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Rick Santorum lashes out at New York Times reporter

5:47 am - 03/26/2012
FRANKSVILLE, Wis. — On the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court’s debate over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care law, Rick Santorum declared that Mitt Romney’s support for a similar law in Massachusetts made him “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

But when pressed by reporters about the sharp statement, Santorum grew agitated, saying that his comments regarding Romney were confined to the issue of health care. The former Pennsylvania senator has said if he fails to win his party’s nomination, he will support whoever does.

“Quit distorting my words. It’s bull——,” Santorum told a New York Times reporter who pressed the question.

Santorum, who cites the federal health-care law as his primary reason for entering the presidential race, often says Romney is “uniquely disqualified” to be the party’s nominee because of the state health-care law he championed.

In response to repeated questions on the matter, Santorum told reporters that Romney was an unfit Republican nominee because of his work on health care as former Massachusetts governor.

“On the issue of health care. That’s what I said. I didn’t say anything different than that. That’s exactly what I said,” Santorum said. “On the issue of health care. That’s what I was talking about, and I was very clear about talking about that. Okay? C’mon guys, don’t do this. I mean you guys are incredible. I was talking about Obamacare, and he is the worst because he was the author of Romneycare.”

Looking on, a Romney spokesman — who traveled to all of Santorum’s public events today — dismissed the attack as a desperate ploy.

“What we saw today was an epic temper tantrum from an desperate and flailing candidate. Rick Santorum understands that conservatives are rapidly coalescing around Mitt Romney and that he has virtually no path to the nomination. As a result he’s panicking,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said.


Not going to lie. When I'm not contemplating wrecking everything in sight due to the recent disasters regarding women's rights and such, I'm surprisingly entertained by US politics.
one_hoopy_frood 26th-Mar-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
I was talking about Obamacare, and he is the worst because he was the author of Romneycare.”

I just can't believe actual adults who are RUNNING FOR OFFICE are speaking in such a facile, immature way.
arisma 26th-Mar-2012 06:08 am (UTC)
Makes sense when they're vying for the ignorance vote.
celli_puzzle 26th-Mar-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Pretty much a Sassy All-Star day.
cuterabbit33 26th-Mar-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
You know that episode in almost every comedy series where the inept friend somehow gets into a position of power, and he tries to get out of it by doing everything wrong he can think of, but each time he does it winds up making him more successful?

I feel like Rick Santorum is that guy. I need this episode to end already.
mirhanda 26th-Mar-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
OT, but every time I see your icon out of the corner of my eye, I think it's this: http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/photography/photos/milestones-photography/afghan-girl-portrait/
roseofjuly 26th-Mar-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
He reminds me more of Michael Scott from The Office, in that despite being wholly unqualified and kind of stupid he happened to work his way into a position of power and has somehow deluded himself into thinking that 1) other people actually like him and 2) he is the most qualified person to hold that position of power. AND YET NO ONE FIRES HIM.

Edited at 2012-03-26 04:35 am (UTC)
sophistiquated 26th-Mar-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Michael Scott is at least somewhat likeable and competent though, unless you mean season 1 Michael Scott. /derailing

I'm not even sure that TV writers could even come up with a character so ridiculous though, even on a show like South Park or The Simpsons. I mean, he just says so much stupid shit and you have to remind yourself that this IS real life.

Edited at 2012-03-26 06:27 pm (UTC)
muppetfromhell 26th-Mar-2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Holy Shit, the republican primaries is the worst remake of the producers since the movie version of the broadway version of the movie version.
fickery 26th-Mar-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Rick Santorum really, really, really does not like having his own words quoted back to him, I've noticed.
layweed 26th-Mar-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
It's always a misquote or a misunderstanding or a deliberate misprint by the elite (usually but not always liberal) mass media.
cuterabbit33 26th-Mar-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Someone really just needs to bring a tape recorder or something of the like, bring it up to him, and just play back what he says. I want to believe he would have no bullshit remark in turn.
ellonwye 26th-Mar-2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Nah the tape would have been doctored, clearly.
serendipity_15 26th-Mar-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
His default mode is that whenever his words are quoted back at him it's always "not what he meant" because he's always being "misquoted" or he"misspoke" and as always the (liberal) media is out to get him .it must be exhausting to continously operate under a "I'm being persecuted" mindset.
tigerdreams 26th-Mar-2012 06:25 am (UTC)
it must be exhausting to continously operate under a "I'm being persecuted" mindset.

He's an American conservative Christian; I don't think he's ever experienced a different mindset to compare it with.
masakochan 26th-Mar-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
His default mode is that whenever his words are quoted back at him it's always "not what he meant" because he's always being "misquoted" or he"misspoke" and as always the (liberal) media is out to get him.

This seems to the be default many Conservatives. I know it's what my dad responds with any time someone dare to bring up something that might cast his political views in a bad light.
beoweasel 26th-Mar-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
-Looks at Santorum- Wait a minute...-Digs through his comic books-

...My god. Rick Santorum IS Gary Callahan.

I wonder how many people here will get that joke.
layweed 26th-Mar-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
I dunno, with a little shading and a darker, more deranged look to him, he could pass for Cobra Commander.
cpip 26th-Mar-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Wow, and I'd thought John Edwards looked like the Smiler... but yeah.

beoweasel 26th-Mar-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Nah, I don't think Edwards looks much like the Smiler at all, now Santorum? Add some crowsfeet and a bigger grin, and BAM dead-ringer.
roseofjuly 26th-Mar-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
I keep forgetting what Santorum looks like...every time I picture him in my head I actually get Newt Gingrich.
evil_laugher 26th-Mar-2012 07:47 am (UTC)
Just think of a Keebler elf, and you'll get him.
roseofjuly 26th-Mar-2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
LOL accurate
subversive_kiwi 26th-Mar-2012 04:40 am (UTC)

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beoweasel 26th-Mar-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Somebody put his wife and kids into hiding!
subversive_kiwi 26th-Mar-2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Oh GOD, that's right. I couldn't remember if that happened to the Beast or the Smiler, and the scary thing is that there's no way to know if we've passed into that level of cartoonish evil until something happens. I maintain that Warren Ellis taught me more about politics in one go through Transmetropolitan than I ever got in class until I got to college. Is it shameful to admit that I still hold onto some of Spider Jerusalem's lines as legit ways to build hope for what I can do about global political realities so dishonest and cruel as to be almost beyond understanding? ("Journalism is just a gun. It's only got one bullet in it, but if you aim right, that's all you need. Aim it right, and you can blow a kneecap off the world.")

Edited at 2012-03-26 07:12 am (UTC)
deathchibi 26th-Mar-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
... holy crap, that's unnerving. Wonder if there's a Beast analogue around here.
subversive_kiwi 26th-Mar-2012 07:10 am (UTC)
This election cycle? I know that Ellis has made some statements about the Beast comparing him to Nixon, but that type of politician is damn near ubiquitous. I would almost posit Mitt Romney, actually, in the sense that he seems to have no clear beliefs beyond wanting to control the country.
mollywobbles867 26th-Mar-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
evil_laugher 26th-Mar-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
He swore?! This pleases me.
ragnor144 26th-Mar-2012 10:27 am (UTC)
That was my thought.
simplefaith08 31st-Mar-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
LOL, that was my first thought too.
roseofjuly 26th-Mar-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
I am so tired of politicians, particularly Republicans, saying shit and then claiming that other people are twisting their words when they repeat that shit.

But honestly? Ryan Williams is right on point, lmao.

Edited at 2012-03-26 04:33 am (UTC)
jessyryan 26th-Mar-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
OMG He swore, Sinner!!! It was funny to me that he won last night is LA and no one in the media gave a fuck. It was like third down in the papers and only mentioned in passing on MSNBC.
phoenixblaze 26th-Mar-2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Really? I saw it twice on the Sunday morning news, once right before my shift got out and then again when I was at the gym 45 minutes or so later.
mirhanda 26th-Mar-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I know! Filthy language isn't going to endear him to his base, I wouldn't think. Or even out of his base.
kynical 26th-Mar-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Rick Santorum swearing makes baby Jesus cry.
tigerdreams 26th-Mar-2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Someone should ask him if he recites the Lord's Prayer with that mouth.
little_rachael 26th-Mar-2012 06:26 am (UTC)
i wouldn't be surprised, though, if this made santorum more popular with his supporters. because you know, he's no wimpy, anti-violence, never-get-angry liberal.
masakochan 26th-Mar-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Yup. They'll see him as a guy whose ~taking a stand~ against the liberal media and their 'gotcha' questions.
tabaqui 26th-Mar-2012 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, good gods, fuck off, Ricky. Hello, this is not the era of shorthand notebooks and 'the Press' running to the phone the minute the interview is over to repeat it to some worker bee over wonky phone lines.

mizsphinx 26th-Mar-2012 11:36 am (UTC)
rhodanum, you tricked me. Here I'd thought Santorum had gone the extra mile and actually HIT a reporter. I've never clicked a link so fast.

Alas, it was not so.

*disappointed sigh*
rhodanum 26th-Mar-2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Believe me, that's the same thought that popped into my head when the story first appeared in my Twitter feed.

We were both disappointed on that account, it seems. XD
kitbug 26th-Mar-2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
lol I had the same reaction.
crossfire 26th-Mar-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
"You guys, I was PANDERING, not speaking LITERALLY. JEEEEEEZ."
eyetosky 26th-Mar-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, Tobias. You blowhard!
colliedlight 27th-Mar-2012 02:18 am (UTC)
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