Santorum: Paul too liberal even for Democrats
December 29th, 2011
12:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Paul too liberal even for Democrats

Coralville, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he doesn't see Ron Paul as his main opponent but nonetheless proceeded to jab at the Texas Congressman, suggesting he's too radical and unelectable.

"Oh no, not really," Santorum said when asked if he sees Paul as his chief competitor. "But I am concerned on the national security issue that voters here in Iowa understand the real consequence of putting someone up in a race against Barack Obama who would be in the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic party."

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"He's even too liberal for Democrats to vote for," Santorum added.

"That's not someone who's going to get a lot of bipartisan support and be able to rally the country together and be an effective competitor against Barack Obama. That's the mission here, who can defeat Barack Obama."


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Again, Santorum is dangerous. His views are very fascist-like.

    December 29, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. jay1975

    When you are as far right as Santorum, everyone looks like a liberal.

    December 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "That's the mission here, who can defeat Barack Obama."
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    Simple answer Rick: NONE OF YOU!!

    December 29, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "I am concerned on the national security issue that voters here in Iowa understand the real consequence of putting someone up in a race against Barack Obama who would be in the Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic party."
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    "...national security issue..." I see that Santorum has spent a little too much time out of cell phone range in the Iowa backwoods. Someone should tell him: that Obama authorized a successful mission to capture or kill Bin Laden, that Khadaffi is no longer in power in Libya, and that the Republican Party has realized that national security is going to be losing argument with American voters in 2012.

    December 29, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. mookie

    Santorum is just another establishment mouthpiece that everyone is sick of hearing. We don't buy the fear anymore buddy!!!

    December 29, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Logic

    Santorum is too conservative for Republicans to vote for.

    December 29, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. MTATL67

    Santorum is two goose steps from being a full Nazi.

    December 29, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    You're both dangerous and so is everyone else running in the republican party right now.

    December 29, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. willie floyd

    "Radical and unelectable" would have been the very words I would have used to describe Sanitarium–oops!-Santorum.

    December 29, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. thomas mc

    Santorum is so far of the Right Wing cliff, he even thinks Adolf Hitler was a Liberal!

    December 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Santorum: Paul too liberal even for Democrats.

    If Ronald Reagen was running , Santorum would say the same thing about him.

    Ron Paul has some good ideas , and some crazy ideas. He would be a lame goose !

    December 29, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Marc

    Since when has cutting spending (even military spending) been liberal?

    December 29, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. krissmith777

    He thinks he is now top tier (I do not buy the CNN/Time Iowa poll for the same reasons different pollsters do not believe it), and already he is saying stupid things.

    December 29, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    Santorum said, “…That's the mission here, who can defeat Barack Obama." And that is all that matters; not solving our economic problems, not moving us forward in technology and manufacturing, not taking steps to make sure we are a populous of healthy, educated, employable people. No, it is all about defeating the tall, fit, erudite, handsome, charming, intelligent, accomplished man that makes them feel so inferior.

    December 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Paul is no liberal – he is an anarchist.

    December 29, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Sally

    Santorum thinks HE can get bipartisan support? He's so radical and incompetent even his fellow Republicans didn't vote to re-elect him.

    December 29, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Marc asked:

    Since when has cutting spending (even military spending) been liberal?
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    What does too liberal mean? Decriminalizing marijuana. Being an extreme pacifist.

    December 29, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. RSJ

    Ron has some crazy ideas, but many of his ideas are common sense and ring true to 'reality'. Stop going to war unnecessarily. That's not a crazy idea. Our country committed multiple crimes going into Iraq needlessly. The U.S. and Israel have thousands of nukes. If Iran had a bomb and used it against Israel, they would be destroying the homeland of not just Jews, but Palestinians. What would be the rationale behind that? We're going to go to war over one nuclear warhead just because their President has a negative connotation with Israel? The Drug War, budget, etc. Ron has some good ideas here that get trivialized by the media. The media is bias against reality....

    December 29, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Calvin

    urban dictionary "santorum"
    lol

    December 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |