Obama's 'in denial,' Santorum says
July 10th, 2011
09:58 AM ET
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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. davej

    Santorum should run for dogcatcher just to prove he is still electable.

    July 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Learn Conservatism from Murdoch’s ‘News of the world’

    Want to make money break the law

    Who will lose the job? INNOCENT

    Who can stay in the job? law breaker

    July 10, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Dorene Murphy

    As seen above America, there is a way to save Medicare and Medicaid, the politicians just need to ask the people who deliver health care. I am a licensed practical nurse and a health care administrator. Believe me; we do not need politicians to solve our problems with health care spending, covered entities who delivery health care do.

    July 10, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. ramtruck2500

    I am so totally sick of the term entitlement! I have worked since 14. All the government is showing is they are like a bad Republican employer telling you how they are sorry but what you have earned we are now taking! Denial? ricki needs a morror. I personally hope the whole damn world defaults!

    July 10, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. lynn

    The only thing the Republicans want is to be back in the White House, at any and all cost. Screw the economy, screw the jobs, it's all about them and their cronies.

    July 10, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Will he bring his baby to the rallies in the nextt year?

    July 10, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. david bidlack

    lets see how republicans shift around! during george bush's time in office he raised the dept ceiling 7 times . he ran some of the most out of control spending with the war in iraq along with his tax cut for the wealthy. when it came to intidlements he borrowed all the supluses from social sucurity evey year in fact he borrowed $674 billion out of the account in just the last year he was in office to keep his tax cuts for the wealthy in place. social sucurity now has I.O.U.s in the account of $2.3 trillion dollars. NOW these no good republicans who gave this baby boomers suplus to the rich in tax cuts still have the guts to tell the public that intidlements have something to do with a balanced budget which until now have had nothing to do with deficit spending. what a bunch of jurks the are and they so far have been working part time in washington since they took overe the house.

    July 10, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. John

    CNN why Is It every week This Candy Crowley only has Republican on her show. All the Republican do is Complain about President Obama and LIE. They never give any Idea of what they would do except give then RICH and give tax Loophole to BIG BUSINESS. Why only tell one side ,or Is CNN turning Into FOX NEWS to.

    July 10, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Anthony

    "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...."

    So you think that tax hikes will be necessary to pay down the debt in the future. Before we get to that ASTRONOMICAL tax hikes, Bush passed the biggest tax cuts in history. We had a balanced budget before then.

    "The elderly, sick and poor CONSUME massive amounts of f(e)deral 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."

    We have a Republican admitting that the elderly would would been gone LONG ago without help. So Republicans want to cut spending on the elderly now to make sure that they are gone now. 2012 is going to be easier than I had thought.

    July 10, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. William

    I hate to tell Mr. Santorum, but part of the "spending problem" is that we are not taking in enough to pay what we are spending. Not taking in enough means that corporate American and wealthy Americans are not paying their share on our necessary spending. Wise up Republicans!

    July 10, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Root and stem

    The war being waged against America by Mr. Obama and CNN comes to a fricking end in January 2013.

    July 10, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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