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Tags: Trump Administration | GOP2016 | Mike Huckabee | Rand Paul | Ted Cruz | Rick Santorum | Conservatives

Santorum Throwing Barbs at Fellow Conservatives

Santorum Throwing Barbs at Fellow Conservatives
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By    |   Monday, 12 January 2015 09:13 AM

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appears to be gearing up for a second White House bid and is firing pre-emptive strikes at his fellow social conservatives, The New York Times reports.

On Friday, Santorum positioned his crosshairs on the possible competition, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

In an interview with the Times, Santorum challenged Huckabee — who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses — on four issues that Santorum said could pose a divide between true conservatives and the Natural State’s former governor: Common Core, immigration, taxes, and climate change.

Huckabee’s spokeswoman discounted Santorum’s remarks, saying that Huckabee’s "actual views — not the distortions of them — are fortunately well documented in his own voice through 12 published books, 6½ years of television and radio commentary, and daily postings on his blog and Facebook."

Huckabee announced earlier this month that he was resigning from his host spot at Fox News' "Huckabee" to mull a 2016 presidential run.

Santorum, who placed second to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, was even tougher on Paul and Cruz, characterizing them as "bomb throwers" with flimsy resumes.

"Do we really want someone with this little experience?" he asked. "The only experience they have basically … is bomb throwing? Do we really want somebody who’s a bomb thrower, with no track record of any accomplishments?"

Paul's spokesman fired back that Santorum isn’t really in a position to offer strategy advice.

"Senator Santorum lost re-election in his home state by 18 points nearly a decade ago, and has spent the time since then trying to convince people to elect him to an even higher office than the one he was booted out of," said Paul's senior adviser, Doug Stafford. "We will pass on responding to his alleged wisdom."

A Cruz adviser said only that the first-term Texas senator has done "exactly what he promised he’d do," pointing to "the fight to repeal Obamacare, protect the border and defend American sovereignty."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Santorum last week met with key state Republicans and supporters to discuss his plans for 2016 and has a "personal briefing" on the books with former aides.

His aggressive tone out of the gate is a way to position himself atop the social conservative faction of the GOP, according to the Inquirer.

"There's room for a social conservative, but not three or four of these guys," according to Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Iowa GOP and founder of a conservative news website.

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appears to be gearing up for a second White House bid and is firing pre-emptive strikes at his fellow social conservatives, The New York Times reports.
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