10 reasons religious conservatives love Rick Santorum
February 8th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
2 years ago

10 reasons religious conservatives love Rick Santorum

(CNN) - For all the attention paid to the clout of fiscally focused tea party conservatives and of the primacy of jobs in the 2012 election, Rick Santorum’s trifecta victories Tuesday night are a good reminder of the powerful role religious conservatives play in the GOP. They fueled Santorum’s wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado – and his earlier victory in the Iowa caucuses.

But why, exactly, do religious conservatives love the former senator from Pennsylvania? There are obvious reasons – his advocacy against abortion and same-sex marriage, for instance – but plenty of less obvious ones, too.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Kinda like support for the Taliban, who could explain it?

    February 8, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. veracleet

    I am just amazed at all of this.

    February 8, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    After reading the article, if you have no capcity for living in the world as we know it, but want to change it into something resembles hell, vote for Santorum. He does not want you to think about the consequences of his policies, he just wants you to obey. Liberty and Freedom? Hah!

    February 8, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Name: DParke

    Santorum is a nice enough guy but Obama will eat him like a snack. Like it or not Romney is the only one seasoned and polished enough to beat Obama.

    February 8, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    10 reason why some people still in 18th century

    February 8, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Santorum is nuts. The quote in the previous article has him saying that he will ignore the concept of seperation of church and state. Santorum personifies one of the reasons why the founding fathers broke away for independence.

    February 8, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Mikey

    That's who I want for a President – a guy who thinks the world is only 6,000 years old, that man and dinosaurs existed simultaneously, and that climate change is a myth. February 8th and we've only had two inches of snow this entire winter. The GOP will get worried about global climate change when it finally dawns on them that it will be the biggest negative economic event, perhaps in the history of mankind. Unfortunately, by the time these idiots figure it out, it will be too late to stop much of the impact.

    What's next, the candidate from the Flat Earth Society?

    February 8, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. jaywing

    And the number 1 problem with Santorium is that he wants America to revert to a society based on a 2000+ year old, antiquated mythology. He does not want Americans to think independent thoughts. He does not want Americans to be educated and enlightened 21st century individuals. He does not want American women to be vibrant, fully-capable, independent people. He wants American medicine and health care coverage to fall behind the rest of the world's standards. He wants poor people to stay poor, middle class people to become poor. In short, he is the face of the American Taliban. Listen to his words – except for the nouns, is there any difference between the thrust of his verbage and that of any radical religious group who wishes to dominate others through non-rational, non-logical, anti-secular law, religious dictates? The man wants a theocracy, based on his personal religious belief system – not a democracy, based on the will of a people free of religious bigotry.

    February 8, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Portland tony

    I don't know about 10 reasons, but I'll give you 3...Romney, Gingrich, and Paul.

    February 8, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    HEY, HEY, HEY!!! Santorum is stealing a page out of MY book here! My clan did this to me way back when I visited my mothership Africa and I have pictures to prove it. Of course we could NEVER do this in Rev. Wright's church (wink,wink) because our hands were always clenched in fists, raised in the air, damning the worlds bully, the USA. Gee whiz, who woulda thought that someday I would be that bully one day?! Yes, America is truly the land of opportunity and snake oil and oh yeah, smoke and mirrors.

    February 8, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    I went to an evangelical southern baptist school (yeah, it's the same thing).
    I do NOT trust any evangelical.
    I was subjected to their lies and their brainwashing for 9 years, and I know whereof they speak and it is never without devious purpose.
    There is nothing logical there to be seen in their points of view. What they believe in has no foundation in science, rationality or common sense.
    When an evangelical speaks, remember that it's with duplicity and chicanery. It's all a powerplay that uses a religion as its leverage.

    February 8, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Reason #1 – He's their SURPREME LEADER

    February 8, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Funny how "Nothing But Lies" is now never seen at the same time the new Snake Oil GOPit shows up? Is there just one creature of lies?

    February 8, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. diridi

    11. they are all members of Al Qaeda....Taliban.....o.k,,

    February 8, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. livingston

    Reason #11 they are as batty as he is!
    We wouldn't elect him in Pennsylvania when he tried to run again because we know how crazy he is. If he couldn't win in the state that knows him the best – what makes him think he has what it takes to lead the country!

    February 8, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    "mothership Africa"? Really? Why stop there? Go for broke, snake oil on sale. Confirm to us what a conservative is, not what they aspire to be.

    February 8, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    "Hybrid", truth? Really? Boning up for your Eugenics class, after " Flat Earth for Dummies" is done?

    February 8, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Sorensen

    Sanatorium is a nice looking young man. And a total nutcase completely unqualified for any serious office.
    The fact that the bible-banging "religious right" loves him makes it even more stupid and uneducated.

    February 8, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Diana

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    Rick is a red blooded american, unlike the hybrid we currently have in the white house!

    Your hate knows no bounds....it's showing.

    February 8, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    The rally is starting, truth: do you want your white sheet or brown shirt to wear while you rail against the " hybrid" president who is about to be re-elected in a landlide?

    February 8, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Wow, looks like snake and "truth" are really letting their racist sides show today. It's not OK, but keep it up, boys. You're a perfect example of what's wrong with the extreme rightwing nutjobs.

    February 8, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "Like it or not Romney is the only one seasoned and polished enough to beat Obama."

    LOL! Good one! Wait, were you serious? Rmoney is only seasoned at making money off the people he screws, like workers and the US taxpayers. His political "seasoning" consists of losing to the guy who lost to President Obama and now losing to the GOBP's most flaccid field of failed clown car candidates in history.

    February 8, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |