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Posts tagged ‘Rick Santorum’
Posted: April 24th, 2014
Rick Santorum/AP file photo

Rick Santorum/AP file photo

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is giving signals that he could be a candidate for president in 2016, as he was in 2012.

He is attending events that are in the conservative Republican’s wheelhouse, such as the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., in January. That rally marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Now comes the announcement that Santorum will address the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis on April 25.

Santorum will participate in a leadership forum to discuss his support for the Second Amendment.

Santorum is also the chairman of Patriot Voices, a conservative advocacy group that he founded.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: April 10th, 2014
Hillary Clinton/AP file photo

Hillary Clinton/AP file photo

We’re still about six weeks away from the May 20 midterm primary, but already, the 2016 presidential election season is starting to gather steam.

A Suffolk University poll shows that Hillary Clinton is the runaway favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses.

Iowa is typically the state that leads off the presidential nominating process.

The survey from Suffolk, in Boston, notes that while some Republicans have started to visit the Hawkeye State, no favorites have emerged among potential GOP presidential candidates.

The self-described Iowa caucus-goers were asked their first choice for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, and it showed 63 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 12 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and 10 percent for Vice President Joe Biden.

A clear picture didn’t emerge on the GOP side, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 10 percent each. Here are how some others fared: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson, 9 percent each, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 7 percent.

Six others had 6 percent each: Congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

See the full poll results for this question and others at www.suffolk.edu/academics/10740.php.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: August 23rd, 2013

Rick Santorum for president in 2016?

Rick Santorum/AP file photo

Rick Santorum/AP file photo

ABC News suggests it could happen, though it said the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania remains noncommittal  at least until the 2014 midterm election has played out.

ABC News recently followed Santorum, who won the leadoff Iowa caucus in 2012, throughout an 18-hour day in Iowa that covered 430 miles, according to a news release put out by Santorum’s Patriot Voices group.

The events included a morning breakfast with grassroots activists in  Council Bluffs, an event at a Sioux City church and the Lyon County GOP dinner in northwestern corner of the state.

If nothing else, it sure sounds like Santorum is testing the waters.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: August 14th, 2013

If you’re a political junkie, I can recommend Mark Liebovich’s book about the incestuous nature of Washington, D.C. politics.

The book has a long title, “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus plenty of valet parking!” But the book doesn’t read long.

I found myself zipping through the 371-page critique – often humorous – of the connections among politicians, ex-politicians, the media, consultants and PR firms that make Washington spin.

Liebovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, drops plenty of names throughout. But he deliberately left out an index so that people couldn’t just skim it to see if they were included.

As the jacket says: “Those players wishing to know how they came out will need to read the book.”

I’ll give you this much of a heads up. There’s no mention of the two congressmen representing Erie County: U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Glenn Thompson, nor of the two U.S. senators from Pennsylvania: Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, is covered as part of the 2012 presidential campaign.

– John Guerriero

 

 

 

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Posted: November 16th, 2012

Political observer Norman Ornstein is a keen observer of Washington, D.C., politics, but he could have a second career as a standup comic.

Norman Ornstein/Jack Hanrahan, ETN

Ornstein, who spoke Thursday at the Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit in Erie, rattled off several funny lines before his lecture turned serious.

Ornstein said he called GOP strategist Karl Rove the day after the election to tell him that “depression is fully covered under Obamacare.”

But he was just getting warmed up.

He said he had left northern California, where it “82 and foggy,  just like Clint Eastwood.”

When the Republican National Convention was interrupted by Hurricane Isaac, Ornstein said he saw Rick Santorum at the Tampa Zoo, “gathering up two of every creature.”

Referring to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” presidential debate comment, Ornstein said “we referred to him afterward as ‘Lord of the Three Rings.’ ”

Noting that Sarah Palin’s popular autobiography was called “Going Rogue,” the balding Ornstein suggested possible titles for a future memoir: “Going Rogaine” or “Going Several Times a Night.”

He said he would understand if any members of the audience had to leave to visit the restroom.

– John Guerriero

 

 

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Posted: August 23rd, 2012

Rick Santorum has outlined his public schedule for next week’s Republican National Convention.

Rick Santorum/AP file photo

The former presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania will address delegates and guests Tuesday night at the convention in Tampa.

On Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m., Santorum will join Citizens United for the premiere of its latest film, “Our Sacred Honor.” Santorum is featured in the film, which explores the meaning of the nation’s founding documents, the intentions of those who drafted the documents and the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

That same day, at 3:30 p.m., Santorum and other conservatives will host a “Patriots for Romney-Ryan 2012” reception at the convention.

– John Guerriero

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