Tim Pawlenty To Make Decision Within 45 Days

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Former Minnesota Governor and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says that an official decision to run or not to run is likely to come within the next 45 days.

Pawlenty, who is in Washington meeting with supporters, said he plans to make a decision soon about whether to run for President in 2012. “You know, sometime in the next 45 days or less,” said the former governor. Pawlenty continues to travel to the early presidential primary states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in an attempt to raise money through his PAC and promote his new book “Courage To Stand.”

The former Governor has also been speaking at events sponsored by TEA Party activists and organizations fueling speculation that he is preparing to enter the 2012 Republican fray. Some supporters have even been putting a spin on his nickname ‘T-Paw’, referring to him as ‘TEA-Paw’ as he continues to try and appeal to the conservative voters.

In the next month or so we will know if ‘TEA-Paw’ is in…or out.

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Fox News Suspends Rick Santorum And Newt Gingrich

As announced by anchor Bret Baier late Wednesday morning, Fox News has ‘suspended it’s contributors arrangements’ with 2012 presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. for the next 60 days while they are in the process of deciding on a 12012 run at the White House. Both, Baier said, “have signaled possible runs for the presidency” and it “is Fox policy” for them to be suspended addressing concerns that once an official announcement is made, that the network would come under fire for ethics violations as well as campaign finance laws that may have been violated as the candidates were positioning themselves for a campaign.

Santorum has agreed to take part in Presidential debates and Gingrich is ‘exploring’ an exploratory committee. Both which Fox feels are signals that the two are planning on making runs in 2012.

The suspensions will be lifted on May 1 if the candidates notify Fox News that they will not be throwing their hat in the ring. If Fox is not notified by that deadline the contracts will be terminated.

What is sparking debate however is that Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, both Fox News employees and potential presidential candidates, were not suspended at this time because neither has made an official move towards a campaign. If that happens it is assumed that they will also be subject to the same Fox policies although Huckabee actually has his own show while the others are simply on the payroll as ‘contributors.’

If all 4 announce at some point there will be ample opportunity at Fox News for other conservative faces to get some air time. Taking applications?

Tim Pawlenty Rallies The TEA Party

Bookmark and Share At a Phoenix summit organized by TEA Party Patriots, normally mild mannered former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty rallied TEA Patry voters to ‘Rise up’ against the current conditions in Washington. “The Constitution wasnt written to limit freedom, it was written to limit government.” “Now it appears President Obama has forgotten what it says. It says in here ‘in order to form a more perfect union.’ Mr. President that does not mean coddling out of control public employee unions. And Mr. President, Wisconsin does not need a lecture from someone who has never balanced a budget in his life.”

He called on Washington to oppose raising the debt ceiling and passing a constitutional amendment that requires a balanced budget. He blasted the “royal triangle of greed: big government, big unions and big bailed out businesses.” The biggest cheers erupted as Pawlenty railed against judges that legislate from the bench and “Obamacare,” the president’s overhaul of the health care system.

The 15 minute speech was a big step for the little known Pawlenty in getting his name out on a national stage as the potential candidates are vying for the support of the conservative activist TEA Party. Known for his mild mannered nature, Pawlenty showed an aggressive side while addressing the large crowd. “The message of the tea party, as I see it, is pretty simple, it’s pretty straight forward,” Pawlenty said to loud cheers. “And it’s this: God made us to be free and the founding fathers made the constitution to keep us free.”

He continued: “We don’t share President Obama’s worldview. We don’t want a bigger government shoving mandates down our throats. He’s got it completely backwards. They the bureaucrats don’t tell us what to do, we the people tell them what to do.”

Stressing his own executive credentials as the Governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty reminded tea partiers that he knows a thing or two about cutting spending.

“I set a record for vetoes,” he said. “I had the first government shutdown in Minnesota’s history. I took one of the longest transit strikes in the country’s history to help get public employee benefits under control, and I cut spending in real terms for the first time in my state’s 150 year history.”

As Pawlenty attempts to position himself as a man of the people he seems unafraid to shed his shy guy image for the support of the vocal Tea party movement. A movement which will have a void to fill and votes to give should Sarah Palin decide against a 2012 run. So now that the tea partiers are aware of his name was he successful in convincing them that he is worthy of their support? His message struck a chord and he was certainly able to rally the troops in Phoenix. Time will tell if it will carry over.

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Rick Santorum Challenges Republicans To Stand Up For DOMA

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is on the offensive against Republican’s who he feels have been relatively silent regarding the Obama administrations recent statement that it would no longer defend the Defense Of Marriage Act in court. Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives, says it’s no surprise that the Republican leaders haven’t done more since the administration announced earlier this week it was reversing its position on defending DOMA. DOMA says states can refuse to recognize the same-sex marriages and civil unions performed in other states. The law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

“It is a reality that the media, not just the mainstream media but even quote-unquote conservative publications, like Fox, they tend to write rather negatively about people who stand up and fight for marriage,” Santorum said. “They describe it in terms of bigotry, in terms of discrimination, in terms of (being) homophobic. As a result of that, people stay away from it. They don’t want to be cast in that light by the media. And besides, we all have friends who are gay. I have friends who are gay. But they respect the fact that they disagree with them on policy,” said Santorum as he was on his way home from spending several days in Iowa, home to the first presidential caucuses.

“It’s very disappointing,” Santorum said Friday in an interview with USA TODAY. “Here you have a president of the United States who’s walking away from his constitutional duty to defend the law of the country.”

Santorum has specifically called on House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a counsel representing the House of Representatives to take up the issue and argue the cases in court. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the speaker “is reviewing the situation with other congressional Republicans and all options are under discussion.”

If Santorum decides to make a run for the GOP nomination it is clear that he will be taking a strong national stance on social issues. Stances which could gain him votes should a Mike Huckabee campaign fail to materialize. If it will appeal to enough voters, who seem focused on jobs and the economy, will be the big test for the former Seanator.

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Huckabee Under Fire For “Infidel” Comment

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Former Arkansas Governor and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming under fire from Muslim civil rights groups for comments he made during a recent “Fox and Friends” interview. In the interview Huckabee stated that he did not understand why Christian churches would allow Muslims to use their worship space.

“If the purpose of a church is to push forth the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then you have a Muslim group that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated, I guess I have a hard time understanding that.” said Huckabee. “Is there a reason to say that the people who donated, who gave, who sacrificed to give that facility really ever intended it to be a place where something that is the antithesis of the gospel of Christ would be presented?” he added.

Those comments did not sit well with the Council On American-Islamic Relations, a controversial Muslim civil rights group, who called the comments ‘divisive’ and requested that the former Governor meet with Muslim leaders to become educated about misconceptions about their religion.

“On this Presidents’ Day, we ask Mike Huckabee — a person who may again seek the highest office in the land — to live up to the principles of tolerance and interfaith respect that make our nation great,” Nihad Awad, the national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement. “We urge Mr. Huckabee to do some research and to apologize for his inaccurate and offensive remarks.”

One thing is for certain, Mike Huckabee won’t be getting the terrorist vote.

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Ron Paul Drops A Presidents Day’ Money Bomb’ Through LibertyPAC

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Texas Congressman Ron Paul is weighing his options for a 2012 Presidential run and has jumped in feet first with a President’s Day “Money Bomb ” campaign through his LibertyPAC. In an e-mail to supporters the Congressman and 3-time Presidential candidate stated:

February 21, 2011

Money Bomb days are wonderful! There seems to be electricity in the air and a certain excitement that makes your heart beat a little more quickly.

Each time I look at the ticker and see more generous contributions and the names of other fellow Liberty lovers, it excites me about what we might be able to do together to win the future.

I can remember where I was on the day of the biggest-ever money bomb on December 16th, 2007.

I gave a speech to a big TEA Party right here in Texas and then spent the evening with family, many of whom made two or three donations so they could see their name roll around again on the ticker.

It was a tremendous day in the fight for Liberty and thinking back on it warms my heart.

Today has the same feeling. I have checked the ticker at least a dozen times and have been thrilled to see it surging up and up.

We have had so much success, in fact, that I just approved a two-day trip to New Hampshire during March recess! I hope for even more success today so I can approve more trips and programs.

Let’s keep the momentum rolling.

If you haven’t donated today, please consider chipping in right now. A contribution of any size, perhaps $20.12, would be deeply appreciated.

Please also forward this email to your friends and post it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Our strength lies in our numbers, and together, we can stand up to the banksters and elites and tell them we are here to fight for Liberty.

The statists and other forces of big government know we are making plans and are watching what we do today.

Let’s do something special and send a powerful message. Again, please consider a donation of any size and help spread the word.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S. In honor of George Washington’s birthday, Liberty PAC has launched a Presidents’ Day Money Bomb.

Your support is critical in guiding my 2012 decision making and guaranteeing a successful political operation so we can elect the type of President who will take our country back from the statists.

Congressman Paul set an internet fund raising record in 2007 by raising $4.2 million in one day through a similar ‘money bomb’ campaign.

Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney: Who Will Step Up First?

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Depending on which poll you read and what day it is on you can see a wide variety in data of who is leading the potential Republican field for the 2012 nomination. Some polls have shown Mitt Romney with a small lead over Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. Others have Huckabee on top with a slight gap between himself, Romney and Palin. Sometimes former Speaker Newt Gingrich appears as has Mitch Daniels, Ron Paul and various other potential candidates. The only consistency appears to be that Huck, Sarah and Mitt appear at the top almost every time.

So the question remains – Who will break out of the pack when the official announcements begin to show up on Twitter? Moderates are mostly for Romney, and Conservatives are split on Huckabee and Palin. However, Huckabee backers support Sarah Palin if he does not run and vice-versa with Sarah Palin’s supporters. Which means they both better hope either one of them does not run for President. However in the large scheme of things, this is wide open. Though Romney, Palin and Huckabee are frontrunners now, it could all change once someone announces their run.

After CPAC we may begin to see some new names and faces appear such as John Thune, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels. Rick Santorum cannot be discounted as well as little known Herman Cain who made a splash at the conservative conference.

If one of the big three makes an announcement soon it could hamper the ability of some of the lesser knows to get their name out through the media frenzy that is likely to follow especially if that person is Sarah Palin. We may not know how the candidates will play their hands and how voters will react but one thing we do know is that the early indications point to Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney as maintaining a firm grasp on the minds of potential voters.

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Rick Santorum Warns Republican’s :You Can’t Fight The Sesame Street Lobby.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stated Tuesday that the Republican’s attempt to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who among others operates PBS and NPR, was largely futile due to the opposition that will be presented by the “Barney” and “Sesame Street” contingents who wholly support the CPB.

Republicans have named the CPB, which provides funding to public radio and television stations, as one of their proposed budgetary cuts

“When I came to Congress, I was one of the guys that said we gotta cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It wasn’t necessary anymore,” Santorum said. “The ‘Barney‘ contingent came out and the ‘Sesame Street‘ contingent came out, and these are programs that are popular among families and so they hit you pretty hard.”

NPR has come under fire recently for it’s firing of liberal correspondent Juan Williams for an opinion he gave regarding fear when seeing a person in Muslim garb on an airplane. The comment was made on the popular Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor. Williams firing was seen by many as retribution for his working with Fox News rather than his comments. The publicity surrounding the incident put NPR, and it’s public funding, back in the spotlight.

I for one am under the belief that if the programming is good and there is a solid base of listeners and viewers, there is no reason that the private broadcast corporations won’t pick them up. Regardless of the “Sesame Street Lobby” Republicans should continue to push for cuts of non-essential budgetary spending. If everyone loves Barney……he should be just as able to support a spot on MSNBC. Don’t they have an open time slot?

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Are Ron Paul And Mitch Daniels Living In A House Made Of Brick Or A Poll made Of Straw?

Bookmark and ShareAs the results of the CPAC straw poll were released the Ron Paul Revolution has once again put the TX Congressman at the top with 30% of the vote. Not a big surprise to anyone in attendance as Paul’s supporters (half of the straw-poll voters were under 26) have made a yearly pilgrimage to the conservative conference in order to ensure he comes out on top of the straw poll conducted at the largest gathering of conservatives in the nation.

They are very adept at coordinating at these types of events and use them as a means to get Ron Paul’s name out there as they feel he is snubbed as a serious candidate by the mainstream media and Republican base. However strong the support for Paul appears, it unfortunately does not historically transfer to the primaries. With his anti-war, fiscal conservative message Rep. Paul appeals to the younger generation and his followers repay him with a loyalty that is unrivaled by any other candidate give former 2008 Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin. This loyalty gets Paul on the ballot but has yet to make a huge impact on the mostly social conservative GOP base. A base which is necessary to win a primary. That seems to be the stumbling block for the Revolution. Independent voters react to Rep. Paul’s message well and he may be the anomaly that would fair better in a general election than he does in his own parties primary.

A small surprise in the straw poll was little known Indiana governor Mitch Daniels whose message was along the same lines as Rep. Paul’s and was revered by the young pro-Ron Paul crowd garnering him 4%. Daniels took a different approach than most, speaking to the crowd personally and with a serious tone as opposed to the pep rally type atmosphere that others used as a pre-cursor to their possible candidacies. He shied away from mentioning President Obama in order to get the crowd riled up as some of the previous speakers had, instead going on a straight message of fiscal responsibility. It was an eloquently crafted, intellectually compelling call to arms against the red-ink forces of the national debt. He dubbed it “the new red menace”. Daniels also stated that if Republicans found the best way blocked they needed to be open to finding a different way, hinting that they should fore go purity in order to get things done and that to do so may require listening to independent and Democrat voters. A statement that was popular with the young CPAC audience but may not resonate well in a GOP primary.

So as the largest gathering of conservatives in the nation winds down and the potential candidates gauge their impact what does the straw poll actually tell us? I believe it tells us that Ron Paul and Mitch Daniels made nice inroads with a young, loyal base of voters that may just coax them into throwing their hats in the ring officially. It also tells us that the CPAC straw poll is in no way a valid snap shot of a Republican primary. In a primary you need the base. A base that is more socially conservative than fiscally conservative. The Republicans are not likely to nominate Ron Paul in 2012 for the same reasons he never won a primary in 2008 — the GOP mainstream is not going to embrace a purist who rails against the military budget with the same intensity that he attacks the Federal Reserve. Mitch Daniels may fall along that same line. A candidate that could fair better in the general election than he would in his own primary.

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Sarah Palin Fuels Speculation By Hiring Chief-Of-Staff

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As reported first by CNN and confirmed by Politico, former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin has hired a Chief-of-Staff for her PAC, SarahPAC.

Former Dole advisor and attorney Michael Glassner will serve in the role. Glassner is no stranger to Palin having managed VP operations for the John McCain 2008 Presidential campaign. In that capacity he was in charge of overseeing Sarah Palin’s travel, schedule and communications. A resident of Jersey City, Glassner is a former executive at IDT Corp. in Newark and was chosen to begin coordinating vice presidential details even before McCain chose Palin as a running mate.

“We are happy and excited that Mike is joining our team,” Sarah PAC spokesman Tim Crawford told CNN.

So could this be step one towards an announcement for a 2012 campaign? Most signs would point to yes. The Glassner hiring gives Palin an experienced chief-of-staff and a level of comfort with a top level staff member. As the speculation swirls as to whether she will run, either under the GOP flag or as a third party candidate, Sarah Palin has thrown fuel on the fire of that speculation with this hire. With Glassner she gets a solid, proven political advisor. Something you do not need unless you are making a bid for the White House.

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Is Ron Paul Hinting At Another Presidential Run In 2012?

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In an e-mail to supporters, Texas Congressman and Libertarian leaning 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul hinted that he may be thinking about another run at the White House in 2012. The e-mail, sent on behalf of the Liberty PAC, of which Paul is the honorary chairman, may have been the first concrete sign that the popular Ron Paul “Revolution” may be preparing to test the waters.

I have spent the last several months speaking to supporters and activists all across the country.

I’ve thought and prayed. I’ve sought the counsel of my wife, Carol, my children, my extended family, and my most trusted advisors.

As I look to my political future, there are several intriguing options I could pursue, and I need to gauge the existing financial support to back those options.

Our campaign did remarkable things in 2008, at first on a bare-bones budget, and much later, with the overwhelming support that launched our REVOLUTION.

The 2008 campaign helped launch Campaign for Liberty and the Tea Party movement, while laying the groundwork for the successful candidacies of pro-liberty candidates like Justin Amash, Mike Lee, and my son, Senator Rand Paul.

In fact, this current Congress includes more Liberty-leaning members than ever before.

And on the state level, the successes have been even greater.

Last year in New Hampshire alone, no less than 25 Liberty candidates won election to the New Hampshire State House or Senate, including longtime supporter Jim Forsyth winning a State Senate race, and other strong supporters like Andrew Manuse, Keith Murphy, Daniel and Carol McGuire, Jon Maltz, Cameron DeJong, Jenn Coffey, Norman Tregenza, and many more winning House seats.

In Iowa, three candidates endorsed by Liberty PAC went on to shock the establishment and win, including State Representatives Glen Massie and Kim Pearson and State Senator Kent Sorenson.

And across the country, folks like Drew Ivers, A.J. Spiker, and David Fischer in Iowa are ascending to positions of power in their local and state GOP Committees.

With special elections possible around the country and state elections to be held this year in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Virginia, I am confident you and I will see even more successes.

In fact, just last month, longtime supporter Kerry Roberts won the Republican nomination for a special election this March for a State Senate seat in Tennessee.

Now, I believe the time could well be right for our REVOLUTION to take its next step.

Our pro-Liberty movement could grow by leaps and bounds if we take the right steps.

I don’t think even I expected what has happened since we launched our fight in 2007.

Back then, no one had yet heard of the “Tea Party,” because these groups didn’t really exist. Yet, our supporters organized a record-setting $6 million dollar, one-day fundraising Moneybomb that sent shock waves through the political establishment.

That Moneybomb was held on December 16, 2007 – the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

It has long been said that the Boston Tea Party launched the American Revolution.

Well, in 2007, the REVOLUTION launched the “Tea Party”!

Now, I believe the time is right to take that next step to bring our message to even more waiting Americans. To take the fight to those who would steal our Liberty, our country.

To prove that America is ready for leaders who will take seriously their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

The e-mail, although meant to raise funds for Liberty PAC, gives a subtle look into where the Texas Congressman is in his mind in regards to another Presidential bid. Could the “REVOLUTION” be brewing again? Most doubt it as Rep. Paul has been named chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on Monetary Policy, allowing the End The Fed author to question and oversee the entity that he has advocated ending completely. Though seen as his dream chairmanship, a strong base of loyal supporters could push Dr. Paul into another run at the big chair in the oval office. Viva La Revolution?

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2012 GOP Contenders Battle For The Christian Vote

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As the clock ticks down to the beginning the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 one thing has become apparent — Iowa has become the number one stop on the list of potential candidates and it’s large base of evangelical conservative voters has become the prize.

History has shown that the Christian wing of the GOP has been an important group for those seeking a primary victory not only in Iowa, but throughout the country. Recent polling has also shown that the early favorites are the candidates that have garnered much of the support of the evangelicals. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won in Iowa in 2008, leads the polling there again largely backed by his Christian following. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican VP candidate, has also polled near the top as of late and also holds a large following of conservatives who identify themselves as evangelicals. Former MA Governor Mitt Romney, although of the Mormon faith, has been at or near the top of almost every poll due in part to voters who see him as a religious candidate.

A few of the lesser known potential candidates have been on the trail giving speeches intended to define their social conservative/religious stances as well. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty recently spoke at a lecture series in Iowa put on by the socially-conservative group Family Leader and referred to himself as a “devout, but approachable, Christian,” in a speech in which he touted his opposition to abortion rights, same-sex marriage and the recent repeal of the military’s DADT policy.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, an avid pro-lifer, has also been traveling frequently to Iowa and is well known for his faith and socially-conservative stances such as opposition to same-sex marriage and pro-family value positions. Santorum recently named a team to head his PAC in Iowa, a signal to some that his announcement is merely a formality.

A recent CNN poll that can be seen in a recent post right here on White House 2012 shows that Mike Huckabee has a small lead over Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney with 21%, 19% and 18% respectively. If Huckabee decides to keep his lucrative media ventures and stay out of the race, the evangelical voters that follow him will be up for grabs. If the CNN poll is anywhere near accurate that could bode well for Palin who should be able to pick up a few of them if she herself decides to give up television and the speech circuit for a presidential bid. If Palin doesn’t run either, with the decision by Mike Pence to sit out already in the bag, the large and powerful Christian wing of the GOP could be up for grabs potentially propelling a lesser known candidate to the forefront in Iowa and the national scene as well.

Time will only tell who is in and who is out but one thing is for certain: The courtship for Iowa’s socially-conservative Christians has begun.

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Ron Paul Headed To Iowa For Family Leader Lecture Series

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Though he has said that he has not made up his mind on another Presidential run in 2012, Texas Rep. Ron Paul will be making a trip to the early caucus state of Iowa on March 7th to headline a presidential lecture series for The Family Leader, a Christian organization with influence over the ever important evangelical voters in Iowa.

Rep. Paul drew an intense, almost cult-like following of young voters on the Internet with his 2008 presidential campaign setting fundraising records for the Web. He is still popular in Libertarian circles and was recently given the Chairmanship of the House Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee, putting the gavel of the panel overseeing the Federal Reserve into the hands of one of the central bank’s most outspoken critics.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty kicked off the lecture series today as can be seen here in an earlier White House 2012 post. Rep. Paul will be giving a “pro-family” lecture. The Family Leader’s lecture series, which goes through August, gives Iowans a chance “to become better informed on the pro-family vision of each lecturer,” according to a news release announcing Paul’s participation. The lectures will be videotaped, sent out to the group’s mailing list and posted on its website.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks on April 11 and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is on tap for May 2. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, have also confirmed they will participate.

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Santorum’s Social Conservative Stance Could Bring Him The Iowa Victory

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As candidates continue to make stops in the early caucus state of Iowa making speeches at local GOP events and signing books, one thing is apparent – Iowa is an important step for a Presidential contender. More specifically for a Republican presidential hopeful, Iowa’s high percentage of evangelical Christian social conservative voters (60% of caucus voters identify as such). They drove Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses and even Pat Robertson garnered a 2nd place Iowa finish in 1988. As he begins what appears to many to be a run for the 2012 Republican nomination, Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is banking on his strong social conservative background to propel him to victory in the Hawkeye state.

While Huckabee remains the favorite once again in Iowa, Santorum’s past history on social issues shows that he has the ability to draw many of those evangelical Christian voters especially with Indiana Congressman Mike Pence announcing that he will not enter the 2012 fray. As Santorum himself has said, “Never underestimate the power of social issues.”

In 1994, when Santorum was a second-term Pennsylvania congressman seeking a U.S. Senate seat, he took on then President Bill Clinton’s proposed assault gun ban and rode Pennsylvania’s legion of deer hunters, who saw the legislation as an assault on civil liberties, to victory. Only 36, Santorum won by 87,000 votes becoming the first conservative elected to the Senate from Pennsylvania since 1952. Santorum had one of the Senate’s most conservative voting records and was floor manager of the most important legislation of the 1990s and one of the most highly contested social issues: Welfare reform.

Santorum and his wife have a large family of seven children, the youngest of which, Bella, is severely disabled with Trisomy 18, a condition caused by a chromosomal defect that prevents more than 90 percent of its victims from reaching their first birthdays. Being a staunch pro-life advocate the former Senator is dedicated to trying to reform today’s abortion culture that he see’s as being ever to willing to treat lives such as Bella’s as disposable.

There aren’t many candidates willing to touch the abortion issue but Rick Santorum has shown he isn’t going to shy away from the social issues that he feels are important to the future of the country and it may make him THE sleeper candidate heading into the Iowa caucuses where social conservatives decide the outcome.

While most candidates are focused on the countries economic ailments, many social conservative voters may be feeling neglected. Heading into Iowa, Rick Santorum has a good chance of filling the void. With Mike Pence out and Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin having to make tough decisions to leave lucrative television jobs, Rick Santorum may very well sneak up on America, starting in Iowa.

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Huckabee Says No To Palestinians And Yes To Israel In The West Bank

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Former Arkansas Governor and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said no on Tuesday to a Palestinian state in the West Bank, further cementing his views that the Jews should be allowed to settle anywhere throughout the biblical Land of Israel – an area that includes the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Huckabee said that if Palestinians want an independent state, they should seek it from Arabs, not Israel.

He called the demand on Israel to give up land for peace an “unrealistic, unworkable and unreachable goal.”, suggesting his stance that if a Palestinian state were to be established it should come at the expense of Arab lands, not Israel’s. “There are vast amounts of territory that are in the hands of Muslims, in the hands of Arabs. Maybe the international community can come together and accommodate,” he said in a meeting with reporters.

There are some international leaders, including President Barack Obama, who consider Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem illegal because they are built on occupied land Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians have claimed both areas for a future state. Huckabee stated, “I know my view on this may be seen as the minority, out of the mainstream of the more politically correct idealistic view that we can just have a conference or a meeting and bring the diplomats together, toast marshmallows, build a camp fire and sing Kumbaya. It has not happened. I’m not confident that it ever could or would.”

Huckabee is on a 3 day visit with actor John Voight and hosted by the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, a group that promotes settlements in an attempt to bolster a Jewish presence in mostly Arab areas. Huckabee has said that as president he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, affirming Israel’s position that the city should be its undivided and eternal capital and said he would not pressure Israel into making any territorial concessions.

He said any peace agreement has to recognize that “the Jewish people have indigenous rights to the land in which they occupy and live and it goes back not 60 years or 80 years but it goes back 3,500 years.” Huckabee has made several trips to Israel to voice his support for Jewish settlements.

With 2012 creeping closer and the current unrest in the middle east it is difficult to say how Huckabee’s stances on Israel will be seen in the international community. What is apparent however is the stark contrast drawn with the stance of the current administration and President Obama.

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draftricksantorum.com Founder Speaks To White House 2012

Bookmark and ShareIn an exclusive interview, draftricksantorum.com founder Thomas Schultz speaks to White House 2012 about his website and why Rick Santorum is his choice to be the next President of the United States:

WH2012: What brought about the inception of draftricksantorum.com?

Tom Schultz: I first considered making the website in July 2010. Rick had been actively campaigning for several candidates throughout Iowa and it was apparent that he may consider running for President in 2012. Why else would you campaign for candidates in Iowa? I’ve always had the utmost respect for Rick and I wanted to do something to help nudge him to run. However, I waited until after November so that it wouldn’t be a distraction to me while I was busy running my brother’s campaign.

WH2012: Knowing that Senator Santorum campaigned for your brother (Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz), did you have the opportunity to speak with him personally regarding his Presidential aspirations?

Tom Schultz: I never spoke with Senator Santorum regarding his presidential aspirations. Anything I have done after November 2010 is completely independent of my brother. My brother is completely neutral in the 2012 presidential race and is still weighing whether or not he will even get involved. During his election he received endorsements and financial support from three potential presidential candidates: Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney.

WH2012: There will potentially be a very large field of GOP candidates vying for the upcoming 2012 nomination. Why Rick Santorum?

Tom Schultz: After taking into consideration each candidate’s ideologies and characteristics, I chose to support Rick for a few reasons:
1. Rick has proven his conservative credentials. He is one of few politicians that is willing to say and do what is right, even when it is not popular.
2. Rick is the one candidate that has the audacity to address the cultural issues that so many politicians avoid.
3. Rick’s understanding of foreign policy issues is one of the best in the potential field of candidates. He is the one candidate who regularly talks about these issues.
Rick is an underdog candidate that is going to make a large impact on the presidential race. He will exceed expectations and this momentum will help separate him from the rest of the field of GOP candidates.

WH2012: With many high profile names possibly making runs at the nomination, what role do you feel your website will play in getting Rick Santorum’s name out and more widely recognized on a national level?

Tom Schultz: One of the key obstacles that Rick Santorum must overcome is low name identification. I intend to focus the majority of my efforts in the early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada. In my opinion, the value of this website will be in identifying activists in those early states that support Rick. These states are clearly the most important players in the race at this time. By managing a grassroots organization of online activists in these states, it will be the most efficient way for this website to raise his name identification where it matters.

WH2012: If he makes an official announcement in the future will we be seeing Draft Rick Santorum .com evolving into Elect Rick Santorum .com?

Tom Schultz: Only if taking that action will bring the highest ROI to his campaign out of the things I have the ability to do. This will entirely depend upon my analysis when that time arrives.

I would personally like to thank Mr. Schultz for taking time to grant WH2012 this look inside at draftricksantorum.com. For more information on Rick Santorum or to donate to his America’s Foundation PAC please visit www.draftricksantorum.com

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Pawlenty’s PAC Running Low On Cash

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As first reported by Politico, Former Minnesota Gov. and 2012 Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty’s political action committee ran through most of its cash during the midterm election campaign, according to a financial disclosure filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The filing shows that his Freedom First PAC spent more than $2.8 million in 2010, leaving it with just $155,000 heading into the new year.

“In 2010, Gov. Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC helped elect a new conservative majority in Congress and a next generation of conservative leaders in states across the country,” said spokesman Alex Conant. “We were able to donate directly to over 200 candidates thanks to the support of thousands of contributors across the country. After a great Election Day, we gave our donors a break.” The question is however, can the former Minnesota Governor count on those donors to build the coffers back up should he decide to make a run for the White House in 2012? The low cash balance could also be a sign that the potential 2012 presidential candidate is ready to wind down the committee. A bid for the White House would require Pawlenty to set up a separate account for political donations.

The former governor has now raised more than $3.5 million between his various state and federal PACs since January of 2009. Over that same period, he spent more than $3 million helping various Republican candidates get elected to office. If he is looking to make a run for the GOP nomination, he will need to raise a larger sum in a smaller amount of time if he expects to compete withe the potential field that could include Republican powerhouses Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

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