February 15th, 2012
12:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum slams Obama administration as 'elite snobs'

(CNN) – Rick Santorum blasted President Barack Obama's administration as "elite" for dismissing the so-called Ryan Plan, using a word that tends to play well with conservative audiences.

"Don't you see how they see you? How they look down their nose at the average American. These elite snobs," Santorum said Tuesday, drawing big applause at a major rally in Boise, Idaho.

The proposal, a Medicare overhaul plan authored by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, drew heavy criticism from Democrats last year, as it proposed replacing direct federal coverage for those over 55 with subsidies in which seniors could purchase health insurance themselves.

"They don't believe you can make these decisions. They need to make these decisions for you," Santorum said, referring to the Obama administration.

Speaking to much fanfare at the Boise rally, Santorum also spent considerable time talking about Iran and pointed to a report by national intelligence director, James Clapper, that said Iran may be willing to sponsor future attacks on U.S. soil.

With that in mind, Santorum emphasized the need to control U.S. borders, which he said are "40% secure," to protect the country from "drugs, violence and jihadists."

He cited a convesation in Texas last week with a border agent, who reportedly told him the state has captured Spanish-speaking Arabs and Muslims.

"This should not be a surprise. There's all sorts of evidence of jihadists training camps all throughout Central and South America," Santorum said.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Democrats don't believe that seniors want to pay an increasing portion of rising premiums. Under the Ryan plan, the states gets block grants, which means seniors get fixed payments that do not keep up with rising premiums. It also means that Medicare will no longer guarantee payment for treatment. It is true that the Ryan plan does not affect current seniors, who get to keep the old system, but for people younger than 55 the current Medicare will cease to exist when they are ready to retire. Republicans don't want to risk the vote of current seniors.

    February 15, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. embarrassed citizen

    " jihadists training camps all throughout Central and South America "

    What's going to be the next revelation from this lunatic, I wonder? Perhaps some conspiracy involving FEMA Internment Camps?

    February 15, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  3. nancyke

    more name calling, how mature

    February 15, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  4. Ain't life strange?

    "They don't believe you can make these decisions. They need to make these decisions for you," Santorum said in reference to Medicare. The reason the goverment doesn't believe in Ryans solution is because the coverage would swing from a non proffit to a commercial plan. Unless you haven't noticed, big insurance comapnies will always look for a way to suck you dry and give little in the end. Medicare protects seniors. Insurance companies protect themselves.

    February 15, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  5. Marie MD

    elite snobs? from the 13th century sanitarium crowd?
    Really? You are the American taliban. You and your party of hell no are the ones trying to tell women in the 21st century what to do. Gays who to marry. Anyone who to pray to or lie about other people's religion.
    You are the one making decisions for people who don't believe in what you do, because they are not crazy!!

    February 15, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  6. GI Joe.

    NO to a theocracy in this country.

    Elite? have you seen HIS mansion? Do you know how much money he got suing a Chiropractor? Do you know how fast he would have us in a war with Iran? Do you want him telling women what RIGHTS THEY WILL LOSE?

    That man is a sneaky snake.

    February 15, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  7. Jerry

    I am not a Republican, but Presidential Candidate Santorum is right on the money. What he failed to mention is that by being snobs and catering to the people that really don't want to work, the president and his moronic cronies are trying to buy the 2012 elections at the expense of the working taxpayer.

    Come 2012, this administration is GOT to GO!

    February 15, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  8. clarke

    Really, and Rick is what. Wow, he is something.

    February 15, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  9. sgompers

    Wait a minute. Isn't that promoting "class warfare"?

    February 15, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  10. Hall for Obama

    "He cited a convesation in Texas last week with a border agent, who reportedly told him the state has captured Spanish-speaking Arabs and Muslims." He will have his work cut out for him if he get to be president.

    February 15, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  11. madmaninthemiddle

    The ruling wealthy corporate class are everyday folk, and anyone who wants to be sir that the rest of us get a fair shot are elites. Welcome to Bizarro World.

    February 15, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  12. HenryB

    Red meat to the uninformed and angry base. Nicely done, Ricky. I did not know that Catholics were supposed to call names like that. Guess you are Catholic only when it benefits your thinking. What do you stand for, Ricky, besides your usual extreme social views?

    February 15, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  13. GI Joe.

    What a pious "holier-than-thou" jerk.

    February 15, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    First, the Ryan Medicare plan couldn't be done because it would require health insurance companies to ignore pre-existing conditions. As a matter of fact, most people start to have some level of physical disrepair (if you care to call it that) after the age of 60 give or take 10 years. Much of that requires medical supervision in terms of medication or proceedures. If the Obama health insurance rules were to be repealed fully, then seniors would have a hard time getting coverage at rates they could afford.

    All of our boarders can't be fully secured. The only way that could happen would be if we didn't let anyone in or out by any means. We are always going to have some nutjob trying to hurt the country. Right now, most of the crazies are a religiously based fanatical group that doesn't understand tolerance or acceptance that isn't the Saudi religious leaders.

    February 15, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  15. GI Joe.

    "They don't believe you can make these decisions. They need to make these decisions for you," Santorum said, referring to the Obama administration.
    ---------

    So HE wants to make those decisions for us. We have choices now - we don't need them taken away.

    February 15, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  16. mike

    This from the man who thinks women should stay home and take care of the kids.

    February 15, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  17. mike

    Santorum is whats wrong with the Republican Party. Mainstream Americans dont buy what your selling

    February 15, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  18. Jim5678

    Rick Santorum calls Obama folk "elite snobs"? Yeah, right, Rick, this coming from a man who has used his Washington DC "experience" to gorge himself at the trough of corporate America as a "consultant"! Look up Santorum's salaries since leaving congress. He is a BIG Washington insider, who "consulted" his way to millions of dollars. He thinks Americans, with real jobs, should work until they are 70 years old to take Social Security. I would bet that Rick hasn't broken an honest sweat in his entire adult life. Rick IS an elite snob, pretending to be "Joe Average". Don't believe it; don't believe it for a second!

    February 15, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. coy4one

    Santorum is the LAST person I would listen to about homeland security. He considers anyone who is not white and allows their wife to work a terriorist.

    February 15, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  20. livingston

    Yup, those 'elite snobs' with all their fancy book learning!
    Sorry guy. There is a very large segment of the American public that actually understands what they are saying. They are not talking down to us, they are treating us like we have an active brain cell. They realize that when given the facts of both plans we will understand that the Ryan plan is not the best choice for the elderly, the disabled or the average working American.Sadly, some people will never understand that concept.

    February 15, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  21. macrasta

    good grief...Charlie Brown (Rick)..do you think your circus show is real?

    February 15, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  22. John

    It's always so ironic when someone who's told what to do from a pulpit and a millenia-old book claims it's a bad thing when others are "making decisions for you" and telling you how to think.

    February 15, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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