Rick Santorum Teams Up with the Duggar Family and Vows to Protect States' Rights to Outlaw Birth Control

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar think Rick Santorum is the next best candidate to Jesus Christ.

I admittedly have not paid too much attention to the candidates currently stumping for president. The horror of Mormon Mitt Romney the robot actually becoming POTUS is simply too much to bear.

I should point out I am a recovering Mormon who spent nearly a decade covering Mitt Romney for Fox news.  He has a home in Utah and was in my hometown of Salt Lake City for several years as head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, the team who coordinated the 2002 Winter Games in Utah.

That said, I think Romney would be preferable to Rick Santorum who gave the candidates a surprising run for their money (Romney’s bottomless pockets in particular) in yesterday’s Iowa Caucuses. As The Huffington Post reports, Santorum “once considered a fringe candidate, the Christian conservative former Pennsylvania senator has come from nowhere to take the lead in the first race of the Republican race.”

Santorum’s secret weapon? The Duggars? The stars of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC pounded the pavement with Santorum over the weekend. The family appeared at a rally at a pizza place and Jim Bob is quoted as saying, “I’m asking families, Christians all over American to get behind Rick Santorum for the next president of the United States.” He continued, “Republicans are not going to find a perfect candidate, unless it’s Jesus Christ.”

Jim Bob Duggar tells Fox News he spent months praying about it before making his decision. “”We have been praying about who to support and narrowing it down and decided Rick is the one to get behind because he has a proven record at lowering taxes, supporting less government and he is the author of the bill banning partial birth abortion,” Duggar, the patriarch of the family featured on the hit reality series “19 and Counting”.

The Huffington Post notes that Santorum’s quick ascent to seeming victory is much like the 2008 Repubican Primary when Duggar endorsed Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who surged ahead and won the Caucus, to the surprise of the entire country.

Santorum and the Duggars have a lot in common, specifically, their distaste for birth contol. As Jezebel reports, Rick Santorum is vowing to protect states rights to outlaw birth control. During an interview with ABC News he reiterated his stance that he’d like to see birth control eliminated. “The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have.”

And, as we all know, the Duggars, who are still mourning the miscarriage of their 20th child, are not fans of birth control. In fact, some people, including several commenters on this post, suggested the Duggar family publicly released photos of their baby, who passed away at 20 weeks in utero, to further their firm pro-life, anti-birth control stance.

That’s not for me to say and I firmly believe every family has a right to grieve in whatever way they see fit. Still, it can’t be denied that the Duggars rallying behind Santorum definitely gave him a much-needed last-minute boost, bringing him within eight points of beating Mitt Romney, which I believe is the slimmest margin of victory ever.  The power of the Duggars.  Go figure.

 

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