Obama's 'in denial,' Santorum says
July 10th, 2011
09:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama's 'in denial,' Santorum says

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum condemned President Obama's handling of the debt limit negotiations, saying he is not telling the country the "truth about the problem."

Santorum said the United States has a spending problem, not a tax problem, and that if the president made the right case to the American people he "could get Democrats to go along with bigger spending cuts than they are now."

Democrats and Republicans have thus far been unable to reach a deal to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Failure to do so by August 2, the Treasury Department has warned, could result in a possible default. Republicans refuse to raise taxes in a weak economy while Democrats are opposed to cuts in entitlement programs. But Santorum put the onus on the president, his potential rival.

"We have a president who's in denial. He's in denial … that we've got entitlements that are out of control, that we have spending that's dramatically increased and we've got government that has grown too big," Santorum said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

The former Pennsylvania senator said he would be willing to accept fewer spending cuts now in exchange for a balanced budget amendment in the future, which would change the "whole dynamic in Washington."

"We need a wall in Washington, D.C.," Santorum told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "Then you have a dynamic that everybody is running for office knowing you've got to get to balance."

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Google "Santorum" to find out what we think of him.

    July 10, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. FedUp

    Yes, he is in denial. Where is the news in this?

    July 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Santorum is in denial if he thinks he will even make it through the primaries. His home state voted his azz out of office just a few years ago. He is in denial that anyone would want him in any office.

    July 10, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. bellablue

    If he thinks Obama is in denial, just wait until the Debt Ceiling is NOT negotiated, and on August 2, 2011, THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE WORD "DENIAL" MEANS!!!!

    July 10, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Mindie in Indie

    TAX THE RICH – STOP CORPORATE WELFARE. Can't the rich and wealthy corporations stand on their own feet? Why do they need the elderly, sick and poor to support THEM? Why do the rich and wealthy corporations need OUR tax dollars to stay rich? Where is the logic behind that? Anybody? Oh to give us jobs! Sure, we see how that idea has worked over the last 30 years... It's just greed. Greed Over People = GOP

    July 10, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. SA Wallick

    This government from the top to the bottom is watching Dumb and Dumber everyday. Poor China. If they are so smart, why would they still be loaning us money.

    July 10, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. jennifer

    Santorum's mind... the little engine that hasn't a clue....

    July 10, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. EddyL

    Like we're gonna believe a Republican? Find those WMD yet?

    July 10, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Bessy

    If anybody is in " denial " it is this idiot. He has no chance AT ALL of winning the nomination, let alone anything else.
    Oh, BTW, he and other Repubs get sillier by the day. Now they are signing a " Pro Marriage Pledge ". Boy, do they really think that we Americans are that dumb as to be influenced by something like that. ROTFLMAO

    July 10, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Anthony

    Republicans should grow up. A deal in which Republicans keep their tax cuts while everyone else sacrifices will not pass Congress. We can't keep the tax cuts when the mandatory spending (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs for which spending is required by law, meaning the president has no choice), the military (including funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan), and interest on the national debt total almost 3.3 trillion dollars, when the tax revenue is 2.4 trillion. The total spending is 3.3 trillion even if the government spends no money on any other things. The mandatory spending and the interest on the debt alone would use up all of the revenue, leaving nothing for the military and other discretionary spending (the military, at 900 billion, is the biggest part of the discretionary spending). Before Bush passed his tax cuts, started two wars, passed the Medicare Part D, and crashed the economy, we had enough revenue, Now we don't.

    July 10, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Marjee123

    This from a very very knowing politician. He should wear a turban and charge for his predictions. He has hit the nail so so many times. why is this person even given the chance to try to pretend he knows anything. The people of Pennsylvania reject him. what's he got to give. OH OH OH I know the old republican lies.

    July 10, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Santorum is the one in denial. He just can't believe that Obama might know full well what he's doing, and that it's his calculated plan to bring down the U.S. Santorum has grossly miscalculated who Obama is, and what he's up to. Wake up Rick.

    July 10, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Jason

    Republicans are a cult of luniatics. These people have only one idea, ever. Lower the taxes for the rich and make us all pay for it. America is sick of this class warfare. Well, the taxes are the lowest in decades, and we have no jobs. Vote all GOP out!!!!

    July 10, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Name king

    Someone please tell santrum we are not in the industrial revolution anymore since the repugs have. Locked every attempt by the dems to keep factories in America. Unfortunately we are left with only the health care and the sales revolutions, both of which the repugs have declared war on. The health care revolution is the only entity that are adding jibs to our economy on a steady pace every month, the repugs want to get rif of that when they take full power kicking millions of workers to the curve. The sales revolution which hires nearly 60 percent of Americans right now, is under attack by the repugs with cutting 4 trillion out of their revenues. Sales is 95 percent spending, yet the repugs war on this industry are appalling. We need more spending more than ever to get our economy and jobs going. Spending will grow the economy and bring in more revenues to the government along with tax hike to the rich. How can we compete for america jobs with India, china, and brazil, when our demand power is drastically. These countries have dirt cheap labors, and they are enticing our businesses away from our country. The only reason why they are sticking around is our demand power.

    July 10, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Whoosh

    Same old tired comments by the republicans. Bash Obama until hell freezes over yet, offer no real solutions of your own. WWYD
    (What would you do) is my word to them. Oh BTW, Casey Anthony's not guilty verdict was influenced by the Obama administration so he get the prisoner's vote in 2012...make just as much sense as some of this stuff coming from the right.

    July 10, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Keven

    Santorum is a wack job anyway. He's as far right as Bachman and just as out of touch with middle class

    July 10, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Larry L

    It's the Republicans who are backing away from huge cuts in spending our President proposes – to protect the outrageous incomes of the wealthy. We've contionued the Bush tax cuts. Where are the jobs created by that attempt at trickle-down economics?

    July 10, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Diana

    Why aren't you all working together to dig out of the financial mess instead of fighting and criticizing one another?
    "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

    July 10, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Gabbo

    47% of Americans pay NO income taxes and you posters think it's SANTORUM who is in denial ??? Pot, meet kettle !

    July 10, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Howard

    Why does CNN even bother to talk to this idiot? He is an extreme Right Wing wack job that was thrown out of office by his own constituents! He will only be happy when Congress starts coming to work carrying muskets and wearing powdered wigs & tights!

    July 10, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Santorum blame hurricane katrina victims because they didn’t leave so he want to fine them

    Santorum know how to spin the story in June 2006 he declared that WMD had been found in Iraq

    Santorum said John Mc Cain doesn’t know what is torture

    Who is not telling the truth

    July 10, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    The Democrats have been consistent in their "we will NOT cut, we will continue to spend, tax, borrow, spend, tax, borrow" approach to government. This country already has $63 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities (taxpayers are on the hook for in the future) If they get away with raising taxes while refusing to cut spending in any MEANINGFUL way, then the tax hikes down the road WILL BE ASTRONOMICAL and it won't just be the "rich" paying for them because there are not enough of them.

    Just as Greece's day of financial reckoning has come for their irresponsible fiscal policies (retirement at 50?!!), so will ours. This is JUST THE BEGINNING of the fiscal reckoning, not the end. The Democrats are very intent on driving this country into the financial abyss with their class warfare and wealth redistribution scheme. And stupid libtards wonder where the jobs are??? Any business owner worth his salt is hunkering down because they know the Democrats have them in their sights as a primnary source of money to maintain their great welfare society because individuals will not be able to cover the massive bill and the Democrats typical class warfare approach will target THEM.

    July 10, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. ObamaMama

    "Obama is in denial" says the man who signed an anti-gay and anti-porn pledge, who thinks man made climate change and evolution are false sciences. And who is a member of a political party who believes that defaulting on our debt obligations are no big deal.

    July 10, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. smallgov

    I don't care if he does or doesn't win any primaries – he's 100% right – we don't have a tax problem.. we have a spending problem.
    Cut the DAM SPENDING

    July 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Dorene Murphy

    Wake up America the constitution cites; politicians are permitted to lie to the public, show bias, and slander counterparts to win votes. Don't be fooled; republicans only care about personal interest. IF we do not start distributing the wealth, we working class, and poor Americans will be no more better off than those living in third world countries. We have to increase taxes for those who can afford it; we working class and poor have already sacrificed enough. Stand up and fight for Equality for all America; not just a chosen few; Obama has opened the door; now its time to step in. IF we do not come together as a people life as we know it can not survive.

    July 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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