March 19th, 2012
09:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Karen Santorum: Rick is not 'anti-women'

(CNN) - As her husband and other conservatives face criticism in the ongoing debate over contraception coverage, Karen Santorum asserted Monday that the Republican presidential candidate is not "anti-women."

"Women have nothing to fear. When it comes to contraceptives, he will do nothing on that issue," Santorum said on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.

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  1. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Seriously? This proves that the wife is the last to know.

    March 19, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. lucianne

    Sure he's supportive, as long as she is willing to stay home and produce endless babies, several seriously defective and representing enormous costs to society. And as long as she is willing to regard herself as totally expendable if one of her fetuses is likely to cost her life – not necessary for her other children, not necessary for her husband – wow! Thanks God my husband isn't supportive of me. He loves me and regards me as a vital part of his life and of the life of the children we already have and wouldn't sacrifice me for a maybe baby. Or make me produce unlimited additional children.

    March 19, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Wanna bet?

    March 19, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. MD

    With Rick and Karen Santorum, women have nothing to fear as long as their religious and personal views on contraception and abortion align with theirs and those of their employers'.

    March 19, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Anantha

    It is funny to hear Ricks wife make that comment after all that Rick has been staking his claim on. who is right - Rick or his wife and who is running for office. Who is the conservative here? Can someone clarify

    March 19, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Really???? He just wants a women that has been raped to give birth to the child of her rapist?? If hat is not against women, then I dont know what is?? No birth control either? He sure has your brainwashed.

    March 19, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. rickinmo

    Sure he won't!!! This guy is a neanderthal living in the 21st. century. He won't do anything on the birth control issue including looking out for women when their reproductive rights come under attack by conservatives.

    March 19, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Jill

    R-I-I-I-i-i-g-h-t! I will never believe you. You guys lost me at hello.

    March 19, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. tatiG

    bait n switch

    March 19, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    If you're hubby is going to "do nothing" about the issue of contraceptives, then why is he always bringing it up and saying that President Obama is "waging war" on religion?

    You're as deluded and arrogant as Ricky, sweetheart ...

    March 19, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. imthinkin imthinkin

    yea, we can't let govt. be intrusive in our religious beliefs but ok for a religious faction to dictate govt. policies/laws contrary to the values/beliefs held by the majority. i get it!

    March 19, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. afrommi

    Of course Santorum's wife is going to say her husband is not anti-women. No one is going to admit in public anything like that. But what does he think about equal pay for equal pay. (he probably say, they prefer to pay men as they pay the women, in other way they would rather bring men' salaries down to the women' salaries)

    March 19, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. afrommi

    The GOP is anti-women's rights.

    March 19, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Dkolo

    So... Santorum's wife is now directly contradicting her husband's previous statement: "I will be the first president to speak out against birth control." Is she saying he's changed his mind, or he was lying? And hasn't he already "done something on that issue" by supporting the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers to deny women access to contraceptives through their health plans? So, is she lying, or was Rick lying, or both... is my question.

    March 19, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. tc297

    Santorum is very disrespectful of women. When his book came out his wife's name was not on the cover or in the footnotes. When he was questioned on some quotes in the book he claimed he didn't know about them and admitted his wife had written that part.Need I say more.

    March 19, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. SFRich

    Ah... faithful candidate's wife, OR...

    Anyone else thinking there's perhaps a touch of Stockholm Syndrome going one here?

    March 19, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. Just a thought

    Send the wife unit out to do damage control...."see ladies this guy has a wife that doesn't twitch when she speaks and will put on shoes for the interview" of course otherwise barefoot and pregnant, but disregard that....you have nothing to fear from this guy.

    March 20, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Larry L

    The " Stepford Wives" all had this same response! A brood sow...

    March 20, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  19. Jane

    She's married to that sanctimonious, closeted religious fanatic, and we're supposed to trust her judgment??

    March 20, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  20. Jim

    With the right wing extremists that took over the party, if there's a republican president AND the house is still run by these nutcases, whats to stop them?

    March 20, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. enuff

    He will do nothing because there is nothing he can do. even a president does not have that kind of individual power.

    March 20, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  22. Lisa

    Sorry, Karen, yes he is.

    March 20, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  23. mk1

    So he will do nothing on that issue. Then why in god's name does he keep talking about social issues? A man who believes so strongly as he does not doing anything about it is not a man I want in the White House. He either has the courage of his convictions and is willing to act on them or those convictions are a sham. Also, I don't trust a single thing Republicans say since in 2010 they ran on the economy and jobs and all across the country their agenda is social issues and turning back the clock. Trust is not something Republicans have with the people anymore, and rightfully so.

    March 20, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  24. Morpunkt

    Let the truth be known. The only reason Rick Santorum is still in the race, is due to the fact that rich Evangelicals, such as the founder of the "Red, White and Blue Fund", billionaire Foster Friess of Wyoming, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa, etc., along with the collective donations of the vast preacher lobby industry, are backing him.

    The exit polls are proving that it's more about religious doctrine, rather than Romney being "too liberal", which is the excuse the bigoted faction is using as an excuse for voting for Santorum.

    These same Evangelicals used Huckabee as their darling, last election in 2008. They are at these same shenanigans again. I place the blame of our current economic mess on them, because they botched-up Romney from winning last election, with Huckabee, which weakened him and opened up an ultimate loss for McCain.

    This time, it will be similar, but I believe truth will win out and enough Evangelicals will become "elightened" to vote for the right man to beat Obama. Mitt Romney. Please pray about this my Evangelical friends. Do you want another 4 more years of Obama's master plan?

    March 20, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  25. Mike D

    Well of course he's not anti-women, he married one right? Duh!

    March 20, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
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