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Santorum: Central and South America building closer alliances with radical Islamists

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Andrew Abramson

POMPANO BEACH — Would a Rick Santorum presidency be good for the Hispanic community?

Santorum touched on issues that affect South Floridians on the start of his Florida tour Sunday, blaming both President Bush and President Obama for allowing Central and South American countries to form “closer alliances with China and closer alliances with radical Islamists, becoming more anti-American because of our our inattentiveness and in some cases absolute horrific policies and in some cases absolute horrifc policies.”

Santorum said he warned of “the unholy alliance between the Socialists in South American and Central America and the Jihadists,” during his failed 2006 Senatorial campaign but that “it was not one of most popular things to talk about. We were losing the Iraq War.”

Santorum said he was specifically focused on Cuba and Venezuela, but he said other countries, including Colombia, are acting against the Untied States’ best interests because the U.S. hasn’t engaged them. “They didn’t think they have a reliable friend in the United States,” he said.

Of the Obama administration’s attempts to pressure Honduras to reverse the 2009 ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, Santorum said, “What this president did in Honduras is just inexplicable, how he allowed Central and South American to go to seed under this administration.”

Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over Zelaya’s ouster after the U.S. Law Library of Congress released a Republican-commissioned report that supported the constitutionality of Zelaya’s ouster and condemning his expatriation. The Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees have asked for the report to be retracted, saying it’s incorrect and flawed.

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Santorum compares his strategy in Florida to McCain in ’08, says he can ‘surprise some people’

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by Andrew Abramson

Rick Santorum on Sunday compared his chances in Florida to John McCain’s in 2008, saying Florida voters are just now starting to pay attention to the race. Santorum finished third in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, and was more than 20 points behind Newt Gingrich. Santorum and Gingrich are both vying for the conservative wing of the Republican vote.

“Our hope is to keep our head down a little bit and run a kind of campaign that you saw four years ago when John McCain came down,” said Santorum in Pompano Beach. “He didn’t spend a whole lot of money ,but he had two debates. If you look at what happened in South Carolina, pretty much it was that first debate that propelled Newt into a victory. It wasn’t money spent – (Mitt) Romney spent a lot more money than he did.

“People are taking a look at the candidates again in every state. …. People (in Florida) have been sitting on the sidelines not taking the race too seriously and now they’ll have to. This is their time to focus, and I’m confident as the next few days go by that our campaign is going to start to pick up some ground and I think we’re going to surprise some people as we have throughout the course of this campaign.”

But whether Santorum thinks he can “surprise some people,” or actually win Florida is questionable. Santorum said he might leave Florida after Monday’s debate in Tampa and return for Thursday’s debate in Jacksonville, saying “I’m not a believer in putting all the eggs in one basket.”

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Santorum saddened by Paterno’s death, calls his last few months a ‘tragic tale’

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by Andrew Abramson

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvia native and Penn State University alum, said on Sunday that he was saddened by the death of Joe Paterno, calling his last few months ‘a tragic tale,’ as Paterno was fired amid the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal.

“I said many, many times that one of the reasons Joe was hanging on to that position is because if he left, he’d die. Cancer, broke his hips, he had a lot of problems,” said Santorum at a press conference outside the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach where he gave a sermon on Sunday.

“I knew Joe very well, and it was a very tragic tale, his last few months of his life. It’s tragic that a life so well lived and someone who had made such a great contribution to sports and to our culture would have the end of his life end in such a sad way. My prayers go to the school and his family. I know one of his sons very well; to the entire state of Pennsylvania, who I’m sure, like me, are saddened by these turns of events.”

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Santorum opens up Florida tour at Rev. Dozier’s Pompano Beach church

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by Andrew Abramson

Santorum arrives in Florida, visits Pompano Beach church

Rick Santorum arrived in Florida and went straight to church, vowing to stay in the race. “This race is just getting started,” Santorum said before entering the church.

He is currently giving a Sunday sermon at the Worldwide Christian Center.

The church is run by the controversial Rev. O’Neal Dozier, who has been an outspoken critic of “radical Islam.” Dozier’s wife introduced Santorum by praising him for his stances against homosexuality and radical Islam.

Santorum is currently giving a faith-based speech to the crowd, speaking against abortion and for family values. A day after finishing third in South Carolina, Santorum appears to be going after Newt Gingrich without actually calling him about my name.

He spoke about the moment where “I laid eyes on my wife,” speaking of the importance of marriage and family values.

“I’m going to go out from here and everywhere else, neighborhoods all over like I did last night in my talk in Charleston, S.C. where I talked about the family.”

More to come…


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Bondi to co-host GOP presidential debate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 by Dara Kam

Bondi with Fox News correspondent John Roberts

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will co-host the GOP presidential debate on Fox News this weekend, according to a press release distributed by the Republican Party of Florida this morning.

Bondi, a Fox fave who often appeared on the news channel as a legal analyst before her election in January and a frequent guest star since, will join fellow Republican attorneys general Ken Kuccinelli of Virginia and E. Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s show Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Bondi is leading the charge in the multi-state federal health care lawsuit, launched by her predecessor Bill McCollum, now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Undoing the health care law is among the GOP presidential wannabes’ top campaign pledges.

“This forum is an excellent opportunity to engage each of the candidates in a candid conversation about issues that are important to voters in our state and across the nation,” Bondi said in the press release. “This will be a historic election, and I am excited to play a part in helping voters gain a better understanding of candidates’ beliefs on fundamental issues such as constitutionalism and the role of government.”

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum have all agreed to participate in the forum, according to the release.

Rick Santorum to campaign at Palm Beach County GOP picnic Saturday

Friday, November 4th, 2011 by George Bennett

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who has focused primarily on Iowa and other early states rather than Florida, will visit a Palm Beach County Republican Party picnic on Saturday at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, party officials said today.

Representatives of Santorum’s campaign could not be reached this morning.

U.S. Reps. Allen West, R-Plantation, and Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, are also expected at the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park’s Center Drive Pavilion. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for a family of four. Griffin Perry, the son of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is also expected to attend.

Potential 2012er Santorum brings pro-Reagan, anti-Goldwater message to Boca

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by George Bennett

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum takes a break from the Iowa-New Hampshire-South Carolina presidential exploratory grind to speak to the Boca Raton Republican Club Wednesday night. He says the GOP should embrace Reaganism and not Goldwaterism. Read about it here.

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