Monday, November 14, 2005

Santorum challenges Casey to debate

When have you ever heard of an incumbent challenge an opponent to a debate? His numbers are bad and this is a sign of desperation. It's been a while since we booted a sitting Senator, I don't count Wofford as that was a unusual situation. The last sitting Senator to lose in PA was Joe Clark in the 60's.

There is a long way to go as neither are the official nominees of their parties. But Rick is running scared as shown by his recent attempts to distance himself from Mr. Bush. First he won't appear with him at Tobyhanna on Veterans day and in his own speech in Philadelphia he actually criticized him for the first time in my memory.

Sen. Rick Santorum took a rare swing Friday at President Bush, saying the war in Iraq has been less than optimal and that some blame for that lies with the White House.
Santorum, a conservative Republican and usually a strong Bush ally, said the unpopularity of the war should be shared between the White House and the media.

And he backtracks on Intelligent Design:

BEAVER FALLS - U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Saturday that he doesn't believe that intelligent design belongs in the science classroom.Santorum's comments to The Times are a shift from his position of several years ago, when he wrote in a Washington Times editorial that intelligent design is a "legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in the classroom." But on Saturday, the Republican said that, "Science leads you where it leads you."

Maybe he should debate himself.

5 comments:

AlexC said...

I agree, Santorum's request for a debate is strange.

However, it's totally to draw Casey out. Rs have long lamented Casey's total lack of positions.

The Senator has had ample time and opportunity to shoot himself in the foot, he's just trying to hand the gun over to Casey.

Pope George Ringo said...

There will be plenty of time for debates in the General election campaign. Not looking too good for Ricky boy.

Doctor Rick said...

Casey still doesn't know his position on what he'll be asked I'm sure. More so, his namesake brings him nothing.

In a way, you could argue Santorum one of the most in your face R's. Not only does he speak his mind and call out lefties, his book could arguably be the antithesis of Hillaries book, a subliminal challenge.

danny said...

Well stated... I think that the republican party is falling apart, however, the democrats have no rally point or over-arching leader to point the way. I admire some of the things Harry Reid has done thusfar in his leadership tenure, however I think we need a top-down leadership structure with a big, bad bully pulpit at the top

Gort said...

Alex,

Why pick up the gun?