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Morning Mix: Santorum And Specter, Sitting In A Tree?

Morning Mix: Santorum And Specter, Sitting In A Tree?

Talk about bad timing.  Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, that Republican turned Democrat that makes the GOP crazy, has published a new book.  And it’s making his colleague Rick Santorum a little uncomfortable.

According to the previews, Specter even goes as far as to say he couldn’t have beaten his conservative primary challenger if it weren’t for his good buddy Rick.  Politico reports, “According to Specter, Santorum was ‘vital’ in his 2004 primary win against conservative Pat Toomey, tried to provide him with political advice ahead of a career-changing vote in 2009, and lobbied him to quell a conservative rebellion over judicial nominees. ‘Santorum’s support and assurances to conservatives, along with President Bush’s, had given a vital boost in my beating Toomey,’ Specter said in his new book, ‘Life Among the Cannibals,’ which is slated to be released later this month.”

Santorum is trying to back away from the “vitalness” of it all, saying the support was really just a customary thing colleagues do for each other, not a ringing endorsement of his beliefs.  “That certainly was not one of my prouder moments I look back on…But look, you know, you work together as a team for the state of Pennsylvania. And I felt that Senator Specter had stood up and supported me when I was running in 1994, and I did likewise.”

In fact, he’d even go as far as to call it a mistake, now. “In hindsight, Santorum said that supporting Specter’s improbable presidential campaign ‘was something I look back on and wish I hadn’t done.’”

Can Santorum change his mind without being accused of flip flopping, as he constantly accuses his rival Mitt Romney?  Can’t Romney have an “in hindsight” moment, too?

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5:43PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

"The bible says lying is a sin."

Precisely where is that said?

9:19PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Why are republicans so full of shit? They lie and change their stories and then lie on top of that.If they believe so strongly in religion and their faith then why so many lies? The bible says lying is a sin.I geuss they figure it's only a sin if it doesn't work

9:23AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

"Nothing that comes out of a Republican politicians mouth can be believed."

I beg to differ, Gayle: Some of them are too honest for their own good, and I thank Freya for that! :-)

7:05AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Exactly the reason Santorum lost his re-election bid in PA to Bob Casey and why Pat Toomey is now the other PA Senator! Pay heed before proclaiming Santorum the one true conservative!

4:53AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Frankly Santorum doesn't need to retract or retreat on past endorsements no matter how embarrassing they may be. His words and actions todate on the campaign trail speak loudly as to the type of man and POTUS he would be, and he is very clear what he has intended for the US. The Devil comes in many forms and has a silver tongue that tells you exactly what you think you want to hear. But the reality is, the Devil is also in the details, and he never, ever, ever fails to take more for himself than you get in return. Get thee behind me Santorum..I abjure thee.

9:25AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Nothing that comes out of a Republican politicians mouth can be believed.

7:47AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

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