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. annie s

    Those of us who actually believe in democracy, as obviously our President and Vice President do, side with the protesters, Mr. Santorum. We can't just choose democracy when it is convenient or when it falls in line with American self interests. If America is to be a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world, we must always side with the protesters who want a democratic voice. It's exactly why our own nation was founded.

    February 10, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Gary Bonner

    We're in serious trouble

    February 10, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. D Peters

    Of course Obama sided with the protesters. Here in the USA, we would call them freedom fighters or patriots.
    Obama sided with the "protesters" because it was the right thing to do. Santorum knows this and would do the same thing
    if he (god forbid) were president. Santorum is just another right wing mouth full of nothing but hot air.

    February 10, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Walkerjdc

    If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [Gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything!"

    "The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire. And we're seeing it in our society."
    -Rick Santorum.
    He is a whacko who I hope wins the republican nomination with twit Palin as VP

    February 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. B

    This country should stop supporting Dictators and stick with our values which where turned upside down by Bush and Co.. Either you support democracy and freedom of thought or not and you can’t be credible playing it both ways.
    Bush tried to espouse freedom to the world while violating International Law and our own freedoms in this country.
    It is hard for others to understand what we stand for anymore while playing it both ways to get what we want.

    February 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. American

    Santorum's social "conservatism" = sexist, knucle-dragging Neanderthal

    You betcha ;)

    February 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Northdakotax

    Santorum is a lightweight... absolutely no traction...he should take a powder...

    February 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Terry P

    I don't think much of Palin, but she is spot on as far as Santorum in my book.

    February 10, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. HOWARD is COWARD

    Santorum-–I'm puking all over myself......blah

    Howard, you got a towel!

    February 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Peter

    Yeah, I believe in self sufficiency too, as long as everyone has the opportunity to be self-sufficient. Go tell the millions of people in this country who were born into poverty, raised in a world that hammers the notion that they are stupid and inferior into their brains every minute of the day, and "educated" in a school system that take them nowhere that they should just be self-sufficient. Talk about self-sufficiency is good when you work to create an environment where, no matter where you are born in this country, you have the same opportunities as anyone else to become self-sufficient. Without that work, assertions of beliefs in self-sufficiency sound more than a little self-serving.

    February 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Santorum speaks of "social conservatism" which is scary and very closely related to fascism! NO Mr. Santorum, your values are not America's values!

    February 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. James klimaski

    Santorum, the man can't put two thoughts together. He criticizes the President for backing democracy in Egypt and then says maybe it was the right thing to do. Of course, he doesn't say what he would have done differently. Maybe he should change his name to Flake. Oh, the Republicans have one of those already and he's going to be running for the Senate in Arizona.

    February 10, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Nick , California

    "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."
    The dignity of life... so screw Muslims, women, gays, minorities...anybody who's not like me!
    stability and strength of the family... yeah ex-congress Lee know this best
    That's what makes America the greatest country in the world, the social issues... yeah like Rand Paul wanting businesses to discriminate against anybody they want! Or how about a woman's right to choose? Or marriage for gays or even serve in the military?

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

    "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."

    Actually, according to CBO and the Dept. of Labor studies, unemployment insurance is the single biggest tool available to the government for stabilizing the economy and helping to keep and create jobs during a downturn. Besides, the non-sequitor-esque broken logic of his commentary should speak for itself. Moreover, I am willing to bet that Ayatollah Santorum's grandfather came here before 1935, which is when unemployment insurance was first created, so I'm guessing there's absolutely zero way for reality to have bent itself around his grandfather using unemlpyhment insurance as his motivation to come here.

    Lastly, it should be noted that we'd have a whole lot more small businesses starting and entrepreneurs bothering to try if we didn't have a bunch of conservatives giving giant corporations free reign over the government to get what they want while they swallow up and destroy local small businesses on a regular basis. You wanna know what deters creating small businesses most? The idea that Goliath is lying in wait to stomp your efforts into oblivion as soon as it finds you trying to compete and having any success doing so.

    February 10, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. alethean

    Our U.S. leaders have never looked so “feeble” have never looked so “corrupt” have never looked so “bought”. We can thank the Egyptian people for bringing this to the average American’s attention.

    When Secretary of Sate Hillary Clinton and other leaders call a Dictator a “close family friend” or an “ally” or a “friend” something is very wrong. When we openly support a Dictator with the instruments of subjugation something is very wrong.

    A person who systematically brutalizes, tortures, demonizes, murders, and humiliates a population of people can never be a “good” friend or “any” friend at all but only “evil” and “despised”. Never, and I mean “Never” should the natural “Corruption and Filth of Dictator“ be “supported” or “allied” with in any way.

    February 10, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Indy

    Never mind Egypt Where are the freaking jobs you Republican idiot !

    February 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Gaylon Barrow

    What handling. Obama plans for the Brotherhood of Muslims to govern this country. Everything is falling like dominoes for him and his plan to destroy the U.S. & EGYP. IT IS AMERICANS WHO ARE STUPID. WHY DO WE SIT IDALLY BY WHILE HE DOES ANYTHING HE WANTS TO POSITION A CERTAIN PEOPLE TO GATHER THE REWARDS WITHOUT PAYING A THING FOR IT. WHY DOES HE KEEP THE BORDER WIDE OPEN. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I REFUSE TO PAY ANYMORE TAXES. I AM NOT SCHOOLING THEM, BUYING THEIR LUNCHES AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES. NO MORE WILL THIS TYPE OF TRYANNY BE WITHSTOOD.

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

    President Obama: "The sky is blue on a clear, sunny day."

    Rick Santorum: "The President is wrong for taking that position."

    President Obama: "And..on a clear night, you can see stars in the sky."

    Rick Santorum: "Once again, the President is taking the wrong position on this issue."

    February 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. kim

    santorum is an idiot! does he seriously think ANYONE is going to vote him into office? yeah thats a big fat NO! you were voted out of your job, go away!

    February 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Sasha

    Nit pick:

    Unless Santorum has become fan of Obama and really enjoys his work, the article's title should begin "Santorum digs into Obama".

    :)

    February 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Equality 4 all

    So are you on the side of democracy or not? Or is it for us and the people that we bomb into it? Democracy will work in Egypt because they will earn it on their own terms. Not because we decided for them.

    February 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    Rick Santorum would have this business "all cleaned up"in ONE DAY.I bet~NOT! and,if you notice he goes from crisis in E.to unemployment benefits in the U.S.!? HE would NOT pay them so people in THIS country could live on $2a day too! This guy couldnt clean President Obamas`shoes properly,for Gods sake.

    February 10, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Paul1st

    Gee, Rick, while you were a Senator, you were all for converting the Middle East to democracy. What happened? Maybe you changed your mind when the office of the President went from Republican to Democrat? Could it be that your core values are defined by politics? Say it ain't so!

    February 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. vic nashville tn

    "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."

    Hosni Mubarak is dictator he is ruling the country 30 years under the emergency law. What he is saying is we have to tough on Burma not on Egypt .What message he is sending to the world

    Idiot

    February 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. mikemazzla

    gag...

    If obama sided with Mubarek he would have said we are against democracy and catering to a dictator.LOL Obaama is handling this fine I think. This is what Conservatives love right? spreading democrazy. The majority of the protestors are young people who want freedom and jobs....irs not a radical Muslim protest. he has no clue what hes talking about here

    February 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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