For a number of reasons, I have been reluctant to talk much about what particular candidate I may have been considering over the last several months. For one thing, I’m not convinced that anyone really cares what I think about who to caucus for. But my pal (and Caffeinated Communications Founder/Editor) Shane Vander Hart recently made the case that now is the time to make a decision about who you are going to support and get behind your candidate. So with that admonition, I decided that it might be best that I go public with my choice and also give a few reasons for doing so.

I first met Rick Santorum at the Straw Poll in Ames last Summer. Shane introduced me to Santorum and informed me that he (Santorum) had been extremely accessible to Shane. I was to find out that was a hallmark of the Santorum campaign. As he said in the spin room last Thursday night in Sioux City, you have to  “let the people see who you are…You can’t buy Iowa”.

I have had respect for Santorum for many years. He always struck me as the kind of man that was true to his convictions whether it benefits him politically or not. He has been a true champion of conservative positions on social issues. I wrote last Summer that he was probably the “standard bearer” among the current Republican candidates with regard to traditional marriage and the sanctity of life. I still believe that to be true.

He’s a fiscal conservative as well. He’s calling for a balanced budget amendment, lowering of tax rates, the repeal of Obamacare, and reductions in Federal spending. And he doesn’t have to simply talk about what he plans to do, he’s demonstrated it through years of public service in both the House and the Senate. His efforts in putting an end to the House Banking fiasco and later his work in passing the Welfare Reform law come to mind in that connection.

Santorum also possesses a keen understanding of the very real threat of militant Islam. In response to Ron Paul’s comments on Iran during the Fox News debate, Santorum made this observation: “They don’t hate us for what we do, or our policies. They hate us for who we are.” Santorum is one of the few national figures who’ve had the guts to tell it like it is on this particular matter.

In the end, it was his conservative positions coupled with his experience that “sealed the deal” for me.

So for what it’s worth, I endorse Rick Santorum. I hope you will support him as well.

 Picture by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com

 

5 comments
  1. Rick Santorum has a proven record as U.S. Senator where he fought for conservative causes – and won.

  2. Good article.  First off, let me state that, at this point, I support Santorum.  However, if Huckabee were running, Santorum would be my second choice.    

    He always struck me as the kind of man that was true to his convictions whether it benefits him politically or not.

    I wish that I could agree with that.  Here are a couple of problems:

    1) The specter of Arlen.  For Santorum to support his non-conservative buddy for re-election was indefensible, and I don’t believe he has ever apologized for it either.  He’s said that Specter promised that he wouldn’t obstruct the nomination of conservative judges.  Well, if Specter told him that Bugs Bunny was real, would he have believed that too???  Why can’t Santorum just be a man about it say, “I was very wrong–please accept my humblest apologies for endorsing Specter”?

    2) Unlike Huckabee, DeMint, Pence, columnist Star Parker, and others, Santorum (and Bachmann) decided they were not going to boycott CPAC. Why did they choose not to boycott?  My guess is because it wasn’t politically convenient to do so.  What was in it for them?  Apparently the presence of GOProud wasn’t that offensive to them.  I wonder–if the KKK had set up a booth at CPAC, would they still have attended?  If a candidate talks about family values, is he or she willing to make a sacrifice to support them?         

    I don’t know if there are other chinks in his armor as well, but these are two that come to mind.

    Anyway, in this sub-par field, Santorum still seems to be the best candidate overall IMO.  So, I’m glad to see his numbers rising.

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