The Pulse Exclusive — Rick Santorum: “Commander-in-Chief Is Not an Entry-Level Position”

While at APP’s Practical Federalism Forum in Hooksett, N.H., last weekend, I had the chance to catch up with Rick Santorum and ask him why he thinks he should be the GOP nominee in 2016: The Pulse 2016: In 30 seconds or less, explain why Americans should vote for you. Former Sen. Rick Santorum: Because commander-in-chief is not an entry-level position.  We need someone with experience who understands the nature of our enemy and has the experience to get the job done.  Someone who understands Washington and has been a fighter and a winner in Washington.  Who understands the cesspool,

Watch: Fiorina, Cruz, Santorum on How to Take Back Power From the Feds

I had the opportunity to attend American Principles Project’s “Practical Federalism Forum” in Hooksett, N.H., this weekend. More than 250 people attended to hear speeches from Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and several other speakers. I sat down with Cruz, Fiorina, and Santorum and asked each of them, “How would you define practical federalism?” Here’s what they said: Ted Cruz: “It is the genius of the Constitution, it is the genius of the Tenth Amendment, that the states serve — as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it — as laboratories of democracy, that the Constitution defines the powers of Congress

APP Federalism Forum Live Stream

Check out the live stream from American Principles Project’s Federalism Forum in New Hampshire with Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Rick Santorum below: Live streaming video by Ustream Ted Cruz is expected to speak at 11:00 A.M, with Carly Fiorina following him at 11:30 A.M. Rick Santorum will speak around 1:15 P.M.

Marjorie’s Media Pick of the Week: Rick Santorum

Senator and longtime pro-life advocate Rick Santorum went head to head with Whoopi Goldberg on The View this week, and did a great job countering her pro-abortion argument. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAav1fVoYV4   Sen. Santorum called for defunding Planned Parenthood, and instead reallocating their federal funding to comprehensive health centers that don’t provide abortions. Santorum also exposed a frequently repeated falsehood, adding: “Planned Parenthood, for example, does not provide mammograms. Now, I know people say they do, but they don’t.” Goldberg cut in, “Yeah, they do.” Sen. Santorum corrected her, “In fact, Cecile Richards said yesterday in the hearing that, in fact, they

Santorum Eloquently Fields Tricky Questions on ‘The View’

On Wednesday, the hosts of “The View” wasted no time getting down to business with Rick Santorum, who Whoopi Goldberg rightly labeled “one of the most conservative candidates in the race.” Goldberg’s first question dealt with the two of the most difficult topics for conservatives to discuss with liberals: abortion and same-sex marriage. She also framed the question in a way to entrap Santorum in negatives: “You want to ban all abortions, defund Planned Parenthood, ban gay marriage, oppose same-sex unions—and yet you want to govern all the folks in the United States, or are you just governing from —

Pope Francis Blesses Rick and Karen Santorum’s Bella

Senator Rick Santorum’s family has a special reason to be thankful for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit last week: While in Philadelphia, the pontiff took time to give a special blessing to Bella, Santorum’s seven-year-old daughter who was born with Trisomy 18: The moment was captured on camera and made public on Instagram and Twitter. “He carried Bella up in his arms, kissed her, and blessed her. Tears of joy all around for the blessing of this holy and precious Father!” wrote Elizabeth Santorum, one of the Santorums’ seven children. On his Twitter page, Santorum thanked the Pope for stopping to bless

Santorum: Young People Are With Us on Abortion, So Why Don’t We Fight?

Rick Santorum criticized Republicans for only playing defense and not offense, pointing to the Planned Parenthood battle as a prime example in an interview with Breitbart. Santorum said he was “disappointed” and “ticked off” at the lack of will to fight among congressional GOP leadership, adding that “it seems like [they] look forward to surrender.” He also brought up an excellent point: Establishment Republicans talk so much about attracting young voters, and they’re all too willing to give up their principles to do it. But here’s an issue — abortion — where the party is “actually in sync with young people,

To Win Iowa, It Takes Presence and Organization

Iowa saw numerous front-runners leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Michelle Bachmann was the front-runner in June and July, but on Caucus night she finished second to last with 5 percent. Rick Perry led the pack throughout August. He finished fifth. Herman Cain started to take off in the fall and led most polls in Iowa in September and October. He didn’t even make it to caucus night. Then Newt Gingrich soared to the lead with strong debate performances and led polling in in November into early December even holding a double digit lead according to some polls. He

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