Ohio Attorney General: Forget Mitt Romney, I’m supporting Rick Santorum now

posted at 3:40 pm on February 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Rick Santorum will be the third presidential candidate to enjoy the endorsement of Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine. The AG, who was the force behind Ohio’s participation in the states’ lawsuit to block Obamacare, initially supported former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. When Pawlenty exited the race, DeWine transferred his support to Mitt Romney, whom Pawlenty also backed. Today, though, DeWine will reassign his endorsement yet again — this time to his former colleague in the Senate, Rick Santorum, according to Associated Press sources.

Two ways to look at this: Either (a) the endorsement means more because DeWine once liked Romney, signifying that he’s not just supporting Santorum because he can’t stand Romney or (b) the endorsement means less because DeWine once liked Romney, signifying that he just can’t make up his mind and might not actually be 100 percent sold on Santorum, either.

Because I like Santorum, I’ll interpret this positively for the former Pennsylvania senator. DeWine’s defection not only suggests a certain inadequacy in Mitt Romney, but also suggests he sees enough presidential potential in Santorum to make it worth his while to publicly change his opinion.

Until DeWine makes his official announcement and explains why he chose to make the switch, we won’t know for sure what led him to change his mind, but Romney supporter and former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu speculates it had to do with an ad by the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC, “Restore Our Future.”

“It is my understanding that the Super PAC that supports Gov. Romney had an ad out there that mentioned that Rick Santorum supported this amendment that gives voting rights to convicted felons and that the only three Republicans who voted for that amendment were Arlen Specter, Rick Santorum and Mike DeWine,” Sununu said on a conference call. “We have had people tell us that Mike DeWine was upset that that issue was raised by the Super PAC that is favorable to Mitt Romney and so he’s making the change.”

The flip shouldn’t affect the race in Ohio too greatly, Sununu said.

“The swing of Mike DeWine from one candidate to another is not a significant thing,” he said. “You love to get endorsements, but the most important thing you can get from an endorser is their organization and, frankly, as I understand it, attorney generals don’t have that much of a political organization.”

Sununu said neither Santorum’s general surge nor DeWine’s defection diminishes the case for Mitt Romney’s electability.

“Nothing has changed in terms of strategy or tactics as we move forward and the fact that the governor is so far ahead in terms of delegates means that so far he’s demonstrated that he’s the most electable,” he said.

I suspect the Santorum campaign will say differently — and rightly so. Santorum continues to poll well nationally and in Ohio: The latest Quinnipiac poll showed that, if the Ohio primary were held yesterday, Santorum would take it with 36 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney polled at 29 percent. Nor is Ohio insignificant; It is winner-take-all, and 66 delegates are up for grabs. No Republican nominee has reached the White House without winning Ohio.

Sununu’s cool spin aside, DeWine’s defection surely stings Romney.

Update: Here’s an excerpt from the official statement from the Santorum campaign:

In October, DeWine endorsed Governor Mitt Romney, but after closer scrutiny of Romney’s record and campaign style, he decided to switch his support to Rick Santorum. DeWine said,

“To be elected President, you have to do more than tear down your opponents,” DeWine said.  “You have to give the American people a reason to vote for you — a reason to hope — a reason to believe that under your leadership, America will be better.  Rick Santorum has done that.  Sadly, Governor Romney has not.”

“For some time now, it has been clear to me that Rick Santorum should be the Republican nominee for President,” DeWine said. “To be frank, I’ve had some sleepless nights.  I could not, in good conscience, be on record endorsing Governor Romney when I knew in my heart that Rick Santorum was the better candidate.”


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Seven Percent Solution on February 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Dude….your man just got more cash! Gonna make the next coupla months spectacular!

Looking forward to it.

Tim_CA on February 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Do you have a link to those election results? I want to educate myself.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

In other news……csdeven attempts to jump in front of a speeding bus whilst screaming “unelectable!!!!!!11!!!1″…….concerned onlookers, fortunately, wrestle him to the groundwave the bus over towards the curb.

Tim_CA on February 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

;)

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

But dude, Santorum’s issues list? Thats some profound thinking. I mean we NEED a president who will take on pornography dammit! (sarc)

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Former Governor Mitt Romney in a written statement: “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children. It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”

You dont even know what I’m talking about. Perhaps you should bother to educate yourself first son.

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Indeed.

For the record, I’m a Newt supporter.

You wanna compare tax plans? The WSJ, Thomas Sowell and Art Laffer all say that Newt’s is the best plan… and Romney’s is only slightly better than Obama’s (and he’s worse than Obama on using the tax code for class-warfare).

mankai on

Is there a difference between Santy supporters and obama supporters? They act the same. Beat them on points, and all the sudden they shift the topic. I’m not talking about Santorum not liking pornography. I’m talking about the fact anyone who goes to his page right now and clicks on issue, see pornography as #1
But tell ya want buddy, link to where your quote (which is a pledge he signed) is on Romney’s page.

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Two out of the top 4 issues on Santy’s page is [sic]

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Hopefully, an aggressive push for greater literacy, for your sake.

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Team Romney must be shaking in their mittens right now: RTF (the pro-Romney Super PAC) is bombarding Michigan radio stations with anti-Santorum attack ads, with a heavy emphasis on Catholic radio stations.

steebo77 on February 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If gay marriage goes to the ballot in WA, and it’s probably going to happen, I don’t think it will be the slam dunk YES people think it will be. WA may be liberal, but it’s more of a let’s help out the poor and save the whales type of liberal that is still fairly conservative socially.

Only thing that could mess this up is the fact that there will be 2 ballot measures. One to overturn the law and one similar to Prop 8. The messed up part is it’s a YES vote for one and a NO vote for the other which could confuse people into voting the wrong way on both ballot measures.

angryed on February 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Do you believe the federal government should dictate to states how they should handle marriage laws?

And do support Incestuous marriage? Or are you an Incestaphobe?

mankai

1) No. Why does Santy?
2) If someone wants to make it public record they are marrying a family member, I say let them.

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

rubberneck on February 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

That makes no difference in the scheme of things. DeWine is a familiar name in Ohio politics and the average numbskull probably doesn’t remember why they didn’t vote for him last time around. I’m not in Ohio, but my local TV is from there. Santorum has been getting his name mentioned a lot on the local news, this past week. Haven’t heard much of anything about Romney. DeWine’s endorsement will milk more air time for him. It’s not a negative so it won’t hurt him.

Norky on February 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The AG, who was the force behind Ohio’s participation in the states’ lawsuit to block Obamacare, initially supported former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Mea culpa. I totally forgot that DeWine FIRST endorsed Pawlenty.

Then again, I actually forgot that Pawlenty ran a campaign to begin with.

This episode only shows the utter folly of endorsing someone for President months or weeks before a single vote is cast. The same case would apply if DeWine switched from supporting Santorum to supporting Romney again.

Myron Falwell on February 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

You said the election was about the economy… so I noted Mitt’s class-warfare Obama plan.

You can’t defend it so you point to some meaningless stat as to where you can find an issue on a web page… ignoring the fact that Mitt takes the exact same position as Santorum. I went to Mitt’s page, he leads with a video out his childhood… then goes on to offer a chance to be VIP at the next debate. Awesome stuff!

ALL the other issues are under the “Issues” tab, listed by category in alphabetical order. That is, Mitt’s position against Gay Marriage takes the exact same position in importance as his [weak] position on Social Security.

On pornography: Santorum and Mitt agree.

On the economy: Mitt’s tax plan looks like Obama’s.

That’s what you can’t handle.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

There are more than two ways to look at it, Tina. You are operating under the false assumption that endorsements mean anything.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

VOTING RIGHTS TO FELONS???!!! I liked Santorum til I read this. Good grief we already grant the vote to any non-felon over the age of 18 with a pulse and a body temp around 98.5 Hasn’t ANYONE watched Jay Leno when he sends crews on the street to interview the average idiot as to who the Vice President is??? The reason our country is going downhill is because of our lax voting requirements. Hint to Rick Santorum: They aren’t convicted felons because they have the best interests of the Republic at heart.

We’re done. Stop the planet, I’m getting off.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

This was inevitable. It’s like that old saying goes – Big time losers as Senator stick togethor.

ak90049 on February 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

The Santorum haters are becoming a little unhinged today. I hope none of them end up beating their dogs over it.

Norky on February 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

DeWine Before: “Go Cav’s!!!!”

DeWine After: “Go Lin!!! Go Knicks!!!!”

Meh. Pretty bad day for Romney. I hope his hair is OK.

EnderWiggins on February 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Marriage is more than a personally rewarding social custom. It is also critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it is so important to preserve traditional marriage – the joining together of one man and one woman. As president, Mitt will not only appoint an Attorney General who will defend the Defense of Marriage Act – a bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton – but he will also champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. – mittromney.com

For the record, I do not support altering the Constitution that way. I believe it should be left up to the states. It’s a red herring either way as no such amendment would pass.

1) No. Why does Santy?

Why does Mitt?

Glass House. Stone.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

On the economy: Mitt’s tax plan looks like Obama’s.

That’s what you can’t handle.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Right, because Mitt put together a plan that actually has a chance at passing the House and Senate; and not one that had no chance of passing but pandered RED-MEAT to the base.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Dude….your man just got more cash! Gonna make the next coupla months spectacular!

Looking forward to it.

Tim_CA on February 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Not only 10 million from the rich dude in Vegas, but 2 million from CA.

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

OK, you true-conservative RINO-hunters, let’s hear again what an establishment liberal DeWine is (and his anti-Tea Party son as well).

Crickets chirping …

BuzzCrutcher on February 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Well he’s done nothing but endorse status quo, big-government candidates. And I’d rethink the use of RINO if I were you given what the Republican party stands for and has given us over the past, oh…40 years.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Wow! No prisoners!

An endorsement for the HA favorite and you guys are cutting this guy a new one.

Man! This is a tough room!

;-)

The War Planner on February 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Quoting WND or Orly Taitz doesn’t impress me.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

american thinker.

August 22, 2010
Obama, Black Liberation Theology and Karl Marx…Revisited
by Kyle-Anne Shiver

do some research.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

do some research.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Whatever you say, Orly

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

The Republic started going downhill with the opening of suffrage to every bloody moron with a pulse, and the direct election of senators, opening the door wide open to demagoguery. Now Santorum wants to allow FELONS to vote???!!! Good night, I’m staying home this November.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

That makes no difference in the scheme of things. DeWine is a familiar name in Ohio politics and the average numbskull probably doesn’t remember why they didn’t vote for him last time around.

Which does not bode well for whomever is running against Sherrod Brown, be it either Josh Mandel or Rusty Bliss. (Smart money favors the meteoric Mandel, but still…)

I’m not in Ohio, but my local TV is from there. Santorum has been getting his name mentioned a lot on the local news, this past week. Haven’t heard much of anything about Romney. DeWine’s endorsement will milk more air time for him. It’s not a negative so it won’t hurt him.

Norky on February 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Mitt gave a keynote speech at the Cuyahoga County Republicans’ Lincoln Day dinner last night, and got decent coverage on the Cleveland news channels. Of course, Mitt HAD to use the “Obama didn’t cause the recession” argument again, so I’d call it a wash.

Myron Falwell on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Right, because Mitt put together a plan that actually has a chance at passing the House and Senate; and not one that had no chance of passing but pandered RED-MEAT to the base.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Mitt put together a plan that looks like Obama’s… except he’s more radical on the taxing of “the rich”.

We called Obama a Marxists and hailed Joe the Plumber for calling for taxing people above $250K/yr at a higher rate… Mitt would have none of that… he has called for placing the line at $200K/yr. Where’s Joe the Plumber when you need him?

Your argument is that we need a plan like Obama’s so we can get Congress’ consent to die slightly more slowly under Mitt than we are under Obama.

Romney 2012! ///

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Wow! No prisoners!

An endorsement for the HA favorite and you guys are cutting this guy a new one.

Man! This is a tough room!

;-)

The War Planner on February 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Three words.

Gang. Of. Fourteen. :P

Myron Falwell on February 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Not only 10 million from the rich dude in Vegas, but 2 million from CA.

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

If Newt were smart he would use it to destroy Romney because while Santourm may seem like the bigger threat at the moment. Newt needs Mitt out of the race to have a chance of winning. He can not win as the not mitt candidate but he might be able to win or at least have enough pull as the not santourm candidate.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

We called Obama a Marxists and hailed Joe the Plumber for calling for taxing people above $250K/yr at a higher rate… Mitt would have none of that… he has called for placing the line at $200K/yr. Where’s Joe the Plumber when you need him?

I’m in a hurry…

The point is that we all screamed when candidate Obama called people who make over $250K/yr “rich” but the Mittbots don’t have a problem when Mitt draws the line at $200K/yr.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Romney 2012! ///

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

… currently test-marketing its new campaign slogan: “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Obama!” ;)

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Actually my argument is that no matter what the candidates put forth now, it actually has to get past the Congress. So cheering on whatever plan is put forth now, it’s all smoke and mirrors. None of them is going to actually get through congress with out significant changes.

I’m all for a flat tax, I think it would be a great idea. I think it is the most workable solution. However, I would be happy to bet against it’s passage. It makes sense, to there is no way in hell that it will pass.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I lived in DC when Mayor Crackhead Barry got out of prison and ran AGAIN for Mayor, WINNING. A cornerstone of his campaign was promising a bigger end of prison term payout for cons, and he had a huge “get out the vote” drive for convicts. And he won. I will NEVER, EVER vote for some dolt who wants to help further undermine our body politic by widening the vote even further to elements of society which feed off of us.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Now Santorum wants to allow FELONS to vote???!!!

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

No. Just more Romney lies.

We looked up the amendment and found that it did attempt to grant rights to convicted felons to vote, as long as they were not currently in a correctional institution or on probation or parole.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Your argument is that we need a plan like Obama’s so we can get Congress’ consent to die slightly more slowly under Mitt than we are under Obama.

Romney 2012! ///

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

yeap we tried that plan form 2000-2006 how did it work out again? oh yeah the gop gave the entire government over to the marxists because the people had enough with the lies.

Mitt says let’s try it again!!!!

Even Soros says there isn’t any difference between Mitt and Obama.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

No. Just more Romney lies.

We looked up the amendment and found that it did attempt to grant rights to convicted felons to vote, as long as they were not currently in a correctional institution or on probation or parole.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Funny that sounds like allowing felons to vote. They are still felons after they have been released into the wild again.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

No. Just more Romney lies.

We looked up the amendment and found that it did attempt to grant rights to convicted felons to vote, as long as they were not currently in a correctional institution or on probation or parole.

Good enough for me to never vote for him. No cons voting. End of story.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Santorum’s web page shows things that can be done in about the first two days in office. Then he is going to sit there and BE conservative? And do what? Show us something he has turned around that is big, and has some decimal points.

Fleuries on February 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

If he repeals Obamacare, shuts down some useless agencies, updates the tax code and gives some serious lip service to things like F&F, Solyndra, etc (or if he has the mandate and ability to do more in these situations), then it would be perfectly okay for me if he spent the next few years sitting around looking conservative.

Or golfs. We could do worse and have.

kim roy on February 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

… currently test-marketing its new campaign slogan: “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Obama!” ;)

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Only if Fabio once again serves as the pitchman.

Myron Falwell on February 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Who are you going to endorse next week?

V7_Sport on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Whatever you say, Orly

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Hoover Institute fellow Stanley Kurtz, in a political commentary in National Review, wrote that

Cone defines it as “complete emancipation of black people from white oppression by whatever means black people deem necessary.” For Cone, the deeply racist structure of American society leaves blacks with no alternative but radical transformation or social withdrawal. So-called Christianity, as commonly practiced in the United States, is actually the racist Antichrist. “Theologically,” Cone affirms, “Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man ‘the devil.’” The false Christianity of the white-devil oppressor must be replaced by an authentic Christianity fully identified with the poor and oppressed.[15]

keep living in the media bubble. No wonder you support Mitt you believe the media.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Looks like Zaggs fled the scene.

kingsjester on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

You said the election was about the economy… so I noted Mitt’s class-warfare Obama plan.

I feel like I should apologize. I’ve been arguing with someone who can’t read english. No wonder its so easy.
Let me help ya out here. Go to either comment page (as of this typing its still only 2). Press ctrl and f at the same time on your keyboard (I dont know what the chinese characters would be). In the search field type “economy”. You’ll notice it only shows up once on the comments, yours that I just quoted. I said nothing at all about what was the top priority (this is why you seem to only qoute the person’s name). Again you lost the point so you are shifting it.

You can’t defend it so you point to some meaningless stat as to where you can find an issue on a web page… ignoring the fact that Mitt takes the exact same position as Santorum. I went to Mitt’s page, he leads with a video out his childhood… then goes on to offer a chance to be VIP at the next debate. Awesome stuff!

No where did you show that Mitt Romney thinks that “pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults,”. Again I never said Mitt did not have a problem with porn, only that its not on his issues page.
So your point is an undecided voter who checks both issue pages won’t think Santorum is all about the holy rolling? Maybe, maybe not. Does gay marriage or porn really affect this country? Nope. But I guess you’d rather a candidate that focused on them. So be it.

ALL the other issues are under the “Issues” tab, listed by category in alphabetical order. That is, Mitt’s position against Gay Marriage takes the exact same position in importance as his [weak] position on Social Security.

On pornography: Santorum and Mitt agree.

On the economy: Mitt’s tax plan looks like Obama’s.

That’s what you can’t handle.

mankai

Sorry, once again I forgot your first language isn’t english. Mitt’s Issue page (oance again, don’t worry, repetition is the key for learning a new language) goes: Tax, Regulation, Trade, Energy. That’s not alphabetical order. Unless you mean the popup (thats not a page dear), well a popup is for quick reference. So yeah its helpful to keep it in order.
But interesting, so lets examine. Mitt has about 22 topic headers issues on that popup. Santy lists 20 issue. Yet when you adjust for repeats (i.e 10 steps to promote interests around the world, Believer in American Exceptionalism and No more leading from behind) you get maybe 14-15?
Or are you gonna shift again?

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Good enough for me to never vote for him. No cons voting. End of story.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Somehow I suspect that you never had any intention of doing so.

Massachusetts law actually allowed felons on probation to vote.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The point is that we all screamed when candidate Obama called people who make over $250K/yr “rich” but the Mittbots don’t have a problem when Mitt draws the line at $200K/yr.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Of course they don’t. Mittbots are liberals, they want higher taxes on more people.

angryed on February 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

keep living in the media bubble. No wonder you support Mitt you believe the media.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

No I just don’t believe the conspiracy crap.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

he repeals Obamacare, shuts down some useless agencies, updates the tax code and gives some serious lip service to things like F&F, Solyndra, etc (or if he has the mandate and ability to do more in these situations), then it would be perfectly okay for me if he spent the next few years sitting around looking conservative.

Or golfs. We could do worse and have.

kim roy on February 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Please no more golfing.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

If he repeals Obamacare, shuts down some useless agencies, updates the tax code and gives some serious lip service to things like F&F, Solyndra, etc (or if he has the mandate and ability to do more in these situations), then it would be perfectly okay for me if he spent the next few years sitting around looking conservative.

And allows murderers, rapists, etc to vote. Oh, it’s okay. Joe raped a 6 year old girl but he’s no longer on probation, let him vote!!!

Never. Not with my vote.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Does gay marriage or porn really affect this country? Nope. But I guess you’d rather a candidate that focused on them. So be it.

Cite your sources for this assumption, please. Thanks.

kingsjester on February 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

A friendly reminder that Romney didn’t cut a dime of spending in 4 years as governor.

Link to year by year spending by MA. GY 2003 is Rommney’s first year. 2007 is his last year. It’s laughable that Mittbots claim he will take an ax to the federal govt when he didn’t take even a butter knife to the state govt.

http://browser.massbudget.org/CompareCurrentYear.aspx?typ=Past&bgt=15,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,27,56&infl=nominal&c1=15&hf=Past#topOfTable

angryed on February 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

FY 2004 was his first, not 2003

angryed on February 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Somehow I suspect that you never had any intention of doing so.

Massachusetts law actually allowed felons on probation to vote.

Somehow I suspect that you don’t know who the Hell I am. I liked Santorum. I can’t expect Romney or any Governor of a state to single-handedly overturn state voting eligibity laws. I do however, see the condition of Massachussetts. I also lived in DC, another “Paradise” where felons can vote.

NO WAY, NO HOW.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

No I just don’t believe the conspiracy crap.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

How’s that muslim spring coming along? eygpt capture anymore American hostages? Or Tunsia, Sryia? I love how people will ignore facts and what is plain in their face once the media tells them its “conspiracy crap”. I find the mittheads some of the most easily led lambs that a sheepherder could want.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Can you prove that Obama is a Muslim? No, you can’t.

The rest of your information is irrelevant unless you can prove it.

Unless you can prove that one thing, it’s all crap.

I’m well aware of the issues with the Muslim Spring, and the general threat that Islam is the world. I read Jihad Watch.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Somehow I suspect that you don’t know who the Hell I am. I liked Santorum.

Can you point to one post where you supported Santorum for those of us who doubt?

I can’t expect Romney or any Governor of a state to single-handedly overturn state voting eligibity laws. I do however, see the condition of Massachussetts. I also lived in DC, another “Paradise” where felons can vote.

NO WAY, NO HOW.

quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The ever ready Romneybot excuse.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Hopefully, an aggressive push for greater literacy, for your sake.

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Just how stupid do you have to be to make a fundamental grammatical error in a single sentence criticizing another’s error of grammar?

Adjoran on February 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

The ever ready Romneybot excuse.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Kinda of like the “No. Just more Romney lies” excuse, but when proved that he actually DOES let felons vote you change to “But MASS DID IT TOOO!!!”

The ever ready *.Bot Excuse.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

For the record, I’m a Newt supporter.

You wanna compare tax plans? The WSJ, Thomas Sowell and Art Laffer all say that Newt’s is the best plan… and Romney’s is only slightly better than Obama’s (and he’s worse than Obama on using the tax code for class-warfare).

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

That’s funny. You’re a conservative? So you want to compare tax plans? How about the tax plan that calls for the end to the income tax and to the IRS?

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

That’s funny. You’re a conservative? So you want to compare tax plans? How about the tax plan that calls for the end to the income tax and to the IRS?

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

There is a Difference between conservative and being a LOON.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Kinda of like the “No. Just more Romney lies” excuse, but when proved that he actually DOES let felons vote you change to “But MASS DID IT TOOO!!!”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

No one in prison is allowed to vote.
No one on parole is allowed to vote.
No one on probation is allowed to vote.

That pretty much covers the waterfront.

Santorum did NOT vote to allow prison inmates to vote.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

“Attorney General Of Ohio, Mike DeWine Drops Romney, Backs Santorum”
…unlike lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremism, Ruling-Class Establishment RINO-ism IS a curable mental disease.

TeaPartyNation on February 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Newt has already tried that..It is not working..Newt would be better served to get back on fiscal issues and start telling what his plan is instead of attacking the others..:)

Dire Straits on February 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

No one in prison is allowed to vote.
No one on parole is allowed to vote.
No one on probation is allowed to vote.

That pretty much covers the waterfront.

Santorum did NOT vote to allow prison inmates to vote.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

They are still felons when they are released back into society. Even if they aren’t in prison, aren’t on parole, or aren’t on probation, they are STILL felons.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

There is a Difference between conservative and being a LOON.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

So supporting a progressive income tax is the conservative position, and opposing it and calling for its abolition is the loon position?

More faux conservatives get exposed every day.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So supporting a progressive income tax is the conservative position, and opposing it and calling for its abolition is the loon position?

More faux conservatives get exposed every day.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Calling for it’s abolition is an absurd position that will NEVER happen. Herr Doktor has gotten ONE BILL, ONE, passed his entire career, why should we expect anything but his continued losing streak if elected?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Herr Doktor needs to go the Heart Attack Grill and put himself out of our misery.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Now Santorum wants to allow FELONS to vote???!!!
quikstrike98 on February 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Santorum’s thinking ahead – Haley Barbour turns ‘em loose and it’s more votes for Rick.

whatcat on February 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Calling for it’s abolition is an absurd position that will NEVER happen. Herr Doktor has gotten ONE BILL, ONE, passed his entire career, why should we expect anything but his continued losing streak if elected?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

With each post you prove yourself o not be aconservative. So you want more legislation from government?

Do you really need to have the roles of a Congressman and the president in the legislative process explained? It takes many legislators to pass a bill; it takes one persone to veto legislation. I can’t think of anyone who I’d rather have the veto pen than Ron Paul.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Herr Doktor needs to go the Heart Attack Grill and put himself out of our misery.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yes, your hatred for limited government Constitutionalists was obvious enough without your wishing death upon them. Very classy.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I can’t think of anyone who I’d rather have the veto pen than Ron Paul.

Dante on February 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I can’t think of anyone I would want further from government than Herr Doktor.

Herr Doktor isn’t a conservative. He is a libertarian. If I was going to vote Libertarian I would go for Gary Johnson; all the libertarian, none of the kook.

If that makes me not a Libertarian, then I can live with that; since I never claimed to be on in the first place.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

On the economy: Mitt’s tax plan looks like Obama’s.

That’s what you can’t handle.

mankai on February 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Right, because Mitt put together a plan that actually has a chance at passing the House and Senate; and not one that had no chance of passing but pandered RED-MEAT to the base.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Excellent point. No one beats Romney when it comes to compromising your position before you even make a proposal…..

tom on February 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Herr Doktor needs to go the Heart Attack Grill and put himself out of our misery.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

A DailyKos refugee shows his spots.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Excellent point. No one beats Romney when it comes to compromising your position before you even make a proposal…..

tom on February 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Right, because who needs reality when you can have red meat….

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

A DailyKos refugee shows his spots.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

If hating the Racist Kook Ron Paul makes me a dKOS Refuge, then so be it. I can live with that.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

(a) the endorsement means more because DeWine once liked Romney, signifying that he’s not just supporting Santorum because he can’t stand Romney

This.

Burke on February 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

If hating the Racist Kook Ron Paul makes me a dKOS Refuge, then so be it. I can live with that.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The Kos Kiddies think screaming racism excuses any behavior on their part as well. Wishing death on someone you disagree with politically is what liberals do.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The Kos Kiddies think screaming racism excuses any behavior on their part as well. Wishing death on someone you disagree with politically is what liberals do.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Whatever, just because you worship at the Cult of Paul doesn’t mean jack to me. The kook is a disgrace. He should be thrown out of Washington on his ear, not given the ability to run a campaign for President.

He is proof positive of how far the political system has failed. If that kind of a kook, with his racist newsletters, his Illuminati and Masonic “new world order” expose crap… his 9/11 is America’s fault…. He should be drug out in the street and shot as a traitor, not given a national platform for his insanity.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

This is why Mike DeWine is no longer the Senator from Ohio. He changes direction like a weathervane.

MajorKong on February 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Whatever, just because you worship at the Cult of Paul doesn’t mean jack to me.

Actually I think he is a fool and should never be president.

He should be drug out in the street and shot as a traitor, not given a national platform for his insanity.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I despise thugs like you more. Maybe Obama will give you a nice brown shirt so you can indulge your murder fantasies.

sharrukin on February 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

This is why Mike DeWine is no longer the Senator from Ohio. He changes direction like a weathervane.

MajorKong on February 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

That doesn’t matter in the least. All that matters is if it helps Santorum and it did. DeWine even explained why he dropped his support for Romney and the reasons didn’t make Mitzy look good. Now, if we could just get Kenneth Blackwell to support Santorum.

Norky on February 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Blackwell would be more useful.

MajorKong on February 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM

DeWine was part of the RINO Over-the-Gang that the Democrats cleaned out in 2006. In 2010, the voters atoned for their mistake and sent the Democrats packing. Jennifer Brunner, Soros SofS managed to corrupt the 2008 election before being ousted by Mandel. DeWine defeated Richard Cordray (yes, that Richard Cordray) for AG. Cordray was never elected AG, but was appointed after the Democrat was forced to resign only four months into his term because he set up a love nest in Columbus. Mandel is very close in polling against Obama sock puppet, Tax-cheat Sherrod Brown. Incidentally, Kathleen Sebelius is the daughter of former Ohio Governor, John Gilligan. Ohio’s insults to the nation are legion.

FirelandsO3 on February 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

This tells me that DeWine has got some pretty good inside knowledge that Myth is collapsing. You don’t turncoat on someone you think has a chance to be the nominee or president. Slick Willard is done, his hair just doesn’t know it yet.

Lou Budvis on February 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Ohio is the most bipolar, schizophrenic state in the union. It’s a follower and not a leader, and it will always go for the flavor of the day. Dewine is the perfect example of that. He was a limp-wristed moderate and big spender as a Senator, so I’m not surprised he’s backing the Bible-Thumper at this time. Of course, if the polls look favorable to Romney a few days before the Ohio Primary you can bet he’ll clean those inch-thick eyeglasses off and switch to Mitt.

jan3 on February 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Makes perfect sense flip flop much DeWine/

Dr Evil on February 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Ohio is the most bipolar, schizophrenic state in the union. It’s a follower and not a leader, and it will always go for the flavor of the day.

jan3 on February 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

‘Those grapes are probably sour anyway,’ the Fox sniffed, slinking away.”

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Zaggs on February 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

After reading your posts, I checked out Santorum’s ‘Issues’ page here.

I found the following topics listed:

Enforcing Laws Against Illegal Pornography
No More Leading from Behind for America (preserving freedom)
We Hold These Truths (gay marriage)
Unleashing America’s Domestic Energy
Bold Solutions for America’s Families
Immigration Reform: Securing And Strengthing America
ObamaRegs Versus Freedom
Appointing Constitutionalist Justices and Judges …
Restoring America’s Greatness Through Educational Freedom
Defending 2nd Amendment Rights
Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with Patient-Centered Healthcare
Spending Cuts and Entitlements Reform
Made In America
Response To Iran

I think that’s a pretty good mix. Of course he’s interested in social issues, but he’s not fixated on them like you seem to suggest. He talks about everything. And I’m confident that he has a good sense of priorities – he understands that the economy is much more important than pornography, for example.

It should be pointed out that his ‘Issues’ page is written as a series of opeds, and they are in chronological order. So, top of the list does not mean that it’s most important.

imasoulman on February 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

What a disgrace Sunnunu is.

Typical establishment hack. The incredible nerve to attack Santorum for being too moderate but not a word about his guy who created the disaster known as Romneycare among countless other things.

What a clown.

LevinFan on February 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

“………..means that so far he’s demonstrated that he’s the most electable,” he said.”

Says who, you arrogant petulant a$$! Since when did you get to determine who’s “electable” and whose not? Wasn’t John McCain the “most electable” in 2008? Grrr.. what an arse Sununu is.

Intrepid767 on February 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

“We have had people tell us that Mike DeWine was upset that that issue was raised by the Super PAC that is favorable to Mitt Romney and so he’s making the change.”

So someone got their panties in a bunch about the truth and decided to go where his whining will fit right in.

What’s the big deal?

csdeven on February 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

When Mitt Romney gets mad, volcanoes explode.

csdeven on February 17, 2012 at 7:51 PM

DeWine’s move stemmed from a pro-Romney super PAC ad that criticized Santorum for promoting voting rights for felons–something DeWine supports.

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/gop-candidates-2012/2012/02/17/romney-backer-switches-santorum#ixzz1mgrBwvIY

rich801 on February 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

So this is his 3rd endorsement? Ok then!

rubberneck on February 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

When its time to fight against ObamaCare Romney cuts and runs and csd drools.

SparkPlug on February 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

When its time to take a stance Romney Flips and then Flops and the MittBots claim Mormon bigotry when people point this out..

SparkPlug on February 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Years ago it was “No Romney”…..nothing has changed

tractah on February 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Sparky, Santorum will have a difficult time overcoming comments he has made re birth control hurting women, just for starters. He will get exposed, and his share of the vote among women in the general will sink him (let alone men who practice birth control). Which means four more years…yuk.

churchill995 on February 17, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I wish Santorum would be a little more forceful calling these whores in the media but………..

……he’s getting there.

Wait until he has to endure another 8 1/2 months of the GATES OF HELL from the Media and Dems, and appeaser SO CALLED CONSERVATIVES.

PappyD61 on February 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

One other thing: if DeWine held material sway with voters in Ohio he would still be in the Senate, not, of all people, Sherrod Brown. I wrote DeWine a letter while was still in the Senate complaining about his lack of emphasis on reining in spending, and got a form letter which did not address the issue. He was out of touch, and needed to go…just not to someone like Sherrod Brown.

churchill995 on February 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Mitt Romney sucks so much at politics. Christine O’Donnell has a better chance at being president.

Flapjackmaka on February 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

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