published Monday, March 5th, 2012

Rick Santorum leading Barack Obama in crucial swing states

It's looking as if Rick Santorum's steady opposition to ObamaCare might well make him the strongest Republican candidate against President Barack Obama in November.

A USA Today/Gallup poll highlights anew what has been clear since Democrats passed ObamaCare in 2010: that it remains unpopular with the American people. It is so unpopular, in fact, that it is damaging Obama's prospects in swing states.

That's crucial because the election won't be decided in states such as strongly conservative Tennessee nor deeply liberal Massachusetts, but in those with more evenly split views.

The survey found that in 12 battleground states, stretching from New Hampshire to New Mexico, 42 percent of registered voters think ObamaCare will make things worse for their families; only 20 percent think it will make things better. Only 16 percent of independents said ObamaCare makes them more likely to vote for Obama; more than twice as many, 35 percent, said it makes them less apt to back Obama.

"Opposition to the law is eroding Obama's support among the middle-of-the-road voters both nominees will court ...," USA Today reported. And former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum is best poised among the Republican hopefuls to attract those votes.

That's because he has consistently opposed the unconstitutional law. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he, too, opposes ObamaCare, and no doubt that's true. But he shepherded into law in his state a reform that became the model for ObamaCare. So he will have a tough time convincing voters he will work hard to have ObamaCare repealed. He simply may not offer sufficient contrast between his views and those of Obama to spur conservatives and independents who oppose ObamaCare to turn out in high numbers.

Santorum's clearer stand against ObamaCare partly explains why he is stronger head to head against Obama in the all-important swing states. The poll found him leading Obama by 50 percent to 45 percent. Romney leads Obama by only 48 percent to 46 percent in those states.

Santorum is debunking the idea that a conservative can't beat Obama. America is a conservative nation, and Santorum may be exactly the right candidate after the nation has endured four years of the consequences of Obama's liberalism.

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rolando said...

The Obama is not a liberal; he is a socialist leaning toward fascist and communist.

You think not? Watch what he does to us should he be re-elected...

March 4, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Much to the chagrin of liberals, Obama has pretty much followed the path of George Bush. The much disliked Obamacare is in truth a give-away to the insurance and drug companies, resembling more the wishes of Republicans than Obama who would have preferred something closer to Medicare, but with a stronger economic under-pinning.

Obama has failed to curb the financial excesseses of our banking/financial system and he has failed to down-size the US military. Those two things will have to happen for the US to begin a true recovery.

Would Santorum work to remedy either of the above problems? No, I'm afraid that he would be more unlikely than Obama to address either issue.

March 5, 2012 at 12:33 a.m.
EaTn said...

I plan to crossover and vote for Santorum tomorrow--reason is obvious.

March 5, 2012 at 6:46 a.m.
rolando said...

Yeah, EaTn. It is really cool how the Republican Party lets the Independents and the Democrats choose its nominee. They are too stupid to realize it....or they like the way things are...probably the latter.

But then, you guys choosing our man works so why change it, huh?

That's how we ended up with immediate-loser RINO McCain last time and [probably] another immediate-loser RINO Romney this time.

Despite what they claim, you Dems are all for Romney because you know he hasn't a fart-in-a-windstorm chance of beating The Obama.

So we can all look for more things like this:

Quote

The IRS is...failing to notify legal workers when their identity is stolen by an illegal alien for illegal activity.

A couple things wrong with this. First: Clearly the IRS knows these workers are illegal and instead of punishing them for illegal activity, they are rewarding them with tax money paid by legal and U.S. citizen workers. Second: This is just another example of why illegal immigration is an economic issue. Illegal immigration costs taxpayers billions each year in tax refunds in addition to costing states billions as they try to keep up with illegal aliens using public services without paying for them. Third: The IRS is looking the other way on identity theft, a crime that turns the lives of legal workers and U.S. citizens upside down overnight. Emphasis mine. Unquote

See http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/03/05/keep_working_america_illegal_aliens_are_depending_on_you

March 5, 2012 at 5 p.m.
sangaree said...

>A USA Today/Gallup poll highlights anew what has been clear since Democrats passed ObamaCare in 2010: that it remains unpopular with the American people. It is so unpopular, in fact, that it is damaging Obama's prospects in swing states.

The part that's missing from this article is the fact that it was the Republican who introduced that section of the law that's made it unpopular. That is, everyone must buy healthcare or face a fine. In fact, as governor, Mitt Romney already has such a healthcare law in the state of Massachusetts. Before he was against it he was for it.

H'Post/Politics:

GIBSON: But Governor Romney's system has mandates in Massachusetts, although you backed away from mandates on a national basis. ROMNEY: No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.

FRED THOMPSON: I beg your pardon? I didn't know you were going to admit that. You like mandates.

ROMNEY: Let me -- let me -- oh, absolutely. Let me tell you what kind of mandates I like, Fred, which is this. If it weren't...

THOMPSON: The ones you come up with.

(LAUGHTER)

ROMNEY: Here's my view: If somebody -- if somebody can afford insurance and decides not to buy it, and then they get sick, they ought to pay their own way, as opposed to expect the government to pay their way.

ROMNEY: And that's an American principle. That's a principle of personal responsibility.

The "I like mandates" quote from Romney resurfaced at various points during the current primary by the governor's opponents. But it rarely, includes the preceding question in the transcript from Gibson. Nor is Romney's description of the mandate as "an American principle" often discussed. That may be because later in the debate, Romney distinctly states that he wouldn't force other states to do what he did in Massachusetts. But even then, it is attached to language supporting a federal role in securing universal coverage.

I would not mandate at the federal level that every state do what we do. But what I would say at the federal level is, 'We'll keep giving you these special payments we make if you adopt plans that get everybody insured.' I want to get everybody insured.

March 5, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.
Charles410 said...

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But what will Obama's political machine do with this info?! •Santorum was a serial earmarker, requesting billions of dollars during his time in the Senate, and not reversing his position on earmarks until he was out of Congress in 2010. As recently as 2009, Rick said, “I’m not saying necessarily earmarks are bad. I have had a lot of earmarks. In fact, I’m very proud of all the earmarks I’ve put in bills. I’ll defend earmarks.” •Santorum voted for H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution •Santorum voted to raise the national debt ceiling five times •Santorum voted for the 2005 highway bill that included thousands and thousands of wasteful earmarks, including the Bridge to Nowhere. In fact, according to Club for Growth, “in a separate vote, Santorum had the audacity to vote to continue funding the Bridge to Nowhere rather than send the money to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.” •Santorum voted for CAFTA, which removes duties on textile and apparel goods traded among participating nations, resulting in nearly ALL textile companies leaving the South. •Santorum voted for Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (though he now says he will repeal it), which imposes job-killing federal regulations on businesses. •Santorum voted against the National Right to Work Act of 1995, which would have repealed provisions of federal law that “require employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.” •Santorum voted for taxes in the Internet Access Tax Bill •Santorum voted for HR 3448 – Minimum Wage Increase bill, which allows punitive damages for injury or illness to be taxed, allows damages for emotional distress to be taxed and repeals the diesel fuel tax rebate to purchasers of diesel-powered automobiles and light trucks. •Santorum voted to confirm President Bill Clinton’s nomination of Alan Greenspan to be chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System for a fourth four-year term. •Santorum voted for Medicare prescription drug benefit known as Medicare Part D, though critical of it now. It is the largest expansion of entitlement spending since President Lyndon Johnson, which now costs taxpayers more than $60 billion a year and has almost $16 trillion in unfunded liabilities, according to Club for Growth.

March 5, 2012 at 7:21 p.m.
Charles410 said...

And this info! •Santorum voted in 1997 to support the Lautenberg Gun Ban, “which stripped law-abiding gun owners of their Second Amendment rights for life, simply because they spanked their children or did nothing more than grab a spouse’s wrist,” according to a press release from Dudley Brown, executive director of the National Association for Gun Rights. •Santorum voted in 1999 for a bill “disguised as an attempt to increase penalties on drug traffickers with guns … but it also included a provision to require federal background checks at gun shows,” again according to Dudley Brown’s release. •Santorum “came to anti-gun Arlen Specter’s defense in 2004 when he was down in the polls against pro-gun Republican Pat Toomey. Specter won and continued to push for gun control during his years in the Senate,” per Brown. •Santorum voted with Barbara Boxer in 2005 on the Gun Lock Requirement Amendment •Santorum voted for the Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill and then flip-flopped and voted against it in S 1805 – Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill •Santorum voted against HR 2356 – Campaign Reform Act of 2001 •Santorum voted for an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934 that requires television broadcast providers to give their lowest rates to political candidates. •Santorum voted for HR 1 – No Child Left Behind Act •Santorum sponsored legislation to force companies to pay laid off workers benefits. •Santorum worked for an increase in funding big government programs like Head Start. •Santorum voted for taxpayer money to go to Pennsylvania families for their heating bills. •Santorum introduced and co-sponsored big government health-care bills. •Santorum voted for HR 796 – the protection of abortion clinics •Santorum actively supports the Global Fund, which was created by the United Nations to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but also “channels a large portion of its funds through Planned Parenthood’s affiliates around the world and through a British group Marie Stopes International (the largest chain of abortion mills in the UK, with 66,000 abortions a year.)… to operate in Cambodia, Fiji, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Burma, Kenya, Tanzania, and other countries,” according to the pro-life Gerard Health Foundation that provides millions of dollars to pro-life groups. •Santorum boasted of teaming up with Joe Lieberman, Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton in his 2006 political ad for re-election to the U.S. Senate, which he lost to Democrat Bob Casey Jr. by the largest margin of victory ever for a Democratic Senate nominee in Pennsylvania and the largest margin of victory for a Senate challenger in the 2006 elections. •Santorum opposed the tea party and its reforms in the Republican Party and conservative movement just a couple years ago saying, “I have some real concerns about this movement within the Republican party … to sort of refashion conservatism. And I will vocally and publicly oppose it.”

March 5, 2012 at 7:23 p.m.
portcharlotte said...

In response to a comment above, Santorum was out of the Senate long before 2010. He has signed a pledge not to approve Earmarks if he becomes President. He is a very resolute leader who is successful in getting things done. Romney is throwing money and trash at his opponent as he always does...

You seem to have drawn the conclusion on your own that Santorum will not reduce the debt. FACT: Rick has promised to make spending cuts of $5 trillion and balance the budget in 5 years (See his spending cuts plan at http://www.ricksantorum.com/spending-cuts-and-entitlements-reform)

In the House, Santorum was a leader in pressing for action against House members involved in the Post Office fraud scandal. In the Senate, he wrote the Welfare Reform Act and floor-managed it through the Senate, persuading votes and building a coalition for its passage successfully over a Clinton veto. The same with the Ban on the heinous practice of Partial-Birth Abortion which was vetoed by President Clinton twice, and finally signed into law by President Bush.

Rick Santorum's accomplishments show a strong, persistent leader who keeps working until the job is done. He is the best choice to put America back to work and reduce our debt...He will actually get America moving again. He writes his own successful laws, he does his own taxes, he supports 7 children...He is used to work and he will finish the job!

March 5, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
acerigger said...

??portcharlotte,,did you not read the above posts by Charles410 ???

Do you think this stuff is just "made up"? Or, are you just not able to comprehend what you read? Sorry, but your boy Santorum is a dud!

March 5, 2012 at 11:02 p.m.
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