Santorum: "Romney in bed with Barack Obama", responds to attacks from Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter has come out on MSNBC today and said that he felt that Rick Santorum is too extreme to be President, and that Santorum is misrepresenting events from 2004. In this week’s GOP debate, Santorum said that he had endorsed Arlen Specter in order to get Specter to agree to Bush’s judicial nominees. Glenn, who interviewed Santorum for a full hour on GBTV last night, asked Santorum to respond to the attacks.

Politico reports:

“Where you have Senator Santorum’s views, so far to the right, with his attitude on women in the workplace and gays and the bestiality comments and birth control, I do not think it is realistic for Rick Santorum to represent America,” Specter said on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown.”

Specter also said that Santorum had misrepresented him in Wednesday’s presidential debate. Santorum had claimed that he had endorsed Specter on the condition that Specter agree to the confirmation of President Bush’s judicial nominees.

“We never had a conversation about his support for me in 2004. It was just assumed. We had always supported each other. The issue about my backing the president’s nominees came up after I was elected and the question was on my chairmanship,” Specter said. “That is flatly not true.”

Video of the segment is below:

“All I would say is the proof is in the pudding,” Santorum said. “Arlen Specter stood up and defended Alito and Roberts every moment they were attacked. He was the first one out there defending them, doing exactly what he said he was going to do, which is work as chairman of the committee.”

“The fact is what I accounted to you is exactly what happened,” Santorum said of the meeting.

Santorum said that he’s pretty sure that Alito would not be on the court today without Specter’s support.

“Arlen Specter is a Democrat. Arlen Specter doesn’t want to see Rick Santorum elected. And I can just tell you that was a condition for me to step up there and support him at the end of the campaign,” Santorum said.

Santorum also took umbrage with Mitt Romney’s attacks from this weeks debate, wherein Romney went after Santorum for endorsing Specter.

“By the way, the person who attacked me on this was Mitt Romney who supported liberal activist judges on the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. Not one. Not two, but about thirty-six of them. And for him to attack me on who supported all these liberal candidates,” Santorum said. “Here’s a guy attacking me on standing up for my principles and making sure that we got Supreme Court Justices nominated.”

Santorum also accused Romney of being against Reagan conservatism, and for having the same policies on Obama when it comes to eliminating charitable deductions for the wealthy.

“Mitt Romney is in bed with Barack Obama on destroying these vital mediating institutions of our society by starving them of money from the very people that keep these organizations alive and well in our society,” Santorum said.

Glenn did ask Santorum why he has only given 4% of his income to charity when tithing requires 10%. Santorum did say that he does give speeches for severely discounted rates and has done other things that don’t show up on tax returns, but that he did need to do better.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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