Santorum Excites Social Conservatives at CLC

Rick Santorium urges conservatives to speak out about morality and not to be afraid to be a social conservative.   Photo: K. Benningfield
Rick Santorum urges conservatives to speak out about morality and not to be afraid to be a social conservative. Photo: K. Benningfield

Friday morning at the Conservative Leadership Conference, presidential candidate Rick Santorum focused on how the Republican Party (RNC) can improve in 2016.

Santorum said that on the Tuesday of the 2012 Republican National Convention, the focus was on businesses.   Speaker after speaker, he said, spoke about how they had built their own businesses without help from Obama. It was fantastic he added, “but what about the working person”.  The person who works for small businesses that were built without help from the government.

Santorum said there was “not one single worker” that appeared on stage and that the RNC missed an opportunity to appeal to the members of the working class…those who are helped by business being created.

“We must tell people what we support and what we have done to help the working class.  Often they don’t hear our message,” due to the drone of unions and the Democratic Party.  We must tell them how conservative ideas and action make them better off.

He went on to say that “we must tell people what we have done.”

We need to discuss, he added, the how “government has caused the breakdown of the American Family”.

An example he used was bowling.  “Americans used to bowl.  They took their families to the bowling alley or they joined leagues with other married couples.”

Today, everyone wants to sit at home and communicate with the world on their laptops.   People aren’t joiners anymore.  We are spearated from one another.  People need other people.

He mentioned his latest book, It Takes A Family.  Santorium believes kids need families, rather than villages, he said without invoking the name of the woman who came up with the cliche “it takes a village”.

Recently at CPAC, a moderate attendee asked him, if Santorum “was he too religious to be elected president.”

Later that week, he appeared to a packed house of 2,000 at Yale University.  The students came “armed”.  Santorum made his speech, than spent an hour and a half answering their questions.

The Yale students told him that they had never even heard of such conservative ideas.

The candidate continued speaking on marriage and family.  “The role that the government has played in our lives has lead to the decline of the family.”

He urged the CLC audience to “stop self-censoring”.

“Don’t be afraid to talk about social issues, as well as fiscal issues during the next campaign.  We are too afraid to push our morality to give every child a chance.

He appreciates Governors Sam Brownback and Mike Pence.  Santorum likes how they restored vocational education to high schools to help students who want to work in those areas.  Those two states have successful graduates of those programs.

The candidate closed by urging all conservatives to get out and spread the message, especially about morality.

 Editor’s Note:  I was at that 2012 Republican Convention and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at a political event.  I covered it on my former blog, Katy’s Conservative Corner.   The RNC did a great job   but there are always room for improvements.

I look forward to covering the the next RNC convention..

2 Replies to “Santorum Excites Social Conservatives at CLC”

  1. I followed this speech today via twitter and would love to see the video too. Rick Santorum speaks truth and substance, not applause inducing redmeat oneliners so many out there use to chum crowds for good PR moments. He is a total and complete candidate, comfortable and confident in his own skin as a conservative Christian patriot, bold and unyielding to our coarsening culture and political machinations that control and guide those in office or who seek office willing to say and do anything to get support and votes. Santorum has been rock solid conservative on every issue since his days as a Congressman and senator, unwavering, steadfast, resolute to tell the truth, trust the American people, and do the tough things that need to be done, not just talk about them. He has the record of actual, proven, successful leadership on critical foreign policy, the economy, faith and family issues, and every issue a president will face in office. He is the complete package, prepared and ready to serve and lead on day one. His leadership experience on foreign policy and national security alone dwarfs the entire potential GOP field combined.

    The presidency is not an entry level position. Experience trumps hastily acquired head knowledge any day. Santorum needs no tutoring, briefing, coaching, or handling. Tried, tested, proven, and true. That’s what we need in the White House, and we can’t afford to settle for less this time. Lots of good people are looking to run and all have something positive in their resumes; but compared to Santorum they are just the book covers. Rick Santorum is the complete book. I want the complete book in the White House.

  2. You’re right on ALL points, Shirley! Rick Santorum has an OBVIOUS advantage over the other Contenders for POTUS 2016. He has expertise, knowledge, EXPERIENCE that the others lack. This is a day in America where we need STRONG LEADERSHIP to guide the country back from the brink.. We’ve HAD a president with little experience. His naivety in domestic and foreign policy matters has made the job for the next to hold the office difficult enough when able to be taken on with experience and insight. We must VET for the strongest CONSERVATIVE, particularly one with a solid Economic Plan and Foreign policy chops! This will be a critical challenge for TRUE Conservatives for the survival of our country, as well as, that of our friends and allies abroad. The choice is OBVIOUS – Vet Vet VET – Rick Santorum 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRIVXfrTc1A&app=desktop http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203960804577241251146282294

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