Wisconsin: Romney & Ryan, Faith & Freedom, Sen. Johnson Endorsement, Santorum Raises Eyebrows


They packed the hall yesterday at the Faith & Freedom Coalition at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin…

Governor Mitt Romney and Wisconsin’s beloved homeboy and rising GOP star, Congressman Paul Ryan, both speakers at the event, inspired the crowd with their remarks. While speaking, Romney did not mention his GOP primary opponents and focused on President Obama (he also worked in a good comment about Joe Biden). At the conclusion of Ryan’s speech, he introduced The Gov with another strong endorsement (SEE VIDEO BELOW).

◆ Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum also participated – but the latter did something that raised eyebrows

WAUKESHA, Wis. — The current state of the Republican nominating contest was on display in Wisconsin on Saturday, with underdog Rick Santorum vigorously slamming front-runner Mitt Romney, while the former Massachusetts governor ignored his GOP rivals and focused solely on President Barack Obama.
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Santorum’s rhetoric against a fellow Republican is a departure from the typical remarks candidates have given at previous Faith and Freedom events held this campaign season. The group draws a variety of GOP voters, and one candidate bad-mouthing another is usually avoided. But the former Pennsylvania senator did not tone down the attacks he frequently uses on the stump.

◆ MSNBC Nightly News Report March 31, 2012:

Santorum, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press today, vowed that even if he loses in Wisconsin, he’s staying in the race:

The former Pennsylvania senator dismisses the notion that a prolonged primary would harm the party’s chances against President Barack Obama in November. Santorum says GOP establishment figures are making that argument to convince voters that “they need Mitt Romney shoved down their throats.”


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Santorum said he needs to win Pennsylvania’s primary on April 24.


While speaking at the F&F forum, Santorum and Gingrich both referred to Congressman Ryan, but notice the interesting difference:

While Gingrich called the congressman “a great guy,” Santorum referred to Ryan as “some other Wisconsinite.”

Maggie Haberman (Politico) writes:

Since Ryan’s endorsement, Santorum has been largely silent about the rising Republican Party star on the campaign trail. When asked about the endorsement by reporters, Santorum brushed it off, saying: “What I find out is that most endorsements are worth one vote.”

Besides the lies he tells about Governor Romney, Santorum’s rancorous, uncouth, and gauche behavior serves as a continual poke-in-the-eye reminder of why he should not get anywhere near the Oval Office. For someone who claims he got in the GOP presidential race because of “God’s calling” one would think he’d try to do a better job emulating the supposed caller.

By the way, the Romney and Ron Paul campaigns have filed a joint complaint citing “serious and prejudicial misconduct” from Santorum supporters at a previously-held Missouri county caucus.

Here’s video of Wisconsin’s Faith & Freedom forum:
Newt Gingrich: @5:00
Paul Ryan: @25:20
Mitt Romney: @40:45

Rick Santorum: @1hr:29

◆ After speaking at the F&F conference, Gov Romney and Ryan headed to Muskego, WI, to host a town hall meeting. D.G. Jackson, Romney’s campaign shadow, videoed The Gov and Paul Ryan before going on stage:

The Gov and Ryan also spent time at a phone bank in Madison for Governor Scott Walker.

GOOD NEWS…

Earlier this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, Tea Party favorite Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson endorsed Romney:

First-term Sen. Ron Johnson says Romney is the right candidate to carry the GOP’s fight against President Barack Obama.

Johnson tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Romney is “ready, willing and able to lead this nation.”

The senator isn’t saying the other Republican candidates should drop out. But Johnson says Romney is the only candidate with a realistic chance of getting the necessary number of delegates to win the nomination.

Johnson also says the candidates have had “a spirited debate” but he thinks it’s time “to end this” and prepare for the campaign against Obama.

Also, while speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition yesterday, Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) revealed he had voted absentee for Romney.

Congressman Paul Ryan and Governor Mitt Romney speak with cook Julie Coffey during a stop in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Friday March 30, 2012. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, endorsed Romney last week. (Photo/Steven Senne/AP)

Read more here.

◆ While on the campaign trail, Romney and Ryan stopped at the historic American Serb Hall in Milwaukee, WI on Friday (March 30th, 2012):

Seeing these two powerhouse guys, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, campaign together these last several days affirms my feeling that not only do they respect each other, they genuinely enjoy each other’s company. It’s fun to watch.

◆ Today, Governor Romney will be at Blue Mound Gardens in Milwaukee at 1:30 PM and in Madison at 5:00 PM.

(Hat tip to RightSpeak for F&F video)

► Jayde Wyatt

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9 Responses to Wisconsin: Romney & Ryan, Faith & Freedom, Sen. Johnson Endorsement, Santorum Raises Eyebrows

  1. Jim Tills says:

    Santorum needs to drop out immediately!!! If he can’t be civil to any Republican that endorses a different candidate, he doesn’t deserve attention as a candidate for any office. What a loser he has turned out to be; obviously he would be a poor excuse as POTUS.

    Mitt Romney has proven to be a winner everywhere he has gone and is what our Nation desparately needs right now. Even winning, he will need God’s divine intervention to turn things around. He certainly doesn’t need a “fair weather friend” like Santorum anywhere near the Presidency.

  2. Vic Lundquist says:

    If we all keep working hard for Wisconsin, I think Governor Romney will win and if he wins big, Santorum will drop out in April. Santorum will not risk humiliation in Pennsylvania.

  3. AfricansforRomeny says:

    I’m sorry but Santorum is a low life scum. I never seen a presidential candidate this low. This guy has no place in politics. Period!
    Gov Romney recent speeches are wonderful. It is very uplifting and inspiring. Keep preaching indivdual LIBERTY, FREEDOM and American EXCEPTIONALISM. I’m so happy that GOP leaders are waking up and supporting Gov Romney in full force.

    We all agree to the point that Obama’s “we’re the world citzen” phony message however, the American exceptionalism were buried under the ground in the current admin. Keep it up Gov Romney!!!

    Gov Romney=Believes in America!!!

  4. cj says:

    wow! i am so upset with the way santorum is acting! a disgrace to conservatives everywhere! i wish that the romney campaign could some how legally go after him with his out right and right lies and look deep for any campaign finace miss appropriactions! when someone lies and acts like santorum is, i am sure there are other unethical things he is doing. i hope his political career is done! calling paul ryan another wisconsinite! geeezzz! there should be a level respect, especially amoung our own!

  5. jon says:

    Santorum is a sad representative for the GOP…shame on him! He will get his just due for the insults and untruths he propagates… The focus should be on BO as Romney is correctly doing. Already we are seeing mortars being lofted at Mitt…but I believe the nation will rally around Gov. Romney this summer and fall and realize the need to get out of their shells, vote, and cancel the lease of the present resident of the White House!

  6. Gary Alan Chidester says:

    Rick Santorum can’t seem to understand that the Massachusetts’ health care program was made to cover the 8 to 9% of the State’s uninsured, while ObamaCare is to take over 100% for everyone. The two programs are as different as day and night, and Rick’s failure to see the difference… worries me. And when a candidate tells a group of people that they might as well vote for Obama… the Party suffers. Rick Santorum needs to face the facts and step down with dignity, or rather, what little he has left.

  7. GFurniss says:

    Santorum has totally bought into his own lies. It’s getting painful to watch him. He has spoken and spread so many falsehoods about Mitt that he can no longer distinguish between truth and lies, right and wrong. He is a deluded, arrogant and dishonest fool. Ignoring Santorum is the most compassionate act we can render at this time. There will be no soft landing for him. Make room as his fall will be greater than Humpty Dumpty’s.

    Go Mitt!

  8. Jayde Wyatt says:

    The bigger Santorum’s ego balloons, the more he reveals his smallness of character. He is a petty man. For one who claims he depends on the grace of the Lord, he is particularly lacking in graciousness.

  9. Barbara Wanlass says:

    Santorum, you truly are making a fool of yourself! You believe in the “act of “Gods”? That’s interesting. I think “God” wants you to step aside, too! You’re not the disadvantaged hero who pulls out a win in the end that you apparently fancy yourself to be, Santorum! If you were BETTER than Romney, you would be WINNING!!! The person who is “uniquely unqualified” to run against Obama is YOU!!!! For the sake of America, please stop pushing your vindictive agenda against Romney and get out of the race so we can get on with the business of saving our country from four more years of Obama!