Why Rick Santorum won’t win the GOP Nomination for President

Santorum’s record of politics trumping principle | Timothy P. Carney | Politics | Washington Examiner.

Rick Santorum advertises himself as a Conservative Republican who can reach across the Republican Base for support. Even though he comes from the Christian Right Faction of the party. He believes he can reach the Economic Libertarian faction of the party and the Neo Conservative faction of the party. As well as the Classical Conservative faction of the party. The problem with that, is when Sen. Santorum was in Congress, especially in the Senate. His record contradicts that, especially when it comes to Federal Government spending. He voted with the Bush Administration almost all the time on Fiscal Policy and everything else. When they inherited a 2T$ Budget Surplus and left with a 1T$ Budget Deficit and a 10T$ National Debt. He voted for the 2001 and 2003 Bush Tax Cuts that was all borrowed money. He voted for the 2001 War in Afghanistan and the 2003 War in Iraq. Again that was all borrowed money. He voted for the No Child Left Behind Law of 2002 that brought more Unfunded Mandates to the States. He voted for 2003 Medicare Advantage plan that was another 500B$ of borrowed money. Sen Santorum in his last term in the Senate, voted for around 7T$ of borrowed money by the Federal Government. He borrowed 7T$ in just six years, this is no hero of the Tea Party movement. Instead he’s a poster of what they are against.

Another issue for Sen. Santorum is that he comes from the Christian Right Faction of the GOP. But even though they have a lot of power in the GOP. They alone don’t decide who the GOP Nominee for President is. The GOP Establishment including the Republican National Committee also has a big say in this. And they see Sen. Santorum as someone who’s too far to the right especially on Social Issues to beat the President in 2012. And they are looking for a winner. Which is why a lot of support is going for Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty right now. And why so many republicans wanted GOV Mitch Daniels to run for President. And why I believe Rudy Giulani is taking a long look at running for President. But he’ll of course will have the Christian Right to deal with as well. Along with Mitt Romney.

When Sen. Rick Santorum was in Congress I had a good deal of respect for him. Because he was a politician who spoke his mind and was very honest. Even though I doubt we ever agreed on anything. But now that he’s running for President, I believe he’ll be running against his Congressional Record. And try to reinvent himself. And look like another typical Washington Politician.

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