Santorum's Unscripted Style Starting to Bite Him

Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 02:02 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum revels in being an unscripted candidate. His authenticity helped in the early contests when he was trying to break out of the pack but they are hurting him now, The Washington Post reported.

In recent days the former Pennsylvania senator has had to spend time backtracking when he should have been challenging Mitt Romney, who scored an easy win over Santorum in Illinois.

“What he says is undistilled Rick Santorum, and sometimes he says things inartfully,” Richard Land, the political leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Post. “I hope that in the near future Rick will get some really good wordsmiths and give some better speeches.”

Santorum’s off-the-cuff style has harmed his efforts to expand beyond his base of social conservatives. He recently criticized President Barack Obama for allowing his 13-year-old daughter to take a spring break trip to Mexico.

“If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it,” Santorum said, according to the Post. “And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

However, the State Department warning is only for parts of Mexico and does not include the area where the president’s daughter is staying. Santorum also went off message to attack the administration on pornography and had to backtrack after Romney jumped on his comment on unemployment after he said, “I don’t care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn’t matter to me.”

His comments about his personal opposition to birth control also caused a stir.

“About a month ago, the off-message, visceral, provocative Santorum emerged, and I was frankly stunned that it took so long for that to happen. It’s just who he is,” G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., told the Post.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Miss. Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Sen. Cochran Win

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:23 PM

A Mississippi judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that seeks to overturn six-term Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republic . . .

Ted Cruz, Rick Perry May Wage Texas-Size Battle for White House

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 14:48 PM

As the popular saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. But a potential presidential campaign between firebrand junio . . .

Michael Reagan: All Factions of GOP Must Work Together to Win

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 13:43 PM

If Republicans want to regain control of the Senate, along with the trust of the American people in the November midterm . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved