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Santorum: The Candidate Most Likely to Defeat President Obama

From his genuine appeal to blue collar families to his intelligent thinking about policy, Santorum is emerging to be the best shot at a victory for Founding Father values in 2012.

With poll numbers looking strong for Rick Santorum in Minnesota and Colorado, the former Pennsylvania is starting to gain momentum in the Republican presidential primary.

The American Thinker has a compelling list of reasons why Santorum has the “electability” to defeat President Obama in the fall. Here are a few, along with some additional points:

Tea Party Credentials: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have supported forms of an individual health care mandate, the Wall Street bailout, and job-killing cap-and-trade environmental proposals. Santorum has opposed all three.

Blue Collar Appeal: This grandson of a coal miner who doesn’t have the vast wealth of, say, Romney or Obama, can appeal to the hard-working families in middle America, Republicans and Democrats alike.

Faith & Family Values: This loyal husband and father of seven has made promoting families a centerpiece of his political life. He proposes tax structures that will help families prosper. His Catholic faith makes him a stark contrast to a president whose administration is now curbing the religious freedom of religions, including the Catholic Church.

Intelligent Policy: Santorum can give a great stump speech and glad-hand with the best of the politicians, but he has also actually thought deeply about his policy proposals. The Washington Post called his 2005 book It Takes a Family a “smart, very serious work of political policy”—a far cry from the standard claptrap of the political autobiography.

Cooperative Spirit: Santorum had a reputation in the Senate for working well behind the scenes to achieve results. And he has said he would embrace Rep. Paul Ryan’s economic roadmap.

Real Passion: Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky has praised Santorum for the “spark of feeling” in his “politics that goes beyond ideology and beyond even ‘commitment,’ but into a place where our political selves and our real and full human selves collide.”

Read N. Richard Greenfield’s argument that Santorum is the most electable Republican at the American Thinker (2.5 pages/1,250 words).

And Michelle Malkin, at her blog, notes that in a national head-to-head match up, “Santorum is the onlyRepublican contender to beat President Barack Obama (just over a page/607 words).


  1. Brooke Medina

    I just read an article about Freiss’ support of Santorum on aol.com. I just want to say that I am so very impressed by the stories of his generosity. I want to give like that! Thank you for the example, Mr. Freiss!

  2. CB McCarty

    Sittin’ around the ‘ol campfire here I’m mindful and grateful of the welcome you’ve given me but I have to raise a few points about the gung-ho support of a republican presidential candidate and ‘at all costs.’

    Individual health care mandate, the Wall Street bailout, and job-killing cap-and-trade environmental proposals aside…let’s get down to Christian fundamentals. If you look at the early Christian community they ‘shared all things in common’ and it might sound like communism to some but they were serious about the welfare of their fellow man. Think about it if you are a Christian….what would you have done when the apostles told you to sell everything and pool it together for the common good? As it is today, tithing ten percent every month to your local church isn’t going to make a dent in the need out there no matter what the church attempts to do for the needy.

    I remember when President Regan began to axe programs like the mental health care institutions that helped so very many. In subsequent years the streets of California and other states were swamped with many mentally ill people who desperately needed help but there was none available. To the average American that may seem inconsequential but our Lord and savior took care of the needs of everyone including the demoniac man (who was mentally ill to say the least) and who confronted him. No one and I mean no one was left outside His grace and healing. Not to mention, the thousands of ‘motel kids’ today who live in one room shanties because their parents are out of work. A ‘safety net’ for the poor you say? Tell that to those kids who have little or nothing to eat every day.

    Although I agree with the many Christian fundamentals espoused by conservatives I cannot help but see the self-empowering and self-serving interests that many have when they support a conservative republican candidate ‘at all costs.’ Oddly enough, the democratics have long been the champion of the poor and disenfranchised and I can only view the republican interests as those mentioned above. Self-serving and indignant of those who need our help the most. Our Lord and savior gave and gave and gave to everyone and, ultimately, gave His life for all of mankind.

    Unfortunately, the democratics have been coerced into supporting many bogus and anti-Christian ideals but what are the greater sins? Greed and the idolatry of ‘independence’ or homosexuality and abortion? I’ve yet to see God’s scorecard on ‘sins’ and I personally think God views all sins as the same ….sin….and the very reason our Lord and savior Jesus Christ came to redeem all of us….

  3. Jake

    Nice article! I couldn’t agree more with your points. I was at the MN caucus last night and the reason was simple – I wanted to cast a vote for Mr. Santorum. I hope he can do it!

    • shari reynolds

      I have been a republican for years . I think we need a person with god on their shoulders to be our next president because we cant take another four years of the devil. I love being a american and I want our country proud again . People that love the lord and dont get laughed at . The values of this country are so bad . I want the lord to lead the way again so I hope we are smart and vote with our hearts and do the right thing so we all can be great again love one another and stop all the evil things that happen now so I hope everyone will vote for santorum because he cares for the poor and the middle class people maybe we all will finally get to go back to work and live the american dream we all deserve . Mine is to buy the house I live in one day and get a great job . I know god will lead the way for Mr Santorum god bless and Thank You

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