Rick "frothy mix" Santorum is asked if he's willing to tone down his positions on abortion and homosexuality in an effort to reach more voters and help the GOP coalesce behind a more fiscally-focused platform.
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Ron Paul addressed same-sex marriage and DOMA at last night's GOP Presidential Debate, as well as the legalization of heroin and his definition of liberty.
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A new CNN poll, taken before the Bin Laden news, showed Ron Paul as the only current GOP presidential hopeful with a chance of beating Obama in November:
According to the poll, taken before the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, President Barack Obama has an edge over all the top GOP candidates in hypothetical match-ups.
Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a hypothetical general election showdown. Huckabee trails by eight points, with Romney down 11 points to Obama. The poll indicates the president leading Gingrich by 17 points, Palin by 19, and Trump by 22 points.
Jeremy Hooper at Good As You writes:
Congressman Paul's description is completely lacking on the practical level. In truth, DOMA not only involves "protecting the states," as it were, but also involves limiting those states that do have equal marriage rights from honoring their married same-sex couples in the same way as heterosexual marriages. So while it may be consistent with his larger goal to see benefit in DOMA section 2 (the part that prevents states from having to honor other states' unions), Congressman Paul's lack of acknowledgement for DOMA section 3 (the part that prevents states that currently have equal marriage from receiving the same federal recognition that heterosexual couples currently receive) gets back to his unwillingness to focus on the here and now and instead focus on the theoretical future. In the here and now, there is inequality under the law. A member of Congress (and certainly a president) has to deal with the present bull crap, even if he thinks the odor runs deeper.
And here's a question about the legalization of drugs and liberty:
Eli Sanders at Slog writes:
As Ron Paul starts in on his heroin lecture he's basically being laughed off the South Carolina stage. Then, in just two minutes and thirty seconds, he manages to gently point out the GIANT contradiction in a bunch of small-government, freedom-first conservatives cheering for government to interfere in people's private lives.
Now, the presence of this kind of contradiction isn't news or a revelation to anyone who pays attention to politics. But it's not easy to explain the contradiction to a crowd like this, to basically tell a bunch of South Carolina conservatives that they're being unthinkingly inconsistent. Ron Paul does that, and at the end of his two minutes and thirty seconds he essentially has a hall full of Republicans cheering for heroin legalization.
On Friday I reported that the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee had voted 8-4 along party lines to advance a bill that would place a voter initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the state on next year's ballot.
Jeremy Hooper at Good As You makes note of at least one ray of light during that day, Madeline Koch, a young straight Republican who portends the future.
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Teabaggers go wild for Trump as F-bombs fly in Vegas.
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour announced yesterday he would not be seeking the Republican nomination for President:
“I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Mr. Barbour said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”
For months, Mr. Barbour has been traveling to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, testing his support among Republican activists. He was widely expected to enter the race this week, particularly among contributors and the party establishment, but he said that he was unsure about the long-term commitment.
Barbour's decision sent the field scrambling, and upped at least one potential candidate's chances, Politico notes:
If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels enters the race, Republicans say, his friendship with Barbour and his own long D.C. track record would make him the favorite to win over the class of political professionals who have proved so influential in past GOP presidential primaries.
Liberty PAC, Paul's political action committee, sent out a news release Monday that teases the 3:45 p.m. news conference at the Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive. The release states that Paul will "make an important announcement about his political organization."
That would precede the May 5 Fox News debate in South Carolina for prospective Republican presidential candidates. Paul has already accepted an invitation to the debate, but debate guidelines require each participant file as an exploratory candidate or a formal candidate by April 29.
On FOX News Sunday, Rick "frothy mix" Santorum was asked if gays should have any rights or any access to benefits as partners.
"They have the right to be able to — employment. I don't know what you mean by rights. What I'm talking about are privileges. Privileges of marriage, privileges of government benefits is a different thing than basic rights to live their lives as they well should and can as free Americans."
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Putting himself in line with Republican presidential hopefuls Haley Barbour (R-MS), Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Senator Rick Santorum told the Wonk Room's Igor Volsky in New Hampshire that he would reinstate the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy should he be elected President.
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Rick Santorum, who earlier this year said marriage equality is unnatural, apparently had nothing do to with the creation of his own presidential campaign slogan. Yesterday, during a stop in New Hampshire, Santorum admitted to Think Progress he had nothing to do with the the slogan, "Fighting to Make America America Again," and also had no idea that it was lifted from a poem written by the gay poet Langston Hughes titled "Let America Be America Again."
He further clarified: "The folks who worked on that slogan for me didn’t inform me that that’s where it came from, if in fact it came from that."
Watch him stumble over his words, AFTER THE JUMP.
This evening on Hardball, Chris Matthews noted that presidential hopeful Rick "frothy mix" Santorum appeared on Glenn Beck's radio show today and defended his 2003 statement comparing homosexuality to bestiality.
Said Santorum to Beck: "It’s not homophobic. It’s a legal argument, and it’s a correct legal argument. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening. We went from Lawrence v. Texas to now a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and they’re going into a constitutional right to polyamorous relationships. This is the slippery slope that we’re heading down, and I can't buy it."
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Mr. Santorum, who for months has been introducing himself to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, filed papers with the Internal Revenue Service that permit him to solicit contributors. He is the fourth potential Republican candidate to start raising money for a presidential bid.
“The test for me is whether we can raise the money that’s necessary, so I’m going to set up a committee,” Mr. Santorum said. “We’re going to determine over the next few weeks as to whether the resources are going to be there to do it.”
Mr. Santorum has been aggressively reaching out to social conservatives in early voting states. He received an initial showing of support by winning a straw poll last week at a Republican convention in Greenville County, the largest county in South Carolina.
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