Rick Santorum Done

@debrakcarey (19925)
United States
April 10, 2012 2:35pm CST
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-rick-santorum-suspending-campaign/ After a long weekend at the hospital with Bella, Rick calls it quits and thanks his supporters, saying; “It turns out that it wasn’t really my voice that I was out communicating, it was your voice.”
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
10 Apr 12
Finally! I tell ya one thing: He seemed to be pretty committed to staying in for the longest time. I'm definitely surprised he decided to call it quits. I thought for sure he'd wait another two months or so. But to Mr. Santorum, here's a little song for us all to remember him by. Bye-bye, mister sweater vest guy You had passion for the fashion But your views were too pye Them Grand Old boys have to flop to survive We don't wanna go that far to the right You need compromise and a platform that's spry
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@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
10 Apr 12
• United States
10 Apr 12
^ best song EVER ^
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
10 Apr 12
I'm sad to see him go even though he would not have won the nomination--it's Romney's turn, it's pretty plain that the GOP made up its mind long ago about that. I wish we could take all 4 of those guys and combine them into one. I really don't like Romney all that much but, as we've said before, anyone but Obama! I'd like Paul's small government, Santorum's morality and solid family values, Gingrich's sharp mind and Romney's business experience all in one candidate. Too bad we can't build a candidate we all like and trust.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
10 Apr 12
I've often had the same thought. Great minds think alike? lol
@Rosekitty (19499)
• San Marcos, Texas
10 Apr 12
Have to give the man respect for putting his Family over politics!
• United States
10 Apr 12
Sadly too true. For every good a bad that equals it out and none seem to be the "one".
@anniepa (26850)
• United States
12 Apr 12
First of all, let me say I'm very glad Bella is doing better and is home from the hospital and I hope and pray she has nothing but good health from now on. I've never doubted that the Santorums are great parents. However, I'm not quite as sure as some here seem to be that he only dropped out of the campaign to be with Bella or because of her illness. I'm sorry, but I have a feeling the polling, especially that coming out of his and my home state of Pennsylvania, had a lot to do with it. He'd been depending on winning, hopefully even winning BIG in PA so as to totally erase, or maybe more appropriately "Etch-A-Sketch out" the embarrassing loss of his Senate reelection bid in 2006. At the time it was the largest margin any incumbent Senator had ever lost by, a whopping 18 points. He really shocked a lot of people by coming from out of nowhere to become one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination so all he really needed for icing on the cake and to give people something to remember other than that terrible loss was a PA primary win. A loss, on the other hand, would put him right back to square one, so to speak, and since I have little doubt he intends to try it again in 2016 he wasn't about to allow that to happen. He's a politician; politicians are opportunists by nature; he saw the opportunity to bow out gracefully and he took it. I don't know if it could ever be possible for someone with his extreme right views to win the Republican nomination but I'm pretty sure he could never win the general election. He doesn't think birth control is "alright" and wouldn't have a problem if individual states wanted to outlaw it. He doesn't believe in the Separation of Church and State, in fact President Kennedy's speech about it made him want to "throw up". He DID believe he had the right to interfere in the Terri Schiavo case. He doesn't believe in a woman's right to an abortion, even if it's to save her own life despite the fact he admitted he'd have made that difficult call when he and his wife were nearly faced with that horrible choice. He's all for limiting people's right to sue for damages and pain and suffering, yet it was a different story when his wife sued a chiropractor and was awarded a quarter of a million dollars. He's vowed over and over again to repeal "Obamacare" yet when asked why his charitable donations were so low for his nearly million dollar annual income he explained how he had to pay for a lot of his daughter's medical bills out of his own pocket. Exactly how does he think those of us who don't make seven figures are supposed to handle huge medical expenses? Basically, he doesn't care. I think he might have been hearing some voices communicating back to him, some of which came from his own state, and they were saying "You don't speak for me!" Annie
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
12 Apr 12
Thanks for your response. btw, the Constitution has a thing called the 10th ammendment, states can decide things like that. And I happen to agree that life is precious and NO ONE has the right to end another's life. Call me old fashion but I liked hearing Mr. Santorum stand up for values I believe in as well. If I remember correctly in the case you mention, Terry Schiavo case, there was FAMILY disagreement, wasn't there? Hmmm, one says she would want to die and the other says no she wouldn't? Err on the side of life maybe? As for the Kennedy speech, as usual the libral spin made it something it wasn't. Here's the ENTIRE quote: "To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?" Santorum said Sunday at a campaign event here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He was not saying that there should be NO SEPARATION, he was saying because you are religious shouldn't mean you must be silenced if you enter public life. You shouldn't have to leave your values at the door. I happen to agree. Granted, his speaking up for his values lost him in the long run, but he got MILLIONS of votes that tell me people are sick of liberal relative values and want a return more moderate if not conservative values. Anyway, I meant for this to be a tribute to Rick's family and his values. Thanks for bringing all this up and reminding me why I like him.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
12 Apr 12
Way back last fall, before the war on the Catholic Church began, George Stephanopolus asked the GOP) candidates at one of the debates, a question that shocked every one. He asked if they agreed the states had a right to bann birth control. ??? You could see the surprise on everyones face. NONE of them believed the stats SHOULD, but legally they CAN. It was one of those GOTCHCA questions the left loves so much.IF you answer it at all, they have amunition to hit you with. Mind you, this si WAY before any controversy with the Catholic Churhc on providing birth control. I kept shaking my head, (I watched the debate three times) and each time I just couldn't understand why the question was even asked and 20 minutes spent on it. Then when Obama's dictate to the Catholic church came down and the Church refused to be bullied into going against the conscience, I understood. Do you? The supposed war on women that the Republican's are waging, it is a manufactured just for Obama's campaign non issue. NONE of the GOP candidates are against birth control nor would they support a ban on it. ITS HYPE from the Obama campaign. As far as the Kennedy speech, I am very familiar with it. And here is my take on it, every liberal ought to listen to it once a week. You all seem so nervous about a right wing theocracy. Of course you don't agree with Santorum's take on it, but that's to be expected from a liberal. You don't have to fight against the attitudes Rick Santorum did either. And you know what annie, back when the church had more influence on people and society, there was less violenc, less greed, less envy, and the liberals were actually NICE people.
@anniepa (26850)
• United States
12 Apr 12
The only inaccuracy in your comment is that Stephanopolus's question came AFTER Santorum's comments that, and I'm paraphrasing, birth control is not "alright". That's where the question came from, obviously. I was shaking my head also as I watched the debate because I was again thinking how unbelievable it was that in 2012 there's a politician who would even bring up a "problem" with birth control! Your very last sentence says a lot about you, Debra. Believe it or not, there are still MANY liberals who are VERY nice people! There are also many nice conservatives. Sadly, there are some not-so-nice folks from both ideologies, but that's just human nature and I suppose the law of averages. Why do you have to turn everything so nasty and so personal? When I say or write something critical about an individual in public life I'm not extending my criticism to everyone who agrees with that person on a single issue. It's not and never has been personal with me; I guess that's why I'm quite capable of having friends from all political stripes. Annie
• United States
10 Apr 12
I live in Pennsylvania and in our area he had the vote in the bag, that said he was from this area as well. I will never condemn a man for putting his family above his career. I think if he ever does run again his stepping down to be a good father will lend him many a vote. No one on either side of the political line in the sand can say he quit for no good reason and I hope that his daughter understands how much he gave up for her love.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
10 Apr 12
The man has class, that is all I can say.
• United States
10 Apr 12
ironically it is his stepping down which makes me want to vote for him more. Knowing he would put aside his aspirations for his child makes me think much better of him.
@Rollo1 (16726)
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Apr 12
This was the time for him to step out gracefully with an excuse that is valid and understandable. I hope that the support will coalesce around the presumptive nominee and we can see some movement in the polls. But sometimes I am not sure any of it matters.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
11 Apr 12
me either. I'm really needing something positve to focus on. So this was it. Rick Santorum took a lot of grief over his views. But by doing this I am reassured that he meant every word he said about family first.
@Rosekitty (19499)
• San Marcos, Texas
10 Apr 12
Sadly we all knew he wouldn't make it to the top but am glad he decided to be a Dad over a president!