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The GOP fruit salad of Presidential wannabes expanded again Monday as former Republican conservative firebrand Senator Rick Santorum jumped into the fray with his usual mix of right wing hyperbole.
And he’s offering more of the same.
“Someone who’s been there for many, many years talking about the same issues in the same way is what a lot of folks, a lot of conservatives, are looking for,” Santorum declared in his announcement that he’s running for President.
“There are things that are right and things that are wrong,” Santorum told the Associated Press in an interview. “That may not be popular and it may lose you an election, but that’s OK.”
If there’s anything Santorum knows, it’s how to lose elections. He lost his Senate seat because of his extreme right wing views and now he’s betting that conservatives have enough clout to put him in the White House.
Polls suggest he’s a long shot at best. The tea party is losing ground with voters and extremists from the right fail on the national.
But that doesn’t deter the bombastic Santorum, who supported the right of states to ban gay sex and promoted anti-sodomy laws.
“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery,” Santorum said in 2003 in comments about a pending case over a Texas law banning sodomy — even among heterosexual married couples.
Such hardcore stances by Santorum even has Republicans wincing.