Santorum endorses Abbott

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From the AFR:

Tony Abbott is a conservative “hardliner” who Republicans in the United States can learn from to win elections, potential Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has told the party’s faithful.

Mr Santorum, who has indicated he will probably run for President in 2016, invoked Mr Abbott’s name and embraced his leadership style as an example of how conservatives can gain support from undecided voters.

“Australia is clearly to the left of us on most of these moral cultural issues, yet Tony Abbott is a conservative Catholic who didn’t change his positions one bit but was able to go out there and connect with average voters,” Mr Santorum said in an interview on the right-wing American news channel Fox News. 

Mr Santorum, a devout Christian and father of seven who opposes gay marriage and birth control, finished second to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

With friends like these who needs enemies:

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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Comments

    • dumb_non_economist

      Nah not Satan, just another RW moron who has a far bigger voice than he deserves.

      Jesus H Christ, why doesn’t cancer have a genetic code that predisposes itself to the likes of him?

    • I’m sure Tony’s just stoked that a nutjob yank pollie is endorsing his style – serves the bugger right

  1. This is great news. If Murdoch can assist Abbott with fast tracked US citizenship, Abbott can move to his true heartland.

  2. Neville Gearless

    Hang on, I thought Abbott copied the yank Repub’s.. wouldn’t that lead to an infinite loop?

  3. Father of seven who opposes birth control? Maybe dat ole climate change nonsense aint fer nuthin.. Hallelujah brother.
    Abbott looks well to the left of Karl Marx by comparison.

  4. I don’t want to take anything away from Mr Abbott’s political victory, i mean his negative attacks, small target strategy and demolition of Labor and its credibility was pretty impressive (although Labor did a lot of the heavy lifting on that last point). Still, I don’t think you can really compare Australia’s political environment to the one in the US. For a whole lot of different reasons Mr Abbott managed to convince enough Australians that our economic owes were not due to external events or excesses in our economy that date back to the Howard era, but were instead predominately due to Labor’s mismanagement of economy. There was also the whole carbon tax/emission trading issue that helped finished off Labor’s credibility. In the US both sides were marred by the GFC and too much debt. A small target strategy might work for the Republicans, if they can refrain from calling a large slab of its citizens parasites.