Story here from the liberal Washington Post.
Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night Tuesday, winning GOP presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, all of which is expected to breathe life into his struggling campaign and slow Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.
The Santorum triumphs promise to, at least temporarily, alter the face of the campaign going into the crucial “Super Tuesday” contests, as the caustic tone of the primaries is expected to continue and intensify. Romney and his allies have signaled that they will use their financial advantage to launch stepped-up attacks on Santorum and on former House speaker Newt Gingrich, the other main challenger.
Santorum solidly defeated Romney in Minnesota and Missouri, and he narrowly edged the former Massachusetts governor in Colorado, according to state GOP officials.
The victories mark a sharp turnaround for the former Pennsylvania senator, whose candidacy had been sputtering after he failed to capitalize on his narrow win in Iowa last month. Santorum’s wins across the Midwest could Tuesday bestow new legitimacy on his insurgent efforts and boost his fundraising in the critical period before next month’s major contests.
Santorum now appears to pose a more serious threat not only to Romney, but also to Gingrich, who had been positioning himself as the logical alternative to Romney.
Santorum staked his own claim on Tuesday.
“Conservatism is alive and well,” he told supporters at his election night party in Missouri. “I don’t stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”
For Romney, his poor showing Tuesday raised anew the question that has dogged his candidacy all along: Can the relatively moderate, former Massachusetts governor become an acceptable standard-bearer of a party that is increasingly dominated by evangelical conservatives and tea party activists who have long been skeptical of Romney?
The reason why Romney is losing is because more and more people are realizing that his record is basically the same as Barack Obama. He’s got a pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage, pro-socialized medicine, pro-tax-hike record. And that’s not what Republicans want. Romney is a radical leftist on every issue.
Look at this article from liberal ABC News.
In 2006, Romney started a program to provide welfare recipients without access to public transportation with free cars. The idea was to provide them with a way to get to work so they could eventually get off welfare.
The cars were donated by charities, while Massachusetts taxpayers funded — as the Boston Herald reported in 2009 — “repairs, registration, insurance, excise tax, the title and AAA membership for one year.”
Romney’s Department of Transitional Assistance started the program, officially called “Transportation Support,” and nicknamed “Welfare Wheels” by the Boston Herald.
[…]The program was discontinued in 2009.
[A]ccording to a 2011 analysis by the Boston Globe, “over the past 20 years, the percentage of inmates paroled while serving a life sentence … peaked in 2004″ — when Romney was governor — “and when all seven members of the state Parole Board had been appointed or reappointed by Republican governors.”
And that, according to the Boston Herald in 2008, “Some 118 killers and rapists were sprung early from prison under former Gov. Mitt Romney’s watch … allowed to walk out the gates by the Department of Correction by claiming so-called ‘good time’ that in some cases substantially reduced their sentences.”
That’s likely more of a concern to Republican primary voters than those ex-cons’ suffrage.
Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform law created an 11-member “Health Care Connector Board” that would ensure affordable pricing for various health insurance plans. Romney appointed actuary Bruce Butler, CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts Rick Lord, and economist Jonathan Gruber. Four administration officials from Romney’s cabinet were also appointed to the board, per the law: his Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance; the Medicaid Director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the Commissioner of Insurance; and the Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission.
The law also allowed the governor to appoint the executive director of the Connector Authority, and Romney picked senior vice president for policy development at Tufts Associated Health Plan Jon Kingsdale.
Kingsdale wrote a memo to the Connector Authority recommending that for abortions, insurance companies require co-pays between $0 and $100, depending on income level. In September 2006, that was approved by the Connector Authority. Every health care plan offered to low-income Massachusetts residents covers abortion.
Look at the most recent polls before the elections in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota:
|Colorado||Romney 37, Santorum 27||Romney +10|
|Minnesota||Santorum 33, Romney 24||Santorum +9|
|Missouri||Santorum 45, Romney 32||Santorum +13|
Yet the results are:
- Missouri: Santorum beats Romney 55-25: +30.
- Minnesota: Santorum beats Romney 45-17: +28. (Paul got 27)
- Colorado: Santorum beats Romney 40-35: +5.
See below for more reasons to vote FOR Rick Santorum and AGAINST Mitt Romney.
Rick Santorum is a conservative
- Rick Santorum: Catholic bishops should not have supported Obamacare
- Rick Santorum gets endorsements from James Dobson and John Stemberger
- Wall Street Journal: Rick Santorum is a supply-sider for the working man
- Rick Santorum would not stand idle while Iran develops nuclear weapons
- 150 evangelical leaders agree to endorse Rick Santorum after two-day conference
- Why Christians and social conservatives should vote for Rick Santorum
- Rick Santorum’s pro-family economic plan TRIPLES the child tax deduction
- Is Rick Santorum conservative or liberal? What are Rick Santorum’s political views?
- Rick Santorum helps liberal college students to understand the logic of marriage
- George Will: Rick Santorum connects with the working class
- Video and transcript of Rick Santorum’s inspiring Iowa victory speech
- Rick Santorum for President of the United States
- Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum: who has the pro-life record on abortion?
- Rick Santorum wins Fox News Republican primary debate (with video)
- Rick Santorum explains why socialism is hostile to the family
Mitt Romney is a liberal
- More evidence that Mitt Romney is a fiscal liberal and anti-growth
- Rick Santorum destroys Mitt Romney on RomneyCare in CNN debate
- Mitt Romney’s tax returns would make him lose the election to Obama
- Does Mitt Romney’s Romneycare health care plan fund abortion with taxpayer dollars?
- John Hawkins writes the most scathing anti-Romney column EVER
- Santorum and Gingrich expose Romney’s liberal record in Sunday’s NBC debate
- Mitt Romney raised taxes by $740 million while he was governor of Massachusetts
- Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum: who has the pro-life record on abortion?
- RINO Mitt Romney now open to European-style VAT tax
- Is Mitt Romney a flip-flopper? What are his flip-flops?
- RINO Mitt Romney deploys another RINO John Sununu to attack Newt Gingrich
- Mitt Romney supports the anti-Christian and anti-business ENDA law
- Mitt Romney gaffe: Romney fails miserably in interview with Bret Baier
- Jon Huntsman’s anti-Romney ads are awesome
- Mitt Romney’s political views on gay marriage, abortion and global warming
- Mitt Romney flip-flop videos: flat tax, abortion, health care, public sector unions, global warming
- Mitt Romney on global warming, climate change, environmental regulations
- Mitt Romney on abortion and stem cell research in his own words
- White House used Mitt Romney’s Romneycare as a blueprint for Obamacare
- Mitt Romney on the issues: Mitt Romney political views and positions in 2012