This past week I had the privilege of meeting GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum. It was such an unreal experience for me to meet and speak with him! When you meet him and hear him speak in person, it truly sounds like he is the candidate who is most dedicated to America’s future. I had the opportunity to speak with him following his speech and he is a very genuine person.
This year’s Presidential election is going to be a major one. Republicans are still in the midst of choosing between the seven contenders which one will be our nominee. Campaigning began very early this time around– many candidates began announcing their intentions to run in May of 2011, a year and a half before the general election. Since then, four candidates and one almost-candidate have had their turns in the spotlight– Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich. Ron Paul got close to the top for a short period of time, but is now beginning to slip a bit. The public became enchanted with each of these candidates for a few weeks, then decided they wanted to get acquainted with a different candidate. Rick Santorum is now the candidate who is enjoying his time near the top, having run a traditional campaign in Iowa for the past few months. He is now receiving the reward for his hard-work. By visiting all ninety-nine counties in Iowa and holding more than three hundred sixty townhall meetings with its citizens, it seems that Santorum has successfully showcased his conservative credentials to Iowans. Whether his polling numbers translate into votes, is something we will find out tomorrow night at the Iowa caucus.
These words came from John Kerry in a Congressional testimony in 1971 about the Vietnam War. While we will not know for months, perhaps years, to come, whether or not the Iraq War was a mistake, David Hickman’s family will be wondering for a long while.
Each and every GOP candidate for President needs to be vetted based on their voting record and previous actions. We can’t afford to nominate someone whose record is left in question. We need a nominee whose record has been put out in the open for all to see, and still stands. Here is a summary of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s voting record:
“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”
Last week I had the opportunity to listen in on a conference call and speak with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. He discussed Operation Fast and Furious, a program the Obama Administration implemented that caused the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry last December.