Pressure is mounting for Rick Santorum to leave the race. The Republican Establishment wants him gone so liberal Mitt Romney can be crowned.
Should Santorum leave the race?
In a word, HELL NO.
Okay, that really is two words. Santorum should not leave the race.
From the Washington Post:
He lost the Illinois primary badly to Mitt Romney on Tuesday and, in the process, fell 300 delegates behind the former Massachusetts governor. And, adding insult to injury, former Florida governor Jeb Bush finally decided to wade into the presidential race on behalf of Romney on Wednesday, a signal to the Republican political world that primary race is at an end.
The Romney campaign is also beginning to make the case more publicly that now is the time for Santorum to step aside. Erik Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman, noted that the former Massachusetts governor dropped out of the 2008 race in favor of Arizona Sen. John McCain “because he thought it was good for the country.”
And Romney supporter Bob Dole was quoted on Wednesday night comparing Santorum’s position now to his own in the 1988 presidential primary; “I should have gotten out, but I just kept going out there,” Dole told the Associated Press’ Dave Espo.
For his part, Santorum seems set to continue on in the race. But focusing on whether Santorum should stay in the race sort of misses the point. The more important question — as it relates to Romney’s chances in the general election and Santorum’s political future — is how the former Pennsylvania senator will choose to play out what looks to be the end game of his presidential bid.
If the standard we are going to use for Santorum is what is good for the country, then Santorum, like Gingrich, need to stay to the very end and try to force a deadlocked convention.
Santorum is not my first choice by any means. However, he is light years better than Romney. Romney is a liberal. There is now other way to describe Romney. He is as far to the left on many issues as Obama.
Four years ago, we conservatives watched John McCain crash and burn and we said never again. Never again would we be forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. We said in 2012 we were not going to let the RINOs dominate the process and we would have a conservative to put in the White House.
My how things change in four years. Now many of my conservative friends who vowed never again are meekly lining up to buy Mitt Romney’s twin lines of bovine scatology. The twin lines of cow manure are that he is the inevitable nominee and he is the only one who can beat Obama.
Both statements are blatantly false.
Even though I support Newt and still support him, I want Santorum in the race. I want his supporters to continue supporting him with vigor. Our common enemy is Romney.
For the sake of the Republican Party and for the sake of the country, we must make certain a conservative is the nominee of the Republican Party.
Mr. Etch a Sketch is not a conservative.
Rick Santorum needs to stay in this race and keep fighting.
I agree, John.
Carol: Rick and Romney should both bow out. Rick depends on the States such as Florida,IL, LA who have open Republican elections to have the Dems vote for example, didn't Rick announce an invitation in Michigan for the Dems to vote for him. So if he wins a state that will not likely be helpful in the general election because the Dems end game is to vote Obama. Neither can be trusted. Neither won relection in their states, last week people interviewed at random in Pa. all stated NO to vote in Rick. Religion can not be sanctioned in the WH.
So we have thank g-d Newt. and he will prevail in the end. Also, wondering why the states are decreasing the delegates such as LA from 49-20 after the election? Help me out.
Polling shows that a newt withdrawal helps Romney as much as it helps Santorum.
That is correct.
I don't believe the polls.
I think Newt believes he could win the nomination at a contested convention. You're right about most, but not all of the Paulies.
And I bet Sarah Palin thinks Newt can win the nomination at a brokered convention, too. She'll probably encourage delegates to switch from Romney or Santorum and vote for Newt. Never underestimate Sarah's popularity and power.
AMEN! - Oh how I wish Sarah could win at a brokered onvention. My second best wish: Newt
Has anyone suggested this before: a Santorum/Palin ticket? Both have strong Christian and Family Values and I don't buy into the Main Stream Media (MSM); Sarah's not dumb. Wouldn't it be a very strong conservative collab.? I'm registered Republican but Conservative is more important to me.
THE SANTORUM/PALIN TICKET IS DEFINITELY THE BEST THING THAT WE COULD DO TO "START THE PROCESS FOR RETURNING FAMILY VALUES AND TRUTH TO THE PROCESS IN AMERICA. RICK & SARAH ARE THE TWO FINEST "CONSTITUTIONALLY GROUNDED AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT HAVE COME DOWN THE PIKE IN 50 YEARS" !