Sal’s Endorsement: Rick Santorum

by Sal on January 3, 2012

in Election 2012,Politics

Like Ryan, I am less than thrilled with the 2012 GOP Presidential field.  Four years ago to this very day I endorsed Mitt Romney for President – reluctantly so.  Today, I am as unsure about my choice as I was four years ago.  Throughout this whole campaign, I, along with the rest of the GOP faithful, have struggled to find that “anti-Romney” candidate — Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich.  All have been shown to have flaws.  While Romney would certainly be preferable to Obama, his record and history of changing positions is troubling.

In the past several days, people have been turning to a new candidate, one who has a solid record of Conservatism and is probably the closest we can get to a true electable conservative, and that candidate is whom I am endorsing for President.  That candidate is former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA).

Sen. Santorum is as solid of a Conservative as anyone.  Sure, he has his flaws.  He towed the party line a little too often for my liking (supporting Arlen Specter for Senate, for example).  Yet among the field of GOP candidates, he is solid in all three pillars of Conservatism – a solid economic conservative, solid on foreign policy, and solid on social issues.  He is the complete package on core values.  The question is, is he electable.

Throughout the campaign, I would see debate performances of Santorum on the Weekly GOP Debate Show™, and wonder why Santorum wasn’t polling better.  He consistently performed well in debates and never had any gaffes that were characteristic of other candidates.  He was elected twice to Congress (1990 and 1992) and then twice to the U.S. Senate (1994 and 2000) in the blue state of Pennsylvania.  He lost in 2006 because of Bush fatigue and war fatigue, while staying strong on the topic of national security in the war in Iraq.  That loss says more about him than anything.  He refused compromise his principles for political expediency (*cough* Mitt Romney *cough*).  The fact that he won multiple times in such a blue state as such a Conservative shows that he is electable.  He’s our best choice all around, which is why he has my endorsement.

Like Ryan, I’m also going to take a brief look at the other candidates and why they do not get my vote (although, as Ryan says, would all be better than Obama):

  • Mitt Romney:  There’s something wrong when the proclaimed front runner can’t run away with it and candidate after candidate has emerged as the potential “anti-Romney”.  He’s a problematic candidate with a record of flip-flopping that will be detrimental in the general election.
  • Rick Perry:  I had high hopes for him, and early on he was my favorite candidate.  However, when it comes to debates, he makes George W. Bush look like Ronald Reagan.
  • Newt Gingrich was a contender for me, but he goes on weird thought experiments and has a view of the role of the state in solving problems that worries me.  He also has a lot of baggage that he has to contend with.  Still, there’s a lot I like about Newt and I’d prefer him to Romney, because at least then you know where he stands.
  • I like a lot of what Michele Bachmann has to say, and I think that she is a good person, but she strikes me as just a little, shall we say, crazy for the general electorate.
  • Jon Huntsman is a liberal.  Enough said.
  • Ron Paul is a nut job.  Enough said.

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