Video: Santorum receives an unexpectedly unfriendly welcome from protesters in OK

posted at 3:12 pm on March 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It wasn’t exactly what you’d expect to happen in the reddest state in the country. This weekend, liberal demonstrators loudly interrupted Rick Santorum as he delivered his standard stump speech on the steps of the Oklahoma Capitol building:

About 20 liberal demonstrators tried to shout down Rick Santorum while he delivered his stump speech on the steps of the state capitol building here Sunday, yelling “racist” and “fascist” at the Republican presidential candidate.

The anti-Santorum faction began chanting “Get your hate out of our state” when the candidate started his address. Standing before a microphone at the top of the steps, Santorum ignored them and continued speaking. The demonstration lasted about 15 minutes.

Santorum supporters standing near the front of the crowd tried to come to his aid by holding signs in front of the demonstrators and shouting, “We pick Rick! We pick Rick!” Some of the anti-Santorum demonstrators ripped the signs out of supporters’ hands.

That unfriendly experience aside, though, Oklahoma will probably treat Rick Santorum well: The latest ARG poll shows that the former Pennsylvania senator retains a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney in the Sooner State. It’s not as important a Super Tuesday state as Ohio in terms of delegates — just 43 delegates up for grabs in the winner-take-all-by-state-and-district contest — but Santorum still needs to win it to reinforce the impression that he does well in America’s heartland. In other words, it would be a statement win, especially given that former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating and the most conservative senator in the country, Tom Coburn, have both expressed support for Mitt Romney. By a convincing win in Oklahoma, Santorum would again prove his popularity with grassroots conservatives.

Still, my predictions for Super Tuesday come down to nothing very exciting: Mitt Romney will probably win Ohio and, in the process, kill Santorum’s chances for a comeback. It’s not what I want to see happen, but it’s what I think will.

Last Friday, I joined PJTV’s Allen Barton to discuss this and more:

What do y’all expect to go down tomorrow?


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Some of the anti-Santorum demonstrators ripped the signs out of supporters’ hands.

WTF where’s the MSM OUTRAGEOUS OUTRAGE?? VIOLENCE! HATE!! INCIVILITY!!!

Oh wait, nvm, I already know the answer.

thirtyandseven on March 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Newt is surging in Tennessee!

A fresh poll, hot off the griddle:
Emperor Norton on March 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Love the play on words there…as a former Tennessean though I hope the surge is halted…haha

g2825m on March 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

i am so tired of people who think that social issues make you the true conservative. no they don’t. social engineering is what is rooted in social conservative-ism. social engineering by any other name is the same progressive mind set as Obama just a different policy point. the legislating one’s view to force on a group that doesn’t agree is still just that elitist mind set of i know best and you don’t so i will legislate your freedoms away so that i can instil my standard on you.

same elitist mind set just on a different side of the issue.

uhangtight on March 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

+1

burserker on March 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

same elitist mind set just on a different side of the issue.

uhangtight on March 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

+1

burserker on March 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Agreed.

thirtyandseven on March 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Oklahoma House Bill 2522 would allow anyone with a concealed gun license to openly carry their weapons in a holster. The Oklahoma Senate already has its own Open Carry Gun proposal, introduced by Sen. Steve Russell, R-District 45 and would not require a CCP.

In the future, let’s see what gets ripped out of anyone’s hands. Just the sight of a holstered .44 mag would set these panty-waists pissing on each other.

OkieDoc on March 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I love Okies. And not just because I am one.

J.E. Dyer on March 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Santorum is one of the WEAKEST candidates. Obama’s re-election machine will shred him on the stump and in debates.

The Social Conservatives have elevated a bottom of the barrel contender to a level he should not have reached.

IMHO, Santorum is a loose cannon and is not ready for prime time, let alone the Presidency.

Sparky5253 on March 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

If all that is true, then he’s only about twice as good a candidate as finger-in-the-wind, even-Reagan-was-no-conservative, Flipper Romney.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

i am so tired of people who think that social issues make you the true conservative. no they don’t. social engineering is what is rooted in social conservative-ism. social engineering by any other name is the same progressive mind set as Obama just a different policy point. the legislating one’s view to force on a group that doesn’t agree is still just that elitist mind set of i know best and you don’t so i will legislate your freedoms away so that i can instil my standard on you.

same elitist mind set just on a different side of the issue.

uhangtight on March 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Social conservatism is basically resistance of those who try to use the government to advance their social causes. You have turned it completely around and called the people resisting government activism the “true” government activists.

It’s project, plain and simple. Just like people who oppose same-sex marriage are called big-government advocates, when the ones advocating big government are those trying to force everyone to redefine marriage.

People who claim to be fiscal conservatives but demand social conservatives give up on the issues that matter to them are probably going to hand Obama the 2012 election. They will, of course, then blame it all on the icky social conservatives.

Predictable. Sadly.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Rick Santorum is the biggest fraud I’ve seen since the 2007-8 primary when I learned about Barack Obama. Rick Santorum is the moral equivalent of Barry Soetoro/Obama.

mountainaires on March 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

From a Romney supporter, of course.

Try looking up “fraud” in the dictionary. There’s a picture of Romney next to it.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

The truth.

pannw on March 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

It’s projection, plain and simple. Just like people who oppose same-sex marriage are called big-government advocates, when the ones advocating big government are those trying to force everyone to redefine marriage.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Sometime three little letters make a lot of difference……

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Obama supporters calling other people “fascist” and “racist”. lol That’s just outstanding. /sarc

Murf76 on March 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

People who claim to be fiscal conservatives but demand social conservatives give up on the issues that matter to them are probably going to hand Obama the 2012 election. They will, of course, then blame it all on the icky social conservatives.

Predictable. Sadly.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Harsh but true. No point in being just the other moderate party.

HoosierStateofMind on March 5, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Fiscal conservatives that hate social conservatives are going to vote for Obama if Santorum gets the nomination because the economy is their number one issue this election.

BKennedy on March 6, 2012 at 3:18 AM

What is wrong with this picture?

Protestors, filled with anger and hate, show up and loudly proclaim they are against anger and hate.

What am I missing here?

gasmeterguy on March 6, 2012 at 8:28 AM

They yelled “racist,” “fascist” and a bunch of other words that have been rendered meaningless by random use.

Crusty on March 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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