Santorum fighting until the end

Despite Mitt Romney having the most delegates, Rick Santorum won’t go down without a fight.

With the Illinois primary fast approaching, he told a crowd that filled a high school gym “No one is expecting us to do well here in Illinois.” But, he needs Illinois to win, and told the crowd they had the power to change this race. “You have a unique duty here in Illinois to correct a wrong,” he said, in reference to the election of President Obama.

In 2006, Santorum lost his senate seat to Bob Casey by 700,000 votes, but he fought for what he believed until the bitter end. The New York Times quoted Santorum’s campaign manager, who said, “In the final weeks, it would have been very easy to stick a finger in the wind and pick popular positions and lose by 5 points instead of 18. But he stuck to his guns, he went down with his beliefs.”

The Times’ article highlighted several instances where Santorum “stuck to his guns” in that race. Santorum wrote a book, titled “It Takes a Family,” which the Times called a “blistering attack on liberal ‘elites’.” The Times said Santorum was “passionate and polarizing on issues of family and morality, hawkish on terrorism and Israel, eager to cast himself as putting principles ahead of politics,” but that although these issues were detrimental in his 2006 campaign for the Senate, they are instrumental in his campaign against Romney.

The very people Santorum appealed to in 2006, who were a minority at the time, are invaluable in this very close primary race. Voters are drawn to Santorum’s Christian values and his fiery passion.

MSNBC had nothing about Santorum this morning. Instead, they had an article highlighting Newt Gingrich calling our political system “methodically and deliberately stupid,” but saying he isn’t giving up on the race. (I was unable to find any other source backing-up this claim)

And yet, Rick Santorum isn’t going down without a fight. But will his controversial views help him or hurt him in this tumultuous political climate? Will he appeal to moderates if he holds true to his values? Or will he appeal to voters simply because he “sticks to his guns?” Wouldn’t voters rather see someone who doesn’t flip-flop on issues and is consistent in their views, regardless of whether or not those views coincide with their own?

This race is far from over. Only time will tell who will emerge as victor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/us/politics/a-passionate-persona-forged-in-a-brutal-defeat.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&ref=politics

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/14/10692558-gingrich-calls-political-system-stupid-vows-to-stay-in-the-race

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/17/santorum-says-illinois-can-shake-up-gop-race/

 

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