Republicans call on Santorum to stop teaming up with DemocratsPoliticsVirginia

In a national phone conference Wednesday afternoon, prominent Republicans called on presidential candidate Rick Santorum to stop teaming up with Democrats.

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, Idaho Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna, and Former United States Treasurer Bay Buchanan each provided statements and then answered questions from reporters on the call. All are supporters of Mitt Romney.

With the balance of Republican primaries still to come and Super Tuesday looming less than a week away, there was an overall disappointment that a Republican presidential candidate would openly invite Democrats to participate in a Republican primary.

The Washington Post had earlier reported:

Santorum himself has defended the calls in recent days, arguing that they were targeting conservative Democrats rather than liberal voters.

But the tune is different from the one Santorum was singing last month, when he told Minnesota voters on a conference call that “states should only allow Republicans to vote in Republican primaries.”

That was noted by Sununu who added that Santorum was showing his true colors by taking a page directly out of the Democratic political playbook.

Alaska’s Treadwell dryly commented that the old saying was politics makes for strange bedfellows, and that Rick Santorum was really choosing strange bedfellows in the Michigan primary. Concerned because his state was coming up on a caucus next week, he said the worry was that Democrats would do the same thing in Alaska that they had done in Michigan.

The Santorum campaign robocalls urged Democrats to cross party lines. Exit polls showed that one in every 10 voters were Democrats who voted for Santorum or one of the other Republican candidates. When eyebrows were raised by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and other Republicans as well as the Romney campaign, Santorum’s national press secretary stood by the decision.

Santorum lost in Michigan even with the help of Democrats but will the robocalls to Democrats hang around Santorum’s neck like an albatross?

Georgia Attorney General Olens commented that at the last debate each candidate was asked for a word that best described them. Santorum picked “principled.” A principled Republican, Olens noted, wouldn’t ask for Democratic votes.

Cross-posted at LynnRMitchell.com

  • http://www.i-bmw.com James “turbo” Cohen

    So.. your telling independents to go pound sand.. This election is tailor made for Barack Hussein Obama.

  • http://www.bearingdrift.com Lynn R. Mitchell

    Nope, Turbo, that’s not what they were saying, from my understanding. The problem was Democrats who admitted voting in the Michigan primary only to cause mischief and they also admitted they fully intended to vote for Barack Obama in November.

  • Darrell — Chesapeake

    Well let’s see. The state taxpayers paid for the election. The election is an OPEN primary. Which means ANYONE can vote however they want. Stupid oaths are meaningless.

    That’s what happens when you have crappy election laws, eh Virginia? Go for it Rick. And soon hopefully Ron Paul. Maybe next election the parties can convince the rich guys to pay for the whole shebang, with a little ballot bonus cash thrown in for the cattle class.

  • MD Russ

    Darrell,

    There is a difference between opening your primary to independents, who represent the single largest voting block in the country, and in a major party candidate pandering to members of the opposing party and actively seeking their support to weaken the candidate most likely to defeat Obama. Santorium showed his true colors again in Michigan–a sleazeball who will stoop to any level just to get elected. That is why the voters of Pennsylvania threw him out of the Senate and that is why he won’t be the Republican nominee.

  • Darrell — Chesapeake

    On primary day, EVERYONE is an independent.

  • http://craigkilby.com Craig Kilby

    Perfectly legal is one thing. But I have to say it made already poor opinion of Rick Santorum even worse that it was from the outset. The word “creepy” always springs to mind everytime I watch him. Of course I’m not surprised that Romney once again flip-fopped on this, as he was all in favor of Democrats voting in the NH primary–but I recall him pushing the envelope nearly so far as to outright beg for them to come vote for him. Ah, such is politcs.

  • http://www.advrider.com James “turbo” Cohen

    Romney did not have to beg them dems in Detoilet, Mi to vote for him, they voted in similar or slightly higher numbers for Romney who way outspent santorum.. Romney sent mailers to dem districts.. Hypocritical to call sanitorium out wouldn’t you agree?

  • Nathan Miller

    Lets not forget that the GOP did the exact same thing to Clinton/Obama.

    Romney is just pissed because he couldn’t pull this off himself. It would have fit right in with disgustingly negative campaign. Romney is already battling the fact that he is a closet liberal, so it would have been suicide to even attempt to court favor with swing voters.

  • http://masonconservative.typepad.com Chris

    I wish Gov. Romney would have shown the same outrage at indys and Dems voting for him in New Hampshire.