By Gary P Jackson
Rick Santorum is not backing down one bit as he continues to campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Rick has just released a hard hitting ad that gets right to the heart of the matter and makes the case for why he is the conservative alternative in the race:
This is a good ad. It makes the point of who sides with who and it does it well. Though he could have added more examples of all three standing together, like gun grabbing, and “green energy” scams, this should do the trick.
Though he still has a really rough row to hoe, there is good news out there for Rick. The Weekly Standard has this to say about his chances in Missouri:
In Missouri, where the next Republican primary will take place (next Tuesday), a new poll by PPP shows Rick Santorum leading Mitt Romney by 11 percentage points — 45 to 34 percent — while Ron Paul has 13 percent support. Newt Gingrich isn’t on the ballot in Missouri, so the Show Me State offers a prime opening for Santorum to build on his earlier victory in neighboring Iowa.
Perhaps even more encouraging for Santorum are the candidates’ respective favorability ratings among prospective primary voters in the state. Santorum’s net favorability rating is +42 percent (63 percent favorable to 21 percent unfavorable), compared to +10 percent for Romney (46 percent favorable to 36 percent unfavorable). (Paul’s net favorability rating is minus-29 percent — 28 percent favorable to 57 percent unfavorable.)
Santorum has won the last two debates and totally destroyed the myth that Newt Gingrich is some sort of world champion of the world debater. Like Romney, Santorum has shown he has absolutely no problem with going for the jugular if that’s what it takes.
Those who are looking for a serious Conservative alternative need to take a long and hard look at Rick Santorum. Rick is a serious and reliable candidate. He was a serious and reliable Senator.
I know none of these candidates are perfect. Many of us have a different idea of who the perfect candidate would have been. She didn’t run, so we have to look at those who actually are. And frankly, Santorum and even Romney are better than the rest of the pack.
Personally, I’d like to see it come down to Mitt and Rick. Newt Gingrich is a drama queen, and his antics are distracting the campaigns from the real issues. All of the candidates are fighting each other, that’s what primaries are for, but if it comes down to Romney and Santorum, we will likely see more substantive debate and less carnival sideshow.
A good race between Mitt and Rick would make either man a stronger candidate when it comes time to whip Obama.
I haven’t endorsed a candidate, but I sure like the thought of Rick Santorum fighting hard for Conservatism. If you agree, send him a buck or two here.