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. thomas

    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.”

    if you talked like that last week you would still be in the race !

    Perry/Enron 2012

    August 16, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Everyman

    Hey, he seems to have some sense. If the Republican party was smart they'd make him their candidate.

    August 16, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Indy

    Santorum just might find a little more support for telling the truth and calling out his rivals. Romney is a professional politician that has not been that sucessful and he talks about how he is a great job creator but he has not created any jobs the past five years. As everyone knows it is the private sector that creates jobs and not government or the President and wil Mitts millions and all the tax loopholes one would think that he should have been re investing in America nad vreating jobs as a businessman.An arrogant Texas Governor just simply cannot get elected again so Perry is out once he gets to mainstream America. Rick does not have a chance but still good to see one of these Republicans speak out on other Republicans when they should.

    August 16, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. A Real Patriot

    How bad is it when Santorum sounds like the sane one?

    What a bunch of clowns....

    PS: Hey Perry-here's treason-wishing your government defaults on its loans-that's treason!

    August 16, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. ID

    And this is why Santorum could never gain any traction. He lacks the strength of character to stand by his statements.

    August 16, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. BB

    Rick Perry is like school on a holiday. NO CLASS!

    August 16, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Gemini Girl

    I say 3 of the Repubs who will go down in flames are: Santorium, Newt, and Rick Perry! When things come out about Rick Perry, he will go down quickly. There's alot out there about him that his people are trying like crazy to hide, the least is that he has SEVEN super-pacs backing him; he is beholden to about 200 corporate entities; we don't need his kind anywhere near the White House. And so it will be Mitt Romney on top. Too bad, I kinda like Huntsman, he looks & sounds presidential. But I'm going with Mr. Obama! But Ron Paul came out second in the straw polls, very close to crazy Bachmann. Why isn't he mentioned at all in the cable news channels?? (I think John Stewart pointed this out yesterday on his show.)

    August 16, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Seattle Sue

    I don't like either Santorum or Perry but Santorum is no match against Perry.

    August 16, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Santorum is correct about one thing; Perry isn't in Texas anymore and will have to watch what he says. It is more than just the people of Texas that are going to be watching his words and actions. His 26 years in elected office is going to come back to haunt him I think.

    All of the Republicans that are running say they want less government; to that I have to ask about food safety that has come into question lately. What would they do to make sure that the food served is safe to eat? They are all for reducing the cost and scope of government, but do they want to reduce this part? Will this business really be good at patrolling themselves?

    August 16, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Tanbiker2

    This is all good. Let them all rip each other's guts out and leave lots of blood on the floor. This is giving the American people wonderful insight into what government will be like in the future if any of these corrupt goons ever get into power.

    August 16, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world almost

    No Ricky and we're certainly not in Kansas anymore.

    August 16, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. kat

    While I like Santorum, I really wish they would atop bashing and go after our real problem and that's BHO and his administration

    August 16, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. J.V.hodgson

    This guy Perry is all mouth and no substance, he even twists thhe truth about how ge balanced the texas budget, mostly with federal money coming in. then tals about employment growth in minimum wage jobs totallyout of proportion to Texas population growth.
    His own mouth will destroy his potential to win the republican nomination
    He hasn't got a prayer even of achieving the nomination!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 16, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world almost

    Why would Santorum drop out? It's not anyone will hire this guy.

    August 16, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. CBR

    Rick Santorum just went up many points in my opinion of him. At least there is one person who has the courage to stand up to Governor Perry. The Governor was wrong and spoke before he thought about what he was saying. Texans do talk big but his accusations and the ascribing the word treason to Mr. Bernanke is outrageous. If Perry has proof then share it. Otherwise be quiet.

    If he is looking the other way and giving his okay as Texans take the law into their own hands than he should not be allowed to give his acceptance of this conduct. Texas is still a state in the United States. People are innocent until proven guilty but I bet that is not happening in Texas.

    August 16, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Steve Hicks

    Go Rick Santorum. The only way you are going to make some headway is to make some noise. Don't make the same mistake that Pawlenty made with Romney. If you want to be President, you'd better be stronger than your rivals – especially the other Rick in the race.

    August 17, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. Google Santorum

    This guy is more loopy than I thought, if he really believes his wacky views have a snowball's chance in hell of getting him elected once he has to win votes from more than just born-again Christians.

    August 17, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  18. jefflz

    Neither Perry nor Santorum can cut it on the national scene. Pity the GOP, they are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    August 17, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  19. BeverlyNC

    And you are not on FOX anymore Rick. FACTS do matter in the real world and you will get caught when you just make stuff up out here.

    August 17, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  20. rick s.

    Is this guy still around? Rick has one of the worst attitudes in the debates. I thought he was going to stamp off stage when Ron Paul tore him a new one in Iowa. Maybe you should do a piece on Ron Paul for a change. Maybe you can ask him why all the mainstream media networks won't touch his campaign except for FOX. I think there is a real story here in the lack of coverage. I mean if I have to here about Rick Perry one more time I'm going to scream. I mean, your network and fox are building up such hype about this guy and I'm reading blogs from his own statesmen who say he is all about one person and thats, Rick Perry! Yet I never hear about Ron Paul. This guy has an unwavering track record. He has integrity and a real sense of what Americans want done in this country. He lost to Bachmann by nine-tenths of a percent in Iowa...its her HOME STATE! If that isn't crushing in itself, but he didn't even get an interview by cnn or fox news. Come on. Do you think that Americans don't see that he's being swept under the carpet because the powers that be don't want him in washington? Last time I checked in America, where I'm from, the people are supposed to decide who is vote worthy and who isn't. This place is not the country I grew up learning about and it definately isn't the country I served for four years in the NAVY. Why don't you get CNN to do a piece on him and maybe give more than a minute long interview. America needs to hear what this guy has to say and then America can decide, the way our constitution intends it to be.

    August 17, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Santorum, who finished what – fifth or sixth in the Straw – still got a lot of spunk? Well, maybe he just might make a difference in the far-RIGHT field by proving he is NOT as far-RIGHT as Perry or Bachmann. But anyone that speaks "SANE" on the RIGHT would be considered a Democrat!!!

    “We don’t charge people with treason because we disagree…”
    So Rick Perry keep on preaching thinking your Holier than Thee!
    Crapping out of your mouth with every opportunity
    Sooooooo far-RIGHT where where normal minds will NEVER see!!

    “…Gov. Perry will step back and recognize that we’re not in Texas, anymore.”
    He will realize he’s so far-RIGHT and can no longer score
    And by then Perry and Bachmann would know that they’re out the door
    But Santorum – come on now – you’ll never stand as President on the White House floor!!

    Santorum is fighting a battle – may make good points – but in the end, he will lose the war!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 17, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Knocking Perry is going to be too easy. His college grades are out in the public arena now. The man was a C student who almost failed PE. P. E. So naturally, with the education of America's children declining at an alarming rate he cut Texas education budget. Not by $5 million; not by $50 mllion; not even by $500 million. He cut the Texas education budget by $5 BILLION DOLLARS. Why? Perhaps the fact that most of the money went to help Latino and inner city young people. Not one of the Republican Parties big demographic base groups. He did however support tax breaks for private schools.
    Go Figure.

    August 17, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  23. A Kickin` Donkey

    Hey Slick Rick not everybody can be impressed by your swagger & drawl or itimidated by your bravado.

    As full as you are of yourself as a Texan – as the saying goes – that dog don`t hunt nationwide.

    You can`t bluff your way to the Presidency.

    August 17, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  24. Fraudulent Reserve

    Add Santorum to the list of RINOS, who'll defend International Bankers over America.

    August 17, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  25. Good stuff

    Santorum. He has no chance.

    August 17, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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