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Posted October 4, 2011
Stressing experience, Santorum says he’s ready for the ’3 a.m. call’

Rick Santorum signs autographs for students after a campaign event at the Vinton Public Library Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. (James Q. Lynch/SourceMedia Group News)

VINTON – Not only will Rick Santorum be ready to take the 3 a.m. phone call, but the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful says he will be awake because he knows what’s going on and will be expecting the call.

“I can tell you, this president is not ready,” Santorum said about the “3 a.m. phone call” that became an issue in the 2008 Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. President Obama “slept through that phone call in some cases.”

Before he gets to take that phone call, Santorum has to convince Iowa GOP precinct caucus-goers that he should be their candidate. One skeptic in the crowd asked why he should support someone who is consistently in single-digits in the polls when the conventional wisdom is that the race is between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and, perhaps, Sarah Palin or New jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Four years ago, Santorum said, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were leading in the polls, but neither won a single delegate in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses.

“The people of Iowa made a decision,” he told about 40 people at the Vinton Public Library Oct. 3. “They voted for the best guy.”

His support in Iowa is growing, Santorum said “and no candidate is working Iowa like I am. Our time will come … and you folks will have a big role in that,” Santorum said.

As Iowans learn about Santorum’s experience in Congress and leadership on a range of issues from foreign policy to welfare reform to banning the practice known as partial-birth abortion and promoting adult stem cell research, Santorum will become a more attractive choice, according to Sen. Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone, who introduced Santorum.

“You hear a lot of politicians say we’re at a crossroads,” Kapucian said. “Well, I think we were at a crossroads and we took the wrong turn. We’re going down a dead end.”

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, agreed 2012 will be a crossroads election.

“We’ve got to get the economy going,” he said. “We’ve got to get the deficit under control. We’re off on the wrong track on both. This president has run us into the ditch … and he’s digging the ditch bigger.”

Santorum, who was wrapping up a three-day campaign swing through Iowa, is seeking to build on his fourth-place finish in the Iowa GOP Straw Poll in August.

He called for changes in the tax code to encourage U.S. companies bring jobs back to this country, even eliminating the corporate income tax for manufacturers and processors. Rebuilding the manufacturing sector will jumpstart upward mobility in the working class, Santorum said.

At the same time, Santorum said he won’t take credit for any of the jobs that will be created by those polices. He’ll be busy downsizing the federal government.

He wants to “create an atmosphere where the private sector can grow jobs and more than replace what we get rid of at the federal level,” Santorum said. “Create an opportunity for private sector to do what the private sector does best.”

“We want to share the wealth,” Santorum said. “We know the innovators are doing well. We want to share the wealth with workers.”

 

3 Responses to Stressing experience, Santorum says he’s ready for the ’3 a.m. call’

  1. Santorum’s idea of the “3 a.m. phone call:”

    “Mr President, a woman wants to have an abortion, and a gay couple wants to marry! Call in an airstrike!”

  2. How is Santorum under the impression that anyone want’s to call him?

  3. Forty people. Wow. I wonder when Santorum will get the hint.

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