Rick Santorum’s Endorsement of Romney Shows Hypocrisy of Both Men
As a blogger, I watched the Republican nomination challenge very closely. I also watched the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008 and I know it got a little dirty; Hillary ended up crying which broke my heart but also solidified my support for Barack Obama. I was originally a Hillary supporter because I have a great deal of respect to her. That respect is mostly because of how she held her head high during her husband’s impeachment trial, but, when she cried during her run for the presidency, she showed me that she was not yet ready for the White House. To me, a president should only cry for others but never for themselves.
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum just announced his endorsement of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. This of course was expected to happen as it’s a tradition between candidates of the same party for the losers to endorse the winner but it also shouldn’t be, especially in this case.
The primary battle that went on between these two men included sharp attacks on character. Attack ads meant to not just attack the other’s political positions and capabilities but also to discredit their honesty and integrity.
For instance; at a campaign stop in Texas, Rick Santorum said this of Mitt Romney:
“You win by giving people a choice; you win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”
Rick finished his statement with, “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch-a-Sketch candidate for the future.” By saying this, Mr. Santorum was suggesting we might as well keep Obama.
In a political mailer to Iowa residents a week after he quit the race, Rick Santorum also said this about Romney:
“It truly frightens me to think what’ll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee,”
This was said by Santorum even after he gave up the race to be president. But now he endorses him, showing his loyalty I suppose to the party. As far as I’m concerned, if you put up an effort to send out a mailer, even after you’re no longer campaigning to be president, then that speaks volumes of your opposition, not your support of a candidate.
For Mitt Romney, he usually kept his campaign ads within the scope of Rick Santorum’s term in the Senate but it was when and how he used those ads that angered Mr. Santorum as it did the other candidates. As soon as Rick Santorum began gaining support, as he did the other candidates, Romney went on the attack and the super pacs supporting him joined in.
In a television ad put out by Santorum’s campaign, attacking Mitt Romney’s “negative attack machine” for its mudslinging at each candidate in the race. The ad shows a Romney look-alike carrying an assault rifle entering a warehouse. A pop up of Rick Santorum pops out and Romney keeps shooting the cut out but never manages to sling any mud on it.
The negativity between the two candidates was so thick throughout the campaign that you could cut it with a knife.
But now it’s time to try to win the White House and as far as Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Republican voters, it’s all about ousting Obama at all cost, even if it means endorsing and then electing a pure phony who has no core, which is what Santorum said concerning Mitt Romney in an interview on “CBS This Morning”.
Romney “is someone who doesn’t have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past ten years.” Rick Santorum declared.
Doesn’t sound like anyone I’d want to endorse, but that’s politics; isn’t it?