Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jindal, Santorum to join statewide bus tour opposing Iowa Justice Wiggins - (blog)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will join a statewide bus tour next week as part of a campaign aimed at ousting Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins because of his support for a April 2009 court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.

The “No Wiggins Bus Tour” kicks off Monday at the Iowa Capitol, spending four days and covering more than 1,300 miles while visiting 17 Iowa towns.

Jindal will ride the bus on Wednesday when it has stops scheduled in in Mason City, Marshalltown, Fort Dodge and Carroll. Santorum, the winner of January’s Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, will join the tour on Monday for stops in Des Moines, Pella and Ottumwa.

Santorum said in statement that the judiciary’s usurpation of authority in recent years is completely unacceptable.

. â€Å"It is obviously clear the people’s Constitution gives the judicial branch the least power, and yet these appointed judges continuously legislate from the bench whether it is gay marriage in Iowa, collective bargaining in Wisconsin, or resulting in the death of millions of lives caused by the opinion of Roe v. Wade,” Santorum said.

Jindal said in a press release that the election in November may be the most important election of our lifetimes.

“From the top of the ticket on down, our freedoms and values are at stake. It’s critical we do everything we can to encourage conservatives to go to the polls and vote to uphold our values, freedoms, and constitutional rights,” Jindal said.

The Iowans for Freedom bus tour is sponsored by CitizenLink, Patriot Voices, and The FAMiLY LEADER along with co-sponsors: National Organization for Marriage and

The schedule includes:

Monday, Sept. 24: Des Moines, Pella, Ottumwa, Burlington, Muscatine

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Cedar Falls

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Mason City, Marshalltown, Ft. Dodge, Carroll

Thursday, Sept. 27: Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Spencer, Orange City

A full schedule of times and locations can be found at

Monday, September 17, 2012

Santorum: 'We Will Never Have...Smart People On Our Side' - (blog)

Rick Santorum to speak in Jacksonville - Florida Times-Union (blog)

Former Republican U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be speaking in Jacksonville Oct. 13.

He will be in town for Stories of Hope event benefiting Emergency Pregnancy Services, a pro-life group that tries to "empower women to make fact based decisions about their pregnancy without judgment or pressure," according to its Web site.

Tickets for the event, being held at the Southpoint Marriott, are $50. For more information call 904-308-7510. 

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Rick Santorum to appear in Sioux City Thursday - Sioux City Journal

2012-09-17T12:30:00Z 2012-09-17T13:32:07Z Rick Santorum to appear in Sioux City ThursdayBRET HAYWORTH Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Rick Santorum, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, will speak in Sioux City Thursday to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Santorum narrowly won the January Iowa caucus contest before faltering down the primary stretch, and the party's nomination went to Mitt Romney, who is now battling with President Barack Obama.

The constitution event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Emma's Event Center, 3828 Stadium Drive. Along with Santorum, who is chairman of the Patriot Voices Political Action Committee, the event will include U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and local talk show host Sam Clovis.

It will be a busy day in the city for King, who also will hold his annual Defenders of Freedom fundraiser, with the participation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

A former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum spoke previously at the same venue in March 2011.

Santorum in Sioux City Thursday for celebration of US Constitution - (blog)

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Rick Santorum will be back in Iowa again â€" this time for a celebration of the U.S. Constitution’s 225th anniversary on Thursday.

Santorum, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for president, is now chairman of a conservative political action committee called Patriot Voices. Its purpose is to “protect faith, freedom, family and opportunity,” its website says.

One of its first goals is to help GOP nominee Mitt Romney in swing states such as Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado and Michigan, Santorum said during an event to kick off the group’s efforts during the Republican National Convention.

Santorum’s group and the Conservative Alliance of Iowa are organizing the Constitution celebration in Sioux City. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Emma’s Event Center, 3828 Stadium Dr. in Sioux City.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King and Sioux City conservative talk show host Sam Clovis will participate, Patriot Voices organizers said in a news release today.

Santorum won the Iowa caucuses by a thread, then went on to win 11 states, including Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. But after losses in Wisconsin and Maryland, he dropped out of the race on April 10. Romney had 661 delegates to Santorum’s 285; a total of 1,144 were needed to clinch the nomination. Santorum later endorsed Romney.

His first trip back to Iowa after his January win was in July, when he did six public events to say thank you to his supporters.

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Rick Santorum tells audience that 'smart people' will never be on his side - New York Daily News

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told a group of social conservatives this weekend that the country's "smart people" will never be on their side.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told a group of social conservatives this weekend that the country's "smart people" will never be on their side.

Former presidential contender Rick Santorum told a group of social conservatives this weekend that the country's "smart people" will never be on their side.

The former Pennsylvania senator was railing against the American intelligentsia at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Saturday.

"We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country," Santorum said, according to video posted by Right Wing Watch. "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do."

"So our colleges and universities, they're not going to be on our side," he added. "The basic premise of America and American values will always be sustained through two institutions â€" the church and the family."

The liberal blogosphere made hay of Santorum's use of the phrase "smart people," but the sarcastic comment was consistent with anti-elite rhetoric he’s used in the past.

During his campaign for the Republican nomination, Santorum got some blowback after saying President Obama was a "snob" for promoting higher education.

"President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college," he said at the time. "What a snob."

He walked back that comment after it was criticized by some Republicans, saying in a CNN interview that the remark was "probably not the smartest thing."

Santorum himself graduated from Penn State University, got an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from the Dickinson School of Law.

Mitt Romney addressed the group by video on Friday, while Paul Ryan spoke at the Washington summit in person.

Romney focused on the economy in his speech, but reaffirmed his "respect for traditional values."

"We will uphold the sanctity of life, not abandon or ignore it. And we will defend marriage, not try to redefine it," he said. "We need a president who understands that we will not have a strong economy unless we have strong communities and strong families."

Rick Santorum: U.S. turns back on allies - Politico

Rick Santorum is pictured. | AP Photo

'If you’re a friend of the United States, don’t expect us to help you,' Santorum said. | AP Photo

President Barack Obama is abandoning American allies and trying to appease U.S. enemies, Rick Santorum charged on Monday.

“If you’re a friend of the United States, don’t expect us to help you,” Santorum said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “If you’re an enemy of the United States, we want to talk to you, we want to engage you, we want to appease you. That’s the policy of this administration.”

Santorum’s comments came in the wake of several interviews Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave to American outlets on Sunday, in which the Israeli leader highlighted the threat that, he argued, a nuclear-capable Iran poses to the rest of the world, and especially to Israel.

“The United States policy is, ‘Iran will not get a nuclear weapon,’ and then we do virtually nothing to stop them,” Santorum said. “That is the most dangerous policy because it tells our enemies not to fear us because we don’t mean what we say, and it tells our allies not to trust us because we don’t mean what we say.”