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Former Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is not backing down from his opposition to gay marriage, saying it would be political suicide for the GOP to do so.

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Santorum, who ran for President in 2012, told the Des Moines Register that Republicans must maintain opposed to marriage equality to avert disaster.

He also predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would reject gay-marriage rights in upcoming rulings on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

“I’m sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, ‘The Republican party’s going to change. This is the future.’ Obviously that didn’t happen,” he said.

“I think you’re going to see the same stories written now and it’s not going to happen. The Republican Party’s not going to change on this issue."

"In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did.”

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This is either a classic trolling effort or a Grade A screw-up from the peeps in charge of Rick Santorum's website. There's a pic of Moot from 4Chan on it!

Moot and Santorum

Patriot Voices, uber-conservative Santorum's site, is ripe with partisan vitriol. Standard.

If you navigate it, however, a pop up box appears with different faces alongside Rick's.

One of those seemingly random pictures is of Chris Poole, a.k.a. Moot of 4chan fame.

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Former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum claims that the Obama administration is forcing Catholics to sin, primarily with its health care law.

At a campaign event for Mitt Romney, Santorum said that the President "is directly assaulting the First Amendment and freedom of religion."

"He is going to tell you what to do in the practice of your faith. He is forcing business people right now to do things that are against their conscience."

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"If you're a Catholic - you’ll have to go to confession … to confess that you are complying with a government program that is a sin in the Catholic church."

He was referring to Obamacare (a.k.a. the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) requiring most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception.

Claiming that President Obama forces Catholics to violate their faith, a common talking point among some Republicans, is a tough sell for several reasons:

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Does Rick Santorum have a crush on Lindsay Lohan?

The former presidential candidate reportedly asked the actress to pose for a photo at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, then awkwardly denied it.

Lohan was sitting with Greta Van Susteren, whose invitation to the star drew fire from Meghan McCain, at the annual event when Santorum approached.

He reportedly asked Lindsay to take a picture of him with Van Susteren, then snapped a photo of Lohan. Not along with him, just a photo of Lohan. Alone.

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Random? Sure. But probably harmless. The funny part is that when asked about this by a reporter shortly after, he dodged the question unnecessarily.

"I took a picture of a lot of people tonight," the visibly uncomfortable politician said, as though he could not remember what happened minutes earlier.

It's really okay Rick. You're allowed to be a little enamored with this sultry, captivating, slow-moving train wreck of an individual. We clearly are.

Santorum dropped out of the Republican presidential race this month, having given Mitt Romney an impressively strong run considering that he's Rick Santorum.

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Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum suspended his White House bid on Tuesday, all but ceding the Republican presidential nomination to rival Mitt Romney.

"We made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today," he said.

Santorum did not endorse Romney in making his announcement, though he did vow to fight to defeat President Obama and help Republicans win in the fall.

In a statement, Mitt Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor" and congratulated his often-bitter rival for the formidable campaign he ran.

"He has proven to be an important voice in our party and the nation," said Romney.

"We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

Santorum's campaign insisted earlier in the day that he was not leaving the GOP race despite a decision to cancel his Tuesday morning campaign events.

His three-year-old daughter Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, had been hospitalized again after falling ill over the weekend.

Santorum said that Bella recovered after a "difficult weekend," but that the situation "did cause us to think in the role that we have as parents in her life."

That, along with his dimming chances of overtaking Romney in the GOP delegate race, likely caused the unapologetic social conservative to pack it in.

Nevertheless, he leaves having won more than 10 states in the Republican nominating contest, pushing Romney longer than anyone possibly predicted.

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich remain in the GOP race, but well behind Romney, who appears poised to finally finish this political war of attrition.

In a hypothetical matchup of the President and his likely GOP opponent, for whom would you vote if the election were today?

 

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Did Rick Santorum almost call President Obama the n-word?

Multiple news outlets are featuring a video of the Republican President candidate speaking to a crowd in Wisconsin this week (below), where he said:

“We know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like – the anti-war government ...” He then starts to say a word starting with “n-” or "ni-".

He continues, “America was a source for division around the world, that what we were doing was wrong.” Did he almost drop the n-word? Listen:

Santorum’s team, of course, insists this is BS: “Give me a break. That’s unbelievable. What does it say about those that are running with this story that that’s where their mind goes. You know, I’m not going to dignify that with [a response].”

The n-word, one hopes, is never in anyone's thoughts, even subconsciously. The debates showed time and again that Rick Santorum, when frustrated, rapidly loses eloquence and becomes tongue-tied, stuttering slightly. Could that be all this is?

On the flip side ... what other ni-word was that supposed to be?

You tell us: Was Santorum about to drop the n-bomb?

 

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Rick Santorum posted another convincing win in yesterday's Louisiana's GOP primary, but still faces doubts over whether he can broaden his appeal to win the race.

The Republican presidential candidate said the race was far from over, recalling the naysayers who said Ronald Reagan was too conservative to win the nomination.

But the road ahead is difficult for Santorum, who's slogging it out a game of numbers to clinch the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the party's nomination.

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Santorum will win at least eight of the 20 delegates up for grabs, according to CNN. Going into Louisiana, Mitt Romney had 563 delegates to Santorum's 251.

At this point, it is very unlikely that Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul can overtake Romney, with their only chance being to keep him from hitting 1,144.

If that were to occur, the nominee could be decided at an open convention when party officials convene this summer, but it remains a long shot at best now.

The candidates get a few days of breathing space before the next round of primaries on April 3 when Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia vote.

Louisiana Republican primary results:

  1. Rick Santorum 91,305 (49%)
  2. Mitt Romney 49,749 (27%)
  3. Newt Gingrich 29,655 (16%)
  4. Ron Paul 11,460 (6%)
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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was loving life as he seized upon Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom likening Romney to an Etch-A-Sketch, busting out the popular toy as a prop to lambaste the GOP frontrunner during a speech.

Gingrich, along with many conservatives, could not help but roll their eyes at the remark, given Romney's long-held reputation as a middle-of-the-road technocratic flip-flopper lacking core beliefs or any sort of political consistency.

Still, Newt's personal disdain for Mitt clearly played into this display:

"How many of you have ever had an Etch-a-Sketch? My children had Etch A Sketches," Newt told a crowd in Louisiana. "They were great for car rides. But you'll notice that their pictures aren't permanent, their pictures aren't locked down."

"You can redo it any time you want. That's the problem. If you're somebody who invents RomneyCare and at the signing ceremony say that your closest collaborator was Teddy Kennedy, it's really hard to explain to us that you're really conservative."

"So here's Gov. Romney's staff, they don't even have the decency to wait until they get the nomination to explain to us how they'll sell us out, and I think having an Etch A Sketch as your campaign model, raises every doubt about where we're going."

And so it went. Rick Santorum, too, stopped at Toys R Us and bought an Etch A Sketch for campaign events, Watch him incorporate it into a speech below:

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Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the Illinois Republican primary Tuesday, regaining some momentum in a race in which he has been unable to put away his opponents.

The presidential hopeful made the case that he has the best chance of beating President Obama as he sought to overcome doubts from more conservative voters.

After narrow margins of victory over Rick Santorum in battleground states like Ohio and Michigan and a string of losses in the South, Romney cruised in Illinois.

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He was poised to collect three times as many delegates as Santorum, which aides hoped would increase his lead enough to tamp down talk of a contested convention.

Romney is looking to build an unassailable advantage in the race for the GOP nomination and look ahead to a bruising fall campaign against President Obama.

Yet unless his Republican rivals decide to step aside, that won't happen.

While he has a sizable lead in delegates, Romney has only about half the 1,144 needed to win and will not be able to move beyond the primary for at least two months.

Things are looking up for the frontrunner though. The Illinois electorate is reflective of relatively moderate states that will vote across the Northeast in April.

Illinois Republican Primary Results

  1. Mitt Romney 428,434 (46.7%)
  2. Rick Santorum 321,079 (35.0%)   
  3. Ron Paul 85,464 (9.3%)       
  4. Newt Gingrich 72,942 (8.0%) 
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Mitt Romney scored a win in Puerto Rico's Republican primary this weekend, pocketing all of the territory's 20 GOP delegates (because he finished with more than 50 percent of the vote) in the bruising race for the GOP presidential nomination.

With about 83 percent of total ballots accounted for early Monday in Puerto Rico, the Republican presidential candidate had garnered more than 98,000 votes.

That's 83 percent of the total, with Rick Santorum a distant second at 8 percent.

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The other two candidates, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, each won approximately 2 percent of the votes cast, according to CNN's Puerto Rico results.

Even as the vote was being counted in Puerto Rico, Romney, Santorum and the others were already back on the mainland vying for delegates.

Illinois holds its primary on Tuesday and Louisiana on Saturday.

CNN's latest delegate estimates show Romney with 518 delegates to Santorum's 239. Gingrich has 139 delegates, and libertarian champion Paul has 69.

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