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October 30, 2014

Rick Santorum Endorses in Georgia Race

Rick Santorum Endorses in Georgia Race

Rick Santorum is a Republican from Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., endorsed businessman Mike Collins in Georgia’s 10th District GOP runoff Monday, calling him a “rock-solid conservative who will be guided by the U.S. Constitution in Congress.”

“Mike has laid out a bold plan of conservative policies that will push back overbearing federal regulations, revitalize the entrepreneurial spirit and provide more opportunities for blue collar Americans,” Santorum added in the release. “We need more conservative businessmen like Mike Collins in Congress.”

Collins faces pastor Jody Hice, a Republican, in a July 22 runoff. Republicans have described Rice as a candidate in the mold of the congressman he is trying to succeed, conservative firebrand Paul Broun. Broun, known for his outspoken comments on evolution, ran an unsuccessful bid for Senate in Georgia, leaving his House district open.

In recent days, Hice has said Islam is not protected by the First Amendment, and that women must seek permission from their husbands to run for office.

Hice came in first in the May 20 GOP primary with 33 percent, leading Collins by a mere 270 votes. Candidates in Georgia need at least 50 percent to win a primary outright.

Whoever wins the GOP runoff will likely become the next member of Congress from this district, which voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney with 63 percent.

Georgia’s 10th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • bpai99

    I’m no fan of Santorum, but I have to admit even he knows the limits of crazy/unelectability as personified here by Hice. Too bad for Democrats, as Hice quotes could have fueled their attempts to nationalize this year’s election.

    • Steve Arnold

      Standing for the Constitution, The ability to pay for these programs without borrowing money from China, Insuring that the legislation will in fact do what it was intended to do and Standing for the principals that this country was founded up on(238 years ago) seems to be solid ground to me… What say you? by the way look up the 4 way test.. before you blog!

  • One Thirsty Bear

    While David Hume noted that the rules of our morality are not the conclusions of our reason, those who oppose liberty tend to assert that our morals, customs, and traditions have been consciously designed.

  • Mesa O’tay

    As we are seeing more today, nefarious quacks have begun to argue that there is no need to limit the power of government officials because they have been chosen through democratic processes.

  • Steve Arnold

    I was surprized to say the least that Mr. Santorum would have chose to support Mr. Collins over Dr. Hice, after all when Mr. Santorum asked for . Hice’s support in the last race Dr. Hice stepped up and gave Rice the support he had asked for. I guess politics as usual is the name of the game for Washington insiders. and By the way the 4 way test used by Dr. Broun should be used by all seeking office….LOOK IT UP!

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