The LuLac Edition #1874, December 27th, 2011
CAN RICK DO IT?
Every GOP 2012 Presidential candidate has had their moment in the sun. Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachman, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain all have had their boomlets. The only two not getting that opportunity are Jon Huntsman the former Obama appointed ambassador to China and our own Rick Santorum. Santorum who once stood very close to the Republican power structure was roundly defeated in 2006 by Bob Casey Junior. Casey had to be put into the race kicking and screaming but despite that, he quickly dispatched Santorum. In Iowa the former Senator has camped out there since he made his announcement last year. The question week one week from Iowa is this, can he pull off a good showing there next week?
1. There are 45 percent of Iowa Republican voters still undecided.
2. Santorum has been touted as the sleeper candidate by none other than 2008 Iowa caucuses winner Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has some influence with religious conservatives and has no great love for Mitt Romney.
3. He has relentlessly campaigned in the state, hitting all 99 counties and moving his family out there. He has held 350 campaign events in the past year. Santorum has been everywhere.
4. His debate performances have been consistent, crisp, professional, no flubs. Plus he is not afraid to tout his conservative credentials.
5. Plus, and this might be key in a state like Iowa where the voters want their fannies kissed at least three times a day, he has given them in a campaign what they want. Face to face, old style meet ups, sometimes even one on one events that the other candidates have not had the time or inclination to do.
6. Santorum is a “live off the land” candidate that has not spent much money but has a message that resonates with this type of voter.
If Santorum finishes third, it would catapult him into the top tier. Not that he’d win the nomination but a third place finish would be as good as Pat Robertson’s in 1988. Even a fourth place finish in high teen double digits would keep his momentum going. One week from Iowa, the very fact that national pundits aren’t writing him off entirely is good news for the Santorum for President camp.
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