Full Speech: Rick Santorum in Missouri

Rick Santorum was in Missouri today giving his first campaign speech since his daughter was admitted into the hospital on Saturday. After updating his daughter’s status, he gave a great speech and managed to get a few good digs in at Obama as well as his opponents on the right.



Here’s the full speech:

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62 thoughts on “Full Speech: Rick Santorum in Missouri

  1. Education in America:
    + 1/3 of children don’t graduate high school.
    + “Only way it’s going to change is if parents get back involved and in control of their children’s education again.” Remove big government parent conditioning that school administration knows best.
    + 1.2 million children will not graduate high school this year — of those, 300,000 will end up in poverty and 50,000 will end up in top half of income earners, leaving 850,000 in competition.
    + It’s not just that kids who don’t graduate high school need more community resources, or that these unskilled workers are entering their community workforce each and every year having to compete against their peers, low-skilled migrants and illegal immigrants who depress wages, but often they are leaving school too early to know what it means to be a citizen, to be an American — patriotism in the equal application of the rule of law and equality of opportunity not equality of outcome — individual sovereignty.
    + Ron Paul may have built the better mouse trap with the “legalize drugs” honey for college kid volunteers and campus money bombs (which leads to wasted human capital), but Rick Santorum was all about the working kids. Vocational and technical schools are more responsive to community needs so the 47 training bureaucracies in D.C. should be shut down and funds block granted to the states.
    + Santorum’s Made in USA manufacturing plan is not only a bright vision for our returning military men and women but the hometown workforce that built America.

    It was an informative speech. (NASCAR without trying.) However, Rick really must be sure to put upfront in his sentence “currently” for that was one funny moment when the crowd clapped for the current 35% corporate repatriation tax. He was just speaking of cutting the manufacturing business tax to zero and in half for others so it seems like the audience was thinking Rick was telling of his new rate vs. applauding eat the rich taxation. It really does let you know just how little great swaths of people are not following many of the 19 debates for I knew better. All politics is local. Which really does reinforce what a strong candidate Rick Santorum is for his consistent willingness to make decisions not for the next election cycle, but for the next generation.

  2. Finally got to see it, and it was good! As I see it now, Rick knows where he stands on the issues, what he opposes about the current administration, and where the country should be heading. I think the only thing he needs to learn how to do now is how to draw off of his past experiences and paint a picture for people to capture their hearts. I can’t think of a better example of what I mean than the end of the second Reagan-Mondale debate:

    Too bad he didn’t get a chance to finish what he was saying, but damn, that was some good stuff.

  3. We can’t let the media and the elite pick our President this time! Each one of us needs to get off our butt and help this good man win. Otherwise, we will get Romney;Romney, a man Soros could ” live with”. If he loses, we need to blame ourselves for his loss!

  4. I love Santorum. He is the candidate we need to elect as President. However, I’m not convinced he can beat Obama due to the amount of uninformed people in this country. With that said, I believe Newt is our answer under these circumstances for 2012. Rick would be a great choice for VP along with many others.

  5. Contrary to the media reporting that this race is over if Romney Rhino wins today in FL.there are way more than half of the delegates are still up for grabs. Vote Conservative..Rick Santorum is the only Conservative Csndidate, Mitt NOT..Newt Sometimes .. Rick Always

  6. The fact that he is not even in Florida tells you something. He has 0 chance to win the nomination. So way to split the conservative vote, I’m sure Romney will send a cake to Rick when he wraps up the nomination.
    You BeckBots are pitiful, wake up already. You are “useful idiots” for supporting Santorum anymore, Glenn Beck will be toasting Romney’s victory in Florida.

    1. Oh yes, you are sooooo right. I mean it is what…the 44th state primary right?/sarc

      After four states, we all know that it is over….why is there such a rush. It is not Santorum’s fault, why not ask Newt to drop out and it will be a different race as well. Get a grip!

      1. It may be only the fourth primary/caucus so far, but it is important to look at the map as far as where things go from here. Not very favorable to Newt and Santorum.

  7. I really like Santorum as he seems to be an honest man with a good heart which is hard to find in a politician these days. I understand his position on bringing manufacturing back by offering a special tax deal to manufacturers. But isn’t this how our tax code got to be such a horrific mess? I don’t agree with selecting segments of our economy and giving ANY special favors. What’s good for one segment should apply to all, otherwise we just continue with the mess we already have.

    We need to simplify the tax code by replacing it with a competitive tax rate and do away with ALL of the special favors for ALL special groups, IMO. Hey, even GE would have to pay taxes under that plan!

    By focusing on manufacturing, I fear he might be pandering to the unions.

  8. Missouri?!

    I get the feeling most of you haven’t taken a look at the primary/caucus schedule. Missouri’s GOP caucus is not until March 17, well after Super Tuesday (March 6). There is a non-binding primary in Missouri on February 7, but the delegates (52) to the national convention are not selected until the caucus on March 17.

    Santorum is on life support. He will finish a distant third (and maybe even fourth behind Ron Paul) in Florida tomorrow. He has no established organization to speak of in the early February caucus states of Nevada, Maine, Colorado and Minnesota. He did well in the caucus state of Iowa because he worked very hard there, visiting all 99 counties and establishing a strong organization within that state well before the January 3 caucus. Unfortunately for him, the media declared Romney the winner in Iowa before all the votes had been counted, and that sucked away the momentum he could have had going forward.

    The fact that he has gone to Missouri rather than the February caucus states listed above says a lot. I still say Florida is the end of the road for Mr. Santorum.

    1. Newt’s not on the ballot in Missouri, so Santorum going there early to start talking to the people and getting his name out, is a good move for him. Mittens will probably win it, but Santorum still can make a good run there.

          1. I figured out how it can happen.

            After a crushing loss in Florida today, Newt will challenge Mitt to a duel at high noon tomorrow. Somehow, Mitt gets off a perfect shot, as does Newt, and the two collapse simultaneously in instant demise.

            Santorum stands over the bodies and declares himself the true remaining conservative in the race. (Ron Paul, off to the side, says humbly, “Well, not really…”)

            In honor of Newt’s Aaron Burr-like efforts to rid the GOP of their establishment-chosen liberal infiltrator Romney, Santorum challenges Dr. Paul to a 3-hour Lincoln-Douglas style debate. Unfortunately, 37 minutes into his opening hour, everyone in attendance falls asleep. This is OK though, because anyone who tuned in on TV changed the channel 11 minutes in.

            1. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I was talking to a Ron Paul supporter. That changes the dialogue. We’re in the apples and oranges category now.

              Ron Paul has some excellent ideas and deserves a shot at the presidency… but not as a representative of the GOP. They hate Tea Party people, conservatives, and Libertarians. Many of Ron Paul’s proposals have merit and would radically change things for good in this nation. No doubt. But he simply will not get the GOP nomination. He’s quite simply not one of those wretched repubicans.

              I like him more now that I’ve studied up on him… but I also shun him more too. I won’t go down the usual laundry list of perceived faults I have with him… but I would take him over Romney. Though it would have ensured a Maobama victory, he should have ran as a 3rd party candidate. I’d like to see him replace Bernanke in a new administration… he would simply kill in that position. Paul Ryan replaces Geitner.

    2. He’s far from done.

      He doesn’t have the money that the other candidates have (or the baggage) but he has the principles and platform that can carry him forward. We’re only 3 states into this election cycle – there’s a long way to go. He is improving with each debate. Beck, Levin, Malkin support/endorse him – I support him. Many conservatives and Tea Party folks do.

      I think that the wave of support that ebbs and flows for each candidate in this contest, will flow back to Rick soon… because the crap going on between Mittens and Newt is tedious and Rick continues to focus mainly on the real target: Maobama. That is ultimately what conservatives want – to get rid of the monster in the White House.

  9. Santorum has not been vetted as of yet. He has not experienced the carpet bombing of Romney or the media.

    Right to work position:

    His pro union position is going to kill him. No matter how he answers that question it is not a good answer. If he claims it was because of the unions presence in his state, then we know that he was pandering to the unions. If he says he believes in the right to work tradition, but because of states high union affiliations he could not make the vote, then using the mindset of the media, he is a liar. What is it?

    What problem is as big as Obama care? The Union problem in the country. Unions are pro democrats and lean left.

    Who do you think defeated him in PA his last attempt at senator? Unions

    Santorum is not ready for prime time. Trust me you just have not seen him in the mix yet.

    Beck is doing his role for Romeny, bYpatronizing Santorum in order to split the vote.
    Beck is pro Romney, how could he be anything else? Do the homework.

    Guys we are in the big leagues now and Santorum is not going to be able to make it stick.

    1. Rick S has a lot to offer and though not perfect in every area he is a good man that would do the office of Presidency a world of good instead of the current man and woman who seem to have little respect for this country and his role as President! Beck and others want the perfect person-with no leanings in ANY direction but the far right-it will never happen. I like Rick and wish him well in this race!

      1. I agree Rick is a nice guy. However, what about the issue I brought up. Rick has not been vetted. He has been running about the edges. Romney needs him in the race right now to split the vote, however, when the time comes, he will be eviscerated by the Romney machine.

        1. You are right, with Gingrich, Newt, Romney, and RP in the race, the vote is split… but there remains a large number of undecideds and frankly, it’s Newt who is cutting into Romney’s lead… Santorum remains a viable candidate and deserves to stay in this race – sheesh, we’re only 3 states in… Santorum may be the last one standing after Newt and Romney finish nuking each other. He remains the most conservative.

          Rick is being properly vetted and Beck, Levin and Malkin support/endorse him. I support him. Romney’s grist mill is chewing up anyone who gets in his way, no matter if it’s Newt or Santorum… Rick will be able to stand against Mittens and Maobama.

    2. I don’t agree with your conclusion about Beck; he has said right along he was for Bachmann first then Santorum. He’s actually expressed concern if Romney got the nod.

      Nobody expected Truman to win either, but he did. And so did Reagan. It’s early yet.

    3. I’ll borrow that phrase from Rush:

      “Compare to the actual occupant of the White House, what could Santorum do worse?”. He is a major improvement over O!

    4. He hasn’t been vetted??? Where did that 1994 article come from?

      One should not forget that Santorum has won statewide elections in Penn. I am sure that surviving in such a blue state as he has done can stand up under the pressure.

      By the way, have you seen the vicious questions that the MSM asks this man? Rick has not refused to go on MSNBC, CNN, or any other Obama station and stood firm under their attacks.

      He will do well and has done well.

    5. I agree we’re in the big leagues now but Santorum is perhaps the only one who can go toe-to-toe with Maobama. He’s not perfect… but he more starkly contrasts Maobama than the other candidates while having less baggage. He’s ready for prime time.

      And to say Beck is for Romney, blows my mind. I did my homework and Beck is on record as endorsing Bachman and Santorum. If that even makes a difference.

      And I agree with you, the damn unions have to go. Period.

  10. A really great speech. Rick Santorum is a fine, decent, courageous, honorable – loving patriotic man…I hope his campaign will catch fire and he will succeed…if not president, then vice president.

    1. Everyone needs to donate to his campaign if you want to see him catch fire. He needs to be able to get his message out. It’s not enough to say you are for him, we have to put the money where the talk is 🙂

      1. She has the support of a large loving family, a church community, friends and probably can afford a helper. Mrs. Santorum is a homeschooling mom, and has trained as a nurse as well as an attorney.

        1. Thanks StNikao. I knew that he wouldn’t have left her with no support but I didn’t know Karen had trained as a nurse. Loving family is a given.

      1. Not only a nurse, but one who worked in the neo natal intensive care unit for 8 years. So yeah, I think she’ll continue to do a fine job with Bella. If she needed Rick, I’m sure he would have stayed home.

      2. I found it interesting when he said the other day that they don’t take her to the hospital unless it’s absolutely necessary – due to the possibility of infection.

        I’d never thought about that before, but in reality Bella’s better off in their home than in the hospital. And as you said, Rick’s wife is highly qualified. What an amazing family all around.

    1. Who said Ricks wife was “all by herself?” She has older children at home who can help when needed and other family members and friends. She is not all by herself.

      1. I think most of us are in Rick’s corner on this. He wouldn’t be running at all if he felt his family was not in good hands.

    2. What a silly statement! His wife is a former neo-natal nurse, plus being Bella’s mom, she knows better how to take care of her own!

      Sarah Palin ran despite her son’s disabilities. Did you believe that she should stay home and care for her kids?

    3. He didn’t leave his wife, he went to the hospital to be there with her and Bella…and…Karen and his family all support his running..b/c they know what he stands for and they know he can make a difference for our country. With most of his children being older, they all help out..so this presidential run is a family thing. I think it’s about time we had a special needs daughter in the White House! The world needs to see that they are people do…Rick has suffered many challenges as we have, he knows what’s important and what’s not. He’s not doing this to make a name for himself, he feels called to run and I think he should too! (Just as Huckabee felt he shouldn’t run.) Maybe this is why so many of us like Rick Santorum..he has guts and integrity and he’s a big improvement from the one who’s in the White House now. and many of us are praying for him to make it…wish he’d come to Virginia to campaign but maybe that is later on his route! 🙂 If you didn’t see the Florida debate, you should have…he won it hands down actually complementing his opponents to shut Wolf Blitzer up so they could get on with the issues. He got the biggest applause of the night for stopping the bickering! Wolf was egging on the bickering was egging it on and Rick stopped it! Go Rick!

    4. The baby is still in the hospital and the mom is a former neonatal intensive care nurse. She can handle anything. That’s why that baby has lived so long I think. Mom is on top of it!

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