A pro-life group that spent big money helping Rick Santorum in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday says the results were a triumph for social issues, which the GOP establishement has urged the candidates to stay away from.
From a release by the Santorum-supporting Susan B. Anthony List:
“Despite attempts by some opinion makers to cast Rick Santorum’s strong support for women, the unborn and the family in a negative light, his wins in Alabama and Mississippi, as well as in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota last week show social issues are winning issues,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List. “Voters in Alabama and Mississippi reflected upon who represents and has already fought for their values. They chose Santorum. That's why he is winning."
“Rick Santorum’s leadership on life, marriage, and religious liberty are clearly a key part of what is sustaining him as a national leader,” said Maggie Gallagher of the Culture War Victory Fund. “He is not a regional candidate. He is competitor in the Midwest, the west mountain states and the South. That's because voters trust that his core values are their core values.”
SBA List says it spent $500,000 on an "independent expenditure campaign including a bus tour mobilization effort which rallied supporters across six states, including Alabama and Mississippi, in support of Santorum’s presidential candidacy."