Ron Paul: Santorum is 'very liberal'
January 2nd, 2012
01:23 PM ET
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Ron Paul: Santorum is 'very liberal'

(CNN) - Ron Paul dinged rival Rick Santorum Monday for being a "very liberal" candidate, saying the former Pennsylvania senator and staunch social conservative voted for too much spending during his time in Congress.

Speaking to CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash before a campaign event with his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, the White House hopeful said his rival had taken positions counter to true conservative ideas.

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"I mean, have you looked at his record? Go look at his record," Paul said.

He continued: "He spends too much money. He wasn't leading the charge to slash the budgets and vote against big government."

Rand Paul added that Santorum's vote history proved he wasn't a true conservative.

"He voted to double the size of the Department of Education," Rand Paul said. "He voted to expand Medicare and add free drugs for senior citizens and he has voted for foreign aid. Those are not conservative principles. Seventy-seven percent of the American people are opposed to foreign aid and Rick Santorum has voted for it every time it's come down."

Paul also spoke in some of the strongest terms to date about the potential of a third-party bid should he fail to secure the GOP nomination.

"I have no plans in doing that," Paul said. "Tomorrow is a big day. We'll see what happens but I have no intention of doing that, no plans and no desire."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rand Paul • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Jimmer

    hey Strategic Boob........you seem to have your partys mixed up....lol

    January 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    >>>Strategic Bob

    >>>>>Once again, Ron Paul proves just how little he understands. Santorum is, no matter what his spending votes were, most assuredly not a "liberal." Liberals believe in personal freedoms, such as freedom of religion. If elected, Rick Santorum's agenda would be to use the power of government to force everyone to live by the dictates of his cramped and deeply flawed understanding of Christianity and morality. Santorum a liberal? No way!<<<<<\

    Did you even read what little was written in this short article Strategic Bob? Paul said he is a liberal because he spent too much $$$$$ , just like a stereotypical lib.

    No doubt you probably would've thought the same about JFK and his catholicism and his answering to the Pope. You're a typical ....

    January 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Rob Ross

    David,

    You might be the dumbest human alive. I am now leaning to agreeing with Obama's science czar on Eugenics after reading your post.

    January 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Pendy

    Right, Mr. Paul, Santorum is a liberal. What else could you conclude about someone who wants to repeal the Patriot Act, dismantle the military, legalize heroin and cocaine, and thinks we brought 9/11 on ourselves. Oh, wait, those are YOUR positions.

    January 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Bill

    Ron Paul is not an isolationist. He is a non-interventionist. Avert war with diplomacy and trade for prosperity of all countries who trade with us. Strong military in the ready for congressional approved wars not wasting money.

    January 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Shannon

    I have to say this is fun, watching one clown after another fall out of the Republican clown car is beyond amusing. They all seem to be racists, they all have an unreasonable fear of gay people, they all telll lie after lie, they seem to cheat on their spouses a lot, and call that family values. It's hysterical, just how gulliable are the Republican voters....pssst, did you know that when they all say they are going to get rid of "Obamacare" on day one, that they can't do that They aren't being elected King or Queen, this is a Democracy, and they don't have that power. Sad that I had to explain that to you.

    January 2, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Jimmer

    hey Strategic Bo ob..............you seem to have your partys mixed up.....lol

    January 2, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul bumper sticker:

    I got mine; screw you!

    January 2, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Ken

    The recent surge by Santorum is clearly the Republican Party trying to kill itself. It seems the Republican Party’s position is anybody but Ron Paul. Yet it is Ron Paul that espouses all the values of the basic values of the Republican Party.
    Take stock of how the USA got in the current situation. There are only two types of people those who take from society and those that provide to society. The tipping point becomes when there are more suckling from the government than there are those supplying the government. You see sucklers vote for themselves which means a vote for whomever will supply them with a continuing stream of income or supplies.

    Quoting a Democrat of yesteryear “Ask not what your government can do for you, ask what you can do for your government”. If Kennedy were alive today, he would be a Republican.

    As a country we have to stop taking from the government and be responsible for ourselves.
    I am, and many of you are, and we are exhausted supplying the non producers.

    Help the truly needy and the indigent and the weakest of our society but why not let the able bodied support themselves. I have and most of you have. Is it governments place to do this? I think not after all why does religious organizations’ get a tax free ride, is not that their job? It seems that many take their tax free position to simple expand their financial base instead of serving those they are mandated to assist.

    Things have to change because doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the operating structure of the insane.

    I support Ron Paul as the only one with a voting record that supports my positions. I may not agree with him on all his positions, but rest assured I do on the BIG issues.

    January 2, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. up1652

    The Republican party would be much better off and appear much more dignified it it's contenders were not screeching like 2nd graders with raised hands vying for the prize while loudly telling the teacher No No No I'm the most conservative one. Signing pledges and loyalty oaths,,,,,sheesh, what a pack.

    January 2, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Joe

    Santorum is a Republican first and conservative second...
    Tony K the Bible teaches about hard work and fruit. Socialism teaches teaches that you don't have to work, your neighbor will take care of you. So, "no" all Christians shouldn't be. Your apples are rotten.

    January 2, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Mary Jones

    Here in Pennsylvania Rick Santorum is not only considered to be a "liberal" but also a back stabbing chicken hawk and cry baby.
    Oh...did I mention dishonest?

    January 2, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. NickD2

    Will someone please tell Paul that he has two huge caterpillars crawling around on his forehead. I've always heard that if they were all dark like that it means a long cold winter.

    Seriously, do his supporters realize that paul is calling out for a darwinistic society that will throw anyone who is to old or too sick to work 12 hours a day into the street to fend for themselves? Do these supporters want to see everyones grandmother on the street corner begging for bread?

    January 2, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. joe

    Santorum a liberal??? Maybe compared to Simon Legree or Josef Goebbels. Ron Paul gets crazier by the day.

    January 2, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Donkey Party

    Ok Paul supporters, now do you see how nuts your candidate is???

    January 2, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Joe

    David Wendell, you don't even know what Ron Paul stands for so instead of typing, go look it up.

    January 2, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. up1652

    Jon Huntsman appears to be the sharpest pencil in the GOP box. Oddly amusing that they consider him a liberal. He has excellent foreign policy experience and the only viable economic plan.

    January 2, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. JAG

    I don't care what any of them say. I'm going by their records. From that, Paul and Bachmann are the only limited government conservatives up there. There rest are BS. And yes, Liberal is the dirtiest word we know. We could say NAZI or Communist, but that would involve a comprehension of history, and Americans aren't taught that.

    January 2, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Karl Jonas

    Vet4RonPaul -

    Ron Paul is not pro-freedom if your black, gay or contracted AIDS through no fault of your own.

    January 2, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. nexace

    Rick Santorum is a crazy wacko. I wonder if he is really all there upstairs... It would not surprise me if he is outed as cheating on his wife again in the manner of John Edwards.

    ANYONE BUT SANTORUM

    January 2, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Michael Patrick Schmitt

    Oh come on lets go to war with Iran ! So what if we were wrong about those WMDs in Itraq. So what if we were wrong that Bin Laden wasnt in Afghanistan. So what if we were wrong about the Libyan rebels being pro Democratic but were Al Qaeda insted. Lets keep supporting terrorists and dictators because 9/11 was not enough. 3000 dead is nothing; Santorum, Gingrich, Obama and Romney want 300,000; 3,000,000 dead next time. Isnt death great ? If you want more 9/11's to feel "proud" to be an American, keep voting for the cickenhawks. Dont say you werent warned again.

    January 2, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. JamesG

    Santorum was cited in Sept 2006 as One of Three Most Corrupt Senators in Congress by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) (Source: Citizens For Ethics Website)

    Enough said.

    January 2, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. TracyJayne

    All of our republican candidates are awesome people! So thankful to be voting out Obama and his pro- abort policies this year. Let's stop slinging the mud and vote for who ever we feel will best clean up the mess of the last 3 years. Anyone of them will be infinitely better than what we have had to endure with this big government, liberal money spending bunch of know it alls that are ruining our country!!!!!

    January 2, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Contact305

    Ron Paul 2012!

    January 2, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Sanitarium is NUTS...like John McCain...bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran....totally nuts and a complete NEO con big spender as long as they neo cons can hide how much they've screwed the country up.

    January 2, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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