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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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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheIowaRepublican.com. Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.




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