July 5th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Stimulus 'cost American jobs'

(CNN) - During an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed the 2009 stimulus package resulted in a loss of jobs. He cited a government report that he said previously stated 280 million jobs had been created by December and now says only 240 million jobs were created.

When pressed by CNN's Ali Velshi, who said there's a difference between a loss of jobs and creating fewer jobs than initially reported, Santorum remained firm on his position that the current administration has cost Americans' jobs.

The comments come ahead of the former Pennsylvania senator's five-day, 10-city bus tour in Iowa.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Rick Santorum • TV-American Morning
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. The Other Dale

    Aaaaaand ... Santorum sticks his foot in his mouth again. Way to go.

    July 5, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Carolina

    Rick Santorum is just plan wacky. He has no proof for anything he says and people in PA thought he was insane. He must be insane if he thinks he can run for president and win. What a waste.

    July 5, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Charlie from the North

    Blah , blah freakin blah. On what do you base your statement sir? Is this the guy who "did not intend to be factually accurate"?
    If so mission accomplished.
    His staement is based only on the fact that he wants his party to replace the exectutive brach with idiot losers like himself.

    July 5, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS

    The stimulus SAVED my job Mr. Santorum. So go speak your BS to someone who actually gives a crap about what you think.

    July 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Santorum is distorting facts. When Obama took office the GDP was runing close to -4%, that means the economy was in a freefall, a complete collaspe and crash was mere months away. Today the GDP has run in the positive for nearly 24 consecutive months. The GDP has risen several percentage points since Obama took office.

    The Stimulus was one part aid to states, one part aid to infrastructure, and one part tax cuts mostly for the middle class and *actual* small businesses. Very little was included in the Stimulus for the *big boys* because Americans were crying, "You helped Wall St. but what about Main St?"

    July 5, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    this guy is NOT going to get the nomination, he is polling behind Cain and even Palin who isn't running in single digits. Plus he always says some of the most stupid stuff and has no way of backing it up. Like the rest of the so-called 2012ers he can only be critical of Obama yet offer no plans or possible solutions of his own. Look it up pretty Ricky and most economist will tell you the main thing wrong with the stimulus was it wasn't BIG enough.

    July 5, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Michael Chino Hills

    This guy is full of crap. The stimulas helped save my job.... saved the car industry.... saved this country. The GOP is dead.

    July 5, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Lolo

    I am sick of the lying republicans and tea partiers. All of them need to be kicked out. It is amazing how everything is President Obamas' fault and these idiots seem to think that their parties had nothing to do with it. I can't wait to vote. Stop with the stimulus crap. Bush provided the first package and it was okay so long as their precious millions were not being taxed. Now they think the middle class and poorest citizens should cover their behinds again. I think not. All they care about is themselves. Wake up America. Lets get rid of the trash better known as the republicans and tea partiers. I wish they would stop harping on guns, abortion and religion. It is getting pretty old. If they don't like the rules move or face reality and get over it. This mess that thay like to blame our president for is their faults and no one elses. They need to man up.

    July 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. AK_steve

    Republican Campaign Strategy
    Step one: make up fact to claim opponent is screwing up
    Step two: when shown the error in your argument, stick to your guns and dig in harder.
    Step three: when finally proven wrong – blame it on a discriminating press.

    July 5, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Dev

    We are (finally) witnessing the disintegration of the GOP. Romney can't beat Obama and he's the best they've got. If he taps Bachman as his running mate to secure the Tea vote, he will lose even worse. These tired, 20th century ideas simply don't work for the future and people are waking up to this.

    July 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Peter s

    Never play around with CNN's Ali Velshi !! the guy sleep numbers and dream numbers with him rhetoric with substance never cuts. He just made Santorum look like a high school drop out! Sir Santorum, you can't look straight at the camera why?

    July 5, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    My state (Georgia) and many others are facing budget difficulties this year because the Stimulus propped them up since the bottom of the recession and has now run out. One third of the Stimulus was sent directly to states for that purpose. Another third went to tax cuts.

    The last third was for job creation. The job losses of over 750,000 per month was turned around. Many repug politicians stood in front of projects paid for with Stimulus funds, taking credit.

    Why do repugs hate facts? I guess they don't need them for THEIR constituents.

    July 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Kevin

    Does anyone know where to find the report that is referenced in this story – to read for myself?

    July 5, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Victor

    hahahahahaha i can't believe CNN gave this guy their time. let's be seriously many of these so called "candidates" are only running because of Political Campaign Fund Raising. when all says and done i get to keep what's left. many of us will do the same thing if you figure out the loopholes.

    July 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Jilli

    Why would anyone believe anything coming from Rick Santorum? He couldn't even win an election in his home state, and he thinks he can win the presidency? Half-baked claims like this should be debunked by the interviewer. Some "Christian", he lies as easily as he breathes.

    July 5, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. John

    All guy does Is tell America people a bunch of LIE and hope they believe them. than again Isn't that a normal Republican.

    July 5, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    What about the stimulus package George W. enacted? What did that do?

    July 5, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. EatRunDive

    Politicians' statements are not intended to relay factual data!

    July 5, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Gideon

    The $787 B stimulus bill – it WAS NEVER a "trillion dollars as GOP LIARS claimed – was 1/3rd tax cuts.

    And after years of hearing Republican "talking points" we all know that "tax cuts" create jobs. So Mr. Santorum, how can you claim jobs were destroyed?

    Are you finally disavowing Reagan`s supply-side, "trickle-down", "voodoo", economics?

    We need only use their own words against them to prove that Republicans are all liars.

    July 5, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    of all the so called 2012ers that are in the running Rick Santorium has to be the most STUPID. I have yet to hear this guy say anything honest and the things he does say can't even be backed up with facts. Yet like most people of his ilk he seems to have a following, not a big one mind you but some who are willing to support him. I would LOVE to see Obama debate this guy one on one,,,the pres would eat him alive. In fact I think SASHA Obama could do the same.

    July 5, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Ken, AZ

    No one should pay attention to what Santorum or any of the 2012'ers have to say since they have no memory prior to 2009. And, they hope you don't remember how they screwed things up from 2000 to 2008. They're peddling the same solutions that got us into this mess, which President Obama begun to clean up despite republican road blocks.

    July 5, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. B

    Oh really, Try asking all of the Auto workers if their jobs would still be there if Obama hadn’t saved their butts!

    While you are at it, ask the Mega banks who saved their rear ends..

    People have areal short memory about what has transpired in the last two and a half years. Obama caught this country in free fall from the moron Bush, it takes awhile to stop the bleeding from that hit !

    July 5, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. maikl

    Anybody, but not Obama. Where his change? Nobody talk about it anymore.

    July 5, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. D

    Where can you find the report referenced in the story?

    July 5, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Oregon Calling

    I have to give credit where credit is due. I was FLOORED when CNN's Ali Velshi corrected candidate Rick Santorum. Finally someone taking a stand and not letting false information get the last word.

    Thank you Ali Velshi for correcting this information live.

    Peace :-)

    July 5, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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