Looking at Santorum's Record

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Longtime political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, John Baer, discusses Rick Santorum's record and background.


John Baer

Comments [16]

gary from queens

Dan Savage's stunt has degraded our polity and civil dialog. It should not be celebrated even if you disagree with Santorum. Especially if you disagree----because if you believe you have the better argument, it's to your advantage to promote debate. What Savage accomplished is prompt discussion of what Savage did, and not about the merits of gay marriage.

Libel By Any Other Name
October 18, 2011

If you thought the pro-Democrat company, Google, was the only company actively tarnishing the name “Santorum” by showcasing a false definition of it, you can now add Wikipedia and Firefox browser to that list.


Jan. 06 2012 10:18 AM

Your liberal slip was somewhat showing today. I'd say it was up around your neckline.To include Dan Savages internet tantrum, in an allegedly unbiased, (as NPR always professes) political discussion was beyond the pale.Would your station ever include such a meaningless personal attack on air if it was say about Mr. Obamas last name.

Jan. 05 2012 05:43 PM
Bill from New Rochelle

Dear Leaozinho,
Hold out for 2016, and vote Andrew, over Hilary.

BTW, that is the sillyest reason for supporting Santorum I've heard. Is your togue in cheek?

Jan. 05 2012 11:48 AM
Jeff from East Village

Just a reminder re: Dan Savage's successful campaign to "re-Google" Santorum: Savage should also have been IDed as the person who started the wonderful "It Gets Better" gay-support video campaign -- a potential lifesaver. Santorum is a walking nightmare (and yes, he was most clueless seat in the Senate). Yet the Philadelphia Inquirer (a former employer of mine), hired him as a columnist for their op-ed page. For balance? Lol.

Jan. 05 2012 11:41 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

In 2012 America, one can negatively generalize about black folk and view them as a monolith, and be a viable presidential candidate.

Jan. 05 2012 11:34 AM
siouxan from Bronx

Totally LOVE the way Dan Savage tainted Rick Santorum's image. For years, straight men have taunted gay men, and now the push back. Bring it on baby!

Jan. 05 2012 11:33 AM
Leaozinho from Little Italy

Santorum is of Italian ancestry - or as some would say he is an "Italian-American." I am an Italian-American. I support Santorum on this point alone. We have never had an Italian-American president before. It is time we an Italian-American was in the White House. It would be a historic election.

Jan. 05 2012 11:30 AM

How has Santorum justified the fact that his wife had a second-trimester (aka "partial birth") abortion though he wants to ban abortion for any reason, including the health of the mother (as that was the reason given for hers)?

Jan. 05 2012 11:30 AM
steve from Milford, ct

How did Mr. Santorum make his fortune?

Jan. 05 2012 11:22 AM
Peter C from Paramus

I seem to recall that in the middle of the Iraq war, Santorum called a news conference to announce that WMD's had been found. It turns out that what was found were old missle casings from the FIRST Iraq war. Does anyone else remember this?

Jan. 05 2012 11:20 AM
anon from queens

Urban policy: public transit, education, housing, etc. Santorum would be the first Republican in awhile from a Northeastern state w/ large cities and I'd like to hear how he was viewed in Philly and Pittsburgh vs rural areas.

Jan. 05 2012 11:19 AM
bernie from bklyn

did anyone see his appearance on 'meet the press' this sunday? david gregory really nailed him and i thought his campaign would be over after that. but instead, his numbers surged in iowa! what does that prove?

Jan. 05 2012 11:16 AM
John A.

Does Santorum have a "Born Again" narrative?

Jan. 05 2012 11:16 AM
Hugh Sansom

Investigative reporter Ken Silverstein pegged Santorum as the dumbest member of Congress.

Former Senator John Kerrey of Nebraska said, "Santorum, that’s Latin for a--hole."

Here's a choice Santorum quotation: "Nowhere in the Bible does it say that America will be here 100 years from now."

Jan. 05 2012 11:14 AM
John A.

Rick Santorum and John Kerry both Catholic? Describes quite a range.
"Mr. Santorum is a theocrat."
Isn't that it? The man has studied how religion gains votes - rightly or wrongly and played that game on his own. The Catholic Church embraced evolution publicly years (decades) ago but Santorum rides Creationism et al for votes. I hate that stuff.

Jan. 05 2012 11:10 AM
Bill from New Rochelle

Mr. Santorum is a theocrat. We have never needed a theocrat to tell us how to live; and we dont need one now.

I simply quote JFK for contrast:

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

"I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

"For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew— or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you — until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.

"Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end; where all men and all churches are treated as equal; where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice; where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind; and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood."

Jan. 05 2012 10:47 AM

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