No, Santorum Did Not Lose on Social Issues in 2012

Terry, I had forgotten that Santorum made the comments about the right to birth control not being in the Constitution in answer to a reporter’s question.  That was just before Iowa and I wasn’t paying that much attention at that point to Santorum (I endorsed him immediately after).  Since, after making these remarks, Santorum went on to win Iowa and a month later out-polled Romney in a national poll, I don’t think those remarks explain much about his campaign performance.  Santorum kept winning states with almost no money until Romney poured the big negative ad money at him.  Certainly Romney ran ads

Rick Santorum Kinda Lost on Social Issues

With all due respect, Maggie, Santorum’s anti-contraception stance probably did hurt him in the GOP primary in 2012. Running as a pro-life candidate is one thing. Talking about how states should be able to ban contraception is another. I’m not going to suggest that he didn’t lose some votes due to the ads that Mitt Romney ran against him, but the idea that voters weren’t concerned about a guy running for president on an anti-contraception platform is just plain silly. Santorum won Iowa (by 34 votes) for several reasons. Those reasons are: Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty,

In May, Campaign Announcements Blossom

May is upon us and brings with it several expected presidential campaign announcements. According to a Washington Post report, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina announced their campaigns today, as expected. Carson hosted an event in Detroit, while Fiorina announced her campaign in an online video and an appearance on Good Morning America. Fiorina will follow up her announcement with a speech on Tuesday at a NYC tech conference and on a book tour to promote her new book which will be released tomorrow. Mike Huckabee is expected to officially announce his presidential bid at an event in Hope, Ark., his hometown. The same Washington Post report also speculated on

Did Santorum Lose on Social Issues in 2012?

In a story on Santorum’s kind words about Bruce Jenner, the Washington Examiner‘s political reporter Susan Ferrechio makes this very odd and embarrasing (to the Examiner) claim: “Santorum ran a vigorous presidential campaign in 2012 and belatedly won the Iowa caucus, but he was derailed in primary states, often after answering questions about social issues like gay marriage and abortion.” The truth is Santorum was derailed by Romney’s blanketing the airwaves with negative ads like this one, which attacked him for being too liberal economically (voting to raise the debt ceiling, for example).  Unlike the Washington Examiner, the Romney campaign was not

Rick Santorum at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Summit that took place on Saturday, Rick Santorum took the opportunity to discuss family values: There have been two books out on the far left and the far right, a guy named Robert Putnam on the left and Charles Murray on the libertarian right. And they both come down to saying, “you know what’s hollowing out the middle of America?”  It’s something I talked about in the 2012 race. I remember being at Dartmouth College with Charlie Rose, and we had a Bloomberg News debate, all on the economy.  At the end he was going

Santorum Concerned with Direction of Religious Liberty in the U.S.

On April 20th, Rick Santorum appeared on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” and shared his concerns with the direction America is moving on the issue of religious liberty: Tony Perkins: Explain to our listeners why you think religious liberty is at threat in this country today, and why we must defend it. Santorum: Well, for the first time in the history of our country that the government is attacking people, is prosecuting people, are calling for people to be rehabilitated, is constraining in the military with our chaplaincy. We now see chaplain after chaplain being dismissed for not accepting the

Santorum Condemns U.S. Abortions

Rick Santorum recently appeared at an event in Jacksonville, Fla., and continued his advocacy for pro-life values.  LifeNews reported on the event: He said, “America will never be whole, America will never be good if America continues to kill its children.” According to Sunshine State News, he also said that the work of the Women’s Help Center was “remarkable” and “important.” The pregnancy center was founded by Catholics in 1990 and helps women make life affirming choices when facing unplanned pregnancies. Santorum explained the importance of their ministry and said, “We have seen it in our lives, the transformative love of Jesus

Santorum, Cruz Weigh In on Attending Same-Sex Marriages (AUDIO)

Last Thursday, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program. After Senator Rubio’s comments in which he stated that he would attend a gay marriage, Hewitt asked Santorum and Cruz if they would do the same: Hewitt: What matters more, Senator Santorum, knowing if a candidate will attend a gay wedding, or whether he or she will destroy the Islamic State before it throws hundreds if not thousands of gay men to their death? Santorum: It is amazing that the left has not risen up and looked at Sharia Law, looked at Iran, looked how they treat