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Santorum's Ugly Turn

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Santorum's Ugly Turn


Rick Santorum — who gained the media spotlight after coming in a close second to Mitt Romney in Iowa — has long been a hard-right social conservative: opposed to reproductive rights, adamantly homophobic, hostile to contraceptive use.

But he hasn’t previously been known as a race-baiter. The scion of a working-class Pennsylvania family, he spent his career in Congress pushing the right-wing dream list, including attempts to restrict the teaching of evolution.

Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  1. tlee1070a@yahoo.com January 9, 2012

    I have a very major problem with the liberals and their wanting their comments to be the only ones made public. All americans have the right of free speech, petition, and redress according to the constitution.Judges make their decision on the next election it appears, and politicians put a toe in the water to make sure it is safe before involvement. It would be very nice if dc was actually cleaned out this next election and start over. There is no such thing as experience is needed. remember when all were elected? they had not been there either. When you can make yourself a millionare in office, it is not hard to see why politicians/bureaucrats wiil go to any length to stay. Besides, the government says the voters are stupid and do not know how to handle things. I will agree to the extent that we elected them.Yes, obuma did not have experience, but he is doing exactly what he said he would do. Fundamently change america, we just did not ask how or what he meant.

  2. AnnaSolomon January 9, 2012

    It was very clear and he is just pandering to the Republicans on the far right that are wolves in sheeps clothing. They need to do a better job at hiding their white bedsheets under their day clothes. As a woman I hold my rights very dear to my heart and I’m tired about my reproductive rights being used to futher an election. I want to know when I can expect to hear what they will be doing to fix the problems they caused during the Bush 2 era. From what it sounds like they plan on moving the country back to Neandrathal times with all the cavemen chest beating the candidates are doing.

    How do they think they can win if they keep alienating voters. The hate Obama rhetoric is getting so old and dreary,

  3. joeturner January 9, 2012

    Re to Anna Solomon’s comment, “the hate Obama rhetoric is getting so old and dreafy…” I wonder what the Republican nominee for Pres will say that’s new in way of criticism during the debates. The Conservatives have ranted the most un-presidential charges, criticisms, smears, phony allegations,untruths, etc. many time over and again. What else will they say other than to repeat all this previous mess.

    As soon as the GOP decides on which clown to nominate, we should skip the debates and the election and just take a poll of about 550 people and the night before the poll, we’ll have Obama on TV hold up a sign that says, “You’ve heard it before,” and the GOP nominee with a sign that says, “The Usual Charges.” Think of the time and money it would save. (maybe we could give it ALL to the Welfare Queen)

  4. jimmyags January 9, 2012

    Typical politician,say something that will sink you, then claim you were misquoted. We live in the electronic information age now Rick. You honestly think saying “uh I meant to say something else” is going to cover it?”I started to say a word and sort of mumbled it. … But I don’t … recall saying black,” he told CNN. What word were you trying to say? Did it start with the letter N?

  5. valszy January 9, 2012

    Where do you see any evidence that liberals want their comments to be the only ones made public? Where have “liberals” tried to keep others’ comments from being made public? As to fundamental change in America, that was brought on by Reagan convincing enough Americans that government was the problem (ignoring such accomplishments as the interstate hwy system, getting to the moon and winning WWII) and since then the rich have gotten richer, filthy richer, while the middle class has stagnated, at best, all while the infrastructure and education systems are falling apart.

  6. John Hardman August 3, 2012

    ***************************Santorum’s Ugly Turn**********************************
    “UGLY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” Santorum is decent to the bone. Why does that set
    some folks off? Maybe it can be explained by that old axiom; “What does light have to do with Darkness”?


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