Santorum: This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Democratic Party

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Speaking in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Rick Santorum reacted to the first Democratic debate with amazement at how radical today’s Democratic Party has become.

Santorum said he remembers his grandfather had pictures of Jesus, the pope, and John F. Kennedy on the wall in his house. My, how things have changed.

“If you watched that debate and looked at some of the moral discussions that were going on there you would be appalled by it,” he said.

From the Mason City Globe Gazette:

Santorum thought it showed how the Democratic Party ‘is increasingly marginalizing itself by being so far out there to the left.’

‘The amazing thing is you have an avowed socialist who is actually to the right of some of the people on that stage on some issues,’ he said.

The debate did show a contrast between those candidates and the GOP field may help voters choose a candidate to support, he said.

‘It was amazing to see how far left they want to go,’ Santorum said about the five Democratic hopefuls who debated in Las Vegas. ‘They disavow capitalism and talk about socialism being a good thing. This is a new day in American politics when you see those kinds of extreme positions and really a rejection of what has brought this country to where it is today.’

Santorum also said the GOP needs to expand its pro-life message to include compassion for “people struggling with disabilities and the whole range of issues, people struggling in poverty, people who are working and wanting to do better.”

Thomas Valentine is a researcher for APIA and a junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Continue Reading

Hillary Won the First Dem Debate Because the Others Are Even More Terrible Candidates

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The consensus of the talking heads is that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner in last night’s Democratic debate. But some focus groups and online polls suggested that Bernie Sanders held his own. Clearly, she did better last night than she has so far in her controversy-mired campaign.

There were some sharp exchanges, but none of the other candidates managed to damage her. In one sense, Clinton prevailed because her opponents were so weak.

For example, conservative commentator Erick Erickson observed, “I’m still amazed the other four candidates made Hillary Clinton come off as the likable, reasonable, responsible Democrat.”

National Journal’s Ron Fournier wrote that Hillary Clinton won “because she’s a strong debater. She won because Bernie Sanders is not.”

Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker summed it up well: “Hillary Clinton won because all of her opponents are terrible.”

What They Discussed

Bernie Sanders used valuable airtime last night to defend socialism, saying that “countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway” were models we should emulate.

He and other candidates offered a wish list of new spending plans — while we are still running $500 billion deficits — and I don’t recall Anderson Cooper asking any of them, “How are you going to pay for it?” (According to one analysis, Sanders is proposing about $18 trillion in new spending over ten years.)

They bemoaned the state of the economy, stagnant wages and the struggles of middle class families — all valid concerns. Continue Reading

Dems Afraid of the Abortion Issue at the Debate

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Democrats got a free pass on their abortion extremism last night. Moderators failed to pose a single question on the candidates’ support for abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth. Nothing on taxpayer funding of abortion. Nothing on Planned Parenthood. Nothing on late-term abortion and the GOP move to stop it. Nothing.

As NewsBusters points out, CNN moderators ignored abortion even when one of the candidates brought it up.

Hillary Clinton briefly defended Planned Parenthood, America’s top abortion provider, when responding to a question about family leave, saying: “[I]t’s always the Republicans or their sympathizers who say, ‘You can’t have paid leave, you can’t provide health care.’ They don’t mind having big government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood. They’re fine with big government when it comes to that. I’m sick of it.”

Clinton’s muted mention of her top abortion ally, and nonexistent reply from the other debate participants, speaks volumes. It says: “Avoid. We are on the wrong side of the abortion debate.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life organization dedicated to electing leaders and advancing legislation to reduce and ultimately end abortion. Continue Reading

Democratic Debate Attracts Less Than Half as Many Viewers as the GOP Debates

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CNN apparently got a ‘record-breaking’ viewership for the Democratic debate, with preliminary information suggesting 11 million households tuned in — or less than half that of the second GOP debate.

Yes we have Trump to thank for that.  But it is striking nonetheless to realize that, “The Republican rematch on CNN September 16 averaged more than 23 million viewers, essentially confirming that the GOP debates are the highest-rated new “show” of the fall TV season.”

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action. Continue Reading

The One Issue Democrats Probably Won’t Mention Tonight

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During the second GOP presidential debate — also on CNN — the investigative video series on Planned Parenthood’s grisly business of abortion and the sale of baby parts took center stage. But, will we see the same during the Democratic debate tonight?

While the Democrats would much rather spend two hours discussing the antics of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they need to be asked the difficult questions and the American people deserve to know their answers.

CNN needs to ask the Democratic presidential candidates about the Planned Parenthood controversy and they each need to be pressed for specifics. Don’t pivot, don’t give a non-answer — be specific.

Planned Parenthood has come under fire over the past three months since the Center for Medical Progress investigative series, #PPSellsBabyParts, was launched back in July, and the heat has yet to cool. Congress debated defunding Planned Parenthood, the government nearly shut down because of it, and now Planned Parenthood is being investigated by Congress. Cecile Richards was even called to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently, which is probably a first for her.

But, even though this was huge news, the Left has tried everything to ignore it. They change the subject if it comes up, and they will never, I mean never, mention the word “abortion.”

The Obama administration avoided the videos completely in hopes that they could also avoid any direct questioning and that they could just use the Planned Parenthood talking points of “edited” when asked. Continue Reading

Don’t Watch the Democrats Debate Tonight — Do This Instead

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Can I be honest?

I really don’t care about the Democratic debate tonight on CNN. Like, at all. We know what’s going to happen. Hillary Clinton is going to be awful. Bernie Sanders is going to promise to give out a lot of free stuff. The rest of the weak field will show up. CNN will treat these candidates with way more respect than they did the Republican field. And the whole thing will be pretty uneventful.

Yawn.

So here’s a suggestion: watch a doubleheader of playoff baseball instead.

Tonight is Game 4 of the Chicago Cubs/St. Louis Cardinals National League Division Series. The Cubs currently lead 2-1 and have a chance to advance tonight to the National League Championship.

Following that game, the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing the New York Mets, who lead the Dodgers 2-1. The Mets can advance to face the winner of Cubs/Cards with a win tonight.

Watch baseball instead. Trust me, you won’t regret your decision.

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for American Principles in Action. Continue Reading