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Santorum endorses — Rubio?

From VDare, Allan Wall reports that Rick Santorum, often described as one of the most conservative of the potential GOP presidential candidates, has dropped out and given his endorsement to Marco Rubio, of all people.

So much for Santorum and his supposed conservative bona fides. From the VDare piece:

Santorum has had a lot of good things to say on the National Question–pointing out the harm done to working-class Americans and calling for a 25% reduction in legal immigration. Santorum also seemed to have a better understanding of Islam than any other candidate, pointing out the political dimension of the Islamic religion. The candidate also favored the abolition of automatic birthright citizenship.

And considering Santorum’s views on birthright citizenship, it seems incongruous to endorse a candidate who could be seen as an ‘anchor baby’, though maybe his parents had legal immigration status when Rubio was born. However they were not citizens at the time of his birth, so he was not a ‘natural-born’ citizen born of two American citizens. His parents were not naturalized for some years, though they came here in 1956 — before Cuba even went Communist. They did become naturalized but the fact is that Rubio, like Cruz, has an ambiguous status when it comes to being a ‘natural-born’ citizen, which is a requirement for the Presidency.

In any case, Santorum’s credibility as a strong conservative, with good credentials on immigration and border issues, is very much compromised by this endorsement.

I suppose that Trump is still so toxic to those in the Republican establishment that ‘anyone but Trump’ is the watchword with any Republican who hopes to cling to so-called ‘respectability.’

‘Respectability’ trumps integrity these days, it seems.

 

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2 thoughts on “Santorum endorses — Rubio?

  1. I agree VA that Santorum looks scared or perhaps bought. His conservatism as you say was not very deep, more like an accessory. It also suggests the GOP selection process is heavily manipulated at a minimum.

    Cruz has a NumbersUSA rating of A as well, but even with more airtime mentions his good policies less than Santorum did. I find it harder to believe in Cruz on immigration now. You’ve told us Cruz is not to be trusted and this pushes me in that direction even more.

    Perhaps, the manipulators wanted Santorum to endorse one of the unnatural born Cubans and endorsing Rubio was considered more desirable by the manipulators. If Santorum endorsed Cruz it would distance Santorum more from Trump, and they may not want that. They can still try to get Trump to make him his VP if it rolls that way.

    I think you have done a good job identifying their motives and intentions and not giving up on the importance of a strongly restrictive definition of natural born.

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