published Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Rick Santorum the right presidential choice on Super Tuesday

In this year when the American people will choose a president, it is painfully clear that Barack Obama has performed abysmally in that office and should be replaced.

Our nation has endured 36 straight months of higher than 8 percent unemployment on his watch. That is the longest such period since the Great Depression.

Obama does not bear sole responsibility for that, but the heavy regulations of ObamaCare and the president's constant threats of new taxes have helped stifle the economy. Meanwhile, his administration vastly overestimated the jobs that the $862 billion "stimulus" would create.

Obama is also starkly liberal on a range of social issues, and he seems indifferent to the harm caused by actions he has taken such as restricting U.S. oil production in a time of near-record-high gas prices.

While no one Republican hopeful embodies every trait we might like to see in a challenger for Obama, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum presents the clearest contrast from the failed policies of the current president. And so we recommend a strong vote for Santorum in Tennessee's and Georgia's March 6 primaries.

Santorum is a consistent conservative on issues such as religious liberty and the sanctity of life.

He also stands firmly against ObamaCare and would seek its repeal by Congress if the unconstitutional law is not overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition, Santorum would expand domestic energy production to make our nation less dependent on oil from hostile foreign nations, and he opposes impractical alternative energy schemes promoted by Obama.

Santorum would also take immediate steps -- including slashing the size of the bloated federal workforce -- to cut federal spending and reduce our catastrophic $15.3 trillion national debt.

Santorum's main GOP opponents, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have strengths as well as some weaknesses. But Santorum offers the sturdy conservative vision and principles our nation needs to get back on the right track.

His recent surge in primaries and caucuses and in national polls is encouraging, and we hope it continues on Super Tuesday.

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Jack_Dennis said...

No. Of several bad candidates, he's right up there.

February 26, 2012 at 7:43 a.m.
librul said...

We need Rick Santorum like the captain of the Titanic needed a glass of water.

February 26, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.
bookworm said...

As usual, the Free Press has its facts skewed again. First, ObamaCare does not restrict a person's right to chose his own insurance policy. Anyone who wants to pay for whatever private policy they want to is free to. The government stays out of this. All ObamaCare does is curb the traditional abuses of the private insurance industry, such as denying care to those with prior illness, and willy nilly cancelling policies when people get sick. There are no death panels, and people are required to behave like responsible citizens and cover themselves at their choice just like we do with auto insurance. Also, the Keystone pipeline carries super toxic tar sand which could indanger the Ogalla Aquafer. Also, there is no guarantee that said oil will not be sold oversees and no guarantee that it will lower gas prices. Also, Obama does not try to dictate a national religion like Santorum, but rather suggests promoting shared univeral goals based on the golden rule. Promoting hatred and calling people the devil is not what Obama is all about. Hence, he will easily win a second term.

February 26, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.
Plato said...

I can't understand why Republicans would turn their back on a guy that has a track record for being able to successfully run big things - namely Romney and Bain Capital, The Winter Olympics and the State of Massachusetts - in favor of a career Washington politician who has never run anything in his life and lost his last senatorial bid as an incumbant by 18 points. Santorum is the antithesis of what the Tea Party says they are about yet unexplicably they support him.

In the end I'll be supporting Obama but to be honest Romeny does has a lot to offer if the economy is indeed the issue.

February 26, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
EaTn said...

Plato...shhh. We don't want the right-wingers to start logically choosing a presidential candidate by credentials. That would void the millions of PAC money spent.

February 26, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.
jjmez said...

It's a simple thing to get people to follow. All you have to do is make them believe every subject is directed to them and to their benefit. That's how the creaters of the tea party have fooled so many. They make you believe they're there for you......and YOU.......and YOU, YOUYOUYOUYOUYOU. They don't expect the average American, and certainly average southerner, to be smart enough to part the curtains and expose the operations behind the scenes. Think back to the core principle beliefs of the tea party and far right winglets when they felt comfortable and brazenly expressed their views and their disdain for others who views and physical appearance didn't reflect their own. That's where you'll find the truth.

February 26, 2012 at 2:35 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

Words from a former state and U.S. senator on Santorum:

""Rick Santorum is possibly the least tolerant person I've ever dealt with. His attitude towards people who are different from himself is shocking." "the presidential hopeful was the "least tolerant" individual he has "ever dealt with."

This from someone who served ten years as a state senator and 18 years as a U.S. senator.

February 26, 2012 at 3:15 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

The "hundreds" showing up to hear him speak says much about this town's change in demographics.

February 27, 2012 at 9:55 a.m.
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