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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Who does Club For Growth want?

    Romneycare?

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. #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?

  10. 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, :lol: 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.

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. #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?

  20. 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.



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