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Santorum cancels (then tries to get back in) Univision forum; says Republicans no longer party of big business

by Andrew Abramson | January 25th, 2012

NAPLES — If Rick Santorum thinks the media is turning the GOP primary into a two man race between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, his own scheduling snafu didn’t help.

While Gingrich and Romney participated in a Univision forum today in Miami and got valuable air time in the Hispanic community, Rick Santorum headed off to private fundraisers.

“We had a change in schedule a few days ago and asked (Univision) if they could move it and they said they couldn’t,” Santorum said to reporters Wednesday after a large rally at First Baptist Church in Naples. “We tried to change out schedule so we could do it, and they said they weren’t willing to change the schedule. It’s unfortunate. We were able and wanted to do it, but they couldn’t. And it’s not their fault, they just said they couldn’t reorganize.”

Santorum drove off in a Dodge pickup truck after telling reporters that he isn’t giving up in Florida, despite polls continuously showing him a distant third or even fourth behind Ron Paul, who isn’t campaigning in the state.

Santorum said he will campaign in Florida on Thursday and Friday and then leave the state on Saturday and head to a private fundraiser in his hometown state of Pennsylvania, where he will also prepare his tax returns. He said he will return to Florida on Sunday and campaign through Tuesday’s primary.

When asked what his tax returns will show compared to his rival candidates, Santorum smiled and cupped his mouth.

Wednesday’s rally, at a mega-church, was by far Santorum’s largest crowd in Florida so far. Church officials said they invited all the candidates, but only Santorum accepted.

He came out to ‘Hail to the Chief,’ and seemed humbled by the crowd of slightly more than 1,000.

He stuck to his Faith, Family and Freedom theme, and took plenty of time to bash President Obama following Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. While Santorum has shifted his strategy several times between focusing on his GOP opponents and hammering Obama, on Wednesday it was mostly a criticism of Obama’s presidency.

“The best way to avoid poverty is (pause) Work!” Santorum said as the audience broke out in applause. “Now, that’s not what president Obama believes. He believes the best way to avoid poverty is to be on Medicaid and food stamps and a whole host of other programs because he’s doing his best to destroy this economy and create jobs to make more people dependent so they can get out of poverty by being dependent on the government and dependent on him and therefore a very reliable vote come election time.”

Santorum is continuing his theme of social conservatism and economic populism. He said Obama and the Democrats are the party of big business, while he is actually for the working people.

“The Republican party used to be, years ago, the party of big business. It is no longer, and in my hope and dream, it will never be again,” Santorum said. “It will be the party of the people, of small business.

“The idea that the left or Barack Obama is for the little guy, the small business guy, it’s a joke. Remember this, it is an absolute truism: Big government loves big business. The reason big government likes big business is because when you concentrate a business sector in one or two or three companies, it’s much easier to dictate to them how to run their business.”

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9 Responses to “Santorum cancels (then tries to get back in) Univision forum; says Republicans no longer party of big business”

  1. Brotherdavid Says:

    His campaign needs to announce no mas.

  2. Guillermo Says:

    Ojala un perrito no le eche la firma en el pantalon de Senor Santorum.

  3. sam sneed Says:

    How Dare you say it’s a two man race when Ron Paul is still In it to Win it.

    Just because the media runs debates with the first 40 minutes skipping Paul after he comes in second

    And just because CBS air’s poll results that SKIP Paul when he comes in SECOND

    Doesn’t mean that any of this isn’t absolutely pure evil media bias

  4. Dave Longdale Says:

    There is no democracy after the coup. Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.
    http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com

  5. Kyle Smith Says:

    Don’t duck your head to anybody when asked, or not asked, about your tax returns. From what I’ve seen and heard your platform is quite impressive in matters that savings and salary, investments (Mitt R)or consulting fees Newt G) don’t speak about. If you’re not underfunded or underpaid you’re doing something wrong and you would not have the drive of excellence that comes across and that could place you in the White House.

  6. Spo101 Says:

    “My Daddy always taught me to NEVER under-estimate the damage stupid people can do. Bush/Cheney winning in 2000 is the best example I can come up with.. Bush/Cheney and the Republican controlled Congress (1994-2006) were like Captain Francesco Schettino first steering the ship into the rocks and then abandoning a sinking ship Concordia… Bush/Cheney sank our economy and then the GOP abandon good governance to go ashore to become obstructionists.
    The real problem is how Republican voters REFUSE to take responsibility for their poor choices. I can only hope and pray these bucktooth, inbred, deadneck, ignorant, racist, Conservative wacko mofo’s don’t top past MISTAKES by voting in 2012. I don’t know about YOU imbeciles, but after the Bush/Cheney catastrophe , I’ll help start a ******* revolution if Republicans win the White House ever again.”
    Jesse james Jones
    I am somebody spoact.blogspot.com
    “Mitt Romney wants a strong military presence that doesn’t include his limp sons Craig, Tagg, Matt, Ben and Josh. Let the peasants do the fighting, right Mitt? you Aristocrat you…” Maria “sweet” Abruzzi

  7. Downtown Danny Says:

    Go back to PA. Rick – your bible-thumping garbage went out in the 90′s man.

  8. Dee Says:

    Santoriam is ready for the crematorium.

  9. Spence Says:

    No longer the “party of big business.” No–now rather the party of mega-corporations.

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