The Real Dirt on Slick Rick Santorum

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has just released a hard-hitting ad against former Senator Rick Santorum.  The ad, entitled “Betrayal”, exposes Santorum’s record of hypocrisy, duplicity and corruption.  But is the ad fair? 

Rick Santorum did well in Iowa and may do well in South Carolina because he is perceived to be deeply committed to family and social values.  He is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and abortion.  He wears his religious beliefs on his sleeves. 

Many fall for his pious act – but remember, Santorum is a sly lawyer-turned-politician-turned-lobbyist.  Don’t let the sweater vests fool you.  Santorum played the people of Iowa like a harp, and he’s hoping to do the same thing to social conservatives in South Carolina.

If Santorum is going to claim to be a champion of values, we need to look not only at what he says, but what he has done.  And fortunately, Rick Santorum has left us with a voluminous record of big-government hypocrisy and outright corruption to sift through.  Before making your decision about Rick Santorum, take a minute to learn the facts. There’s more to being a “values” candidate than simply bashing gays all the time.  Personal ethics matter.  And in that department, Santorum comes up short.

Who is Richard John Santorum?  He is fifty-four years old and was born in Winchester, Virginia.  He grew up in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. His father, Aldo, was an Italian immigrant.  His mother’s lineage is half-Italian, half-Irish.  As a high school student, Santorum’s nickname was “Rooster” because of his tendency to get riled up.  He earned a degree in political science and later practiced law in Pittsburgh.

Santorum was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 at age 32.  He strongly criticized his opponent for living outside of his own congressional district for much of the year.  Later, Santorum rode the wave of voter discontentment during the 1994 Republican Takeover to win a seat in the US Senate. 

Santorum became involved in a scandal later known as the “K Street Project”.  Lobbying firms were pressured to hire high ranking Republican lawmakers and to grant GOP lobbyists with access to influential decision makers.  Led by Congressman Tom Delay, now a convicted felon, the Project had associations with lobbyists including Jack Abramoff.  Santorum played the role of Senate liaison to the K Street Project. He soaked up the Washington lobbyist culture.  The connections made by Santorum landed him high-paying lobbying opportunities after he lost his seat in the senate.

Santorum was reelected for a second term in 2000. 

Senator Santorum cosponsored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act with Democrat Senator John Kerry.  The legislation would impose on business owners the requirement that they accommodate the religious practices of their employees.  It is Santorum’s belief that if companies don’t cater to their employees sundry faith observances then they should be compelled by law to change their business practices.  Government is Santorum’s solution to social and business problems.

Santorum built a reputation of being partisan, confrontational and divisive.  His short-tempered behavior has been observed in recent Republican debates, earning him the unflattering nickname, “Scrappy Doo” - after the hot-headed cartoon pup whose temper frequently gets him into confrontations that require others to rescue him.

While in office, Santorum voted to spend taxpayer money to fight AIDS globally, to help underprivileged children in third world countries, to pay off debts owed to the US by other nations and to combat political instability in Sudan.  He voted to increase welfare programs such as Healthy Start.  Such social-welfare spending projects are not typically associated with the concept of Republican conservatism.

In 2001, Santorum created a charitable foundation.  This organization, Operation Good Neighbor Foundation, gave out nearly $474,000 to community groups in its first few years.  Sounds great, right?  The problem is that it had actually raised over a million dollars in that time.  The remaining half million dollars was paid out to as salaries and consulting fees to lobbyists and fundraisers connected to Santorum’s campaign.  Only 36% of the money raised by the foundation actually made it to those it was designed to help.

Similar discrepancies can be found in a political action committee formed by Santorum.  It was supposed to be raising money to help fellow Republican candidates.  However, only 18% of the funds went to those candidates.  Much of the remaining money was used to furnish Santorum with a lavish lifestyle.  Reports also show dozens of trips to fast food joints, supermarkets, Starbucks and other everyday expenses that had little to nothing to do with the original intent of the funds raised.

Rick Santorum claims to be a fiscal conservative, yet voted five times to raise the debt ceiling – adding trillions to the federal deficit.  He also strongly supported the largest hike in welfare entitlement spending in history (prior to Obamacare) – Medicaid Part D.  This was George W. Bush’s free prescription medicine program, virtually socializing the pharmaceutical industry.  Santorum gleefully voted to enrich the industry he had received so many campaign contributions from.  In fact, Santorum was such a favorite of GlaxoSmithKline that, following the loss of his senate seat, executives wrote, “The defeat of [Santorum] creates a big hole we need to fill.”  The leaked memo is evidence that unprincipled politicians, like Santorum, can still be bought and sold in the USA.

Continuing the subject of corruption, retail giant Wal-Mart lined Santorum’s pockets with campaign cash – giving him $10,000 in one month alone.  In return, Wal-Mart received votes in-kind from Santorum on issues relating to overtime, minimum wages, tort reform, charitable giving credits, etc.

In his current campaign for president, Santorum has compared himself to Ronald Reagan.  Yet, Reagan himself campaigned in 1980 on a platform that included abolishing the recently created Department of Education.  Santorum, on the other hand, voted and strongly supported legislation that doubled the size of the DOE, including the introduction of Ted Kennedy’s infamous “No Child Left Behind”. 

Santorum proposed amending No Child Left Behind to include the requirement that “intelligent design” be taught in classrooms.  In 2002, Santorum wrote in a Washington Times article, “intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes.”  However, in 2005 Santorum said on National Public Radio, “I’m not comfortable with intelligent design being taught in the science classroom.”  Santorum, like Mitt Romney, changes his position to suit his audience.  Some may call this “politicking”.  Others call it “lying”.

When the Associated Press asked Santorum, a Catholic, to comment on his views regarding child sex abuse by Catholic priests, he responded that the priests were engaging in homosexuality.  He went on to compare homosexuality to pedophilia, incest and sex with dogs.  The latter comment drew this response from the AP reporter interviewing Santorum. He said, “I’m sorry.  I didn’t think I was going to talk about ‘man on dog’ with a United States senator.  It’s sort of freaking me out.”  As well it should.  Santorum is on record many times explaining that what happens in an individual’s bedroom is the business of the entire community and that private, consensual sex should be a matter of government regulation.

One result of Santorum’s anti-gay remarks was a campaign to humiliate the Senator.  In 2003, sex columnist Dan Savage launched an internet campaign to promote the new usage of the word “santorum” as a particularly vulgar sexual definition.  The connection of the Senator’s name with this new definition on internet search engines is commonly referred to as the “Google problem.”

On the campaign trail, Santorum is frequently asked about his belief in the right to privacy.  His position is that no such right exists under the Constitution.   He said, “…this right to privacy doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution.”

It is because of this belief, in part, that Santorum is comfortable supporting legislation that imposes his own values on everyone else.  For example, Santorum supports the prohibition of contraception – a position he was recently challenged on during an appearance on the O’Reilly Factor.

Santorum has a record of exercising punitive control over citizens through the strong arm of government.  As Hurricane Katrina approached, the tax funded National Weather Service gave evacuation warnings.  Santorum proposed that those people who chose not to follow the recommendation to leave their homes should be penalized for refusing to obey government warnings. 

Santorum’s interest in weather services wasn’t limited to penalizing Americans who didn’t obey the federal weatherman.  Just two days before he introduced a bill that benefited private weather services, he was paid thousands of dollars from… a private weather service.

Among other legislative favors, Santorum was given six thousand dollars from Miller Brewing just half a year after Santorum introduced legislation to cut taxes on large brewing companies.  He received three thousand dollars from US Tobacco Corp. the day after he voted against a tobacco regulation bill.  The list of favors to his campaign contributors goes on and on.  Taking money from corporations and then voting for legislation that favors them is called corruption

In 2006, Santorum was named the “Most Corrupt Politician” by a political watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that Santorum took the most cash from corporate lobbyists of any other politician in Washington, adding that Santorum “has a black belt in hypocrisy” (10/22/2006).

Santorum was, and is, a strong supporter of the neoconservative “War on Terror.”  He proposed sanctions for Syria.  In 2005, Santorum sponsored a bill aimed at overthrowing the government of Iran, called the Iran Freedom and Support Act. As part of his opposition to Iran, Santorum recommended that America fight for “a strong Lebanon, a strong Israel and a strong Iraq.” These pro-zionist positions are unconstitutional and are not in the best interests of our national security. 

Santorum supported the invasion of Iraq.  In 2006, he announced that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq – a claim later proven false.

Accusations of corruption and scandal plagued Santorum while in office.  One issue that led to charges of hypocrisy against Santorum was the fact that he and his family moved to Virginia while he was a Senator, spending less than a month a year residing in the state from which he was elected.  His former criticisms of his first congressional opponent had come back to haunt him.  This permitted him to maintain residency in Pennsylvania so he could keep running for his existing senate seat without having to actually live in Pennsylvania.  It’s kind of like Hillary Clinton moving to New York and putting on a Yankees cap to be able to snatch a senate seat.

Additionally, while living in Virginia, Santorum kept his five children enrolled in an expensive Pennsylvania “cyber school”, expecting the local district to pay the tuition costs.  This benefit to Santorum cost the Pennsylvania school district $73,000.  The district sued Santorum to reimburse $67,000 because his residency status disqualified him for their educational services.  Santorum capitalized on the controversy to champion himself as a family man.  He ran campaign ads featuring his son saying, “My dad’s opponents have criticized him for moving us to Washington so we could be with him more.”  Some would argue that a true family man would not exploit his own child for political advantage.

Santorum made headlines when he stopped in to visit Terri Shiavo, who, in 2005, lay on her deathbed in Tampa, FL.  Shiavo was the figure at the center of the national right-to-die debate.  It turns out that Santorum already had other business in Tampa.  The real reason for his visit was to collect a quarter of a million dollars in money raised for him by the executives of Outback Steakhouse.  Oddly enough, Santorum strongly agreed with Outback execs that the federal minimum wage should not be increased.  The Senator returned home on a Wal-Mart corporate jet.

In 2006, Santorum faced difficulties in his quest for a third term.  Corruption allegations dogged him everywhere he went.  He trailed his Democrat opponent by double digits for most of the campaign.  To try to siphon votes away from Santorum’s opponent, many of his supporters helped finance a Green Party candidate.  There were suspicions that Santorum’s campaign may have violated some federal election laws.  Ultimately, the Green Party candidate was denied access to the ballot and Santorum lost his seat in the Senate.  The Democrat won with 59% of the vote to Santorum’s 41%.  It was the biggest margin of loss for an incumbent Republican senator in US history.

Also contributing to Santorum’s loss was an erosion of his base of supporters over his decision to endorse his liberal Republican colleague, Arlen Specter, over social and fiscal conservative Congressman Pat Toomey in a senate race.  Santorum’s ease in walking away from his alleged social values was unforgivable to many Pennsylvanians.  It is speculated that Santorum was repaying a favor to Specter for having provided Santorum with important political staff during his first Senate race.  It is also speculated that Santorum’s allegiance to social values is partly a political ploy to maintain the support of social conservatives.

Following his departure from the Senate, Santorum joined a Washington DC “think tank”, earning a quarter of a million dollars.  He also became a Fox News contributor.  He quickly found other employment as a lobbyist for various industries, earning him over a million dollars in 2010 alone.

Santorum considered running for president in 2008, but instead chose to support Mitt Romney.  In 2011, he announced his own candidacy for the presidency.  He remained in single digits until a last minute surge prior to the Iowa Caucuses.  Now that he is under the spotlight, Santorum is beginning to stumble. 

In New Hampshire, Santorum made a statement about giving money to “black” people that drew accusations of racism.  In an interview, Santorum said that what sounded like the word “black” was actually an accidental mumble.  He said that he doesn’t even refer to that demographic as “black”, but as “African Americans”.  However, by the end of the interview, Santorum had used the term “black” three more times, not once having used the phrase “African Americans” in his dialogue.

This incident is reminiscent of a 2011 slip-up in which Santorum implied that President Barack Obama should be pro-life because he is black.  Santorum said, “The question is… is that human life a person under the constitution? And Barack Obama says ‘no’.  Well, if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.”

It seems that Rick Santorum is truly a mix of values.  There are those values of which he speaks – and then there are those of which he lives.  Facts can be pesky things.  Let’s just hope that the people of America care enough to learn them before casting another vote for Slick Rick, aka “Scrappy Doo” Santorum.  His own behaviors prove him to be a corrupt, big-government puppet whose strings are pulled by the highest bidder.  He has demonstrated a pattern of dishonesty and oppressive aggression when granted power.  The truth speaks for itself. 

This is the corrupt politician that Ron Paul rightly accuses of Betrayal – “a serial hypocrite who can’t be trusted.”


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Jake Morphonios has worked as a political consultant and campaign strategist for over two decades and is the author of “Organizing a Grassroots Political Machine”, used in the Steve Forbes 2000 Presidential campaign.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    So helping stop AIDS is bad, Wanting people to be able to wear a cross on their neck at WORK is bad? You are lame…HOMESCHOOLING through CYBER SPACE is not unusual it is however UNUSUAL that a state he has residence would try to charge for that…TRYING TO SAY RICK CAN NOT PUBLICALLY FUND HIS KIDS SCHOOL like everyone else does is just a LAME ATTEMPT to smear him homeschollers TRAVEL part of the benefit of HOMESCHOOLING…your article FAILS miserably……I would VOTE for RICK SANTORUM 10000 times over the rest out there….RICK SANTORUM 2012! 

    • Trusgold says

      What you missed was Rick Santorum did not meet PA residency requirements. For a peiod of time as a US Senator, about 2 years he had no residence in PA. He  NEVER lived in the Penn Hills where the local school district  paid for his childrens school. It was reported to be between 65-100,000 dollars. Penn Hills cannot affoord to pay for the education of non-residents. The schooling of his chilren were the responsibility of Virginia, NOT PA. yes he was a sitting US Senator from Pennsylvania that didnt meet the residency requirements. I believe that violates PA Election Laws. You have to be a resident of PA to be our US Senator. Santorum was not. The requirement was he lives here one month a year. He didnt. Some years he had NO home, others he just had an empty house with no furniture and neighbors reported they had never even seeen him at the residence. For a while he let relatives live there because he was living full time  in VA. So thats is your answer to the residency issue.

    • says

      Yes, stopping AIDS is bad… when the government steals your money to pay for overseas AIDS efforts.  If you want so badly to support African AIDS efforts then why don’t you dip into your pocket and pay for it yourself?  You wouldn’t do it and you know it.  You Scrappy Doo Santorum liberals LOVE using OTHER peoples’ money, don’t you?  Big Government hypocrites.

    • says

      Stopping AIDS is good, robbing taxpayers forcibly is bad.

      Religion in the workplace isn’t bad, forcing business owners to comply against their will is bad.

      Cyberschooling is okay, cyberschooling his kids from Virginia to Pennsylvania while he is a PA SENATOR supposed to be LIVING in PA… you can’t see anything beyond your horseblinders.

      Essentially, he is a corrupt individual who doesn’t care as long as he gets what he wants. No vote for frothy here.

  2. Palerider1957 says

    Well, well, well. It seems this article by Ron Paul (or his supporters) is so filled with half-truths, outright lies, and innuendo, I feel the record must be set straight. So, here is a link to see how Rick Santorum REALLY voted.
    Also, on the subject of Ron Paul. He has been in Congress over 20 years. During that time he has had one (1) bill he wrote/co-sponsored actually pass. That is 1 out of 690. Yup, REAL productive.

    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/S000059/votes/

    • Rally_in_red says

      Hi Gregory Glass.
      That’s an argument in favor of Ron Paul. He has been an opponent to all the laws and regulations that has made USA so weak. I am sure that if some of his advices had been followed, USA would have been in another shape.
      I admire Ron Paul for his consitency and his capacity to fight almost alone for his affiliations.
      Personal freedom will restore America again.

      • caroline says

        No, this doesn’t work in Ron Paul’s favor…… So the Country only needs one law?  LOL…… Paul has no chance of winning the nominaion… he has to smear… and I  find he;s becoming a bitter old crotchedy man…  He’s so mad he’s not going to win again…… The man needs to know when to fold them… it’s sad watching Ron Paul at this point.

          • tmorano says

            I have family that are just as close-minded about Paul as some other members are about Obama, and plain nasty and mean to those not sharing the blind stumble forward for either of those 2. It is ridiculous to pick on someone like some try to about petty things. Face it – Ron Paul has no real plan or vision past pointing out a gazillion problems that he then follows up with a statement like ” no I don’t wanna go back to the OLD gold standard, I wanna  modernize our system by picking up the pieces of liberty and advancing it forward!   Now that’s a little embarrassing even for die-hard Pauliacs if you have made yourself aware that he actually is on record as saying in an interview that he sincerely believes the many billions of $ @ fort knox is gone, not there, sold as interest on debt to China or something similar, and then voiced his opinion that if the American people ever found out, the economy would be in a down-spiral to maybe never recover from. Last night,Paul revisited that with a call to audit the fed? Well if the mentioned potential fiscal crises occurs to the economy ,and the golds really gone, what then if auditing the fed reveals a huge theft of the treasury??????? We then pick up those liberty pieces and call those PIECES our new currency???? I mean, for good gracious sake, trust some but verify lots, and you (all of us) must inquire relentlessly as possible the plan to the problems each candidate lays out as most important, and Ron Paul is a broken record on most or all the pay for his deficit fixings being slashing the military and stopping “all these wars everywhere”. Well anti -strong-defense Obama has that part already broadcast with timeline for withdrawal etc……..and does Ron Paul really believe terrorists will not try another 9/11 if our intelligence and strength is reduced??Certainly it’s important to dissect as much as possible on everything, but the trick is to be fair in your endeavors, no matter who you lean to as your candidate!!!!!  

          • Robert says

            Ron Paul has a plan that is more defined and actually saves the dollar along with making social programs like SS and medicare feasible until they can be phased out or reformed.
             

            http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/ron-paul-plan-to-restore-america/

        • r3volution says

          Yes, the country only needs one law ….Constitutional Law.  Have your ever noticed how short and sweet the Constitution is? But people like you just love the DC machine that adds laws, regulations, and code, millions of them, that make up millions of pages of complicated rules that no one human could possibly understand. You think that is success. Some of think that is government failure. I’m glad Ron Paul has stood against the frivolous law making machine, though he mostly went it alone.  

          • Robert says

             Rick Santorum touts passing unconstitutional laws as an accomplishment.  I see them as failures.  Failures to realize that he is a sentry for personal freedom.

        • Robert says

           Please show me where in the Constitution the federal government is given authority to determine what I do with my own body?   The Constitution was written to protect people from government, not to protect government from people. 

    • says

      You are so dumb you don’t even know if this article was written by Ron Paul or someone else.  Duh!  Just look at the author’s name at the top of the article! It’s not that complicated.

      Oh wait… you are a Scrappy Doo supporter… I guess it IS that complicated. HAHAHAHAH.

    • Dean Petkanas says

      Yep, real productive as in it supported the Constitution that the other 535 in DC abandoned. There’s two ways to look at it. How’s that economy doing for you now Gregory? That’s over 20 years of corrupt politics that have consistently voted against bills written and put forth by Ron Paul. Yet when you look back over those 20 years, I’ll bet dollars to donuts you’d kiss his ring today and genuflect at his competency. If you want to point me to that mountain of great governance during that time that brought us such wonders as the Great Depression redux as the centerpiece of your anti-Paul logic, I’m happy to consider exactly what you mean by the word productive. 

    • RageFury says

      20 years voting per the Constitution is, in my opinion, very productive. Considering most of the other 535 don’t have a freaking clue how to write Constitutional law… Lets be honest here, they shouldn’t offer up unconstitutional Bills to vote on, yet they do it constantly. We need a President that can recognize it and squash it where it stands until we get real Congressman that either do nothing but vote no on BS or write needed and true Constitutional law.
      While we are at it there should be a law that prohibits Bills that are more than 10 pages long, at least then we could guarantee that most of it would be read by the idiots.

      • Uber45 says

        The problem is that the idiots would rather watch Nascar and drink Busch light rather than read the documents that affect their lives.  They look at forming their own conclusions from reliable data sources as a waste of time when they can be told what to think by their IDIOT-BOX.  Sorry for the generalizations, but it is frustrating living in the south and seeing the types of behaviors that fuel this sort of government.  Not buying into all this bullshit nets you social stigma.

    • weaving spider says

      Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice – Arcesilaus

    • Robert says

       Rick Santorum voted yea on the Patriot Act, Prescription Drug, and No Child Left Behind. These are legislation that expands government in our lives and pocketbooks. These are not conservative actions. This is an attempt to simply bring forward the truth in how he voted. You will have to research and decide on your own.

      Using this scientific study, based on Congressional votes, Ron Paul is the most conservative candidate using his voting record.from the 94th through the 111th Congress.  They are ranked from lowest being liberal to highest being conservative. Ex 96th Congress Newt ranked at 398 and Ron Paul 439 making Ron Paul the more conservative vote in Congress for that time. Based on the data, Ron Paul is consistently the most conservative compared to the other in the race. Newt, on the other hand, starts out fairly conservative in the 96th Congress and moves to the middle by the 105th Congress.  Santorum start out middle of the road Republican and stays there. 

      http://voteview.com/senrank.asp

      1/3/75-1/3/77 94th Newt NA Paul 438 of 438
      1/3/79-1/3/81 96th Newt 398 of 439 Paul 439 of 439
      1/3/81-1/3/83 97th Newt 379 of 437 Paul 437 of 437
      1/3/83-1/3/85 98th Newt 375 of 437 Paul 437 of 437
      1/3/85-1/3/87 99th Newt 364 of 437
      1/3/87-1/3/89 100th Newt 364 of 439
      1/3/89-1/3/91 101st Newt 368 of 441
      1/3/91-1/3/93 102nd Newt 364 of 437
      1/3/93-1/3/95 103rd Newt 346 of 437
      1/3/95-1/3/97 104th Newt 311 of 445 Santorum 74 of 103
      1/3/97-1/3/99 105th Newt 305 of 442 Paul 442 of 442 Santorum 67 of 101
      1/3/99-1/3/01 106th Paul 439 of 439 Santorum 70 of 103
      1/3/01-1/3/03 107th Paul 440 of 441 Santorum 70 of 102
      1/3/03-1/3/05 108th Paul 439 of 440 Santorum 70 of 101
      1/3/05-1/3/07 109th Paul 437 of 438 Santorum 64 of 101
      1/3/07-1/3/09 110th Paul 445 of 446
      1/3/09-1/3/11 111th Paul 444 of 445

  3. caroline says

    And of course, after you read all of this, MR. PAUL is PERFECT!  

    I  will reserve judgment….. I trust that  much  of this is not quite right.. I was taught not to  believe everything I read….

    Good luck Senator Santorum!   You’ve got my vote now ever more, after reading this smear job form looser Ron Paul.  Paul will never ever ever be the republican nominee.  He has no chance. So he smears. 

    • In It To Win It BACK! says

      I don’t care if this is a hit piece. The fact is that Santorum is a corrupt liar and a bigot that wants to give the government the power to control your sex life. That is ridiculous and goes against everything America was founded on. For that (t)reason alone he is not worthy of holding ANY political office in the country.

    • says

      Ron Paul didn’t write this piece, you dipstick.  You will “reserve judgement”, will you?  What a hypocrite!  There are tons of links to original sources in this article to validate the truth of the statements… but you don’t want to believe it! Yeah, I can see why you and “scrappy doo” fit together so well. Two peas in a pod.

    • Dean Petkanas says

      Rick Santorum is lying scum. Caroline, I am hard pressed to understand what you find so alluring about a guy with a rap sheet that landed Jack Abramoff in jail. The post above from Ellen Hillwig, one of Santorum’s PA constituents tells all. By supporting Rick Santorum, all you are truly saying is that you support criminal behavior. Thank God you’re not my neighbor. I’d have an empty fridge and a few other missing items as well.

    • vince says

      I’m a conservative born, raised and still live in central PA.  I voted against Rick in 2006. Would never vote for him. Ever. Take the social issues out of the equation. His record is one of a slimy hypocrite politician who grew the size, scope and cost of the federal government.  He talks a good game. Very slick. Don’t be fooled. Too much at stake. He is not the answer for conservatives who care about fiscal and corruption issues. As far as the social issues go, one can reasonably conclude Rick is less than sincere on these issues but rather used them to create a base for his career. Conservatives must reject these big government republicans, rinos, neo cons or whatever you want to call them in the primary before they win and are the only alternative to a liberal democrat. Look what happened between 2000 and 2006. Given our choices, best we can hope for is 2 or 3 candidates split the primary and we draft a Rubio or someone better than our current crop at the convention.

      • Robert says

         Rubio Co-sponsored PIPA, he voted against the Udall Amendment, and he voted for the 2012 NDAA.  He is not a freedom fighter.  I regret pulling the lever for him.  Another smooth talker until he votes in Senate.  If he is tea party, then I will just head on over to the freedom party thank you.

  4. says

    I’m from Pennsylvania and Santorum was my senator.  Every word here is true but the sheep don’t like the truth.  There is plenty more to report also he was involved in the Ensign Scandal also.  Do your homework and quit watching TV they are lying to you. 

  5. HarloweThrombey says

    Rick Santorum voted on sodomy laws that would result in police peeking in bedroom windows to make sure no gayness is occurring. If they see gay sexual acts or sodomy thru the curtains, then they go in and arrest the “criminals”.

    Gay or not, no good human being would vote for a law like this.

    Rick Santorum is a terrorist.

  6. carlc55 says

    Jake you have got to get with the RP campaign and get them to use this information. It is absolutely devastating to the Scrotum. You can really give Dr. Paul an awesome arsenal of facts to hammer that b*tthead with. Please consider it!

  7. Janet_GB13 says

    So we’ve gone from the corrupt Perry, to Gingrich and now to Santorum, all to take votes and attention away from Dr. Paul. Santorum will disappear like the others. It’s just sad to think that the Establishment media and parties will have plenty of other corrupt NeoCons to fling at voters who don’t take time to research candidates.  It’s heartening to see how Ron Paul’s message is getting out there and waking up so many Americans. I just worry that we do not have another 4 years to wait before enough people vote someone in who isn’t part of the Establishment that is bringing us to the brink.

  8. pap1948 says

     I’m an old navy udt/seal guy that was born and raised in southwestern Pa and the author of this piece has nailed the truth about Santorum..  I’m only seeing a couple of idiots on these posts that praise him for some unknown reason..suspect it’s moral religious pandering more than wanting to know the truth. He doesn’t have a chance in … of being nominated.  Slick Rick was always and will never change from being Slick Rick.  Do yourself a big , major favor and get Ron Paul in office if you want to save this nation..  That “old kook” is the only one that can save your butt now.
     By the way…Santorum doesn’t live or reside in Pa….he lives in Va.  I hate the fact that he keeps being referenced as senator from Pa.  Thanks to Pa. voters he’s at least an EX senator.  Yes we made a mistake but we corrected it.

  9. Matt says

    I’d like to address Dr. Paul only getting one bill passed in 20 years in congress.

    Was the bill constitutional?

    Would it be better if he was a cosponsor with a Ted Kennedy or Russ Feingold bill? You know…. a bill that gives power to government that isn’t granted to it in the constitution? Certainly the Paul haters will bring up the constitution in 1 of the following 2 debates.

    1) “patriot” act – Dr. Paul voted AGAINST it!
    2) “assault weapons” ban – Dr. Paul voted against.

    Its called consistency. The direction the wind blows didn’t change his vote.

    He also is for free healthcare. Just look at all of his charity work as an OBGYN.

    Dr. Paul is also a strong believer in Israel as he was one of few to vote in favor of Isreals self defensive act against Iraq in 1981.

  10. Natschultz says

    Wow, I just submitted an article about how Santorum can actually beat Obama because of his “story” and why that will lead to WWIII.  I had yet to read this AWESOME ARTICLE!  Seriously, based on his “image” he actually has the potential to win, and that is FRIGHTENING!

    I haven’t seen the Ron Paul ad; does it highlight all of this info?  Where is it running? 

    Santorum is like the “Joe the Plumber” version of Obama.  He is actually an arrogant arse if you’ve even seen him on Greta when he worked for Fox News (I never understood his “appeal” as a TV guy), and especially during the debates.  However, when he is speaking off the cuff in a room full of people he seems genuine and believable.  Just like Obama was able to mesmerize people, so can Santorum (and he doesn’t need a teleprompter).  SCARY!!!

  11. Natschultz says

    Here is Ron Paul’s ad, airing in South Carolina:
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/new-paul-sc-ad-hits-santorum-on-betrayal-109895.html

  12. Alex Frey says

    I read this article 24 days ago for the first time and decided to give it some scrutiny in order to launch the most massive character piece on Santorum in case the claims check out. All I can say is that there is even more and this man should be in Jail and not running for president. Santorum is the monster the GOP has created to take away votes from Ron Paul. Slick Rick keeps calling himself the only true conservative while he is in fact the total opposite and once again the media is doing absolutely nothing to kill this mans career. Imagine this kind of information used by Obama in the general election with the support of MSNBC and CNN, the election would be decided in 2 hours. Let’s make sure we give our friends access to this article and finish this guy off once and for all, he has no place in politics, he is a fraud, a traitor and a criminal and that doesn’t even include his disturbed perception of the world.

  13. paulsheldonfoote says

    Santorum is a supporter of the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists.  Anyone who claims to be a Republican, conservative, or an anti-communist who supports Santorum, a chickenhawk traitor, is an idiot or a liar.

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