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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

February 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Slideshow of Rick Santorum Monday night in Tacoma: religious liberty, gay marriage, and glitter bombs

TACOMA — Sporting his trademark sweater vest, Rick Santorum was greeted by hundreds of supporters, one glitter bomb, and about a dozen Occupy Tacoma protesters at a rally Monday night at the Washington State History Museum.

As two of the Occupiers were arrested and dragged away, literally kicking and screaming, some of Santorum’s fans, many of them families sporting babies on their hips, grew annoyed.

“We pick Rick!” alternated with ragged cries of “We are the 99%!” as Santorum spoke, referring at various points to President Barack Obama’s Health and Human-Services (HHS) mandate.

“Is this about contraception? …” he asked the crowd, rhetorically.

“It’s about coercion and power .. this is the issue in this race, folks,” he said, to loud cheers.

He painted the mandate, and the attempt by the president to forge a compromise, as an assault on religious freedoms, marking this fall as an especially crucial election.

His references to gay marriage and the signing of the marriage bill by Governor Gregoire earlier in the day were fairly oblique, however.

“This is what’s at stake … your freedom to grow [raise] your family,” he said. Washington’s caucus on March 3 will have a “huge impact” heading into Super Tuesday, he concluded, urging supporters to turn out for him.

On the way to the rally while shaking hands with supporters, Santorum was “glitter bombed,” but seemed nonchalant about the experience.

“It’s OK,” he said, pressing on. Given Washington state is home to The Stranger editor Dan Savage, Santorum had to imagine the glitter was practically guaranteed.

Patricia O’Halloran, a Santorum supporter, internal-medicine doctor, and pro-life activist, echoed others at the rally who said that they’re worried about religious liberty.

“No one should have to do something against their religious beliefs,” she said, adding that her conservative and more moderate Catholic friends weren’t happy with the president’s compromise proposal: “Catholics need not apply. It’s Catholics first and then other religious groups.”

But as for Washington state mattering more this year in the election, state GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said that the candidates “coming here will matter [for] the first time in my lifetime.”

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