Santorum chides Obama, Perry over Israel policy
September 21st, 2011
06:44 PM ET
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Santorum chides Obama, Perry over Israel policy

Aiken, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the Palestinians pursuing United Nations full membership is a sign of United States "weakness" that they are exploiting under President Barack Obama's leadership.

The former Pennsylvania senator told about 100 people attending an Aiken Republican party luncheon that if he were running the country, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would not have shown up at this week's United Nation's General Assembly in New York.

"He would know better," Santorum said, speaking of Abbas. He said the Palestinians "feel weakness, they feel it, they see it, they know it and they're going to exploit it."

The United States has vowed to veto Palestinian statehood if it reaches a vote in the Security Council. Speaking before the general assembly Wednesday morning, Obama stopped short of calling directly for the Palestinians to drop their submission expected Friday.

"That says go ahead and do it and we'll stop you if you go too far. That's weakness," Santorum said. "It's an embarrassment to this country, it's an offense to the state of Israel."

[Later Wednesday, the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he will personally deliver a formal application to the U.N. Security Council seeking statehood, but he does not expect that the United Nations will act immediately, according to Palestinian officials.]

White House contender Santorum, who is trailing considerably in polls nationally and in South Carolina, chided the leader of the pack, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for making "dated" comments about Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

"From what I read of Gov. Perry's comments, he makes some accurate assessments, but I think he's a little dated in some of the comments he's given about the state of negotiations and where we are," he said.

During the Q & A session, a woman asked Santorum what the negative consequences would be if the United States pulled out of the international organization.

"I am no fan of the United Nations," said Santorum. "I would retrench from our obligations and commitments there."

He said he would attempt to "clean house" and push for transformation and changes. If that doesn't work Santorum said, "I am very open to another type of international organization that could function more legitimately than the United Nations functions."

– State Department Producer Elise Labott contributed to this report
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Palestinian Authority • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Dude, stop wasting money and drop out of race. It's hopeless for you.

    September 21, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Tom

    You're still relevent?

    September 21, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Are you still here, Ricky? Cuz no one cares.

    September 21, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Me

    Oh Jeez, the level of stupidity and zealotism of many american politicians is showing. They are amoral, Pavlov poodle bribed and coerced in order to refuse one people legitimate rights to self-determination and freedom : they are a complete disgrace to human kind.

    September 21, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Smitty

    "Would know better" LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO, gosh the GOP is nuts, first off they are legally obligated to put the paper work in for it, second the notion of making another U.N. would cost the USA trillions to make and would require US troops on the ground during conflicts, GOP just be saying anything without thinking!

    September 21, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Did Santorum get the email??????? President Obama was already praised by Netanyahu, on his handling of the Palestinians seeking a state through the UN.

    With that being said, candidates should keep their TRAPS shut and allow the Commander in Chief, especially through this "crucial" and "walking on egg shell" moment, handle it without DUMP statements coming from them. President Obama is in charge!!!

    I hope MITTens, Bachmann and Santorum have the right medicine because they are ALL now suffering from 'FOOT IN MOUTH" disease.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 21, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. normajean

    Any one who would vote for Rick Perry for president needs to go back to school and learn how to read...Information is available as to his thinking and background. This man openly claims to be a Christian and yet in Texas they have executed more people than in any other state ,many when there was uncertainty as to the guilt of the person accused. This man does not know the meaning of compassion,honor,integrity,honestly nor pride.. He is a big mouthed,,small brained politician whose only concern in this nation is his own political stature. He is a disgrace to the state of Texas and it's history in this country.. and is a disgrace to the party he represents.. He takes away more from his citizens than he gives just to enlarge his own position .THIS IS A PRESIDENT??????? I THINK NOT!!!!!

    September 21, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Jamie from Riverside

    So says this political heavyweight with about 1% support.

    September 21, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. 100% ETH

    Let US see the Chrystal Ball; I see the Republic will win, but I don't know the person. So, why Democrats wasted Money?

    September 21, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. thomas

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum needs to find a real job !

    September 21, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. works4me

    If??? If I were President? Geeze IF I had 79 more legs I'd be the Rocketts.
    Don't kid yourself Santa... you'll never be President.

    September 21, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Hey, Whack-a-doodle-dum, your religious beliefs dictate that the Jews must live in Israel to prepare for the second coming of Christ, at the "end of days," when the world will be destroyed.

    That's the ONLY reason you care about Israel – and it's a pretty sick and twisted one, at that!

    September 21, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Aaron

    He couldn't hold up foreign visitors to the UN just because he doesn't agree with their politics. Besides, the U.S. policy toward Israel is not going to influence non-Jewish voters that much. The majority of Americans are more worried about the economy and the misery going on in our own country. He should move to Israel and give them directions.

    September 21, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. kathleen

    Santorum can spout off all he wants about what he would do as opposed to Obama. It would be a completely different matter if he were the one in the driver's seat, as there are so many opposing forces to satisfy, including your own party. Not as easy as it looks....you can say whatever when you are a candidate but when you actually have to come through with results it's a whole different ballgame! The GOP candidates seem to think it is so easy, just shows what a huge learning curve there would be if any one of them were to win the presidency! Obama is brilliant but being black is a huge draw back, especially with the GOP and unfortunately their propaganda about Obama is starting to catch on. God help America if any of them were to win the presidency! Sad that the American people are so gullible and so easily swayed by the GOP lies and propaganda. Wake up people – all the GOP wants to do is control the country and eventually your future fate.

    September 21, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Name king

    These repugs need to get off Israel jack strap and do what right for this country. They feel that fairness dent matter any more. But contrary to the repugs they're still fare minded folks still living in America.

    September 21, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. David

    Santorum? I'm more interested in what Carrot Top has to say.

    September 21, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Strange, all the Republicans are insulting the President for his handling of Israel, but the leader of Israel thanked him for his stance, and told him he should wear it like a badge of honor. Who are we to believe, the people and leaders of Israel, or the insane ,hate filled lunatics on the right.

    September 21, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Brad

    Santorum: a political Luddite and intellectual midget. Go back to thumpin' your Bible, Rick. Do so hard enough and you'll see the light.

    September 21, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. skarphace

    Here is the opinion of one who has been called both 'zionist' and 'antisemite':

    1) Eventually a two-state solution must become a reality.

    2) Until the Palestinians are willing to accept Isreal as a neighboring state, they should not be granted statehood.

    Coexist or don't exist.

    September 21, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    why is this guy even still running? He's NOT going to win nor get a VP nomination either. He's still polling in single digits and above all he's a complete IMBECILE! I think about the only time I ever agreed with Sarah Palin was when she called him a "knuckle-dragging Neanderthal"!

    September 21, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Ed

    Who cares what this guy says because he became a nobody years ago when he lost his Senate seat because he's such a right wing nut case.

    September 21, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Ricky ... you need to (1) drop out of the GOP primary race - you're not going to get any further in the polls than you already are; (2) clean-up your Google problem - you're embarrassing your children and family; and (3) stop talking - you just keep proving how truly imbecilic you really are. Give it up, man - you're toast!

    September 21, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. mesamick

    This guy Sick Sanitorium is just like P.Rick Perry – They know sooo little about the middle east politics that they think you're talking about Maryland or South Carolina when you mention the Arab-Israeli "middle east conflict"....

    September 21, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |