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
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Another GOP thug...that's all i say...

    August 8, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. ARTRaveler

    The more I see this group play to a small portion of the electorate in Iowa and South Carolina, the more it confirms that we need to go to regional primaries. We would probably still get a religious right Taliban member but maybe one that has some appeal to the middle who are thinking about electing a president, not a pope or bishop. This is a diverse country and as a Christian, I don't want any of these extremeists on the ballot.

    August 8, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP field of candidates is crowded and not one seens to recognize an attack on President Obama won't get you in the WH, it's just more of the same, no solutions, just attack.

    August 8, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. JJ

    Get your tickets for the battle of the loser Hun Brothers.

    August 8, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. loveurick

    Umm, "lagging behind" is an understatement. He's a good man and I like him, but he can't win. Rather than take shots at a fellow conservative, the good Senator could make himself more useful by facing reality and getting out of the race.

    As for Perry's comments about same-sex marriage, I doubt that he's "fine" with it. He was simply making the point that he's a firm believer in state's rights.

    August 8, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. thomas

    NICE TEETH !

    Yet Perry has the Texas Charles Bronson Hair !

    August 8, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. tibeau

    That's just what we need to worry about, same sex marriage. I'm sure that's why our credit rating fell, because New York approved of them. Mr. Santorum has had his chance, he spewed his hatred when running for another term as Senator, it didn't work then, and it won't work now. America has bigger fish to fry than to worry about who is getting married to whom.

    August 8, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Santorum has little going for him.....you know? He is a rubber stamp of the GOP platform, and not much else.

    August 8, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Ron

    Who?? Ooooh. Santorum. Thought he was Pawlenty. LOL

    August 8, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. Stoneoak

    Another Tea Party Crackpot.

    August 8, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Richard Andrews

    I do not believe the country is ready for religious zealots in the White House. These narrow-minded, intolerant people should be left to feed on each other. We do not need a christian "Imam" in the WH.

    August 8, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. A Real Patriot

    Both of these troglodytes could have starred in 'Planet of the Apes"...no wonder they are stars in the TEA OP.....

    August 8, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. Sally

    If Mr. Santorum is smart he will play up Rick Perry's attempt to mandate Gardasil vaccinations for school girls in Texas (because he received money from the manufacturer). I can't see that going down well with social conservatives.

    August 8, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  14. Harrison

    Google Santorum.

    August 8, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. Henry Miller

    So far as I can tell, hating gays and going control-freak on pregnant women are the only things Santorum cares about. That's not enough to make a President.

    August 8, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. Independent Texan

    Don`t let Perry outwit you. He`s an accomplished Federalist-- oops!! I mean solid conservative, uh, moderate, newly reborn Christian. --After all, God speaks directly to him. --Oh well, if he misses the Presidency, he can make all the Christian talk shows and Foxy News before starting his own evangelical crusade on TV.--– Just be sure to send him your $$$$$.

    August 8, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Poor Santorum, he just can't get any traction. He is so low that he doesn't show up on the polls. I always wondered why he even attempted this run when event he voters in his home state would not re-elect him.

    August 8, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Mark C

    There's a reason this guy is in dead last place, and it's the same reason he couldn't even get re-elected to the Senate: he's a moron.

    August 8, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Both Santorum and Perry try to prove which is the most Bible-thumping, homophobic leader of the American Taliban! I know here in Texas we think Perry "doth protests too much". Both should hold a dual coming-out to correspond with the Republican National COnvention.

    August 9, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. LNB

    And both men should not be running for president of this country which is about liberty and justice for all. They are ignorant, hate mongering men and I will marry whom ever I want and so will my children and grand children. it is just a matter of time when all the likes of these men will be shown in historical context as bigots and harpies.

    August 9, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Everybody say CHEESE!!! Snap!!!! Or is he saying, "my girdle is killing me"!!!

    August 9, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. LisaD

    When I hear Romney, Palin or Perry speak, I check to see if satire on a comedy show. Surely, they dont believe what they're talking about or that we're that gullible. Well, somebody dropped the ball in the GOP, electing George Bush, was a quagmire. He left Texas as the banks managed in debt, then left this nation in the same condition. Deja vu!

    August 9, 2011 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  23. Jay

    Look hard at that smile. It says it all about this man.

    August 9, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He appears to be hissing Perry with each "fine". Circular firing squad!

    August 9, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  25. Ibamaliar

    It's sickenting how these would be canidates want to make critizism on their fellow Canidates especially since they have no chance of winning the Primaries.

    August 9, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
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