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Santorum Wins Big in Yesterday's GOP Contests

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News Politics Reporter, discusses Rick Santorum's winning results from yesterday's GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

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Lisa Lerer

Comments [22]

Crystal from Westchester

Can anyone verify the truth of reports I'm seeing that show that Iowa and Nevada elections were a fraud? I'm reading stories about the very likely possibility that Ron Paul is getting way more votes than we are lead to believe and officials are resigning left and right?

Feb. 08 2012 07:56 PM
Brian from Hoboken

The bishops are not in touch with their flock- the majority of Catholics think women should get contraception. Earlier shoW on WNYC had data point that 98% of catholic women admit to having used contraception at some point in their lives. I don't think Obama has anything to worry about here- any right wing catholic who will be upset about this was already going to come out and vote against him. The moderates/independent voters are the ones he need- like my Irish catholic mother who agrees on the need fr contraception and who worked at a "Catholic" hospital with nurses f all backgrounds. These people didn't work there because they were catholic bit because it was a job. What does a janitorial worker in a huge hospital have todo with the mission of the catholic church? Nothing.

Feb. 08 2012 11:00 AM
Bill from New Rochelle

On Santorum, and Theocratic politics:

Where does it end?
If church related employers can theoctatically pick medical coverage cafeteria style; why not private employers, who are Catholic?
Why not no coverage for transfusions or operations from Jehovah Witness employers?

But Birth Control is a sin equal to abortion for practicing Catholics....

As is missing Mass on Sunday. For the objection policy to have validity, the employers would also heve the right to drop coverage for anyone missing Mass; this could go on ad absurdum; and actually, it has.

And, how many Angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Feb. 08 2012 10:58 AM
Bill from New Rochelle

On Santorum, and birth control, and RC employer objections:

Feb. 08 2012 10:54 AM
John A.

Both Shields and Brooks on the Friday night show were kind of shocked at the timing of the decision. Its as if the Whitehouse wanted to mobilize more republicans to give to their candidates.

Feb. 08 2012 10:49 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Mr. S is jumping on this issue with both feet because Mr. R - though himself fairly vocal on this non-issue -- can only go so far before his Mormonism comes in to the question. Cagey use of positioning, Rick.

Insight!!

Feb. 08 2012 10:45 AM
cmk from Westchester

No one is telling anyone they can't use contraception. The issue is trying to force the church, which is against contraception as a life ending event, that they must fund someone's contraception. If you work for a religious organization, you sign on to that deal. Buy your own pills/condoms.

Feb. 08 2012 10:42 AM
BronaCos from Brooklyn

Rommey's organisation and money will no doubt secure the nomination for him. Santorum's successes may secure the VP spot for him, thereby bringing in the tea partiers out to vote!

Feb. 08 2012 10:40 AM
Robert from NYC

zzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzz zz zz zzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzz

Feb. 08 2012 10:39 AM
Brian from Hoboken

Here we go again with the contraception issue. If the Catholic Church doesn't want to abide by reasonable laws and standards of our society, but instead want an exemption, maybe they should give up their tax exempt status. After all, MY tax dollars have to make for that loss of revenue, so really I am subsidizing the church's existence here. Maybe they should start paying local property taxes on all of those fancy bishops and cardinals' homes. Then they can opt out of reasonable government mandates.

Feb. 08 2012 10:39 AM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

My reaction, in a word, FEAR!

My grandparents also came here for freedom, my paternal grandmother was a Catholic in Belfast. However, if she were alive today, she would be horrified to hear people in the US using Catholicism, via our politicians and Bishops/lobbyists, to oppress other people of faith or non faith in the workplace and in health care clinics (such as Planned Parenthood).

God(dess), Please Save Us From Your "Followers"!

Feb. 08 2012 10:38 AM
Robert from NYC

He's an atheist working with a catholic organization who likes Santorum. Hmmmm

Feb. 08 2012 10:37 AM
Charles Hayes from Eastchester, NY

If we let Catholic institutions opt out of comprehensive health care, which none of the policy holders need take advantage of, if they don't want, then would we then have to allow Christian Scientist to opt out of life-preserving surgery? Obama is right to hold fast to medical standards as determined by medical science, not religious ideologues.

Feb. 08 2012 10:35 AM
Geo from NYC

Please fact check Santorum's comments about Obama and the Catholic bishops' letter. What was that about?

Feb. 08 2012 10:35 AM
Jason from Secausus

Is there any conversations about the tax exemptions that the Catholic Church receives from the government that are “controlling” their rights?

Feb. 08 2012 10:35 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Wow! Why is Mr. Santorum actually trying to stir the pot on this phony issue?! The President is not telling Catholics what they can and cannot do. BHO *is* telling Catholic institutions that they cannot curtail their health benefits for their employees (catholics and non-catholics) based on the institutions religious views or basis.

Mr. S is doing some serious 'demagogue'-ing here and proving himself to be another opportunistic liar. Do politicians go to school to learn this? Why do so many of them do it?

Feb. 08 2012 10:35 AM
tony from bayside

We are not a theocracy.

Feb. 08 2012 10:34 AM
Tony Jannetti

What becomes more and more troubling is the excessive presentation of 'faith' in matters that are political in what is supposed to be a pluralistic society.

Feb. 08 2012 10:34 AM
John A.

But what percentage of Catholics believe that Catholic employers should provide contraceptive care? There is a difference.

Feb. 08 2012 10:33 AM
Ken

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by now, but how can he criticize the government for trying to take rights away, while promising up and down to repeal the health care law? I'm just glad Dan Savage is paying attention - he'll do his part keep Santorum's bigotry front and center - there's only so many people that will vote for you with that level of hate.

Feb. 08 2012 10:33 AM
john from office

I cannot wait for this side show to be over. Newt and Santorum are side shows. Obama will win against all these feather weights. Catholic nut, and ego maniac and a stuffed shirt against Obama.

Feb. 08 2012 10:30 AM

Isn’t it clear that the GOP isn’t buying what Mitt is selling. If republicats won’t buy it why would voters in November?
Turnout is lower for these primaries than in past years and obama is not as disliked as the tea baggers want us to think he is.
The GOP over played their hand and they are going to lose the white house and the house of representatives this year
Look even today’s controversy the GOP is on the wrong side
58% of American Catholics "believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception,"
- http://www.freep.com/article/20120208/NEWS07/120208008/Survey-Majority-of-Catholics-support-including-birth-control-in-health-care-plans?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE
Soon the GOP will stop being a national political force and the tea party is the cause, with its right wing crazy views, anti-middle class, anti-science, anti-modernity, that are not supported by the nation as a whole.
But the people will get the government they deserve in the end. Vote smart folks.

Feb. 08 2012 09:28 AM

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