By The Right Scoop


Santorum gave a very inspirational speech today at CPAC, putting into focus what this election is really about. He says that while this election is about jobs, it’s really about something even bigger – the country we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren.

Here’s the full speech:

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  • Anonymous

    This election is about the heart and soul of freedom in this nation. There is no doubt about it.

  • http://twitter.com/Rushlimbang Brian Skinner

    He should have taken some Valium before hand.

    • Anonymous

      what do you mean? are you a Obama drone?

  • Anonymous

    Santorum’s speech was quite good. I don’t know that he’s the kind of speech-giver who can bring down the house, but that’s not the test here. And we have the inspirational angle covered by many other talents on the Right. But Santorum is just the kind of conservative we’ve been looking for, and he’s been hidden in plain sight until now. And now we’re really getting to know him: an honest-to-goodness, stalwart conservative who we can trust to do what he says. What else do we need?

  • Anonymous

    Excellent speech! I was very impressed with the passion, the message, and no teleprompters. ;)

    He is becoming more inspiring to me. Great message.

    • Anonymous

      Huh? Yep, the teleprompters were there. Partially obscured the face of the tall daughter to his left.

      • Anonymous

        I saw them…

        But he didn’t USE them.

  • Anonymous

    I agree… he did well and said the right things.

  • MB Smordin

    I get a little confused regarding speeches.

    Did he write this speech?

    Did someone else write it?

    Does he believe what he says?

    How much of X is in the speech?

    • Anonymous

      rick speaks of what conservatives know to be true, and he seams to be real. compare this to white obama romney, who stumples when pressed to speak conservative

  • Anonymous

    He made a few good points, but he just doesn’t inspire me like Newt does.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

      I think the difference is that Newt speaks from his feet (which also gets him in trouble sometimes).

      Rick’s speech was OK but wasn’t anything special. It is stuff we’ve already heard before. Really nothing new. But that may not be necessary because there are people just now tuning in to him that haven’t heard it all before.

      I think Rick has been better this week in on-the-spot interviews that he was in this speech.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jaspersilvis Jasper Silvis

        Agreed. Compared to the CPAC speeches of Marco Rubio and Rick Perry, even Paul Ryan’s speech was not all that riveting (and I went to the same high school as Paul).

        But I absolutely loved Rick Santorum’s interview on Bill Bennett’s morning radio show yesterday morning (2/9). Can’t seem to find the link to it. Darn. It was great.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

          I heard that too. It was great. I have been listening to Rick host Bill’s show on Fridays before he ran for president and feel like I got to know his heart by hearing him interact with callers every week. He’s the real deal. Don’t like some of his past votes but at least he has the guts to defend with solid reasoning some of those decisions, but more importantly he has the humility to admit when he was wrong. I don’t see this humility in any other candidate except for maybe Ron Paul.

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you about his voting issues. He defends them and explains why he voted a certain way, and if he was wrong on it he admits it. Everyone else dodges the issues when pressed.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HU45BLBCROTOIVK4Q56XO2N5VU MSGT
  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    It would be great to have an administration which remembers that all rights come from God and not the government. Great speech. Go Rick!! Thank you Scoop for putting it up!

    • Anonymous

      right on! God given, not some gov’t given priveledges

      • Anonymous

        yup….what the government gives, the government can take

    • Anonymous

      When he makes that point I wish he would go one step further to state that because the government does not give us our rights we cannot allow them to keep writing laws that curtail our liberties.

      Many know this but the uninformed truly need to clearly understand that we only give the government so much power and it is not their job to decide how much freedom we are to receive …

      • Anonymous

        Nor to decide that, contrary to the explicit word of the Sovereign grantor of rights and 3000 years of history, homosexuals have a ‘right’ to marraige and moral equivalence in society.

        Liberties can be curtailed by redefining what must be included in the concept of liberty as much as by directly limiting existing liberties. Canada is a concrete example–with mandated equality for homosexuals, it is now illegal to preach a sermon which elucidates the word of God on homosexuality…

  • http://twitter.com/shelly99032 Shelly Sands

    I think he did an excellent job.

  • Anonymous

    Conservatives win when they stick to their values. When we govern as Socialist Dhimratz we cannot expect to win subsequent elections. Sticking one’s finger to the wind to check which way its blowing is what Dhimiratz do. Values voters…true Conservatives don’t care which way the wind is blowing, because their values are built upon a rock-solid foundation that isn’t subject to LMSM opinion, or some Grand Ayotallah in the WH.

    This guy has the right views on all the issues. Whether AGW, the Third Great Jihad or Obamacare/Romneycare.

    He needs to stomp on Ali Obama’s “macca” moment with Ali’s “No Child Left Alive” initiative.

    Ali Obama has a nice record of abysmal failure. Highlight it, and harp on it endlessly.

    “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this…”
    – Saul Alinsky

  • http://www.davidjkramer.co.cc// DavidKramer

    Getting really sick of my browser, my internet service or some gall dang something that keeps hanging up my web browsing. I do not feel like re installing my system. Geez, I am having all kinds of problems the last few days on the net.

    Well, so far, the first two minutes of a 22 minute speech is okay, it only took 20 minutes to watch it!!!!!!!!!!

    Will run CCleaner, Defraggler, plus a couple of others. Oh how I miss my xp sp1 super fast system. Had to buy a new system and this 7 really bites.

    Go Santorum!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EPNKCLUJ4F2PBVGOB7MU7O56ZA W.

      Clean out your cache and cookies, etc. every day too…it keeps things running faster.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EPNKCLUJ4F2PBVGOB7MU7O56ZA W.

        Also, closing other programs while you watch and cleaning off desktop might help.

        • http://www.davidjkramer.co.cc// DavidKramer

          Well, I have to figure out how to load up a xp system for this computer. XP does not have the proper drivers to get it running enough to get access to add the rest of the drivers. I have to figure out how to add drivers the initial install. Have not taken the time to figure that out. Use to love when I got a virus with my last system, it took me a total of 3 minutes to reinstall from the stored image. This 7 runs so many different processes it is rediculous. I use to have like 8 while running xp, but 7 I have like 25 even though I have shut off every single unnecessary service. Oh well, I will deal.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Get a Mac. (but not an iPad) Computer-induced craziness: Gone.

      (and +1 what W. said)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFJ7TFEB76QRDY3OZM6BGGLDI Chuck you Shoomer

    HI Folks, Congrats Mr Santorum, see you in 2020.

    Newt 2012

    • Anonymous

      Love it! Just wait till Newt gets in there..he will blow them all out of the water!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Reed/100002167760925 Bill Reed

        Newt is not going anywhere. Santorum has the moral compass that is necessary and would be like Bush in terms of integrity. Newt? haha….don’t trust him, nor Romney. Santorum is rising high in the polls now, Newt sinking.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting interview. Please don’t tell me that Beck doesn’t support Rick. That simply isn’t true. And he clearly doesn’t agree with Romney. Believe your own ears here.

    http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/02/09/glenn-interviews-surging-santorum-glenn-interviews-surging-santorum/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EPNKCLUJ4F2PBVGOB7MU7O56ZA W.

    Great mottos from this speech:

    THIS IS OUR WATCH – Vote Rick Santorum

    DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY – Vote Rick Santorum

  • Steven

    Conservatives unite to pick the best option we have in this field to face Obama. Pick Rick! Santorum 2012!

  • PFFV

    Good speech but I want to hear him talk about abolishing ObamaCare like Newt does. The single biggest threat to our rights and freedoms is ObamaCare. I don’t want generalities and platitudes I want specifics.

    At this point I would say Rick and Newt are tied, as far as getting my vote. I could pull the lever for Santorum or Gingrich; both are qualified in my opinion. Whoever can articulate the most aggressive attack (and repeal) on ObamaCare and push back all the policies that Obama has implemented is who I will lean towards.

    • Anonymous

      I would just say look at their plans. I think Newt has the best tax plan(endorsed by Thomas Sowell and Ed Laffer) and Rick’s which isn’t as bold.

      • Anonymous

        I sure would love a 15% flat tax, and 0% capital gains tax! Simplifying the tax system is most crucial, so we don’t need an army of investigators and enforcers…

      • Anonymous

        I like Newts tax plan as well, however I think Rick’s is more likely to get passed through the House and Senate. People can talk all they want of their plans but they still have to be voted on by the Congress. Getting down to just two tax brackets and eliminating the majority of the loopholes would be a great start to fixing the tax system and perhaps getting to a flat tax.

        • Anonymous

          It depends who is at the helm. Newt was able to work with Clinton and get historic tax cuts, welfare reform, and slashing the budget done…which everyone said couldn’t be done. Well it was, and it hasn’t been done since!

  • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

    Watch his family’s faces- especially his wife’s.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Reed/100002167760925 Bill Reed

      What do you mean, her looking tired? I would be tired too with the trip they’ve been on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497076194 Travis Pierson

    Excellent. I thought his victory speech on Tuesday was good, but the delivery was lacking – struck me as affected, somehow. I don’t know. Maybe he was just tired. He’s improving, though. Growing into the roll of national candidate. He still needs to smile more. We, on the right, are the happy ones. :D

    • Anonymous

      He always whines

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    Rick still sounds under the weather with is voice, but I still liked the speech, and I agree with Scoop, it was inspirational!!!

    This speech was by far way better than Romney’s speech! Yuck!

  • Anonymous

    This nation is at a crossroads. We have a choice. Big government control over our lives, or small government and the rule of Natural Law. It’s about the REAL constitution, not liberal’s destruction of it.

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      Good grief. This list of Santorum’s supposed votes reads like the lifetime achievement wish list of harry reid. I am having trouble believing this, especially as I can’t (at the moment) determine that the votes are what they are listed as. I WILL check this out.

      If it’s true, why was Santorum even permitted to attend CPAC? If the descriptions of the votes are accurate, why hasn’t this been announced loudly? If true, Santorum is left of obama. I’ll be back when I have the time to be sure.

      I got an email from Ron Paul’s campaign about this sort of stuff. Why has NO ONE else picked up on this?

      • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

        Red State has had several diaries wrt Rick Santorum’s record.

        http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/

        http://www.redstate.com/tex_whitley/2012/01/05/rick-santorum-and-communitarian-conservatism/

        (Coffee and Markets podcast ^^^)

        http://www.redstate.com/jeff_emanuel/2012/01/11/rick-santorum-a-massively-expanded-welfare-state-is-the-genuine-conservatism-our-founders-envisioned/

        These are just 3. If you type in Rick Santorum in the search box, there are quite a few, as well as pro-Santorum ones and some by Senator Santorum himself)

      • Anonymous

        Please do You might learn something I am in the process of doing just that.

      • Anonymous
        • K-Bob

          Whatever makes you think NO ONE else has reviewed that? It’s only been posted here over and over, and pretty much every conservative blog and website.

          It’s been discussed, and found to be nothing more than the same old problem all members of Congress face after several years.

          His ACU rating is fine. His stance on the isues is totally in line with mainstream conservatism, and he articulates conservative points without needing to read from a list.

          • Anonymous

            K-Bob:
            Thank you for articulating this. Obviously, the voters of the four states have no problem with it.

            These same people will also fret and hand wring that we have no one running after all the purity tests are applied and realize no one matches up …. Whatever happened to looking at someone’s overall record instead of the cherry picking? After all, Santorum ended a federal entitlement (and wrote the law while in the House), who else has done that?

            • K-Bob

              You’re right. Besides, like Scoop and several other folks, Santorum wasn’t my first choice in this primary. He has actually done the hard work and convinced me, through his debate performance and some critical interviews, that he’s worthy of my vote.

              I still think Newt has a better outlook for winning, in general, but I would happily support Santorum. I’m quite comfortable that he, like Newt, would be good for the nation in this crisis.

              (Unlike the other two candidates.)

              • Anonymous

                K-Bob:
                Me, as well.

                Palin was my “first choice” and I was kind of neutral and indifferent, until I started paying attention to Rick Santorum (again). I became interested and then very impressed with how he runs a grassroots (bottom up) campaign. I was also impressed by how he handled attacks from the media and his opponents, plus, back in my political days, I used to know a few of his staffers. His office had an incredible reputation on the Hill as being a premiere “hotbed” of conservative thought and activism. (Quin Hillyer was right about that.)

      • Anonymous

        It reads like that b/c its cherry picked. Obviously, its “research” from opposing campaigns.

        Here are a couple links for “balance” sakes:

        http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/282738/why-not-santorum-quin-hillyer

        http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/290132/again-why-not-santorum-quin-hillyer

        • Anonymous

          Thanks, PhillyCon. I’m out of town on a borrowed computer and limited time this weekend, but I’ll check out all these links thoroughly after work this week. I appreciate the help.

  • http://twitter.com/mjh4259 Mary

    Good speech. Santorum is not a great orator, but his message is righteous. Newt is a much better speaker, but his message has been lost in defending himself against the attacks made against him by Santorum and Romney. I watched the one-on-one debate in Connecticut between Newt and Santorum, and I thought Newt won hands down. I have also been put off by Santorum’s pique during the national debates. It’s almost Obamaesque. Regardless, one thing I do feel about Santorum is that he is trustworthy, and I will support him wholeheartedly, if he is the nominee.

    • Anonymous

      if you watched today you would of seen a great speech where Newt laid out exactly what he would do to fix what obama and the etablishment has done to our country. Details is what I wanted and I got it from Newt. Romney and Rick’s were more touchy feely speeches.
      And BTW what is wrong with defending yourself when you are lied about??

  • Anonymous

    Rick Santorum needs to be America’s next President! Go Rick!

  • Anonymous

    Rick, I’m proud of you. You talk straight, you connect with voters, you resonate with all conservatives. You have competed with little support & money, but you kept going. You survived the tests thrown your way & maintained a positive campaign. I voted for you in FL & I will vote for you in the Fall if you secure the nomination.

    Keep pushing forward Rick, the base is with you. Godspeed to the nomination!

    http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/5983/74obamacarevsromneycare.jpg

  • Anonymous

    This is the way a true American speaks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Poncy/1339730989 Jeremy Poncy

    He’s not as fancy as the others but he has the substance they lack.

  • Anonymous

    I want everyone to think for a minute. How does Ricky play this fall. Do you think many people will be turned off when they find out that he and his wife took their stillborn child home from the hospital? How will groups like moveon play that? I think he could lose just on the creepiness factor alone.

    • Anonymous

      You’re talking about a general election electorate many of whom bury their pets with headstones, or pay money to have their pets cremated and the ashes placed in an urn…

      http://www.foreverpets.com/

      In 43 States it remains legal, as it was throughout history, to bury your own dead relatives without outside assistance or interference.

      http://www.funerals.org/newsandblogsmenu/blogdailydirge/471-caringownlynchresponse

      I think you have the wrong idea here…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Camp/1608442478 Tom Camp

      You do realize that healthcare professionals actually recommend that you do something like this in order to help the healing process and to bring closure, don’t you? I don’t think I’d do it myself, then it has never happened to me, so I can’t be sure.
      Also, the child was not stillborn but was born alive and died two hours later. Try to get your facts right rather than mangle them in order to bolster your argument.

    • http://twitter.com/PJRodman Paula J Rodman

      It is not creepy. It is the loss of a child and perfectly normal to have closure…hence we now have funeral homes to handle this rather than in the family-as it was before death became sanitized and “creepy” and to be denied and avoided.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Camp/1608442478 Tom Camp

    Over his 16 years in the House and Senate, Santorum scored a composite 88 out of 100 according to the American Conservative Union scorecard. Not perfect, but one of the most conservative scores over that time span.
    Few legislators score perfectly – certainly not over a long span of time. There are certainly votes which I disagree with. But to claim Santorum is not conservative by cherry-picking votes it somewhat dishonest, to say the least. The big questions are: what will he do as President, and how will he do compared to Obama (and Gingrich, Romney or Paul).
    I am really getting tired of conservatives tearing down other conservatives in order to preserve their non-existent purity. We have to beat the current occupant of the White House.

    • PFFV

      I agree tom. Rick is doing a very good job drawing us in but I want to hear him say he is going to abolish ObamaCare firmly and that it is his number one priority when he becomes President. He needs to lay out his plan clearly and get away from the platitudes and generalities that almost all politicians are good at doing. If he does lay out his plan in his speeches he will win the nomination. I hope he starts doing so, but until then he is doing a good job climbing back into this race, it’s good for the USA and the Conservative movement.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Camp/1608442478 Tom Camp

        PPFV,
        I’m not sure whether or not he has explicitly, with no qualifications, indicated he will push for repealing Obamacare. If not, I hope he does. But he has been the most effective (of the candidates) in criticizing Romneycare and by extension, Obamacare.
        I have to say that Santorum was probably my 6th choice at the beginning, but he is definitely growing on me. I had hoped Gingrich had, shall we say, become a bit more mature and stable with the years, but sad to say it looks like he hasn’t. I love him, but …. And Romney: I’ll take him, but I’d rather leave him.
        What I want the Republican nominee to say is this: since the Obama administration has determined that it has the power grant exemptions from Obamacare, then my first act as President will be to exempt everybody. Then we can get down to the nitty-gritty of repeal and replace.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      Nice poll =)

  • Constance

    Actually, I liked Mr. Santorum’s speech better than West’s speech. Both were great, but this speech spoke more directly to me as a conservative.

  • sonofliberty

    he is right..we have flirted with socialism and it failed…we need to get back to our original principles.

  • 11Steve11

    I did it! I donated to Rick Santorum for president. And I am glad I did it!

  • Anonymous

    The speech was weak, much like the candidate. People please take the time to look into this mans voting record. He is so pro union it hurts. He voted against free trade agreement, voted against right to work, said he would vote for the right to work if it came across his desk as president.” Politically convenient Politics”. See if you can find any place where he made a vote that went against the unions.

    He is being a Monday morning quarterback on TARP, he was not in a position to vote because he got fired by the people in PA. I can find no record of his opinion before the vote. We will never know what he would have done. However, we have many indications from past votes that he would have supported it. He loves big government. He voted for the bridge to nowhere (twice).
    I know I am pissing some of you off, but I just want us to make the right choice.

    He is a nice person, (that is what they say about Obama) but do you really know who he is and what his philosophy really is? Just asking?

    He is good at ” Politically convenient Politics”.

    He is not ready or qualified to be president of United States of America.

    He could never beat Obama.

    • K-Bob

      All four candidates are qualified to be President of the United States.

      The only candidate that would have serious difficulty beating Obama is Romney, thanks to Romneycare.

      Ron Paul would come in next, since a lot of folks think he’s a bit off the wall.

      Newt and Santorum would crush Obama like a grape.

    • K-Bob

      What you are doing is spamming the threads with the same, boring, well-vetted list of accusations.

      Once is fine, twice is overenthusiastic, three times is spamming, and it will be deleted.

      • Anonymous

        We have a difference of opinion. Keep reading, I will do the research for you. K street project next research target. Are you interested?

        • K-Bob

          As long as it’s something we haven’t seen over and over, go for it. I’ll take your hard work over someone else’s talking points any day.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you. We have a deal.

      • Anonymous

        Not so fast Mr. K-Bob, I didn’t know about his position on TARP,(not being able to find his stance before the vote that is) so that was some useful info, at least to me.

        • K-Bob

          His TARP vote has been mentioned here many times.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    What is with the pins on the children ? Pictures of their baby? That’s sick.

  • Anonymous

    ellebb:

    TROLL!!