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Rick Santorum - The Keystone for Republican Victory

Rick Santorum is a committed consistent conservative who has the best chance of winning the general election.  Santorum is a low-risk high-reward candidate who would lead a united party because he is a consistent, committed conservative. No one posts “anyone but Santorum”; we’ve seen any number of posters claiming they’ll stay home, vote 3rd party, or vote for Obama if Romney is the nominee.  Rick Santorum has always been Pro-Life and for traditional family values – he walks the conservative walk, and if you vote for Rick Santorum you know what you are getting.

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Rick Santorum had a 96% rating from the American Conservative Union for 2006, and a lifetime rating of 88%. He has been consistently pro-life and supported a strong national defense, and he has stayed married to his wife, living out the family values that he supports.
http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2006/2006senate.htm
Santorum has won statewide elections in the key swing-state of Pennsylvania twice. Before that he won Congressional elections in a district that tilted Democratic. Winning the Keystone state, Pennsylvania, blocks Obama’s second term and Rick Santorum is the candidate to do it.

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The Democrats have one basic attack strategy against Santorum – Rick Santorum is “against a woman’s right to choose”. And given Obama’s extreme pro-abortion position in favor of denying medical care to infants who survive abortions, Obama can easily alienate swing voters by using this attack.  Santorum is the candidate best able to exploit Obama’s vulnerabilities by driving a stake into the heart of the Democrat coalition.  Obama made a choice to throw union guys and jobs under the bus by killing the Keystone pipeline and pandering to environmental extremists.  Rick Santorum has successfully gotten votes from workers in the past and he is the candidate best positioned to lead disgruntled workers away from Obama.  Rick Santorum does not have “baggage”, while both Romney and Gingrich would present the Democrats with a target-rich environment.

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Rick Santorum is also the perfect unity candidate, being somewhat between Romney and Gingrich.  He is not a “vulture capitalist” and he doesn’t going around calling other people vulture capitalists either.  He is more exciting, and a better debater than Romney, while not being as antagonistic as Gingrich sometimes is.  He is not antagonistic toward the “Republican Establishment” but he is working to pull toward the right using honey rather than vinegar.  Rick Santorum can fire-up the Republican base without firing up the Democratic base the way Gingrich would – and Rick can attract some of the union guys that normally comprise some of the Democratic base.

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In terms of criticizing Obama, Rick Santorum will be able to denounce Obamacare much more effectively than Mitt will. Rick is warming up for the general election now by pointing out flaws common to both Romneycare and Obamacare.
People know where Rick Santorum stands – it’s easier to respect a person who stands for something and defends his position than it is someone who you just don’t know what they stand for.

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Rick Santorum is the candidate most likely to actually repeal Obamacare.  You’ve got to wonder if the author of Romneycare really has his heart set on repealing Obamacare.  Either Santorum or Gingrich will repeal Obamacare with a strongly Republican Congress.  However, if repeal is not a slam-dunk in Congress, Santorum’s persuasive approach is more likely to carry the day than Gingrich’s confrontational style.  Overall, policy-wise Santorum and Gingrich are both more conservative than Romney and are about as conservative as each other.  Where honey rather than vinegar is needed to advance the conservative agenda, Santorum will move America right while Gingrich will be limited by Congress.