Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:44 PM
cbayer (133,137 posts)
Question on Obama's religion puts Santorum in awkward spot
Shame on him.
By John Hoeffel
January 23, 2012, 4:42 p.m.
Reporting from Lady Lake, Fla.—
With Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich engaging in a dogfight, Rick Santorum soldiered on, trying to persuade some of Florida's reddest Republicans that the top two finishers in South Carolina's upending primary are convenient conservatives, while he is the real deal.
As the campaign wound down in South Carolina, the former Pennsylvania senator's rhetoric became increasingly sharp. In one speech, he even dismissed Romney and Gingrich as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. But in Florida, he has tempered his language, becoming almost mild.
Santorum dodged a few awkward questions. One woman claimed Obama's presidency was illegal, which led Santorum to smile tightly. When she claimed the president was a Muslim, he looked down at the podium and concentrated on writing on a small piece of paper. When she had finished, he said, "Well, yeah, I'm doing my best to get him out of the government."
He reacted angrily when reporters asked he afterward why he did not challenge her contention. Calling the question "a media gotcha thing," he said, "It's not my responsibility as a candidate to correct everybody who makes a statement that I disagree with."
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Question on Obama's religion puts Santorum in awkward spot (Original post)
Response to cbayer (Reply #2)
Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:12 PM
MarkCharles (2,261 posts)
3. Is he dropping out? I haven't heard any news today.
He would throw his support to Gingrich.
I think Gingrich as the Republican candidate would ensure a Democratic House and Senate for the next 2 yrs, and Obama where he should be, in the White House for 4 more years.
I hope Santorum drops out and supports Gingrich.
Response to MarkCharles (Reply #3)
Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:25 PM
cbayer (133,137 posts)
4. They virtually ignored him in the debate last night.
It turned into a real cage fight between Gingrich and Romney. Fascinating theater, imo.
I had mistakenly thought the primary was today, but it's still a week off. Santorum will probably stay in for the week, but I don't give him much more than that.
I would also prefer to see Gingrich get the nomination.
Response to cbayer (Original post)
Wed Jan 25, 2012, 09:13 PM
onager (7,831 posts)
5. McCain didn't have a problem "correcting" wackos.
Not that I'm any kind of McCain fan, but he sure got that part right.
Even in front of hostile Tea-Party crowds McCain didn't let that crap slide:
McCain seized the microphone from the hands of a woman who called Obama "an Arab," and scolded her.
"He's a decent family man that I happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues," McCain said, to scant approval.
McCain can also be seen correcting kooks on-camera, in Alexandra Pelosi's documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices from the Campaign Trail.