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March 14, 2012

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Robert Kenyon

The Frothy One as the GOp nominee would force me, as a liberty-focused paleoconservative, to cast my vote for Zero. Santorum represents everything that has gone horribly wrong with the conservative movement over the last 25-30 years. Big government across the board. Just say no.

Chris

Robert . . . Romney is worse. Santorum has nothing like mandated health care in his background.

Robert Kenyon

Oh, I get that Romney will essentially give us a George H.W. Bush Presidency (without the national security background), and I certainly can't defend his record on health care. You were dead on calling him out for telling Obama in 2009 that the mandate was a good thing. But Romney at least could be pressured by conservatives. Santorum will give us a Bush 43 Presidency, with more emphasis on social "conservative" nanny statism. Even worse, from a liberty perspective. You and I both support Ron Paul, but it's not looking like he's going to be the nominee... sooo...?

David A.

Santorum is only a social conservative. His positions on economic policies resemble those of a Blue Dog Democrat.

You can't be a conservative and oppose Right to Work legislation. Period.

Also, he's a supporter of organized labor over free enterprise.

D.J. McGuire

Only one candidate has recognized the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to us in what is rapidly becoming the Second Cold War.

That person is Mitt Romney.

I happen to think both Romney and Santorum have paths to victory (unlike Robert and Chris), but simply put, Romney would be a better president.

STILL Mostly Undecided

I'm with you on this one, Chris.

Romney has been a truly terrible candidate.

Every time I've gotten close to finally ditching all of the dead-end campaigns and getting behind Romney, he either says or does something so unbelievably stupid that I end up questioning just what he'd be like in a general election against Barrack Obama.

For a candidate whose entire candidacy is prefaced on electability, he seems to be the most gaffe-prone & unrelatable politician left standing at this point... even when compared to Newt. The guy just cannot connect with people and every lame attempt he makes just ends off making us all cringe.

You're absolutely right: At this point, his lack of conservatism isn't really the problem anymore... it's his lack of skill as a candidate.

Let's Be Free

I've tried to believe in Romney, oh have I tried. But Romney is such a bad candidate, I've also concluded he would be a horrible President. It matters not what his political philosophy is because he wouldn't accomplish anything in office anyhow. He has no ability to connect, communicate or lead, is off putting and negative. I fear that a Romney election would be the last for a Republican in a generation.

Stephen Spiker

I've yet--even now--to hear a rational explanation for supporting Rick Santorum that did NOT involve Mitt Romney. Romney may be a terrible candidate; I wouldn't bet on him winning. The best we can hope for now is a candidate that 1) isn't a complete embarrassment, and 2) doesn't set back the conservative brand.

Rick Santorum is an absolute joke. He is NOT conservative, and suggesting that conservatives rally around him just because he's not Mitt Romney is a betrayal of limited government principles.

Chris, please explain to me how you can sell your soul and support yet another Big Government hack?

Honestly, do you REALLY want a Presidential nominee who focuses, not on the economy or jobs or healthcare, but on involving the government on what happens in the bedrooms of married couples, or growing the size of government to crackdown on pornography?

We both want to beat Obama, but the fact of the matter is that ship sailed long ago when far preferable options decided to pass on the race or drop out. We're stuck with who we have left, and while neither man could possibly be considered as a threat to Obama, Rick Santorum would damage the Republican brand, and could very, very easily cost us the House and a chance to pick up seats in the Senate.

Stephen Spiker

The only sane reason to support Rick Santorum is because you think his stance on policy issues is best. So let's run through those:

-- Opposed to free trade
-- Opposed to Right-to-Work
-- Campaigned on raising the minimum wage
-- Friendly to Big Labor
-- Supported the largest unfunded expansion of entitlement programs
-- A prolific earmarker, who supported the Bridge to Nowhere and defended it even after voted out of office
-- Supports a ban of contraception
-- Supports expanding government to crack down on pornography
-- Wants to use the government to enforce his version of morality

Chris, please run through this list and tell me whether you agree or disagree with those policy stances.

Not Dick Saslaw

Robert, I could never vote for "Zero", but I could skip that spot, knowing full well Mr. Sweatervest would be heading to a well-earned thrashing in Virginia either way.

Rick Santorum plays a Conservative on TV. His view of liberty is downright hostile.

It's funny to me that you, Chris, a Ron Paul supporter, think Mr. "War on Porn" is the Conservative choice.

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