Club For Growth Agrees – Rick Santorum Is Big Government Conservative

The conservative Club for Growth foundation released a statement today on Senator Rick Santorum’s economic record. The conservative group agrees the Pennsylvania Republican is mostly a big government Republica.
Club for Growth reported:

Claim: “You’re a big-government conservative.” (Source: Rep. Ron Paul on former Senator Rick Santorum, ABC News Debate, 1/7/11)

Club for Growth’s Verdict: Mostly True

Analysis: During a particularly touchy exchange at the ABC News debate, Paul attacked Santorum for being a “big-government, big spending individual.” To back up this claim, Paul offered four substantive examples: that Santorum voted to raise the nation’s debt limit five times, that Santorum voted against “right to work” laws, that he voted for No Child Left Behind, and that he voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit.

Research shows that all four substantive allegations against Santorum are true. Santorum did indeed vote to raise the debt limit five times. (Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #54, 2006; Senate Roll Call Vote #213, 2004; Senate Roll Call Vote #202, 2003; Senate Roll Call Vote #148, 2002; Senate Roll Call Vote #209. 1997)

The “right to work” vote Paul is referring to is a little-known 1996 cloture motion in the U.S. Senate. The vote was on a bill called the “National Right to Work Act of 1995” that would “amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to repeal those provisions of Federal law that require employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, and for other purposes.” Santorum, along with all Democrats and liberal Republicans like Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Frank Murkowski of Alaska, and his fellow Pennsylvanian Arlen Specter all voted against cloture, which would have allowed a final vote on the bill. (Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #188, 1996)

Paul is also right that Santorum voted for No Child Left Behind, which massively expanded the role of the federal government in education. (Senate Roll Call Vote #371, 2001) Finally, Santorum did vote for the new Medicare drug entitlement in 2003 (Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #459, 2003)

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  • Freddy

    Is it not great to see Gateway and ABC news on the same page?

  • Tech Guy

    A vote against Right to Work is a vote against the Constitutional Right to associate freely. Of course this liberty is not granted to felons or parolees, hence Democrats and RINOs shun it.

    Santorum has other problems besides this and sleeping with the corpse of a child. He pushed for the re-election of Arlen Specter and maligned Pat Toomey.

  • Sasja

    Conservatives realize government does have a role to play as outlined in our Constitution. Conservatives are not “no government” proponents. How this label of big government conservative got started, I don’t remember. But it is misleading. Santorum is not a conservative. He is a so-called moderate, at best. Scaling back the over-reaching arms of the federal government and getting us back to its Constitutional limits is a conservative vision.

  • Patty

    Well, don’t like that. Why would he vote against Right To Work? I don’t think there is a good answer no matter how you spin it.

    And again, I have not made up my mind. But this one is a problem.

  • Patty

    Santorum being on the wrong side of National Right to Work and Jim DeMint will do him no favors in South Carolina.

    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/04/this-wont-play-well-in-south-carolina/

    won’t play well in S.C.

    This maybe why Haley endorsed Romney

  • Sickofobama

    Who does Club For Growth want?

    Romneycare?

    Then they will love the “For Growth of Big Government” part.

  • Knox

    The GOP seems to be facing what the Democrats faced in 1968. The party is splintered among a number of extreme factions, all of which hate each other as much as they hate the other party. We won’t get the White House back until we find our own Bill Clinton who can ignore the fringes and appeal to swing voters. That will mean a fiscal conservative who is strong on defense, but who isn’t obsessed with keeping gays from marrying or stirring up racial conflicts. I don’t see that person out there at the moment

  • http://starboard.blogtownhall.com Doug Edelman

    Yes, but IS there a small-government candidate left in the field? The answer is, yes… but there’s a problem there too!

    Newt? Nope – Big Government.
    Romney? Are you kidding me?
    Huntsman? RINO CITY
    Perry? Also not a small government guy.
    Oh yeah… Paul. The only one who’s philosophically opposed to big government.

    Too bad he’s also a crazy loon who’d get us nuked!

    So it looks like, once again, it’s take the best of the worst… and hold our nose and vote to defeat Obama on a “I’m not him” platform.

    Of the available choices, I’m inclined to believe our least egregious choice is going to be Santorum.

  • retire05

    #8, so how did crazy old uncle Ron show he is opposed to big goverment when he took $28 million in pork loaded ear marks for his district in just 2008 alone?

    Isn’t the goal to reduce the burder of taxation on Americans, not think you are the one best suited to spend the money stolen from them by the IRS?

  • Patty

    Every candidate has their problems. Each candidate can be scrutinized on one thing or another.

    We all agree. I know that each candidate believe the spending under Obama and Michelle, 😆 is out of control, some more than others. But because of the grandiose money of Romney he has been able to lead in N.H. and with the constant pumping up from the media. Seems this is what happen during Obama’s campaign. We are tired of Obama and we are tired of Media Bias.

    If we could take one thing from each candidate we like, want a candidate. But we can’t and the more they get out and talk and debate the more we learn. The choice is tough because I never like anyone of these that much. Shame and now of all times when we really need a great leader and we need to get rid of Obama, so desperately.

  • mtich rapp

    Santorum needs to get a “real job” and quit being a programmed politician waiting to collect a pension.

  • mtich rapp

    Romney took risk to obtain his “Grandiose Money”

    Had Obama taken such risk he would be in the poor house as few would hire him for a legitimate job or occupation

  • http://www.thelastcivilright.org MikeO

    As opposed to Freddie Mac, Global Warming Gingrich and RomenyCare Romney? Pots calling kettles here. Perry is the only one who can claim to be small-government, but he’s going nowhere.

  • Mad Hatter

    The ‘perfect’ Conservatives we want are the ones that aren’t running.

    A. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia
    B. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana
    C. Senator Marco Rubio, Florida

    Whoever wins the Republican Nominee, better look long and hard at one of the above three to help drive up the numbers on election day, otherwise we’re looking at four more years of Chairman Mao Obama.

  • http://www.mireyab.com Mireya Browning

    I’d vote for Congressman Allen West in a heart beat.

    Thank you Doug Edelman. After considering the pros and cons for the most conservative, I think Santorum’s offenses are the least egregious.

  • Mimi

    Whatever Club for Growth! Each candidate including Ron Paul has problems. Ron Paul pushed earmarks for his state as well, maynot have voted for them but got them so everyone else would vote for them. Love Rick Santorum. The best that is running for me!

  • JB

    Santorum simply hasn’t been vetted like some of the other candidates. His supporters are doing the “la la la I can’t hear you” fingers in ears routine.

  • kato

    I don’t believe Santorum is going to be the Clueless Party nominee, but let’s take a close look at his, and all these candidates’, claims to being conservative.

    But let’s not forget the overriding objective: getting that subprime grifter out of the White House.

    Don’t let ideological purity get in the way of clear thinking. After all, most of us probably voted twice for that compassionate dope because the option was having Algore or John Fraud Kerry in the White House. There are no Reagans running, so let’s make the best of what we’ve got. Anyone who would withhold his vote and allow the grifter to have a second term is an utter fool. But I also think you folks who have fallen in love with any of these Clueless mediocrities (or the ones who have already fallen by the wayside) is also being pretty foolish.

    Hold your nose, and vote against Obama.

  • Valerie

    #7 January 8, 2012 at 11:14 am
    Knox commented:

    Just one question? Who in the Republican party is interested in stirring up racial conflicts? I just don’t see it. I do see the Democrats making that accusation, but from my point of view as a Liberal, I see Republicans that are interested in issues, not skin color, and Democrats interested in keeping blacks on the plantation.

    Are you sure you’re a Republican? If so, just where do you get your information about the Republican party? From Democrats?

  • Studious Citizen

    I’m frankly sick of the Paulbots taking half-truths and smearing them into vicious lies about the real conservatives in the race.

    Santorum is a social conservative, not a conservative. There’s a difference.

    Gingrich is a conservative, but his strengths are in communicating conservatism and leading on key issues. Anyone who thinks he personally got $1.6 million to consult for Freddie Mac is deluding themselves or is a total moron. Gingrich’s firm employs a number of people. And if you’re going to make your judgement of him based on that, it requires ignoring literally decades of conservative leadership and accomplishments.

    Ron Paul is not conservative, he’s a liberal who happens to like free markets and conspiracy theories.

    Romney is a liberal who made some money off capitalism. That doesn’t make him conservative.

  • ugh

    Club for Growth agrees – Jim Hoft only props up Newt, all other candidates are not worthy…

  • Rhoda R

    Whoever we choose, the Republicans can’t run on ‘Not Obama’. They HAVE to have an agenda that is radically different from Obama’s. We tried ‘Not Clinton’ and it didn’t work. I guess it’s a question of the ‘Devil I know vs the Devil I don’t know.’ There has to be a real choice.

  • Molon Labe

    Tech Guy and Jim Hoft, two birds of a feather.

    Tech guy you are one real sicko. I am guessing you aare a Craig hand puppet. I’ve come to expect nothing less disguisting than this from the Ronulians and Obamaists.

  • donh

    Sanitarium is a Bart Stupak labor union democrat. He pounds the wedge of social issues and holds legislation hostage to the baby issue until he can sell the baby out for a big ear mark price.

  • Molon Labe

    #24
    Donh the new Craig brays the usual Paulbot BS.

    How does Santorium rate compared to Romney. Perry or Newt. Give me a break. Did Santorium support amnesty? A Carbon tax? Gay rights?

    Hofter is just demonstrating that when he grows up he’d like to be Andrea Mitchell.

  • retire05

    Melon Lobe, see you are still pushing falsehoods. Where did Perry support amnesty? Oh, that’s right, he’s spent $400 million of Texas taxpayer dollars doing what Romney and Santorum didn’t do in Congress, forcing the federal government to do their job and protect our borders. Gay marriage? Perry is the ONLY one saying he would push for a Constitutional amendment for making marriage to be defined as “one man, one woman.” Carbon tax? Since Perry is the only governor to have directed his state Attorney General to sue the EPA, guess that doesn’t hold water for you, either.

    63 combined years in Congress and still, we don’t have the laws we should and the ones we have are not enforced. So, tell us, which one of those who contributed to that 63 years of inaction are you supporting?

  • west1890

    These new buzz phrases get more ridiculous every day….
    “Big Government Conservative” = oxymoron

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  • noislamocommie

    The people attacking Santorum as Big -Government have a reasonable case to make but through omission. Most of Santorum’s competitors have either yielded to amnesty or guest-worker schemes for foreigners, who in turn “latch-on” as in suckling newborn to a wide variety of govt-programs.Santorum blocked this pretty well overall.We can examine his record. Romney is an H-1B addict.Pick your poison.Govt. suckling for foreigners through cronyism-cheap labor or govt-suckling for your own countrymen…ala Joan of Arc.

  • Molon Labe

    You decide. From Doug Ross nlogsite:

    So you’re saying Mark Levin, who is a personal friend of Santorum’s and knows him as well as anyone (Santorum was an early campaigner for Reagan in 1980 in Pennsylvania with Levin) is wrong?

    That Mark Freaking Levin is supporting a big-government Statist?

    That Santorum’s leadership work on the 1996 Welfare Reform Act — arguably the most successful re-engineering of an existing entitlement program ever — is not worth discussing, especially now?

    That Santorum’s obvious knowledge and support of national security is to be dismissed as China prepares for war and the Middle East boils over?

    That Santorum’s brave battle for a Balanced Budget Amendment was all a sham?

    That cherry-picking a couple dozen from thousands upon thousands of votes that Santorum cast — many of which were thrust upon the GOP caucus by the big-spending Bush 43 administration — are somehow representative of his personal interests?

    That because he lost an election in a disastrous year for Republicans nationally, a year that swept the Democrats into power, as the most conservative Senator from Pennsylvania in the last half-century?

    Why, didn’t Barack Obama lose a Democrat Primary to Bobby Rush just a decade ago by 31 points? Uhm, yes. Yes, he did.

    No. I don’t get it. So Mark Levin and Sarah Palin don’t know that Santorum is really a big-government guy, that he’s fooled them for all of these years.

    All candidates are imperfect, some more so than others.

    But tearing down good conservative candidates like Rick Santorum to me makes no sense, especially when other good candidates like Gingrich and Perry appear to be losing momentum.

    Some introspection, I believe, is necessary.

    Ah is Hoft pushing a candidate like Red State’s blogmeister. Your guess is as good as mine. But to call Rick a big government candidate would mean that there isn’t anyone who is small government in the field.

    You decide.

  • Molon Labe

    #26

    Lets see the Retarded one who says illegals don’t cost American taxpayers anything and has called for amnesty numerous times here never seems to answer any of the following issues regarding Perry:

    -He sihgned into law the same tuition for illegals as for Texas, but not for other USCs. Is this pro illegal and anti American? You decide.
    Is it pro amnesty or not. You decide.

    -Refused to take any sort of meaningful action against sanctuary cities in Texas. Is this pro amnesty or strong border security? You decide.

    -Has not taken action against Mexican shool age children crossing the border each day to attend schools in border towns. Pro amnesty or strong border security? You decide.

    -Has attacked other states for their border security measures. Pro amnesty or anti amnesty? You decide.

    -Spoken with Mexican authorities about joint health care. Pro=amnesty or strong border security? You decide.

    –Opposed any meaningful border secuirty measures that a meaningful preferring untested measures like the billion dollar farse that was the electronic barrier that falled miserably. Pro emnesty or not? You decide.

    -Calls for more boots on the ground but has done nothing to implement it and has called efforts by other states the wrong course. Pro amnesty or not. You decide.

    -Has done nothing to eliminate the numbers of illegals in Texas allowing use of the Mexican consulate ID cards. Subsequent major increases in illegal population and criminal activity. Pro amnesty or not? You decide.

    -Defended his policies saying if you didn’t support them you had no heart. Pro amnesty or not. You decide.

    In short Perry is just another pro amnesty type who has refused to implement electronic employer ID, wghich Retarded also opposes demonstrating his strong opposition to halting illegal immigration. Retarded has also opposed voter photo IDs. Now why would anyone supporting a strong border security and end to illegal voter fraud oppose this. You decide.

    If you don’t understand that my attack on Perry was directed at his pro amnesty and big government stances I can understand this given your level of intelligence. These were issues related to Newt and Romney.

    But your objectivity can be guaged from your cooments regarding illegals in your past comments. It is an insult to those who have waited years to come here and those who choose to obey the laws of this country.

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  • bg

    ++

    Craig #34 January 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    here ya go..

    btw, we aready know Ron was separated from Barry @ birth.. 😀

    ==

  • UpChuck.Liberals

    Sarah Palin is looking better and better, especially compared to this crop.

  • Fuquay Steve

    Club for Growth (supported McCain ?), ABC , Gateway Pundit and The Daily caller all agree Santorum is a bid gov’t advocate. Am i impressed – hell no. Ridiculing candidates is a lucrative business for all of the above.

  • Fuquay Steve

    In other news – the economy sucks, and Europe is collapsing. Nice story Jim. oh, did you know Santorum is Catholic? Heavens, you must post about that breaking story and let the ignorant readers know your insight. PS You could always just say …”Some are saying Rick Santorum is Catholic (stress the ROMAN part – that’ll get ’em) and even attends their weekly ceremony”.

  • Ausonius

    Many of you seem grossly ignorant of Mr. Santorum’s overall record.
    You would tear him down so Romney can rise. Sad bit of truth, Santorum is far more conservative than Romney.
    As for the Paul supporters, he’ll never get elected because he is delusional on foreign policy.
    Many of his supporters are likely single issue, legalize weed crowd.
    Santorum will be the best shot, and he is alot more conservative than some of you parots are making him out to be.

  • Joe Bean

    As well as Perry, Romney and Huntsman. It’s either one of those guys or that freak Ron Paul.