Rick Santorum Surges in Iowa Poll, Lays Into Ron Paul

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum surged into third place in a new Iowa, and the Republican Presidential hopeful took this piece news as an opportunity to slam one of the two people ahead of him: Ron Paul.

A CNN survey showed Santorum with 16 percent support in Iowa, in advance of the January 3 caucuses. Mitt Romney has 25 percent and Paul 22.

Santorum, who struggled to gain traction for an entire year, finally has in part due to Newt Gingrich's collapse. Asked about Paul’s support, he said:

Santorum and Paul

“Ron Paul says he’s going to eliminate five departments. Ron Paul passed one bill in 20 years. What give you the idea that he can eliminate anything?"

"I mean, he has absolutely no track record of building any kind of coalition to get anything done anywhere,” Santorum said. “I understand the appeal that Ron Paul has: it’s simple, it’s short - but there’s no track record there.”

“What people in Iowa like about Ron Paul is all of his economic talk which requires Congress to act of which he has showed no ability to get them to do.”

“What they don’t like about Ron Paul is this craziness about cutting the military in half and getting our troops out of everywhere. He can do that. He can actually order that on day one - all our troops around the world to come home.”

Santorum called Paul's foreign policy “far to the left of President Obama.”

“I mean he’s out in the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic Party. Don’t laugh! That’s where he is. This country is not going to elect Dennis Kucinich President. I don’t care how much government he wants to cut."

He said the “danger” of Paul’s policies “should just chill every Iowan.”

“People say, ‘Well he won’t really do that.’ Well he’ll be 78 years old. How many 78-years-olds say - after saying this for 30 years - change their mind?”

“Let’s just be honest. By then you are sort of set in your ways. It’s not like this is new, so let’s get serious about what message Iowa is going to send to the country, and the message has to be that we want a responsible conservative."

Just a few observations here:

  1. Paul is actually 76, FYI.
  2. Paul's supporters will likely be more energized the more people go after him.
  3. Santorum lost his Senate seat by 17 points in 2006.
  4. When you Google Ron Paul, this doesn't happen.
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