Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum delivers his conservative message standing in front of the Reagan statue that stands on the Rock River in Dixon, Illinois.
Rick Santorum delivers a passionate plea to supporters in Dixon, Illinois. Senator Santorum is a tough fight with Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP nomination.
A Rick Santorum supporter holds a sign high above his head at a campaign Rally in Dixon, Illinois on March, 19th 2012. Santorum delivered a speech to his supporters directly in front of the Ronald Reagan statue on the Dixon waterfront.
Rick Santorum holds the United States Constitution as he delivers a strong conservative speech in Ronald Reagan’s boyhood town.
Rick Santorum may have been the first candidate to visit Ronald Reagan’s birthplace since Reagan himself did decades ago. The Santorum campaign drew a ton of media in a crowd close to one thousand in Dixon, Illinois. Santorum delivered his noon time speech after a short drive from Rockford, Illinois where he had delivered a speech to hundreds of supporters earlier in the morning. More photos from this Dixon event as well as photos from the Rockford event will be posted in the coming days. (Photos © Don Northup – IllinoisPhoto.com)
Mitt Romney’s inevitability argument took a serious beating in the deep South on March 13, 2012 as Rick Santorum wins Alabama and Mississippi despite Newt’s ‘southern strategy’ and Mitt’s ‘tear down everyone in the GOP’ money-spending-kill-the-GOP-death-star strategy.
“Rick Santorum won Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi tonight, propelling his candidacy and wrecking Mitt Romney’s hopes for a game-changing Southern breakthrough.”
Santorum, Rick 214,545 35%
Gingrich, Newt 182,197 29%
Romney, Mitt 180,250 29%
Paul, Ron 30,892 5%
Rick Santorum 94,981 32.8%
Newt Gingrich 90,409 31.2%
Mitt Romney 88,715 30.6%
Ron Paul 12,749 4.4%
You can read more on Ricks big Alabama and Mississippi victories at the USA today website. Mitt may have the big money but Rick Santorum has the big mo! Momentum!
Rick Santorum again showed why he is the conservative alternative to Barack Hussein Obama pounding Mitt Romney into the ground in the Kansas, very conservative caucus state situated comfortably in America’s heartland.
Rick Santorum, 15,290, 51.2%
Mitt Romney 6,250 20.9%
Newt Gingrich 4,298 14.4%
Ron Paul 3,767 12.6% O
March 10, 2012
Mitt the Flipster has once again proved that true conservatives do not want him as the GOP’s nominee. Romney has proven he can win his ‘home states’, states with a strong LDS following and liberal states, but he is running into severe difficulty rallying support among conservatives and tea party folks in conservative states. When is the party establishment going to wake up and smell the coffee?? If Romney can’t get conservatives to vote for him in the GOP primary —> he does not have a chance against Obama’s money machine in November.
It’s long been time to stick a fork in Newt Gingrich and if you need to see another glaring example of his failed campaign take a look at how the good people of Tennessee voted in the 2012 republican primary on Super Tuesday (March 6, 2012).
Rick Santorum 205,012 37.2%
Mitt Romney 154,911 28.1%
Newt Gingrich 132,072 23.9%
Ron Paul 49,801 9%
We already knew Mitt Romney can not win th hearts and minds of true conservative voters and now, more than ever, it’s become very apparent the Newt Gingrich’s campaign is on it’s last legs…legs that should be carrying Newt to the sidelines for the good of the conservative party.
A pattern in the GOP primary has been developing —> and that pattern is showing everyone across this great land that conservative voters in conservative states are choosing Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney to be the 2012 GOP nominee. Voters are seeing a strong contrast between Barack Obama and Mr. Santorum – and strong conservative voters are identifying Rick Santorum as the man that has a clear and compromised shot at beating Obama in the general election come November.
Rick Santorum 96,759 33.8%
Mitt Romney 80,291 28%
Newt Gingrich 78,686 27.5%
Ron Paul 27,572 9.6%
March 6, 2012
Santorum has been running strong in the south and in the heartland and we expect more of the same in the coming weeks. Oklahoma has made it’s choice and the good folks of the Sooner state made it very clearly…Rick Santorum is the true conservative alternative to Mr. Barack Hussein Obama.
Despite Mitt Romney’s team death star and his endless gobs of attack $$, and despite Ron Pauls’s delegate stealing strategy and infrastructure, Rick Santorum easily won the March 6th republican caucus in the conservative state of North Dakota.
Rick Santorum 4,510 39.7%
Ron Paul 3,186 28.1%
Mitt Romney 2,691 23.7%
Newt Gingrich 962 8.5%
Ron Paul has been relegate to irrelevant as time and time again he and his team of tiny-teeny-boppers have not delivered the goods like he has continually promised in the caucus states despite his rabid supporters best caucus tricks and lame caucus shenanigans.
Once again team Romney has proven they can not win with real conservative voters —> completely undermining his ‘I’m the best republican to face Obama’ argument. Time and time again GOP moderates have went up against the democrat and lost…in 2012 we must not send a Massachusetts moderate who once ran to the left of Ted kennedy to go up against this incumbent president in November…we must run a solid and proven conservative to regain the presidency and that true conservative is Rick Santorum!
Mitt Romney will say and do just about anything to become president of the United States – and that includes changing his story on abortion depending on who’s asking the question. While it’s perfectly OK to change your mind on an issue with regards to where you stand…it’s not OK to say one thing and do another, lie about it, or both. Some will call Romney a liar, some will call him a flipper, others will call him a record distorter, and many will call him all three of the above and more after watching this 6 1/2 or so minute Slate video that shows Romney has been blabbering nothing but nonsense every time he opens his mouth on the abortion issue.
“Slate’s National Correspondent William Saletan zeroes in on the many ways Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has changed his story over the years on the subject of abortion.”
Mr. Saletan exquisitely lays out the timeline of Mr. Romney’s positions, and then his defenses of his position switches, and then compares those excuses/defenses to his actual record and the facts – and it gets real ugly, real fast, for Mr. Romney. After watching this Romney abortion video I don’t see how anyone could believe a word Romney says on any subject, let alone the very important abortion issue. This Romney Abortion video is a must see for everyone…it’s a real eye-opener to say the least.
I think it’s time for Mr. Romney to pack his bags and go home.
Now that the new polling in Texas shows Rick Santorum with a commanding lead I am starting to see a few in the GOP establishment and established media finally starting see the light through the darkness of Romney’s incessant and completely bogus and irrelevant attack ads. Wow! What took you lamestream media peeps and pundits so long to figure it out? And I am talking about some of you blowhards on Fox as well! You GOP establishment smack-talkers know who you are!
To read an outstanding case for why Rick Santorum is (and should be) the FIRST CHOICE for so many true conservatives you must read this great Santorum endorsement from one of the top political minds of our time. Michele Malikin knows where she stands…and in 2012 and she stands with Rick Santorum as he surges his way to the GOP nomination and eventually the presidency in November. This endorsement was written a few weeks ago but it rings true and relevent, and is supported with some great reference work done by Michele I feel it is a good piece to keep out front…and by out front I am not talking about the show on CNN!
“Rick Santorum opposed TARP.
He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.”
The rest of this very interesting and important Santorum Endorsement can be read on Michelle’s website. Michelle had the sense to get on the Santorum train before it left the station (the three state sweep) and write about it publicly showing again why she is, and has been, one of the sharpest minds —> and clearest voices in the conservative movement for a very long time.
According to the recent Marquette University Law School poll conducted on the 16th-19th of Feb. Rick Santorum is leading the Mittster in the republican presidential race 34% to 18%…almost doubling Romney’s Wisconsin voter support.
“In the Republican presidential primary in April, would you vote for Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum, or would you not vote in the Republican primary?”
Don’t know 73
If you want to get deeper into the numbers in Scott Walker’s state you can view the entire polling survey .pdf over at the Marquette University site.
The latest Washington state poll shows Rick Santorum up by eleven points and when you look deeper inside the numbers Rick’s likeability is becoming a big factor in the 2012 republican GOP race.
“Wedged between the Michigan/Arizona primaries and Super Tuesday the Washington state GOP caucus hasn’t received a lot of attention. At least for now it looks like it could give Rick Santorum some momentum headed into the critical March 6th contests. He leads there with 38% to 27% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul, and 12% for Newt Gingrich.”
Poll after poll in state after state now show Rick Santorum is the new presidential front runner. Across the nation we are starting to see many indicators pointing to the fact that republicans are coalescing around the battle tested, fiscal and social conservative, Rick Santorum. If you feel like further dissecting the Washington GOP poll numbers you can check the inside scoop over on the PPP site.
In a state that the Mittster was supposed to have in the bag, it now looks like Mr. Not So Inevitable is in a statistical dead heat with the surging full spectrum conservative Rick Santorum in Arizona.
“The Republican race for President in Arizona looks like a close one, with Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum only 36-33. Newt Gingrich is third at 16% and Ron Paul fourth at 9%.”
Romney has been carrying a big lead in the heavily LDS populated state of Arizona, but as of today he now finds himself fighting for his political life in state after state as Mr. Santorum has pulled to within the Arizona PPP poll’s 4.8% margin of error with time to spare. A good debate performance tomorrow night could spell disaster for ol’ Mitt.
I have listened to Ari tow the Romney line on CNN – show, after show, after show, after show, after show. I heard him discount Rick Santorum show. after show, after show, after show. Now the man is blowing a different horn….the Rick Santorum horn.
“If you look deeper at this, I think for the first time today in this race, that Rick Santorum has a very decent chance of beating Mitt Romney for the nomination,” former President George W. Bush’s press secretary told CNN.
The video of Ari Fleisher on Santorum can be seen on the CNN website Media guys like Ari have been pushing Romney from the beginning. No matter what happene in the race Ari and his ilk still spewed a bunch of disingenuous GOP establishment nonsense. These guys just don’t get it… This is a new time…a time when the old school republican establishment does not control the entire election cycle… the American people do. Thank God.
The Santorum surge continues to sweep across the country as Mitt Romney appears to be in a free fall at exactly the wrong time for him. Does Romney and all his money have time to recover by spnding many more millions bogus attack ads? Seriously, do you think calling Mr. Santorum a RHINO is going to work? Everyone knows that line is a bunch of hogwash…if anything, it is the Mittster that looks like the RHINO this election cycle.
“Rick Santorum’s nationwide lead expanded Monday in Gallup’s daily tracking poll, which showed the former Pennsylvania senator leading rival Mitt Romney by ten percentage points.
Santorum had the backing of 36% of registered Republicans nationwide, while 26% supported Romney. Numbers from Sunday showed a slightly smaller lead for Santorum over Romney, 36% to 28%.”
As Romney keeps bashing his numbers continue to drop nationally. Maybe pone day Mitt could come up with a real message that real Americans could get behind? If attacking Santorum with bogus nonsense is all that the Mittster can muster - I am afraid he will need to wait another 4 more years and try again.
That’s funny considering he calls the other guys creatures of Washington…he would be a creature of Washington himself…if he could get elected. Mitt we know your story…it’s a repeat and my advice to you is get a new story to pitch to republicans when you run next time. The rest of this national poll story written by Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak can be found over at the CNN website.
In what could be a fatal death blow to Romney – the poll numbers are starting to trickle in from the delegate rich and very conservative state of Texas…and boy do those numbers sure look good for Rick Santorum.
“Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
Santorum would get the votes of 45 percent of the respondents if the election were held today, according to the survey. The other three candidates in the GOP race — former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas — are clustered well behind. Gingrich got 18 percent, Romney received 16 percent and Paul garnered 14 percent.”
Rick fever is sweeping the nation and this recent Texas republican primary poll shows Texas has caught the fever, big-time. This Texas poll all but confirms the fact that Rick Santorum is the republican positioned best to beat Barack Obama in November. To read more on this Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll you can head over to the TT website to read the lengthy 2012 Texas GOP poll report.
All the pollsters have been showing Santorum up in Ohio and Scott Rasmussen’s latest Ohio numbers report Rick is up big…so big in-fact that the Mittster may not be able to overcome the Santorum surge in Ohio.
“Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum continues to ride his polling momentum into Ohio where he leads Mitt Romney by nearly two-to-one in the first Rasmussen Reports survey of Republicans in the state.”
The Rasmussen Ohio poll article can be read in it’s entirety over at the Rasmussen Reports website.
It’s all falling apart in Ohio and across the nation for the failing GOP candidate we loving like to refer to as ‘The Mittster’. In Quinnipiac University poll released on the 15th is up 7 points on Romney the crucial swing state of Ohio.
“Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum shoots to the top among Ohio likely Republican primary voters with 36 percent, followed by 29 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich runs third with 20 percent, while Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul gets 9 percent.”
You can visit the Quinnipiac University website to view the lengthy poll article. The state by state trend continues as Santorum Fever is sweeping the nation.
Well, it sure looks like Mr. Inevitable is having trouble even on his home turf! Rick Santorum has taken a huge lead in Michigan according to this PPP poll.
“Rick Santorum’s taken a large lead in Michigan’s upcoming Republican primary. He’s at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.”
The three state sweep of conservative voters in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado has propelled Rick into the front runner spot in Michigan. It’s still very early, but with Santorum up this big it could spell the beginning of the end for the Mittster in 2012. You can read the PPP article on the recent Michigan poll numbers on the Public Policy Polling website.
Rick Santorum is proving the most electable GOP candidate in 2012 and is quickly gaining the inside track to becoming the 2012 republican nominee. Mitt Romney took a hard Santorum right to the chin in as Colorado as conservative voters are coalescing behind Rick Santorum. While Rick’s win in Colorado was not by the ultra wide margins that we saw in Missouri and Minnesota, it may be the most convincing win for Santorum, in a state the Romney needed oh so very badly. Rick’s no longer the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, he’s the conservative alternative to Barack Husein Obama.
Rick Santorum 26,614 – 40.31 percent
Mitt Romney 23,012 – 34.85 percent
Newt Gingrich 8,445 – 12.79 percent
Ron Paul 7,759 – 11.75 percent
“Rick Santorum’s narrow win over Mitt Romney stunned political analysts who had expected Romney to repeat his 2008 victory in the state. But Santorum’s Colorado strategy – intense personal outreach to tea party groups and religious leaders – paid off handsomely, giving him a three-state sweep Tuesday.”
You can see a bit of local Colorado political analysis in the video included in this election story by Kristen Wyatt of AP over at the CBS Denver website. This caps the big three state sweep and is surely a turning point in the 2012 GOP race. No longer is Mitt Romney inevitable…some of us already knew this…it was not that hard to figure out when the Mittser could not get past Mr. McCain 4 short years ago. He may be the big spender and the media darling but Mitt has clearly shown he has a huge electability problem…he keeps that proving gain, county by county, state by state.
Rick’s big night continued with a head-to-head landslide win over the Mittster in Missouri. The GOP establishment, and the lamestream media, and the rest once again proved they don’t know much about the 2012 republican race as Mr. Santorum is powering to the front of pack even if they fail to report on it. One day soon the may take off the Mitt colored glasses the must be wearing!. Game On!
Rick Santorum 138,957 55.2%
Mitt Romney 63,826 25.3%
Ron Paul 30,641 12.2%
Other 18,444 7.3%
“The real story was the magnitude of what happened in this extraordinary vote. Not only did Rick Santorum win the Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado showdowns, but he did so decisively. Tuesday night the inevitability balloon of a Romney candidacy exploded. Rick Santorum has just pulled off an historic political upset and the Republican primary race has been completely reset. “
Read the rest of Keith A. Fournier’s great Santorum article over at catholic.org on Rick’s big sweep that reset the 2012 GOP race. You must read this one…for it is is not another two paragraph cookie cutter piece…this is a well written article that all 2012 voters should read – democrat, republican and independents alike.