Santorum Round-Up: Surging in South Carolina, Slandered by NPR, Defended by Gay Former Aide

Three big news items about Rick Santorum today.

CatholicVote, of course, endorsed Santorum yesterday. Read the press release here. This endorsement has generated a great deal of attention and press which should find its way into today’s lunchtime reader (stay tuned).

First, his poll numbers in the next two primary states, New Hampshire and South Carolina, have improved dramatically in polls taken after the Iowa caucuses:

South Carolina Primary Rasmussen Poll: Romney 27%, Santorum 24%, Gingrich 18%

New Hampshire Primary Rasmussen Poll: Romney 42%, Paul 18%, Santorum 13%, Huntsman 12%

Santorum basically needs to finish ahead of everyone besides Ron Paul and Mitt Romney in New Hampshire to remain a strong contendor. If he pulls off a win in South Carolina that would be huge, but if he places a fairly close second to Mitt Romney there he still remains very viable.

Second, National Public Radio and other lefty news outlets are trying to claim Santorum is a racist. This is untrue, according to several writers at National Review:

Rick Santorum, Racist — It’s a Lie by Kathryn Lopez

Lies, Damned Lies, and NPR by Shannen Coffin

The Slanders Against Santorum Clarify the Real Conflict by David French

More on Santorum’s Welfare Comments by Shannen Coffin

Third, lefty news outlets are also trying to perpetuate the meme that Santorum is homophobic, a line of attack that was devastatingly countered by what some may consider an unlikely source – an openly gay aide who worked 10 years for the Senator:

Greg Hengler of TownHall: “An interesting interview with Robert Traynham, Rick Santorum’s former aide of ten years appeared on today’s Hardball with Matthews. Traynham tells Chris, “I was openly out to him.” and then goes on to defend Rick’s character and beliefs. An important interview considering the angle the media and the Democrat Party will take in trying to sink Santorum’s campaign.”

Watch how Chris Matthews tries to get the aide to go along with him that Santorum is homophobic – but Traynham will have none of it:

Bravo, Robert, for being far more intellectually honest than Chris Matthews in this exchange.

As I tweeted this morning, we’re going to see a lot of nasty attacks against Santorum in the coming weeks, but these attacks say more about the attackers than they do about Rick.

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35 thoughts on “Santorum Round-Up: Surging in South Carolina, Slandered by NPR, Defended by Gay Former Aide

  1. mykidscatholicmom says:

    Since when is it racist to say I won’t give someone someone else’s money because people are worth hand ups not hand outs. First Conservatives want African American’s or blacks (are we really having a fight over if this is racist because it is generational so who you ask depends on the answer you receive….) to get off of Uncle Sam’s Plantation where the govenrment has enslaved them. Second socialism is inherrantly evil according to the Catholic Church because it seeks to replace God with government…. and money isn’t the answer to anything. Well wait a minute I am wrong. I guess it is the answer to “what is the root of all evil” if we were playing Jeopardy.

  2. Joe says:

    I’m black, Catholic and have no problem with Sen Santorum’s comments. The problem is that people have this idea that we need entitlements and freebies to fix things when in reality those things hold us back from progress as a whole. I support Santorum 100%

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