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February 8th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Rick Santorum's smiling money man: 'all I did was write a check'

He was the man on stage Tuesday night, beaming in the glow of Rick Santorum's three-state sweep. He stood just behind the candidate himself–a spot often associated with close advisers or family members. Who was this man? Meet Foster Friess, a Christian millionaire who uses his money to support what he calls "founding father" values–and candidates like Santorum.

Friess' presence on stage was immediately noticed by CNN's Erin Burnett, who described Friess as a "big investment banker" who's donated nearly half of the $730,000 Santorum's super PAC has raised. Burnett also questioned whether Friess' presence at the candidate's side raises doubts about the supposed wall dividing campaigns and the super PACs that support them.

Asked about that on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien Wednesday morning, Santorum said Friess "doesn't run my super PAC. He may be a donor to it, but the person who runs my super PAC, I haven't spoken with in about five months."

Santorum told CNN he and Friess had been friends for 20 years, but their relationship does not include talking about super PACs or strategy. "We don't talk about anything regarding those matters."

Friess tells Burnett "our laywers have told us that you just don't talk about the super PAC...all I did was write a check."

In the interview that airs on Erin Burnett OutFront at 7 and 11 p.m., Friess, who's regularly described as a 'billionaire,' says he's not sure where that idea came from, describing his wealth as far less. "I guess you could call me a billionaire wannabe."


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  1. TC Chadwick

    So...santorum believes the man whn writes the big checks can do anything he wants...typical.

    February 9, 2012 at 2:19 am | Reply
  2. paganguy

    I don't care who gives you money and who you talk to just don't lie about it.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
  3. TC Chadwick

    Typical rep. Arrogance...major hypocrites

    February 9, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  4. dustin

    The fact that they all call them "my super PAC" tells the whole story

    February 9, 2012 at 1:35 am | Reply
  5. Justin monroe

    Obama 2012!!!

    February 9, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
  6. Chedar

    You all realized that if Santorum wins the presidency in 2012, you have no other alternative with your spouse except the missionary position. Other than the missionary position, you will be prosecuted with the fullest extend of the law

    February 9, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  7. lance corporal

    this super pac sheet has got to stop

    thanks radical right and bush stacked supreme court

    ya know while your busy bashing all the liberals your also destroying the country

    thanks.......... moderate independent

    February 9, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
  8. Hunter

    Remember when CNN was singling out each wealthy Obama donor back in 2008?

    Me either.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
  9. Brian

    Our "founding fathers" were Indian killing slave owners. We now have DNA evidence that most of them were rapists.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
  10. Javier Mendoza

    By the way to all the people who loves APPLE every time you buy their products is like giving the money to the Chinese because if you didnt know APPLE bigest factory is............of course in CHINA that's why they are no Jobs in USA all the Jobs are in CHINA hahahaha there you go APPLE lovers (Erin) and also they waiste a lot of the Chinese water to make their products that you will use for a year or two and then buy the new one ....what a waiste don't you think?

    February 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  11. mike from iowa

    CNN is committing crime by allowing people to be blacklisted into moderation

    February 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Babble

      Mike , I have an idea, just shut up. I see post after post of your complaining.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Archita

      The really idsgusting thing is that people like Santorum did not have any problem at all with Romneycare when it passed..oh noooo, they thought it was a great idea..why the people from the Heritage Foundation showed up for the bill signing..and now like the back stabbers they are they change their minds.As for the government takeover of Wall Street..I had not noticed that Wall Street has ceased to exist or that it had been taken over..and this is coming from a guy who voted 5 times to raise the debt ceiling.

      April 7, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
  12. mike from iowa

    thanks CNN for black listing me. I have always maintained civility and good discourse in these rooms. but because old tea partiers work together and report liberal, you are tilting the balance, you are silencing opinions that are contrary to scoailly conservative GOP tea partiers.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  13. mike from iowa

    CNN allows accounts to be blacklisted by activists who ban together and report opposing voices.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  14. mike from iowa

    I spent a year being part of this forum. But Tea Partiers have combined forces and reported me, thus making all of my posts go into moderation, so they won't be read until hours past, at which time they are buried in the history of posts.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  15. mike from iowa

    Tea Partiers organize and come into this room and "report" anyone with an opinion contrary to theirs. This effectively censors free speech, and CNN just lets it happen.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  16. mike from iowa

    Why do all my comments go to moderation? Have I been censored by TeaPartiers ???

    February 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  17. mike from iowa

    Friss a Christian politico on "Founding Fathers" values ...? Well, here's Thomas Jefferson's values:

    History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
    -Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  18. Javier Mendoza

    Hi, it looks like is easy for us ( Men) to choose what women should do with their life, its almost like countries in the midle east that women dont get the respect as a human being, I belive is up to women to choose and vote for that resolution, please men with old ideas step aside and let women dicide, God is the one who will judge, not the people who just make money for themselve in the name of God, those are the ones who will go to Hell in the first Bus, look at the rich pastors around USA playing with peoples faith and taking all the money they can so they can live like millionars...AMEN !

    February 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  19. markiejoe

    Stephen Colbert exposed this type of Super PAC/Candidate relationship weeks ago. For comic effect, but dead serious.

    We have Citizens United to thank for these billionaires at the sides of candidates.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Shigeki

      "Lori...how about that..the man who claims that Romney blaied out Wall Street {how stupid is that}..actually voted to bail out the steel industry. hmmmmmm" Neither of those industries should have been blaied out. As such both men are not as Conservative as some of us would like, but on balance, Mr. Santorum did not distort the markets quite as bad.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  20. Tonyl

    Santorum is a extremist right wing Christian fanatic with wired beliefs, His supporters want to force the rest of the nation to adopt their beliefs. This nation will no longer be a free nation and we will all lose our freedoms.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  21. larry

    The overt racist has rendered the anti-christ irrelevant. Obama is very happy and is probably doing a jig.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  22. Jesus was a Space Alien

    Good to see this so called christian wating his money. He got what he paid for....a fraud.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  23. Name*Bill

    It's like I always say; follow the money and you will see who politicians owe their allegiance to. Ron paul get most of his money from $20 & $30 donations from normal people.

    February 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  24. flush limballs

    we need to buy crying towels by the gross for these republicans

    February 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  25. JR

    Santy showing $ muscle to Romney that's all that was.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  26. flush limballs

    i am against Catholic Sharia law in the US

    February 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  27. blacknwhite

    All politicos seem to bought and sold. If you want to know what they really act like, talk to people who have crossed them. Are they dirty, punitive, small, overly sensitive, or gracious, forgiving, MATURE, and big-hearted? The latter is what we need that we have had very little of out of our politicians on the whole.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  28. MJ

    How come nobody's interested in where Obama gets his money from ?

    February 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  29. Lone wolf

    If you believe Santorum I have a bridge in the middle of the swamp for sale. Friends for 20 years and he gives $730,000 to the political pac and they don't talk about it or what's in it for him, give me a break! I guess Santorum will be visiting a Church in the morning, specifically to visit the confessional. As a politician he probably hits the confessional on a daily bases.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  30. Rich Pittsburgh

    Santorium is a sleeeze bag and will say what you want to hear but will pick your pocket at the same time. He tried to bill a Pittsburgh Suburbs school District 100,000.00 because his wife self taught their children while living in Virginia. He also got beat for his Senate seat by an unknown Altmire . We had our fill of Slick Rick who married a women that lived with an abortion doctor for 7 years. So much for his beliefs.and religion.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  31. Beefburger

    Considering all of the liberal legislation from the bench, especially within the last couple of days, I am now inclined to vote for Rick Santorum just to balance the scales somewhat.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  32. Tom

    If you're a right-winger, you're a wrong thinker.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  33. awg

    I understand why a community would want to be represented by someone who understands the primary language of most of the residents. The part I don't get is what makes anyone think they would be well represented by a person who is not fully bilingual. However, I still think it should be up to the citizens of the community to decide who they want to represent them and that all official business should be conducted in English.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  34. emsr

    It seems like the puppet masters are far more obvious this election than they have been in past elections. Maybe they just don't care about anonymity anymore. Maybe there's just more exposure in a more media-saturated world. Maybe I'm paying more attention.

    I actually like knowing though. I like knowing that Gingriches man Sheldon Adelson is an Isreal-firster and a Zionist. I'm guessing he would push for American blood and treasure be used to protect Isreal damn the cost and justification. I believe we need to be an ally to Iseal including some military support. But I don't think they are always right and I don't care for the influence they have over our government.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  35. MikeB

    Who will make Rick Santorum's success as President. The philosophy of his friend is success via deferring to others.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  36. tony

    Hitler was against both abortion and rape as a crime. Very necessary to creat the largest possible pool of expendable .armed forces personnel

    February 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • MikeB

      Don't forget that he also was in favor of culling the population of those he deemed defective.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      ok tony. now put your tin foil hat back on.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • beary Nor Cal

      More Obama speak non-sense Tony ...when are you going to write intellegent ideas?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  37. Cindy

    I bet they don't talk. They are all dirty crooks.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Yeah, and Obama never talks to George Soros either right? Especially about how he is buying American legislation.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Yup on both sides of the asile

      February 9, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
  38. Jimmy Ray

    It appears Santorum has been watching the Colbert Report on his Superpac and been taking notes–reality's gotten more absurd than satire.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  39. Sirned

    So his contributor to his Super PAC was right behind in as he spoke on stage...But they don't coordinate....And I have great swamp land to sell you too...Pass laws today to stop money in politics. Rich individuals shouldn't be buying politicians...A sure way to destroy Democracy.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • tony

      Thank Bush and his bought and paid for slease-bag John Roberts. Remember Bush was "elected" as a minority president in 2000 by his father's appointee to the "supreme bought"

      February 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
      • beary Nor Cal

        Come on grow up ...Bush won and you lost end of discussion.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
      • Mikey

        Roberts was appointed in 2005. Get your facts straight. Although you really didn't care about the facts, did you? You just thought you were clever with the "supreme bought" line.

        February 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
      • Myla

        ...if Romney says he will go after Obamacare then I have just as much faith in that as I do in anything Rick Santorum might say on the scjbeut.BTW, it might take years to completely dismantle Obamacare and Congress might even decide to keep provisions on issues like pre existing conditions.

        April 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • mmk

      "A sure way to destroy Democracy."

      It has been destroyed for quite a while now.

      Off the Corporations, By the Corporations, For the Corporations"

      sad, sad, sad!!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • Ron Paul

      Ron Paul 2012 for freedom, less taxation and more accountable, non-elite government!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Pam

      Money and politics have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. It will never end unfortunately. The only way to make a statement is to VOTE. Less than half the people eligible to vote are even registered and less than half the registered voters even vote. We deserve what we get.

      February 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  40. CommonSenseChannel

    Uh Oh..another one percenter likes a conservative!..Oh the humanity!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  41. ScottS

    I hope, really hope, that Santorum wins the primary (although it's extremely unlikely, I know). Obama will thoroughly trounce him in the genera electionl. Much better than the 5 percent win he'd have over Romney.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  42. ryan

    Keep your kids inside the guys in the long trench coats are banding together.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  43. Robert

    Amazing how all the left leaning anchors on CNN have been weeded out and we are left with swift boat enabler blitzer, Romney loving king and any republican will do Burnett. My case in point is the absolute blackout by CNN on the trevails of the Wisconsin republican corruption now on trial.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Sako

      , there have been many times I've had to say to myself, He's still bteter than the best Republican. If I want MY type of change I should do more than complain and a bunch of other excuses to continue to stand behind the President. It's good to see him stand up for the right thing, letting me support him without turning a blind eye to the things I wish he had done differently.

      April 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  44. $ad $tate

    Look on the bright side - Americans always get the best politicians money can buy!!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  45. Joel Oskin

    Really doesn't matter who the GOP candidate is as long as Obama's media groupies and entourage host the debates as they continue to focus on fluff and avoid substance such as spending, wars, super pacs, freedom of choice, consitution and the role of govt, etc

    What color do you think is most flattering on Michelle? When do you know you were in love?

    February 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Jay B

      The illusion of democracy my friend. They do a damn good job at it.

      This is actually the reason I have no fear that our economy will crumble in the next 20 years. They have mastered the art of procrastination and I am counting on it now.
      Procrastination of the end of times. Maybe we can get 40-50 years....I hope so.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • AmesIA

        And the current congress is worried about what? Wedge social issues and saying No! When they get in power they jump straight to their stupid lists of ax grinding issues.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
        • Steve

          They both do it .it's not like one party is any different than the next. they Try to keep everybody mad so there's always some lame excuse for the girdlock. every 4 to 8 years they change sides so no one catches on.

          February 9, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • random

        If the Republicans were in charge the world would end in 20 years. If the Democrats were in charge the world would end in 50 years. So with shared power, we have about 35 years left.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
    • AmesIA

      We've had how many debates where the candidates have an open forum to talk? Do you group Fox News into your collection of media elites fawning at Obama?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Rednip

      For 'conservatives' it's always about how you are being prosecuted or discriminated for your beliefs/opinions. Talk about a bunch of crybabies. Endless complaining doesn't make the middle like you any better. Eventually people just get sick of it.

      Ten strait quarters of GDP growth, Obama took out 'the mad dog of the middle east' (as Reagan called him), over 3 million new private sector jobs since June of 2009 (the month after Obama's stimulus started) and starting in 2014 no more 'pre-existing conditions' on any health plan (plus full Medicare for those at 133% of the poverty line and deductions for private insurance to 400% of it). However it's all terrible to you, not one good thing has happened in years according to 'conservatives'.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        That's because in their mind "right" is always right. Hell, 9/11 was Clinton's fault, as if one person could be responsible for the intelligence failure that took place.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
      • High 5

        Redneck.....I think someone is a bit jealous of the conservative belief.....admit it, you are really a conservative......but while on CNN.....we be pretending.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • Edwin

        Conservatives LOVE debates, because they see them as a win-win: if their candidate does well, then they talk about how he beat the other guy, talked circles around him, etc... if their candidate does poorly, then they talk about how the media is biased against conservatives, and their base loves it.

        Don't get me wrong: liberals are hypocrites, too. But conservatives are hypocrites and whiners.

        February 9, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
      • Libsmakemepuke

        You libs have the same response to everything. Obama has no record to run on. You have to scratch out things to say when asked what has he done. By the way Mr. Bush second worse president? What about Jimmy Carter? Blame it on Bush...what is new. Obama promised if he did not have this economy turned around in three years he would be looking at a one term presidency. Obama has no credit for taking down Bin laden. He gave the go ahead but besides that the process of the mission started back in 2007. Obama is trying to fundamentally transform America and people are sick of him thinking he knows what is best for America by pushing his progressive socialist agenda. Compare Mr, Bush and Mr. Obama from top to bottom. Numbers do not lie my friends. Have some common sense and stop being so closed minded.
        God Bless

        February 9, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  46. Bye Bye GOPers

    as a ardent Obama supporter, I'm glad that Santorum won. I hope he wins more. I hope that by the time the GOP convenes the convention there's a huge drop-down-drag-out floor fight. i hope they keep airing their dirty laundry. I hope they keep talking up the evangelical ultraconservative platform. I hope they keep on trying to out conservative each other and make fun of "moderates." I hope they keep talking about laws against abortion, against gays, against food stamps, against funding social services, against birth control... LOL By the time the election hits, they will have talked themselves out of the White House and both Houses of Congress. Thanks for the fish!

    February 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Greedy Obvious Politicians

      Goooo Santormoron, you unelectable loose cannon. Suck up that money.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • patrick

      how can u be a obama suppoter when a fiscal consertive republican prez,congress&seneate gave this country a balance surplus economy. obama gave us 2 war, tax break for the job creator(without the job) that not paid for.get real

      February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Atul Chaudhary

      That's all can save Obama otherwise he has no chance in million years to get reelected.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Greedy Old Party

      The best weapon Democrats have against Republicans is the Republicans themselves. It's like Bush, the second worst president in US history short of Nixon, leading the way to Democratic victories across the board. The digger they deep the more dirt that falls on them. Barnum & Bailey has nothing on the GOP debates!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
      • Obama

        Your just ignorant and have no real life experiance about the world if you support obama. No wonder you liberals hang out on cnn. Seriousley man up and join the military for 3 years, see what the rest of the world is like, and your views will change. (here come 20 posts about how all of you idiots were in the army....)

        February 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      Remember: Reagan won after just such a battle. Obama's worst enemy, right now, is the economy; his second worst enemy is himself. If his poll numbers don't improve, he may still lose against the republican idiot who stumbles to victory.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  47. Debby

    Santorum will not have enough money for the general. He also won't get the independent vote.

    February 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • IchDien

      Oh yes he will!

      February 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • mike

        Oh no he won't. I'm Independent. Most of my friends and associates are. He's toast.

        February 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
      • Geezoid

        With all due respect, no he won't

        February 9, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
    • Judged

      Well, he'll get this independent's vote.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  48. SloopJohnB

    Please don't count Missouri as one of Santorum's conquests. The Missouri primary was a sham. It's non-binding. It was a beauty contest, nothing more. Missouri spent $7 million for nothing. I live in Missouri and no one I know voted, I mean NO ONE!

    February 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • IchDien

      Wildly inappropriate!

      February 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
      • Bob

        What about that comment is inappropriate? Please tell us.

        February 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
      • Abomohammed

        I see a Mitt Romney ad in the works with Santorum using the term Big Government against Romney, then Santorum's vtniog record being checked off. One vote after another.Not a smart move on Santorum's part to try and draw a comparison.He loses big time.

        April 8, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Yeah, and you obviously know everybody right?
      I don't know anyone either who voted in the Minnesota caucus last night but that doesn't mean people didn't show up.
      You are the narcissistic one aren't you?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  49. gandoman

    The door begins to squeak though it has opened only a crack.
    A tiny shaft of light enters into the darkness.
    Thus begins the newest episode of "INNER SANCTORUM."
    BaBummm BaBummm
    Rick is excited, kind of like an Alter Boy the first time a Catholic Priest takes a liking to him.
    Where will it lead?
    Along the Yellow Brick Primary Road where he must continue to fight off the challenges of the mean, the spiteful, the dishonest bad people ..... or ..... will his door suddenly SLAM SHUT in his face again?
    Does God know the answer?
    Many Catholics seem to think so!
    The same Catholics who support a church that condoned child molestation for centuries.
    The same Catholics who took their lawsuit money & now are able to finance the republican Catholic of the month.
    What does the future hold?
    Tune in next week (or tomorrow) for another episode of "INNER SANCTORUM."

    February 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • weezann

      Very good!

      February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  50. Joel Oskin

    Good article. When will Erin do the same for Obama's money men such as Rezcko, Corzine and the Mexican drug fugitives?

    February 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • Phattee

      These lies had no effect four years ago. What makes you think they will have an effect this time around?

      February 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • TPain

      Corzine and the Mexican drug lords? You mean those people who donated to Obama but had their money returned? Won't see them on podium with BO pulling the strings.

      February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • Joel Oskin

        Drug cartel guys have not yet been returned although I assume they will follow through after they got caught.

        Corzine has bundled tens of millions that has not and won't be returned. He was a finalist for treasury.

        February 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Atul Chaudhary

      Good point.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  51. whit10

    You "libs" are amazing ! Obama and the Clintons get campaign money from everyone including Chinese "poor" people which is beyond questionable. A U..S. businessman (an "evil capitalist") donates to Santorum and in your "self righteousness" it's criminal. Your an amazing group of hypocrites !

    February 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Bye Bye Teabaggers

      lol... no. we just like to see you guys squirm when you realize that "your guys" are pulling the very same tricks you accuse "our guys" of doing. fact is, i'm glad that santorum won. I hope he wins more. I hope that by the time the GOP convenes the convention there's a huge drop-down-drag-out floor fight. i hope you keep airing the dirty laundry. I hope you keep talking up the evangelical ultraconservative platform. I hope you keep on trying to out conservative each other. I hope you keep talking about laws against abortion, laws against gays, laws against food stamps, laws against funding social services, laws against birth control... sigh. by the time the election hits, you guys will have talked yourselves out of the White House and both Houses of Congress. Thanks for the fish!

      February 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • High 5

        ...and I bet you are the same person that wishes Obama actually had a message.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • aurelius1947

      My claim has always been that Republican voters are infinitely more uneducated and bigot than anyone else, and those people should not be able to elect a President that would look and sound too much like themselves. Your comment comes as a consecration. Thank you.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • James PDX

      I personally agree with Sanitorium that we don't have nearly enough stonings in the US and that he's the only one who can bring that one home if he gets elected.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • tony

      Clearly you think he would have won without the money. Just on the basis of his attractive platform and personality. So why not dump donations and run without?

      February 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
      • beary Nor Cal

        Come on Tony ...who raises the most money ...with Union PAC's support. Any ideas? Why don't you inform us. Who spent the most in the last election, and said they would accept federal funding ...then went in another direction. Wow, could it be the snake now masquerading as our president?

        February 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • High 5

      No actually it would be called worry.... Don't worry, just think about Obama for another day beyond the day that the Republicans come-a-knoch'n.....you silly demo's...

      February 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      The word you were looking for is "you're".

      February 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      Right now, this "lib" is still p*ssed off about the Citizen United ruling, and still upset that super-PAC's are even legal. Whether liberals also use them is not relevant - what is relevant is making sure EVERYONE knows which candidates are owned by which billionaires. If Obama is owned, too, then we should make sure everyone knows that, too.

      February 9, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  52. IchDien

    Your comments are wildly inappropriate and I'm surprised that they haven't been removed.

    February 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  53. mark

    There was nothing 'inappropriate' about any of the comments to which you refer. That you consider it 'inappropriate' for someone to disagree with you is typical winger-think.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  54. Bill in Florida

    So speaking the truth is inappropriate. Yep, you are a Fax News junkie. Why let the facts get in the way of a good anti-Obama lie?

    February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  55. Justin monroe

    Its 2012. Your use of the word inappropriate is inapprpriate. Can we stop pretending this rat race means a lick? this gop "road rules" is complete madness. I feel bad about our children having to learn history, when our history is being made by complete morons! Maybe one day people will wisen up and not let "money" influence decisions, rather the realization of humanity counts on us all to do what is needed, and not what is wanted.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
  56. Kyle

    something like, Frankly, we've got plenty to do auonrd here without having to repeatedly defend a law arising from a wedge issue trotted out to score political points and prevent a problem that only exists in the minds of some prejudiced people. I'd like to think Obama is on a boldness kick and has rediscovered where his support lies, but I don't. He's been a no show in the battle going on in Wisconsin, disgustingly so. His SOTU and budget both serve to validate Republicans' politically self-serving talking points about the need to cut spending, even though doing so will only stall or reverse economic recovery — ironically, postponing the day when the economy is finally back in shape and some serious deficit reduction can take place without spiking unemployment and chilling demand.Oh yes, Obama is a far better president than the one he replaced. But this period we're in calls for a Roosevelt, Truman or Johnson-type fighter and reformer, not an appeaser. The fact Obama either doesn't understand that or does but chooses to ignore it leaves him as a muddler who's blowing more opportunities to make a difference, to set things right, than most presidents ever get.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  57. Pantera

    What an eye-opening turnaround for Santorium. My hope is that he stays fueoscd on the real issues of his platform. I haven't gotten the sense that the other candidates have been able to put their arms around what is important to Americans.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply

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