Will Rick Santorum fill the role of Winston Churchill?

Rising conservative star Rick Santorum stopped by the radio show today, just days after his amazing showing in the Iowa Caucus.

“I’m up here in New Hampshire and just finished an event in Manchester and headed up to Northfield which is in the beautiful Lakes region here in New Hampshire and we had a crowd last night in Brentwood, 300 people jammed into a place.  They were out the doors.  Just wonderful response, people signing up.  People coming by our headquarters, dropping off checks.  Got folks coming and volunteering,” Santorum said.

Glenn asked Santorum about the difference in spending between he and the other frontruneer, Mitt Romney.

“Chuck Grassley told me this at the very beginning when I first got out there.  It’s that you can’t buy Iowa.  And you know what?  You can’t buy New Hampshire.  I don’t know how much time you spend up there in the State of New Hampshire.  Just about everybody in New Hampshire is an elected official.  I mean, you run for everything up here.  I mean, and your state legislature, there’s 400 of them in New Hampshire and they get paid $100 a year,” Santroum said.

“And so the idea that people are just going to listen to TV ads and listen to what the national media says or what the national poll said, that’s just, that is not New Hampshire.  And I’ve been up here, this is my 31st visit.  I’m done over 100 town hall meetings.  We have a great base of support up here and it’s building everybody day and we feel very comfortable that the citizen participants up here in New Hampshire are going to do what’s necessary to make sure that our country turns around and they are going to give us a little bump.”

Glenn asked Santorum to come onto GBTV for an extended interview, saying that he wanted to get to know the candidate more and wondered if he filled the “hole in America” that needed to be filled by a Winston Churchill figure. Glenn noted that Churchill was run out of town for speaking out against the dangers of Germany. Glenn noted and has noted in the past that Santorum had a similar experience when he was speaking out against radical Islam and was eventually voted out of office in Pennsylvania.

“Well, I shrink at comparing myself to anybody, a huge historical figure like Winston Churchill.  So if we can put the Churchill relationship away because that’s a little ‑‑ I’m a huge Churchill fan and wouldn’t even say my name in the same breath.  So let me just say this, that they did run me out of town in Pennsylvania and, you know, I lost my lot.  But as you know, we did a ton of interviews during that time and we were saying words like Churchill back then but they didn’t want to hear it.  I was out there talking about Iran and I was out there talking about winning in Iraq at a time when people said we needed to leave and tuck tail and take our lumps and get out and it wasn’t popular.  And I understand that, and I took ‑‑ I took the lumps but I didn’t give up.  And I went out there and worked on national security issues for the last five years as a think tank and wrote about it and lectured all over the country, on college campuses even on radical Islam and the threat of Iran in particular.  And now here we are.  And look.  Look at Iran.  Look at what they’re on the precipice of.  In a sense we’re at this moment, everyone thinks the economy’s the number one issue, and it is, but the president of the United States of course, while he can have some impact in the economy, runs the national security of our country.  That’s what president does.  That’s his constitutional duty.  And having someone I think in ‑‑ as the nominee of our party who’s got it right on these issues at a time when I think national security may be the biggest issue going into the fall election given what is possible in Iran between now and November,” Santorum said.

Santorum also took time to defend the attacks that are coming and have come at him throughout the election cycle.

“You know, people may not believe what I believe but they know that I believe what I believe.  And I think that’s really an important thing.  That these folks are going to go and hit me, they are going to say, oh, you said this, and you can’t be this extreme.  And I’ll say, well, I did say this, I’m not extreme, and here’s why,” he said.

 

 

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Understand this much – Santorum is not a Winston Churchill who was the man England needed at that time and place. Santorum may be the President WE NEED at THIS time and THIS place for our nation to come out from under the Progressive nightmare of the last century.

    Most people are focusing on just beating Obama; what is needed is to also look past that moment if he is truly defeated; and with Soros plus so many radicals supporting a POTUS who declared he wants to rule a country like Communist China I cannot in all honesty be sure we will actually get him out of office.

    I have stated repeatedly in the past we will have a wild card candidate emerge; and while I admit to being wrong of it being Bachmann – Santorum may be that wild card.

  • Anonymous

    I wish it was Bachmann, I was sad to see her drop out.  I hope everyone saying good things about Santorum are right.

  • http://goo.gl/DvRNm Right Fielder

    Laughable title… Santorum can’t even get the issue of earmarks right. He’s more status-quo.

  • Ryan Frederick

    that was a cool race this week who knew Santorum would shoot up in the polls like that lets hope he can do that again.

  • Anonymous

    Uhm, did Glenn not hear the audio where Santorum attacked Libertarianism and Individualism?!?! This guy is NO George Washington. I saw it on Judge Napolitano’s show.

  • Ryan Frederick

    he did say Churchill not Washington.

  • Anonymous

    “One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.” –Rick “Google” Santorum

    Found a youtube link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gwwmm-cQxU&feature=youtu.be

    I’m sorry Glenn, but I’m not a traditional conservative then because I do believe in freedom.

  • barbara clemen

    Most people don’t know that Santorum was carried along on a grass roots level.
    Iowans heard his message,and it reflected our own.
    This is what projected him to the top.

    His common roots also resonated with the public. This facet of his speeches were not contrived, honesty was apparent in all his appearances.

    I was happy to see the heavy influence of money, gained no traction in this Caucus.

    53%

    TEA

  • Anonymous

    i did..not to sound cocky. i expected him to have a strong showing in
    Iowa.

  • Anonymous

    succesfully gaining business dollars for his state is an important role for any senator. it is deemed graft if illegal and ‘porkbarrel’ if the senator in question is a member of the opposition party. i can’t fathom Santorum even approaching the level of disaster the current pofus is.

  • Ryan Frederick

    didn’t say he was perfect.

  • Ryan Frederick

    well i did not see it coming.

  • Ryan Frederick

    i was watching Bill Oreilly last night and Santorum said he only spent 30,000 and used some guy truck to do it. look what he did if he can do that then just think what he can do with this country. not bad for a follow Pennsylvanian. it fills me with joy to know that he came from here. i hope he can do it again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L56L7R7ERSFNTIQTD7VPSENC3Y Vera Mudakova

    Santorum is the guy. Articulated, honest and straight shooter willing to work hard for his conservative stand. I am sold.

  • mdkrause

    Here is a interesting link for the hardcore supporters of Ron Paul.  He is talking about the concentration camp. NOT in Europe under the nazis but the one in Gaza run by the Israelis.  I wonder if he can rem. this, he can’t seem to rem anything in his own news letters.  Maybe he can rem when his face is on camera saying it.  

      http://blog.standforisrael.org/articles/ron-paul-gaza-is-like-a-concentration-camp?s_src=SFIEN&s_subsrc=EN11201XXEXXA

    Hard to say I don’t rem when it’s on camera. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    Ryan, GB did call him George Washington. It was another clip…

    Glenn Beck: Rick Santorum “is the next George Washington”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dec9SceFmJc

    Government-meddling Rick is no George Washington. We used to love GB, but for some reason he’s ignoring Santorum’s record. Where did the individualist and constitutionalist GB go?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RUIFNMCQWORGNORYG7YYEN66GI Cmh

    we must listen very closely before making that final decision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chankosky Cheryl Hankosky

    Hey, I couldn’t get the call,it kept breaking so I decided to read some but it’s not the same.I am undecided as to who I will support and wanted to hear this interview.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    Sorry Mr. Beck, government-meddler Santorum is not the savior you make him out to be. I guess scrutiny is irrelevant when they are your buddy, huh? Yeah, sweep it under the rug and instead, rhetorically prance around gleefully when “interviewing” him.

    Or maybe you should give his nephew a call…

    “If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum.”

    The trouble with my uncle, Rick Santorum
    http://thedc.com/ABrOwy

    In his own words, as you like to say, here is his stance against individual liberty and limited-government…

    Rick Santorum Against Small Government
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gwwmm-cQxU

    Oh, and there’s his stance against the 2nd amendment…

    Rick Santorum’s anti-gun history
    http://www.nationalgunrights.org/rick-santorums-anti-gun-history/

    Also, what’s up with the ethics charges?

    Santorum Surge Brings Ethics Questions 
    http://news.yahoo.com/santorum-surge-brings-ethics-questions-152702229.html

    And there’s that whole warmongering thing he does. One of the first things he’d do is bomb Iran, which would instigate WW3. China and Russia are already preparing for war to defend against any attacks on Iran.

    Yes, vote for Santorum, our savior! Continued big-government and WW3! Yay, go America!

    Put that on your blackboard.

    Where did the individualist and constitutionalist Beck go?  We miss him!

    Man can rule himself – we just need government to stop ruling us, again.

  • Ryan Frederick

    ok so i missed it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    Need more Mr Beck?

    Rick Santorum: Top-tier on Most Corrupt Member of Congress list 2 years running
    http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-washington-dc/rick-santorum-top-tier-on-most-corrupt-member-of-congress-list-2-years-running

    Why I can’t support Santorum: National Activist vs. Constitutional Conservative
    http://www.redstate.com/dvdmsr/2012/01/04/why-i-can’t-support-santorum-national-activist-vs-constitutional-conservative/

    The truth has no agenda. Time to share the truth again, and stop erroneously calling him George Washington and Churchill.

    Enjoy!

    p.s. Just doing my own homework, as you taught me to do.

    p.s.s. When you return to the truth, I will renew my subscription to GBTV. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    That all you got? What exactly did he say that was incorrect? Answer: Nothing. I have a good idea, let the Israelis stand for themselves, I’ll stand for the USA ONLY.

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Glenn was about personal freedom, yet he is backing Santorum? The guy who thinks contraception should be outlawed. That sounds like freedom to me. Glenn, you have lost your mind.

  • Anonymous

    Glen, Look at what his gun rights history is.  It looks like we have got another fake for the moment FFTM.

  • Anonymous

    Santorum will not do.  LOOK at his gun rights history.  They speak a lot louder than his current polispeak.  No Rick, as of reading of your anti gun voting, posted by your nephew, I would never give you my vote.  Ron Paul sticks to the same issues continually.  You are a long ways behind Romney in my book!

  • Anonymous

    Here are my thoughts.  I’m glad to see Santorum rise to the top level.  He’s been my favorite for some time, now, although I must admit, I was concerned that he was not getting much traction in the polls.  Romney is certainly the establishment’s man, a progressive attempting to disquise himself as a conservative.  Gingrich is a maverick, but still a progressive maverick, with still too many establishment ties.  I loved Rick Perry’s book ‘On My Honor”, however, although I’ve supported him in Texas, I’m concerned that he is more progressive than he lets on.  Also, I don’t believe he has a real chance at Obama.  Inevitably, he will be tied to GWB, the previous Texas Governor and I don’t feel the majority of the country is ready for another Texan in the White House.  Although I agree with most of his views, Paul is simply too far to the right to win against Obama.  I also highly respect Bachman and believe she believes what she says, however, I don’t believe she can beat Obama, unfortunately, simply be cause she’s a conservative woman.

    One last thought, How about adjusting the Congressional salaries so that they reduce by 50% in each successive term, including a cap on their retirement of 33% of their average Congressional salary??  I wonder how many professional politicians we’d have then??

    Thanks for reading!!

  • Anonymous

    GB-Reality-Clown-TV and all of the clown clones exude desperation by supporting another Neo(con) war-mongering phoney. I’m not going to bother to list the political and personal record of Rick Santorum. It will all ooze out just like it did with Gingrich’s record. Santorum is just another Big-Government collectivist—a welfare-warfare Neocon who will continue to kick the can down the road to serfdom.
    One honest look at his record, and it tells you everything that you need to know. Really, I have a good laugh at watching all of you GB clown-clown-clones running back and forth is support of your latest political messiah.
    1) Herman Cain: I told you he was ” a pimp” a month before the first woman came forward.
    2) Michele Bachmann: I told you she was a lightweight who was going nowhere months ago.
    3) Rick Santorum: A hot-headed little Neocon who will never be half the intellect or half the man that Winston Churchill was, and to even make the comparison is laughable. Of course, what would you expect from a man-clown like Glenn? A laugh, right?

  • landofaahs

    Stop setting up yourself as that person.  You are an empty suit.  You fashion yourself as a historian, but in reality you do not understand what the “Key” makeup of a leader is.  You are so clueless that it is funny.  I won’t tell you what it is, but I will give you some clues.  Think VEEERRRRYYYY slowly.  Tis a clock, tis a time, tis a rythm versed in time.  A time that’s scorned, a prophet born, by rips of moments torn.  No plea nor prodding can bring it, before the times have meant appoint it.—-Enil Selnad

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5DC6OKSPKN4VIALT6S7G73LS3Q me

    No, and the fact that you are so quick to support such a big government Washington insider is to say the least is disappointing. What of the Constitution? Or is that no longer popular and what people want to hear? Quite taking the fence sitting middle grounders-live free or die.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sectional-Sofa/100002274627824 Sectional Sofa

    rick is the real deal. and glenn you suspect it, if you dont know it. watch his iowa speech the night of the caucus…if you dont select him for that alone…then i am dissapointed in or with you..and i never have been. and i know you wont let us down now. ps..watch mitts speech side by side with the sound off….

  • http://twitter.com/apronguru beth

    President Santorum will help get a constitutional ammendment that states marriage is between one man and one woman.  It’s that important to me, that I will vote for him regardless of the other things I might disagree with.

  • Anonymous

    I like Rick Perry’s idea about a part time Congress. He must be doing something right in Texas to be elected three times. I wish he could get to Washington, because he has a lot of good ideas about “fixin” what is wrong there. I’m not a Texan and I don’t see him as another George W. Bush. I think he is a man that can be trusted.

  • Anonymous

    Freedom is not permissiveness. If people view the Constitution as permission-giver or permission-taker then the Constitution is dead.

    The Constitution will be buried forever in litigation as the definitions of “right” and “wrong” become nebulous to the unwary. The Constitution has a dependency – the ability of those it guides to know the difference between Truth and Lies. The Bible has no such dependency because it was written by Truth Himself.

  • Anonymous

    Contraception is slavery.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YUK7MG62OT576Z3GLGVT6CDE4Y Stephen

    You gotta be kinding me….Will Rick Santorum fill the role of Winston Churchill? Isn’t that a bit demeaning to Winston Churchill. It is more like Rick Santorum will fill the role of the status quo.
    Wake up Glenn, you are really starting to lose it in your despiration. You said on your show today “you tell the truth”. I do my homework and I found many instances of you not being truthful. So, question is Mr. Beck, are you doing your homework? Starting to look like Fox News still has an influence on you. Maybe tune in to the “Judge” for a reality check.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YUK7MG62OT576Z3GLGVT6CDE4Y Stephen

    You gotta be kinding me….Will Rick Santorum fill the role of Winston Churchill? Isn’t that a bit demeaning to Winston Churchill. It is more like Rick Santorum will fill the role of the status quo.
    Wake up Glenn, you are really starting to lose it in your despiration. You said on your show today “you tell the truth”. I do my homework and I found many instances of you not being truthful. So, question is Mr. Beck, are you doing your homework? Starting to look like Fox News still has an influence on you. Maybe tune in to the “Judge” for a reality check.

  • Anonymous

    I like Santorum and think you Ron Paul hacks ought to lay off him for awhile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlotte-Hendershot/100000134517763 Charlotte Hendershot

    You must be a Paulbot

  • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

    Here’s another problem for Santorum. In 2002 he voted along with Arlen Specter to give felons the right to vote. Santorum was one of only 3 repubs who voted with the Dems.
    Source: RedState

    Santorum was more than willing to vote with the Dems. It was easy for him to align with Specter and the “Democratic” wing of the Republican Party.

    Perry/Rubio 2012 because the last thing we need is a Washington Insider guarding a town full of Washington Insiders.

  • Anonymous

    I think as many people do that Paul is way to far left to be
    a Republican nominee, and has a frightening out look on our nations national
    security. As for Steve, I can almost bet you he is a young man. Most of these
    kids today have no real idea of what real conservatism means or why it is important.
    You can keep Huntsman and Paul… give me Santorum any day. He knows who our
    enemy is and is not afraid to call them what they are. We either stand up and
    recognize them as our enemy or they will take us over, it’s that simple. They
    are clearly already making there move not just in Iran
    but in our own country here at home. Santorum is the ticket, and I hope and
    pray he does well. I think he is a ray of light in an otherwise dark time in
    our nation’s history.

  • Anonymous

    It is such a shame to see such a great voice for the conservative movement absolutely lose his mind and become a progressive when it comes to national defense and social issues. Wake up Glenn, you are being a hypocrite.

  • Anonymous

    That is fine if you want to attack Iran, but just know that makes you a progressive.

  • Anonymous

    If presence is a factor Santorum doesn’t have a chance. We know substance is a low priority in elections.

  • Anonymous

    He voted that way because Spector was on a judicial committee and Santorum knew he had some pull on the outcome of those picked by a Democrat president.

  • Anonymous

    Look how Obama was elected and then tell me about those running along with their shortcomings.   Santorum has just a good a chance, if not better than the others vying for the candidacy for the presidency.   All politicians, all are flawed, some are better than others; all are better than Obama.  Vote righteously; the rest takes care of itself.

  • http://www.praxacademy.com Rothbardian

    I see you did a good job refuting his evidence..

  • http://www.praxacademy.com Rothbardian

    Most young people don’t want your phony conservatism.

  • http://www.praxacademy.com Rothbardian
  • http://www.praxacademy.com Rothbardian

    so much for speakin truth

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    @Scott,

    You are correct, I am a young man. However, you’re wrong to assume that I’m a kid. I’m 39, and I’ll be 40 in February.

    I do know what real Conservatism is, but I also know how Progressives have hijacked the term. As they’ve done with so many others (i.e. Liberalism, Democrats, Republicans, etc.) Perhaps you are the one who should examine whether you’ve fallen for the Progressive version of Conservatism.

    Sure, Santorum may know who the enemy is. The problem is that he’s too eager to send the war machine after them, even if it starts WW3. Even Beck has admitted Santorum is too extreme on his foreign policy.

    If they attack us first, let’s take them out with everything we have. Until then I choose peace. Yes, that’s a much more Conservative view than preemption (aka aggression.)

    You can go with Santorum. That’s your call. I don’t begrudge you for it.

    All I’m asking is that Beck give him a fair evaluation, and give him the same thorough scrutiny that he gives to everyone else. Calling Santorum George Washington and Churchill is grossly deceptive, and I was shocked to see Beck even suggest it.

    This isn’t about bashing Santorum, it’s about helping people make an informed decision, because Beck isn’t doing his job on this one. I do find that curious.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    @Charlotte,

    It seems rather rude and shortsighted of you to imply that any supporter of Ron Paul has to be a mindless drone. I don’t insult Santorum supporters, I just share what I know.

    I’ve been studying history and economicts for a long time, and the choice is clear for me. I choose our founders and the Constitution.

    Ron Paul isn’t perfect, but he undersands our founders, the Constitution and the economy more than anyone else running.

    He’s the only one with a plan to make REAL cuts in government.

    He’s the only one who predicted the housing bubble (more than 6 years in advance.)

    The Amazingly Accurate Predictions
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8VuCLZ3lLQ

    He’s received more donations from active military personnel than all other candidates and Obama COMBINED. How could that be if his foreign policy is soo bad?

    Adherence to the Oath
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhxJ1XUGLR0

    Military and CIA on Foreign Policy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NhRPo0WAo

    Perspective
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKfuS6gfxPY

    Personally, I don’t mind forgoing the aggressive interventionist foreign policy we’ve had for decades. It hasn’t really been working out so well.

    Ron Paul is also the only one who hasn’t praised the Constitution and egregiously dismissed part of it in the same sentence.

    Maybe it’s a little idealistic (or radical, or nutty) to expect the federal government to adhere to the Constitution (aka the law) but it seems rather obvious to me.

    I’m not trying to convince you to vote for Ron Paul, just trying to clarify some things since you seem to have misconceptions – based on your terse derision.

    Good day.

    p.s. Please, don’t fall for the contempt the media spews out about Ron Paul. It’s clear he threatens the establishment. Do your own research.

    p.s.s. I didn’t know who Ron Paul was until last summer, and I also dismissed him for a while – I believed the media when they kept repeating that he was an isolationist.

  • Anonymous

    “Glenn noted and has noted in the past that Santorum had a similar experience when he was speaking out against radical Islam and was eventually voted out of office in Pennsylvania.”

    The two events are not linked. Speaking out against radical Islam did not result in Rick Santorum being voted out by Pennsylvanians in 2006. Speaking out on social issues in outrageous terms and showing his lust for power in the Senate is more likely what did him in. While Pennsylvania is a swing state, it is ultimately a conservative state outside of the five counties that comprise the Philadelphia region. Moreover, Pennsylvanians in general, supported the “War on Terror” and intervention in Afghanistan.  When fed a weekly, sometimes daily diet of Rick Santorum, Pennsylvanians voted him out.

    I repost what I wrote over nine months ago when GB first posited the “Santorum as Churchill question”.

    “Rick Santorum is likely to gain some traction in Iowa and South Carolina with groups that stand on the ultraconservative side of social issues. He presents an image of being a candidate who sticks to his principles, is devoutly Catholic, hard working and committed to our Country. Under the national microscope however, he will not likely survive scrutiny. His ascent to the third ranking Republican in the US Senate in a mere 10 years is as much as accident of history as anything. He was elected to the Senate against a weak candidate, Harris Wofford, who was there only by virtue of appointment by a Democratic Governor after the tragic death of John Heinz. Most experts consider that Santorum’s victory by a narrow margin in 1994 was the result of a combination of the Newt Gingrich Contract with America movement; the rejection of the Clinton administration’s failed attempt at health care reform; and the Democratic party’s failure to turn out the vote in its only areas of strength: Philadlephia, Pittsburgh and Scranton. In 2000, the Democratic Party put up a complete non-candidate against Santorum. In 2006, in part due to his ambitious and polarizing style that outraged and embarassed Pennsylvania Republicans and Democrats alike, Santorum was handily defeated (59-41%) by a poltical neophyte running on his father’s good name, Bob Casey Jr. For Pennsylvanians, that was quite a rebuke. Perhaps he should not have taken extreme positions such as blaming the liberal attitudes of decidely non-Catholic Universities in Boston such as MIT and Harvard and the Democratic populace for the sins of the pedophile priests in Boston, most of whom hailed from conservative Irish working class neighborhoods and not the liberal enclaves of the universities. The issue was not liberal attitudes; the issue was institutional cover up and therefore, complicity in the commision of statutory rape. When your church has violated the law, you have to admit it; don’t allow your devotion to blind you to the truth and don’t blame others. Witness the recent Grand Jury indictments in Philadelphia and additional suspensions of accused pedophiles in the Philadelphia Archdiocese that the issue is about the institutional misdeeds. This is just one example of his zealotry interfering with prudent judgment.Therin lies his problem. His extreme positions, which he states with conviction and fortitude, do not resonate with the majority of the population. Barack Obama, as unpopular as he is in this part of the commentary world, would easliy defeat Rick Santorum. And that is something that Repubicans have to contend with.While the Obama Administration’s health care reform has managed to mobilize the electorate against the Democrats, it is difficult to imagine another confluence of events or stars aligning to convert Rick Santorum from local hero ouside of Pittsburgh to national hero.”

    Santorum in his rise to prominence in the Senate, and following his Senate days, was, like all US Senators, a Washington insider, a power broker. Like many former politicians, he went to work for a law firm (with Pittsburgh roots and a DC office), did lobbying and served on boards of lobbying clients. Statesman, i think not; career politician I think so. So to that extent, he shares something in common with Churchill.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6YGR7YMDFDGUEQJKPI2WWYBO5M BELINDA RAINES

    I heard something about Rick Santorum’s endorsement of Arlen Specter, who is a staunch supporter of abortions, which is saddening as well as something to do with earmarks.  If you tell someone you are for life then how could you endorse such a person.

  • Anonymous

    You want to see your sons and daughters dead on foreign soil? Vote for Santorum.

  • http://goo.gl/DvRNm Right Fielder

    Did anyone else see Judge Napolitano rip Romney and Santorum (no need to rip Gingrich he’s DITW)… then in essence he gives Ron Paul his endorsement? Beck respects the Judge, but why doesn’t he pay attention to reality? Come on, Glenn, you can do it.

    http://goo.gl/HnW8l

  • http://goo.gl/DvRNm Right Fielder

    But, the process (earmarks) is abused, awakenTexas. It needs to be abolished.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    @Scott, one other thing really quick… If you think Ron Paul is to the left, then you need to relearn the American political spectrum; where big-government is on the left, and limited-government is on the right. Within this proper context, Ron Paul is far more right than any other candidate.

    Also, whether you’re talking about domestic or foreign policy, intervention is a chronic consequence of big-government, and non-intervention is an inherent product of limited-government. So, this whole notion that Ron Paul’s foreign policy (non-interventionism) is to the left of Obama is purely fictitious.

    You seem like a smart guy, don’t fall for that demagoguery.

    Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    Want to see your sons and daughters dead on USA soil?  Vote for Paul.

  • Anonymous

    I would say that Iran
    is the “progressive” one. Iran
    has openly stated their intent to wipe Israel
    and the U.S.
    off the map. Iran
    has killed hundreds of our U.S.
    troops in Iraq.
    Iran has been
    caught trying to assassinate government officials on U.S.
    soil. Iran has threatened
    to blow U.S.
    ships out of the water in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran
    has been harboring al-Qaeda and there training camps while they attacked the U.S..
    Iran has
    supplied Humas in its attacks against Israel.
    Iran now says
    it has long range missiles, and fuel rods to construct nukes. Iran
    has proclaimed open Jihad and war against the U.S.
    openly.

    Trust me friend, with out justice… there is no peace. Acting now may
    cost the lives of a few, but will ultimately save hundreds of thousands of
    lives later down the road. If we would rather wait and see a larger portion of
    the world’s population die because we failed to act, what name or label do you
    suppose you would use to describe us then? 

    Talk means nothing to those who have a religion that teaches
    death and destruction. We have been at war with Iran
    since the days of Thomas Jefferson my friend, and I am afraid that the war has
    been brought to us time and time again. What then will we say? Take us while we
    lie down and beg for your mercy, or will we stand and fight for what so many
    have already died to defend and protect?

    Understanding conservatism means
    understanding sacrifice. Conservatism does not come as easy as liberalism.
    Conservatism holds us to not only our God given rights, but also our God given responsibilities. Pearl Harbor, and 911, are examples of what happens when
    we underestimate our enemies, or fail to even identify who they are in the name
    of political correctness.  

  • Anonymous

    Shortcomings, flaws and as good a chance of winning, notwithstanding, is the righteous candidate for President of the United States of America among these candidates? 
    Or is your vote just going to one of these men who is just as likely to win as the next?  

  • Anonymous

    or….what would you say to keeping it to two Florida men…say West/Rubio!!! 
    Now that People is a TICKET!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Are you sure about that Beth?  Are you so sure that you’d over look the other facts where he has wavered and set your cap on him fulfilling that 1 possible.

  • Anonymous

    To you Scott and Steve.  You both want what’s good and decent, and constitutional for America.  
    But it would take an act of siamese twinning of each of your candidates to get it.  
    There is 11 months till the election.  My gosh, that’s a lot of time to either tire of a candidate or to vet and recruit a new one.
    Congressman and Col. Allen West says he would run for President if his constituents said that’s where they wanted him.
    If you would both please look into this man.  Of course he is human..but rather than trying to twin Santorum and Paul, 
    Lt.Col. Allen West is the George Washington/ Ronald Reagan kind of split.  
    You both seem to have full knowledge of your current picks, so maybe with a little time on your hands, you’d like to take some serious looking into Col. Allen West.
    Please for Americans who love America the way it was written to be in the Constitution.

  • Anonymous

    EVERY CITIZEN owes it to each other, themselves, their children and our country to look into Congressman Lt.Col. Allen WEST of Florida.  
    Everything has been said and done with these candidates here correct?? All except the crying is over….BUT
    BE THE CITIZENS WE CLAIM WE ARE!!  DILIGENT, CAPABLE, HONEST, COMPETENT, HARD WORKING, EDUCATED, THOROUGH, GOD-FEARING, RIGHTEOUS, AND BY ALL MEANS 

    PLEASE DON’T SETTLE AND THROW MY GRAND CHILDREN’S LIVES AWAY!!!!!!

    If you think for one single minute that a WEST/ RUBIO ticket couldn’t beat the progressives back 100 years, you don’t know about WEST & RUBIO!!!!!
    We have 11 months on our hands PEOPLE of AMERICA!!!!  Col. West has said repeatedly, he is obligated to his constituents first, and that he will go where his constituents want him.
    Read, Read and Read some more, study him, vet him, and appeal to his constituents with us at  Lt.Col. Allen West for President 2012.
     
    Almost a year away from the voting booths everyone!!  Please, help America WIN!!  
      

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    @Nini,

    I completely agree. Allen West is very intriguing and highly inspirational. I was a huge fan of his before he even ran for congress.

    My only reservations toward West is that he’s violated the Constitution twice now. He voted for the Patriot Act and NDAA, both of which further open the door to a Police State. I certainly don’t want those powers in the hands of a Marxist like Obama. Even if Obama weren’t a Marxist…

    Remember: never give more power to the federal government than you would give to your worst enemy. For at some point, your enemy will seize that power and use it against you.

    NDAA: Open Season for the Police State
    http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/01/04/ndaa-open-season-for-the-police-state/

    Say hello to military drones flying over U.S. cities…

    Chances of Central New York drone flights improve as new law allows six national test sites
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/chances_of_central_new_york_dr.html

    Again, maybe it’s a little idealistic of me to expect the federal government to adhere to the Constitution (aka the law) without exception, but it seems rather obvious to me.

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

    “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” — Thomas Paine

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Steve for the response :))  Yeh, I’m with you there about NDAA, but in all fairness it was “Dutch” Reagan himself that let the pandora aka EPA out of it’s box. ugghhhhhh….it’s nearly destroyed my husbands business along with any business in the country. But Ronald Reagan is to this day my hero!!  Well, just while your wiling away the months…stop in see if you are open to re-examining Col. West.  Thanks guy for taking the time to write me and send the links, I’ll enjoy them, I’m sure.  Take care, God bless you and God bless our beloved America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZPEYVXQTVH3CWWTVN6MSLOLAQ Steve

    @Nini, I don’t have to re-examine West – he’s still one of my heroes. I should have been more clear on that. In fact, I’ve always thought a Paul / West ticket would be absolutely phenomenal and unstoppable! Paul could teach West the importance of strict adherence to the Constitution, and West could probably teach Paul a few things about radical islam.

    Though, I agree with both of them; Paul is right about blowback and how it exacerbates and accelerates radicalization of moderate muslims, and West is right about the fundamental motivation of radical muslims.

    Peace until we’re attacked, then let West loose on them. Get it over with fast, and bring our troops home. =)

  • Anonymous

    Well Glenn, we can hardly tell who you are are behind. Da! Rick Santorum is not the Savior that you have built him up to be. If you will check his record thoroughly, you will see that he is not the conservative that you are building him to be. Mitt Romney has the business savey, and the experience that this nation needs, something that I used to think think you realized, but obviously you don’t. Why have your views changed! Pull your head out Glenn, I used to think you were a clear thinker, but now I have my doubts!

  • http://twitter.com/CandylovesPete Candy DeHaan

    Santorum in the last sentence of this paragraph is typoed.  Please fix.  Thanks!  “Chuck Grassley told me this at the very beginning when I first got out
    there.  It’s that you can’t buy Iowa.  And you know what?  You can’t buy
    New Hampshire.  I don’t know how much time you spend up there in the
    State of New Hampshire.  Just about everybody in New Hampshire is an
    elected official.  I mean, you run for everything up here.  I mean, and
    your state legislature, there’s 400 of them in New Hampshire and they
    get paid $100 a year,” Santroum said.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so disappointed with you Glenn. I’ve watched, listened
    to, supported and defended you for years. I own and have read every single one
    of your books. You have been my hero for so many years and I can’t believe that
    you are endorsing Rick Santorum. He is just another big government, big spending,
    Washington fat cat, exactly the opposite of everything you have always advocated
    for. You promised us that you would never lead us astray and I feel so lost
    now. If you are endorsing Rick Santorum then you are not the person I thought
    you were. My heart is broken :(
     

  • Anonymous

    Hi Scott,

    I’m another young man in his early 40s.  Here’s a quote from Ronald Reagan in 1975 you might find interesting:

    “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”

    Modern conservatives (or the neocons as some call them) have lost their way.  They are no longer championing individual freedom, but merely a different flavor of the same drink the Democrats are selling. 

  • Anonymous

    Hi Setsu,

    I heard that audio clip of Santorum, too.  It needs to go viral.  It instantly reminded me of Hillary Clinton and her outspoken attacks on individual freedoms.  Thanks for posting it here!

  • Anonymous

    What do you guys think of this ad?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Aohgrn1peA

    I LOVE Ron Paul’s political ads. They’re very effective.

    Any thoughts the validity of his accusations in this ad?

  • Anonymous

    Nice post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-A-Wathen-Jr/100003309707389 Thomas A. Wathen Jr.

      Rick was shown out hunting while in Iowa, all dressed up in his hunters garb, giving the impression that he is pro-2nd Admendment. But is he really?! Supporting anti-gun legislators like Arlin Spector, and refusing to return the NGRA’s (National Gun Rights Association) signed commitment form confirming that he is a 2nd Amendment supporter.

  • Anonymous

    Do the validity and conclusions stated or implied, matter?  I see lots of sources flashed by in a blink.  Anyone can display the words and conclusions of others.

    What does Ron Paul have to say?

  • Anonymous

    Our President criticize U.S/Bush/ Republican in United States is having ties and ally with dictatorships in Middle where these people under dictatorship had limited freedom and rights! Now obama seeking stronger ties with the Muslims  brotherhood in Eygpt and Libya who sponsor terrorists and have strong ties with Iran, also hate us more and the free world,and want to kill great satan and little satan ,and infidel and their people have less freedom and rights under Shari Law !!! What obama seeking to do is now with Muslim brotherhood is far worst than previous U.S  presidents with dictatorships !!!!!  

  • Anonymous

    A radical sect of the Muslim religion with a following bigger than many nations just about declare war or declare War on U.S   ,free world,infidels . But we with this President obama cannot even properly label these acts of war by terrorists it’s like not waking our nation we are at war and possible threats.

  • Anonymous

    Why would national security be the biggest issue in this election?  Is it because Rick said so?  And why is he so hung up on national security when we have a debt crisis that is about to collapse?  I would be more concerned about overturning some of this unconstitutional legistlation that’s on the books!  To heck with security, that’s what modern conventional weapons are for.  I don’t need to spend a $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 a yr. just to feel safe!  A few assault rifles, shot-gun & a few pistols will keep me secure just fine :-)  I for 1 am about Freedoms of the individual & in favor of over-turning “ALL” of this “BOGUS” legistlation that we all know after reading the fine print that it is unconstitutional.  Why do you think they “classify” most of it?  So nobody can read what it really says.  It’s the defense contractors that is driving this political war machine & it is in the form of multi-billion dollar contracts with our Govt.  If that isn’t a “National-security” conflict of interest than i don’t know what is !!  

  • Anonymous

      You know,, Glen you seem to be smarter than most. I had a Pastor, Had is the word. He was on the Fox Channel at 5:00 am 5 days a week. And i would read along with him. The good King James, I think you Mormons read that don’t you? well anyways, back to the story, this Pastor would always say. The Book is so easy to understand that a 5 year old could read and understand. And that really bothered me. So i spent the last 15 year not believing in Yeshua. So it has been a long walk through that valley my friend and I brought someone with me when i came out of that valley. anyways heheh  what set me on the path was a little known fact that the Pastor don’t preach, that he that wears the mark of the beast(money or gold of the day) you know the crap as 666, well you have to go all the way back to 1st kings, about a 1000 years to the day before john put it to lambs skin. and that person is dear old Solomon. So I learned my history about ole Solomon. What a lesson it was. I have my doubts David was his father, We know who is mommy was. Anyhow this guy was a completely discussing human. murder of children(infant) worshiper of false gods, thief. And he created the banking system of today he was the richest of all the Israelite kings. He is the beast that was, but is not, yet still is. When i soaked all that up. The whole book opened up. You know the story about Mosses what a good person he was and the ark and what was really placed in the ark. Sure was not 2 stones bubba
    I AM “NOT” SAD TO SAY THE ARK IS EMPTY. YESHUA took out the book of 2 tables of content 66 story’s and finished the laws,,,, of YAHWEH,,, so in a way he did die for our sin’s

      So I know what a wolf in sheep’s skin is,,  Dear Rickie is just that. His orders would come from a bunch of Khazar Jews who are not Jews at all and are of the synagog of satan. They are the sons of Cain or Kinnites if you like.
      One should learn who their enemy is before One lays down with them. Don’t forget I said you seem to be smarter than most.  hummm!

  • christopher Thomas

    I’m sad to see Glenn backing sanatorium - he hid it for a long long time but he is part of the “controlled resistance” is there anyone out there that is not being controlled by someone other then there self?

  • James C. Jarrett

    Folks who support Ron Paul aren’t mindless . . . they’re just wrong, that’s all.

  • Dack Back

    Churchill Socialized Britain…

    Read a history book once in awhile.

  • Anonymous

    Libertarians may be fiscally consservative, but are quite the isolationist and could care less about their neighbor, they would never be what you would call a good samaritan.  Rick’s nephew’s argument was blither-too weak to make green tea; Judge Napalitano, famous for his libertarian views interviews a guy that stretches the truth like it was spandex, the anti-gun issues – heaven forbid Rick wants to help law enforcement catch a home-grown terrorist buying guns, the eithics charges – he got a mortgage and paid the going rate and paid it off  wooped tee do, big government – really?? Ron Paul brought more money back to the state of TX than RS ever thought about doing(earmarks) and the big government getting involved with our individual lives(seems to only be about gay marriage) he has stated would be through endorsing a constitutional amendment.

    @Steve – You have to live in the 21st century, there are factions that are militaristic and will not go away.  I am sure you own guns to protect yourself, the US with no defense which is what Ron Paul advocates, will leave American citizens around the world unprotected.  Yes, Libertarians believe protect yourself or die – got it.  With the US depending on a world economy, you cannot be an Isolationist.

  • matt zweckbronner

    rick santorum sounds like a leader who could lead a country. he could probably run this country pretty well. and keep the other country’s /middle east in line.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VMYP34EBCDGQ4E5P6LG6UVECSY Slong

    Santorum – another Churchill – what a laugh. Beck – a Constitutionalist – even a bigger laugh.

    Ron Paul’s the true Constitutionalist.

  • http://twitter.com/ellensmayda ellen smayda

    PRAY HARDER GLENN…