Guest opinion: Santorum sincere, straightforward

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I'm still working on my comprehensive report of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's speech at Oral Roberts University. In the meantime, I'm pleased to introduce a new contributor to BatesLine, who provides her own concise and insightful perspective on Santorum's visit to Tulsa. (I'm especially pleased to have a contributor who needs no editing whatsoever.)

Santorum sincere, straightforward
by Katherine Bates, apprentice pundit
Special to BatesLine

Katherine-20120207-250px.jpgAuthentic. Sincere. Straightforward. People who heard Rick Santorum speak at the Mabee Center on February 9, 2012 used all of these words. During his short speech, he captivated listeners, and received over ten standing ovations. He could hardly get more than a sentence out without the audience applauding. He spoke clearly, and he conveyed his points very well. Santorum is an amazing speaker, and doesn't avoid talking about certain issues or topics like most candidates.

One thing that stood out was his speech on equality, and that our rights are endowed by our CREATOR, and not by the government. So should the government be able to take away our right to choose our doctors, and our health insurance, and our medications? His answer? No, absolutely not!

Another topic Santorum spoke about was Affordable Energy. With gas prices today, this topic appealed to everyone.

At the end of his speech, he answered questions for ORU students. He delivered his answers well, and was patient with each of them. Though other candidates might have cowered away from these topics, Santorum had an immediate and firm answer as each question was thrown at him. In my opinion, we need someone like Santorum, who had his values straight from the beginning, for the next president of the United States.

Katherine Bates, 11, is a Tulsa-based writer, the author and illustrator of The Toads' Spring Fling, a children's story book, and Katrina, a science fiction short story. She has studied writing with Tulsa-based author Gina Conroy at Augustine Christian Academy and the Institute for Excellence in Writing through the Classical Conversations homeschool program. She is a member of the Tulsa County Impact 4-H Club.


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David Van Author Profile Page said:

Great reporting, Katherine. You covered the event well! You also helped me recall some of the things that I had forgotten. It was exciting to be there and especially delightful to meet you and visit your dad. My daughter was there as well. She's homeschooled and served as a press photographer for the Santorum campaign. She let me post some of the photos on my blog. (See my link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3126264202774.151912.1449720038&type=3 )

I know your dad is really proud of you and he's right to be. Your writing style is very clear, understandable, and honest. I hope you keep doing this, and your dad needs to share more of your coverage of events.

Some may not always agree with your view, but I hope that doesn't discourage you. Your dad is very couragous and resolved. He doesn't quit when people criticize him. He's always learning and trying to be the best he can be as a husband, father, and citizen. You are blessed to be his daughter and he is blessed to be your dad.

Paul said:

I enjoyed reading this guest opinion.

Beau Author Profile Page said:

Wow, what an awesomely written opinion piece, Katherine!

I have a daughter your age, and I suspect that you two would agree on a lot of issues.

I'm a bit stuck on whether I should support Santorum or Paul. Have to say, though, that your article swayed me a little toward Santorum.

Look forward to reading more of your opinions!

Roy said:

WTG, girl! Your writing showed one of the most important features of good writing. It was clear. I know it takes work to make what one thinks go into print. Thanks, miss, for taking the time to tell me what I missed.

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