ICYMI: National Review - "Santorum, The Blue Collar Brawler"

VERONA, PA - In case you missed it, National Review's Eliana Johnson today profiled Senator Santorum and his message focused on helping hard-working American families.

National Review: Santorum, The Blue Collar Brawler

By: Eliana Johnson

"I'm sitting across from Rick Santorum at a Corner Bakery Cafe on North Capitol Street near the Capitol when a news alert flashes across my phone. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Mitt Romney has told a group of his top donors that he is seriously considering a third White House bid.

Santorum smiles broadly. 'Bring it on,' he says. The surprise runner-up in the 2012 Republican primary, Santorum won eleven primaries and caucuses before eventually conceding a hard-fought battle to Romney. Now, he wants a rematch.

Though the 2016 Republican field is likely to be crowded with candidates looking to woo conservative Christians, Santorum is not cowed. Asked what unique space he thinks he would fill in the field, he says, 'The winner.'

'If we get in, we're getting in to win,' Santorum says. 'I'm not getting in to play a role. I'd get in because I think I have what it takes to win a primary and because I think I have what it takes to win a general election.' He talks like he's already announced his campaign. 'I'm not just in it to win a primary,' he says...

...Santorum has for months now been criticizing Romney's economic message and the Republican party that put him forward as its presidential nominee. His 2014 book, Blue Collar Conservatives, was an explicit rejection of the GOP economic platform as well as an attempt to rebrand himself: Santorum the culture warrior became the champion of the working class. 'When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A's who want to succeed economically, we're talking to a very small group of people,' Santorum told a crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference in June 2013. 'No wonder they don't think we care about them. No wonder they don't think we understand them.'

If he runs in 2016, he says, it won't be as a candidate defined by his Catholic, socially conservative views. He's been there and done that, he says. In 2016, he is more likely to define himself as an economic populist and foreign-policy hawk...

... Always a brawler, Santorum is ready for the next fight." 

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commented 2015-02-08 22:17:20 -0500 · Flag
Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln an able fighter, also?