Santorum: Home state Republicans remain wary

The Washington Times carries an in-depth report on presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s difficulties in his home state of Pennsylvania. The former Congressman and ousted Senator is the poster child for the old adage that those who know you best often like you least.

This is clearly evidenced by the fact that not a single major Republican politician in the state — from Gov. Tom Corbett to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has endorsed Santorum.  GOP Chairman Rob Gleason has also kept his distance from the man who calls himself a conservative, but whose actions have belied that claim.

Santorum’s union ties and big spending projects are detailed in the report by Ralph Z. Hallow. Hardly a member of the liberal media elite, Hallow was a recent panelist at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) symposium in Washington, D.C.

Though portraying himself as the conservative in the race, Santorum conveniently ignores his “proud” support of pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter over conservative Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary in 2004.  In 2006, the conservative voters of the state rewarded Santorum with an 18-point defeat in his follow-up senate reelection bid.

Santorum defends his actions, saying at the time the party-switching (RINO to Democrat) Specter was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Santorum was concerned about making sure that conservative nominees were appointed to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Santorum claims Specter gave him his word that he would support conservative Bush appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court, an assertion Specter has adamantly denied.*  “That is flatly not true,” Specter said. “We never had any such conversation. It would be improper to make a commitment on a vote before I knew who the nominee was and whether I thought the nominee was qualified. I’ve got a very strong reputation and a record behind it. I did not make deals like that.”

Who to believe?  A liberal Republican who became a Democrat or the Republican who supported and praised him?

* H/T Daily Caller video

23 Responses to Santorum: Home state Republicans remain wary

  1. Kimball says:

    I get it. Santorum was worried conservative Toomey would support liberal, activist judges, but leftie Specter wouldn’t. Sure. And why did he vote for No Child Left behind? Did Specter promise him something in return for that also? Too much backroom gameplaying for my tastes. No wonder Penn state voters dumped him.

  2. Jay Bird says:

    Specter has always been a despicable liberal. Santorum was playing self serving ball with George W. Bush, who ended up being a huge disappointment to conservatives. His second term was an out of control spending spree. Bush and Santorum traveled the state together promoting Specter. My conservative Republican brother lives ouside of Chester, PA and was so thoroughly disgusted, he would not vote for Santorum. Obviously he wasn’t alone.

  3. Blackbeard says:

    Here’s Obama saying “I love Arlen Specter.” It looks like Obama has a lot in common with Santorum.

  4. GreenAcres says:

    In watching the many televised GOP presidential debates, I quickly came to believe that the best word to describe Rick Santorum is “petulant.” Here are some synonyms—–see if you can plug any of these in:
    complaining, cranky*, cross, crybaby, displeased, fault-finding, fractious, fretful, grouchy, grumbling, huffy, ill-humored, impatient, irritable, mean, peevish, perverse, pouting, querulous, snappish, sour, sulky, sullen, testy, touchy, ungracious, uptight, whining, whiny.

  5. Clark says:

    Quite a list, GA. My personal favorite is sanctimonious. But puerile works.

  6. Realist says:

    Seeing Red:

    I GET IT! You’re the Leader of The “Romney” Pack.

    So…explain Romneycare and Mitt’s involvement with Obamacare.

    Try being a little more fair & balanced when it comes to “our guys”. No wonder the democrat operatives have such an easy job during the campaign and so many Republicans stay home when their favorite doesn’t win.

  7. Overtaxed1 says:

    Yes, and why don’t you come clean and show the Romney pro abortion film that is going around the internet. You are so biased you couldn’t be fair and admit that Romney has lied more times than anyone can count. He is the true RINO or McCain would not be behind him.

    • GreenAcres says:

      Bingo! You nailed it! When McCain aligns himself with political wanna-be, it is a warning flag for true conservatives. And don’t think for one minute that McCain wanted Sarah Palin on the ticket with him. He wanted Lieberman, but his campaign advisors nixed that after Christian conservatives polled negatively, big time.
      McCain’s other personal choices for wingman in 2008 were either Tim Pawlenty or—-you guessed it—Mittens.

      • Fed Up says:

        Romney can win. In a match up between Romney and Obama, where would your vote go? Gingrich is an open borders liberal with a helmet haired hussy for a wife. Is that your idea of a president and first lady? Do you want Santorum imposing his ideas of morality on you?
        Remember Newt‘s double talk (AMNESTY!!) debate answer?

  8. Jack Hammer says:

    How about telling us the good about your canidate not the bad about the canidates or if we must throw someone under the bus then I think the current president (soon to be ex) would be ideal for the bullseye practice.

  9. Jackie J says:

    I’ve never been more disgusted with Republicans in my life than giving a clown like Santorum the time of day.

    Does anyone with half a brain think this guy is credible? Obama would stomp him into the ground, I don’t even know if I could vote for a guy that wants to make birth control among married Protestants a campaign issue.

    • Night Owl says:

      Best advice? Stuff your angst and vote for Santorum if he’s the GOP nominee. I can barely tolerate the guy, but I’d vote for him in a hot minute rather than allow Obama to destroy this country and my children’s future. I will vote for ANY of the Republicans who make it to the primary finish line. It’s THAT important.

      • Doc says:

        I’m with ya’ Night Owl! I’ve sed it here before & I’ll keep on sayin’ it! I DON’T CARE IF TH’ NOMINEE IS DAFFY DUCK…HE’LL GET MY VOTE, & I’LL ASK MY CONSTIUENTS IN MY DISTRICT TO VOTE THE SAME OVER o-bow-ma0-i’m-sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Brad Altec says:

    I can’t vote for a guy that says “mainline” Protestants aren’t real Christians.

    • Vince says:

      Brad:
      I’m with Doc in the previous comment. We’d all better get together behind whomever the Republican candidate is. It’s not simply important. It’s critical.

      Santorum is a fool when he makes these statements, But you notice he won’t send his own children to Catholic parochial schools filled with pedophile priests? He and his wife home school.

      I’d vote for any Republican over Obama. We are facing a different (socialist and morally and financially bankrupt) America if he is reelected.

      • Brad Altec says:

        I’m usually with you on uniting behind the eventual nominee, I consider myself a loyal Republican, but I really think this wing of the Party needs a strong kick in the teeth if we’re to ever become a Party a majority of Americans can support.

        I hate it when Democrats call Republicans Theocrats, but that’s EXACTLY what Santorum is.

      • Overtaxed1 says:

        The majority of Americans supported O Bama and one might have to become that deceitful and liberal to gain support from a majority.
        I guess that might be Romney, he sure fits the bill.

  11. Night Owl says:

    Overtaxed 1:
    Your agenda has been clear for quite a while. You are a Mormon hater, continually referring to the religion as a cult. Then you invoke the Bible as substantiation for your vicious bile.

    It saddens me to think that a Christian could pervert Biblical teachings in such a way. In the 1960’s people viewed John F. Kennedy with suspicion because of his Catholic faith. Today, Catholics are in the running without regard to their faith and I’ve yet to hear anyone say the Pope will be running the country as they did during Kennedy’s campaign.

    We need to get behind the single Republican candidate who can beat Barack Hussein Obama. Frankly I would rather not see Santorum as the nominee, but if he is, you can bet your patootie that I will happily give him my vote. For me, it’s ABO — Anyone But Obama.

    Grow up. Get a clue. Face the facts. Our country is in severe distress. If the nominee is Romney and you petulantly sit on your hands, you will be the one committing the sin — against our nation and its people.

    • Doc says:

      Please remember that in THIS situation in Particular…a lack of action IS AN ACTION…Not voting ‘cuz ya’ don’t like th’ nominee running against th’ ANNOYING 1….IS a vote FOR th’ annoying 1.

      EVERY SINGLE FREEDOM LOVING AMERICAN M-U-S-T- Vote AGAINST “o-bow-mao-i’m-sorry”!

    • Overtaxed1 says:

      Mormons are in a cult. They are not Christians and I do know what they believe because one of my dearest friends is a Mormon. I love her but I do not respect the cult she belongs to because it is in opposition to the Bible. You are the one who is judging God. The God of the Bible says Jesus is Lord, Mormons do not believe this or in the Trinity. They teach a theism that is very often counter to Bible teachings. You are either a Mormon covering up their non Christian beliefs or you hate Christians who really believe what the Bible says. Didn’t your mother ever tell you that two wrongs do not make a right?

      At least the Catholics believe that Jesus is Lord and many are Christians.

      I simply cannot vote for a man that isn’t a Christian thinking that there is a lesser of two evils. Evil is evil and teaching against Scriptural teaching is evil.

      I know what Mormons believe and even though I can love the person I do not want a “fool” in the White House. As a person, I do not respect Romney because he is so deceitful. I will vote for any other Republican running but I have to answer to God and not you for my decisions. God knows exactly why I will not vote for Romney but if he is the nominee I will write in a Republican’s name. My Lord and Savior will Judge.

      My slogan is anyone but O Bama or Romney. I will not vote for a RINO, they shame the Republican Party and give the true conservatives a bad name. Both of these men need prayer but neither deserves to lead this country.

      • Frankly Speaking says:

        Wow, what a venomous rant! If you only will vote for Christians, what would you do if Jesus returned and ran for office? His entire life was spent as a Jew. His last supper was in celebration of Passover. The first Gospel was written decades after his death. Would you vote for Jesus or do you consider this Jewish man “evil?”

        Your “friendship” with the Mormon you know must be a real treat for her since you don’t respect her, her faith or her choices. I wouldn’t call that a friendship. You despise much of what she is. Your hatred is not at all Christian.

        Incidentally, the Mormon Church’s official name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Got that? Church of Jesus Christ?

      • Luke says:

        Your small minded bigotry will help reelect Barack Obama. You are a fool.

      • Standing Tall says:

        Write in a “Republican name” and you’re voting for Obama, plain and simple. Your naivete is stunningly ignorant.

        Did you know that a good number of our nation’s Founders considered themselves “Deists” and/or Unitarians, and not conventional Christians? They believed in a supreme being, a deity, but not necessarily Jesus. Thomas Jefferson wrote that the power of the government is derived from the governed. Up until that time, it was claimed that kings ruled nations by the authority of God. The Declaration of Independence was a radical departure from the idea that the power to rule over other people comes from God. Nowhere is the word Jesus mentioned in any of our nation‘s documents. We are guaranteed freedom of religion but a specific one was surely not imposed on our fledgling new nation.