Santorum Blasts Rick Perry
By: Jared Edgerton, Contributing Writer
Perry made his remarks at a conference of GOP Governors and donors and that evening Santorum sent out a tweet questioning Perry’s stance on other marriage issues.
“So Gov Perry, if a state wanted to allow polygamy or if they chose to deny heterosexuals the right to marry would that be OK too?”
Governor Perry is notorious for his steadfast states’ rights advocacy, which has gotten him into trouble in the past. In 2009 at a Tea Party rally Perry seemed to advocate for succession.
“Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that… My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that.”
Perry later clarified his remarks saying he was against succession.
Perry is currently mulling a possible presidential bid and Santorum is using his comments on gay marriage to try and chip away some of his social Conservative credentials.
Santorum has worked to increase his support among social conservatives by signing the Susan B. Anthony Pledge (pro-life pledge) and Marriage Vow (anti-gay marriage pledge), both of which contained bedrock social conservative principles — as well as some controversial elements.
The bad news for Santorum is that his aggressive campaigning has not translated into support. A CNN poll from Friday places his national support at 2 percent. On the other hand, Governor Perry, who has not officially entered the race yet, stands at 12 percent, only trailing front-runner Governor Romney by 2 percentage points.
There are some signs of life for Santorum’s campaign. This week, the director of Governor Mike Huckabee’s Political Action Committee (HuckPAC), Hogan Gidley, signed on as an advisor to Sanotrum’s campaign.