Santorum launches pre-emptive attack against Perry
August 8th, 2011
09:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum launches pre-emptive attack against Perry

Washington (CNN) - With news trickling out Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to join the Republican presidential field, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum isn't wasting any time attacking his soon-to-be rival.

Santorum, lagging behind Perry and several other candidates in the polls, is hoping to sully the Texas governor's reputation among socially conservative caucus-goers in Iowa by raising questions about his opposition to same-sex marriage. Both men will likely be competing for support among evangelical Christians.

"If reports are true, then I want to be the first to welcome Governor Perry to the race – but it's too bad he chose to ignore Iowa," Santorum said in a statement distributed to several news organizations. "I guess we'll all see each other soon on the trail. I wonder which version of marriage he'll be 'fine' with in South Carolina – obviously, not the same version he was 'fine' with in New York."

Perry recently said he is "fine" with same-sex marriage in New York, citing the rights of states to create their own laws. He later clarified that he supports a federal amendment to formalize marriage as between a man and a woman.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
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  1. Beth

    "Santorum is hoping to sully the Texas governor's reputation among socially conservative caucus-goers in Iowa"

    How very Christian of him.

    August 9, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  2. coy4one

    Perry will say and do whatever it takes to be governor, President, or whatever, but once in office, it will always be about Perry. He is a terrible governor, and his only success in Texas is because of a Republican-controlled State. If the Texas House or Senate, or both were Democrat, he would be a nothing governor. He even vetos his own party's bills when big business is involved. Yes, he loves big business!!! Isn't it strange that he was a nothing when he took over the Governor's office and now he is a multi-millionaire? The State pays for his mansion, and he does not live in the Governor's mansion. And to top it all, he says that Texas should become its own country...whether a statement to prove a point or not, it is not the type of statement he should have made. Who knows whether he was truly serious about it or not. Had enough people agreed, we would probably be in another Civil War with slaves again, if Perry got his way. I also don't believe his "religous" ways either. I think this is another way for him to win votes. He's a joke. Oh, and yes, I live in Texas.

    August 9, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. Done With You All

    with obama in command, I suggest all Americans start stock piling Food and Ammo.

    August 9, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists

    When did it become ok to mix religion with politics? Neither one of these morons are christians in my eye. Here you have Perry using a prayer rally to gain support among evangelicals. Sounds like he's pimping to me. And Santorum......enough said.

    August 9, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Santorum is showing that he is desperate. Given that he hasn't raised the money or the poll numbers, this makes him a long shot to make it anywhere. He should have stayed a contributor at Fox where he would have made money still.

    August 9, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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