Santorum digs Obama, touts social values
February 10th, 2011
03:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Santorum digs Obama, touts social values

Washington (CNN) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum criticized President Obama's view of America in a speech emphasizing his own social conservatism.

Speaking before a crowd at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that this year is considered a cattle call of potential 2012 presidential candidates, Santorum took issue with the president's handling of the crisis in Egypt.

"What does the president of the United States do? He sides with the protesters," Santorum said. "I am not suggesting that we shouldn't side with the protestors but what message are we sending to countries around the world who are friends of ours – when things get tough we walk away."

The Pennsylvania Republican who is weighing a presidential bid said federal intrusion, including unemployment benefits, is leading to a reliance on government.

"How many small businesses would be created if folks didn't get the 99th week (of unemployment)," Santorum said. "My grandfather didn't come to this country because we had 99 weeks of unemployment benefits."

He then, in sometimes hushed tones described God's role in the founding of the United States and the social issues that "bind us together."

"We believe in the dignity of life, the stability and strength of the family, of self sufficiency," Santorum said. "That's what makes America the greatest country in the world, the social issues."


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. rusty155

    No want you to become President you can't even stand up against Saran Palin. The Republican Party have turn Into a bunch of wimp. The whole Republican Party have turn scare of Saran Palin and the Tea Party.

    February 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Marcus

    Where to start?
    Egypt – The govt. was being criticized for standing with a dictator and not with the people who wanted freedom and democracy, when it was actually trying to grant an ally a 'way out' that helped him keep some dignity while trying to not make the same mistakes that made Khomeini so popular back in 1953 and 1979.
    Unemployement benefits – It's no use to try to explain to these guys the benefits of the unemployement benefits to the Economy. To them all those who get them (the benfits) are lazybones and loafers. Of course that some (the minority) of those who gets the benefits are really that. But, and the Economy as a whole gives the govt. a big thanks for that, the majority of the recipients of the benefits are not.
    The social issues – Too bad that you only believe in YOUR vision of what is a family and what is dignity. Most people disagrees with yours and mine and we both would probably disagree (at least in part) with any other people's vision of/about social issues. So how can we live without disrespecting each others rights? With a common ground, a basis of the basis... but you want to impose YOUR way through everybody else's lifes!

    February 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Keep "walking in the footsteps of Jesus" Rick (Elmer Gantry) Santorum

    Save 'em in the womb, keep 'em poor an uneducated, kill 'em in an elective war and wrap their coffins in the American flag.

    Repeat, until "christianity" is the only religion.

    February 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. albatross

    this guy needs a reality check. We enough of these Neo Cons. The source of all evil in the world. Not Side with the Egyptian protestors? Double standard and hypocracy to the limit. If you sir is the face of US to the workd then it shows, the US is the extreme opposite of what it preaches!

    February 10, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. heh

    "How many small businesses would be created if folks didn't get the 99th week (of unemployment),"

    UM, zero if you have no money, what a moron.

    February 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. anotherGDlefty

    Spin baby spin.
    $arahs got you spinnin round Rick...like a record baby..right round.

    February 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    after kissing up to Sarah Palin, of course he's going to go after President Obama. What a wuss!

    February 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Zach

    So, this guy believes in self-sufficiency and strength and stability of family. Hmm... true belief in self-sufficiency wouldn't include a belief in the need for a family.

    February 10, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. JMR49

    Social Values? a.k.a Socialism...

    February 10, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. brrryce

    I love hypocritical, "family values" Republicans like Santorum and Palin when it comes to the President. For those of you who are able to think on your own, I present this lovely little nugget straight from the horse's mouth: "I'm am not suggesting we shouldn't side with the protestors..." And, yet, the focus of comment is that the President shouldn't do it. Oh, I get it! The President should have sided with the corrupt, dictatorial regime, so YOU could side with the will of the people. Another Republican who wants it both ways.

    February 10, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Tim

    Spoken like a true idiot: I'm not saying that pot shouldn't be painted black, it may very well need to be painted black for functional reasons, or maybe it only comes in that color, or maybe that's the best selling color, or, whatever. I may or may have not painted it the same way, but damn-it-all, that guy painted it black! That pisses me off. He should be fired.

    The he busts out the "o lord, ohh, you are so big, so absolutely huge" routine. Love it.

    February 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Real Patriots Do MORE than Salute the flag, They educate themselves

    Sheesh. If Pretty Ricky is ducking Wailin Pailin, he ought to be cowering in fear at the prospect of having a war of ideas with a highly educated scholar like President Obama. If Rick wants no part of the Wasilla Shrilla, he is waaaayyyyyy over his head trying to match wits with our President. Go sit in a corner and shut up Ricky you knuckle dragging Neanderthal (grunt).

    February 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Sgt Schultz

    Cool...maybe Sen. Vitter, Sen. Ensign, Sen. Craig and Mark Foley can be your spokesman for Republican "values"

    February 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. AqChicago

    Every Republican nominee, except for Ron Paul, have done nothing but simply attack Obama. Maybe Ron Paul can teach them some basic school manners. Other than Ron Paul, non one gives specific solutions; just keep attacking Obama and keep talking general nonsense like 1. less federal govt 2. lower taxes......tackle the medicare and social security...that the big pie of the puzzle....

    February 10, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It is unAmerican to spend millions of taypayers dollars on war and paying dictators of Afghan, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq and others and deny Americans unemployment, food for mothers and their babies, healthcare, etc. and then talk about God. It is UNAMERICAN so leave God out of this hypocrisy.

    February 10, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. DOCinPA

    My fellow Pennsylvanians voted for this twit twice before he received a resounding defeat. Thank God for that. He should stay in the political never lands where he belongs. His political philosophy is way too far out in the emptiness of space. Much like his brain.

    February 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Danny Cali

    Keep going and going you will be the GOP President in 3000.

    February 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    "...but what message are we sending to countries around the world who are friends of ours – when things get tough we walk away."

    You mean like when Reagan tucked tail and ran from Beruit when the Marine barracks was bombed and 247 Marines were killed?

    February 10, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Katie

    Ah...this is a man that got "shellacked" in his own state, and he honestly thinks he has a shot at the presidency? If Pennsylvania didn't want him he honestly believes the rest of the country will side with him? Really?

    "We believe in the dignity of life, the stability and strength of the family, " Really? Your party has a funny way of showing it – cutting aid to the poor, children and elderly. How absolutely "christian" and republican of you.

    CPAC is hilarious from a satirical view – unfortunately, these folks are serious – or they think people are really, really stupid and will fall for their tripe one more time.

    February 10, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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