Monday, June 6, 2011

Santorum Declares For President

From: HUMAN EVENTS

Rick Santorum, formerly a senator from Pennsylvania, formally declared his candidacy for President on ABC’s Good Morning America today. “We’re in it to win,” a bright-eyed and cheerful Santorum told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, supplying some of the perkiness that has been sorely missing from morning TV since the departure of Katie Couric.

“We’ve got a great team in the early primary states, and we’ve got a lot of momentum,” said Santorum, as he sized up his chances. He didn’t bounce quite as high from the South Carolina debate trampoline as Herman Cain, but I think he introduced himself well and far exceeded expectations. He’s got a background as a lawyer, and sometimes sounds like a prosecuting attorney during debates. That might be helpful, if he gets the nomination and has the opportunity to put Barack Obama on trial for the first term of his presidency.

Stephanopolous pointed out that Santorum’s overall polling is weak, and he got creamed in his last Senate race, although he did win recent straw polls in the important primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina. Santorum views his firm adherence to principle as the asset that will help him attract greater support, saying his Senate race was doomed by his refusal to yield on vital positions, such as Social Security reform, during a tough campaign year for Republicans. It sounds like he might be drawing a contrast between himself and certain higher-polling candidates who are more noted for their flexibility.

Santorum offered a strong criticism of Obama’s foreign policy, taking Stephanopoulos to school on why a bold Iran advancing its ambitions across the Middle East is an important sign that global villains are not “afraid” of Obama, notwithstanding the lack of successful terror attacks recently, or the damage done to al-Qaeda leaders. (What about all the unsuccessful attacks? Do they somehow not count because the terrorist attempted to purchase his weapons from Fake Bomb Industries, or got tackled by airline passengers?) I wouldn’t sell the successes against al-Qaeda too short, but Santorum makes an important point when he advises paying closer attention to the large-scale bad actors who are shaping history.

Incredibly, Stephanopoulos ended the interview by asking Santorum about the dopey “Paul Revere” nontroversy that has become the latest liberal attempt to bite Sarah Palin in the ankles. Santorum said he’s been busy and hadn’t heard about it, an encouraging sign that he pays no more attention to the mainstream media than he absolutely has to.

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