Letter from Rick Santorum

By Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief, US Daily Review.

Rick Santorum (R-PA) is one of my favorite candidates for the GOP nomination for president.  He is a true “three legged stool” conservative (social, economic, security) in a time where there seems to be room for only one (the economy, “stupid”).  When Santorum ran for reelection to the Senate, he bravely said “no” to big labor interests and chose defeat over compromising his principles.  For several reasons though, he has simply not caught on as a presidential candidate.  I doubt it has anything to do with his religion (he is a Catholic and I think we have gotten over that as a concern), although he speaks about his moral convictions at a level that makes many political types uncomfortable these days.  The fact he lost reelection for his US Senate seat raises concerns of course.  There is also the fact that he has no chief executive experience in government and we have all seen the disaster of a president getting “on the job training.”  There is a reason why we had not elected someone from the Senate from JFK to Barack Obama; I wonder if we will make that decision any time again soon. 

The biggest issue facing Santorum is that he seems to have a difficult time translating his concern about the future into something that will resonate with the public.  During debates he has mastered the art of grimacing as he looks frustrated at the fact that he has to deal with competition that he believes are not conservative enough. It is almost like he believes they are beneath him. He will say, “I’m the only true conservative in the group” and, instead of electrifying a crowd, the audience gets this sense he is only complaining.  It would be great if the people who write the Senator’s emails would handle his debate preparation as well.  In those emails Santorum comes across very strong and prepared to take on the challenges facing our country. That he truly is “different” from those running against him.

Recently he “wrote” to me right after his debate in New Hampshire. These email is short, but punchy.  He said:

I just walked out of the debate at Dartmouth College. This last debate, we drew a line in the sand.

Tonight I called out several of the candidates on their records of supporting TARP and bailouts.

What crystallized the debate for me was that I was the only one who stood up for American families. You can tell how weak the rest of the field is when that is the case.

While most on the stage just wanted to be “Obama lite”, I made the case that we need to, to paraphrase Reagan, paint our vision in bright colors.

There were eight Republicans on stage tonight. But there was only one conservative.

I proved I am the only one who will be strong enough to call it like it is and stand up for traditional conservative principles…

I’ll write more later. But for now, just know that — beyond your prayers and kind words — I appreciate your continued financial support.

I will continue to fight for the American conservative.And with your help, we will win.

Thank you in advance.  

Fighting for America,

Rick Santorum

Rick’s writing resonates. Who wants “Obama Lite”?  What conservative does not want their colors bold and bright, as Reagan articulated? Rick’s rhetoric and record demonstrates such, but he cannot seem to move the polling numbers in the right direction.  Has social conservativism become a thing in the GOP’s past?  Are Americans concerned about electing someone from the US Senate? Most of us remember the ability of Barack Obama to outspend John McCain almost 10 to 1 in their campaigns for president, and the latter was forced to use public funding. Do most conservatives believe that would be the fate of Santorum too? 

It is hard to say, but it appears short of a miracle it will be very difficult for this former US Senator to become a future President of the United States.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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