The Atlantic has more yearbook photos of all the GOP candidates here. We especially like Jon “Have you listened to Frampton Comes Alive?” Huntsman.
Reblogging because we can all use vintage Santorum all over our Dashes.
We disagree, inothernews. Unlike wine, Santorum doesn’t age well. Meanwhile …
Palin was a hottie, which makes Bachmann following her look all the more awkward. Romney looks just as pretentious. And christ look at all those clubs. Gary looks kind of like a mix between adorkable and nazi wet-dream. These are hilarious. No one should have to go to high school.
Analysis: During a particularly touchy exchange at the ABC News debate, Paul attacked Santorum for being a “big-government, big spending individual.” To back up this claim, Paul offered four substantive examples: that Santorum voted to raise the nation’s debt limit five times, that Santorum voted against “right to work” laws, that he voted for No Child Left Behind, and that he voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit.
The “right to work” vote Paul is referring to is a little-known 1996 cloture motion in the U.S. Senate. The vote was on a bill called the “National Right to Work Act of 1995” that would “amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to repeal those provisions of Federal law that require employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, and for other purposes.” Santorum, along with all Democrats and liberal Republicans like Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Frank Murkowski of Alaska, and his fellow Pennsylvanian Arlen Specter all voted against cloture, which would have allowed a final vote on the bill. (Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #188, 1996)
During the debate, Santorum rightly pointed out that he had voted for the line-item veto (Senate Roll Call Vote #115, 1995) and for a balanced budget amendment in 1995(Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #98, 1995). The Club for Growth also noted in its Presidential White Paper on Santorum that he was “was a leading author on the bill that completely overhauled the country’s welfare system.” (Source: Club for Growth Presidential White Paper #4: Rick Santorum, http://www.clubforgrowth.org/assets/files/FINAL-Santorum-White-Paper.pdf) However, on balance, Santorum’s record in congress is generally one of favoring bigger government and more spending – not atypical during the Bush years where Santorum served in Senate leadership. (See the Club for Growth’s first fact-check on Santorum, earmarks, and the “Bridge to Nowhere” for more information on Santorum’s spending record during the Bush era.) That Santorum might be better relative to other members of Congress is irrelevant: the claim about him is an absolute statement.