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SANTORUM’S SURGE: Tells Palin Supporters, ‘I’m Your Guy’

Posted on | December 8, 2011 | 27 Comments

Here is Rick Santorum talking to Stephen K. Bannon, producer of the Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, about Palin’s praise for Santorum last week:

If some of our readers would care to transcribe this interview in the comments, I’d appreciate it.


27 Responses to “SANTORUM’S SURGE: Tells Palin Supporters, ‘I’m Your Guy’”

  1. elaine
    December 8th, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    There’s one point at 1:12 where I couldn’t make out what he said, if anyone else wants to have a go at it.  Otherwise, here’s your transcript:

    Stephen K. Bannon: Senator Santorum, in the few minutes we have left, Governor Palin on Hannity the other night called you the most ideological consistent of the conservatives.  There are many, many, many people in the Palin movement that listen to, to our show.  We consider ourselves the home of the Palin movement.  If you had to address those people, to talk to them, of why do you think that you really pick up the mantle of Governor Palin, particularly as far as reform goes or economic policies.  What would you say to them?

    Senator Santorum: Well, I would just say that if you’re looking at what Governor Palin’s best known for, at least what I’ve known her for is number one: she’s a reformer.  Uh, you look at what I did with the Gang of Seven which I talked about, you look at what I did when it came to the United States Senate — I was the guy that, along with John Talbot, imposed term limits on committee chairmen.  There’s never been a term limit that’s ever done anything in Washington, we did it, ah, I’ve, I’ve stood up and fought the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on the Balanced Budget Amendment.  We came within one vote, we lost by a single vote.  I called for his, for him to be stripped of his chairmanship.  I’ve stood out and I’ve fought for, for reform of the Congress, just like Governor Palin up in Alaska.  And if you look at it, she was also very tough in reducing budgets and cutting spending.  Look at my track record: a balanced budget amendment, and, and tough on spending, reform and entitlements.  You look at Governor Palin’s [garbled at 1:12] you know, she’s the mom of a special needs kid, and, by the way, I’m a dad of a special needs kid.  We understand the value of every human life and the dignity of all life whether they’re quote perfect of not.  And they stand up and defend that dignity, and fight for the dignity and the primacy of the family and society.  Sarah’s a comprehensive conservative, she’s someone who understands the threat of radical islam.  Was one to talk about it, confront it and not, and not shy away from it, and, you know, I feel like, in many respects, you know, we’ve uh, we fall right in line on all fronts, not just economic, not just national security, but on moral culture across the board, because Sarah is an across the board conservative.

  2. Dcmick
    December 8th, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    It isn’t happening for him.

    His style does not win converts.  He’s apt to speak out of the side of his mouth while not infrequently making some marginally whining remark.  Now he surely has a good deal of things to whine about, to be sure.  His air time was carved into by the joke candidacies of Paul, Cain, Johnson and Huntsman. 

    But nonetheless there’s whining wittily and there’s whining with an attitude.

    And that has made all the difference.

    It’s interesting too that the GOP is clearly willing to overlook some things with Gingrich, but not willing to overlook Santorum getting clobbered by that joke Casey, jr.

  3. Dcmick
    December 8th, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Which means Rob, ————————— it’s time for you to cease wasting your time with candidacies like that of Cain, and to stop pushing a candidate who was considered by the party and dismissed.

    It’s time for you to make your peace with Gingrich.

    And after that.

    Along with the rest of us who love our country and are willing to fight for her, to take up your position along the firing line, and start defending him, start attacking his opposition, and start, this season of Advent, making all things smooth for Gingrich’s coming.

  4. Matt Knowles
    December 8th, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    I am so sick of hearing someone say “You need to quit supporting the candidate you support, and start supporting the candidate I support, because your candidate can’t win, and mine can”.

    I support Sarah Palin fully and unequivocally, and she’s the only one I can say that about, and I am seriously considering writing her name in in my primary.  If I don’t do that, I’m probably going to vote for Bachmann because her actual record is closest to what I’d really like to see in our next president.

    The final result of the primary is when we all coalesce down to a single candidate.  The idea that we have to do that before the primary is just silly.

  5. elaine
    December 8th, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    How about we hold at least one caucus or primary before you people decide who the party’s nominee is going to be.  ‘Kay?

  6. chuck coffer
    December 8th, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Why not write in Superman or Bugs Bunny? It will be every bit as effective.

  7. Anonymous
    December 8th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    In last night’s interviews with Hannity and Eric Bolling, Palin said she will not endorse before Iowa …

  8. Anonymous
    December 8th, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    And if Matt does, what’s it to you?

    It’s his vote to do with as he pleases.


    Who’s your candidate?

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  10. Bob Belvedere
    December 8th, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Dcmick: You’ve got to be an anti-Newt plant because every word you write is so Goddamn ridiculous.

  11. Dcmick
    December 8th, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Hey, I’d have gotten behind Santorum had the party rallied to him.

    But that’s not happening, now is it?

    Romney can’t garner any additional share of the vote than what he had four years ago.  Which means what?  It means he’s getting NO traction.

    Perry?  Do you really want to be a nervous wreck watching a debate between him and Obama, waiting for the inevitable bone-headed comment from Perry.

    Bachmann?  She’s campaigned as she’s conducted herself in Congress, making occasional outlandish commentary.  She’s not held a leadership position, and sorry, but being a tax lawyer does not equate to genuine executive experience.

    Who’s left?

    We know who is left, now don’t we?


  12. Dcmick
    December 8th, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Yea, I supported Governor Palin too.  But for whatever reason, or confluence of reasons, she decided not to pursue the nomination.

    I can’t write her in.  That’s not a realistic option.

    I understand people being uncomfortable with how the race has panned out.  I get it.

    But Romney is NOT an option that is acceptable.

    Paul is an idiot, a guy who occasionally has trouble putting together coherent points.

    Perry blew himself up.

    Cain had a fondness for women other than his wife.

    Santorum can’t win over Republicans, or at least hasn’t made much of an indentation upon their thoughts.

    Bachmann?  She fingered Perry for Gardasil as if he wanted birth defects.

    Our list of potential allies grows thin……….

    So make your peace with Gingrich, or posture and preen on the sidelines like Bob over at the Camp of the Saints.  But mature adults have to make a choice.

    Unpleasant, not ideal by any criteria, but a choice nonetheless.

  13. richard mcenroe
    December 8th, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    For anybody wondering which side of Santorum’s mouth he speaks out of, the videos are still here 

    BTW, they are copyright-cleared for general use with attribution; feel free to pass them around or repost them.

  14. ThePaganTemple
    December 8th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    I didn’t like the Gardasil bullshit either, but if that’s the worst thing you can say about Bachmann, that’s pretty weak. And frankly, I don’t know many conservatives that don’t agree with Bachmann, or at least who didn’t agree with her before she ran for President. Sure, if you nitpick every single position, you can come up with reasons to oppose all of them, including Newt. You should look first and foremost at their records, then their basic ideology, and then at their personalities, and ask yourself, who will stand firm and strong against Obama in the debates and on the campaign trail and not be weak, who will show no quarter. I’m fine with Newt, by the way.

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  16. Anonymous
    December 8th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Why is that 06 loss being “held” against him?  As a resident of PA, no Republican had a chance winning this blue, unionized state during the height of the anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-Iraq hysteria.  It wasn’t happening.

    Yeah, let’s hold it against him b/c Santorum lost the year that made Nancy Pelosi Speaker and Harry Reid Majority Leader.  

    But Gingrich can sit down with every Leftist known to man kind on a gamut of issues; but he’s the electable one!  

  17. Tennwriter
    December 8th, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    Mr. Coffer,
    Its a way of letting the Establishment know how very ticked off you are at them.  Which is a completely legitamate usage of a vote.  And better than Superman, it points out what you see as the solution.

    I suspect Romney.

  18. Tennwriter
    December 8th, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    Well said.  And I favor the Mulligan Rule for the Gardasil situation for both Bachmann and Perry.  We’re all human…well, at least I am…and we make mistakes.

  19. elaine
    December 8th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    Let’s see… how long did Trump remain the frontrunner?  Bachmann?  Perry?  Cain?  None of them lasted more than about three to four weeks.  How long is it until the Iowa caucus?

    I see an implosion on the horizon soon…

  20. Dcmick
    December 8th, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I don’t.

    However I do see an establishment drive by, and Gingrich’s political corpse riddled with barbs and buried under a pile of rocks.

    But not an “implosion,” more a saturated nuclear strike against Newt and all things Newt.

  21. Anonymous
    December 8th, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    As far as I can tell, the principal evidence for the “Santorum Surge” in the title is that both words start with S.  I guess that counts for something.

  22. elaine
    December 8th, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    Please.  Gingrich IS the establishment…

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  24. ThePaganTemple
    December 8th, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    Then why is the establishment trying to destroy him?

  25. Joan Varga
    December 9th, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    You know, I was saying the same things like, “Gingrich IS the establishment.”  Some of my memories of him are distorted by time. Then last night I heard a biographer and WaPo writer speak at length of his first days in Congress, how he was a bomb-thrower of the first order, and of his last years in D.C., how he has turned himself into a sharp businessman, selling himself as the brand.  I listened because it was a thorough interview and surprisingly  well-rounded. Of all places, on NPR.

    Your mileage may vary, but it’s good to have your memory jogged. I suspect that Gingrich and Trump would have a fiery and lively exchange about business because Newt knows how to sell himself without going bankrupt.

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