GOP crowd boos Santorum as he flip flops at debate

“The first Republican presidential debate in a month – and perhaps the last of this primary campaign – was an uneven affair, as rusty candidates were forced to confront their opponents once again at close quarters while Rick Santorum struggled with the frontrunner’s mantle and the barrage of attacks that come with it,” according to Boston.com.

“The former Pennsylvania senator struggled to explain his endorsement of GOP turncoat Arlen Specter, his concern about allowing women to assume combat duties, and his distinction between “good” and “bad” earmarks.

“At one point, rival Ron Paul, the Texas congressman, complained, “This demonstrates the problem that I’m talking about: There’s always an excuse to do this.”

“But it was Mitt Romney, especially interested in preventing Santorum from beating him in his native Michigan, who left the former senator stammering moments later when he accused him of alternately embracing federal family planning funding known as Title X.

Santorum offered his own version of Democrat John Kerry’s famous 2004 “I voted for it before I voted against it” declaration in response.

“I think I was making it clear that, while I have a personal more objection to it, even though I don’t support it, that I voted for bills that included it. And I made it very clear in subsequent interviews that I don’t support that, I’ve never supported it, and have, on an individual basis, have voted against it. That’s why I proposed Title XX to counterbalance it,” said Santorum.

“The audience at the Mesa Performing Arts Center responded with boos.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

12 thoughts on “GOP crowd boos Santorum as he flip flops at debate”

  1. I think what we are witnessing is incredible. If this is what passes for serious candidates in our current political atmosphere we are in trouble.

    That being said President Obama will have to campaign smart and extremely hard if he wants to win due to the influence of Super Pac advertising. I read an article the other day talking about political advertising and the republican primary spending has increased by 1,600% and negative ads have increased to over 50%.

    Candidates For Sale.

      1. The Supreme Court has already ruled on this issue, in the Citizen’s United decision, and any initiative or legislative process would need to be carefully crafted to remove the legal/legislative underpinnings of that decision.

        The movement that may be most likely to succeed without intervention by the SCOTUS is the constitutional amendment process, which is underway.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marge-baker/overturning-citizens-unit_b_1194043.html

      2. Greg,
        I believe you will see something on 2012 California ballot on this very issue. The direction I believe it needs to take is a CA Constitutional amendment – Corporations are not human beings and Money does not equal Free Speech.

        States control corporate charters and elections and this is where this movement needs to keep the issue until a national movement is strong enough for US Constitutional amendment.

      3. I just don’t have the time to pursue this but please include me if you find a way to do it. I consider this a high leverage activity.

        Greg

  2. What is of great concern to me is the subject matter that this audience were frequently “booing.” In particular questions regarding women’s health and preventative care. Contraception? Really? A subject that women thought they had dealt with over 50 YEARS ago. Transvaginal Ultrasound Demands? Without consent? Issa Contraception Manboards? What country is this? All women, and the men & families that love them are sensing red alerts and sirens by now. Or should be. Will these demands be accompanied by attack dogs next? The GOP, in its current “incarnation” or “incantation” are utterly unrecognizable to thinking, sane adults. It’s sad, hysterical, frenzied and wrong for America. And they should know better.

    Kate

  3. Keep that fire alive Kate. I suspect that whoever is the Republican nominee is they just lost about 5-8% of the independent women’s vote, 3-5% of the Republican women’s vote, and motivated democratic women to get active in the 2012 campaign to turn out their vote.

    My guess is that in last four weeks Republicans lost 2-4 points in the general election; probably enough to secure Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and perhaps Virginia. for the President.

  4. These guys are a train wreck, and the only thing holding them together are the outright liars (broadcasters) who just hate the Obama administration and what progress it stands for!

    I can’t wait for the election as their candidate will undoubtedly make a complete fool of himself.

    It’s pretty disappointing that one of my TPP friends has a picture of the 3 chimps with Obama’s face on the smallest one, with some stupid saying on the bottom.

    In my mind racism is alive and well 140 years after the civil war ended, and 40 years after the racial strife of the 1970’s.

    1. I’m not surprised. One of my Texan friends, a stereotypical good ole boy, whom I knew when his family moved from Dallas to NY when we were in 7th or 8th grade, then they all move back to TX, starting when I was in Nam ’68 to ’69–and I also lived with them on and off when I was young, was a devout hunter and a gun salesman. We argued about almost every thing–boy did he hate liberals. But he was like a brother. But he too had a despicable picture hanging in his gunshop area–he owned about 150 guns–that of a lynched black man hanging from a tree. He died off a heart attack about 15 years ago–6’3″, 340 lbs., working on a deer lease. It was his hunting friends that I didn’t care for, as for all of them deep thinking was as common as finding powder in a spent shell casing.

      And I refuse to call those tea people, the patriots that they claim for themselves. What effrontery.

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