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Santorum: Why Romney didn’t win

6/13/13

Rick Santorum ripped Mitt Romney’s campaign Thursday for mishandling President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” gaffe last summer.

The former Pennsylvania senator recalled all the business owners who spoke at the Republican National Convention.

“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there,” Santorum told a few hundred conservative activists at an “after-hours session” of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.”

Santorum did not mention Romney, who he challenged in the primaries, by name during a 21-minute speech in a dim ballroom at the Marriott (a company on whose board Romney sits). But there was no doubt who he was talking about.

“When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are ‘Type As’ who want to succeed economically, we’re talking to a very small group of people,” he said. “No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them. Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.”

Trying to carve out a role as a leading populist in the 2016 field, Santorum insisted that Republicans must “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck,” not the CEOs.

“Our leaders don’t accurately reflect who we are,” he said. “They reflect the interest groups around here who are lobbying for an advantage. Everyone who is up here is wanting an edge for their company or their industry. We’ve got to get away from that.”

Santorum won 11 primaries and caucuses in 2012, including Iowa. On his way out of the room, Santorum paused to greet Iowa social conservative leader Steve Scheffler. The two agreed they should meet up when Santorum comes to Iowa this August.

During his speech, Santorum also implicitly criticized the GOP for nominating Romney because it took Obamacare off the table as an issue in the general election. He said Republicans would have been able to attract more voters had they followed the 2010 playbook. Then he stressed that thorny implementation problems will give the party another chance in 2014.

“I won’t go back and revisit why that was the case or who the better candidate was to do that, but suffice it to say the opportunity is going to present itself in the next year,” he said to knowing laughter. Santorum complained that, so far, Republicans in D.C. have not adequately highlighted the messiness of the Affordable Cart Act.

“Why are they not sounding the alarm?” he said. “Why are we not getting ahead of this train?”

Other speakers at the low-key evening session agreed with Santorum’s point.

Mike Huckabee, who during his own 2008 run for president said that Romney “looks like the guy who fired you,” said that Republicans need to reach out more to “the average person Rick Santorum is talking about.”

“He is so absolutely right,” the former Arkansas governor said. “The Republican message is often so horizontally presented that people often get lost in that spectrum.”

Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg said Romney did not run on ideas, but Hallmark slogans.

“He just seems fake, but that’s actually him,” said Goldberg. “Mitt Romney looks like the picture that came with the frame.”

by Anonymousreply 2706/15/2013

[quote] Our leaders don’t accurately reflect who we are,” he said

Oh yes they do.

by Anonymousreply 106/14/2013

[quote]“Mitt Romney looks like the picture that came with the frame.”

LOL!! Love this line.

by Anonymousreply 206/14/2013

[quote]“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there,” Santorum told a few hundred conservative activists at an “after-hours session” of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.”

He's right, but he is also delusional about what political party he's in.

by Anonymousreply 306/14/2013

[quote]They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.

Didn't Mitt have them build the stage they were on before he fired them?

by Anonymousreply 406/14/2013

[quote] Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them

You still don't care about them. You just care about their votes, Ricky.

by Anonymousreply 506/14/2013

Mitt was a liberal, Rockefeller Republican and Santorum comes from the whack job wing of it.There were so many conservatives that were dissapointed that they chose such a non-conservative.In addition, Romney was full of horseshit half the time.More like all of the time!

by Anonymousreply 606/14/2013

I don't believe Mr. Santorum has ever built a successful business from scratch either. In fact, where does Mr. Santorum's money come from? Is he living off campaign donations.

by Anonymousreply 706/14/2013

Wack not whack.

Sorry I'm an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 806/14/2013

Fuck you!That's not R6. You are a Nazi grammar of the highest order.And a witless and slimy little smelly cunt.Go away back to mommy's basement and go back to smelling glue.

by Anonymousreply 906/14/2013

Thanks for the laugh, R6. You've made my day!

by Anonymousreply 1006/14/2013

Rick Santorum needs to take his Tea Party butt and sit down. Boo!!! Boo!!! Boo!!!

by Anonymousreply 1106/14/2013

Hes right of course. But its going to be very hard for the GOP to appeal to working class Joe Six Packs when once elected, they try to break their unions, reduce their benefits or raise their taxes so that the rich can get a tax cut.

by Anonymousreply 1206/14/2013

Of course, it wasn't a gaffe at all. It was pure spin on the part of Republicans.

What Obama said was that businesses didn't build the public roads, the railways, and utility lines, the education system that educated their workers, etc., etc., that made their business possible.

By editing his comment down, and spinning it hard, they made it seem like "That" referred to the business. It never did.

by Anonymousreply 1306/14/2013

Romney was not ever a "liberal, Rockefeller" republican. Some people still haven't absorbed a single thing we've been teaching about Mormons after all these years.

by Anonymousreply 1406/14/2013

[quote]You still don't care about them. You just care about their votes, Ricky.

Yes, with these complaints he's essentially saying, "dammit those poor people would have been good props!" He's certainly not saying that they should have been proportionately rewarded for their role in building a company.

by Anonymousreply 1506/14/2013

He's absolutely right. Those workers are the ones who built the company. Unfortunately, I can't support his other reich-wing views.

by Anonymousreply 1606/14/2013

[quote]The two agreed they should meet up when Santorum comes to Iowa this August.

the smell of it.....

by Anonymousreply 1706/14/2013

I hope Santorum runs again. He'll muck up the whole thing!

by Anonymousreply 1806/14/2013

For once, old "Frothy Mixture" seems to have a point.

by Anonymousreply 1906/14/2013

Notice when Republicans go after unions, they go after teachers. They never go after cop unions. Cops are reliably rightwing.

by Anonymousreply 2006/14/2013

[quote]“Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.”

Except that would demonstrate that Obama was right in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 2106/14/2013

This was a unique message from Santorum. He forgot to mention the gays. For years, his every speech included slams at gays.

by Anonymousreply 2206/14/2013

Oh why do we care what this misanthropic pipsqueak has to say about anything. His opinions are about as relevant as Herbert Hoover's ideas on economic stimulation- and Hoover probably was not as bigotted.

by Anonymousreply 2306/14/2013

Not that this demented, stupid Xtian simp has any analytical skills to get down to why America loathes him and would rather vote for Mitt Fucking Asshole Romney than he.

by Anonymousreply 2406/14/2013

OMG. He's going to run again.

by Anonymousreply 2506/14/2013

[quote]I hope Santorum runs again. He'll muck up the whole thing!

The Santorum folks have basically admitted he will be running. Remember that for the past 30 years or so the Runner-Up from the previous Republican primary usually becomes the Nominee the next time.

Eg. McCain was Runner-Up to Bush & then became the Nominee after him

Then Romney was the Runner up To McCain and became the next Nominee . . .

Don't think it will happen for Santorum, though, but he wants to try.

by Anonymousreply 2606/15/2013

“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there,” Santorum told a few hundred conservative activists at an “after-hours session” of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.”

He told the truth about this, but they would be faking it if they did otherwise. Just like when they prop black and brown faces up for their "outreach."

by Anonymousreply 2706/15/2013
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