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Rick Santorum In 'Deja Vu' Stop in St. Charles

The former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate talked about 'Obama Care' and 2016.

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum addressed supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference held Saturday in St. Charles. Photo Credit: Gregg Palermo
Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum addressed supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference held Saturday in St. Charles. Photo Credit: Gregg Palermo
For the second time in a little more than a year and a half, Rick Santorum was back in St. Charles Saturday and on stage at the St. Charles Convention Center talking to a conservative audience.

The former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate who celebrated victory in Missouri's non-binding primary at the Convention Center's ballroom was back here to address the American Conservative Union's Political Action Conference.

Before taking the stage, he talked to Patch about what he said was a bit of deja vu.

"The fights are still the same unfortunately, because we didn't win, so we're now fighting ObamaCare," he said of President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act. "We've got to stop it, slow it down or delay it in some fashion before it's fully implemented."

Some conservatives in Congress are seeking to tie a stipulation defunding the ACA to passing a federal budget by Monday, which is necessary to avert a government shutdown. Santorum said he hoped a shutdown was avoided, but said "establishment Republicans" have undermined efforts to "move the ball on ObamaCare." He backed a delay of the individual mandate component of the ACA as a "very nice compromise" for all involved. Santorum cited the proposal suggested by West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, who floated the idea earlier this week. The Huffington Post reports that Manchin would vote against the idea.

Santorum is here in part to promote his efforts as CEO of EchoLight Studios, which is releasing The Christmas Candle later this year. He'll travel to 30 cities over the next 6 weeks as part of an acknowledged effort to "move the needle on the culture." 

And as for 2016?

"I'm just engaged right now on another front in the battle. We'll wait and see whether we're going to get involved back in that other front more fully as a candidate," he said.
Gregg Palermo September 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Comments with profanities have been deleted.
Cheryl September 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Santorum needs to go to church. Or change churches and go to one that promotes love, charity and healing and helping the poor ... that is the only way he will gain entrance to Heaven.
Dave September 29, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Rick is not even a politician, he's and ex, so why would anyone listen to his garbage spewing. These people will not help anyone unless they are rich or a corporation. They call the poor and middle class freeloaders, always looking for a hand out. I agree with Cheryl, he needs to go to church and lean the bible. In America we take care of our down and out folks.
WayBeyondRedemption September 29, 2013 at 07:57 AM
Dear Gregg.... You've got to admit, the Tea Party rethuglicans are an obscenity.... all by themselves...... and they always bring out the best (worst) iin me............. If I've offended, well then, Gregg, you're being offended by all the wrong things...... Language is not offensive... actions are offensive.
George Dubiel September 29, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Funny how he says they're fighting the same battle they were in 2012. You know the one that got Obama elected...OH! I'm sorry ...RE Elected!
Robert September 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM
The people of Pennsylvania feel so fortunate to get rid of rick sanitarium(which is what he needs).
Roy Phillips September 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM
why would you think that, slicky ricky? if Obamacare is the train wreck you and your tea party buddies conceive it to be, why not let it take effect. wouldn't that make it easier for you and your little half-witted buddies to win every contested election come 2014? then you could not only repeal Obamacare, you could impeach and convict him, and thus remove him from office for any reason that might enter your pointed little heads. simple, huh? unless you're all wrong. oh, I forgot, of course you're wrong, you're tea partiers, you're never right. snicker.
Ed Hinojosa September 29, 2013 at 01:24 PM
saint scrotum family is communist in italee and reason for blocking the affordable health care act is they didnt winthe elction so they are going to throw a tantrum till harry ried sys uncle and the teatards get tere way or dems can hit the highway well santo scrotum quit being dick and stop interfering insomething thats none of your concern nd if you wishj return our taxes you get every month we dont owe you gopdead beats any thing not even healthcare that goes for the the rest of the swinging teafagers inthe house of reps
Dave September 29, 2013 at 01:27 PM
"We've got to stop it, slow it down or delay it in some fashion before it's fully implemented." Sounds like what needs to be done to the Teabaggers.
Alan Wallace September 29, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Sorry Ricky, but when you were rejected by your own Party, that should have been a signal that NOBODY cares what you "think."
FOBESQ September 29, 2013 at 02:38 PM
What have republcians ever given to us Americans? Death and destruction form needless wars. Deprivation of civil rights...women, gays, etc. Trillions for wars but not one cent for the national welfare.
Robert Johnson September 29, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Santorum lost his Senate seat to Bob Casey Jr. in 2007 by 18%. Casey received 59% of the vote while Santorum received 41% of the vote. It was one of the biggest defeats in Pennsylvania's election history. Obviously people then, as now do not care what Santorum has to say.
Cheryl September 29, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Let's take away YOUR family's insurance, Ricky-boy, and see how well you fare. See how you like it. I assume your daughter is receiving top-notch care for her health issues, ON OUR DIME. I wouldn't begrudge innocent children, but YOU should lose ALL your health care, since you don't feel YOUR OWN CONSTITUENTS deserve health care. This is a double standard and elitism at its utmost!!
WayBeyondRedemption September 29, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Rick needs to pack a bag and head to Rome.... I don't think he has licked the new Pope's ass yet!!!!
Wallst September 29, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Poor little ricky. He's such a has-been who no one listens to anymore, yet HE still thinks he is relevant. LOL!
Frank Werker September 29, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Mr. Santorum has a right to his opinions, but it carries no more weight than my opinions. My opinion is that the ACA is an honest if meager attempt at getting more people the health care they need. So he is an ex-senator -- big deal. The key word is ex.
Greenhouse Effect September 29, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Obamacare is D.O.A as of today - it will not be funded and it is Over ,... A delay means this thing is done ,...it had to be funded by Oct 1 ,..and now, it won't be ,... Congress has killed it ,...
Wallst September 29, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Obamacare is NOT dead, Greenhouse. It's the law of the land and it's here to stay, no matter how much the GOP/Bags want to defund it.
Barry A Clarke` September 29, 2013 at 07:18 PM
This comment is for all on this forum that think this health care bill is so great and/or free. Next question is with the trade offs for lower cost and a high deductable, not only will you have a hard time paying for it, but you better not get sick because you'll not be able to afford to pay for the medical coverage For the once promoted “free health care” it's now known as the “Affordable Healthcare Act.” Affordable? Lets take a look at an average "silver" plan because you’ll find it's very expensive with its trade offs and not inexpensive by any means? For its lower premiums you’ll have higher co-payments and deductibles. As an example, the annual deductible for the average premiums for the midrange “silver” benchmark plan averages $2,550 a year with an average of cost of $328 per month before the plan starts picking up fees after the co-pay. It doesn’t end there either. With larger co-pays, you can pay upwards to 40% for newer drugs that can cost thousands of dollars a month. Was this totally misrepresented to the American public along with the Democratic congress who had less than two hours to read a 2,000 page bill? Why was this bill urged to be voted “yes” upon and not knowing what it entailed? Why is President Obama jamming it down the throats of the American voters when well over half disapproves of it? Then, lastly, just how does minimum wage workers, or even a middle wage workers with a family to support begin to pay for such additional expenses when once thought of as “free”………..”
Wallst September 29, 2013 at 07:32 PM
This is for "Barry". Barry, if you don't want to buy into one of the exchanges, then don't. You're always welcome to keep your current HIGH COST policy as well as I am. I pay $947.00 per month as a single business owner and don't plan to change my policy, so don't go trying to scare those who want to shop insurance at a lower rate. Thats THEIR choice.
WayBeyondRedemption September 29, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Propper punishment for 'Ricky'.... would be Testicle Cancer....
Robert I. Laitres September 29, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Some of us find it quite fascinating that so many who claim and preach "love thy neighbor", either can't stand human beings or flip right over when it costs them something. Santorum is a prime example of such an individual but, by no means the only one. Such individuals would do us all a favor if they 'love' consdireably less, and respected our humanity far more. Of course, that might require them to surrender their sense of superiority first, which is something that they are not capable of considering, never mind doing.
Bob English September 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM
The individual mandate was not only a Republican idea, it was so much so that Mitt Romeny called it the centerpeice of Romneycare which has been highly sucessful in MA. What does Santorum have to say about people who can afford health insurance but intentionally do not purchases it and when they end up in the hospital, the rest of us have to pay their tab?? I guess the Republican mantra of individual responsiblility does not apply in those cases!!
Anonymous September 30, 2013 at 02:40 AM
The Affordabe Care Act will go into effect on Octoberr 1st no matter if the Rethuglicans close down the government or not. It has already been funded.
elizabeth shelton September 30, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Get back in your closet Santorum, and take your bastardized version of the Bible with you. While you are in there, you need to rad the Constitution as well as the Articles of Impeachment. When you exit, go directly to a psychiatrist, you have major issues.
Carol Kraines September 30, 2013 at 09:22 AM
The Affordable Care Act offers many choices for those without medical insurance. The exchanges offer an easy way to compare plans and costs. No one can be refused for pre existing conditions and insurance cannot be cancelled when you're over an arbitrary spending limit. If you can't afford insurance, there are subsidies available to make it affordable for you. It is not a perfect plan but it will allow most Americans to get some coverage. It will lower costs in the long term and as time goes on, it can be tweaked and improved.
ChicagoDan September 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I have a difficult time accepting anything coming from a man who plays with dead fetuses.
WayBeyondRedemption September 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Ricky.... do us all a favor, swallow a bullet!
DON BROOMALL September 30, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Delays are just another way to cut the public throat leave them stranded and no way to survive.
WayBeyondRedemption September 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Rick Santorum forced to wear diapers around his head.... as shit keeps pouring out of his mouth.....

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