Palin congratulates Santorum over 'bulls-' remark
March 27th, 2012
08:36 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin congratulates Santorum over 'bulls-' remark

(CNN) – Sarah Palin heaped praise on Rick Santorum after the Republican presidential candidate accused a reporter of "bulls-" questioning over the weekend.

The former 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said the exchange showed strength.

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"It was good and it was strong and it was about time because he's saying enough is enough of the liberal media twisting conservative's words," Palin said on Fox News late Monday night. "I was like welcome to my world Rick. And good on ya, don't retreat."

Santorum engaged in a heated exchange with The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny Sunday night when the reporter asked Santorum about his earlier comment that Romney was "the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama," in reference to health care. An angry Santorum said "quit distorting my words … It's bulls-."

The former Pennsylvania senator later told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room," "If you're a conservative and you haven't taken on a New York Times reporter you're not worth your salt as far as I'm concerned."

Palin echoed the sentiments, calling Zeleny a "liberal leftist in the tank for Obama."

"I was glad that he called out this reporter," Palin said. "He and the other candidates, all of them, they need to do more of this because believe me the American people are tired of what the leftist media continues to do to conservatives."

When asked if a nominee Santorum could be a reality, the former Alaska governor said "anything is possible."


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin
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  1. cg

    Oh really, who's slinging the BS here? If you do a little bit of checking, it's pretty clear that Jeff Zeleny never published any lies or distortions, he was merely doing his job by seeking a little clarification about an incendiary phrase that Santorum had actually used in his speech. Santorum is defending his outburst by complaining that he had already been asked about it a few times by the time he got to Zeleny, but what does he expect after saying something like that? Reporters are bound to want to do some follow-up work. If you can't handle a relatively harmless situation like that with a little civility, and maybe even view it as an opportunity to reiterate the point you were trying to make rather than reacting as if someone were trying to attack you, I'm not so sure you're ready to be POTUS. It's a good point by the way. Romney really doesn't have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing Obama on health care, and Santorum should be pleased with the media every time they present him with another chance to talk about that instead of lashing out at them. But it's no wonder that Palin would want to praise a defensively angry reaction to questions from reporters. I'm sure that in her mind, every question is a gotcha-question. Crying about how the "liberal media" is out to get you every time you have to deal with the press is not a sign of strength, though.

    March 27, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. SoSad

    Is this english ? "I was like welcome to my world Rick. And good on ya, don't retreat." Dude, like, really!

    March 27, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. marto

    Dye your hair Sarah P. or just plain dye.........

    March 27, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Grrr!

    Those dang reporters and their gotcha (people wanna hear this explained) questions. How dare they use Rick's own words! Candidates shouldn't be asked for clarifications, explanations or stances. We want idiot candidates who regurgitate nonsense and political catch phrases who are never held accountable and have nothing intelligent to offer.

    March 27, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. marto

    It is true that some people should be EX- terminated, and also all her tea party supporters!

    March 27, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    From one 'loser' to another: "And good on ya, don't retreat." Both are irrelevant!!

    March 27, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Wake up people

    The rethugs can dish it out but they can't take it. Think of all the BS they said about President Obama when he joined the race. My goodness how they vilified him for everything. From his race to him not being a citizen. I even remember one time he was looking down while taking the steps they accused him of looking up a womans dress. Who doesn't look down when taking the steps? Wailin Palin and psycho Santorum are two of a kind, and neither should ever be within 500 yards of the White House.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 27, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Mike

    Losers and quitters have their own language.

    March 27, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. eDollar

    From one loser to another: "And good on ya, don't retreat."

    March 27, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Babs

    @ SoSad:

    It's not English. It's Palin speak.
    Woman's a sow.

    March 27, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! She will easily sweep the nomination in a contested convention and she will win the election over Obozo by a landslide.

    March 27, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. marto

    Some people are too stupid to wake up ole buddy..........

    March 27, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Whatever

    She is tasteless and classless...her approval of swearing at reporters is suprising why?

    March 27, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. thinka

    Why does CNN and other media insist on giving the mentally infirm news coverage? Read "Game Change" where one of Palin's former pres. campaign advisors was astounded she NEVER HEARD of the Federal Reserve or that there are two Koreas. Yet she remains the darling of the Grand Oil Party that celebrates ignorance and lack of intellect. Yes, the more simple-minded the better candidate!

    March 27, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Palinomicstrickleup

    Why does anyone care what Palin thinks? She is hardly relevant and in my opinion, a future talk show host at best.

    March 27, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. thinka

    More trivia from a trivial news org. THIS WOMAN IS A SIMPLETON, CNN!!! Why do you celebrate her ignorance??

    March 27, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. elcrabo

    Check out Ricks' eyes during the exchange. He looks crazed! And evil! Being asked about what they said really ticks these loonies off.

    March 27, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. George Tataje

    oh, you mean when the left calls them out on the outrageous, irresponsible, and downright willful ignorant statments by this trio of neanderthals? ROAR ON Zelany! don't relent!

    March 27, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Trusting Soul

    Truth + Tough Questions = Liberal Media Twisting Truth
    Propaganda + Fox News = Fair and Balanced
    Send Kids to College = Liberal Professors Brainwashing Kids
    President Encouraging Kids to go to College = Snob

    Oh the conservative minds work in strange ways!

    March 27, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. George Tataje

    have a banana mrs palin...
    let me give you back your etch a sketch that you call an iPad...

    March 27, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Jay Shapiro

    Hey I kind of like the idea of "Stupid Solidarity." One of the absolutely dumbest people to ever run for Vice President (yeah, I hear the Dan Quayle fans clamoring) sticking up for one of the dumbest people to ever run for President (yeah, I hear Dubya fans clamoring) after his very UN-presidential meltdown. Stupid people need friends too!

    March 27, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. chuck

    That's Palin, what happened to her face? Crusty and cakey. Palin who???

    March 27, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Mark in Omaha

    Palin is an idiot, Santorum is an idiot...of course they're gonna stomp their feet and blame the Evil media for calling attention to their numerous screw ups...classic shift the blame move.

    March 27, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. SixDegrees

    It isn't that surprising that Santorum's rant would appeal to trailer trash. That's exactly who it was aimed at.

    March 27, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Same Old Same Old

    Good old Sarah . . . anything to lower the level of discourse (and get herself coverage).

    March 27, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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