In Iowa, Santorum ‘jabs’ Daniels over truce

The Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court proves that a “truce” on social issues is impossible, said potential 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

“I think it shows there are some people who are willing to stand up and fight for the family and others who would rather, to use the comment of one potential candidate, call a truce on these things,” Santorum said during taping of Iowa Press at Iowa Public Television in Johnston.

“A truce in this case means ceding ground to the other side,” he added.

Iowa political reporter Tom Beaumont called the comments a ‘jab’ at Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels who had called for a “truce“ on social issues while the country gets its economic house in order. (Tom Crowe recently had some interesting thoughts about the “truce” comments.)

It’s hard to argue against Santorum’s main point here. If conservatives agreed in principle to avoid advancing legislation on life or marriage, why would they think that the other side would similarly disarm? And what assurance would there be that activist judges would also refrain from imposing same-sex marriage just like the Iowa Supreme Court did in 2009.

Santorum said that Iowa caucus voters would remember that he joined the fight last year to remove three of those very judges from the Iowa Supreme Court.

After losing reelection in Pennsylvania by 20 points in 2006, it will be a steep uphill climb for Santorum to get the presidential nomination. Though, sometimes a candidate’s ideas win even if they don’t. But it’s worth remembering that Santorum’s willingness to engage and fight on the social issues can only help him with pro-family voters in the Heartland. After all, it was Iowa that gave Mike Huckabee a big win in 2008.

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4 thoughts on “In Iowa, Santorum ‘jabs’ Daniels over truce

  1. Brian C says:

    Bill has it right. Santorum supported Specter over Toomey in 1994 because he thought Toomey was unelectable in the general election. He miscalculated, as six years later, Specter becomes a Democrat and loses in the primary, and Toomey wins the general election. Therefore, Santorum shouldn’t be criticizing someone else about not being prolife enough.

  2. Joshua Mercer says:

    Kristi, I actually like Mitch Daniels a lot. Before he said his comments on truce, he was my favorite of the prospective 2012 candidates. But I do believe that his comments on “truce” cause damage to our cause. They echo the words of so many that wish pro-lifers would simply agree to disagree on this issue.

  3. Bill says:

    Mr. Santorum has a history. He supported pro-abortion Arlen Spector over pro-life Pat Toomey in his own State of Pennsylvania.He visited New Jersey years ago to support pro-abortion Christie Whitman for governor. Mr Santorum’s explanation? It’s politics.

  4. Kristi says:

    Facts be darned… Mitch Daniels has a 100% pro life record.
    Indiana has a gay marriage ban. Indiana is one of the most pro life states in the nation… thanks to Mitch Daniels.

    How is your state Santorum?

    oooops, thats right.. not very good.

    Actions speak louder than words and Daniels actions say volumes.

    Rome is burning … that is what Daniels was speaking about.

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