Santorum says country needs contrast
February 25th, 2012
08:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum says country needs contrast

Hixson, Tennessee (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum brought a crowd in Tennessee to its feet Saturday when he told them "true happiness comes from doing God's will in your life"

"True happiness comes from doing what you ought to do," he continued. "Real happiness is not doing whatever you want. In many ways it's self-sacrificial"

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Santorum was the keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Tea Party Liberty Forum in Hixson, Tennessee.

"I love the tea party," Santorum said. He said the tea party is not only about politics, but about educating people to the "importance of a limited government.”

The former Pennsylvania senator credited the tea party with helping conservatives score big wins in the 2010 election cycle and with reminding the public about the U.S. Constitution.

"I carry a copy of the Constitution with me," he said. "But it wasn't talked about much until a certain group said 'Remember this?'"

Santorum said he also carries a copy of the Declaration of Independence because one without other is "like peanut butter without jelly, it doesn't work."

Santorum criticized President Barack Obama, telling the crowd the president does not see things the way people in Chattanooga do. Santorum said Obama wants government to be a neutral player when it comes to supporting marriage and families, and went on to accuse the current administration of dictating Americans' rights.

"Not rights given to you by God, no. President Obama isn't selling you those rights. He's telling you what rights he can create. And when government creates a right, they can take it away," Santorum said.

He added the country needs a Republican presidential candidate who can draw stark contrast to Barack Obama.

"Someone who is against government-run health care, someone who is against the Wall Street bailout, someone who is against the phony science of man-made global warning," Santorum said. "We had to eliminate carbon dioxide because it was a threat to the world. Tell a plant that."

Santorum, who said he plans on performing well on Super Tuesday, said the election is still very much in doubt.

"Super Tuesday is going to be a huge, huge day," he said. "You can set this country on a course where big things can happen after this election."

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    I guess he's in "crazy-central" now... When he tells them he believes the Earth to be less than 6000 years old the folks in Tennessee will consider him a top scientist – like Dr. Rush Limbaugh.

    February 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Rev. J.T.

    Sorry Rick, we don't want or need or will tolerate an Ayatollah as President. Keep your religion to yourself.

    February 25, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Nothing new here

    Santorum wants government to be small enough to fit inside a woman's uterus.

    February 25, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Nothing new here

    This guy knows nothing of what he talks about.
    He voted for BIG government just as much as the rest of the political bunch in Washington, D.C.
    Flip-flopper.

    February 25, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. is this guy for real?

    this guy is INSANE. completely, 100%, off-his-rocker insane. i cannot fathom how any normal person would vote for him.

    February 25, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Jane

    I'd say the country is getting a terrific contrast – the contrast between an educated, caring, humble man doing his damndest to help the country in the face of the rabid fear and ignorance of racists, and a manipulative, ethics-free, sanctimonious asshat doing his damndest to hold on to the money and power, and to hell with the country.

    February 25, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. jon

    "someone who is against the phony science of man-made global warning," Santorum said. "We had to eliminate carbon monoxide because it was a threat to the world. Tell a plant that.""???

    truly scary

    February 25, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Pat in Il

    Our country is going to elect a leader, not a preacher. Let's hear something from sanatorium about foreign affairs, finances, etc.

    February 25, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. Valentina

    I wish Santorum stop saying God's name in vain – I wish he kept the Almighty out of politics. If you want to run for public office, Mr. Satorum, run on your record not on God's. Stop saying it is God's will for you to run for President because, mark my word, you will not win the nomination, Mr. Santorum. Is that what God has in store for you, to be a loser, to publicly embarrass you in front of the world? I don't think so. So please stop diminishing our God – for He is Great!

    February 25, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. koolman

    What an idiot!

    February 25, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. king

    Santorum need to put on a robe and preach because he sure don't know what he's talking people when it comes to leading all Americans. He's leading from feelings and not from logic. We have too many denomination in this country for 1 man to impose his sect on the American people.

    February 25, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. politicalgumhockey

    One has to wonder how a candidate for President can take pride in being ignorant.

    February 25, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Killdeer

    This guy belongs on Newtron's moon colony. No one can be this dumb.

    February 25, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. Mark

    Contrast? Yes IF somehow you do become the candidate to run against Obama, you would be a strong contrast Rick.
    Just not the contrast anyone wants.

    February 25, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Senior Citizen

    This guy is a joke. I want a leader for President, not a religious nut.

    February 25, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Gfoos

    "One without the other doesn't work- it' s like s*x without Santorum.". A frothy reminder of what love really means.

    February 25, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Halaku

    So he's acting like Ron Paul, now?

    February 25, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. SafeJourney3

    Now Santorum has the Dutch mad because he is telling lies about the Dutch health care and saying the Senior Citizen are afraid of death panels. WOW,

    February 25, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I knew practically nothing about Rick Santorum until last week when he started his diatribe regarding the personal lives of this countrys women.It didn't take long for me to realize that this man is demented. In the first place his religion has NO place in our democracy and his beliefs on what we women can and cannot do with our health and bodies is totally absurd. and none of his business. We don't try to telll men what to do wiith their bodies, by the way does their insurance pay for Viagra?????. Later he went on to say that children should all be home schooled ...considering some of the intellegence or lack of same I've seen lately on the big screen , I think this is a terrible and dangerous idea...
    ..

    February 25, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Kelli Jo Blanton

    This is exactly why Obama will win the election............Santorum is a religious wack o doodle. We don't want a theocracy .....sorry Ricky poo

    February 25, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. independent voter

    The threat is carbon monoxide not carbon dioxide. What an idiot. Get your facts straight!

    February 25, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. Squigman

    And it's apparent that Rick, is what's needed. Captain Wonder Bread, rides to the rescue. What a pile.

    February 25, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. vivian

    Shut up, Rick.

    February 25, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. mommytwice

    Osama Bin Laden also thought countries should be ruled by religious law. The Taliban thinks that too. Santorum is a lunatic, just like Bin Laden. The only difference is that Santorum hasn't killed anyone yet. But I promise he's just as dangerous.

    February 25, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Rick Santorum brought a crowd in Tennessee to its feet Saturday when he told them "true happiness comes from doing God's will in your life"

    Love Supreme

    February 25, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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