Santorum Blasts Rick Perry

By: Jared Edgerton, Contributing Writer

This weekend Senator Rick Santorum blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry’s position that gay marriage is a states’ rights issue and the federal government should leave it alone.

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.

July 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Presidential | 9 Comments

9 thoughts on “Santorum Blasts Rick Perry”

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  2. Rick Perry says:

    What is the problem of polygamy while in Arab countries we see its very normal. Usually Arab man marry more then 1 woman and the women are not unhappy! lol. Seriously. I have worked in Saudi Arabia as an engineer for almost 3 years. Thus I have lots of Arab friends and they said to me Arab Women are not unhappy at all.

    However I am not supporting Perry too.

  3. Jane says:

    I am really getting annoyed at the quality of writing on this site. Yesterday’s Morning Buzz was equally bad. Today it’s succession instead of secession. When the low writing quality completely distracts from the message trying to be conveyed, then it’s time to take a refresher course in English.

  4. SantorumSupporter says:

    … and on the subject of gay marriage, I don’t care what anyone says. The gay rights movement has gotten way out of hand. Not everyone has been brain-washed by the media into thinking that homosexuality is completely normal and needs to be shoved down everyone’s throat including our children’s. I have a gay sibling and she agrees with me on that, and that’s no b.s. Santorum seems to me a man of good virtue. Unfortunately many gays are going to go out of their way to attack him on that issue and that one issue alone, because he is the one candidate who is standing up to the “currently accepted rhetoric” according to the mainstream media. If two gay people want to agree to devoting their lives to one another, then they can go ahead and do that. The government has no reason to get involved.

  5. SantorumSupporter says:

    … and as for Rick Perry, I don’t think we need to put another shallow, corrupt, ego-maniac Texan in the White House. We did that with Bush the Lesser and LBJ, and look where it got us.

  6. SantorumSupporter says:

    Rick Santorum may not have the most attractive record as a law maker and may be way low in polling figures at the moment. But I like his bravery and solid foundation as a fighter for social conservative ideals. And he’s not an complete idiot like Palin or Bachmann! People, give Santorum some consideration. I see no reason not too

  7. Steelblitz1 says:

    Santorum could not fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

  8. David Diano says:

    “if a state wanted to allow polygamy or if they chose to deny heterosexuals the right to marry would that be OK too”

    Umm…. it’s called: Utah

  9. Louis Gomori says:

    When Rick Santorum was a Senator, He voted to use the Social Security for bailing out the government They never want to use their Pension. The Government ” Borrowed ” from Social Security 4 times and never repaid it. The country is in a bad situation now. I beleive that some of the lawemakers want to raise the Debt limit so that their rich friends would get a bigger hunk and then they will return some of it to some of the lawmakers for their campaign fund. I think some of them have a contest going on to see who can take the most money home. The government continues to take from the poor and give to the rich. This may hatch home grown terrorists will it not.

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