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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  1. Gabbo

    Medical costs skyrocketing, the birth rate is dwindling, and lifespans are increasing to ever-greater levels – yet you liberals are completely in denial about all these facts. You think the answer is still "confiscate funds" from the achievers and inventers in society – all you will achieve is to drive those people out, or convince them that it is easier to put forth less effort and become a "taker" as well. What happened to my America ?? Who ARE you people ??

    July 10, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    This guy is STILL trying to stay relevent when he is totally out of touch with most Americans and reality as a whole. What was that nonsense he said about the millions of jobs lost during Obama's time so far in the WH and had all the numbers wrong? Then he signs some pact that claims Black children were better off in slavery than they are now. This guy is not only a moron but totally classless on top of that. The sooner he falls out the race the better.

    July 10, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    The American people are in denial if they think that this congress is going to do anything but posture. Thanks for turning out the vote in 2010...most stayed home. I am hoping that mistake will not be made again. I still have hope.

    July 10, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. kyle

    Oil companies are making hundreds of billions a year and they still need Cooperate Welfare, who is in denial.

    July 10, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. A Real Patriot

    A Note to Republicans...
    Doesn't it give you at least a little bit of concern that your party has not changed its mantra of "No Taxes" in the last 70 years?

    Doesn't that clearly show that they can not adapt to new realities?

    Clinton changed welfare as we knew it-Obama seems poised to make changes to Medicare and Social Security–all traditional Democratic priorities, because they know we face a new reality in these economic times. But not Boehner and the troglodytes in his party.

    Must make you guys proud....pathetic, but proud....

    July 10, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Scott

    Well im a dem my brotherinlaw a repub,we differ greatly in our views but there is one thing we do agree on all the time term limits for all of politics not just a select few but one problem with that is we come to find that to pass thats law or bill into law would have to come from the same lawmakers,if one thinks about it a two term limit for politians in washington would cause them to (1)do there best or worst for the people and (2)give fresh ideas to the country and three (3)narrow down lobbyists that normally take solice in washington and the politics would be less corrupted by money and or big corperations ,im not saying we dont need coperate influence one way or another im saying we need less and less career liers in office so this country can get back to doing for the people of the people and by the people not who has the power or the most money in this our country.

    July 10, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    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?
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    This is amazing! You spout this horse puckey then use the word "logic"?!! The elderly, sick and poor CONSUME massive amounts of fderal SPENDING. They contribute little or NOTHING. If it wasn't for the wealthy and corporations paying to support and provide for their every need, they would have been gone LONG ago. The Democrats have created an unsustainable system of creating massive amounts of government dependents that fewer and fewer people are being asked to support, with more and more of their money. The federal government has been subverted into a massive welfare and wealth redistribution scheme through the tax system.

    July 10, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. John/kc

    My republican congress woman, Lynn Jenkins, is so out of here next election. All these republicans continue to vote to increase defense spending, building schools, bridges and power plants in foreign countries while cutting grandma's Medicare here at home, and cutting education for our own people here at home. They are the ones out of touch. As a retiree, I pay more taxes than General Electric and a host of other multi national corporations. What is wrong with this system?

    July 10, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. A Real Patriot

    PS:
    By signing all these "Pledges" the Republicans are simply demonstrating that they do not have the courage to reach decisions by themselves, based on evidence they receive-it relieves them of all thinking, all courage...no wonder Santantrum was so willing to sign–he must be heaving a sigh of relief–now he can hide his ignorance behind the various pledges he has signed....

    Again...pathetic.

    July 10, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Ex-GOP Con

    Yeah – and both parties overspent. Now IT'S TIME TO PAY DOWN THE DEBT instead of kicking the can down the road.

    Mr. Santorum, I think YOU are in denial. Tell us...how is that "Tax cuts create jobs" myth working out? Have you seen the latest jobs report?

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    The right IS becoming deranged.
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    Vote for Term Limits for Congress!
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    July 10, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. reason

    well duh. ..it's obvious we have a spending problem. ..well, to everyone but the lazy left. ..they seem to think it's ok to live beyond their means as long as it's being funded by the wealthy.

    July 10, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. John - NJ

    Santorum could not carry his own district because of he positions, so why even bother posting what he says. Useless!

    July 10, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. The Elephant in The Room

    Denial is what the President`s opponents are in over the stimulus. For example, the whining that it didn`t keep unemployment under 8%.

    That is not the question, Does anybody think that less stimulus would have resulted in LOWER unemployment?

    That defies common sense.

    July 10, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. FastEddie

    Sorry, Rick. America is UNDER-taxed. The deficit problem even prior to the recession was the direct result of Bush's tax cuts. Those cuts must be allowed to die, all of them, when the expire at the end of 2012.

    July 10, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    CNN is being very nice giving Santorum some attention since the rest of the nation is rightly ignoring him. There are only 2 time I ever agreed with Sarah Palin...one was when she was in India and said "Republicans can be like sheep" and the other when she called Santorum a "knuckle-dragging Neanderthal"!
    @Gabbo

    the only birth rate that is dwindling is the NON WHITE one...read your newspapers and if you know this then you must be one of those that fear when "THEY" start taking over.

    July 10, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. dmb

    I think the name alone expresses the sentiments of US..denial leads to the road to a sanitorium( close enough spelling)....

    July 10, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Rosa, b'ham al

    Santorum is in denial. You can't solve the debt problem unless everything is on the table. Taxes included. Oh and I am still waiting to see how reduced taxes result in increased revenue and jobs. Never happened. Reduce taxes on CEOs and it goes in their pocket, or overseas, not to new jobs here.

    July 10, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. JD

    ALL republicans are LYING. Bold face LIES. The current deficit problems is one THEY created and not due to spending on social security or medicare etc. And the richest people and corporations are paying less now than before Reagan. If the GOP wont budge then let the country go into bankruptcy it will be 100% the GOP's fault. And why would you turn over control to the very people that caused this problem in the first place? Its madness.

    July 10, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. John

    All the Republican do is try and Blame President Obama for everything. All the Republican do Is Complain and Lie. Than they have to make you Believe these LIE. 85% of all the money President Obama put out to get the Economy going again has been pay back with Interest. What the Republican doesn't tell you most of the dept came with fighting two wars at the same time America couldn't afford. than they spend more money on rebuilding these two Country. And President Obama didn't have a thing to do with It, he only trying to get us out of It. And the Republican keep telling you that there Isn't a Tax Problem , this Is so they can try to make you believe In not to tax the Rich and BIG BUSINESS. This Is Just another Lie the Republican tell and try to make you believe It. And they are getting really good at It. The Republican Party and the Tea Party are Trying to take America back OK, but the problem Is they want to take It back all the way to the 1900. So the Rich and BIG BUSINESS don't have to pay the American people as much. Just look what the State with GOV that back by the Tea Party , they have been trying to take people right away from them. Is this what the American people really want.

    July 10, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Jeetu

    I think it Mr. Santorum who is in denial. The fact is that the problem is mainly caused by Bush tax cuts which were to expire last year and which the republicans did not let expire. The main source of deficit is the non-collection of those taxes over a 10 year period. Hence, the problem is one of republicans creation. And now they want the middle and lower class to suffer more as a result of that.

    No letting the closure of Tax loopholes tells me that republicans created these loop holes purposefully rather than they being there because of errors. Everyone who discovers a loop hole would like to close those. The situation is like this: if I get a refund which is larger than what I deserve, should I be allowed to keep that refund? Republicans would say Yes whereas I say no. Closing loop holes is just like this.

    So, unless we increase revenue while at the same time cutting spending, we will not decrease deficit. If republicans don't work to correct their past mistakes, they will destroy USA. So Mr. Santorum, you and your republicans colleagues are in denial and acting Unamercian. Do not blame the President or the democrats for it because problems are created by Bush and the republicans.

    July 10, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. CharlieB

    I see all these monday morning Q.B.s with opinions about this but no ideas on how to fix the problems. Lets just critize everyone while we do not have an answer ourselves.

    July 10, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Joshua Ludd

    No, Frothy Mix... we have had 6 years of republican rule under Bush where you "fiscal conservatives" had the reigns of everything and you took us from a projected surplus into a record deficit and tanked our economy. Its not the "entitlement" programs that are the problem. They need reform, yes, but our real crisis has been the Republicans starting pointless wars that cost us trillions of dollars, increasing government size by the largest amount ever, and giving more and more tax breaks to the wealthy as well as their current reluctance to let those tax breaks expire or to cut the corporate welfare for the most profitable industry the world has ever known. In short, its not the poor people getting us into trouble here.

    July 10, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    We are ready to accept cut when they make cuts on their salaries and benefits congress and senate’s pension, health insurance

    July 10, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Oil companies are making hundreds of billions a year and they still need Cooperate Welfare, who is in denial
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    Oil companies pay tens of billions in taxes and provide hundreds of thousands of our citizens jobs, and those people also pay taxes. The "corporate welfare" you speak of are their normal expenses. As usual, the Democrats target a business segment they don't like and try to demonize them, just like they do with insurance companies and many others.

    libtards and the massive government dependent crowd had better realize if you continue to strangle the Golden Goose that lays the eggs that keep you alive, you had better be prepared to start making it on your own. I won't hold my breath waiting for this to happen.

    July 10, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. SecedingfromTexas

    From 'Club for Growth' re: Santorum:
    1. "From 2005-2006 he had one of the biggest spending agendas of any Republican."
    2. "Supported no child left behind in 2001 (big government), supported massive drug entitlement in 2001, cost today $60B a year and 16T in unfunded liabilities."
    3." Voted for 2005 highway bill that included Bridge to Nowhere"
    4."Voted for milk subsidies in 2005"
    5." Voted to raise congressional pay in 2001, 2002, 2003
    6."Proud of the many earmarks he took for Pennsylvania".
    So, tell me again about spending??????????? The worm has turned, again.

    July 10, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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