Santorum Might Have a Good Shot, Politicos Advise

Monday, 06 Jun 2011 11:47 AM

By Dan Weil

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Although some political observers and pundits in Washington are quick to dismiss former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s bid for the Republican nomination for president, others say he deserves a chance — and that he might have a good shot.

Rick Santorum, GOP, presidentFor example, “The first question all of the people who will immediately dismiss Rick must answer is this: who at this stage in 2007 thought Barack Obama would be seeking re-election in 2012?” Republican strategist Scott Paterno writes on Politico. “With that in mind, my answer is simple: of course he has a shot . . . He is a passionate advocate, tireless campaigner, and an effective communicator.”

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., writes, “Someone is going to capture the frustration with the Obama administration. Rick is a principled conservative. It will be hard for him but not impossible.”

And author and commentator Ken Blackwell says, “Mr. Santorum will help to weave the flag the GOP standard bearer finally carries into the fall campaign of 2012. Whether he is the ultimate standard bearer remains to be seen, but the influence he will have on the GOP agenda is unquestionable.”

Meanwhile, Santorum says his proposal to reform Social Security is stronger than House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare reform. "What people are looking for is someone who has stood by their principles in good times and in bad," Santorum said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."


He blames his principled stance on Social Security for costing him his 2006 re-election effort for his Senate seat. "I stood up and I didn't back away," Santorum said. "I didn't back down on trying to reform the Social Security system.”

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