CELL RESEARCH
8. CONSERVATIVISM/BIG GOVERNMENT 18. HALLIBURTON AND LAUTENBERG 28. LINKS
9. TEA PARTY SUPPORT 19. IMMIGRATION
10. CREW 20. PATRIOT ACT

(Hat tip btw to the contributors and authors)

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WHY WE SUPPORT RICK: It’s a mistake to assume that Santorum was perfect over the course of his political career. That’s not why we support him. We support him for his courage, his values, authenticity, and vision. But there are controversial points as there are with every single candidate in this race (a whole ‘nother post). That said…

Advice About Mud: (for what it’s worth)

When you are confronted with Romney’s mud machine, alleging random votes in Santorum’s senate history, Ask the accuser to provide the evidence, before getting in the mud with them. Ask for specific senate vote records and the context of the senate business associated with that day’s senate business.

Often a senate vote “for” a bill, is just a vote to bury it by sending it back to committee for more study. It’s an old parliamentary tool.

Ask for the accuser to provide Rick’s press release discussing his position on the issue. If they can’t produce the record’s you can provide Rick’s consistent policy statements and the reviews of conservative opinion columnists like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Cal Thomas, Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins, Heritage Foundation, James Dobson, etc., who all side with Rick Santorum’s consistent conservative record.

You don’t have to get in the mud with anyone. And I can assure you, nothing will frustrate Romney more than if we ignore his dirt machine.

ronald-reagan-rick-santorum-republican-presidential-candidateRonald Reagan was called “The Teflon President” because he knew when to ignore attacks. His press secretary often said; “I won’t dignify that statement with a reply”.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-06-06-schroeder_x.htm

WHEN WILL A NOMINEE BE CHOSEN? By Dianne Edmondson

Thanks to the new RNC rules, only 2286 delegates are approved for the national convention. (Several states were penalized half their delegates for holding their primaries too early: SC, FL, MI and AZ.) Thus, it will take 1143 delegate votes to win the nomination. Using the data below, even if one candidate takes ALL delegates in every primary between now and May 22 (the Arkansas proportionate primary date), there WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH DELEGATE VOTES TO NOMINATE until at least the California winner take all primary, June 5. And proportionate states likely will have split delegates making it even less likely that any candidate can lock up the nomination, as long as two or more remain in the race.

1. ***2ND AMMENDMENT***

RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS: Santorum is a firm advocate of a citizen’s right to bear arms. He is also a staunch defender of gun manufacturers, and voted in favor of the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Bill S 397), which among others, prevents civil suits from being brought against gun manufacturers for criminal acts perpetrated using their weapons. The NRA has called Rick Santorum “Kryptonite to Liberals” and states that “We Need his Kind”. He is the ONLY candidate with an A+ rating from the NRA.

Rick on the 2nd Amendment

http://www.ricksantorum.com/defending-2nd-amendment-rights

The Fox South Carolina Debate (transcript)  I believe this has been the only debate to ask the candidates about gun rights.  Santorum addresses his votes and sheds some negative light on Ron Paul.

http://2012election.procon.org/sourcefiles/Jan_16_2012_republican_debate.pdf

NRA’s comments on Rick Santorum and his stance on the 2nd amendment:

http://www.nraila.org/Search/?q=Rick%20Santorum

 

2. ***ABORTION***

Pro-Life: Ron Paul vs Rick Santorum

https://www.facebook.com/notes/dennis-dupuis/prolife-rick-santorum-vs-ron-paul/281109838609578

FUNDING OF ABORTIONS: Ron Paul likes to accuse Santorum of voting to fund abortions. The truth is, any Senator who has voted to approve the Federal budget has voted to fund abortion because the budget has allotted funds to Planned Parenthood. To imply that Santorum has not fought for the unborn is ridiculous. Santorum has led the fight against abortion. In fact, some groups say he is TOO conservative on this issue. You can’t have it both ways.

RON PAUL’S SANCTITY OF LIFE BILL: The Paul supporters claim that Santorum didn’t vote for Paul’s sanctity of life bill back in 2007. Here’s why: The bill never made it to vote on in the house, and Rick was in the Senate. In other words, no Rick did not vote for it, because it never was an option.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1094The

DID KAREN HAVE AN ABORTION?

Read “Gabriel’s Story” by Karen Santorum.

I am married to United States Senator Rick Santorum, who in 1996 led the debate on a bill to ban partial-birth abortion—which even several pro-choice senators refer to as “infanticide”. The procedure is justified by its advocates as necessary in cases of fetal abnormalities detected late in pregnancy. They implied that Rick had no right to speak on the issue because it had not not touched his life.

One week later at a routine sonogram, the 20 week old baby in my womb was diagnosed with a defect that is always fatal without surgery. Through our immense heartache came the most basic of parental emotions: We had to save our child. After many tests it was determined our son was eligible for the operation that could save his life. It was a success, but an infection developed in the amniotic sac, and I was rushed to the hospital with a high fever, having contractions. I begged the doctors to stop my labor, but they said it would be malpractice, for I would surely die since these infections are untreatable.

Gabriel Michael Santorum was born at 12:45 AM on Friday, October 11, 1996. He was a beautiful boy. He did not give a cry or open his tiny eyes. We baptized him, bundled him, and held him ever so close. We sang to him, held his little hands and kissed him. Gabriel lived for two hours. In those two hours something simple but profound happened. Rick and I became parents to a newborn baby and welcomed him into our family. That was all….but it was everything. His life was so brief, yet his impact so great. In two hours we experienced a lifetime of emotions. Love, sorrow, regret, joy—-all were packed into that brief span. To have rejected that experience would have been to reject life itself.

Regarding the lie that Karen Santorum had an abortion in 1996.

http://lisagraas.com/blog/2012/01/04/karen-santorum-did-not-have-an-abortion-and-rick-santorum-did-not-authorize-one/

 

3. ***ANIMAL WELFARE***

 Attorney and former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania. According to USA Today, “Santorum, R-Pa., has won high praise from the Humane Society of the United States for pushing legislation aimed at ending breeding facilities known as puppy mills.” PETA also finds him to be “a friend.” According to the article, “About the only legislative issue on which Santorum has gone against PETA’s view was oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Santorum filed an anti-puppy mill bill in 2001 similar to the PAWS bill. It passed the Senate and was part of the 2002 Farm Bill but was deleted before final passage, in part because of opposition from small breeders worried about over-regulation, Santorum said.” Santorum, in 2005, introduced the Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS), requiring the USDA to regulate breeders who sell 7 or more litters of dogs or cats per year. The bill failed, causing the HSUS to “take it to the states.” He has supported and promoted anti-cockfighting legislation and more funding for federal oversight of animal breeding facilities. The article states “The animal rights political action committee Humane USA gave $5,000 to Santorum’s 2006 re-election bid and has pledged to campaign aggressively for him. ‘We support elected officials who have a proven record of leadership on animal welfare issues and Rick Santorum fits that characteristic precisely,’ said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society and a Humane USA board member.” The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), a division of the HSUS, gives Santorum the highest score of all candidates with a 60% score out of 100 and considers him to be “the most active on animal issues.” As of October 14, 2011, reports show no monetary donations to the Santorum campaign from the HSUS.d form

4. ***ARLEN SPECTER***

THE ARLEN SPECTOR ARGUMENT: Has been addressed numerous times, but short version is: The GOP had a one vote advantage in the Senate 51-49. It was apparent that President Bush would get at least one Supreme Court appointment in his second term. Specter was going to be the head of the Judiciary Committee, and he was the guy who demolished Anita Hill’s credibility to get Clarence Thomas approved. Santorum asked Specter for a commitment to get Bush’s Supreme Court appointments through. Specter said he would. And Specter was a sure bet for reelection as opposed to Pat Toomey (who was elected in the tea party wave). A 50/50 Senate split would endanger the possibility of a conservative justice appointment. So Santorum endorsed Specter and we got Justices Alito and Roberts. Now, can anyone plausibly make the case that they saw a supermajority for Dems in the Senate and a liberal President to pass Obamacare coming 4 years later? Unlucky, but this is hardly a case of Santorum “going rogue.”

“One of the foremost reasons I support Rick Santorum is the same position causing others to dismiss him–his support of Specter over Toomey in 2004. He knew conservatives would revile this decision and perhaps never forgive him, but yet he assessed that Toomey would have a hard time winning and if Spector were removed as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the opportunity to confirm Alito and Roberts would be gone.”

CONTRIBUTIONS TO PRO-ABORTION CANDIDATES: Yes, these candidates were pro-abortion. But who were their opponents? Christine Todd Whitman (NJ) ran against James McGreevy, yes that guy. Doug Forrester (NJ) ran against Frank Lautenberg. Charlie Dent picked up Pat Toomey’s seat in PA when he gave it up to run for Senate. Jim Greenwood was the incumbent GOP congressman in PA. What do they all have in common? All these pro-abortion candidates were in the Northeast. Santorum and Toomey were the rare exceptions to the rule that most of the Northeast demands socially liberal candidates (as we saw in a certain 1994 Massachusetts Senate Race). But you can hardly blame Santorum for supporting the GOP in Pennsylvania races and trying to get a couple less-bad candidates elected in New Jersey. (If he had contributed to Chris Christie, he would be guilty of the same thing).

Defending Specter Endorsement

–From Foster Friess http://www.voicesempower.com/rick-santorum-profile-in-courage/

–From James Leonard http://theo-politico.blogspot.com/2011/12/skeletons-in-candidates-closets-is.html

 –From The American Spectator http://spectator.org/blog/2012/02/23/re-specter-roberts-and-alito

5. Great Article: Rick Santorum, Specter, Sotomayor and Toomey – The Facts

http://lisagraas.com/blog/2012/02/11/rick-santorum-specter-sotomayor-toomey/

6. ***BALLOT ISSUES***

WHY IS SANTORUM NOT ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT IN ALL STATES? Newt is not on the ballot in Missouri (52 delegates). Santorum is not on the ballot in DC (19 delegates). Neither Newt nor Santorum are on the ballot in Virginia (49 delegates). Other than that (and finishing up in Indiana) the rest are easy and shouldn’t be a problem. None of these are game changers.

 

7. ***BIRTH CONTROLl***

FEDERAL MANDATE ON HEALTH CARE: Rick Santorum has stated on numerous occasions that he is opposed to a federal mandate on health insurance.  He has been quoted as saying otherwise, but his words have been taken out of context.  What he said is that employers would be required to OFFER health insurance, but nobody would be required to PURCHASE it.

Santorum favors Health Savings Plans, and he explained at a town hall meeting that for people whose employers did not offer health care benefits and who therefore had to purchase their own insurance, there was no way for them to get the same kind of pre-tax benefit as those who got their insurance from their employer. By using the health savings plan they could get the pre-tax benefit when purchasing their own insurance.

Santorum believes all people should have access to the same kind of plans Congress has–a variety of plans that can be tailored to an individual’s needs (ex., maybe they want to pay higher premiums and have more things covered, or maybe they’d prefer to pay lower premiums and take care of most routine stuff on their own, or somewhere in between).

SINGLE PARENTHOOD AND BIRTH CONTROL: Santorum was asked about his position on contraception, something that critics have accused the social conservative of being against.

“This is crazy,” said Santorum, in explaining that his opposition in the landmark Supreme Court Case Griswold v Connecticut, is not to the court’s decision to invalidate a Connecticut law prohibiting the use of contraceptives. Rather Santorum is opposed to judicial activism, and “the creation of new rights because the court says so.” In the Griswold case the Supreme Court decided that the contraceptives law violated “the right to privacy,” which later led to the decision in Roe v Wade which said that the same “right to privacy” invalidated state laws that banned most abortions.

Rick Santorum Isn’t Coming For Your Birth Control

http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/10/rick-santorum-isnt-coming-for-your-birth-control/

Some contraceptives harm women

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026152820.htm

8. ***CONSERVATIVISM/BIG GOVERNMENT***

CEO VS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: Newt Gingrich decried Romney’s support for the “Wall Street model where you can flip companies, you can go in and have leveraged buyouts, you can basically take out all the money, leaving behind the workers.”  Rick Santorum insisted, “the commander-in-chief of this country isn’t a CEO.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN: Santorum admits the Republicans made two mistakes with the Prescription Drug Plan.  First, they made it universal, when in reality only 15% of seniors needed it.  He spoke out against that and lost.  Second, they approved it without funding it, but funding was not an option on the table at the time of voting. The Republicans had plans for a program that was substantially less money than the Democrat program. They also included substantial reforms for Medicare as well as Health Savings Plans in this bill.

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/02/20/rick-santorums-part-d-vote

DEBT CEILING VOTES: While Santorum was in Congress, we had surpluses and deficits, and the national debt went up and down. Most of the time the debt ceiling was increased, it was based around funding for war and military spending. It is significant to note that the increases they voted on were not in the trillion dollar increments that they have been under Obama.

SANTORUM ENDORSED ROMNEY IN 2008: Santorum explains his endorsement of Romney in 2008 like this… “First off, I endorsed Mitt Romney, I think, five days before Super Tuesday. I didn’t endorse anybody for a long time. My focus in the 2008 election was on making sure we had someone other than John McCain. That is what I was publicly stating because I thought that he would not be a strong candidate for us in the general election and I didn’t think he’d be the best candidate for us to do the things that were necessary for this country. And so, my principle purpose, I said this from the very beginning, was to wait and see who was the best able to beat John McCain when the time came.”

SOME OF RICK’S LEGISLATION ACTS:

-Rick champions the intrinsic value of the human person as the founding principle of conservatism.

-Rick exposed the House Banking and House Post Office scandals.

-Rick is the author of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.

-Rick authored legislation that outlawed Partial Birth Abortion, the “Born Alive Infant Protection

Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act”.

-Rick fought for a balanced budget and a line item veto.

-Rick advocates for reforming the Social Security system

-Rick authored the “Syrian Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom and Support Act” to

impose sanctions on these rogue nations and promote democracy around the globe.

-Rick has led the fight to rid the scourge of AIDS from the continent of Africa.

9. TEA PARTY SUPPORT

Recent comments have been taken out of context and made it sound as if Santorum is against the tea party.  In reality, he is against the free-for-all liberalism that some have tried to pin on the tea party as one of their goals.

Rick explained, “I don’t agree that people should be empowered to do what pleases them the most. We have a responsibility beyond [ourselves].” Santorum characterized the “liberal view” as “anti-responsibility,” saying it holds, “I should be able to do whatever I want to do as long as no one gets hurt.”

He continued:    Particularly in the area of sexual freedom and personal issues, this is the mantra of the left. Which is, “I have a right to do what I want to do.” And that is not the kind of freedom that our Founders envisioned, and it is not the kind of freedom that makes up a society that is devote to the common good. The definition of liberty as our Founders understood it, was freedom with responsibility. Responsibility to who? To themselves? No. It was a responsibility to others. It was responsibility to your family, but not just your family. It was a responsibility to your neighbors and to your country.

Santorum complained that we have “an entire culture that focuses on immediate gratification and the pursuit of happiness and personal pleasure, and it is harming America.”

Rick Santorum has a long history of cutting taxes, reducing spending and fighting for a balanced budget amendment.  He even took on leaders of his own party in that fight. He has never voted for a tax increase, and one year introduced more original bills cutting spending than anyone else.

Sarah Palin said Rick Santorum’s “been consistent in saying we need to slash the federal income tax.”

Santorum is a member of the “Gang of Seven” that exposed taxpayer scandals at Congressional bank and Congressional post office. This is one of the reasons the Washington Post praised Santorum as “a tea-party kinda guy before the tea party even existed.”

Rick Santorum has called for significant tax rate cuts for middle class Americans and will cut wasteful spending to take the growing deficit off the backs of our children.

On a conference call to tea party folks, Rick said he supports the tea party and their principles, saying he’s repeatedly praised them around the country and noted the huge gains they’ve helped accomplished. He was especially appreciative of the educational forums the tea party provides.  Rick made a point to say he’s a Reagan Conservative, not a Libertarian, which makes us isolationists and ignores faith and family.

TOO CONSERVATIVE TO WIN?: Too conservative to win? What has been interesting to watch is how he interacts with people about his so-called ultra conservativism, and by the time he’s done, the people end up agreeing with him.

There’s no doubt that Rick is a true conviction conservative with a record of results to back it up.  But his conservative vision actually unites Democrats, Independents and Republicans because his vision for America is rooted in common sense.  The Made In America Plan, the Manufacturing Plan, the Balanced Budget Amendment, the economic plan, are undoubtedly rooted in conservatism and common sense — and that’s what we need

WE NEED A MODERATE?: Some folks are arguing that we need a moderate to beat Obama – someone more middle-of-the-road to appeal to more voters. Well, John McCain was a moderate and look how well that turned out…

Article Defends Santorum as small government

http://www.redstate.com/wosg/2012/01/06/rick-santorum-yes-he-is-a-true-conservative/

On Big Gov

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2yAATIKS7k&feature=related

Rush Limbaugh defends Rick’s conservativism

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/01/04/mantra_santorum_is_a_big_government_conservative

Rick on Hannity defending attacks on him being big governmnet.

http://www.therightscoop.com/rick-santorum-interview-on-hannity-radio/

10. ***CREW***

REGARDING THE CREW REPORT: Check out the names of the Democrats on their report, William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, and Maxine Waters, etc. But I have one question for you, “Where’s Charlie “Tax-dodge” Rangel? Not on this list, even though they take pains to point out every “appearance of impropriety” on the part of Republicans, including Santorum. Then check out their blog post on the 60 Min report on congressional insider trading. Particularly the segment below. Now compare the benefit of the doubt they give Nancy Pelosi while calling out Santorum for trying to cut taxes on large breweries six months after a contribution. Seems like only republicans get the “appearance of impropriety” treatment.

“The transaction in question for Pelosi dates back to her time as Speaker of the House in 2008. In March of that year, her husband purchased 5,000 shares of Visa stock as part of an initial public offering. This purchase, 60 Minutes contends, came “just as a troublesome piece of legislation that would have hurt credit card companies began making its way through the House…the credit card legislation never made it to the floor of the House.” The implication is clear: Pelosi and her husband purchased the stock, and in order to profit financially from the purchase Speaker Pelosi killed legislation the credit card industry opposed. If true, CREW would be the first to sound the alarm. But the facts simply don’t add up.

The legislation at issue (pertaining to swipe fees) was reported out of the Judiciary Committee on October 3, 2008, the last day of the regular legislative session and on the same day the House was consumed with responding to the financial collapse and bailout. Thereafter, the House had merely four days of lame duck session in November and December and there was no chance the president would sign the swipe fees legislation into law. But it was under Speaker Pelosi that the House of Representatives passed not only the Credit Cardholders Bill Rights in 2008 (legislation fiercely opposed to by the credit card industry), but also the Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, which incorporated a more robust version of the swipe fees legislation. Anyone who watches Congress knows that just because a bill is reported out of committee doesn’t mean it is set for passage by the full chamber. There are always political considerations involved, and in this case the swipe fees legislation zeroed in on by 60 Minutes was not slowed down by Rep. Pelosi, but rather the political realities of the day.”

Regarding Crew- Receives funding from George Soros- ’nuff said.

http://www.undueinfluence.com/citizens-for-responsibility-and-ethics.htm

CREW CALLS SANTORUM CORRUPT: “The group that called me corrupt was CREW,” Santorum said at the recent GOP presidential debate. “If you haven’t been sued by CREW you’re not conservative. CREW is a left wing organization that puts out a list every election of the top Republicans in tough races and calls them all corrupt because they take contributions from PACs.”

In 2010, CREW published a “Crooked Candidates” list that included . . . Marco Rubio (R-FL – elected) . . . and Allen West (R-FL – elected)!

11. ***EARMARKS***

BRIDGE TO NOWHERE:

Rick actually supported a moratorium on earmarks because the earmark process was being abused by his colleagues, many of whom were dishonest about where the money was going. The funding for that bridge was hidden in an appropriations bill.

Megyn Kelly asked Santorum about accusations in the ads, including his support of the Gravina Island Bridge, more commonly referred to as the “Bridge to Nowhere”. When Santorum was in the U.S. Senate, he voted for the bridge in Alaska that if built would have cost taxpayers almost $400 million.

Santorum responded that the money came from an earmark that was going to Alaska. He went on to explain, “My determination on all these projects is, if this is money that’s going to the state and the senator from the state says that this is where I want to spend that money, who am I in Pennsylvania to tell the people in Alaska what the priorities of the state of Alaska should be.”

He argued that holding down spending is the problem, not earmarks as suggested by Ron Paul. Santorum retorted, “Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, [Paul] was the number four earmarker in the United States Congress in the last few years. He’s a huge earmarker. The only difference with Ron Paul is he earmarks bills and then he doesn’t vote for them and says he is for lower spending.”

Rick Santorum responds to ron pauls accusations on ear marks

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/01/17/rick-santorum-responds-to-ron-pauls-attack-ad-accusations/

The truth about earmarks

http://ricksantorumforpresident.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/the-truth-behind-santoums-earmarks/

EARMARKS: During the early stages of both the Afghan and Iraqi wars, an early threat to the lives of our brave soldiers became apparent: IEDs. At the time our troops were equipped with Humvees that did little to stop an IED attack. In Congress at the time there was talk about an armored vehicle, that we now know as the MRAV, which has saved countless lives. The Pentagon at the time denied funding for the development of this vehicle. Senator Rick Santorum among others EARMARKED funds for the development of this vehicle which has been instrumental in clearing paths to insurgent strongholds and saving American lives. The Pentagon has since funded the project.

I am sure all who read this are familiar with the drones that we hear about on a daily basis. AGAIN, a program in which the Pentagon opted not to fund. Again Senator Rick Santorum amongst others earmarked funds to develop these drone which have been instrumental in not only saving lives but also providing key reconnaissance on insurgent movements and supply chains

Last but surely not least lets speak on the LARGEST earmark Senator Rick Santorum brought back to the state of Pennsylvania. Senator Rick Santorum earmarked funds for a doctor who was working on a ground breaking project, the regeneration of limps, appendages, etc. This project is not being funded by the federal government and has benefited thousands of wounded warriors.

Does this sound like a man on a shopping spree or a man who thoroughly researched projects and allocated funds towards developments than can TRULY help Americans?

Though Rick Perry called Santorum out for taking earmarks, he failed to mention that Texas pays a lobbyist to do exactly the same thing. The Federal budget was designed to utilize earmarks, and monies not used go to the President to use at his own discretion. However, when Santorum realized that his colleagues were abusing the earmark system, he called for a moratorium.

Earmarks are an allocation process for a more efficient use of monies granted to a state. A representative can make sure that certain things get funded that a DC bureaucrat wouldn’t know about. In addition, funds avoid going through liberal institutions (cf., James Inhofe, OK). For example, Rick was able to fund a Catholic hospital with money so it could buy medical equipment–something DC would not have done. Earmarks can serve a vital purpose, but once they started to be abused, Rick was against them.

But entitlements are worse than earmarks because earmarks make up only a tiny slice of the budget. Rick has been a leader in entitlement reform. John McCain, on the other hand, was a coward in entitlement reform, and in order to make himself look fiscally conservative, he took up the earmark cause.

Ron Paul loads bills that he KNOWS will pass without his support with earmarks. He brings home the money, but then he votes AGAINST the bill so that he can say that he never voted for an earmark.

Rick Santorum has been consistent and clear that out-of-control spending in Washington has to be stopped.  In fact, Rick has relentlessly fought for a Balanced Budget Amendment, he exposed waste at the Pentagon, and his Welfare Reform Bill reformed an entitlement program and greatly reduced fraud, waste and abuse. Rick has never voted for a tax increase, and he supported a moratorium on earmarks.

Megyn Kelly asked Santorum about accusations in the ads including his support of the Gravina Island Bridge, more commonly referred to as the “Bridge to Nowhere”. When Santorum was in the U.S. Senate, he voted for the bridge in Alaska that if built would have cost taxpayers almost $400 million.

Santorum responded that the money came from an earmark that was going to Alaska. He went on to explain, “My determination on all these projects is, if this is money that’s going to the state and the senator from the state says that this is where I want to spend that money, who am I in Pennsylvania to tell the people in Alaska what the priorities of the state of Alaska should be.”

He argued that holding down spending is the problem, not earmarks as suggested by Ron Paul. Santorum retorted, “Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, [Paul] was the number four earmarker in the United States Congress in the last few years. He’s a huge earmarker. The only difference with Ron Paul is he earmarks bills and then he doesn’t vote for them and says he is for lower spending.” 

 

12. ***EDUCATION***

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Rick addressed this on a tele-town hall for tea party members. He said it was something he was not a fan of and that he had some real concerns. It did have some things that were good, and he voted for it, but he admitted it was a mistake. He stated, “Looking back, I should have known better. I didn’t listen to my better principles. One of the first orders of business will be to repeal it and the funding for it.”

In a separate conversation from the above, Rick said it was a mistake, and that he held his nose and voted for it because it was the President’s highest priority and it had some good stuff in it.  But he admitted it was inconsistent with his view of education, and that he has been vocal about getting education back not just to State level but to local level. He said he violated his principles on that one, and he regrets it.

On Dept. of Education and Energy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9H32Il6Ujk&feature=endscreen&NR=1

 

13. ***ELECTABILITY***

CAN SANTORUM BEAT OBAMA?: This article lays it all out very nicely:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/05/the-case-for-santorum-why-barack-obama-should-fear-the-vest/

Rick Santorum has won many tough races. His election to the US House of Reps in 1990 was considered the biggest upset of the year. He was re-elected overwhelmingly in 1992 despite having a new district that was over 60% Democrat.

In 1994 Rick was successfully elected to the US Senate. He was one of only two people to defeat a sitting Senator that year.

In 2000, Rick was successfully re-elected despite being the number one target of Democrats, in a state that has a more than 1 million voter registration advantage for the Democrats.

When Rick lost re-election in 2006, it was the worst environment possible for Republicans.  President Bush’s approval rating was remarkably low in Pennsylvania.  Not only was Rick defeated, but the Republican candidate for Governor lost that race by 20 points, and 4 Republican members of the US House of Reps were also defeated.

Santorum is considered an outstanding debater and will be a formidable opponent for Obama.

SANTORUM LOST HIS LAST ELECTION: When Rick lost re-election in 2006, it was the worst environment possible for Republicans. Some historians, in fact, have characterized the 2006 election as the worst for the GOP since 1932.  President Bush’s approval rating was remarkably low in Pennsylvania, which is also neither a reliably Republican nor a reliably conservative state. Not only was Rick defeated, but the Republican candidate for Governor lost that race by 20 points, and 4 Republican members of the US House of Representatives were also defeated.

Furthermore, if Senator Santorum’s loss in the 2006 Senate race disqualifies him from consideration as a Presidential candidate, then by the same logic, Mitt Romney’s refusal to run for reelection as Governor of Massachusetts in that same 2006 election–when his own internal polling data indicated that he would lose very badly–should disqualify him as a Presidential candidate, as well.

14. ***E-VERIFY***

Ann Coulter accused Santorum of opposing E-verify. His response?

Santorum explained to the Iowa folks that he voted against “E-Verify” when it was part of John McCain’s amnesty bill in 2006 — a bill that Coulter and every other American with a shred of honesty, intelligence or patriotism also opposed.

Rick supports E-verify and even voted for it twice. The vote in question was when John McCain and Ted Kennedy put e-verify in their amnesty bill. Rick doesn’t support amnesty. Never has.  Never will. So he couldn’t vote for any amnesty bill.

On E-Verify http://theothermccain.com/2011/12/30/rick-santorum-to-ann-coulter-i-mean-ann-should-i-have-voted-for-amnesty/

 

15. ***FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (THE FED)***

ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE: Senator Santorum has stated that he supports an audit of the Federal Reserve Bank, but that he does not support ending the Fed. He supports returning the Fed to a single mandate of controlling inflation.

On the Fed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_NZFkWb7dI

 

16. ***FOREIGN POLICY***

FOREIGN POLICY: Rick Santorum has more foreign policy credentials than the other candidates – especially dealing with Iran, one of the biggest threats we are currently facing.

He served 8 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led the fight to transform our military from a Cold War force to meet today’s threats. He also exposed millions in waste at the Pentagon.

Rick was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the Syria Accountability Act and the Iran Freedom and Support Act, which he successfully fought to pass.

17. ***GAY RIGHTS***

Rick talks gay marriage to college students, makes valid argument.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=m0vG1CM95Js

Santorum’s Openly Homosexual Aide of 10 Years Defends Rick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0_CAjhz6a0&feature=youtu.be

18. ***HALLIBURTON AND LAUTENBERG***

To fully understand what went on here, one must read the transcript which can be found at this link:

http://regimechangeiran.blogspot.com/2006/09/senator-frank-lautenberg-attempts-to.html

Santorum tried to work with Lautenberg, but Lautenberg wouldn’t do it.

19. ***IMMIGRATION***

IMMIGRATION: Numbers USA gave Rick Santorum an A- on Immigration. It is the highest score of any candidate, and he is the only one who got positive marks an each individual criteria under this topic. He strongly supports LEGAL immigration.

On Border Security

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dFEhrGO9UQ&feature=related

20. ***PATRIOT ACT***

PATRIOT ACT: SANTORUM: “We created the Department of Homeland Security because there was a complete mess in the internal — in protecting our country. We had all sorts of agencies that had conflicting authority. We had no information sharing that was going on. This was right after 9/11. We saw the problems created as a result of 9/11. And we put together a plan to try to make sure that there was better coordination.”

21. ***RACISM***

RACIST COMMENTS: Santorum was quoted as saying, “”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”

Santorum said he “mumbled it and changed my thought” in mid-statement. “I‘m pretty confident I didn’t say ‘black’,” he said. “I’ve looked at it several times. I was starting to say one word and I sort of came up with a different word and then moved on.” But, he conceded, “it sounded like black.”

Santorum told Bill O’Reilly:

“And I can tell you, I don’t use — I don’t — first off, I don‘t use the term ’black’ very often. I use the term ‘African-American‘ more than I use ’black.’ I can tell you as someone who did more work for historically black colleges, I used to have — every year, I used to bring all the historically black colleges into Washington, DC to try to help them, because they get very little federal money through the bureaucracy, and so I help to try to introduce them to people in the Department of Education so they could have more resources.”

22. ***RIGHT TO WORK***

DAVIS-BACON ACT (RIGHT TO WORK): According to the Library of Congress, the vote was 68-31. Santorum wasn’t the swing vote, he was the freshman senator from a union state where he won with less than 50% of the vote just 18 months before. To cast a vote against unions when the bill was already defeated would be pointless and self-defeating. From reading the roll call, I suspect that a few of the swing republicans voted no only when the 60 vote margin was cleared, including Santorum. That won’t please purists who prefer martyrdom, but remember: Partial Birth Abortion Ban wasn’t passed until 2003. Would it have been passed if Santorum had already been voted out for sticking his finger in the eyes of his working class base for a vote already lost?

23. ***SOCIAL SECURITY***

SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS: Rick Santorum beleives that we need to address the problem with Social Security now because we don’t have any money. He is for means testing SS even further, and explains that those people who depend on SS for their entire income or even 50-60% would not be effected.  Rather, he would want to lessen the amount for those who are wealthy and do not depend on SS for their income. He explains it in further detail in this NH Town Hall: http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Rick-Santorum-Holds-New-Hampshire-Town-Hall/10737426806/

ON CUTTING BACK SOCIAL SECURITY: Quote from Sunny Rinker: He said he is NOT for cutting social security benefits for those who are currently receiving benefits and who depend on it for a majority of their income.  He is FOR continuing “means” testing for those who have LARGE ASSETS and receive a majority of their income from interest & dividends from those assets.  He believes their income from social security should not be as high as those who DEPEND on it. I referenced the AP story which is being used to quote him and he said he DID not say what the report says. Straight from his mouth. Link to phttp://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/01/05/nightside-republican-presidential-candidate-rick-santorum-joins-dan-rea/odcast

24. ***SANDUSKY’S ADOPTION AWARD:***

In 2002, when Rick Santorum nominated the Sanduskys for the award, no formal accusations had been made against Jerry Sandusky. In fact, at that time, no authority outside of Penn State had been told of Sandusky’s crimes. The grand jury that ultimately indicted Jerry Sandusky wasn’t even convened until 2009.

Rick Santorum has never met the Sanduskys personally. Though saddened to see scandal taint the name of Penn State, Rick has stated publicly that he supports the firing of Sandusky.

 

25. ***SOPA***

SOPA: Red State put out an article titled Rick Santorum Supports SOPA.  It’s a lie. They took out of context what he said. Here’s the direct quote from Rick Santorum: “I can’t say that, with respect to that bill, that I’m familiar enough with it that I can say that I have an opinion one way or the other on it.”

Clearly Santorum is one who believes you have to actually READ a bill before you can make a decision on it, and certainly before voting on it!

26. ***VOTED AGAINST BODY ARMOR FOR THE TROOPS***

there was no vote

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/10/23/body-armor-claim-still-false-and-nasty.html

27. ***EMBRYONIC CELL RESEARCH:***

The headline alone is repulsive to any committed supporter of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign: “Santorum and Specter team up on stem-cell bill | The compromise measure would involve creating altered embryos as a source for the material.”

But what was inside the May 6, 2006, article published by The Philadelphia Inquirer would be deal-breaker for just about anyone considering Santorum’s campaign, if only it were entirely true. But, before we take a look at the merits of the article, it’s important to provide some key facts related to this article.

A decade ago, genetic scientists had begun developing therapies for a wide range of maladies that involved the use of “pluripotent stem cell lines.” There was just one catch: these special cell arrangements could only be created by using the cells of human embryos, which destroyed the embryos after they were extracted.

Many Christians found this process morally reprehensible, and rightfully so, because it destroys human life. Santorum, then a member of the U.S. Senate, was among the most vocal opponents to the use of embryonic stem cell research.

Ironically, his chief opponent — and chief supporter of embryonic stem cell research — was the other member of the Pennsylvania delegation, then-Sen. Arlen Specter. He was the chief sponsor of a bill called the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would provide federal funding for research on leftover embryos donated by couples undergoing fertility treatment.

In 2001, President George W. Bush had pushed a compromise that allowed embryos harvested prior to his executive order banning research that destroyed embryos to still be used. The “logic” behind this was the embryos were no longer “viable” and could not be implanted in a woman’s uterus to produce a human child.

Five years later, Congress was still embroiled in a debate over what could be done with regard to stem cell research. With the senators from Pennsylvania deadlocked on opposite ends of the spectrum on the use of embryonic stem cells, common sense dictated they sit down to see if some sort of middle ground could be achieved.

Mind you, Specter and Santorum were both Republicans, regardless of what any of us have come to know about the former’s political leanings. And, they were both from Pennsylvania. So, it was hardly a shocker that they would sit down to discuss the issue.

To help bridge the divide, the President’s Council on Bioethics had issued a report that outlined what it considered “ethically uncontroversial” means of obtaining the strings of stem cells researchers needed to do their work. Among some of the “uncontroversial” concepts was one in which an embryo is engineered so that it would stop growing at a certain point in its development — in essence, it contained the genetic code of a human being, but it could never reach that full potential.

At the time, this could not be done with adult stem cells. But, the research in that area was limited, at best. So, Santorum authored the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act, which gained the support of five other Republican senators: Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and Specter.

The bill was clearly an attempt to find alternative means to gain the benefits that could be enjoyed from embryonic stem cell research without using cells derived from embryos. In fact, the first provision of the bill makes that more than abundantly clear:

In accordance with section 492, the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] shall conduct and support basic and applied research to develop techniques for the isolation, derivation, production, or testing of stem cells that, like embryonic stem cells, are capable of producing all or almost all of the cell types of the developing body and may result in improved understanding of or treatments for diseases and other adverse health conditions, but are not derived from a human embryo.

The bill also clearly stated it could not be used as a loophole to allow an expansion of existing embryonic stem cell research:

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28. LINKS

1. Rick Santorum – “Profile in Courage”

http://www.voicesempower.com/rick-santorum-profile-in-courage/

2. Blog page with excellent references to some of Santorum’s accomplishments

http://theo-politico.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-justification-for-endorsing-rick.html

3. Rick’s Made in America Plan outlined

http://www.ricksantorum.com/made-america

4. Rick on the issues Comprehensive list

http://www.issues2000.org/senate/Rick_Santorum.htm

5. Overall Profile of Rick, his family and political career

http://www.archives.com/genealogy/presidential-candidates-rick-santorum-2012.html

6. Rick’s Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/RickSantorum?sk=info

7. Key Votes

http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27054/rick-santorum

8. “It Takes a Family” Transcript Interview

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4784905

9. “Where I Stand”

http://support.ricksantorum.com/issues

10. On Muslim Brotherhood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J3y7zu8bUY&feature=related

11. On Science and Global Warming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7J2lBlSHcE&feature=related

12. Article defending Rick’s part in Welfare Reform

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/rick-santorum-and-welfare-reform-fact-checker-biography/2012/01/12/gIQAmmUTtP_blog.html

13. Women in Military

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/female-navy-vet-santorum-has-a-point/2012/02/11/gIQAllqR6Q_blog.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

14. Autism

http://www.autismvotes.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=frKNI3PCImE&b=3930723&ct=5079665

Santorum: ‘Past Time’ for Help on Autism – **Autism Votes **

www.autismvotes.org

15. Body Armor http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2006/false_claims_about_body_armor.html

16. EMBRYONIC STEM CELL http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/common-sense-setting-the-record-straight-on-santorum%E2%80%99s-support-for-stem-cell-research/

17http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZxvP70HKYo

18. Rick Santorum, Specter, Sotomayor and Toomey – The Facts

http://lisagraas.com/blog/2012/02/11/rick-santorum-specter-sotomayor-toomey/

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Setting the Record Straight on Senator Rick Santorum’s Stance on US Military and National Defense

By Brian Hughes

rick-santorum-for-president-2012I would like to set the record straight, The rumors floating around out there about Senator Rick Santorum not being for our US Military or a strong National defense are lies. The truth is that Senator Santorum is PRO-US MILITARY AND PRO-STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. Stop listening to the sounds bites the media feeds you and do your own research.

Here are some facts about Senator Rick Santorum from his resume published on RedState.com

“In 2003, Rick authored and successfully fought for the passage of the “Syria Accountability Act” to combat the terrorist threat posed by Syria.  By 2005, Rick was one of our nation’s first leaders to understand the threat posed by Iran, so he authored and passed the “Iran Freedom and Support Act” in the face of Democratic and Bush State Department opposition, which authorized Federal monies to support pro-democracy movements in Iran and keep the tyrannical dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Though the war in Iraq was unpopular in 2006, Rick refused to shy away from his belief that we need to confront our enemies. Though ridiculed by many in the mainstream media as a chicken little for talking about the threat posed by Ahmadinejad and Iran, Rick spent much of his campaign focused on the gathering storm that our enemies pose. In an election that was a referendum on the war, Rick was defeated.

Though he lost at the ballot box, Rick has not stopped fighting for the defense of our nation.  Since leaving the Senate in 2007, Rick created the “Program to Protect America’s Freedom” at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he worked to identify, study, and heighten awareness of the threats posed to America.  Through his work, Rick spoke at dozens of university campuses and to thousands of college students about the threats to our nation and how it is critical that the next generation of leaders not back down, but defend our nation.”

Here are some links to help you make an informed decision.

As you can plainly see after reading the quotes from his published resume and the articles from the links, the accusations are obviously false and have been used to try to smear Senator Santorum because he has become such a serious contender in the 2012 Presidential race. Especially, since it is now official that he won in Iowa by 34 votes.

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The Truth Behind Senator Rick Santorum’s Earmarks

By Adam Wetmiller:

rick-santorum-for-president-2012Unfortunately we hear a lot about earmarks when other candidates refer to Rick Santorum but it is about time voters hear the truth behind these earmarks.

During the early stages of both the Afghan and Iraqi wars, an early threat to the lives of our brave soldiers became apparent: IEDs. At the time our troops were equipped with Humvees that did little to stop an IED attack. I know this because there is now a post office on Hillsboro Blvd. and Lyons Rd. named after a good friend I lost in such an attack PFC Daniel Agami. In Congress at the time there was talk about an armored vehicle, that we now know as the MRAV, which has saved countless lives. The Pentagon at the time denied funding for the development of this vehicle. Senator Rick Santorum among others EARMARKED funds for the development of this vehicle which has been instrumental in clearing paths to insurgent strongholds and saving American lives. The Pentagon has since funded the project.

I am sure all who read this are familiar with the drones that we hear about on a daily basis. AGAIN, a program in which the Pentagon opted not to fund. Again Senator Rick Santorum amongst others earmarked funds to develop these drone which have been instrumental in not only saving lives but also providing key reconnaissance on insurgent movements and supply chains

Last but surely not least lets speak on the LARGEST earmark Senator Rick Santorum brought back to the state of Pennsylvania. Senator Rick Santorum earmarked funds for a doctor who was working on a ground breaking project, the regeneration of limps, appendages, etc. This project is not being funded by the federal government and has benefited thousands of wounded warriors.

Does this sound like a man on a shopping spree or a man who thoroughly researched projects and allocated funds towards developments than can TRULY help Americans?

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS RICK SANTORUM

PFC Daniel Agami