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Santorum: Christie Would Face Uphill Climb for GOP Nomination.


Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is mulling another run for the White House in 2016, said he believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will face an uphill climb if he decides to seek the GOP presidential nomination.

“Chris is a good man. For a Republican in New Jersey, he’s done a good job in the state of New Jersey,” Santorum told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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“But he’s clearly not someone who is in the center of the Republican Party nationally and, as a result of that, he’s got a much more difficult task to make.”

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Earlier, Santorum said on Fox News that he’s still in the “thinking-about-it” stage of a 2016 run.

Santorum also told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg that he is puzzled by House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s claim that Republicans have offered no alternatives to Obamacare.

“Newt has a lot of ideas about what healthcare is and as far as I’ve checked he’s still a Republican and there’s a lot of folks including me who thinks he’s got some pretty good ideas,” Santorum said of his 2012 political rival for the GOP nomination.

“A lot of Republicans have good ideas on how to move forward into a more free market, private sector healthcare system … There are ways in which we can structure the free market to allow for better patient care for high quality care and lower cost.”

The former Pennsylvania lawmaker said he understands Gingrich’s remark at the Republican National Committee summer meeting that the GOP is “caught up right now in a culture” where — “as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious, as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to worry, so we don’t. This is a very deep problem.”

Santorum told Malzberg: “He is right in that being negative only is not an answer. If that’s his point, OK, point given, you have to propose alternatives. But don’t say that there aren’t alternatives and don’t say people don’t propose alternatives.

“A legitimate criticism is we don’t highlight alternatives as much as we do but when you’re a minority party — as he well knows because he served in the minority for a long time and had lots of ideas that nobody knew about until he became speaker.

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“So a part of that is just the reality of being a minority party and not having the opportunity to have your ideas get aired.”

Santorum is also worried about the ideological differences that have caused major rifts between ultra-conservatives, conservative, moderates, and liberals within the Republican Party.

“The whole foundation of the Republican Party from the very beginning in 1856 in its first convention was the dignity of every human life and that dignity of every human life is the foundation of which all of our policies are built,” he said.

“Respect for human life and respect for the dignity of persons economically, socially, in a family life, and, when we jettison that, then we jettison a whole foundation. We jettison the family is the basic building block of society and we say, well, marriage and the family are not that important. It’s just sort of one of many other lifestyles.”

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Santorum Says GOP Must Appeal to Working Class.


Former Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the Republican party must do a better job reaching out to working class voters.

The 2012 Iowa caucus winner says that by focusing on business owners in the last election, the GOP failed to connect with “job holders.”

Santorum says the party should reject the notion that “if we build the economy, all boats will rise.”

Santorum spoke in Ames, Iowa, Saturday during a conference organized by the conservative Christian group, the Family Leader. Other speakers at the gathering include Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and reality show star Donald Trump.

The daylong event will be one of many candidate cattle calls in the grueling runup to the 2016 presidential election.

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Santorum: DOMA Ruling an ‘Outrageous Abuse of Power’.


Calling it “an outrageous abuse of power by the court,” former Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum says thSupreme Court’s DOMA rulingalong with others, open the door for “raw brute force” from the high court and the White House, and people on both sides of the political aisle should be scared.

“I wish I could say this is the first time I’ve seen the court do it, but two things happened over the last week that really should send shivers down the spine of freedom-loving Americans,” Santorum tells Newsmax TV.

President Barack Obama’s speech on climate change and the court striking down tenets of the federal Defense of Marriage Act drew Santorum’s scorn.

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Obama essentially said he doesn’t care what the majority of Americans think, he’s “going to force it on the country irrespective of what the law says,” Santorum said. The next day, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the DOMA decision, said anyone who doesn’t support a changing definition of marriage “is a hater, is irrational, is someone who simply wants to discriminate against somebody else,” Santorum said.

Santorum said he predicted the United States would see gay marriage within a decade in 2003 when the Supreme Court struck down Lawrence v. Texas, making sexual intercourse legal between members of the same sex. At the time, people told him his arguments were ridiculous and that gay marriage would never happen.

“I haven’t been that far off,” Santorum said. If the court continues on its present course, it eventually will establish a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states, he said.

“That, to me, will put the death nail in it.”

Still, he holds out hope that as the issue is debated, defenders of traditional marriage will win out. Much like Roe v. Wade in which the battle has not died decades later, Santorum believes that when people begin to see the impact of the ruling on society, things will turn around.

On the issue of immigration reform, Santorum says if he were still in the Senate he would have joined the 32 Republicans who voted against it on Thursday. He blamed those GOP members who voted with Democrats for fearing election results.

“Every time the media stirs up a pot or we have a tough election, we immediately … become more like the other side and buy into their rhetoric and their view of how we should run this country,” Santorum said. “This is not going to be a good news story for a lot of people in this country who are going to see wages depressed and potentially lose jobs.”

Santorum prefers a more rational legal immigration policy which encourages the “best and brightest” to immigrate and assimilate with American culture.

Santorum was recently named CEO of Echo Light Studios, a faith and family film production company. He said he is looking forward to being involved in influencing the popular culture from outside politics.

“I thought it would be a great thing to do from the standpoint of trying to impact the culture and a great thing to do to help the country and a great opportunity to get some experience in managing a company and bringing it to its success,” Santorum said.

On other issues Santorum said:

• Abortion: “What happened in the Texas Legislature (when a crowd in the gallery succeeded in stopping a vote to ban abortion after 20 weeks) is really just another example of how extreme those on the other side of this issue are. … They filibustered this bill that does that and provides basic sanitary standards for abortion clinics, things that you would want any medical facility to have as far as sterilization and cleanliness. … This is the extreme nature of this right that was created out of whole cloth by the United States Supreme Court and I’m glad that Gov. Perry has fought back, scheduled another special session, and I fully expect that bill to pass and become law.”

The Edward Snowden NSA leaker case: “The president’s handling this the way he handles almost every international crisis, which is just sort of sit back and let America get pushed around and be indecisive, threaten things and then not follow through with things, use tough language without any tough actions. … our adversaries do not fear us, they are not concerned about what we believe or what we want, and our enemies do not trust us because we’re not reliable allies to stand with them and behind them. ”

The IRS scandal: “This is a rogue organization. … this organization has proven that it is not responsive to any kind of oversight. It’s irretrievable in any quest to try to reform it. And, as a result, I’ve joined the chorus to repeal the 16th Amendment. We have to get rid of an income tax … and we have to go back to a system like we had before … where we had excise taxes and taxes on comsumption as a way to fund the federal government.”

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By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter

Politician Rick Santorum Heads Faith-Based Film Company.


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Former U.S. senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a new gig these days. And as the CEO of EchoLight Studios—a faith-based, family film production company—he plans to make a big impact quickly on his new industry.

The announcement of Santorum’s new position came last weekend on FNC’s “The Huckabee Show.”

“This is the right place and right time, and I’ve jumped in with both feet,” says Santorum, who has spent the past year helping EchoLight grow as a company. “I often say that culture is upstream from politics. I know entertainment also can be strength and light for people who want to be uplifted and reinforced in their values.”

EchoLight’s upcoming first theatrical venture, The Redemption of Henry Myers, is slated for a fall 2013 release. Meanwhile, EchoLight’s second theatrical film is based on the inspiring story of Illinois basketball player Eric “Hoovey” Elliott, stars Patrick Warburton and Lauren Holly and is directed by Soul Surfer’s Sean McNamara. It is in post-production and set for release in 2014.

Santorum has high expectations for blowing open a burgeoning entertainment category.

“Dallas can become the Hollywood of the faith-and-family movie market,” he says. “And the keys are great content and economic success, using money from all over to build out the industry and distribute an authentic product truthful to the faith in people’s lives.”

EchoLight’s commitment to new filmmakers already boasts impressive numbers:

  • A $250,000 commitment to produce and distribute a new work by the winner of the short film category in the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
  • A multiyear, multimillion-dollar agreement to produce films from Liberty University’s cinematic arts program, with production wrapped on the first film from that effort.
  • Up to $1 million pledged to produce and distribute a new work from the best film category winner in this year’s 168 Film Project.

EchoLight has a full pipeline of films with established directors and a growing cadre of “faith and family” stars as committed as the directors and producers.

“We’re in a position with potential to transform the industry,” Santorum says. “EchoLight is a wide door into movie excellence and to more of it—which is why we’re also helping to cultivate young filmmakers in the faith community, helping them develop cinema that, in many, many ways, can go further and do more.”

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MICHAEL CONRAD

Santorum: GOP Needs ‘True Empathy’ with Voters.


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By Todd Beamon

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said that Republicans “must have the message and the policies that truly level the playing field, get government out of picking winners and losers, and lift up both owners and workers” if it wants to win the White House in the future.

“We need to look to leaders in our party to emerge and solidify around this message,” the former Pennsylvania senator said in an opinion piece published on Saturday in USA Today.

Santorum, who now heads the Patriot Voices group, said that the recent scandals that have engulfed the Obama White House “display the president’s failure to be a different kind of leader. But Republicans cannot just rely on the letdown of the Obama administration.”

He cited exit polls from the 2012 election that showed Obama registered with voters because they felt that he “cares about me” — in other words he fills a so-called “empathy gap.”

“Republican rhetoric focuses on business creators without making the connection to the average American,” Santorum said. “Furthermore, the establishment Republican policies have cooperated with Democrats to use the government to reward big businesses and big banks at the expense of these job creators.

“But Republicans often don’t even talk about those who work in those businesses: the cooks, technicians, welders, truck drivers, administrative assistants, middle managers, laborers, and all the other good and honorable jobs that are the foundations of these companies.

“These employees also make the American economy run, and there are a lot more of them than employers.

“We need to talk with them — and to them,” Santorum added. “Our policies must address their interests, and I don’t mean just economic interests. True empathy is conveyed by message, messenger, and action.”

He added that “the Republican establishment dismisses such ‘populism’ just like they dismissed our 2012 presidential campaign.”

Even though former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lost the election, the GOP candidate won 11 states because “we resonated with Middle America,” Santorum said.

“Our campaign focused on American-first principles: the family as a key economic unit and economic opportunity for those struggling during this difficult time. We talked about manufacturing, technical training, tax breaks for working families, and a patient-centered healthcare system.”

Santorum added that another set of exit polls, these during the GOP presidential primary in Pennsylvania, showed that he was most favored by citizens “voting on their way home from work.

“Those are the voters up for grabs in America today, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, or any other ‘demographic indicators,’” Santorum concluded. “They know that the president’s promises of government taking care of their every need are a farce, but they don’t see anyone else talking about or to them. Nor do they see policies that move the needle in their lives.”

In an interview later on Saturday with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Fox News, Santorum said that he was joining EchoLight Studios, a faith-and-family film production company, as its CEO.

The studio’s films include “Seasons of Gray,” a modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, and the western “The Redemption of Henry Myers.”
“Politics is a very important avenue, and I am still involved in it,” Santorum told Huckabee. “But the culture is very, very important.

“The storytellers for this country have not been storytellers sharing the values that you and I support. We need people out there who are going to be purveyors of good, positive content.”

He also said that he would not support the sweeping immigration reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate because it placed illegal immigrants “on the same footing” as legals.

“I take the common-sense approach that people who come to this country — as my father did as an immigrant and my grandfather did as an immigrant — should not be treated the same as people who came here and broke the law,” Santorum said.

And the former senator said that his group, Patriot Voices, did not seek tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service when it was formed last year because its counsel, the respected elections attorney Cleta Mitchell, said that the agency was targeting conservative, religious and tea party groups.

Mitchell told Newsmax last month that she had tangible proof that top IRS officials in Washington were fully aware of the agency’s campaign to target such groups for heightened scrutiny, despite their denials.

“She told us that the IRS was targeting these groups and ‘they’re going to run you through the wringer,’” Santorum told Huckabee. “Her advice to us was: ‘Take a step back, let this thing clear out a little bit, maybe they’ll change their tune.’

“They haven’t changed their tune at all,” he added. “That’s the amazing thing about this. They are continuing to do it. They haven’t changed a bit.”

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Santorum: GOP Leaders ‘Don’t Reflect Who We Are’.


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By Courtney Coren

Former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized his Republican Party Thursday, telling a conservative audience that GOP leaders do not “accurately reflect who we are.”

Speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, Santorum said Republicans should stop talking to CEOs and “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck,” Politico reports. 

“Our leaders don’t accurately reflect who we are,” he said. “They reflect the interest groups around here who are lobbying for an advantage. Everyone who is up here is wanting an edge for their company or their industry. We’ve got to get away from that.”

Reflecting on last year’s presidential campaign, Santorum took issue with the way Mitt Romney and the party handled President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” gaffe.

He never mentioned Romney by name, but he said the party’s leaders should have invited more working-class individuals to speak at the national convention in Tampa instead of parading business leaders to talk about how they built their own companies, Politico reported.

“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single, not a single, factory worker went out there,” he said. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company, too! And we should have had them on that stage.”

“When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A’s who want to succeed economically, we’re talking about a very small group of people,” Santorum said. “No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them.

“Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.”

Santorum also suggested that even nominating Romney was a mistake because Obamacare was modeled after the former Massachusetts governor‘s own state healthcare initiative, Politico reports.

He reminded the audience of several hundred people that GOP opposition to Obamacare drove voters to the polls in 2010 and helped the party take back the House of Representatives.

“I won’t go back and revisit why that was the case or who the better candidate was to do that, but suffice it to say the opportunity is going to present itself in the next year,” he said, noting that concerns over Obamacare still could help Republicans make gains in 2014.

He called on Republicans to be more outspoken about problems with the healthcare law.

“Why are they not sounding the alarm?” he asked. “Why are we not getting ahead of this train?”

Other speakers echoed some of Santorum’s concerns.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Romney rival in the 2008 presidential campaign, agreed the GOP needs to reach out more to “the average person Rick Santorum is talking about.”

“He is so absolutely right,” Huckabee said. “The Republican message is often so horizontally presented that people often get lost in that spectrum.”

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Santorum: No Buck Stops with Obama on Scandals.


Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said on Wednesday that “there’s absolutely no buck stopping anywhere near President Obama’s desk” when it comes to accepting responsibility over the many scandals plaguing his administration.

“If there’s something going wrong in the administration, it’s somebody else’s fault — and he hops out on the campaign trail to make that point, to rally his base, to say that he’s not being treated fairly, and get all of his people energized to storm Capitol Hill,” said Santorum, appearing on Fox News’On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

The former Pennsylvania senator called President Barack Obama’s response to the controversies — which include the IRS’ targeting of tea party, conservative and religious groups, as well as the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans last Sept. 11 — the “antithesis” of that of former President Harry S. Truman, who famously said, “The buck stops here.”

Santorum cited Obama’s three personal appearances around the country on Wednesday as evidence of his not effectively managing the scandals.

The president traveled to the Boston area to stump for U.S. Senate hopeful Edward J. Markey and also made two fund-raising stops at private homes in Miami.

“I don’t think it’s good timing in the midst of all these scandals, but it’s the way the president operates,” Santorum told Van Susteren. “The president likes to be out of Washington. He likes to go out and raise money and play politics. That’s what he is very good at. He’s very accomplished at it.

“He doesn’t particularly care to micromanage things in Washington,” he added. “He doesn’t particularly like to take responsibility for the things that are going on there.

“So, if he stays out, if he stays in the political realm, in campaign mode — and can fire up his troops, and continue to keep his base energized, that’s the ultimate game plan here.”

Santorum added that Obama’s stumping might well be to raise money to finance upcoming “battles” over Obamacare.

Starting this fall, uninsured people who cannot get coverage through their jobs can sign up for government-subsidized insurance that takes effect on Jan. 1. The rollout promises to be bumpy because about half the states are still resisting the law, and Republicans in Congress won’t provide the administration with funds it says are needed for a smooth implementation.

“There’s something that’s going to overwhelm all these scandals in the next few months, and that’s the implementation of Obamacare,” Santorum began. “Maybe what he’s doing is raising money because they’re going to have to fight back.

“You’re going to see huge premium increases. You’re going to see people lose their insurance. You’re going to see horrific situations with businesses dropping their insurance,” he added. “This is going to be a nightmare for the Obama administration.

“It’s going to be a problem — and maybe what the president is doing is really smart in the sense that he is going out there and raising money to be able to battle what he knows is going to be the Waterloo for him in politics and certainly for the 2014 election.

“Maybe this is just his way of preparing for it — and he sees, maybe realistically, that these scandals are short term and Obamacare is a long-term problem for him,” he said. “This could be a major disaster for the administration coming forward.”

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By Todd Beamon

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