Reader: Another conservative Latino VP prospect, Oldest Catholic college drops “Catholic,” Who might miss OH ballot?

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Luis Fortuño

Hey, I’m pretty depressed about Mitt and Newt leading the pack. So let’s talk about the #2 slot. A lot of conservatives say it would be great to have a conservative Latino as the GOP VP candidate. So Marco Rubio, right? Well, Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal notes there’s actually another great option: Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico. (Yes, he is legally eligible as are all Puerto Ricans.) Fortuño is pro-life and is credited with turning Puerto Rico’s economy around.

I’m not the only one sour on Newt and Mitt. Some big GOP donors are still shopping around the idea of another candidate. Names floated? Jim DeMint or Jeb Bush. Conservative commentator Erick Erickson thinks it won’t happen: “Don’t hold your breath. But prayer does work.”

Rut roh: Newt Gingrich might not get enough signatures by 4 p.m. today to get on the ballot in the Ohio primary.

Very sad news: The Catholic University of Leuven is droppping the adjective “Catholic” from their name. Leuven is the oldest Catholic college in the world and was founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V.

GOP leaders courting Gov. Dave Heineman to run against Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson in Nebraska.

Speaking of the Nebraska Senate race, here is the interview with declared Republican candidate Don Stenberg.  

Dolly the Sheep pioneer recommends shifting away from embryonic stem cell research.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is working hard to clear the name of a wrongly-convicted felon.

The World War II Museum in New Orleans estimates that about 1,000 World War II veterans die each day. On the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, remember these brave men with your prayers.



17 thoughts on “Reader: Another conservative Latino VP prospect, Oldest Catholic college drops “Catholic,” Who might miss OH ballot?

  1. SOLOMON says:

    I met Ron Paul at the 2008 Pro-Life March – not once during his speech did he mention he was a Prez candidate, but said he had delivered 4000+ babies and never saw the need for an abortion. He LIVES FAMILY VALUES and wants to protect not only babies but to STOP US ILLEGAL WARS – Pope John Paul BEGGED Bush I and II not to invade Iraq! His 3 brothers are ministers and 2 sons are MD’s.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA – preserve us from a continuing WAR MAKING Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Bachman or Santorum. GOOGLE: Russo and Rockefeller; Roberts Archives.


  2. Grant says:

    I do not understand the refusal to pay any attention to, or even mention the name of Ron Paul on this site. Am I missing something here? What is the madness that leads to the total dismissal of someone so in line with Catholic teaching!?

    1. Rick S says:

      Ron Paul believes that the state has no business in marriage. Ron Paul believes that heroin should be legalized. These positions are not in line with traditional Catholic teaching. The Church believes that we should build a culture that reflects the values we hold to be true without forcing people to believe in any specific doctrine. If you abandon the state’s role in promoting the good, you are doing a great disservice to society.

    1. MikeM says:

      What was wrong with what he said there? He was offered the money to benefit Puerto Rico… and he was able to use it to pay for needed improvements while still maintaining fiscal stability in Puerto Rico.

  3. GREG SMITH says:

    Dear Joshua, If you’re depressed, imagine how I feel. My guy, Huntsman, with the strongest presidential timber and who is the most electable can’t get above single digits. ~ Pax, Greg

    1. Andy Kirchoff says:

      Agreed 100% Greg!

    2. Joshua Mercer says:

      I really wish Huntsman didn’t favor a law creating civil unions. And I also wish he hadn’t started his campaign by mocking religious conservatives. The first one I consider to be a crucial policy hurdle. But the second mistake was totally self-inflicted. If Huntsman had never called for civil unions, he would actually have a very strong conservative record while also appealing to independent voters. Now I hear he is trying to court conservative voters stressing his great record in Utah. Which would have been a great idea five months ago.

      1. Fratty says:

        But the vast majority of Americans believe in Civil Unions. Additionally when it comes down to Obama vs._____, the one that wins is going to be the candidate that can get the most independent voters. Independent voters favor civil unions. So his position would actually help him win against Obama.

        1. Joe M says:

          Fratty. Being for Civil Unions would not help a Republican get elected because even if some independent votes were gained, many more conservative votes would be lost.

    3. Joshua Mercer says:

      So just to be clear, I actually like much of Huntsman’s record. But his campaign made a major mistake and it took them way too long to figure out.

    4. MikeM says:

      Huntsman hired the McCain ’08 campaign manager. It showed.

    5. Joe M says:

      Greg. Doesn’t polling in the single digits suggest that Huntsman isn’t really all that electable?

      1. Brian C says:

        Joe M,

        I would not say that polling in the single digits now makes Huntsman unelectable. Gingrich, Cain, Bachman have all polled in the single digits at times and been at or near the top at other times this primary season. This should not be interpreted as support by me of Huntsman.

        1. Joe M says:

          Brian C. Yes. A rally is always possible. However, if one has never occurred for a candidate, what criteria is being used to call that person electable?

  4. Manuel says:

    I actully think Luis will make a good candidate. As much as I respect and I consider myself republican. I would like to see a candidate that is Pro America,Pro Life,Pro Immigrant.Millions of undocumented are suffering in this time. The Catholic Church needs to send an strong message to politicians that is time to act. “Dont be afraid to speak justice for all”

  5. El Padre says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. This guy has the right stuff and is a man of faith. As a conservative traditional Catholic who lives in Puerto Rico, I’ve been saying this for years. Luis Fortuño has what it takes to be truly Catholic and the Hispanic heir to Ronald Regan for whose campaign he worked as a student. Well done, CV. I didn’t think anybody else was paying attention.

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