Santorum: Might As Well Have Obama Over Romney

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santorumPresidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn’t the GOP nominee and for a second day compared rival Mitt Romney to an Etch A Sketch toy.

Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: The former Massachusetts governor is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.

“You win by giving people a choice,” Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”

Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”

Santorum was referencing Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom’s comment Wednesday that “everything changes” for the fall campaign. “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch,” he said on CNN. “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

The remark reignited criticism of Romney as the type of politician who will say or do anything to win.

Romney, who made no public appearances Thursday, issued a statement expressing disappointment “that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.”

“This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America,” he said. “Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure.”
Rival Newt Gingrich tweeted: “Rick Santorum is dead wrong. Any GOP nominee will be better than Obama.”

During his speech to employees of USAA, a San Antonio-based insurance and financial services firm, Santorum briefly held up an Etch A Sketch and said his positions don’t change like etchings on the toy, which are erased with a shake. He could be seen fiddling with the toy’s knobs in the intervals between questions from audience members.

Addressing reporters afterward, Santorum lit into Romney for saying “I’m going to run as a conservative.”

“He didn’t say ‘I am a conservative.’ He said ‘I’m going to run as a conservative.’ So what do you do, you just sort of decide what you’re going to be for the elections?” Santorum asked. “No one can accuse me of that. People say, ‘Well, you can’t win because of that.’ No, I will win because of it.”

Santorum said his brand of political authenticity will play well in Texas because “people are looking for someone who is real, someone they can relate to, not someone who can get in front of an audience and say whatever they want.”

The Texas primary has been pushed to May 29 because of litigation over redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-dominated state Legislature. Santorum said he expects to win Saturday’s primary in Louisiana and added, “The race will not be over when Texas comes around.”

“You’ll have the opportunity here, in the state of Texas, to speak very loudly about what kind of leader you want in this country,” he said.

Santorum said he speaks with Texas Gov. Rick Perry before scheduled campaign stops in the state. Perry sought the GOP nomination but left the race in January and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“This is an important state for us,” Santorum said. “I’ve already spent a lot of time, I’ve already done a lot of campaign events in Texas. More than anybody else, I suspect.”

{Human Events/Matzav.com NEwscenter}

9 COMMENTS

  1. He is 100% percent correct.

    I will be voting for Obama over Romney- if it comes to that.

    At least Obama has experience at the job- Romney is the same stuff- and an unknown on the job.

    Obama over Romney for me.

  2. It’s ok. Keep bashing Santorum. He just keeps on winning! Romney has not shown he can clinch anything. Romney is McCain all over again.

  3. Now that is SICK Obama over Romney even for the joke or point U DON’T say such a thing!!! and now it’s 99percent that Romney will be the nomonie RICK IS SICK!!!

  4. He just put the last nail into his own coffin.I hoped he was smarter than that.He could have brokered a VP slot if he had any brains

  5. Mitt Romney does have many excellent points and would be a lot better than the current President Barak Obama. However, MR. ROMNEY HIMSELF will readily tell us that Rick Santorum is the candidate who much, much stronger on the religious/moral/social issues and thus much, much closer to the values of our Torah HaKdosha. Thus our vote certainly must be for Mr. Santorum.

  6. In general, quite a lot of people are extremely tired of and greatly fed up with candidates and politicians who are very weak and muddled and “wishy-washy” on the issues. And then when the actual elections come, they correctly realize that their (so called) “choice” is really between the “DEMOCRANS” and the “REPUBLICRATS”!!

  7. Erev Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Vaiyikra
    Time: 4:16 PM Pacific Standard Time

    (continuation of my previous comment)

    In California, there is a very excellent organization called “SaveCalifornia.com: Campaign For Children and Families.” [(Web site at: http://savecalifornia.com/. (On one of the web site’s pages at http://savecalifornia.com/presidential-election-2012.html, there is a “report card” on the various Republican candidates; according to the infomation there, Romney is very, very weak.)]

    The organization’s president is a religious Christian named “Randy Thomasson.” During the 2008 election campaign, I heard a piece of one of his radio interviews. He discussed the common (pragmatic) solution of “Well, we will take the lesser of the two evils.” Sharply denouncing this attitude, he empathetically exclaimed:

    “THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS IS STILL EVIL!!”

    He then quoted a line from Christian writings about not doing any evil.

    (Of course, L’havdil, we well know that, in, L’havdil, our Torah HaKdosha, there are countless statements that strongly exhort us to totally keep away from all evil.)

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