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An Iowan on Santorum: ‘Very Presidential in Stature’



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The closing item in the Morning Jolt mentioned Rick Santorum’s event on a cold night in Davenport, Iowa. A Campaign Spot reader, Meredith, was at last night’s meeting. Her take:

LOVE love love The Morning Jolt. It’s the first thing I look for in the a.m.

I was there in Davenport last night. I’m looking for a candidate. I don’t think the “reruns” can beat Obama; they weren’t that popular the first time (i.e. Huckabee and Romney). I am not an official “Tea Partier” but how official is the group anyway?

The questions and topics were very focused on smaller government; no social issues were raised. Everyone was angry about the blatant disregard and disrespect by our elected officials NOT following the wishes of the American people. Outrage over the pathetic so-called leadership of Obama on every issue, from Islamic jihad to the omnibus bill to immigration. Everyone in attendance wanted to elevate the Constitution above massive and continuing legislation and pork barrel projects.

My take on Rick: very presidential in stature. Mild mannered, polite. Great opinions when the crowd would let him talk. He educated all of us on how Appropriations work, how entitlements aren’t even funded, the absolute power of the incumbent representatives even in the Republican party, ideas for immigration, how to, step by step, work on eliminating the deficit. He said he was in Iowa “kicking the tires” to see if he should run for President.

I wanted to ask Mr. Santorum (but never got a chance) how, if nominated, he would be able to keep the conversation on smaller government and fiscal conservative values when the liberal media begins to attack his very conservative social values. That will be a nightmare for him.

We need to start pushing a candidate forward who can win, whether it be Santorum, Pawlenty or Jindal.  Please help!


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