Santorum Cancels Hillsdale Visit

Well, for a moment, we had a visit to Hillsdale by Rick Santorum scheduled for Monday, and there was reason to think that Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and even Ron Paul might join him. And now? He has abandoned us for another venue, and the whole thing has been called off. There is talk that something might be arranged for another time. I will believe it when I see it.

  1. FeliciaB

    Ah spank!

  2. Dave Carter
    C

    As Capt Jack Sparrow would say, “Not good!”  It seems like a perfect venue for the candidates.  And the best part, for those of us not able to attend, would be reading Professor Rahe’s impressions afterward.  

  3. Jimmy Carter

    You intimidated Him.

  4. Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    FeliciaB: Ah spank! · 8 minutes ago

    Double-spank!

  5. Haakon Dahl

    Well, I’m sorry to hear that.  If I had it all to do again, Hillsdale is where I would do it.

  6. Peter Robinson
    C

    Fwiw, Paul, welcome to the club. 

    In attempting to schedule the candidates to sit down for interviews on Uncommon Knowledge, we’ve had three near misses with Romney and two with Santorum.

  7. Basil Fawlty

    He’s probably upset that he wasn’t invited on the cruise.

  8. Stuart Creque

    What was the other more pressing engagement?

    One would think that the use of telecommunication would make it relatively easy to do an “appearance” or interview from a remote location.

  9. Mel Foil

    It’s maybe not the place you’d go to lure the undecided off the fence.

  10. Paul A. Rahe
    C
    Jimmy Carter: You intimidated Him. · 17 minutes ago

    I am a fervent supporter of Mitt Romney, after all.

  11. Paul A. Rahe
    C
    Stuart Creque: What was the other more pressing engagement?

    One would think that the use of telecommunication would make it relatively easy to do an “appearance” or interview from a remote location. · 9 minutes ago

    The student group running this show did not reveal details. I will no doubt eventually hear.

  12. Ethan, College Conservative
    Peter Robinson: Fwiw, Paul, welcome to the club. 

    In attempting to schedule the candidates to sit down for interviews on Uncommon Knowledge, we’ve had three near misses with Romney and two with Santorum. · 28 minutes ago

    Yikes! Have you tried Jon Huntsman? I hear he’s available.

  13. Fred Cole
    Peter Robinson:

    In attempting to schedule the candidates to sit down for interviews on Uncommon Knowledge, we’ve had three near misses with Romney and two with Santorum. · 35 minutes ago

    And what of Rep. Paul?

    (Or Gov. Johnson?)

  14. Duane Oyen

    I’m guessing that his advisers told him to avoid religious schools this week, out of concern what the Q&A videos might produce.

    On the other hand, it would be smart for Romney to go there.   That would help defuse the religious suspicion for him. 

  15. smp16
    Duane Oyen: I’m guessing that his advisers told him to avoid religious schools this week, out of concern what the Q&A videos might produce.

    On the other hand, it would be smart for Romney to go there.   That would help defuse the religious suspicion for him.  · 1 minute ago

    Edited 0 minutes ago

    While many Hillsdale students are religious, Hillsdale College is not religiously affiliated.

  16. paulebe

    Very disappointing.  I hope the candidate who’s put himself out there as the conscience candidate didn’t ditch an awesome opportunity at Hillsdale for something like a fundraiser.  

    @Duane Oyen is spot on re: Romney.  He needs to be at Hillsdale in the worst possible way.

  17. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    For the record, I don’t blame Santorum for not coming — however much I regret his decision. And I agree that Romney might do himself some good if he came and displayed some of the fire he showed in the Florida debate. I have no idea why Santorum canceled. I think I know why Romney is hesitant. He is running a timid campaign, more intent on avoiding mistakes than on gaining fervent support. If he is the nominee, as I still expect, he may pay a high price in the general election for this propensity.

  18. dreamlarge

    Quite frustrating.  In my limited experience in Presidential primary organization in PA back in the ’90s …..the candidates’ schedules are incredibly fluid.   I mean ridiculously so.   I wonder if Santorum even knows yet.  LOL.   Can’t deny that I’m disappointed.  

  19. The Mugwump

    Let us withhold judgement until we know the details. 

  20. Mothership_Greg
    Fred Cole

    Peter Robinson:

    In attempting to schedule the candidates to sit down for interviews on Uncommon Knowledge, we’ve had three near misses with Romney and two with Santorum. · 35 minutes ago

    And what of Rep. Paul?

    (Or Gov. Johnson?) · 3 hours ago

    I’d also like to see Buddy Roemer interviewed.  I’m not kidding. Love Peter’s interviews.

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