Q & A from the Santorum Conference Call Yesterday

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Q & A from the Santorum Conference Call Yesterday

I’ve writ­ten about the con­cept of yesterday’s con­fer­ence call with Rick San­to­rum but not about the actual ques­tions asked and answered. Here is a quick run­down all Q & A are based on my notes:

Andrea Shea King — Q Will you go through with the debate with Trump? Answer: Yes. I was one of the only can­di­dates who didn’t beat a path to Trumps door yet those who did have gone run­ning. After all the tough ques­tions I’ve faced the last thing I’m wor­ried about is a ques­tion from Don­ald Trump.

Stacy McCain: The media tries to por­tray you as one trick pony on social issues. How do you get around that? Answer: I’ve spent most of the time on eco­nom­ics and the like but the bot­tom line is you can’t have strong econ­omy with­out strong fam­ily. I am the best guy on Eco­nom­ics but also the best choice on enti­tle­ment reform, taxes and spend­ing and for­eign policy.

Maggie’s note­book: Who would be the EPA direc­tor would they give back land seized by Bush and Obama admin­is­tra­tion? Answer: I don’t have a name cur­rently for that posi­tion but I’d want a per­son who shares my vision. The EPA needs to be put back in its box. An San­to­rum admin­is­tra­tion would want to get rid of as much fed­eral land as pos­si­ble while pre­serv­ing national parks and forests.

Steven Ertelt: There was a dust-​up with Gin­grich stat­ing he believes begin­ning of life is implan­ta­tion and switched and then switched. Answer: Life begins at con­cep­tion, it’s not a belief it’s an incon­tro­vert­ible fact and should not be con­ceded. (Fol­low up on Gingrich’s pro-​life record in the House) Answer: He was not a pro-​life war­rior, it was not a crit­i­cal issue com­pared to other issues. There was always an attempt to put social issues on the back of the bus.

Tina Korbe: Why have you not had the boom­lit? Answer: I’m pretty bor­ing no scan­dals no big gaffes no piz­zaz (Fol­low up Does that indi­cate a lack of desire to be pres­i­dent and just to advance issues) Answer: (sar­cas­ti­cally) Yeah I’m leav­ing fam­ily for months and going through all of this just to draw atten­tion to issues. to draw attention

Me: Given the cur­rent endorse­ments and the com­ments of peo­ple like Cokie Roberts How high do you need to fin­ish to go on. Answer: We are plan­ning to win of course but the expec­ta­tions are low so that’s pretty good for us. The idea is to in or near the money…. (Fol­low up How sig­nif­i­cant is it that you a strong Catholic have been endorsed by an Evan­gel­i­cal Pas­tor and a Mor­mon sec of state this week) Answer These are folks who know me and spend time with me, if you want to get to know them, you can. That is what mat­ters over reli­gion. In Time 2005 listed as the top 25 evan­gel­i­cals even though he I’m Catholic. I was the only non-​pastor listed in the group “The Point man not just on mar­riage and poverty , inter­na­tional, jihadist, Israel, and grow­ing government.

Lonely con­ser­v­a­tive: Do you think that Paul Ryan’s plan is “Right Wing Social Engi­neer­ing”? Answer: No and I was shocked that he made the com­ment. It will be thrown back in his face and will con­gress­men who sup­ported it down the ticket.

Lisa Graas: Are you get­ting to Mass & eat­ing veg­gies Answer: I try to fit in mass on a reg­u­lar basis and wife makes sure I am eat­ing right on the road.

Sissy Willis: Talks a lit­tle about Palin “semi endorse­ment” Answer: It was very gra­cious of her and sent e-​mail thank­ing her. Brings up the San­to­rum amend­ment to the No child left behind bill. Sci­ence of Global warm­ing is spe­cious as best com­pared to the knowl­edge of where life begins.

There you have it. Con­ser­v­a­tive ques­tions asked by con­ser­v­a­tive pun­dits and con­ser­v­a­tive answers given.

Any ques­tions?

I’ve written about the concept of yesterday’s conference call with Rick Santorum but not about the actual questions asked and answered. Here is a quick rundown all Q & A are based on my notes:

Andrea Shea King—Q Will you go through with the debate with Trump? Answer: Yes. I was one of the only candidates who didn’t beat a path to Trumps door yet those who did have gone running. After all the tough questions I’ve faced the last thing I’m worried about is a question from Donald Trump.

Stacy McCain: The media tries to portray you as one trick pony on social issues. How do you get around that? Answer: I’ve spent most of the time on economics and the like but the bottom line is you can’t have strong economy without strong family. I am the best guy on Economics but also the best choice on entitlement reform, taxes and spending and foreign policy.

Maggie’s notebook: Who would be the EPA director would they give back land seized by Bush and Obama administration? Answer: I don’t have a name currently for that position but I’d want a person who shares my vision. The EPA needs to be put back in its box. An Santorum administration would want to get rid of as much federal land as possible while preserving national parks and forests.

Steven Ertelt: There was a dust-up with Gingrich stating he believes beginning of life is implantation and switched and then switched. Answer: Life begins at conception, it’s not a belief it’s an incontrovertible fact and should not be conceded. (Follow up on Gingrich’s pro-life record in the House) Answer: He was not a pro-life warrior, it was not a critical issue compared to other issues. There was always an attempt to put social issues on the back of the bus.

Tina Korbe: Why have you not had the boomlit? Answer: I’m pretty boring no scandals no big gaffes no pizzaz (Follow up Does that indicate a lack of desire to be president and just to advance issues) Answer: (sarcastically) Yeah I’m leaving family for months and going through all of this just to draw attention to issues. to draw attention

Me: Given the current endorsements and the comments of people like Cokie Roberts How high do you need to finish to go on. Answer: We are planning to win of course but the expectations are low so that’s pretty good for us. The idea is to in or near the money…. (Follow up How significant is it that you a strong Catholic have been endorsed by an Evangelical Pastor and a Mormon sec of state this week) Answer These are folks who know me and spend time with me, if you want to get to know them, you can. That is what matters over religion. In Time 2005 listed as the top 25 evangelicals even though he I’m Catholic. I was the only non-pastor listed in the group “The Point man not just on marriage and poverty , international, jihadist, Israel, and growing government.

Lonely conservative: Do you think that Paul Ryan’s plan is “Right Wing Social Engineering”? Answer: No and I was shocked that he made the comment. It will be thrown back in his face and will congressmen who supported it down the ticket.

Lisa Graas: Are you getting to Mass & eating veggies Answer: I try to fit in mass on a regular basis and wife makes sure I am eating right on the road.

Sissy Willis: Talks a little about Palin “semi endorsement” Answer: It was very gracious of her and sent e-mail thanking her. Brings up the Santorum amendment to the No child left behind bill. Science of Global warming is specious as best compared to the knowledge of where life begins.

There you have it. Conservative questions asked by conservative pundits and conservative answers given.

Any questions?