Palin congratulates Santorum over 'bulls-' remark
March 27th, 2012
08:36 AM ET
2 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
soundoff (905 Responses)
  1. Cooper

    Shows strength or Santorum can't handle pressure. I will go with unable to handle pressure. He ain't seen nothing yet, thank goodness we don't need to worry about him getting any farther than what he is now.

    March 27, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. jms58

    If anyone knows bull_ _ it, it is Sarah She also knows a lot of horse_ _it and some moose_ _it.
    She grins like she just stepped in some dog_ _ it.

    March 27, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    Not much more needs to be said ....

    March 27, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Logik

    YES! because the Christian right should be Angry and Vulgar! Its what Jesus would want! And he'd also want you to hate the poor and worship the rich! Makes Total Sense! Lets embrace stupidity- vote GOP and circle the drain!

    March 27, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. OrangeW3dge

    "GOTCHA" Press Strikes Again !!!
    Innocent and defenceless Republican candidates are falling victim to vicious, senseless attacks by Liberal Media henchmen. "It seems like an honest, hard-working, patriotic Christian political candidate can't even go out to a rally these days without being given the third-degree by these socialists", said one Republican. "I'm afraid for my children", said another...

    March 27, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    This really is sad, seriously. Its really a insult to the citizens of the United States of America, because you just spoke in front of a crowd of people and said hes the worst republican, and right after you deny what you said. Why should we ever trust what you say, why should we even consider you as a Christian, right-winged candidate? What do you really stand for? First you claim to be a Christian, only to be testy, mean, lying, and now your using swear words to express your anger! As a Christian, I don't see you display love, and kindness and it makes me wonder, do you have the love of Christ living in you?
    Its like a saying the chickens coming home to roost, meaning you reap what you sow. Remember that woman who called Obama a Arab and said " I don't understand why hes still in the White House" and you said nothing! and then you say "hes a big boy, he doesnt need me to defend him. Now look whos crying! You only brought this on yourself, sorry.
    And its like the titanic sinking all over again. maybe your learn to watch what you say next time

    March 27, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Gezellig

    "the American people are tired of what the leftist media continues to do to conservatives." Uh, you mean like, tell the truth? I mean really, the Times reporter asked him about a comment he DID make; and Santorum accused him of distortion. What is wrong with that man?

    March 27, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. J Mann

    Of course she praises his BS. If he had substituted moose for bull, she would have swooned with delight.

    March 27, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. modmike

    Palins and Santorum's so called "Christian Values" at work! LOL

    March 27, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. GaryB

    Oh please. The press asked Santorum about a direct statement he'd made about ten minutes earlier. They didn't twist his words or meaning, they simply quoted him and asked him to elaborate on his quote. He didn't want to answer the question, because he knew anything he said would make him look bad, so first he denied making the statement, then when that didn't work he tried to turn it on the press. At least he should be man enough to stand by his words, instead of joining the Sarah Palin League of Conservative Whiners.

    March 27, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. Thinkergal

    Well, I'm sure she made Santorum's day with her approval!

    March 27, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. Gezellig

    "the American people are tired of what the leftist media continues to do to conservatives." Uh, you mean like, tell the truth? I mean really, the Times reporter asked him about a comment he DID make; and Santorum accused him of distortion.

    March 27, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Shannon

    If Santorum and Palin are good Christians, I'm glad I'm not. You guys in the family values crowd should really read up on what values actually are.

    March 27, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. piehead

    "Look at me!" Palin continued. "Pay attention to me!"

    March 27, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. JJ

    Shut up, Sarah. The only thing your voice is good for is driving kids back into classrooms after break.

    March 27, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Lump

    I still don't get it...the "liberal leftist" reporter simply repeated Santorum's words verbatim....I don't know where the twisting and manipulating comes into play. Doesn't that make him, Palin, and any other person defending him look ridiculous? How stupid do they think Americans are? (I mean, they're probably right about that, but still)

    March 27, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. Charlie from the North

    You are sowing the wind and you shall reap the whirlwind.

    March 27, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Someone in Columbus

    Yawn...I personally don't care WHAT you think Ms. Palin, and neither does millions of other Americans. I wish the "liberal" press would just ignore her, instead of salvitating on every word that drops out of her mouth.

    March 27, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. peter

    humtake wrote: "This is the one thing I truly liked about Palin. I don't go so far as to call it the Liberal media. I call it ALL media. The media is a circus now. Journalists have ruined good reporting and when you involve politics, it just gets worse. Journalists think they can do anything in the name of free speech regardless of how intrusive it is into peoples' lives. It's gotten out of hand and there should be something done about it."

    Yes, how DARE the Times reporter actually ask Santorum about his own statement!

    How DARE he!

    March 27, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. peacedog

    wow, mzdingbat, if you think that makes a man strong, you should hear the guys i work with. doing illegal drugs on a 55 gallon drum will have the same effect.

    March 27, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. David Pollan

    She's simply...insufferable. Tragically, there's a market for Palin, Santorum, et al and as long as there's an unfettered right wing wacko subsidizing radio stations and Faux News Network, they keep rearing their ugly heads...to them, "free enterprise" means only they can make big money cashing in on public office....

    She doesn't even have the sense to be embarrassed....

    March 27, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Aaron

    The role of the media, especially in this biased 24 hour news cycle, is to keep everyone honest! Palin is truly irrelevant, the press coverage of her has made that obvious. The republican field, this go around, is full of fabrication, outright lies, and hypocrisy. The media exposes each other exposes that. The PACs fuel "swift boat" mentality and double speak. The media presents a counter of misinformation and doublespeak as well. Both parties cater to the lowest common denominator of sound bites and misinformation. The trick in all of this is to really see who is full of bull..and who who is not, who offers solutions and some semblance of truth and who does not, who plays to fear and ignorance, who does not. Jefferson, when asked if he had to choose between a free government or a free press, replied that you cannot have one without the other. Bias is in the ears of the beholder, the reader, or the observer. I for one am glad and will defend the press's right to ask any candidate for office a b.s. question as well as the candidate to give a b.s. answer, and in the case of Palin and her ilk, to reap money off her b.s...it's the American way. P.T. Barnum would be proud.

    March 27, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Rita

    Poor pitiful Sarah still thinks she is relevant, but to whom? Fox news has won a total of zero awards compared to the NY TImes hundreds of awards, just in the last decade. But of course, she doesn't check the facts because they would prove her and Righeous Rick and the Nitpicking Newt as false prophets of doom and despair. In fact, phony Romney will have to bow to her because she thinks she is the queen (of comedy) and I just cannot wait for another Tina Fey impersonation!!!!

    March 27, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Scott

    Uh, they direct-quoted him, and he wasn't talking about Obamacare in that speech. Santorum was just crying because he didn't like hearing his own words repeated to him in front of his supporters. And most of all, who cares what Palin thinks!!??

    March 27, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. human

    sarah please just go away

    March 27, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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