Santorum Takes First Swing at Perry

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by Jen Green

Rick Santorum is the first current candidate to “welcome” Texas Governor Rick Perry to the GOP nomination race even though Perry’s expected announcement isn’t until Saturday in South Carolina while Santorum and the rest will be busy in Ames.

Immediately after the niceties of the welcome, though, Santorum took not one but two swipes at Perry. He chastized him for skipping our state, saying “it’s too bad he chose to ignore Iowa” and then wondered out loud “what kind of marriage [Perry] will be ‘fine with’ in South Carolina.” Perry infamously quipped a week ago that he was “fine” with New York legalizing homosexual marriage, saying it was a state’s issue. Under some pressure, he later “clarified” his position and said he is for a constitutional amendment to restrict marriage to one man-one woman (which would take a ‘yes’ vote from 3/4 of the states).

Either news is really slow (it’s not) or Rick Santorum is picking up a little bit of steam on the campaign trail. The Google alerts are picking up–and he’s making all the right people mad. Folks like the San Francisco Chronicle, Think Progress, On Top Magazine, etc, have been finding some extra time to focus on Santorum’s “politically incorrect” socially conservative statements.

Back in his homestate of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette has a “Daily Santorum” article. Yesterday’s column was a thorough examination of Santorum’s recent sit-down with the Des Moines Register. He got “passionate” about a couple of issues–namely health care and drilling for oil. It’s a good read–and it’s good coverage for a man who is hoping to beat expectations in less than a week in Ames.