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Santorum Pulls Up Stakes in Florida, Heads to Caucus States

10:45 AM, Jan 30, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Rick Santorum scrapped plans to campaign in Boca Raton this morning and will instead be campaigning in Missouri and Minnesota later today. He will make his way to Nevada and Colorado on Tuesday. 

Polling in the teens and unable to compete with the Romney and Gingrich machines in Florida's expensive media markets, Santorum didn't have a chance of winning outright tomorrow. But he did have a shot of doing better than expected in Florida and carrying that momentum to other contests. He seems to think he's better off moving immediately to caucus states dominated by conservative activists. 

Santorum could surprise people in upcoming contests, especially if more conservatives begin thinking like conservative writer and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin, who endorsed Rick Santorum today

Rick Santorum opposed TARP.

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John HoldrenAl Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any “Contracts with the Earth.”

Santorum is strong on border security, national security, and defense. Mitt the Flip-Flopper and Open Borders-Pandering Newt have been far less trustworthy on immigration enforcement.

Santorum is an eloquent spokesperson for the culture of life. He has been savaged and ridiculed by leftist elites for upholding traditional family values — not just in word, but in deed.

He won Iowa through hard work and competent campaign management. Santorum has improved in every GOP debate and gave his strongest performance last week in Florida, wherein he both dismantled Romneycare and popped the Newt bubble by directly challenging the front-runners’ character and candor without resorting to their petty tactics.

He rose above the fray by sticking to issues.

Most commendably, he refused to join Gingrich and Perry in indulging in the contemptible Occupier rhetoric against Romney. Character and honor matter. Santorum has it.

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