Santorum attacks Romney’s record on heathcare, individual mandate

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Rick Santorum joined Glenn on radio a little less than twenty-four hours before the biggest day in the primary season – Super Tuesday. The main topic? Santorum’s main opponent Mitt Romney! What does Santorum think of Romney’s record on healthcare and a individual mandate? He doesn’t hold anything back in this interview. Check out the full interview from radio above!

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

    I’ll be quite honest, I still like Santorum; yet now with the way each Republican candidate have been tearing into each other, I have to honestly wonder if we will have one that can truly beat Obama this November?

    I imagine Obama will still make a bold, blatant and final grab for power just before the elections.

  • Anonymous

    Ron Paul 2012.

  • General Kota

    If Santorum is going to win then it he has to stop the talk on condoms when he gets interviewed. I know it not his fault that the media like to bash him because of what his faith tells him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Santorum is from less of a working-class background than Bill Clinton, Joe Biden or Barack Obama.  “Rick Santorum is an MBA, fancy lawyer, politician and slimy lobbyist. His parents were a clinical psychologist and administrative nurse. He is no more authentically ‘blue collar’ than he is Chinese.”
    Santorum was hardly a populist during his college years. Santorum, who sported a beard and smoked a pipe, was more of a typical frat boy. He was ambitious, conservative on economic issues and not terribly ideological. In fact, he has said that he was “basically pro-choice,” on abortion until he ran for Congress. Since leaving Congress, Santorum has become a wealthy lobbyist. 

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/166608/rick-santorums-elite-background 

  • Anonymous

    If you look at the schedule for the rest of this month, it favors Santorum but Santorum really needs to do well tomorrow or else Mississippi/Alabama may go to Gingrich and Illinois might go to Romney. If Santorum wins Ohio that should set him up to almost sweep the rest of the month.

  • Anonymous

    So clinical psychologist and Administrative Nurses do not work? Is that seriously the claim you are trying to make?

  • Anonymous

    It is difficult to think of Satorum as a fiscal conservative.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Williams-Sr/100000856236865 Shane Williams Sr.

    Santorum needs to hammer Romney with the fact that Romney is just another Democrat posing as a Republican… cuz it’s true. 

  • Anonymous

    It baffles me how Santorum has painted himself as the true conservative.  Hogwash!  Mitt Romney has LIVED the life of a true conservative: raising a family, being generous with his time AND his money. He knows how to work with Dems without sacrificing his principles. He’s unapologetic for conservative values like FREEDOM and doesn’t falter when taking a stand.  He’s strong on all the right issues. America, please take the time to find out who this man is. Don’t listen to the pundits as they spew their hate-speech….also..LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE. or as Glenn says….your GUT. We’ve GOT to get this right America.

  • Anonymous

    GOODBYE SANTOTUM & ROMNEY  –  THE 2 FRAUD WALL STREET BIG GOVERNMENT BANKER FRIENDS  –  YOU ARE EXPOSED AND AMERICA WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT  MORE OBAMAS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Williams-Sr/100000856236865 Shane Williams Sr.

     Romney? a conservative? What reality do you live in where conservatism mandates government healthcare? have you lost your mind?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Williams-Sr/100000856236865 Shane Williams Sr.

     lemme guess- Ron Paul supporter?

  • Anonymous

    For a person that claims to be all about the truth, I was
    disappointed at the deception Beck allows Santorum to propagate on his
    program.  The Wyden-Bennett act was a
    bipartisan attempt to provide a hopeful lesser-of-two-evils alternative to
    Obamacare in a situation where Democrats had absolute power to do whatever they
    wanted. Truly conservative plans were not being presented because they had ZERO
    chance of being approved by the all-powerful Democrats.

     

    Wyden-Bennett’s primary goal was allow individuals to
    purchase healthcare instead of depending on their employers.  My research of the proposed law did not show
    any emphasis on mandates, thus it is likely that Romney was not aware that the
    bill proposed mandates.  Romney supported
    it ONLY because he believed it was not government-run healthcare and therefore
    was a better alternative to Obamacare.

     

    It is more than likely that Romney supported Wyden-Bennett
    NOT because it was the best plan on earth, but because it was at least better
    than what Obama was shoving down our throats. It is an absolute deception
    therefore to suggest that if Romney had been in charge and had the same kind of
    power Obama had, that he would have still supported Wyden-Bennett. 

     

    Romneycare was likewise the best he could do in a majority
    liberal state.  His choices were to
    1-keep doling out healthcare to that 8 percent (extremely non-conservative).  2-come up with a plan (which he did) that the
    liberal majority could live with (not very conservative).  3- yank money for healthcare for that 8
    percent (very conservative and very impossible to get past a liberal state government)

     

    In other words, Romney did the best and most conservative
    thing he could do with the cards he was dealt. 
    Had he been governor of Texas, he would have done things much differently.
    Santorum is basing all his arguments against Romney on the things Romney did in
    situation where liberal powers were overwhelmingly against him.  It simply will not be the same situation when
    he is president.  Therefore, Santorum’s
    complaints are not relevant.

  • http://profiles.google.com/davebex13 dave bechhofer

    Santorum is a fool. He makes gaffe after gaffe, and his baggage is far worse than Romney’s.

  • Anonymous

    Romney is not proposing to mandate healthcare. 

  • Anonymous

    Romney has be assaulted by the liberal media, main stream media, Rush, FOX and even Beck – yet he still comes from behind and WINS.  Power to the People!  Some will say “money talks” but if the “money” doesn’t have a strong message and a solid candidate that can deliver that message then money is worthless. The more I see of Santorum and Gingrich the less I like.  I don’t think “money” would have changed that. My hope for this country is with Romney.     

  • Anonymous

    Santorum and Romney should take a page from Vladimir Putin’s political playbook.

    Boats and hoe’s win elections!!

  • Anonymous

    Are you insane? When has Fox or the GOP establishment attacked Romney? The answer: NEVER. Wake up.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, you know those Ron Paul supporters, they are crazy like him. They, like him, believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, that is crazy…

  • Anonymous

     Clinical psychologist is hardly a blue collar job. Rick Santorum is clearly over his head and has no chance against Obama. The only reason he is doing well is because of the Evangelical vote. He is not even carrying the Catholic vote. He certainly has no history of fiscal conservatism. His statement of taking one for the team is typical of being a Washington insider and lack of conviction as he tries to explain away his voting record. We just don’t need a Washington insider as President.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t bother, vicky is a moron or in other words, an Obamao athletic supporter.

  • Anonymous

    So only those with Blue collar jobs work now, is that seriously what you are claiming? Most Blue Collar jobs are found where? In Corporations, maybe?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, because the the Washington “outsider” we have as president now is doing a bang-up job. How about voting for someone who honestly believes in the Constitution and Bill of Rights instead…

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Lots of negative comments about our Republican candidates. We sound very divided. It scares me to death. How can we beat the Socialists who want to destroy our constitution when we can’t manage intelligent fact based arguments for or against our own favorite conservative choice?

  • Anonymous

     I watch Fox News and Romney appears to be the favorite of Bill O’rielly. The rest appear to favor Rick Santorun’s and Newt before that.

  • Anonymous

    Fox in general favors Romney. I do not watch, I go to the website and read the articles. Individuals may like Romney or Santorum, but Fox in general is marching to the GOP establishment’s drums and pushing Romney.

  • Bill Tilghman

    He should be very familiar with their work, since he has been in several institutions where they work. I suppose from the inmate’s point of view it might appear that they don’t do anything, but merely putting up with his presence is a tremendous task in itself.

  • Anonymous

    As always…you only hear what you want to hear.  Beck, Rush, Bair, O’Riley have all but endorsed Santorum and Gingrich.  Just listen with your “other” ear and you will hear what I am hearing.  

  • Anonymous

    Maybe because most Republicans are not conservatives. The GOP is no longer your grandfather’s GOP. The Libertarians hold the old time GOP ideals.

  • Anonymous

    I do not care what an individual says, Fox in general has not attacked Romney in any way. They will not go against the GOP establishment. Look at all the articles on the website, they are doing the Establishment’s bidding and pushing Romney. By the way, Romney sucks.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I’m “a Grandma, too”–the Grandmother of 40+ grandchildren–and am very concerned about their future!  My hope is the same as yours!  I wish we could share all the wonderful stories about Mitt Romney–as I have been accumulating them for the past few years–after I read “No Apology” by Romney and “A Mormon in the White House?” by Hugh Hewitt, and then recently, David French’s “Why Evangelicals Should support Mitt Romney–and Love It”! 

    Did you watch Huckabee’s Forum 3 on Saturday?  Mitt was the compassionate, caring person I have come to know and love, but more importantly, he is the most capable, competent person to lead this great country out of this critical and frightening abyss!

    Let’s all share positive bios of the candidates we support, instead of all the vitriolic, mean spirited rhetoric.  I believe they are men who only want to serve their country, so why should we show anything but respect for them! 

  • Bill Tilghman

     Moronica, who cares what a libtard run website has to say about a REPUBLICAN candidate? They most certainly will tell lies, half truths, and speculations – that is what you liberals do. You can’t resist the temptation of slinging mud and making loud false accusations in public.

    For us to believe otherwise we’d have to be as stupid as you, and that just isn’t within the realm of possibility.

    You are still Queen of the Damned Stupid and Empress of the Imbecilic, and this post of yours is perfect proof of that.

  • Anonymous

     I have no idea where you are coming from as Obama was a senator before becoming president.

  • Anonymous

     They work. I was replying in the context of Victor Tiffany’s post as were you.

  • Anonymous

    And this is supposed to be news Vicky with an IQ of <2 and who places his faith in spell check?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2DCZJPKM2JVNYRPQ3QYHWIRIU Wayne

     In October of 2007, Romney told the Republican Jewish
    Coalition: “I think we’ll be successful nationwide. My plan, by the way,
    allows every citizen in America to get health insurance.” Asked
    by CNN’s John King at the time whether RomneyCare was a good model for
    the nation, he responded with a big grin, “Well, I think so.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2DCZJPKM2JVNYRPQ3QYHWIRIU Wayne

     So is Santorum, therefore it would be hypocrisy…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2DCZJPKM2JVNYRPQ3QYHWIRIU Wayne

     And maybe go back to the time in his life before he voted to double the department of education, raise the debt ceiling 5x, and funding for planned parenthood and have a redo on those votes

  • jen

    The best Romney could do in MA is veto Romneycare and not work with liberal advisors and ted kennedy in bringing it to the ma legislature.  No other MA governor ever did socialized medicine or cap and trade, but Romney is so far left that he did it just as Obama would do if he was gov of MA.  Why break something more especially if it was not that broke to begin with.  If Romneycare is so great, why is it no other state has ever embarked upon it? 

    Romney supporters are little socialists while obama supporters are the big socialists – both are far left ideologies.  The similarities between romneycare and obamacare are virtually identical and the arguments romney uses to defend romneycare are the same exact ones obama has been using.  

    Romney is also more into using dirty campaign tricks and that is what he thrives on.  He lacks a core just as his supporters do.

    Here is about Romneycare:
    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/how-romney-advocated-obamacare-and-lied-about-it.html

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2DCZJPKM2JVNYRPQ3QYHWIRIU Wayne

     It’s difficult to think Santorum as a social conservative when he was on stage when Arlen Spector was announcing his candidacy for President in 1996 as the “Republican who supports a woman’s right to choose”  and gave a 25 minute speech focused toward that, with Santorum clapping in the background.

  • http://twitter.com/Morning_tony Morning_tony

    Mitt Romney May Be Finished trying to claim the
    Washington Outsider Angle ,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yR_Mn4Skt4&feature=player_embedded

     

  • Bill Tilghman

    Hmmm, Okay. I am not sure what that means.

  • Anonymous

    My husband life was saved last week  in Mass. Mass has outstanding hospitals and a wonderful healthcare system that is the best in the country. I live in CT and had I not gone to the Mass my husband would have died . What you  anti Mass and anti Romney people have come to sound like are sour grapes.
    The people of Mass are 90 percent happy with their system . Why are  bloggers so bent on attacking something they don’t understand. Masscare is NOT Obamacare.
    It doesn’t rations care like Obamacare will.  They word mandates is out of control and meaningless.We are living in a world of mandates. Perhalps you should replace it with Life Saving Care.Good healthcare is Pro Life.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Romney’s changed since he ran in 2008. Glen Beck must have changed and now is trying to please other  extreme Evangelicals forces.It’s sad because I thought Glen Beck was his own man and didn’t have to run with back. Healthcare and saving lives should be more important than political hype. Santorum isn’t quite the honest man he claims to be I’ll give my vote to Romney.

  • Anonymous

     I could have made myself clearer. I am stating I agree with you that they work but a clinical psychologist is not a blue collar background.

  • Anonymous

     That’s not good. I guess that only leaves Ron Paul with clean hands when it comes to Washington money. The problem is Rick is just as bad and has little to no chance of winning. He has allowed himself to be manipulated into a corner for the Evangelical vote. I love Ron Paul but his stance on Iran is naive. A world armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons is unacceptable. Fallout also travels in the trade winds which puts everyone at risk.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you and your key players are becoming far to opinionated to the point of being radical.  The many negative comments that you made against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s press release and the clear evidence that his posse outlined in detail were all discounted by you and your team.  The question that needs to be asked is what if you are wrong, what if Obama is indeed the “Manchurian Candidate” that was created by Bill Ayers and his radical associates to transform America from what it once was to what it is now becoming?

    Why would any one that has nothing to hide, spend one million dollars to bury their past if there is nothing in their past that needs to be hidden?  The answer is clear, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his posse uncovered in great forensic detail, nothing that Obama has produced to validate that he was indeed born in the United States passes scrutiny.

    The long form birth certificate along with his military service card are proven to be forgeries, yet you and your team discount the forensic evidence and mock Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his posse. The posse tried to determine if Obama and his mother cleared customs in 1961 and after reviewing the INS records, amazingly the INS records from August 1,1961 thru August 7, 1961 were no where to be found.  Interestingly enough, those are apparently the only INS records that can not be found, coincidence or was a crime committed?

    Why is the media not talking about Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his posses findings?  There is nothing more important than to determine if the resident of the White House is indeed entitled according to the Constitution, to reside in the White House as president of the United States.

    Glenn, I have searched the WEB and to date I have not been able to find a copy of Obama’s parents marriage certificate. There is a divorce certificate available but not a marriage certificate. What if his mother and Obama Senior were never married, would that change Obama’s qualifications to be in the White House if the true identity of who fathered him was unknown?

    Glenn, there are so many unanswered questions about Obama’s past coupled with many of his radical ideas that it is next to impossible to believe that he does not have a radical agenda that he is executing, to change America by making it crumble to it’s knees.

    Obama and his Administrations mandate demanding that the Catholic Church’s offer birth control and contraception to it’s employees or face fines which is clearly against the Catholic’s religious believes is no different than Obama ordering Muslim’s to eat pork on Friday’s or be fined for not having done so.

    If his mandate against the Catholic’s is deemed law, what would prevent Obama from demanding that Jews that are highly religious work on Saturday’s. The list of his demands would be endless if he is not stopped in his tracks on the Catholic issue which by the way is clearly against the First Amendment, then again he has proven that he has little use or regard for the Constitution, i.e. Obama-Care.

    Once again, Glenn, I ask you what if you are wrong and what if Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his posse is right?  I believe that you have severely damaged your credibility with many of your what were once loyal viewers, me being one of them. There is little that corrupts more than power, especially if it is new gained power. Is there any doubt that you have over the past few years gained immense power?

    The truth will one day surface, hopefully the video tapes that Andrew Breitbart said that he had prior to his unexpected death, that would according to Andrew, change the dynamics of the 2012 presidential election by showing Obama during his days at Occidental College.  Those tapes are expected to be released in the next week or so on Hannity’s show.

    If those tapes for whatever reason do not ever surface as they were promised to surface, that would raise a whole new series of questions. would it not?

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you, I never hear or heard them trash Romney.  I’ve heard them trash the other candidates, and ask them insulting questions geared to make them look bad.  The Romney supporters think he is being trashed if someone doesn’t outright endorse him.  Guess they can’t read between the lines.

  • Anonymous

    Some of the so called Republicans are outright Liberals.  Example: Mitt Romney.  There is no longer a difference between the two parties.  All we do is change the person. 

  • Anonymous

    Glad your husband was saved.  Ma does have some of the best Hospitals in the country.  However, the healthcare in the common wealth of Ma has always been great long before Mitt Romney.  How long do you think it will continue, because of Romney Care there is now talk of capping charges and costs which will lead to rationing.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, why don;t you get out the chalk board and do a compare and contrast with Romney Care and Obama Care?  Why don’t you/didn’t you do a special on Romney and his progressive ways, like you did on Newt, which by the way presented 0 facts except sound bites of speeches.  Also you trashed Ron Paul on his policies.  Why haven’t you done it to Romney?  Who is by far the most liberal of all the candidates?  I don’t think you support Santorum, because if you did you would point out Romney’s record. 

  • Anonymous

    Exactly how has Glenn assaulted Romney?  How has Rush assaulted Romney?  How has FOX assaulted Romney?  Just curious, because I never heard it?  As far as MSM they trash anyone with R in front of their name, even if the R=RHINO, like Mitt.

  • Anonymous

    He already did it in Ma.

  • Anonymous

    So, what you are saying is that Romney should have left it alone?  Really?  THAT is conservatism to you?  If Romney had left it alone he a) Would not have  cut the high cost of the government paying for healthcare for people who had no insurance, which also would have limited his ability to balance the budget.  b) Would have been continuing to redistribute wealth,  forcing taxpayers who are already paying for their own insurance to pay for healthcare for others who do not bother to obtain insurance.  c) Would have been continuing to allow 8 percent of the people to get healthcare for free.

    Last I looked, those were NOT conservative principles. At least by mandating that people obtain their own insurance, he was able to comply with three other conservative principles, which frankly, I think are far more important ones.

    We cannot have it both ways.  When taxpayers pay for someone else’s healthcare, THAT too is a mandate.  It sounds to me like Santorum’s supporters would rather mandate that taxpayers pay for other people’s healthcare than mandate that the recievers of the healthcare pay for their own healthcare.

    Of course, Romney could have just yanked healthcare from that 8 percent. That may be the conservative answer that Santorum supports, but it would not have been possible in a liberal state like Mass. Therefore, Santorum is simply playing political games, holding Romney to a standard that was impossible for anyone, inlcuding Romney, to obtain. I find that to be deceptive and unfair.

  • Anonymous

    No, I’m pretty sure jen is saying Mitt Romney is not a conservative, and no matter how you try to spin it neither is Romney Care.  Don’t feel bad Ann Coulter did a crappy job defending it too.

  • Anonymous

    You were expecting Romney, just starting his run for president, to tell a liberal new station that he is ashamed of his record as governor on healkthcare issues and he instead should have just yanked the governmnet money from the uninsured and let them die on the streets? No wonder Obama won last time. “nationwide” does not mean “nationally”. He was saying that states throughout the nation could adopt his plan. He was not saying the nation should adopt his plan.

    It is fine to criticize what Romney did. It just amazes me that no one, especially Santorum, bothers to tell us what Romney should have done instead. Whatever their answers would be, it would have eoither been impossible to do or it would have been worse than what Romney did.

  • Anonymous

    No one is saying Romney care was that conservative! We are only saying it was the MOST conservative thing Romney could have possibly done in a state like Mass. And since NO ONE has yet to explain what he could have done that would have been more conservative, it is either deceptive or just ignorant to use it against him and claim that he is not a conservative.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, you are not defending Romney Care, but excusing it or making excuses for it.  Question: If Romney becomes president, and the Dems control the House and Senate, what will he be forced to do?  You know what the people in Mass. don’t like Romney care, you know why because if they did they would not have voted for Scot Brown over the Dem.

  • Anonymous

    What about his cap and trade legislation.  Was he forced into that too?  Just curious.  Maybe he should start blaming Bush.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not making excuses for him. I simply expect people to judge him fairly,taking circumstances into account, rather than comparing him to some ideal of perfect conservatism. If Dems control the House and Senate, I suspect that most conservatives, including Santorum, would want him to get nothing done rather than give an inch to the Dems. That is what we have now, in reverse, with Obama.

    I trust that Romney would look for common ground and make minor tradeoffs if necessary to obtain the most important goals. (Which is EXACTLY what Santorum did on numerous occasions.)

  • Anonymous

    Bush’s cap and trade, and Romney’s support of it, was a reaction to what looked like an impending beginning of another great depression. Had that depression actually fallen on us, Bush would have been blamed for doing nothing (the way Hoover was). It is a classic case of the Dems creating a financial crisis and putting Bush in a no-win situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Let me know when you grow up little, pissed off 11 y/o.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Not true.  I voted against Obama and will again this year.

    Got more bulls$%t lies to tell?

  • Anonymous

    But you’re still likely to be an Obama jock-strap…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, apparently you think it was news…

  • Anonymous

    So which Democratic Socialist of America will you be voting for?

  • Anonymous

    When are you going to grow up, pissed off 56 y/o?

  • Sandie

    He would like that.

  • Anonymous

    If the shoe fits!!!