Rick Santorum Columns on Townhall

  • Jonah Goldberg - Free Health Care? That's Rich

    Free Health Care? That's Rich

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 2/15/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    "It's not about contraception," thundered GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum. "It's about economic liberty. It's about freedom of speech. It's about freedom of religion. It's about government control of your lives. And it's got to stop!"
  • Ken Connor - Abortion's Hard Case Exceptions

    Abortion's Hard Case Exceptions

    Ken Connor
    Posted: 2/15/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    When it comes to the hot-button issue of abortion, there are some questions that make even the staunchest pro-lifer uncomfortable: What do you say to the woman who finds herself pregnant due to rape? What do you do with the adolescent girl who is impregnated by her father, brother, or uncle? What if it was your wife, or your daughter that was the victim? Would you expect her to bear a child conceived in violence and fear?
  • Byron York - After Wins, Santorum Targets Romney's Native State

    After Wins, Santorum Targets Romney's Native State

    Byron York
    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:24:00 PM EST
    Thursday, Feb. 9 was just the second time Rick Santorum's campaign has raised more than a million dollars in a single day. The first was the day before, immediately after Santorum swept GOP contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. That's what winning will do. Santorum is now enjoying the bounce he never got after his belated victory in Iowa. The question is, what is he going to do with it?
  • Chuck Norris - Why I Chose Newt Over Santorum

    Why I Chose Newt Over Santorum

    Chuck Norris
    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In 2008 -- when my wife, Gena, and I were on the campaign trail backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president -- former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was fighting to get former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney elected.
  • Michael Barone - Romney Appeals to White Collars, Santorum to Blue

    Romney Appeals to White Collars, Santorum to Blue

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 2/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Rick Santorum won big victories in three small contests in the Republican presidential race last Tuesday. In doing so, he reshaped the oft-reshaped nomination battle once again. But he has not installed himself as the favorite, and neither he nor Mitt Romney has established himself as the candidate who can do best in the general election.
  • Steve Deace - Christian Leaders: Show Santorum the Money

    Christian Leaders: Show Santorum the Money

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 2/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    For many pro-family and pro-life leaders it’s now or never.
  • Rich Galen - When Will They Make An End?

    When Will They Make An End?

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 2/10/2012 5:05:00 PM EST
    In the 1965 film "The Agony and the Ecstasy" Michelangelo (played by Charlton Heston) is taking his sweet time painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Pope Julius II (played by Rex Harrison) loses his patience and asks, "When will you make an end?"
  • Jonah Goldberg - The GOP Race Gets Messy

    The GOP Race Gets Messy

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 2/10/2012 1:12:00 PM EST
    About a week ago, I wrote a column making a case for Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. My argument was aimed at fellow conservatives who just can't get their minds -- or at least their hearts -- around a Romney candidacy. The details aren't important right now (and they're easy enough to look up with the interwebs these days).
  • Donald Lambro - Rick Santorum Never Met An Earmark He Didn't Like

    Rick Santorum Never Met An Earmark He Didn't Like

    Donald Lambro
    Posted: 2/10/2012 12:40:00 PM EST
    WASHINGTON - Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is the GOP's latest presidential "flavor of the month," propelled by his party's large bloc of evangelical and socially conservative voters.
  • Mona Charen - Do You Speak Conservative?

    Do You Speak Conservative?

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 2/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Newt Gingrich knows the lingo. He makes conservative audiences roar with approval when he compares the efficiency of FedEx and MasterCard to the post office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He never loses an opportunity to attack the press for its moral preening.
  • Michael Barone - GOP Must Convince Young People It's the Party of Options

    GOP Must Convince Young People It's the Party of Options

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 2/9/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Republican presidential candidates, except for Ron Paul, haven't been paying much attention to young voters in the primaries and caucuses so far. But any Republican nominee -- which is to say probably Mitt Romney, or maybe Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum -- had better be paying attention to them in the summer and fall.
  • Thomas Sowell - The Anti-Romney Vote

    The Anti-Romney Vote

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 2/9/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    A funny thing happened to Mitt Romney on the way to his coronation as the inevitable Republican candidate for President of the United States. Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado happened.
  • Michael Reagan - A Little More Heat

    A Little More Heat

    Michael Reagan
    Posted: 2/8/2012 5:51:00 PM EST
    It seems to me that what is missing in the top two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination is passion.
  • Rich Galen - Sub-Tuesday Surprise

    Sub-Tuesday Surprise

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 2/8/2012 10:00:00 AM EST
    There were election events last night in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado.
  • Jeff Jacoby - Is a Long Primary Fight Good for the GOP?

    Is a Long Primary Fight Good for the GOP?

    Jeff Jacoby
    Posted: 2/6/2012 1:02:00 PM EST
    "46 STATES TO GO."
  • Paul Greenberg - Mitt Romney wins, but where's the magic?

    Mitt Romney wins, but where's the magic?

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 2/3/2012 10:34:00 AM EST
    The results in Florida were even better for Mitt Romney than most of the wildly swinging polls said they would be. With 100 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in, he was getting almost half of it -- 46 percent in a four-man field. And this in the first state to vote that actually reflects the American electorate, for Florida is big and diverse and unpredictable and dynamic. It's not just a swing state but the swing state in presidential elections.
  • Steve Chapman - Inoculating Against Religious Freedom

    Inoculating Against Religious Freedom

    Steve Chapman
    Posted: 2/2/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    But many of those who think it's wrong to forbid Americans to buy contraceptives think it's just fine to require them to buy contraceptives.
  • Emmett Tyrrell - Exit Newt

    Exit Newt

    Emmett Tyrrell
    Posted: 2/2/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Ah, yes, Newt Gingrich did in the last days of the Florida primary precisely what I predicted he would do. He hurled wild charges at Mitt Romney that suggested Newt was losing his grip.
  • Maggie Gallagher - The Happiest Wives in America

    The Happiest Wives in America

    Maggie Gallagher
    Posted: 2/1/2012 10:21:00 PM EST
    Let's take a break from politics to ask the burning question: How did Karen Santorum and Ann Romney get so lucky?
  • John Andrews - Land of the Less and Less Free

    Land of the Less and Less Free

    John Andrews
    Posted: 2/1/2012 1:09:00 PM EST
    So now we’ve seen Gingrich’s debating prowess and Romney’s tax returns, Santorum’s sweaters and Ron Paul’s scowl. We’ve heard the State of the Union according to Obama and the State of the State according to governors across the land. But how much does that really tell us about the shape America is in?