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. Sammy Sosa

    Now wait a minute...you guys want small government that does not meddle in the lives of people here i the US, but want to poke your nose in another country's affairs and support a falling regime? What really is the message that Rick Santorum would have sent across???? No President Mubarak, ignore the wishes of the people who you serve and who want a democratically elected president???

    February 10, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. A

    Double talk statement. It doesn't matter what President Obama does nothing is right for these people,

    February 10, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Tom

    So Santorum's platform goes like this. 1. Support brutal dictators as long as they support US interests. 2. Abolish unemployment benefits. 3. God founded America. I'm sure President Obama is quaking in his boots at this guy.

    February 10, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    What? A republican insulting a president who has proven time and again he loves this country?
    Republicans HATE America, Americans and everything this country stands for. How DARE they criticize a president whose first priority is COUNTRY FIRST?
    These republicans are helping terrorists - just ask Limbaugh. Goodness knows he's the one who phrased the whole issue about saying anything against the president.

    February 10, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    When people like Rick Santorum say "social values," what they really mean is "religious tyranny."

    February 10, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. John

    This guy is a total idiot! Oh hey its the "On your own" government! Hmmm...Company OFFSHORES your job.....you get no unemployment benefits? WAKE UP AMERICA THESE REPUBLIFOOLS ARE CONNING YOU!!!!! GOT LAID OFF THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN BUT YET YOU CANT AFFORD "COBRA" FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY....

    HMM....LETS SEE 650.00 DOLLARS every two weeks on unemployment
    COBRA (FOR A FAMILY OF 4) 700.00 A MONTH......

    YOU DO THE MATH REPUBLICANS!

    February 10, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Pujol

    Santorum has the ability to criticize whatever or whoever he wants with no repercussions. Since he is, by definition and dogma, opposed to whatever the president does, he can make up reasons why Obama's decisions are always bad, and since he doesn't actually have make any policy changes himself, he doesn't have to be correct. Instead, Santorum can score political points through opposition and neglect the situation Egypt and the Egyptian people are in during this incredibly complex and terrifying time in middle eastern-United States diplomacy.

    February 10, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Rdepontb

    This guy is toast; please spare us any more of his blather.

    February 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    We do NOT need religion, running this country. Period.

    February 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Todd

    Google Santorum, and see what you get.

    Yeah, santorum has such a chance at the republican nomination. NEXT!

    February 10, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    He's an idiot who is throwing raw meat to the ravenous lemmings.

    February 10, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. enviroguy

    Let's not forget is interview in 2003:

    AP: Sorry, I just never expected to talk about that when I came over here to interview you. Would a President Santorum eliminate a right to privacy — you don't agree with it?

    SANTORUM: I've been very clear about that. The right to privacy is a right that was created in a law that set forth a (ban on) rights to limit individual passions. And I don't agree with that. So I would make the argument that with President, or Senator or Congressman or whoever Santorum, I would put it back to where it is, the democratic process.

    February 10, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. ReFascistican

    "We believe in the dignity of life, the stability and strength of the family, of self sufficiency,"

    Strength and stability of family huh? Like Sanford, Ensign and now Lee. Get a life jerk.

    February 10, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Full House

    Why would anyone listen to what Bob Saget has to say?

    February 10, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. S. In California

    Criticize ALL you want Sanatorium and YOU STILL won't get to the WH. You weak, ignorant, poor excuse of a man.

    February 10, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. ReFascistican

    Putting glasses on doesn't make me think you're intelligent Mr. Neanderthal. Momma Grizzly wears glasses too and she's dumb as rocks. So you disagree with how the President is handling Egypt. You're entitled to your opinion, but other people in your party such as McCain and Graham think the President is handling the situation just fine. Keep your bigotry to yourself and stop meddling in other people's affairs.

    February 10, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Frank

    He's got to criticize someone. He's obviously afraid to cross Palin again.

    February 10, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. NC

    What a wimp this man is. He criticized President Obama, but he bows down to Palin and kisses her behind.

    February 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. ReFascistican

    Israel has an intelligence community as well, and they didn't see this Egyptian revolution on the horizon either moron. I don;t see the U.S. walking away when the crisis is still ongoing. YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN FACTS.

    February 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. rob

    What exactly is Obama suppose to do about Egypt? America has no authority there and can't tell anyone there what to do. Hell we can't tell anyone in the world what to do. If that means the top guy there, who is "an ally because we give him money ever year", needs to go, then so be it. that is exactly what he has done and any President before him would do the same. He has asked for the people to try and remain calm and for their current government to do what must be done to stem the violence.

    February 10, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. BlameUS

    The US is the greatest country in the world ? Someone wake this guy up ? this is not the 50's or 60's anymore when the US was maybe near the top.

    Now is one of the worst places to live in the western world...I dont even like visiting there because of concerns of safety and the polarization between rich and poor...Dangerous Cities and some unintelligent far right people like Palins

    February 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Adalbert

    This idiot is a right wing fanatic representing the religious right from the dark ages.

    February 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    We don't give a darn about your social values. We've just seen what the republicans social values are in New York with Lee! Hypocrites What we want to see are the repulsive republicans start to do something about jobs. They've done nothing so far except attack social issues!

    February 10, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. rob

    ...And yes we should side with the people as their human dignity and country is under a dictatorship. Our own country started in a similar fashion. It takes a long time of civil unrest and deterioration of their country's ability to support them to get to the mass protesting that is going on. This has been brewing for years and I could be wrong, but it I thought there have been talks before this about Their President needing to step down from our own government to theirs. All the world can do is stand by, help humanitarian relations in anyway, but stay out of the civil unrest.

    February 10, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Peter

    So, what's Mr. Santorum saying? That the US should side with a government that is no longer supported by its people when those same people are revolting against it? Or did Mr. Santorum miss that subtelty in the news coming out of Egypt? Which begs the question: How does Mr. Santorum view the American revolution, which was a similar uprising in the face of opression and injustice? And how does his statement that "I am not suggesting that we shouldn't side with the protestors" co-exist with his objections that Mr. Obama might do so? Mr. Santorum's logic is neither here nor there. It is most likely that he "creates logic" as needed in order to simply oppose anything Mr. Obama does. Problem is, when you you base your logic on that kind of thing, it ends up with more holes than a sieve.

    February 10, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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