AS MUCH AS people seem to love to hate U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum these days, we were impressed by him during our editorial board meeting.
Even board members who didn’t vote to endorse him – for the record, it was 5-2 – came out of the meeting with a higher opinion of the embattled senator.
Santorum clearly laid out his thoughts on the Middle East, explaining that he sees Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela as bigger U.S. threats than Iraq. Some have accused Santorum of fear-mongering, but Santorum said he couldn’t live with himself if he didn’t warn people about these countries’ danger.
The thing of it is, people know where they stand with Santorum. Perhaps more importantly, he’s consistent in his beliefs, no matter how unpopular they might be.
Though he’s been accused of being aligned too closely with President Bush – another Republican who’s lacking popularity – Santorum gave our board numerous examples when his beliefs and actions have been different than the president’s.
We think that Santorum has the knowledge and commitment to do the right thing for Pennsylvanians during another Senate term.