Thursday, December 29, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 313 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Iowa's political landscape seems to be shifting yet again amid an avalanche of polling data and campaign defections. Recent polls suggest Newt Gingrich is fading, while Rick Santorum appears to be surging.
According to the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls, Santorum's support has doubled in the past week, surpassing Michele Bachmann's and Rick Perry's. In fact, the latest CNN poll finds Santorum is running third behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
However the race turns out, I'm glad to see Rick Santorum getting a second a look. Again, I'm not endorsing anyone and none of the candidates are perfect. But Rick Santorum is a solid conservative across the board -- a man of deep faith, pro-life, pro-family, pro-free enterprise and committed to preserving America's leadership in the world.
I have personally seen Rick Santorum champion values issues when many in Washington would have preferred to talk about anything else. And in the recent Republican debates, it was often Rick Santorum who made the connection between the strength of our families and the strength of our country. It was also Rick Santorum who frequently challenged Ron Paul's nuttiness on foreign policy.
I have been puzzled by the hesitancy of Iowa conservatives to embrace Santorum, a true Reaganesque conservative. But as previous front-runners have peaked too early, perhaps Iowans are warming up to Santorum at precisely the right time!