#UnravelTheSweater: Colleague Support for Rick Santorum? Crickets…

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Rick Santorum served in the Senate for 12 years. Twelve years! Where are the endorsements from his colleagues?


ABC News
Feb 16, 2012
by Sunlen Miller

There was a bit of an awkward moment at a Republican news conference on Capitol Hill today, highlighting Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s lack of support among his former colleagues in the Senate.

No sitting senator has endorsed the Pennsylvanian, even though he served in the chamber for 12 years (until 2007) and worked his way into the party’s leadership as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

By comparison, for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been endorsed by 14 senators.

When asked about Santorum during an unrelated news conference on jobs today, his former colleagues took pains to avoid comment, awkwardly looking at each other [...]

Here’s the response reporters received:

No one volunteered to answer the question… Reluctantly, one senator tentatively spoke up:

“He’s certainly a very nice person,” Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said, declining to step forward to the podium and microphone to comment. “I am not going to do presidential politics right now.”

Seeing his opportunity to seize the day, Sen. Thune took the bull by the horns:

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., took the chance to speak about his endorsement of Romney instead. “I came out early for Governor Romney and my reasons for that were very clear. I believe with jobs and the economy the paramount issue that he’s got the best skill set, best experience to help tackle those issues,” Thune said. “He’s in the best position to win the general election.”

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Love the boon from Thune!

Unraveling the sweater…

Lack of support for Santorum from his colleagues is very telling. These are people who worked with him every day and saw him in action. They know the real Rick.

By the way, it’s also a dilemma that plagues Newt Gingrich.

► Jayde Wyatt


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5 Responses to #UnravelTheSweater: Colleague Support for Rick Santorum? Crickets…

  1. Vic Lundquist says:

    I LOVE THE CRICKET VIDEO/AUDIO!

    How great is this??!!

    I hope 100 Santorum supporters come over to this comments page and leave their “reasons” for his lack of endorsement support!

    From their perspective, there probably are very good reasons for his lack of congressional supporters. Oh wait…they already voted……for Governor Romney.

  2. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Ha! Ha!

    Vic, you are a day brightener…

  3. Robert and Helen Wells says:

    Come on, this has to go viral, too!

  4. AfricansforRomeny says:

    LOL!
    A mongh ago i thought Santourm will endorse Gov Romney and will disappear. Oh, God! I was wrong. I can tolerate Gingrich but, this guy makes me sick to my stomach. Besides his radical right wing views, he has no charisma for the higher office at all. I hate to say this but, this’s the kind of guy you want to punch his face for no reason :-(

    Santourm, GET OUT!

  5. P McFarland says:

    I read a blog last from a Pennsylvanian who lived through Santorum’s PA defeat. The blogger said that Santorum had a reputation for arrogance and a lack of ability to be a team player, preferring the “in your face” grandstanding approach that turns people off. The angry right loves that and has forgotten that Reagan’s genius was his ability to work with the opposition and win their support for conservative viewpoints.

    Notice that while Mitt and Santorum have nearly the same views on marriage, abortion, and religious freedom, it is Santorum who is stirring up hatred for the right in the press? In fact, notice that Santorum is using liberal class warfare arguments to show that he’s a better man because he paid a higher percentage of taxes. Forget the fact that Santorum is not educating the public on the difference between capital gains tax and income tax, when is it a virtue in the country to pay higher taxes????

    The farther “right” you get these days, the more you sound like a lib.