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. Whatever

    What the country needs is for Santorum to STOP spreading liars, hate and INDOCTRINATION!!!!! You see you went to college Santorum so there is no telling what you've been indoctrinated with and what you are trying to do to the American people. See if the President wanting all American children to have the opportunity to go to college is some attempt of indoctrination then you've already been – ANYTHING YOU SAY WILL AND CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION!!!!

    February 25, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. tony

    Phoney religion won't help keep the World to stay cool. Pity this cheap little twerp doesn't believe in his own 9th Commandment. But then his audience isn't capable of figuring that out from the other Snake Oil either.

    February 25, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. dave

    When the government gives you a right they can take it away. But when God gives you a right... well, actually, the government can take that right away too. But it's just better if God gives you the right, that way non-elected clergy can run our society. If it's good enough for Iran, it's good enough for Rick!

    And carbon dioxide! Right on! I mean, we all know that humans need oxygen, so basically it's not possible for humans to be harmed by too much oxygen, right? I am eager for Rick to prove once and for all that global warming is a hoax by breathing 100% oxygen for an hour. Hint: make sure the mask is secure, he will pass out and die before the hour is up.

    February 25, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The contrast is important. The problem is that too much contrast can show off the wall he.

    February 25, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Iamnotfooled

    Not the contrast you are offering. Your views belong in the 20's or 30's. We have fought too hard for women's rights. You are doomed.

    February 25, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Aaron

    Apparently, for Santorum, true happiness means forcing your extremist views on others.

    February 25, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Marjee123

    The country needs sane republicans. The ones now are a bunch of clowns who have absolutely no idea of what to do to help bring the country back to what it was before Bush got hold of it. Look at all the stupid irresponsible remarks they are making about the world and this country. People that would vote for them are just as irresponsible as they are. Where are the REAL REPUBLICANS.

    February 25, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    culture war for idiots.
    'real happiness comes from doing god's will in your life.'
    tell it to the extremists blowing themselves up for 'god's will'

    February 25, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. ziegfeldf

    Ha. The American people think that the height of government intrusion into their lives is getting sniffed over by some TSA person.

    Go ahead, vote for this fascist, and get a taste of how miserable it can be to live under a truly repressive government.

    February 25, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. Amazed2

    "someone who is against the phony science of man-made global warning,"

    That's the way to do it Rich cast your vote with the 2% of scientistist that agree with your ridiculous statement. That other 98% would safely term you an idiot. You baffoons will say anything to keep the ignorant on your side.

    Unbelievable.

    February 25, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. PTBarnumboy

    Can't wait for the theocracy to begin.

    February 25, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Santorum aims his religious and social conservative rhetoric, words, and images at true believers. Does he really expect the rest of us to listen to him?

    February 25, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  13. A Texan

    The top 1% has rode the Bush tax cuts to unbelievable riches, but now refuses to "step up" and sacrifice anything. The "sacrifices" are to be made by the middle class-- So much for Reagan`s grand "trickle down" experiment, eh!!!......... Just as communism was supposed to establish a single classless society; Reagan`s "trickle down " economics was a failure as neither took into account one factor--human GREED................... Both experiments created a super rich ruling class.

    February 25, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. The Lion that Roared

    "We had to eliminate carbon dioxide because it was a threat to the world. Tell a plant that."-a statement by Santorum.
    What kind of statement is that? And this coming from a man who wants to be President of the US? Santorum's statement is not a reflection of logic or reasonable thought.

    February 25, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. LLOYD ROBERTS

    Thank you bishop santorum. And when you get elected, we can have confession with the president every sunday night and I hope that you will reward church goers with vouchers to get a tax credit everytime they go to church. The local parish will stamp the religious voucher cards and worshipers will redeem them for tax credits. It's going to be a great time to be a christian in America

    February 25, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. SPQR

    I say country doesn't need Santorum, or Romney and especially master schwindler Newt Gingrich.

    February 25, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. Greyman

    Trying to get through to someone like Rick Santorum is indeed akin to talking to a plant.

    February 26, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  18. Connie

    You go Rick!! You have my vote. Family values all they way. Proud to be a conservative latina!

    February 26, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  19. LouAz

    I never worried a second about JFK and his Catholic upbringing. But this Alter Boy and his Vatican Poop must never even be on the ballot for POTUS. Santorum is every bit as fanatical about his taught as a child god as any rabid Muslim is about their Prophet. We have come way too far to let this religious apologist drag us back to the days when the Catholic Church controlled everything in what was the equivalent to Islamic Sharia Law. The men in dresses really twisted his mind as a child and he is blind to the 20th and 21st Century and what the United States of America was founded on. Whatever his guilt feelings and fear are between him and his god, they have no place in our Republic. The Crusades are over Ricki, put your plastic jeebus back in the box, sit down, and shut up.

    February 26, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Sanitorium is so deluded! He wants to impose his religious views on everyone, and believes that anyone who uses their God-given intellect to form a different opinion is somehow doing Satan's work.

    His nonsense may work with his fringe following, but the majority of Americans see it for the silliness that it is.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 26, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  21. Fred Riek

    Santorum, ha, ha, ha, ha ha! What a tool!

    February 26, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  22. Jaywing

    Sorry Ricky, but your talk is turning sour. None of us wants to return to the 13th century and none of us wants your theocracy. And as far as rights are concerned - I'll take mine from the secular, human view of the a modern, rational society that works to ensure the equality of all its members. Not your brand, dictated by a clergy that uses an antiquated mythology to keep people in line by fear.

    February 26, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    Where does the GOP find these lunatics? Shame on the GOP and anyone who is stupid enough to support them.

    February 26, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  24. Tired of republican lies

    Well Ricky...What you are selling..some of us ain't buying either..So keep it to yourself...I don't care what you have to d=say at this point I'm voting for our current President...because I don't want to live under your sharia law...I like being free from you religious persecution..free to make my own choice as a woman.stay the hell out of my life..I wll do as I please.

    February 26, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  25. JT

    The fact that Rick Santorum was one of the last non-Romney's standing shows that Romney has the G.O.P. nomination wrapped up.

    February 26, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
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