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Morris: Santorum Goes Over the Top

By Dick Morris

Running for president is an exhausting experience. It frequently leads candidates to see things through a distorted prism and to say things they would like to take back as soon as the words form in the air outside their mouths.

I hope that's what happened when Rick Santorum suggested yesterday, that the U.S. might as well re-elect Obama rather than vote for Romney.

Total nonsense! Here's the difference, Rick:

-- Romney will end Obamacare. Obama won't.

-- Romney will cut spending sharply. Obama will increase it.

-- Romney will block grant Medicaid and food stamps and stop their growth. Obama won't.

-- Romney will cut income taxes. Obama will raise them.

-- Romney will stop EPA regulation of carbon dioxide. Obama will step it up.

-- Romney will stop the NLRB from forcing unionization. Obama will continue it.

-- Romney will do all he can to help Israel stop Iranian nukes. Obama won't.

-- Romney will appoint conservative judges. Obama will name radical ones.

-- Romney will crack down on Chinese currency manipulation. Obama is afraid to.

-- Romney will starve Chavez by curtailing purchase of his oil. Obama won't.

-- Romney won't bow to the Saudi monarch. Obama did.

-- Romney will restore defense cuts. Obama will disarm us.

-- Romney will approve Keystone and offshore drilling. Obama won't.

-- Romney will push for school vouchers and choice. Obama killed it in D.C.

-- Romney will not cut Medicare to finance Obamacare. Obama is.

-- Romney will reform Medicare by using competition. Obama won't.

-- Romney will stop debasing the dollar by printing more and more. Obama will print money.

-- Romney will encourage photo ID laws. Obama will veto them.

-- Romney will appoint anti-terrorists to the Justice Department. Obama does the opposite.

-- Romney will call Islamic terrorists, Islamic terrorists. Obama doesn't.

-- Romney will reduce the capital gains tax. Obama will increase it.

-- Romney will turn America around. Obama hasn't, won't and can't.

-- Either Santorum or Romney or Gingrich or even Ron Paul would be a better president than Obama and don't let us forget it!

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  1. iratdComment by iratd
    March 24, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Santorun’s plan for the nomination.
    Dig hole and insert head then fill in hole with a weak, back peddle, explanation.
    How much did Obama pay you for the you’re endorsement?

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  2. SteveComment by sfdennis
    March 24, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Let me try to take them one-by-one, as listed…

    Yes, I agree, Romney will not bow to a Saudi monarch.

    While I agree, at least in theory, that Romney might want to stop printing money (although I’m not 100% sure of this), the President really has no control over this, unless he is willing to fire the entire Federal Reserve Board and replace them with handpicked new members that he absolutely knows won’t continue these policies. That’s one of the troubles with most Americans. They do not realize exactly who is in charge of printing money. It’s not the Treasury, which the President controls, it’s the Fed, who does not report to any branch of the government.

    Okay, I agree that Romney will appoint anti-terrorists to the Justice Department.

    And, finally, I agree that Romney will call Islamic terrorists Islamic terrorists.

    On all of the other points, I simply cannot agree. Why? Because on many of these issues, Romney has, when convenient, been on both sides of many, if not all, of these issues, whenever it’s been politically expedient for him to do so.

    When you don’t honestly know where someone stands on a given issue at any given moment in time, how can you support that person? I sure can’t.

    Don’t get me wrong, though. If he gets the nomination, I’ll support him 100%. But, at this point, I cannot support him even 1% for the nomination, becuase the only position that I actually know he really has, is that he wants to be President.

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    • ladydaiComment by ladydai
      March 24, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

      Morris can back up his points. you cannot. You are simply repeating things that have been said about Romney by his opponents.
      “Romney has, when convenient,been on both sides of many, if not all, of these issues”…..is blatantly untrue. ou need to get facts not just repeat untruths. Romney has not gone back and forth on issues with one exception. He was supporting the abortion laws until soething came across his desk which he could not sign and has been pro life ever since.

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      March 25, 2012 @ 10:52 am

      Romney is a RINO.

      none of the current GOP candidates for president are worth a “spit in a hurricane.” What we need is real leadership, not another manager. Sink all of the candidates and try again.

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  3. genesalComment by genesal
    March 24, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Truth is, Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul are all ‘over the top’ and are ruining chances of having a GOP President. We better hope we can have a super majority in the House and the Senate! And I still know practically nothing about their views other than their views on the economy.

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    • nmleonComment by nmleon
      March 24, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

      Since you think all four are “over the top”, and since you “know practically nothing about their views other than their views on the economy”, is it fair to assume that you think that all their views on the economy are over the top? What policies would YOU find reasonable?

      The next question would be why you have willfully chosen to be so ignorant of the candidate’s positions on anything other than the economy? There has certainly been ample opportunity between the debates, interviews, their websites etc. Are you a one issue voter or have you just not paid any attention?

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      March 24, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

      Do you ASSume all the time? Shame on you. I’ve heard practically nothing about their intentions on the economy except Romney’s complicated 59 point plan which keeps changing and I expect it to continue as he can’t seem to stop his flip flopping. Paul’s view is ‘crazy’ and ludicrous and will never happen.

      They are all too busy with their school-girl cat fights to give us an idea of what they would do along with any economic changes they plan to make. Ignorant? Surely you jest.
      They have been fighting and acting like little spoiled kids rather that telling us how they are going to reverse the direction of these United States away from the purely Socialistic tendencies and the breakdown of our freedom’s given to us by God via the Constitution of the U.S.
      Your logic eludes me. I say that I know about their views on the economy but I haven’t heard, from them, on 99 other issues that I would be interested in. Where is the logic in your statement? How does that translate to one issue. Did you pre-think your statement or are you just flying by the seat of your pants. How about a logical debate without the childish name calling and illogical mumbo jumbo.

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    • nmleonComment by nmleon
      March 25, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

      No sir, you did NOT say I say “that I know about their views on the economy but I haven’t heard, from them, on 99 other issues that I would be interested in.”

      What you ACTUALLY said was:

      “Truth is, Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul are all ‘over the top… And I still know practically nothing about their views other than their views on the economy.”

      THOSE were your words and it is logical to infer that *IF* all you know about them is their views on the economy *AND* you consider all four to be over top *THEN* you must consider their economic policies to be over the top.

      Far from illogical mumbo jumbo.It is in fact a basic IF/AND/THEN logic statement created by your own words.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      March 25, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

      Now there you go again ASSuMing. Just because I said they are over the top and I know about their economic views you assssume a conclusion, well you’re wrong. They are all over the top completely aside from their economic views or plans. Romney for his 60 plus million dollars in negative ads, Santorum for reasons mentioned in this article, Gingrich for wanting a Moon Colony and Paul for being plain looney as he represents the definition of insanity (Running for President 3 times, while expecting different results). So yes they are all over the top. But then Obama is over the top also.

      Just because I have not heard enough from their own lips about their other views does not mean that I haven investigated other sources of data and information.

      Oh just for your information have you heard of GrassFire? How about Steve Elliott, or maybe FireSociety. Well I was a moderator (over 30,000 members) for FireSociety for the 2008 elections, logging 1,000s of posts. As two of those who ran in 2008 are running now, there’s probably nothing that I don’t know about those two because of their past candidacies. That leaves Santorum and this article pretty much covers his being (over the top) and Gingrich who many will agree is over the top every time he opens his mouth. Due to their party in-fighting they have not espoused their views about positions needed to evaluate them.

      Good try, though. You do amuse me, thanks.

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  4. GHUComment by GHU
    March 24, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Mr. Morris, I’m not so sure Romney would: end Obamacare, or stop EPA regulation of Carbon dioxide, or appoint conservative judges, or will call Islamic terrorists, Islamic terrorists. I’m also not convinced he would do much of anything for pro-life causes or upholding DOMA. We don’t need a Weathervane or milquetoast as president!

    Rick Santorum was simply saying we don’t need another “moderate/ RINO” like Romney.

    Here’s a response from Santorum’s campaign:

    Knowing that their candidate lacks a consistent conservative message, Romney’s spin machine is once again working overtime.
    That’s why, even though Rick is busy campaigning in Louisiana today he wanted me to rush this email out to you regarding his comments yesterday about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

    Rick’s response is here:
    “I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican and to suggest otherwise is preposterous. This is just another attempt by the Romney Campaign to distort and distract the media and voters from the unshakeable fact that many of Romney’s policies mirror Barack Obama’s.

    I was simply making the point that there is a huge enthusiasm gap around Mitt Romney and it’s easy to see why – Romney has sided with Obama on healthcare mandates, cap-and-trade, and the Wall Street bailouts.
    Voters have to be excited enough to actually go vote, and my campaign’s movement to restore freedom is exciting this nation. If this election is about Obama versus the Obama-Lite candidate, we have a tough time rallying this nation. It’s time for bold vision, bold reforms and bold contrasts. This election is about more than Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum – this campaign is about freedom and I will fight to restore your freedoms.”

    Please forward this email to your friends and family. Let them hear the truth from Rick, not what Mitt Romney wants them to hear.

    Check this out:
    http://youtu.be/BI9yjhd8b84

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    • misterjackComment by misterjack
      March 24, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      What you have shown here as Santorum’s response is simply his backtracking and lying. You are just another sucker that has been duped by the whiney, immature little crybaby. He needs to go sit in his sandpile and play with his etch-a-sketch.

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    • GHUComment by GHU
      March 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      misterjack……No, You have that wrong. It’s Mitt who is playing in the sandpile with his etch-a-sketch (did you forget?) His etch-a-sketch says “running as a conservative”……he’ll erase it right after his GOP nomination!

      Apparently Louisiana believes in Santorum and not the Weathervane! GO RICK!

      P.S. Watch the video again ( apparently I’m not the only one having a hard time believing Romney): http://youtu.be/BI9yjhd8b84

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    • Peter NyikosComment by Peter Nyikos
      March 25, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      misterjack, you seem just like the person who can finally answer the question I asked a few minutes ago:

      Can you give me a direct quote from Santorum saying exactly what so many (including Morris) are charging him with saying, viz. that Americans might as well re-elect Obama if Romney is the GOP nominee?

      If you can, please provide an url for a website where I can verify it.

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  5. Sue HansonComment by Sue Hanson
    March 24, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who has a common sense platform and who isn[t power mad. Without the Ron Paul supporters, none of the others stands a chance. and nobody stands a chance of getting us to quit, so the only thing the GOP can do is run Ron Paul.

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  6. middlegroundComment by middleground
    March 24, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    What a strange campaign. Romney reportedly states his platform in writing and others interpret what he really believes based on their own beliefs. Santorum makes a real boo boo and his supporters struggle to say he didn’t really mean what he said.

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  7. Peter NyikosComment by Peter Nyikos
    March 25, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I have NEVER seen a direct quote from Santorum saying exactly what so many (including Morris) are charging him with saying. I’ve seen the Etch-a-Sketch quote numerous times, but never one saying that Americans might as well re-elect Obama, let alone one saying that Obama would be a better choice than Romney (which some news items alleged Santorum said).

    Please, please, can anyone tell me EXACTLY what Santorum said that led to such a media feeding frenzy?

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  8. Peter NyikosComment by Peter Nyikos
    April 3, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Seeing nothing else after a whole week has gone by, I guess this quote has got to be it:

    “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”

    If this is the only thing Santorum said to provoke the media feeding frenzy, then it’s a sign that Americans are increasingly unable to fathom the role of “If” conditionals.

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