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August 4th, 2011
 

Santorum The Courage To Lead…

Rick Santorum was asked in Winterset last Saturday if he had the executive experience necessary to lead the free world. The gentlemen who asked the question clearly didn’t want to elect yet another president who needed on-the-job training like President Obama.

Santorum wasn’t bashful in answering the man’s question. He reminded him that President Lyndon Johnson could get things done. LBJ had no executive experience; he was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator before becoming president. On the other hand, Jimmy Carter had executive experience as Governor of Georgia, and he “sucked.”

Santorum didn’t just use Democrat examples to make his point.

Santorum then said that many people believe that America needs a businessman at the helm. Santorum said, “No we don’t. Running the country is nothing like running a business. A CEO can do whatever they want. That’s not how things work. We don’t have a king or CEO in America.” Santorum was obviously taking a shot at Herman Cain.

Santorum then took on President George W. Bush. “ George Bush thought he was the Governor of America,” Santorum said. “He did a whole lot of things that the state’s should have been doing.”

He then said that he would match his 12-year record in the Senate against anyone else’s during that time period. Santorum then went on to tell the audience gathered in Winterset’s Northside Café why he was the best man for the job because of his knowledge and experience.

Santorum said, “The country needs leadership, not showmanship.” He noted that there are plenty of candidates who can get people fired up, but he doesn’t think that’s leadership.

“Show me where they have moved hearts and minds” Santorum asked. He then touted his work on the Welfare Reform Act that garnered Democrat support. He also recalled an incident when Sen. Patrick Leahy asked Santorum for time so that he could speak out in favor of the partial birth abortion ban. Santorum said that Leahy told him he didn’t want to be for the bill, but he couldn’t live with himself if he didn’t vote for it.

Santorum’s remarks were on point last Saturday, but apparently he forgot to mention the other thing that distinguishes him from the rest of the candidates. A new Santorum web ad claims that he processes the courage, fortitude, and remarkable patience it will take to be President, which he’s demonstrated on his road trip around Iowa with his entire family.

Below is the Santorum’s Political Version of Family Vacation:

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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