5 Reasons NOT to vote for Rick Santorum in the Republican Primary

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsMarch 7, 2012

1. Santorum’s uncontrollable case of foot-and-mouth disease

The former Pennsylvania Senator has made his share of outlandish comments over the years. Gay activists nicknamed Santorum “Senator Man on Dog” after he equated homosexuality and bestiality during a discussion on gay marriage in 2003.  Santorum has also had to defend himself for his 2008 “Satan” warning and for publicly comparing President Obama with Adolf Hitler.

2. Santorum’s female problem

Santorum has a problem with the opposite sex that will haunt him in the general election. Many of his derogatory statements stem from his 2005 book It Takes a Family, although he didn’t do himself any favors when he said thatwomen were too emotional to fight in the military.

Santorum also lost ground with female voters when Foster Friess, the donor behind Santorum’s super PAC, infamously joked that “in [his] days, [women would] use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives.”

3. Santorum claims he’s a conservative but in reality is just another big-government Washington insider

During his time in the Senate, Santorum voted in favor of several bills that increased the size of the federal government, including No Child Left Behind and the Medicare prescription drug act (Part D). Santorum defended these votes during the last Presidential debate by claiming that he was “taking one for the team.” But that excuse doesn’t jive with Santorum’s claims that he is the consistent conservative in the presidential primary.

Santorum also has a record of bringing home the bacon. The Club for Growth gave him a 77% rating during his last two years in Congress, noting the Senator voted in favor of the 2005 Highway Reauthorization Bill that created funding for the “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska and sponsored legislation that extended milk subsides to dairy farmers in Pennsylvania.

4. Santorum has a history of putting politics over principle

As I’ve already detailed on RAP, Santorum endorses candidates based on what is most politically convenient to him at the time. The most famous example of this is when Santorum endorsed then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter against then-Congressman Pat Toomey in the 2004 Republican primary for US Senate in Pennsylvania. Santorum has also had to refute his 2008 endorsement of Mitt Romney in order to stay afloat in the presidential race.

5. Santorum’s electoral history

Santorum’s loss to Democrat Bob Casey in the 2006 Senate race by a whopping 19 points casts doubt on the claim that he’s the only candidate able to win statewide in a swing state. In fact, Casey defeated Santorum in part by attacking Santorum on the same grounds that won Santorum his Congressional seat in 1990 – that the Senator had lost touch with Keystone voters after relocating his family to Washington, D.C. (It also didn’t help that Santorum was using taxpayer money to pay for his children’s cyber schooling.)

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