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Daily Santorum: Another definition

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Rick Santorum's challenge right now is "defining himself positively before others rush to disqualify him," wrote Dan Balz in the WashPost over the weekend. (No jokes please.)

Santorum in GaTo the good, that means he's enjoying big crowds responding to his conservative message, including thousands at a megachurch outside Atlanta yesterday. This morning at 10, he's due just across the border from Western Pa in Steubenville, Ohio.

He's zooming up the national polls, and is crushing his rivals in Texas, according to a Texas Tribune poll, taking 45% of the likely Republican vote to 18% for Newt Gingrich and 16% for Mitt Romney. (Due to redistricting woes, the state's primary may not be until late May.)

But the definitions against him are also rising. The NYT rounds up some of his more eye-opening remarks lately:

Mr. Santorum, who is surging in national polls, accused President Obama of “a phony theology,” likened public schools to “factories” and criticized prenatal testing as a way of encouraging society to “cull the ranks of the disabled.”

Santorum lately compared a second Obama term to the "great peril" of WWII, so Buzzfeed looked up the time he compared Senate Democrats to Hitler in 2005.

People from his home state sure have opinions. Here's one from the John Baer at the Philly Daily News:

HERE'S A THOUGHT for Presidents Day: President Santorum.

Did you just shiver?

How in the name of all that's holy is Rick Santorum atop national polls for the Republican nomination?

The Romney camp is still painting him as a lifetime bureaucrat (as opposed to the former Mass. governor's private sector experience), and released to reporters a list of cultural events the year Santorum first ran for Congress. (Included: the introduction of the Nintendo Gameboy and the debut of "Seinfeld.")

Pa political expert Terry Madonna's phone has been ringing off the hook with Santorum calls, so the F&M Center for Politics and Public Affairs put together all their Santorum work here. He also released this list of Santorum votes:

Santorum votes

1) NAFTA-No
2) Brady Handgun Purchase-No
3) Cut Missile Funds-No
4) Balanced Budget Amendment-Yes
5) Pass Line Item Veto-Yes
6) Reduce Medicare Growth-Yes
7) Increase Minimum Wage-Yes
8) Welfare Reform-Yes
9) Gay Employment Rights-No
10)Cuban Embargo-Yes
11)Remove Clinton for Perjury-Yes
12)Remove Clinton for Obstruction-Yes
13)Approve Bush Tax Cuts-Yes
14)Campaign Finance Reform-No
15)Permit ANWAR Development-Yes
16)Bar Gays in Boy Scouts-Yes
17)Force in Iraq-Yes
18)Prescription Drug Benefit-No
19)Gun Show Background Check-No
20)NATO War Serbia-No
21)Nuclear Test Ban Treaty-No
22)Support Roe v. Wade- No
23)Ban Partial Birth Abortion-Yes
24)Assault Weapons Ban-No
25)Bar Same Sex Marriage-Yes

Plus more for wonks only: American Spectator gives perspective to his vote in favor of Medicare Part D in 2003.

It's eight days until the crucial Michigan primary. Romney seems to be gaining momentum there, according to NYT poll watcher Nate Silver.

Santorum's public schedule through Wednesday after the jump:

Monday, February 20:

10:00am ET: Senator Santorum will hold a rally in Steubenville, OH.

 

Location:

Froehlich's Classic Corner

501 Washington Street

Steubenville, OH

 

7:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will address the Kent County, Michigan Lincoln Day Dinner in Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Location:

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Ambassador Ballroom

187 Monroe Street, NW

Grand Rapids, MI

 

Tuesday, February 21:

11:30am MT: Senator Santorum will address the Maricopa County Lincoln Day Luncheon in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Location:

El-Zaribah Shrine Auditorium

552 North 40th Street

Phoenix, AZ

 

5:30pm MT: Senator Santorum will hold a rally in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Location:

El-Zaribah Shrine Auditorium

552 North 40th Street

Phoenix, AZ

 

Wednesday, February 22:

11:30am MT: Senator Santorum will address the Tucson Tea Party Rally in Tucson, AZ.

 

Location:

Sabbar Shrine

Tucson, AZ

 

6:00pm MT: Senator Santorum will participate in the CNN Republican Presidential Debate in Mesa, AZ.

To learn more about former Senator Rick Santorum, please visit www.RickSantorum.com.


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