Video: Santorum unloads on Romney, Gingrich over support for health-care mandates

posted at 10:17 pm on January 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart TV. Great news, guys: It only took 22 debates for someone to launch a full-bore attack on Romney’s biggest vulnerability.

Santorum came to play tonight, but if PPP’s brand new poll of South Carolina is correct, it’s too late. Newt still leads by six:

Revelations from the Marianne Gingrich interview haven’t taken a toll on Newt’s image yet. For the first time in our South Carolina tracking this month his favorability is better than Romney’s, with 53% of voters holding a positive opinion of him compared to 51% for his chief competitor.

Gingrich’s lead with evangelicals held steady today at 40-22 over Romney. He’s also doing well with Tea Party voters (46-21), registered Republicans (38-30), voters describing themselves as very conservative (41-21), men (39-27), and voters in the Upstate (36-25)…

Santorum has the voters most likely to abandon him for one of the more viable contenders in the final 36 hours, with 32% of them saying they could end up voting for someone else. Gingrich is the second choice of 45% of Santorum voters open to changing their minds, compared to 22% for Romney.

Santorum didn’t do well enough tonight to win South Carolina, but did he do well enough to keep some of those would-be Newt voters from defecting? Two clips for you here, one of his RomneyCare answer and the other, via BuzzFeed, of him going hard after his friend and would-be “nonaggression pact” partner Newt. Exit question: Did Newt actually praise John King after the debate? What was all that screeching at the beginning about, then?


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Of course Gingrich and Romney are the real RINO’s. Rick was dead on.

rubberneck on January 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM

A bit off topic, but does anyone know what to make of this piece on Mitch Daniels in the Weekly Standard?

jazz_piano on January 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Well maybe, but does Rick bring anything to the table himself? Just being conservative is not enough, ACTUALLY being able to lead is kind of requisite, unless you’re Obammy whom really likes to do everything from behind… er something

waingro on January 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Did Newt actually praise John King after the debate? What was all that screeching at the beginning about, then?

Of course he praised him. King gave him a nice easy pitch to hit and he knocked it out of the park while all the tools in the audience stood up and clapped.

Mark1971 on January 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

jazz_piano on January 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Apparently it’s a satire. Kristol nicked off bunch of stuff from C4P.

promachus on January 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Why is no one challenging Santorum on personal savings accounts? If people refuse to invest in them, wouldn’t he need to MANDATE it?!

John the Libertarian on January 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I thought Rick was going to bust out tonight, but much like Bachmann he over did it. I think.

boogaleesnots on January 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Willard is radical elitist kid who lied that he didn’t receive inheritance from his father

Brian Lamb: : By the way, why did your father not give you any of his inheritance?

Governor Mitt Romney: Well, he didn’t have as much as I think some people anticipated. And I did get a check from my dad when he passed away. I shouldn’t say a check, but I did inherit some funds from my dad. But I turned and gave that away to charity. In this case I gave it to a school which Brigham Young University established in his honor, the George W. Romney School of Public Management. And as an institute of public management, it helps young people learn about government and about serving in public service. And that’s where his inheritance ended up.
http://myclob.pbworks.com/w/page/21960354
/Why%20did%20your%20father%20not%20give%20you%20any%20of%20his%20inheritance

liberal4life on January 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Did Newt actually praise John King after the debate? What was all that screeching at the beginning about, then?

Of course he praised him. King gave him a nice easy pitch to hit and he knocked it out of the park while all the tools in the audience stood up and clapped.

Mark1971 on January 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Newt had no other way to answer the question. That’s his “the media is the enemy” schtick. At least it’s better than McCain’s “the media is my base”.

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Did Newt actually praise John King after the debate?
====================================================

Maybe,it was a velvet slap,up against King’s head by Newty!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I thought Rick was going to bust out tonight, but much like Bachmann he over did it. I think.

boogaleesnots on January 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

He did fine, but it’s too late.

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Grandiosity: as American as instability.

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Hey Santorum, Iowa just called.

Your throne is ready.

fogw on January 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Of course he praised him. King gave him a nice easy pitch to hit and he knocked it out of the park while all the tools in the audience stood up and clapped.

Mark1971 on January 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

A real moderator would have immediately followed up Newt’s tirade with a simple, “then what was your inquisiton over the Lewinsky scandal about?”

haner on January 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Hey Santorum, Iowa just called.

Your throne is ready.

fogw on January 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

He can find a bathroom nearby.

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Santorum comes across as a petulant, indignant, snotty brat. His body language and manner of speaking are horrible.

JA on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

HighLights..AP,RCP just put this one up!:)
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Newt To Parents: “Elect Us, And Your Kids Will Be Able To Move Out Because They’ll Have Work”
Jan 19 2012
***********

“Why is President Obama for young people being allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance until 26? Because he can’t get any jobs for them to go out and buy their own insurance. I have an offer to the parents of America: elect us, and your kids will be able to move out because they’ll have work.”
===================================

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/19/newt_to_parents_elect_us_and_your_kids_will_be_able_to_move_out_because_theyll_have_work.html

canopfor on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Beside Ron Paul….who will actually CUT, (not slow the growth)
SPENDING?

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

haner on January 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Nope, a real moderator would know the difference between a personal relationship versus an employer/employee relationship. And, they would probaly know the difference between a personal relationship and perjury…

Gohawgs on January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Santorum was the clear winner tonight – hands down.

Pork-Chop on January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Santorum is the tortoise and Gingrich is the hare, IMHO

txmomof6 on January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Of course Gingrich and Romney are the real RINO’s. Rick was dead on.

rubberneck on January 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Santorum tonight almost fought for SOPA. That was stupid. I think he did it as much just because the others were against it. He was acting irrational. His first reaction was to always argue against any potions the others took. It made him look petty. He was more into attacking than he was in actually explaining his positions or in making distinctions against himself and Obama.

That pretty much closes it for me.
I have real issues with Newt too. Romeny is a RINO with no conservative record. Newt has said RINO things but at least has a conservative record.

JellyToast on January 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Finally… for the tenth time. Just like every other debate.

swamp_yankee on January 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Congress?…

Gohawgs on January 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Via Breitbart TV. Great news, guys: It only took 22 debates for someone to launch a full-bore attack on Romney’s biggest vulnerability.

Allahpundit on Jan 19, 2012 10:17 PM

That clip of Santorum blasting Romney is SWEET. More… we want more!

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Romney shoved Santorums lies right back down his throat on the Romneycare and PP dishonest smears.

csdeven on January 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Did Newt actually praise John King after the debate? What was all that screeching at the beginning about, then

To be honest will give Newt a pass on this. Is one thing to smack down what you feel is an unfair question its another to make the thing into a personal vendetta. Newt was trying to show it was about the question and not the questionaire.

William Amos on January 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Beside Ron Paul….who will actually CUT, (not slow the growth)
SPENDING?

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Rick Perry. But conservatives refused to support him due to some early debate flubs, so we have what we have.

And ALLAPUNDIT: I seem to remember Rick Perry bringing up Romneycare constantly in the debates. Maybe if you had payed more attention instead of bashing him you would have noticed.

Jack_Burton on January 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Big up to Rick Santorum for exposing that duplicitas, fraud, Mitt Romney on healthcare

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Nope, a real moderator would know the difference between a personal relationship versus an employer/employee relationship.

Gohawgs on January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

You do realize Castilla was Newt’s Congressional staffer, right?

haner on January 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Nice points by Santy. This is why it’s good for the process and vetting to continue. Don’t think it did anything at this point to help himself, though.

tkyang99 on January 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Unloads is right… it was like a load of crap. Just way too awkward and desperate.

MeatHeadinCA on January 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Real Talk. Santorum made Gingrich and Romney look ridiculous tonight

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM

You do realize Castilla was Newt’s Congressional staffer, right?

haner on January 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

So to speak…/

Gohawgs on January 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Real Talk. Santorum made Gingrich and Romney look ridiculous tonight

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM

But in the process, looked ridiculous himself. Unlike the last debate, I found this one depressing.

MeatHeadinCA on January 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Kudos to Santorum for standing up to the bullying blowhard Newt Gingrich.

NickDeringer on January 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Rick Perry. But conservatives refused to support him due to some early debate flubs, so we have what we have.

And ALLAPUNDIT: I seem to remember Rick Perry bringing up Romneycare constantly in the debates. Maybe if you had payed more attention instead of bashing him you would have noticed.

Jack_Burton on January 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Yep.

Just Sayin on January 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Santorum isn’t able to act calm even in debates so how can he calm ,stable if elected president ,of all the other candidates so far he is the only one showing instability and anger on the stage.
His bad temper is evident and he is not fooling me. He is ready to critisize all but he is perfect always.
remindes me of Bachmann

evergreenland on January 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

wow. way to go Ricky S.

strong work, brother.

ted c on January 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Willard is radical elitist kid who lied that he didn’t receive inheritance from his father
Brian Lamb: : By the way, why did your father not give you any of his inheritance?

Governor Mitt Romney: Well, he didn’t have as much as I think some people anticipated. And I did get a check from my dad when he passed away. I shouldn’t say a check, but I did inherit some funds from my dad. But I turned and gave that away to charity. In this case I gave it to a school which Brigham Young University established in his honor, the George W. Romney School of Public Management. And as an institute of public management, it helps young people learn about government and about serving in public service. And that’s where his inheritance ended up.
http://myclob.pbworks.com/w/page/21960354/Why%20did%20your%20father%20not%20give%20you%20any%20of%20his%20inheritance

Wow. If this is true my respect just went up for him some more. People like to call him greedy, but I dont know how you can say that when he isn’t trying to get as much money as he can.

Thanks for posting this.

cd98 on January 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Santorum comes across as a petulant, indignant, snotty brat. His body language and manner of speaking are horrible.

JA on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

That was my take on tonight. He came across as insecure and anxious even while being aggressive.

jrnlz on January 19, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Santorum did it Rocky 5 style tonight. Rocky Balboa vs Tommy Gunn out in the streets. That’s the way we do it alright! So you wanna get at me. We can do this.

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Gingrich/Santorum=16 Conservative years in the Whitehouse.

If they play the long ball and listen.

Speakup on January 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

remindes me of Bachmann

evergreenland on January 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Give Bachmann credit. At least she moves to the right. Ricky almost sounded like a dem tonight. He lied when he claimed no one else on the stage had a way to deal with piracy – they already pointed out there are laws on the book. He plays tit for tat with the head Ronulan. Then he comes off as Mitt’s errand boy while attacking Newt with Mitt just pasting a huge smile on his face.

MeatHeadinCA on January 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I’ll never understand why it took so long for one of these “non-Romney” candidates to go after him on health care reform. And Allahpundit is spot on….too little, too late. Santorum and others (Perry and the other moderates Huntsman and Pawlenty) should have been pounding on this since the first debate – do we want our nominee to be the guy who Obama will turn to and say “I got the framework for Obamacare from what you did, Mitt.” I don’t think it makes Romney unelectable but it does take away a big contrast.

SleightOfHand on January 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Allahpundit (my what a ridiculous pseudonym) misses the big story of the debate – again.

MITT ON FIRE AS HE GOES AFTER OBAMA.

Basilsbest on January 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Santorum won the debate, while Gingrich won the biggest moment. Both did very well tonight.

Biggest Loser: Mittens

Norwegian on January 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Santorum comes across as a petulant, indignant, snotty brat. His body language and manner of speaking are horrible.

JA on January 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Hubby says Rick’s just not very likable. Rick sounds like he’s whining when he’s simply talking.

Fallon on January 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Real Talk. Santorum made Gingrich and Romney look ridiculous tonight

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM

But in the process, looked ridiculous himself. Unlike the last debate, I found this one depressing.

MeatHeadinCA on January 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

It makes no difference… everything is scripted already

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick Santorum hit it out of the park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gingrich and Romney have played footsies with the Left, with BIG PLANS AND GOVERNMENT TOP-DOWN SOLUTIONS.

America is about free market solutions, individual sovereignty, and individual freedoms and choices. Not government schemes to take over certain industries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Bravo, Rick Santorum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark7788 on January 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Considering all of the hype produced by the 0bamaGanda Media over the hit piece produced by them, I have to give it to Newt. He never succumbed.

Newt is a RINO? ROTFLMAO!!!

DannoJyd on January 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I’ll never understand why it took so long for one of these “non-Romney” candidates to go after him on health care reform. And Allahpundit is spot on….too little, too late. Santorum and others (Perry and the other moderates Huntsman and Pawlenty) should have been pounding on this since the first debate – do we want our nominee to be the guy who Obama will turn to and say “I got the framework for Obamacare from what you did, Mitt.” I don’t think it makes Romney unelectable but it does take away a big contrast.

SleightOfHand on January 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

As Jack_Burton noted upthread, Perry hit him pretty hard on health care reform in some of the early debates, and off stage as well. But unfortunately – and much to my dismay – it never caught fire.

Just Sayin on January 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I scratch my head as to what some here desire in a candidate.

We will look over Newt or Romney

But with Santorum, even if Hell was to freeze over, there is no way we support him. Santorum has a conservative record and even admits to mistakes when he voted against his principles, something that King Romney is not willing to do with Romenycare. Newt has more baggage than Obama has vacations and he has supported many things that makes a conservative cringe (sitting with Pelosi, anyone).

So far the only argument is the way Santorum comes off on television. Let’s get this straight, we are now rejecting principles over the notion of “beauty contest”? Let’s grow up a bit before we allow Obama or Obama lite to win the election.

PuritanD71 on January 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM

My takwe is that Gingrich did well but did not distinguish himself, Romney ran his answers through his “safe” filter before opening his mouth, causing him to once again stumble and stutter, and Santorum showed himself to be a Big Govt. moderate. Paul, as usual, couldn’t contain himself and turned good short answers into bad long answers.

ManWithNoParty on January 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Santorum was the clear winner tonight – hands down.

Pork-Chop on January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I have to agree. Romney was evasive on several things. Does the guy ever really answer a question without it sounding like he’s parroting what his debate coaches said?

KickandSwimMom on January 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

PuritanD71, I’m concerned about Santorum’s baggage. In particular, the scandal over billing the state for his kids’ schooling, etc. I wish that issue would get aired out soon, so we can tell whether it would create a vulnerability for Santorum in the general. My understanding is that it had a lot to do with his big loss. Does any one have a take on whether that is really an issue to be concerned about?

jrnlz on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

The CNN debate was nothing more than a chapter in their script… Wake up

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM

The CNN debate was nothing more than a chapter in their script… Wake up

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM

apocalypse, now?

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I have had a hard time between Gingrich or Santorum. Santorum comes across as whiny to me. But Santorum lost me with his right to work stance. So if you live in a predominantly Union state and need the votes the non-union people are second class apparently.

I am a Union contractor and like the local union I deal with. But am adamantly against being forced to join a Union to get a job. I think Davis Bacon should be on the top of the list to go. It hurts everybody. I am in a right to work state.

BullShooterAsInElk on January 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

The CNN debate was nothing more than a chapter in their script… Wake up

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM

apocalypse, now?

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM

We need ORGANIZED ANARCHY

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Picture this: Gingrich wins nomination, purely for the Republicans to be able to enjoy watching him trash 0 in the debates. 0 manages to get an agreement for only one debate, for midnight on a holiday weekend, hosted and shown only on Univision, with audio silenced and captioning in Chinese moderated by Chris Matthews.

Oleta on January 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Anonymous HA poster: Rick Santorum looked great tonight!

Anonymous HA poster: Santorum looked awful!

Anonymous HA poster: Rick was the clear winner tonight.
Anonymous HA poster: Why is no one challenging Rick on his ‘big government ideas?

Anonymous HA poster: Santorum is so genuine. You know exactly where he stands on everything.

Anonymous HA poster: Rick seems like such a crybaby.

Anonymous HA poster: Rick sure looked tough tonght. Didja’ see how he went after Romney and Gingrich?

Anonymous HA poster: Rick was whining the whole evening; total turnoff.

Anonymous HA poster: Santorum did it Rocky 5 style tonight. (oops, that wasn’t so ‘anonymous’, was it?)

Anonymous HA poster: Santorum sucks.

Anonymous HA poster: YEAH, GO RICK!

Anonymous HA poster: Mitt and Newt made Rick look ridiculous tonight.

Anonymous HA poster: Rick made Mitt and Newt look ridiculous tonight

Anonymous HA poster: Santorum’s just not likable at all.

(I could keep going, but I’ll end it here)

listens2glenn on January 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Hubby says Rick’s just not very likable. Rick sounds like he’s whining when he’s simply talking.

Fallon on January 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

my thoughts exactly….

cmsinaz on January 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Oleta on January 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

AP puts it in the headlines as “It’s come to this” :)

Axe on January 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM

listens2glenn on January 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

You have Mitt-bots and Newt-Nuts on HA who would swear their favorite won even if the candidate called Obama the greatest President in history. They see everything based on their individual prejudices and have no credibility.

Their comments are entirely predictable. We all know who they are.

bw222 on January 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Wow… I almost was beginning to support 100% one of the Final Four……

And then I remembered that lovely little Santorum Quote that Madison Conservative posted today, and remembered “Oh right, Santorum still likes an overreaching Government that apparently, should have control over every morale aspect of your life.”. And I was back to shaking my head again.

Don’t you just love the selection we have?

BTW, on todays news about the Flip flop on who won Iowa, There IS NO WINNER. If Iowa is the super important first primary, and yet, can’t get the results right or 100% verified, can we take it’s results seriously at all? I think not, and thus, I find the better way to look at it, is that No One won.

Razgriez on January 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Just finished watching the full exchange between Santorum and Romney on health care. Santorum hit it out of the park.

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Santorum made some great points, but he was flailing wildly the etire debate. His attack on Newt being ejected from the house when he was there serving with him and how everybody hated him was especially bad. Maybe if he hadn’t waited until the 1,000th debate to uleash some of these attacks things would be different.

Roymunson on January 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Santorum made some great points, but he was flailing wildly the etire debate. His attack on Newt being ejected from the house when he was there serving with him and how everybody hated him was especially bad. Maybe if he hadn’t waited until the 1,000th debate to uleash some of these attacks things would be different.

Roymunson on January 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM

I don’t think he was flailing through most of it, but I agree that the attack on Newt was not Santorum’s best moment. *sigh.* Perry was my first choice, so now I’m the one who’s flailing. I really don’t like any of them.

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Rick Perry. But conservatives refused to support him due to some early debate flubs, so we have what we have.

He hasn’t even cut spending in Texas.

And ALLAPUNDIT: I seem to remember Rick Perry bringing up Romneycare constantly in the debates.

Jack_Burton

Usually incoherently.

xblade on January 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Real Talk. Santorum made Gingrich and Romney look ridiculous tonight

apocalypse on January 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Yes. And he did it in a calm, factual, mature way. No hitting below the belt, just the facts.

and Santorum knows how to disagree without being disagreeable. People want to like their President. Santorum is likable and not boring. Santorum will quietly grow on people as they get to know him and trust him. And he will look great against Obama. Romney and Gingrich will not look good in the general against Obama. That scares me.

I know I wouldn’t be disappointed in him as President and I know he wouldn’t give me a heart attack every other day as a candidate. Unlike Romney and Gingrich.

Elisa on January 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

jrnlz on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

This is the first I have heard of it. Google comes up with nothing but some lib blogs which I trust as far as I can throw them.

On another matter: MadisonConserv’s article on “Big Gov.” Rick Santorum is either a grave misunderstanding of Santorum’s positions through the lens of history or an intentional attack to destroy Santorum.

Yes, I read his article and found it quite wanting, especially from a historical view of “radical individualism”

PuritanD71 on January 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM

PuritanD71, I’m concerned about Santorum’s baggage. In particular, the scandal over billing the state for his kids’ schooling, etc. I wish that issue would get aired out soon, so we can tell whether it would create a vulnerability for Santorum in the general. My understanding is that it had a lot to do with his big loss. Does any one have a take on whether that is really an issue to be concerned about?

jrnlz on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

It was a nothing story, Santorum did nothing wrong. It was a political ploy, pure and simple. They questioned his children’s residency because they were living with him in Virginia while he was Senator, instead of in their home in Pennsylvania. A Senator and congressman’s residency is never questioned when they have lived their whole life in the state, only leaving to serve in Washington.

It had nothing to do with his loss. The only reason he lost was because he ran against Casey’s son. Casey was beloved in PA as a pro-life Democrat in a huge Democratic state. He was a legacy.

Santorum has a clean past, politically, ethically and personally.

As Santorum mentioned, he had previously been reelected in PA twice. The only Republican left who has ever been reelected in a predominantly Democratic state.

Elisa on January 20, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Did Newt actually praise John King after the debate? What was all that screeching at the beginning about, then?

Of course he praised him. King gave him a nice easy pitch to hit and he knocked it out of the park while all the tools in the audience stood up and clapped.

Mark1971 on January 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Newt had no other way to answer the question. That’s his “the media is the enemy” schtick. At least it’s better than McCain’s “the media is my base”.

Igor R. on January 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Well said, Igor R.

I agree that this “King question” was Gingrich theatre. What Gingrich was not living up to as to his claim to smartness, though, was that by boldly blurting out that his ex-wife (second ex-wife) is “lying,” he’s given rise to a burst of media activity about her, about him, about the issues involved.

So it looks like maybe Gingrich is the fish who bought the hook with the bait and perhaps has been reeled-in. Oh, but he got a standing ovation: fish fry.

Lourdes on January 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Thanks Puritan and Elisa for the responses. I wish I could remember where I read the story. It wasn’t a liberal blog because I don’t read any of those. Apparently there were accusations that the house he claimed to live in PA wasn’t even furnished. And then he didn’t handle the press attention about it well.

It’s not an issue to me. I understand that congress members spend most of their time in the DC area. I just don’t want whatever candidate we ultimately end up with to be vulnerable to an October surprise (although I’m sure the press/dems will do their best to trot something out no matter how clean his past).

jrnlz on January 20, 2012 at 1:36 AM

and Santorum knows how to disagree without being disagreeable. People want to like their President. Santorum is likable and not boring. Santorum will quietly grow on people as they get to know him and trust him. And he will look great against Obama. Romney and Gingrich will not look good in the general against Obama. That scares me.

I know I wouldn’t be disappointed in him as President and I know he wouldn’t give me a heart attack every other day as a candidate. Unlike Romney and Gingrich.

Elisa on January 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I agree, also, with that overall. There were a few intimations by Santorum of near-tears or somewhat embitterness but that quickly passed and he overall expressed his views quite well. I do think, however, that he maligns Romney too vindictively and when he does so, looks like a jealous competitor; also, Santorum continues to attack Romney on the very same points, issues, from one debate to the next and Romney continues to address the attacks and issues and they’re engaged in a repetitive thing by Santorum’s doing, so about that, I find Santorum somewhat unlikeable if not dubious: WHY does he repeat and repeat the complaints in these debates to Romney and about Romney and never address other issues, other candidates, promote other beliefs of his own?

Overall, I think Santorum fared the best in this debate, when compared to the rest. I’d vote for him if he was our nominee, but I’d like to see him abandon his attacks on the other candidates and move into more constructive reveals about his own positions without the negation of others (with the exception of about Obama).

Lourdes on January 20, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Anyone else think the Romney campaign strategy might have been to help Santorum look amazing tonight? That way he pulls votes away from Newt and Romney wins South Carolina. I guess we’ll see on Tuesday.

joncoltonis on January 20, 2012 at 2:19 AM

joncoltonis on January 20, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Saturday I think?

astonerii on January 20, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Go figure that it takes Sanitorum to call them out on this!

MelonCollie on January 20, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Oh, Santorum scores a point.

Dollayo on January 20, 2012 at 3:04 AM

1. These aren’t debates.

2. There are too many of them.

Next election, we shouldn’t even have the first debate until after South Carolina’s primary. Wait until after Iowa, New Hampshire, and SC to allow some of the candidates to drop out. then have a FEW debates with more actual DEBATE, not just a question/answer session. That is NOT a debate. Allow candidates to have some back and forth on issues.

crosspatch on January 20, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Santorum kinda reminds me of a mix of Milhouse from the Simpsons and that angry stapler guy from Office Space.

tkyang99 on January 20, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Gilligan went after the Skipper…wow

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Santorum unloads on Romney, Gingrich over support for health-care mandates
Jan 19, 2012 10:17 PM by Allahpundit

Oh, Santorum scores a point.

Dollayo on January 20, 2012 at 3:04 AM

The same Santorum who endorsed Romney in the last election?

CW on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 AM

The same Santorum who endorsed Romney in the last election?

CW on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 AM

How many times does it have to be explained that many people endorsed Romney in 2008–not because he was some awesome candidate–but because he was the best one in a last-ditch effort to STOP McCain. Oh, and none of the endorsements Romney got helped him at all.

KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

What you see now is three strong candidates rounding the turn and looking for the home stretch.
Rick is steady, and it shows, and he has been consistent, in exposing fraud, Newt does have big ideas, he has done and led some remarkable movements, and Mitt has a lot of money.
I hope the three stay in, because it shows we have three strong candidates, any one of them better than Obama, and a better leader than Obama, all two of the three with a better record than Obama…

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

The same Santorum who endorsed Romney in the last election?

CW on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Pal, it was between McCain and Romney…flip a coin. Just because someone endorses them for President one time, doesn’t mean you think he is better fit to be one with different candidates…that’s like saying the first girl you ask for a date you have to marry because you “endorsed her”…times change, people change, events change.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

The same Santorum who endorsed Romney in the last election?
CW on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Pal, it was between McCain and Romney…flip a coin. Just because someone endorses them for President one time, doesn’t mean you think he is better fit to be one with different candidates…that’s like saying the first girl you ask for a date you have to marry because you “endorsed her”…times change, people change, events change.
right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Dittos to r2b.

I endorsed Romney, last time. Same reason.

listens2glenn on January 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM

A real moderator would have immediately followed up Newt’s tirade with a simple, “then what was your inquisiton over the Lewinsky scandal about?”

haner on January 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

About lying under oath. I know, it comes natural as a breath to Democrats, but Republicans still care about that small stuff.

Archivarix on January 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

My impression was that Santorum, while forceful with the substance of his attacks, looked weak in his delivery. His facial expressions didn’t exude the confidence of a national leader. I like the guy, but I’m calling it as I saw it.

The bottom line for me…they all have weaknesses, but Newt is the only one that doesn’t look weak in the debates and it would only take one time for Romney or Santorum to get tongue tied going up against Obama for the media to ridicule them into oblivion. That’s my biggest concern with those two guys.

cajunpatriot on January 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

What you see now is three strong candidates rounding the turn and looking for the home stretch.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

What about Ron……oh right……never mind

Dollayo on January 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Santorum is likable and not boring. Santorum will quietly grow on people as they get to know him and trust him. And he will look great against Obama.

Elisa on January 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Of the 4 remaining he is the best.

Romney and Gingrich will not look good in the general against Obama. That scares me.

I just gained a lot of respect for you..

apocalypse on January 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I just gained a lot of respect for you..
apocalypse on January 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Yeah, but we just lost the respect of almost everyone else
here, to read the posts.

listens2glenn on January 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM