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.

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  1. Profile photo of FeliciaB Member

    Ah spank!

    • #1
    • February 20, 2012 at 4:58 am
  2. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor

    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.

    • #2
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:03 am
  3. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    You intimidated Him.

    • #3
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:05 am
  4. Profile photo of Midget Faded Rattlesnake Moderator
    FeliciaB: Ah spank! · 8 minutes ago

    Double-spank!

    • #4
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:06 am
  5. Profile photo of Haakon Dahl Inactive

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

    • #5
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:07 am
  6. Profile photo of Peter Robinson Founder

    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.

    • #6
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:11 am
  7. Profile photo of Basil Fawlty Member

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

    • #7
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:13 am
  8. Profile photo of Stuart Creque Member

    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.

    • #8
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:14 am
  9. Profile photo of Mel Foil Inactive

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

    • #9
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:16 am
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    Paul A. Rahe Post author
    Jimmy Carter: You intimidated Him. · 17 minutes ago

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

    • #10
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:23 am
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    Paul A. Rahe Post author
    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.

    • #11
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:24 am
  12. Profile photo of Ethan, College Conservative Inactive
    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.

    • #12
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:43 am
  13. Profile photo of Fred Cole Member
    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?)

    • #13
    • February 20, 2012 at 5:49 am
  14. Profile photo of Duane Oyen Member

    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.

    • #14
    • February 20, 2012 at 6:57 am
  15. Profile photo of smp16 Inactive
    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.

    • #15
    • February 20, 2012 at 7:00 am
  16. Profile photo of paulebe Member

    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.

    • #16
    • February 20, 2012 at 7:19 am
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    Paul A. Rahe Post author

    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.

    • #17
    • February 20, 2012 at 7:26 am
  18. Profile photo of dreamlarge Inactive

    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.

    • #18
    • February 20, 2012 at 7:37 am
  19. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    Let us withhold judgement until we know the details. 

    • #19
    • February 20, 2012 at 8:01 am
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    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.

    • #20
    • February 20, 2012 at 8:54 am
  21. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    Vetting delayed is vetting denied. Santorum is panicking as the MittStar fires up.Actually, I got to touch the shoulder of Sen. Santorum at CPAC. I like him much but he is SO not winning Michigan.

    • #21
    • February 20, 2012 at 9:34 am
  22. Profile photo of Roberto Inactive
    Paul A. Rahe: 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. · · 5 hours ago

    Most unfortunate, but it would be unwise to make more of this than the mere fact of the matter. This is a nation comprising upwards of 300 million citizens with equivalent civil organizations to match. 

    Mr. Santorum would indeed be well advised to make more time in his schedule to address the faculty of Hillsdale and the membership of Ricochet but we cannot know what he would have to forgo to do so. 

    At the moment one can only say, this is unfortunate. 

    • #22
    • February 20, 2012 at 10:10 am
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    Roberto
    Paul Rahe: 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. · 

    Most unfortunate, but it would be unwise to make more of this than the mere fact of the matter. This is a nation comprising upwards of 300 million citizens with equivalent civil organizations to match. 

    Mr. Santorum would indeed be well advised to make more time in his schedule to address the faculty of Hillsdale and the membership of Ricochet but we cannot know what he would have to forgo to do so. 

    At the moment one can only say, this is unfortunate. ·

    I think it’s interesting that he dropped Hillsdale after accepting; it’ll be more interesting to see what the “better offer” was, but I don’t think he can be condemned for lack of Ricochet availability. He leads the field by that metric.

    • #23
    • February 20, 2012 at 11:58 am
  24. Profile photo of James Of England Moderator
    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?) · 6 hours ago

    My sense is that Peter would be better at interviewing Johnson than Paul, but that a Gov. Johnson UK would be very good indeed. Set against that, a good Libertarian Party interview by a recognized and respected conservative could lose the Republicans votes in November, whereas Ron Paul interviews never hurt anyone. A Johnson interview in mid-November would be perfect. He probably won’t be too busy.

    • #24
    • February 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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    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. · Feb. 19 at 6:00pm

    They do not have to be religiously affiliated in any way. The perception of the school is tradition and God, even more so these days nationally than Calvin over in Grand Rapids.

    • #25
    • February 21, 2012 at 8:26 am