Rick Santorum Would Be The Perfect VP

|| by Will Galloway ||

Columbia – Donald Trump has reportedly begun vetting candidates for Vice President, and the names that come up the most seem to be former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Governor Chris Christie. Both are fine men with excellent records in public service, but I would suggest another name to the shortlist – Rick Santorum.

Senator Rick Santorum has is an icon among social conservatives, having authored the partial birth abortion ban and regularly fighting for traditional family values. This is a constituency Donald Trump has struggled immensely with, and no potential vice president has the credibility of Rick Santorum in this group.

He also has the ability to extend Trump’s core constituency of blue collar voters. Santorum knows these voters better than anyone else, and they propelled him to two terms in the United States Senate. His 2012 campaign was a trail-blazing exercise in bringing these voters out, and he won 4 million votes and 11 states with their support.

He has governing experience sorely needed by the Trump campaign. He was the third-ranking republican in the US Senate, and was highly effective in this role, and gained the respect of his colleagues in the chamber. He also has unparalleled knowledge of foreign policy issues. His 2006 speech Gathering Storm predicted the rise of ISIS and radical Islam, and showed the need to address it with a seriousness not widely appreciated at the time.

Finally, there is the geographical consideration. Donald Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes runs straight through Pennsylvania, and Rick Santorum has experience running and winning statewide there.

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