Santorum on Perry: ‘We’re not in Texas, anymore’
August 16th, 2011
09:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum on Perry: ‘We’re not in Texas, anymore’

(CNN) – Using some of the strongest words yet for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum blasted his fellow GOP presidential candidate Tuesday.

Santorum said on CNN's "John King, USA" that Perry has already “stepped on it a couple times” since entering the race Saturday, arguing the governor's comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were “completely out of bounds.”

“We don’t charge people with treason because we disagree with them on public policy,” Santorum said. “You don’t up the ante to that type of rhetoric. It’s out of place.”

Perry has been under fire since Monday night when he said the idea of Bernanke issuing more money through the Federal Reserve for political reasons would be almost “treasonous.”

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don't know what y'all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas," Perry said.

Santorum, who announced his bid for president on June 6, took swipes at Perry’s political style.

“Washington, D.C., is not Austin,” Santorum said. “My sense is that he’s going to have a pretty big learning curve.”

Later, he added: “Hopefully Gov. Perry will step back and recognize that we’re not in Texas, anymore.”

But Perry isn’t the only governor Santorum had choice words for on Tuesday. When asked about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s recent claims that he and businessman Herman Cain were the only private-sector-savvy candidates, Santorum said Romney had no other choice in life.

“It’s not that Mitt Romney didn’t want to be in the public sector. He just lost elections,” Santorum said. “He tried to get in the public sector, but he just lost.”

Romney ran two unsuccessful elections: One for the Senate in 1994 and for president in 2008.

Santorum himself recently lost a major Senate run for re-election to a third term in 2006.

But Santorum said he was pleased with his fourth-place finish at the high-stakes Ames Straw Poll in Iowa Saturday, falling behind former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in third place.

And while Pawlenty dropped out of the race the following day due to his disappointing finish, Santorum indicated he had no plans of leaving the ring anytime soon.

His campaign will focus on the first three battleground states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — of the upcoming caucus and primary calendar, he said.

“That will continue for the next 5 ½ months, and we'll see where we are then,” Santorum said.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Susan

    I wish that the republicans would get together and print some rules. While I fully agree that Perry shouldn't be calling Bernake treasonous, I'm wondering why it is considered fair game to call Obama a "communist", "socialist", "anti-American", "out to destroy America", "radical muslim", "friend of terrorists", "not an American citizen" and any number of racially based slurs that have been thrown at him. While I appreciate that Santorum and some other conservatives decided to stand up for Bernake, it just seems odd that they do this when doing so might score political points ("look how mean my primary opponent is...I'm much more reasonable"), but when they know their base will love the anti-Obama rhetoric, they have no problem being every bit as harsh when it comes to their criticism of our President (and his wife for that matter!) It would be nice to see such rhetoric disappear entirely, but I'm guessing that once the political point against Perry has been scored, none of them will hesitate to use such accusations against Obama and any other Democrat they can find.

    August 17, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  2. Name king

    Hey Atleast one person can stand up to this burning flock of unreality. Santrum stood up to perry with his Texas style of go for the juggler. I wonder when they'll allow mitten to come out of his cat hole and defend himself from perry. He talks about Obama but I think mitten chin is suspect. As for balkman both she and the Texan are made out of one cloth so they will see eye to eye.

    August 17, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  3. Aaron

    I completely agree with Mr Santorum. When the nation is this activated, throwing around words like 'treason' (which during the tea-partiers' time was punishable by death, I'm sure) is reckless. And did we mention the hypocrisy? In 2009, he was flirting with the idea of Texas seceding from the union. THAT is treasonous talk if you ask me.

    August 17, 2011 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Next!

    August 17, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. cm

    Webster Dictionary; G O P:
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    August 17, 2011 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He,Cain and Lizard Gingrich are broke so it won't be long before they drop out like that weasel, TPaw.

    August 17, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  7. Njfinest2009

    Rick who?

    August 17, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
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