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Tag: rick santorum

March
7th

Rick Santorum and the wall of church-state separation

This editorial appears in Wednesday’s print edition.

American tradition may keep church and state at arm’s length, but it doesn’t prevent candidates from bringing religion into politics – as Rick Santorum is the latest to prove.

The Republican presidential candidate has struggled to clarify one metaphysically tinged statement after another, including his assertion that Barack Obama harbors a “phony theology.” (Santorum later said he was talking about the president’s world view, not questioning his Christianity.)

But if we’re getting all picky about words, Santorum was right on one point: “Absolute” separation of church and state isn’t what America is about. Read more »

March
1st

Politics doesn’t get much more personal than this

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Tomorrow’s a big day for state Republicans. They’ll gather in schools, community centers, lodge halls and church meeting rooms to conduct a highly personal brand of politics: the party caucus.

They will make and listen to impassioned speeches for the four presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul – and select delegates to the county convention. A non-binding straw vote will be taken, with the winner getting bragging rights three days before the big Super Tuesday contests in 10 states.

The outcome of the straw poll is important enough that all four GOP candidates stumped in Washington at least once. The official winner won’t be named until the party’s state convention starting May 30 in Tacoma.
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