Santorum targets Obama, Romney at raucous Texas rally
February 9th, 2012
04:17 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum targets Obama, Romney at raucous Texas rally

Plano, Texas (CNN) – With the wind at his back after big wins in Tuesday’s primaries, Rick Santorum held a raucous rally in Plano on Wednesday night, painting a gloomy picture of America if President Barack Obama’s “radical, statist policies” continued for four more years.

“Barack Obama has systematically, in every single way, tried to destroy the very foundational elements of our country,” Santorum said.

Perhaps his most protracted criticism was pegged to a recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriages. Santorum said that this decision was one more step in the left’s war on religion – a war that could ultimately end with the guillotine.

“They are taking faith and crushing it,” he said. “Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no inalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you do and when you'll do it. What's left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentleman, we're a long way from that, but if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are heading down that road.”

But Santorum’s fearful rhetoric was not reserved only for the president. In a criticism that he has used throughout his trip to Texas, Santorum launched a thinly-veiled attack at Mitt Romney for running on his record as a former business executive. Santorum said electing someone who will simply “manage” the country could have dire consequences.

“If this race is about how to better manage Washington D.C. with someone who’s a CEO and can manage the affairs and create a better platform for government, then we will not only lose this election, but even if we win this election we will eventually lose this country,” he said.

Repeatedly calling the 1,500-person crowd “the choir,” Santorum acknowledged that his proverbial preaching was falling on mostly friendly ears, but he also said that “every now and then the choir has to go out and sing solos,” and he called on the crowd to help spread his message throughout the country.

“I ask you to go out across the state of Texas, using all of your social media to go out across the country and across the world and fight – fight for your ancestors, fight for those who sacrifice, fight for the principles that make this country great, and let’s defeat Barack Obama and elect Rick Santorum as the next president of the United States.”


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  1. Thomas

    “They are taking faith and crushing it,” he said. “Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no inalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you do and when you'll do it. What's left in France became the guillotine.

    Rick Santorum must have a thing for Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini , an Italian politician who led the National Fascist Party. Mussolini allied with the Catholic church to crush the Communist party. Similar to Santorum condemning Obama. However , Obama is not a Communist.

    February 9, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  2. Jimbo

    Santorum for Pres!

    February 9, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  3. Namejkane fl

    Religion does not belong in gov .if you like religion in gov go to Iran!!!!!

    February 9, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  4. king

    These repubs have been painting a gloom picture ever since their trickle down policies wrecked the country, and the Obama"s, focus on the demand side policies brought this country from cake. Why these repubs never seems to inject reality and facts into their statements, oh I .forgot, facts and science is not part of their agenda, only fantcies of yesteryears of how things suppose to be. Guest what! Things and time change so get with the program, we are living in a global economy now.

    February 9, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  5. Marry

    Never mind if it is Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Paul – they simply make the stomach turn. Distortions, propaganda, and no solutions or ideas in sight! What are people thinking, listening to them and clapping their hands?

    February 9, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  6. Jeff

    The GOP, the party of NO, is adding the party of FEAR to its monkier.

    February 9, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  7. nintex

    This man's hateful rhetoric is dangerous to every American who believes in freedom. How can anyone listen to these outright lies and not want to throw up. God help us if he ever gets near the White House! Unfortunately there are those who eat this stuff up and want more.

    February 9, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. diridi

    This idiot is just no way worth the time. o.k, I don't think he is worth even talking. Obama2012. He is just like Male Sarah Palin........true, true, true., and true.

    February 9, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  9. Anonymous010

    “They are taking faith and crushing it,” he said. “Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no inalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you do and when you'll do it. What's left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentleman, we're a long way from that, but if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are heading down that road.”

    Wow. What a loon. As a liberal leaning centrist, I can say with reasonable certainty that the left is not out to destroy religion; it manages to do that all on its own. Second, Rick, the government already gives us our rights. You're trying to monger fear of what has already been true for 200 years. Thirdly, the French Revolution was about income inequality. They had a country where only a few people had the wealth and everyone else was poor. Revolution was inevitable, and will be here if people continue to push for 'trickle-down' economics.

    February 9, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  10. Ric

    What a bunch of nonsensical BS. I can't believe free thinking people buy into this garbage.

    February 9, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |