Rick Santorum’s Newest Radio Ad On Iran, “Disaster”

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Bookmark and Share    After the CBS/National Journal debate in South Carolina took place, foreign affairs, an area that the federal government is actually responsible for handling, finally came to the forefront.  And upon conclusion of the debate, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum released the following radio ad.  We assume it is being played primarily in Iowa where Santorum seems to be currently focussing his campaign efforts.

What makes it important, is the fact that it is really the first ad in the election cycle to focus on foreign affairs.  Until now, most campaign ads have focussed on the economy and general  leadership qualities.

The radio spot is called “Disaster” and it focusses on the threat that Iran poses to us all.

  • NARRATOR: ”Some say Barack Obama is a disaster. The truth, he’d have to dramatically improve to be considered a disaster. And now, a new report exposes how Iran is moving rapidly to develop a nuclear weapon and once again Obama has no plan. Unfortunately, the Republican presidential candidates aren’t talking about Iran either, except one: Rick Santorum. But it’s not surprising, Rick Santorum served on the Armed Services Committee for 8 years and he wrote tough legislation to help stop Iran’s growing aggression. Even Newt Gingrich said no one has done more than Santorum to alert America to the dangers posed by Iran. To read Rick Santorum’s plan on what we must do to stop the growing threat to America from Iran, visit ricksantorum.com. Barack Obama, proving everyday – experience matters. Paid for by Rick Santorum for President.”


  • SANTORUM:“I’m Rick Santorum, and I approve this message”.

The spot does distinguish him from others like Romney, Cain and Perry, in the sense that it beefs Santorum in an area where Romney and Cain are thin.  If foreign affairs does soon rise to the forefront in this election cycle, it could help Rick Santorum.  But with others like Gingrich, Bachmann and the former Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman also running, they too could easily compete with Santorum’s foreign affairs credentials.

You can listen to ad here.

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White House 2012’s Republican Morning Memo for Sunday, April 17th

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Guest lineup for the Sunday news shows:

This Week on ABC
  • Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
  • Reps. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., Steve Southerland, R-Fla., Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Allen West, R-Fla.

Meet the Press on NBC

  • Timothy Geithner
  • Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan
  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
  • Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.

Face the Nation on CBS

  • Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.
  • Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

State of the Union on CNN

  • Donald Trump
  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.
  • Former CIA Director Michael Hayden
  • John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil

Fox News Sunday

  • Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
  • Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.
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Where the Republican Presidential Contenders Stand on a Government Shutdown

Bookmark and Share As another deadline for a shutdown of the federal government is upon us, CNNs Rebecca Stewart has done a piece which attempts to layout where some of the more likely Republican presidential contenders stand on a government shutdown. Of thirteen candidates , three , Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour and Donald Trump, did not respond to the question, but several others have either answered it or have positions on the issue already on the record. While none of them seek a government shutdown, most of them, including Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Rick Santorum, all believe that the option must certainly be on the table. The common reason given for it being a real possibility, is that until we can get the budget going in the right direction with large spending cuts, we cannot simply pass a budget for the sake of keeping the government open and operating on deficits that we cant afford.

While all the potential candidates agree that a government shutdown is not what they ultimately want, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer praises the uses of government as a strategic tool and remarks “I don’t like that, but sometimes you have to be skilled at pointing out what could happen if we don’t have some action.”

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has not given any clear indication of he would avoid a government at any cost but he told the PBS program Newshour that a “Government shutdown would be a bad thing for us all, it would be very disruptive and I hope we can avoid it,”

Temporary stopgap compromises have created extensions that averted a federal government shutdown twice during the past month, but attempts to come to a final agreement on the budget during this third attempt, are proving to be much more contentious than previous discussions as the latest deadline for a shutdown is fast approaching.

In March. When the first deadline was approaching, a poll of White House 2012 Republican readers overwhelming supported having Republicans stick to their guns and force Democrats to go along with significant budget cuts even if it forced a shutdown of the federal government. In that poll 82.46% of respondents believe that Republicans must hold their ground, while a mere 17.54% believe that they should do all they can to avoid a such a disruption of government.

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