Rick Santorum Goes After Romneycare.

Bookmark and ShareFormer Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a few jabs at former Massachusetts Governor and potential 2012 competitor Mitt Romney and the health care program he implemented in Massachusetts.

“I have a lot of concerns about him in this election cycle because of the pre-eminence of health care and the issue of Romneycare,” Santorum told the Boston Herald at a fund-raiser for a Roman Catholic group in Newton, MA yesterday. “I think the issues unfortunately don’t line up particularly well for Gov. Romney at this time, particularly with health care being front and center on the stage.” He also called Massachusetts’ health-care reform “a failure.”

“People have tried to differentiate it from Obamacare in the sense that the states have the right to do what Massachusetts did, and I don’t dispute that Massachusetts and Gov. Romney had the right to do it, but the question is, was it the right thing to do?” Santorum said. Romney has insisted that health-care repeal is a state-by-state right. He has promised to repeal Obamacare because it’s a federal mandate forced on the country’s 50 states.

Santorum, who endorsed Romney in 2008, said he’s changed his mind because, “It’s a different field. It’s a different set of issues.” Santorum has said that he will make a decision on a 2012 run within the next couple of months and has logged more trips to NH this year than any other potential candidate. A sign to most observers that he is intending on declaring himself a candidate.

Santorum is not the first to call into question the Massachusetts law implemented by Romney as Governor. Other Republicans have attacked Romney and the health-care reform legislation he created as the 2012 presidential race heats up. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Romney should apologize for the law. Santorum stopped short of demanding an apology, but said, “We need someone who’s a strong, practical conservative who believes not in government mandates, not in government control of the health care system but in a patient-centered approach to health care.”

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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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Santorum Builds Veteran Iowa PAC Team

Bookmark and Share Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has added 2 veteran Republican operatives as advisors to his PAC operations in Iowa. A move which signals the seriousness of the former Senators presidential aspirations.

According to Santorum’s press release, (Santorum) announced today that his political action committee, America’s Foundation, has brought on Nick Ryan and Jill Latham of the Des Moines, IA-based Concordia Group LLC to serve as advisors.

“I am extremely pleased to have Nick and Jill on board to assist with my PAC’s efforts in Iowa and across the country. They have a proven track record of building grassroots support for candidates and conservative causes. As I continue to consider a run in 2012, they will play a critical role in helping determine if we are able to build the necessary support to embark on a possible run,” said Senator Santorum.

According to the Des Moines Register, Nicholas T. Ryan, founder and President of Concordia Group LLC, has extensive experience in Iowa. He served as a top political advisor for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) from 1999-2006, and ran three successful congressional campaigns in Eastern Iowa. Nick is also the founder of the American Future Fund which was established as a multi-state issue advocacy group designed to effectively communicate conservative and free market ideals.

“I have respected Senator Santorum for years and am excited to have the opportunity to work for him. He has a deep understanding of the issues that matter to conservatives across the nation,” said Nick Ryan. “Senator Santorum is a full-spectrum conservative who has a demonstrated ability to motivate conservatives and Republicans. I am honored to help him continue the work he has started in Iowa by helping so many conservatives get elected this past November.”

Jill Latham serves as Principal at Concordia Group LLC. Prior to joining the Concordia Group, Jill served as Iowa Political Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Jill has vast experience in government and politics, having worked on Capitol Hill and around the country, including President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. She also served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from 2005 2006.

“As someone who played an active role in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, I have seen firsthand what appeals to Iowa Republican caucus goers conservative values, honesty and a commitment to standing up for what you believe in all attributes that Senator Santorum has. I look forward to working with Senator Santorum over the weeks in months ahead,” said Jill Latham.

There has been much speculation that Santorum will be making a bid for the GOP nomination in 2012. He has quietly been building a team in new Hampshire and now Iowa. He has visited both states frequently, stopping in Iowa 9 times in the last 15 months. To learn more about Rick Santorum’s credentials visit the Draft Rick Santorum website.

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