Santorum asks if Republican rivals can be trusted
October 22nd, 2011
11:00 PM ET
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Santorum asks if Republican rivals can be trusted

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum claimed Saturday that he has been a loyal soldier in the fight against abortion and questioned the conservative bona fides of his primary rivals.

The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania was the final speaker at a presidential forum in Des Moines organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. From the outset, he tried to contrast himself with his opponents.

“Can they be trusted?” he said. “Are these the people who stood up when they had their opportunity and did what had to be done? Did they fight those fights when they had the opportunity?”

He listed several bills that he sponsored and voted for as a member of the Senate during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidential administrations, including legislation banning partial-birth abortion and outlawing embryonic stem cell research.

“I wan an offensive coordinator on the life issue,” Santorum said. “I was trying to move the ball down the field.”


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Nelson

    Ron Paul did. Sit down loser...

    October 22, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Moe NY

    Santorum...neither you or your republican/tbag rivals can be trusted. Why are you poking your nose into women's issues? None of your business plain and simple. The women of america can call their own shots, do not need you to make decisions for them, and why do you want to make a decision for american women? You will not be elected President, as you are trying to take away women's rights, besides you are not qualified anyway.

    October 22, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. Larry L

    He's asking if other Republicans are crazy enough to satisfy the radical Tea Party base. I think Bachman is plenty crazy. Really, rally crazy and stupid too! Perry is just lying and may not be truly nuts, just too dishonest to admit it. Cain isn't really crazy but he's working so hard to be white and crazy he's lost his game. Newt isn't really crazy but he's clearly so lacking in moral character even the Republicans can see through his defenses. Ron Paul is crazy enough but as an anarchist he will do away with Social Security and Medicare – so he gets no votes. Huntsman isn't crazy because he is a closet Democrat. That leaves Mitt Romney. He can be crazy, he can be normal, conservative, liberal, man, woman, or just about anything he needs to be at the moment. Great job in finding candidates GOP!

    October 22, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  4. Will

    The GOP(Greed Over People) ONLY cares about the unborn. Once a baby is born the GOP(Great Obstructionist Party) tells that baby go to H_LL,because we don't care if you live or die.

    October 22, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. dan

    With everything that is going on wrong in the world, especially the economy, and lack of national health care, why are these guys still talking about abortion and birth control. The GOP as lost itself in a bunch of uneducated redneck ideals.

    October 22, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. todd in DC

    Hates women, hates gay people, hates science. Right, got it. Perfect presidential material. /snark

    October 22, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    No member of the tea bagging GOP can be trusted, in 2010 they ran on job creation, what we got was anti-abortion legistration, but still NO jobs bill even now almost a year after they won the House..

    I do not need an abortion, but I do need a job!

    October 23, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. bp

    Hurry up and start the voting so we can quickly be rid of this monster of bigotry and intolerance who disgraces the name of the God he claims calls upon him to run for President. When Santorum becomes roadkill quickly as he will, maybe he will also interpret that as God's will.

    October 23, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►“I wan an offensive coordinator on the life issue,” Santorum said. “I was trying to move the ball down the field.” ◄

    Too bad you can't move the poll numbers UP THE FIELD!!

    Obama 2012

    October 23, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. phelonius_munk

    what a d-bag, go away Saint-orum.
    nobody cares.

    October 23, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Hey! HEY! I'm running for president, too! Pay attention to me!

    >sigh< Even Pawlenty got a clue early on... When will Santorum finally wake up and realize that what he thinks is completely irrelevant.

    October 23, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. thomas

    Please go away !

    October 23, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  13. Justin

    He may be pro-life, but he keeps dead babies around with him for days on end. Check out what he did to his son in 1996 – he actually brought the dead baby home and later to a family reunion, and slept with the corpse in his bed.

    October 23, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    Allow me to answer, Mr. Frothy Santorum, NO Republican can be trusted.

    October 23, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  15. madmadda

    Ex senator santorum right? As in your home state didn't want you to represent them any more in congress So why on earth would the rest of our nation want this fascist to represent us to the world? More to the point given his miniscule poll numbers and the 0% chance he has of being nominated Who but a handfull of his fascicst followers cares what this extreamist thinks Offensive coordinator? How about just offensive why do you guys even cover this loser?

    October 23, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    "Santorum asks if Republican rivals can be trusted"

    Good question. Answer: NO
    Bad news is neither can you.

    October 23, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Upon further reflection I was too quick

    October 23, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  18. Cheryl

    Whatever you think about Rick Santorum and his beliefs, you have to admit he walks the talk. He is honest, passionate, decisive and intelligent. I think a Santorum/Newt or a Newt/Santorum would make a strong team and would make a positive difference in this country. All others just talk in the moment and then take back their unpopular beliefs. Santorum explains his unpopular beliefs. To vote for Santorum will take courage from American people though...because he is about accountabiity, which is hard but necessary if we are to get out of this mess we are in.

    October 23, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. diridi

    In my opinion, absolutely No...None of GOP and Tea idiots are trustworthy....Obama2012....glad, Iraq war is ending...

    October 23, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  20. Johnny B. Goode

    Rick Santorum makes my skin crawl. He is downright creepy.

    October 23, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  21. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Yes, Mr. Frothy, nothing says progress and "trying to move the ball down the field" than opposing science like embryonic stem cell research.

    October 23, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. Clwyd

    NO! and neither can you!

    October 23, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. Sorensen

    Rick who?

    October 23, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. sensible

    Hey Rick.....they're republicans....of course you can't trust them!!!!

    October 23, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |