It is hard to figure what to make of Rick Santorum pulling out of the presidential race. He knew before he started this journey that he had a daughter who was going to be prone to frequent hospitalizations. This is not new. He knew that he had a huge uphill battle. He knew that he was going to be underfunded. Yet, he pushed on. Okay, then why pull out today? I don’t understand.
Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the presidency in a news conference in Gettysburg, Pa., clearing the path for Mitt Romney to become the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.
“While this presidential race is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” he said.
He notably did not endorse — or even mention — Romney. The Romney campaign confirmed to TPM that the two spoke before Santorum’s announcement and Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said on MSNBC afterwards that the former Senator was “open” to a meeting to discuss potential support.
Candidates practice questions all of the time for these “debates.” There is almost no question which these guys haven’t seen and answered. Getting a question about jobs should be a lay-up. Let’s see how Republican candidate, Rick Santorum, dribbles this one off his foot and watch the ball roll out of bounds.
At the Huckabee forum a voter asks Santorum what as President he could do to help people like her, and goes on to outline her situation. Four years ago her husband lost his job. They’ve run through their IRA. They’ve run through most of their 401k. They moved from their large house in the north of the state to a smaller house in the south of the state where it’s cheaper.
Santorum starts his answer by noting that she and her husband “have moved to a beautiful part of the country.”
“My wife and I love vacationing here,” he continues, before going on to outline his desire to ramp up the American manufacturing industry.
UPDATE: Towards the end of the forum the questioner is asked whether she was satisfied with Santorum’s answer. She’s not. She notes her husband, and many others like him who’ve been affected by the recession, are in their sixties, and so “I’m not sure manufacturing is going to bring him back his job.”
When your campaign is in shambles, you’re desperate. You have to figure out a way to become relevant again. Newt Gingrich’s world, by all accounts, is falling apart. Newt hasn’t been a powerful player for more than a decade, yet he’s been able to convince conservative donors that he still relevant. He’s been able to start several political action committees and fill the coffers with millions of dollars. Now those funds have been drying up. So former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decides to run for president. His campaign gets off to a bumpy start when he denounces the Ryan tax plan, which is simply more giveaways to big business and the wealthy. Secondly, his top campaign officials resigned. Thirdly, his fundraisers resigned. If you are a Republican and your campaign begins to falter, you don’t admit defeat. You don’t admit your own mistakes and try to figure out a way forward. Instead, you double down. You increase the rhetoric. You play the race card. This is exactly what John McCain and Sarah Palin did when it was clear that they were losing the presidential race just three years ago.
He explained that “in May, we had 41% unemployment among black teenagers in America.” That means if Republicans can put on a brave face, they might be able to turn the African American vote their way.
Think of the social catastrophe of 41% of a community not being able to find a job. But we have to have the courage to walk into that neighborhood, to talk to that preacher, to visit that small business, to talk to that mother. And we have to have a convincing case that we actually know how to create jobs.
“The morning they believe that, you’re going to see margins in percents you never dreamed of decide there’s a better future,” Gingrich said. “It takes courage, it takes hard work, it takes discipline and it’s doable.”
Now, it is clear that the economy is failing minorities. The economy has been failing minorities for well over a decade. The last time the minority community saw significant employment and significant income growth, Bill Clinton was President. Yet, Newt Gingrich did not want to point out that the economy is failing everybody and has been for more than a decade. Instead, he wanted to point out that a black man was failing the Black community. The implication, of course, is that if he can fail the Black community then, of course, he is failing everybody. President Obama has done the best that he can with a recalcitrant Republican Party. They’ve wanted him to have no success. (Remember Rush Limbaugh’s statement) They have thwarted him on every occasion. Every additional stimulus has been voted down.
Just think for a moment how President Obama would have been roasted and toasted if he had proposed a targeted stimulus toward the Black community. I wonder what Newt Gingrich would’ve been saying that? The hypocrisy is overwhelming.