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Statehouse Live: Santorum wins, but Kansas Democrats criticize Romney

March 12, 2012

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— Rick Santorum won the Kansas Republican Party caucus in a landslide, but the Kansas Democratic Party turned its aim on second-place finisher Mitt Romney.

"Mitt Romney failed to convince Kansas Republican voters that he has what it takes to be President," said Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon.

"In fact, he failed to even step foot in Kansas and ask for a single vote," Wagnon said. "Mr. Romney's priorities lie with his wealthy donors and special interests. That is exactly why Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike simply do not not trust Mitt Romney," she said.

Wagnon's statement went on to praise President Barack Obama, noting his recent speech in Osawatomie and the Kansas roots of his mother and grandparents.

Wagnon's statement is premised on what some have argued — Romney will be the Republican nominee even though he has problems with the right wing of the GOP.

In the Kansas GOP caucus, Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, got 51.2 percent of the votes, while Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, received 20.9 percent. Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich got 14.4 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, 12.6 percent.

Tom Murray, who spoke on behalf of Romney at the Douglas County GOP caucus, said Democrats fear Romney because he is the only candidate in the field who can defeat Obama.

"Democrats have fallen all over themselves trying to defeat Gov. Romney and prevent him from being the nominee," he said.

In the delegate count, Romney leads the pack with 377 to Santorum's 146, while Gingrich has 112 and Paul, 31. The campaigns now turn to primaries Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi.

Comments

Hooligan_016 2 years, 9 months ago

"Tom Murray, who spoke on behalf of Romney at the Douglas County GOP caucus, said Democrats fear Romney because he is the only candidate in the field who can defeat Obama.

"Democrats have fallen all over themselves trying to defeat Gov. Romney and prevent him from being the nominee," he said."

OH WOW, HAHA. Thanks for that this morning, I really needed the laugh! Happy Monday!

WilburM 2 years, 9 months ago

Ah, why is this so amusing? I think that Tom Murray is exactly correct. Romney probably is the strongest R candidate (despite huge negative ratings right now). Ds would love to have Santorum to run against, but I doubt there is much they can do about it. Stil, they can root for a long,divisive primary season.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 9 months ago

The Democrats aren't forcing the (R) nominees to be divisive (a la Santorum).

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 9 months ago

Just when I thought that Santoium had exhausted his lexicon of clueless stupidity and droll ignorance, I see him on a news show stating that "it should be ILLEGAL for persons (Read Obama and Romney) running for office to read off of a teleprompter"....................................??? Really now!!

Have you ever heard of the Third Reich,North Korea, Iran and the Taliban????

This from the person who declared that "any doctor who performs an abortion should be jailed." If you voted for this raving dolt, if you think this sort of irrational drivel belongs in any coherent and serious presentation, are you PROUD of yourself??? This defrrocked pseudo-senator who thinks that legal strictures should be on the manner in which a candidate delivers his speech??? This GOP guy who feels that the jails ought to be full of physicians that perform legal and safe medical proceedures?? Are you really proud of yourself for saddling Kansas with this incomprehensible and raffish malcontent??? Is this what you think is best for the citizens of Kansas?? I bet you voted for Brownbackwards and Moron and Robber and Koldback also.

Ragingbear 2 years, 9 months ago

Am I the only one that is beginning to wonder if the GOP is throwing the race against another term of Obama on purpose?

jafs 2 years, 9 months ago

That's an interesting idea - why would they do that?

progressive_thinker 2 years, 9 months ago

I have been wondering about this for some time. It looks to me that the far conservative wing of the GOP would prefer 4 years of Obama to 8 years of Romney. In four years they could try to come up with someone who can be presented as a conservative, without the baggage.

It seems to me that the focus of both parties should be on getting people elected to congress, rather than on the presidency.

Michael Henderson 2 years, 9 months ago

It's interesting, though not particularly amusing, to see the zealous Kansas Republicans who bother with caucuses being fans of Santorum. He's more like them than Romney is--Mitt's more like Nancy Landon Kassebaum or even Bob Dole, rational people who did not think that Democrats represented the Devil. If they did feel that way, they kept it well hidden and worked well with Democrats on many issues, as did Nancy's husband Howard Baker. But none of those could get elected here these days, because they were so far to the left of the Brownback branch of the GOP. Kansas last voted for a Democrat in LBJ's landslide of 1964. Before that, our electoral votes went to a Democrat only in Grover Cleveland's 1892 victory over Benjamin Harrison, the man who had ousted him in 1888. So, I'd be astonished if Kansas' electoral votes went to Obama. Kansans will vote for a stuffed elephant as long as it has an R opposite its name on the ballot. The poll taxes (thinly disguised as requirements for photo IDs--mine cost me $18) and other measures intended to keep low-income people from voting are entirely unnecessary in this very red state.

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