Category Archives: Rick Santorum

Is Romney Fighting Satorum or the Latino Population?

Is the Latino population being excluded in the scope of concern of the GOP candidates? According to campaign officials with Barack Obama, they are.

According to the Census Bureau, in 2010 16.3 percent of the United States population was of Latino and Hispanic decent. That is a significant enough portion that the Latino vote could have a noticeable impact in the election season.

An article on Fox News, a recent poll indicated that Latino voters favored Obama to the republican candidates six to one. Some suspect the reason behind that might be related to various GOP candidate’s views on immigration, and on the Latino population.

This became a hot topic this week due to a new campaign advertisement that Mitt Romney released. In his ad, which can be viewed here, he showed the significance of Sonia Sotomayor being appointed to Supreme Court, among many other issues as examples of opponent Rick Santorum being too liberal and not ready to be the GOP candidate. It seems like another simple move to try to rip down a candidate, but as with most political moves in the campaign season, this one is receiving some backlash.

Santorum voted to confirm Sotomayor to the federal circuit court in 1998, according to this CNN article. Sotomayor is a liberal democrat, a viewpoint that opposes the republican stance that Romney takes. Some think the ad was simple created to show how Santorum supports a more liberal agenda, but others are taking it in a very different context. According to Angelo Falcon, president of the National Institute for the Latino Policy, “This unprovoked attack is another example of how Romney and the Republican Party are pushing the Latino vote to Obama … They forget that Judge Sotomayor is an icon for the Latino community. It’s like attacking Martin Luther King or George Washington, for blacks and whites.”

David Axelrod, who works on Obama’s campaign staff, was quoted saying, “This Republican debate should be very concerning to people in Hispanic communities across this country … because you know you’ve seen particularly Gov. Romney use the Latino community as foils to try and gain advantage over his candidates.” The CNN article points to Romney’s “bold” stance against immigration and his vocal appreciation of Arizona’s anti-immigration as two ways Romney pushes against the Latino population.

The Latino population, according to Axelrod, could also view the GOP’s views on several primary issues including education, job training and health care negatively. Democratic National Committee Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs, Juan Seulveda, targeted in on Romney, saying, “Mitt Romney has shown time and again that he is after the Tea Party vote, not the Latino vote, and with each attack he locks himself more to his extreme positions.”

Romney spokesperson Albert Martinez said that Sotomayor was picked due to her “liberal sympathy” and Santorum did not do his part to oppose her appointment.  The CNN article pointed towards Newt Gingrich as well, bringing up the fact that he sent a tweet in 2009 calling Sotomayor a racist.

How do you weigh in on this issue? Is this a subtle racism from Romney masked in a campaign ad, or is it simply a GOP candidate attacking another candidate?

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Does Separation of Church and State Mean Anything?

Rick Santorum is well-known for his religious viewpoints, but some are starting to wonder if he has gone to far. On ABC’s “This Week”, Santorum said ““I don’t believe that the separation of church and state is absolute. The First Amendment means the free exercise of religion and that means bringing people and their faith into the public square.”

According to this article from Bloomberg, Santorum greatly disagreed with a speech former President John F. Kennedy gave in 1960 about separation of church and state. Santorum is quoted in the Huffington Post saying “ “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country…to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.”

According to this CBS article, Kennedy was a Catholic, which brought concern by some people. He gave a speech explained he was the Democratic candidate for president who happens to be Catholic, not the Catholic candidate for president. Santorum has built his entire campaign on his faith, and this only solidifies that approach even more.

Santorum feels that America is based on diversity and Kennedy’s speech promoted the opposite idea. Santorum expresses a viewpoint that implies that the separation of church and state would actually prohibit individuals from expressing their freedom of religion and would only end up in the government imposing their personal religious viewpoints on the average citizen.

Santorum is attempting to use this to pop some holes in President Barack Obama’s image. In the Huffington Post article, Santorum said “”[Obama believes in] some phony ideal, some phony theology … not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology.” This is not the only complaint Santorum has lodged against Obama. The Los Angeles Times explained that Santorum feels that Obama wants everyone to go to college so society can “impart liberal ideology” on young adults. He also implied it was a slap in the face to all non degree holding adults.

Santorum also expressed anger that Obama apologized for the incident in which U.S. personnel in Afghanistan burned copies of the Koran. Apologizing “shows weakness””, according to the Times article. Santorum felt that Obama could have expressed that the Koran was the Islamic Holy Book without apologizing.

How do you weigh in on this argument? Do you think America should have definite separation of church and state? Or do you think a more flexible definition needs to be afforded to encompass the right of freedom of religion?

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Does Rick Santorum’s ad hit the mark?

Rick Santorum has released a new ad, taking a direct hit at Mitt Romney. If you have not seen it yet, take a peak HERE.

Some argue that this advertisement takes a more juvenile approach in an effort to fire at Mitt Romney, who he claims has made childish slaps towards Santorum’s direction. If you notice, during the ad Santorum never gets hit by Romney’s mud, which would resemble Santorum’s real life attempt to come off as a clean and honest candidate.

Santorum does have something going for him in the advertisement. A common thought on people’s minds is that Romney is a little too liberal for the kind of candidate that the GOP wants. Santorum was able to take advantage of that criticism and frame it in an ad that could make Santorum look stronger.

One mistake Santorum made? He needs to be more careful about who he quotes. Appearing in text on the screen was a quote that said “Romney adviser admits Romneycare was blueprint for Obamacare”. That statement may be true, but the source listed was rushlimbaugh.com. Rush Limbaugh has his fair share of supporters, but there are many, many people who cannot stand Rush Limbaugh and his at times exaggerated statements about anything not severely conservative. Using that as one of the main sources in his ad is sure to sour some people from him.

What do you think of this ad? Will it help or hurt Santorum?

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Birth Control on GOP candidate’s minds.

The big question on everyone’s mind’s today? Should employers be required to cover their female employee’s birth control? This should be a simple matter of a health debate and whether or not it should fall under the financial responsibility of the company to provide birth control for their female employees. Naturally, however, the debate has spun into a religious debate between democrats and republicans.

An argument that is coming forward surrounds the Catholic church. Catholics do not believe in birth control. Some do not feel like they should be forced to provide contraception to their employees. Take the instance of a Roman Catholic hospital, however. If a women who does not identify with the Catholic faith happens to gain employment at a Roman Catholic church, should she be allowed to get birth control through her employer’s insurance?

Where do the GOP candidates stand on the issue? Romney, Santorum and Gingrich all voiced their opinions at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Mitt Romney-Romney is a well known mormon, although he has toned down his relgious impact in the 2012 election after it haulted his progres in 2008. Romney has had flipping opinions when it comes to these issues. His latest goal that he will allow religious freedom to reign again by overturning rulings that came through in the Obama administration.

Rick Santorum- Santorum has been labled as a “religious fanatic” and has called Obama’s plan for contraception a “coercion” according to The Hill. In that article, he is quoted as saying “We’ve seen the president of the United States not only tell you what insurance coverage you should have, how much you’re going to pay, how much you’re going to be fined if you don’t, but now he’s telling the Catholic Church that they are forced to pay for things that are against their basic tenets and teachings, against their First Amendment right.”

Newt Gingrich-He sounded the same argument that Romney and Santorum vocalized. He too feels like Obama is attacking and will continue to attack the Catholic church. All three have grabbed onto this idea and are trying to wedge it into support for the GOP side.

What do you think? Do you think employers should offer birth control as part of their insurance package, even if it goes against their personal beliefs?

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Romney sweeps Nevada and scores Donald Trump’s stamp of approval.

In case you missed it, Mitt Romney had another successful weekend in Nevada, securing 47.6 percent of the vote. According to this Washington Post article, he had a lot of support from the politically active Mormon base.
Romney may have done well for himself in Nevada, but he did just as well in 2008(securing 51% of the votes) but that was not enough to land the GOP nomination in his hands.
Newt Gingrich trailed with roughly 21 percent of the vote, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum falling behind him.
Here are the results according to the Associated Press:
Mitt Romney 16,486 50.1%
Newt Gingrich 6,956 21.1%
Ron Paul 6,175 18.8%
Rick Santorum 3,277 10%
Other 0 0%
Source: AP
Romney also got the endorsement of Donald Trump, who at one time was speculated to be a GOP candidate himself. Trump held a brief press conference at one of his hotels to make the announcement. “He’s not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love,” said Trump, according to this Los Angeles Times article.
Gingrich took the opportunity to make a jab at the Romney/Trump pairing. Paul made a brief but pointed statement and Santorum continued to focus on his own campaign. In reflection, it’s not a big surprise that Trump went for Romney. Trump is a business man and it’s clear Romney knows what he is doing with his money. It would be a natural attraction for Trump.
The Colorado and Minnesota caucuses will occur today (Feb. 7). Be sure to check back in for updates.
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Romney celebrates small success while fighting criticism.

GOP hopeful Mitt Romney might not be able to bank on the candidacy yet, but he can certainly pat himself on the back after his success in Florida on Jan. 31. Romney knocked the race out of the water, gaining 46.4% of the votes. Gingrich came in fairly close, taking home 31.9%. Santorum gathered up 13.3%, and Paul took home 7%, leaving 1.3% to write in candidates.
Florida’s primary is only open to registered republicans-if you were not pre-registered with the Republican Party you were ineligible to vote in the primary election. Ralph Reed, head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative Christian political organization told the Washington Post “Florida is a big and diverse state that will be a crucial state in the fall. This is an important win for Romney. But given all the ups and downs we’ve had, I don’t think you can call this for Romney just yet.”
Florida is one of the first states to host a primary, however, and there are a lot of opportunities for one of the other candidates to pull ahead of Romney. Although Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are still hard at work in the race, the two top names are Romney and Gingrich. Gingrich won in South Carolina, causing more tension between the two men. Gingrich is known for having a temper, and Romney used that to his advantage to slowly pick at Newt, even calling him Dr. Newt and Mr. Hyde at one point.
It’s not completely smooth sailing for Romney either. Romney stated he was not concerned about the very poor because they have an ample safety net. According to South Carolina’s The State, Romney told CNN “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
All of his opponents jumped at the opportunity to attack him over the remark. He attempted to defend himself by explaining “My energy is going to be devoted to helping middle-income people,” according to The State. Gingrich took the opportunity at an event he hosted to say “I am running to be the president of all the American people and I am concerned about all the American people.” President Obama’s campaign manager also fired back, tweeting “So much for ‘we’re all in this together,'”
Be sure to check back in over the weekend. Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement on Feb 2 (many suspect it’s to declare support for Newt Gingrich) and all of the candidates will be pulling to come out first in the Nevada caucus on February 4.
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