Rick Santorum Tries To Stand Out In Crowded GOP Field

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum wants to be your next president, but he’s up against a lot of competition.

Santorum recently sat down with Stacy Smith for an exclusive interview.

Right now he says it’s a matter of survival.

“Iowa caucuses are not till February, so you’ve got to raise the money and you’ve got to keep your profile, you’ve gotta be able to build your organization,” he said.

But Santorum is not the only one who is trying to build momentum heading into February. In fact, national polls show him behind some of the other candidates.

“The national polls don’t matter. What matters is Iowa. They’re the first state. They get a chance to narrow the field.”

And that field is crowded at the moment. KDKA’s Stacy Smith asked him what he thought about some of the other candidates, like Congresswoman Michelle Bachman.

“Michelle has some very good ideas and principles, but the difference between Michelle Bachman and I as I said in the debate, leadership versus showmanship,” he said.

“Really, she doesn’t have any track record of bringing people together to get things done and ultimately that’s what a president has to do, lead.”

Stacy Smith: “Mitt Romney?”

Santorum: “He’s just wrong on the most important issue that is going to be in this election and that is whether government should be controlling things from the top down or we should have free people controlling things from the bottom up.”

Smith: “Rick Perry?”

Santorum: “Jury’s still out. I mean, there’s a lot of things about Rick Perry that, that his record in Texas that people say he created more jobs and all that kind of stuff. He’s also a governor who proposed a bi-national health care system.”

But Santorum saves his harshest criticism for the man he wants to challenge a year from now, President Obama.

“He’s been a disaster for this country, economically, just an absolute disaster. I mean his programs to basically take over the health care system, take over the banking system, take over the automotive industry, take over the insurance industry. It’s just, I mean, and he’s destroying the country.”

Santorum has taken residency in Virginia for voting purposes, but says he is running for president as a candidate from Pennsylvania.

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  1. TheOne says:

    The top 10 reasons why Dr. Ron Paul is the only rational presidential choice for Americans, Democratic, Republican and Independent:

    10. Dr. Paul works a real job, has run a small a business and served in the military. He has been a physician for 40 years, co-owned a coin store for 12 years and was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. National Guard for five years. That was how our country was set up — for public servants to work a real job that they returned to after their public service was done. He has real skills and is not a professional politician.

    9. Dr. Paul has decades of experience running a business and in depth knowlegde of health care.

    8. Dr. Paul understands money and is chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

    7. Dr. Paul does the right thing referencing the U.S. Constitution and works for the country versus campaigning for his ego. He has been serving the public in politics for over 40 years.

    6. Dr. Paul refuses to accept a federal pension for his public service, something other members get after a short period because they do not have real jobs. According to Dr. Paul, to receive a pension for public service would be “hypocritical and immoral.”

    5. Unlike most other candidates out there, Dr. Paul is not a good-looking, smooth-talking, snake charmer or charismatic zealot. He is a regular, plain-spoken person who says it the way it is.

    4. Dr. Paul doesn’t care if big groups like him (like unions and businesses). His donations come primarily from individuals, not from groups. He is willing to serve his country honorably without personal gain. Dr. Paul will do what is right for the U.S. based on the Constitution whether or not big money or big government likes it.

    3. Dr. Paul has written a bill, called the Sun Light Rule that requires our politicians have at least 10 days to read bills before signing them.

    2. Dr. Paul will bring practical wisdom, cut spending, balance the budget, stabilize the economy and probably be able to do away with the IRS and income tax, a tax that is not constitutional and was started to fund the civil war and supposed to stop after the civil war. He wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education, giving the states and parents back control. He wants to do away with other large government agencies, restoring the rightful power to the states.

    1. Dr. Paul’s old-fashioned decency, integrity, honor and real-life experience are exactly what our country needs after hiring actors, puppets, oil and other group-connected slick sales men and marketers. He’s been married to the same woman, Carol, for 54 years (married 1957).

    1. Anvil says:

      Your 10 reasons are great points about why Dr. Paul is the logical choice. However, you are forgetting one important point, that should be of significance to those in this area.

      Ron Paul was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area…………..that alone should be enough reason.

      RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012……………IT’S NOW OR NEVER!!

      1. Doug says:

        My God you are a rube!

    2. Zoeyzotron says:

      Great points, my only concern with him is that his foregn policy is a bit naive. that said he is 100x better than the joke we have today.

      however at this point my top choice is Rick Perry. Economy is the top concern with everything else taking a major back seat. Perry is a proven job creator.

      1. TheOne says:

        I would have to agree with your comment on his foreign policy implementation at this point, however its fundamental principles I totally agree with. There would be much greater blowback because of all the damage that has been done by our imperialistic tendencies over the decades if we would just pull out without some sort of damage control. 350 tons of DU in Irag and Afghanistan? Those places will not inhabit normal healthy people for the rest of time.

        Economy is not going to budge; the entire worlds economy is stunted. The government cannot do anything for job growth except to rescind all the regulatory legislation that is anti-business. Glass-Steagall Act needs reinstated to take much of the debt burden off the of citizens backs; we did not incur that debt nor was it supported by the people. The only way out now is to debase the USD (QE-X) and go into a hyperinflationary period which would annihilate the middle class; we are in for hard times.

        If you vote Perry you’ll get more of what’s been happening with Bush and Obama. Don’t be fooled by him; he’s another globalist puppet. Absorb the following and perhaps you’ll see things a bit differently, or not. Research candidates thoroughly.

        The following are 14 reasons why Rick Perry would be a really, really bad president….

        #1 Rick Perry is a “big government” politician. When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state government was approximately $49 billion. Ten years later it was approximately $90 billion. That is not exactly reducing the size of government.

        #2 The debt of the state of Texas is out of control. According to usdebtclock.org, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $10,645. In California (a total financial basket case), the debt to GDP ratio is just 18.7% and the debt per citizen is only $9932. If Rick Perry runs for president these are numbers he will want to keep well hidden.

        #3 The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor. So what would the U.S. national debt look like after four (or eight) years of Rick Perry?

        #4 Rick Perry has spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system. If you really do deep research on this whole Trans-Texas Corridor nonsense you will see why no American should ever cast a single vote for Rick Perry.

        #5 Rick Perry claims that he has a “track record” of not raising taxes. That is a false claim. Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor. Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Rick Perry was elected.

        #6 Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.

        #7 Back in 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. In fact, Rick Perry actually served as Al Gore’s campaign chairman in the state of Texas that year.

        #8 Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% over that same time period.

        #9 Texas now has one of the worst education systems in the nation. The following is from an opinion piecethat was actually authored by Barbara Bush earlier this year….
        •  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.
        •  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.
        •  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

        #10 Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007. Associating himself with that organization should be a red flag for all American voters.

        #11 Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

        #12 Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue. If Rick Perry does not plan to secure the border, then he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States.

        #13 In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

        #14 Rick Perry actually issued an executive order in 2007 that would have forced almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. Perry would have put parents in a position where they would have had to fill out an application and beg the government not to inject their child with an untested and unproven vaccine. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. Fortunately, lawmakers in Texas blocked what Perry was trying to do. According to Wikipedia, many were troubled when “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry were reported by news outlets, such as a $6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”

  2. ARE YOU KIDDING ME says:

    At least Santorum would not support the Communist/Democrat raid on GIBSON GUITAR FACTORY,
    GOOGLE GIBSON GUITAR FEDERAL RAID AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN.
    They illegally seized millions of dollars of what they claim is endangered wood,
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME COMMUNIST/DEMOCRATS .

    1. TheOne says:

      Did you read the lastest update? So when you hear the administration talk about job creation they are lying, as with everything else those NeoCon, Commie, Marxist people say.

      Tonight, in an interview on KMJ’s “The Chris Daniel Show,” Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz confirmed that the US government wanted Gibson guitars to use foreign labor over American labor.

      CHRIS DANIEL: Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?

      HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a .

      CHRIS DANIEL: Excuse me?

      HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that it a pleading.

      CHRIS DANIEL: That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?

      HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: Yes

      Link:
      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/09/gibson-ceo-obama-administration-told-us-our-problems-would-go-away-if-we-used-madagascar-labor-audio/

      1. ARE YOU KIDDING ME says:

        I’m usually a law abiding citizen but if law enforcement comes to MY HOME and wants a closer look at my instrument they may get a too close for comfort look at it .

  3. Depressed says:

    Who will save the sane?

  4. QUIT HIDING BEHIND COMMUNISM says:

    And your comment sounds like your trying to justify illegal conduct.

  5. eazytime says:

    Santorum was a thieving politician, charging Penn Hills for private schooling for his kids when he lived in Virginia. No good low life. Don’t vote for this thief.

    1. Warlock Jones says:

      Sadly Penn Hills has no one to blame except for themselves. PH was a great little community for a long time, but lax enforcement of little things like street parking, property cleanlyness, has led to property value decline…

      PH needs to be cleaned up, out with the riff raff!

  6. Rich says:

    Santorum’s campaign only serves to help him keep from being completely forgotten at the national level. If a Republican is elected president in this election, it might get him noticed enough to land a cabinet job, thus keeping his hopes for any larger political future alive.

  7. Woofie Wifflenuts says:

    Go away,Ricky….We already booted your lying,thieving,hypocrite a$$ out once already…..Go chase an ambulance

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