Opinion: Most Principled GOP Candidate Will Beat Obama

The coordinator for Rick Santorum's campaign has a message for fellow Republicans as they head to the polls for the GOP primary on Tuesday.

Dear Editor,

I’m tired of being told who to vote for.

Year after year, Republican Party officials tell their registrants who they think our candidate should be. Then that candidate — because they’re rich, or have kissed their boots for years — loses. See John McCain, Bob Dole, and virtually every state Republican to emerge on the horizon in the past ten years.

Do Connecticut Republicans have any Congressional or statewide office holders today? No. Yet their Pravda-style message presses on. Romney is the “obvious nominee”... who’s still short 400 votes of the 1144 goal.

In other words, he’s only at 50 percent, according to the official count by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Despite his “obvious nominee” status, no crowds showed up on the sidewalk outside Romney’s rally for women businesses in Hartford last week. People who passed by on their lunch break instead asked, “What’s going on with all the TV trucks?”

The message from the rally unraveled when reporters asked Romney about his stance on the equal-pay law. Instantly the Romney campaign fired back with... silence. They had to look it up. Then come up with a position. Then they were back in the campaign again. Sort of.

A vote for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul will ensure a conservative nominee is elected. Each of these candidates has spent much less in campaign advertising, while representing more than 60 percent of the votes cast in the primaries thus far.

These campaigns have also communicated with each other about how they can contribute to running our government: president, ambassador or cabinet position, and head of the Federal Reserve, perhaps. This is the unity and contrast needed to defeat President Obama in November. Take a look at their websites for an informed opinion on who you think would make the president for our nation after Obama is defeated.

On Tuesday, I urge all Republicans to vote their conscience. The only thing you have to lose is another likely loser who Barack Obama will paint as an out-of-touch rich guy who supported a healthcare mandate that made Obamacare possible. Independent and Democratic voters will be the deciding factor in November. Since most people don’t follow politics on a regular basis, they need a candidate with the best contrast to defeat Obama.

Under new rules, only 20 percent is required for a candidate to receive delegates in Connecticut, your vote in Connecticut will make a difference. I personally will vote for Santorum – Romney is still a far off from the nomination and if he falls short, Rick can be drafted at the convention.

Chris O’Brien
State Coordinator for Rick Santorum's campaign

Editor's Note: Mr. O'Brien held up a sign that read "Convince Me" during Mitt Romney's recent campaign stop in Hartford, one day after Santorum suspended his campaign and dropped out of the presidential race. Here's an interview that Mr. O'Brien did with CNN's Soledad O'Brien on April 13.

Derek April 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This comment is directed to Jm. Yes, being a Christian is belonging to a religion, even if your church has only 5 people in it or whatever "true" Christian church you belong to. Just because you say something doesn't make it true. It warms my heart to know that my generation and younger by and large are rejecting not only your fundamentalism, but the reasoning why humanity should hang on to its crutches of believing in old myths. It is a very good thing that the Constitution does not mention Jesus dying on a cross or anything of the such or we'd all be in trouble. If you understood your US history, you would know that the founders of this country were Christians and deists but were more motivated by the Enlightenment movement. Jefferson was called a heretic. You and your God have no business telling me how to live my life. Christians who talk like you use the word God to impose your own narrow values on everyone else.
ed April 26, 2012 at 03:31 AM
great video,,,
ed April 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
will wilkin forgot to tell you all the technology Bill Clinton gave the chinese. Google Loral Aerospace and will see one example out of hundreds. Yet he is writing this bs talking point from Media matters. Get real - democrat destroyed the United States and they know it!!!
Will Wilkin April 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Ed, I agree the Democrats are up to their ears in the ruining of the country, indistinguishable from the Republicans on disasters like "free trade", global military domination on borrowed money and zero foresight re: energy technologies of the 21st century. That's why I call them Republicrats, it is a one-party government, the party of corporate cash.
Will Wilkin April 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Oh and Ed, I never heard of Media matters and I do my own thinking, thank you.


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