Santorum addresses bloggers

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum today sat down to talk with a group of conservative bloggers convened at the Heritage Foundation. Santorum, who is fighting for his political life against the Democratic Senate nominee Bob Casey, Jr., talked about a range of issues.

On Senate Issues

According to the Senator, the issues at play in the Senate — border security, NSA surveillance and military commissions — during this last week of session are all up in the air. The Democrats have decided to make the so-called “do-nothing Congress” a central talking point in their upcoming Fall campaigns. As such, they have adopted a “block and blame” strategy that makes the outlook for these legislative items uncertain. “Republicans would be excorciated for doing this,” said Santorum as he decried the press’s inability to see the obstructionist strategy for what it is. He asked the group for help on this subject noting that the “alternative media has a role to play.”

On Bob Casey, Overall Senate Race

I told the Senator about a piece I had written in which I noted the similarities between his race and a not-so-long-ago race in which another Republican incumbent lost his seat to a legacy candidate who fashioned himself as a moderate. Why would Santorum’s race be different?

Santorum touted a strong 12 year record of achieving for the people of Pennsylvania, a first class get out the vote operation, his ability to draw non traditional support from all segments of PA society and a rock solid confidence that debating his opponent will show a stature gap.

Speaking of debates, Santorum told the group that Bob Casey has agreed to only two debates and under specific conditions: the debates can only last one hour and the responses to questions must not exceed one minute, and…no lie…Casey must be able to bring notecards. Santorum suggested that each Casey flashcard would contain a canned one minute DSCC talking point.

Santorum said this was typical of Casey. In his Meet the Press debate with Casey Santorum said that television viewers could see only one piece of paper on the desk in front of Casey, but in between commercial breaks Casey was flipping through four pages with talking points bulleted on every subject. Santorum also said Casey had asked to take a computer on to Meet the Press.

Clinton Outburst

When asked what he thought of Bill Clinton’s recent outburst in his Fox News interview Santorum admitted he hadn’t watched it. But he offered this about Clinton, “It’s always about him, always.”
UPDATE: The Santorum campaign has put together a clever video highlighting Bob Casey’s unwillingness to debate.

4 Responses to “Santorum addresses bloggers”

  1. TimChapmanBlog.com » Blog Archive » More from yesterday’s Santorum blogger meeting Says:

    […] Ivy Seller’s at Human Events transcribed one of the more contentious moments during yesterday’s Rick Santorum meeting with conservative bloggers. In this give and take Santorum defends his decision to back Pat Toomey and appeals to conservatives to rally around Republicans in the general election who need their support. I would like to see Senator Toomey and Senator Laffey raising heck on the Senate floor as much as the next guy and I too get frustrated when Republicans back liberals at the expense of conservatives, but I have to say I am very persuaded by the arguments Santorum made yesterday. […]

  2. SantorumBlog » Blogger Conference Call Says:

    […] Tim Chapman writes about a conference call he was on with Senator Rick Santorum on Tuesday. Speaking of debates, Santorum told the group that Bob Casey has agreed to only two debates and under specific conditions: the debates can only last one hour and the responses to questions must not exceed one minute, and…no lie…Casey must be able to bring notecards. Santorum suggested that each Casey flashcard would contain a canned one minute DSCC talking point. […]

  3. Conservative Goddess Says:

    Nonsense. Santorum’s support of Specter, a known avowed PRO-ABORTION candidate, was reprehensible. Please see: http://www.grassrootspa.com/blog/?p=1221

    There is no excuse for betraying a core belief….the belief that the right to life is sacrosanct. Toomey would have easily won the general election. We could have been rid of Specter, but Santorum put political power and expediency before principle, and campaigned for him. Santorum will lose the upcoming election as a direct result. Good riddance.

  4. TimChapmanBlog.com » Blog Archive » There aren’t enough Tolkien analogies in politics… Says:

    […] Perhaps if Santorum put the analogy on flash cards the Casey camp would get it. […]

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