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Would love to see a Rick Santorum / Ron Paul ticket. They are true pure Conservatives that are not so corrupted by K Street lobbyist. Both of them have their draws across party lines.

 

Both have compassion and beliefs that I can understand.

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Guest Hula P.

Absolutely correct. Republicans tend to forget Reagan Democrats and Kennedy Republicans. I would normally say Ron Paul is a bit to large of a pill to swallow, but the youngsters love him. Rick Santorum is too "Joe the Plumber" for me personally. Although he won Iowa and the Christian endorsement.

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Guest Thomas

 

Rick Santorum won the debate by explaining how both Romney and Gingrich wanted state run healthcare. Romney admitted and supports Romneycare. Newt stated that he made a 10 year mistake.

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This morning, Rasmussen Reports released their national presidential tracking poll and found that Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum would defeat President Barack Obama head-to-head, far out polling his fellow Republican contenders when put head-to-head with the President.

 

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: "The empirical data continues to mount -In a head to head matchup versus the President, Rick Santorum has the best chance to defeat Barack Obama. Today's poll is one more indication that voters are looking for a bold, positive vision for America, not another moderate who looks just like Obama and who can't rally a nation. We need a full-spectrum conservative who can actually draw contrasts with the President on the major issues facing this nation. More and more poll numbers are starting to show that Rick Santorum is that candidate. Of course, when conservative titan Rush Limbaugh says every candidate has committed transgressions against conservatism except Rick Santorum, people take notice."

 

Even more polls released this week showed that Rick Santorum has a favorable rating of +40% in critical swing states like Missouri and Ohio, while Newt Gingrich could only muster a +20% and Mitt Romney had +10%. (Public Policy Polling:http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/01/trouble-ahead-for-romney.html).

 

Gidley said, "So much of American politics is simply, 'do I know you?' 'do I trust you?' and 'do I like you?' Favorability ratings are also important because Americans want to know, trust and like the candidate - and Rick's popularity is miles above the other candidates. Gov. Romney has never been able to rally the base and Speaker Gingrich continues his free-fall, but Rick Santorum is popular, prepared and is now predicted to defeat Barack Obama if he's our nominee."

 

Rasmussen Reports Poll:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

 

General Election Match-Ups:

Santorum: 45%

Obama: 44%

 

Romney: 43%

Obama: 47%

 

Gingrich: 41%

Obama: 49%

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Guest Santorum for President

MITT ROMNEY : PROUD DEFENDER AND AUTHOR OF "OBAMNEYCARE"

 

"SANTORUM WENT FOR THE JUGULAR...EXPOSING MITT ROMNEY'S WEAK AND CONTRADICTORY DEFENSE OF HIS MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH-REFORM LAW." -

 

GRACE-MARIE TURNER, WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

The differences between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney on health care are stark. But there are almost no differences between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama on heath care. Mitt Romney authored and has been a stalwart defender of the top-down, government run Massachusetts health care law that served as the framework of the disaster known as ObamaCare.

 

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: "As Governor Tim Pawlenty so aptly said, RomneyCare should be called ObamneyCare. Everyone knows that Governor Romney's top down government run mandated health insurance plan was the basis of ObamaCare.

 

Oddly enough, the only accomplishment that Gov. Romney points to and actually defends during his tenure as Governor - is the most liberal, the most intrusive and unconstitutional. In fact, the only area conservatives would appreciate Romney flip-flopping on would be RomneyCare. So why he doubles down on this liberal accomplishment instead of just flip-flopping as usual is beyond me. We're all looking for Gov. Romney to finally have firm conviction on something, but it's pretty telling that he picks RomneyCare."

 

Following the most recent Republican Presidential Debate, Grace-Marie Turner in the Wall Street Journal outlined why Romney's defense of the indefensible simply didn't work.

 

"Scoring Last Week's RomneyCare Debate"

 

By: Grace-Marie Turner, The Wall Street Journal

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204573704577187351873393504.html

 

Rick Santorum went for the jugular in Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, exposing Mitt Romney's weak and contradictory defense of his Massachusetts health-reform law.

 

Mr. Santorum attacked Mr. Romney's claim that the individual mandate affects only "the 8% of people who didn't have insurance." Mr. Romney insisted that "92% of the people in my state had insurance before our plan went in place. And nothing changes for them."

 

Mr. Santorum blasted back that "what Governor Romney said is just factually incorrect," because the mandate affects 100% of the residents who are forced to buy health insurance "as a condition of breathing in Massachusetts."...

 

... Mr. Romney's attempt to contrast his plan with ObamaCare wasn't convincing. "I don't like the Obama plan," he said in Thursday's debate. "His plan cuts Medicare by $500 billion. We didn't, of course, touch anything like that. He raises taxes by $500 billion. We didn't do that."

 

These are bogus boasts: States have no authority over cuts in the federal Medicare program, so cutting Medicare never was an option with RomneyCare. Massachusetts didn't raise taxes to finance its plan because it relied on previously enacted health-insurance taxes and an infusion of federal Medicaid money to finance its coverage expansion. The state simply passed a big share of its costs to federal taxpayers.

 

Mr. Santorum challenged Mr. Romney on his claim that RomneyCare is "very different than ObamaCare," citing a new study that lists key features the two plans have in common, including the Medicaid expansion, an employer mandate and the individual mandate.

 

The study is from the liberal Families USA, which credits John McDonough and explains he "was deeply involved" in developing both RomneyCare and ObamaCare. Among the key checkpoints showing the similarities between the two plans: "RomneyCare authorizes 'tiers' of insurance coverage, which are called Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Young Adult . . . ObamaCare sets the following tiers for policies: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Young Adult." And government will specify which benefits must be included in health plans under both reform laws. Mr. McDonough earlier said the federal law is "Massachusetts with three more zeros."

 

Mr. Romney repeatedly says he believes in state-level solutions. But when he says he wants to give states more discretion in implementing ObamaCare, there isvery little daylight between his position and President Obama's. The president has said Congress should pass legislation to accelerate the provision in the law that would allow states more flexibility in implementing the health lawstarting in 2014.

 

Mr. Santorum was passionate in insisting that Mr. Romney's defense will collapse in a debate with President Obama, and the candidate would be wide open to attack. "Folks, we can't give this issue away in this election. It is about fundamental freedom," he said.

 

Mr. Romney has indeed backed himself into a corner by insisting on defending his health plan while attacking ObamaCare. In the Oct. 11 debate at Dartmouth College, Mr. Romney said: "[W]e all agree about repeal and replace. And I'm proud of the fact that I put together a plan that says what I'm going to replace it with."

 

Does he really mean that he wants to use Massachusetts as a model for his "replacement" plan? No wonder voters are worried.

 

Unless Mr. Romney takes steps to conform his position with reality, he will have trouble convincing voters he is serious about repeal and will have an even harder time mapping a clear plan on health reform should he be elected president.

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