Santorum blasts Obama for 'coercion'
February 10th, 2012
11:41 AM ET
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Santorum blasts Obama for 'coercion'

Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum trained his fire on President Barack Obama Friday during his much-anticipated speech at CPAC, hitting the president over the recent controversy surrounding health insurance coverage for contraceptives.

"They believe rights come from government," he said, with his family on stage. "The most important one they've been able to shove down the throats of the American public is the right to health care."

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While the White House said Friday it would find an alternative to the rule requiring religious institutions to cover contraceptives, Santorum took issue with the original policy, saying the administration was trying to "force" insurance on something that only cost "a few dollars" and had "no economic need."

Santorum's remarks reflected a steady theme of opposition toward the new rule at the conference, as several speakers have railed against the policy.

"This is the kind of coercion we can expect," he said. "It's not about contraception. It's about government control of our lives and it's got to stop."

Following his three election victories this week and a strong fundraising boost, the Republican presidential candidate predicted the GOP would win the election by making "Barack Obama and his failed policies the issues of this race."

He also took the opportunity to take a swipe at rival candidate Mitt Romney and called the former governor's Massachusetts health care program the "stepchild" of Obama's sweeping health care reform.

Turning back to his criticism of Obama, Santorum blasted the administration's policies on energy and climate change, arguing that Obama was trying to "dictate what lights to turn on and what cars to drive."

"They scare you by intimidating you to trust them and give you power," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Rick Santorum
soundoff (364 Responses)
  1. Laura

    This from the same fool who said that there is no right to privacy in one's bedroom. What a whackjob.

    February 10, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. Terry

    Momma Bear said, "Who gave Poppa Bear Viagra?" It was given to him by the folks over at Catholic Charities. They said that our health plan covered bare necessities.

    February 10, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Reggie from LA

    While Mr Santorum purports to be such a fine family man, his misogynistic side just oozes right. Interesting, if given the opportunity, women would vote for him. "Well, I hate'm, but at least he's not Obama" they'll rationalize. It's how the Stepford's think. How can any woman vote for that party?

    February 10, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Bill

    Elect him and we'll be back in the stone age. He probably still thinks the earth is flat. He's all for individual rights until they are different than his. He will lose a general election.

    February 10, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Vietvet

    Santorum wants the United States to be a theocracy burdening its citizens with his religious views. And, he wants large banks and other large corporations to compete in a free enterprise system as monopolies without regulations. That is, until they need bailouts.

    February 10, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. Satberry

    The priest have been forcing little boys for quite sometime to do something against their will.

    February 11, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  7. Jason

    Two things:

    1. Is health care really something most people would care where it comes from? Doesn't seem like a lot of "shoving" would be necessary.
    2. "No economic need" for birth control? So, is he willing to pay for the medical bills of all accidental pregnancies? And then put those kids through college?

    First step in balancing the budget should probably be to help avoid as many unwanted pregnancies as possible. Means less entitlement spending, one less person on Medicare or Medicaid. Doesn't mean life isn't sacred, but parents should be prepared emotional, economically and morally to have children. Not based on 'accidents'.

    February 11, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  8. Rob in Det

    ricky boy say's the womens movement ruined tradition made women want to work go to school and all that jazz i guess my question is ricky boy is are you enquraging your daugther to seek higher learning or something more traditional like marry have 10 kids acting like a stepford wife,someone needs to ask good ole ricky boy that question i'm curious about his answer. ps rick ,newt, and ron are all bigots.

    February 11, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  9. Elphaba

    I can't believe the scorched earth style of campaigning these Republicans are using to try to make each other unelectable. Keep it up, boys. With the economy slowing inching uowards and you good ol' boys tearing each other apart, Obama is practically assured another four years.

    February 11, 2012 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  10. Dice

    Christian Republicans:
    These Republicans are hypocrites. They do everything in the name of Christ, while simultaneously acting as un-Christlike as humanly possible. They support the right to carry assault weapons, are pro-War, and completely ignore the fact that the Bible depicts Christ as a Liberal who was opposed to capitalism and violence. They sincerely believe that this is God’s country and that God loves us more than anyone else in the world. They think that anyone that is not 100% pro-Israel is anti-semitic. They hate everyone that doesn’t agree with them and think the Bible tells them to, and they hate Gay people or Birth Control because they think they are sinners.

    The reason why this type of Republican is an idiot:

    They do terrible things in the name of their Lord. They think that anyone that doesn’t agree with them is damned to hell or hates America. They believe that we are a Christian Nation even though the Founding Fathers made sure that they did not brand this country as a Christian Nation. The Founding Fathers wanted a country of religious freedom, free from religious persecution, but these Republicans will never admit that.

    February 11, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  11. 2rqiwefhbrbh7huhq rqfuhfquwef

    "Rick Santorum trained his fire on President Barack Obama..."

    Will you insane LIBs please stop with the violent gun imagery, didn't you learn your lessons when you caused the Gabby Giffords incident?!?!?!?

    Hoo Hoo Hoo Robin

    February 11, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  12. Tony in Maine

    Coercion, Sanctus? How is the requirement that the employer of a female nurse be required to provide her with the health care insurance she requires just as it provides the health care insurance her male nurse co-worker requires?

    Can it be that you consider women to be less than?

    February 11, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  13. Chris B

    Ugh.

    Nothing like a blast of Santorum.

    February 11, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  14. Anonymous

    The Frothy Ayatollah has spoken: Jihad against women!!!!

    February 11, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  15. Debby

    This man is scary. He sounds like he already took that moon shuttle of Gingrich's.

    February 11, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  16. buzzhowdy

    They realize that as the economy improves they have to fall back on their standard "bogeymen" issues to get any traction.

    February 11, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  17. EddyL

    SHUT UP about health care, moron. Most Americans favor it....

    February 11, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  18. Ted van Tol

    to AZ Woman:

    "P.S. Aren't you the guy that took his dead child home to "bond" with its live siblings? Talk about creepy!"

    Bonding with your dead born child is very importaint for getting over it. Your comment is very hard and cold, I'm sorry to say.

    btw: my voice is for Barack Obama, a decent man living in the 21 century with respect for his wife and fighting every day for the American people.

    Obama 2012.

    February 11, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  19. What The Fork ?

    *** Turning back to his criticism of Obama, Santorum blasted the administration's policies on energy and climate change, arguing that Obama was trying to "dictate what lights to turn on and what cars to drive."

    So, suggesting that driving a more gas friendly vehicle is dictating ?

    Unlike Santorum wanting to tear up the Constitution because of gay marriage,
    and outlaw birth control ?

    Plain flat out NUTS !!!!!!
    Anybody, and that includes you Republicans,
    who would vote for this man is INSANE !!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. Dino Droppings

    Invasion of the sweater vest people.

    February 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  21. Fearless Freep

    Santorum seems to like the word "mandate".

    February 11, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. diridi

    Republicans are cult idiots.....

    February 11, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  23. madmaninthemiddle

    Several conservative posts here point to Planned Parenthood as a solution for women whose healthcare is not provided by employers.
    So glad to know you are aware of what PP does. Guess we won't hear the false argument that they are primrily abortion providers, right? And therefore no more falsely construed arguments about why their funds should be cut. Right? Glad THAT's settled.

    February 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. HenryB

    I love these people who say that the Constitution does not provide a right to health care. What a silly argument. The Constitution also does not provide for you driving a car. Please be real.

    February 11, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. Charlie from the North

    Well then I would like to charge Sanatorium with armed robbery. He didn't do it of course bt he is as guilty as Obama so I just thought I would point that out.

    February 11, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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