By The Right Scoop


Rick Santorum stepped into the lions den for what was a good interview this morning. Joe sprung the contraception issue on him early and Santorum fired back accusing him of playing the gotcha game. Joe defended himself but Santorum stuck to his guns saying that it’s simply not something he’s talking about, unless it’s in the context of ObamaCare forcing people to violate their faith. They eventually moved on to more pertinent issues.

Here’s the full interview:

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  • stevenbiot

    The ad before the interview is straight bs, but the interview is good. My oncology professor said that Santorum spoke at his church. He then said that Mitt was in town, and that we could go see him for 1000$ a plate at some country club. Haha!

    • PVG

      That tells me ALL I need to know!

  • stevenbiot

    The hosts forgot to respect their guest. But, he’s conservative, so screw him! If Obama would have been there, the interviewers would have been all smiles and toddler questions.

  • sDee

    Good for Rick. These drive-by journalists need to be called out. No matter what they say, no matter how friendly they act, their job is to obscure the truth, push the Progressive narrative, and destroy conservatives with innuendo.

    • stevenbiot

      After Santorum let them have it, they all started kissing butt. That was awesome!!

  • Nukeman60

    Many people are bad-mouthing the fact that the Republican primaries are dragging out too long because it’s hurting us for the general election. I disagree. The candidates are fine tuning their messages now. This argument about contraception is a case in point, showing the candidates how to deal with the idiot media, when it’s thrown at them in the general.

    Kudos to Santorum on this. Newt has known for some time how to slam it back at the media and Rick has picked up on it. I say, ‘Bravo’. Kind of sounded like ‘Morning Joke’ didn’t like it very much.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJGP4QXZ5PRW2MFA5E25CV2WNU rosalie

      I think you’re right about “fine tuning” because Santorum seems to be getting stronger in these interviews.

      • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

        You must be kidding. Fine-tuned by Morning Joke? Only on the first question has he been able to begin to make the impression of being the understudy of Newt Gingrich. If he keeps insisting on learning the hard way at this rate he won’t last three rounds against Obama.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJGP4QXZ5PRW2MFA5E25CV2WNU rosalie

          I watched an ABC vid yesterday, and I thought he did very well with the interveiwer. He also did well with Piers Morgan a couple of weeks ago. I like Gingrich, and would vote for him before Romney, but I don’t feel that he has all the answers or that he’s the ultimate debater.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jaspersilvis Jasper Silvis

      Plus, Obama cannot start spending his $1B war chest against a single Republican candidate right now. It does not matter how much money Obama has. If it is not until July that we have a general election nominee, Obama will simply not have time to spend the whole $1B. That is a great thing. Keep the race going!

    • PVG

      The good news is we have 3, well 2.3 guys out there talking about REAL issues with real numbers and real solutions, as opposed to algae, contraception, and brackets.

  • Jason siejutt

    Why do people keep trying to pass Santorum off as a conservative?? he cries about Obama of forcing people to violate there faith. But he wants to impose his Morals on everyone else which is just as bad or worse

    • keyesforpres

      Oh he does not. What law does he want to pass that would force his faith on us?

      • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

        Talk about having to put it back on the other person! I never understood this line of attack on Santorum. Appreciate your calling out Jason on this keyes….

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      Jason that is simply not true. Take that lefty nonsense somewhere else.

      • http://twitter.com/Calanon24 Aaron Charles Reale

        Morals DO belong in Government, what kind of Morals? CHRISTIAN morals; thats what the founders said. Why? Because Freedom and Free Government, according to the founders were based on Morality and the (Christian) Religion

        • http://www.facebook.com/nelsoncit Neal Nelson

          I’m sure you have seen it before, but this quote goes hand in hand with your reply:
          “we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ” John Adams

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

            And how about this one? (source: http://christianity.about.com/od/independenceday/a/foundingfathers_3.htm)

            ‘Patrick Henry
            Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution

            “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
            –The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.’

    • Sober_Thinking

      Alright smartie… where’s your evidence? Show me that he plans to impose Catholicism on America. Gone on…

      I’m sick of you snipers coming in with that claim. I don’t know who you support but that has been a ridiculous assertion for months now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

      ROFL! where do you guys keep getting that kind of baloney?

      • stevenbiot

        The public school system and MSNBC.

    • sDee

      Congratulations! You have graduated from Mindless Repetition 101. You have a bright future in brain dead leftist propaganda.

    • stevenbiot

      I know! He’s out there claiming that the family should stay together and be able to practice their faith without government interference. What a dictator!

      • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

        The least you would expect from a candidate is to let us know what office he is running for.

        • stevenbiot

          I think he’s campaigning to be the republican nominee for president of the good ol’ US of A. You didn’t get the memo?

          • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

            Wrong office, wrong speak. He would make a fine spokesman for the Archbishiop of Palermo, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      Even if that was true what morals are you afraid of?

      • stevenbiot

        He might be afraid that those mean republicans are going to insist that women pay 9 bucks a month for birth control. If that isn’t the straw that broke the camels back, I don’t know what is.

        • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

          The Sharia-Man from Belgium said so, too.

          • stevenbiot

            No. What?

            • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

              Well, on Kennedy’s separation remark. He said it made him throw up.

      • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

        The Sharia-Man from Belgium said so, too.

      • DebbyX

        Jason is probably afraid of all of them! They would be so foreign to him.

    • PVG

      I had to dispute this line of thinking today at work by someone I thought knew better. She actually thought Santorum would ban contraceptives because he is Catholic. I can’t believe people are swallowing this idiotic mainstream media nonsense.
      Come on people, educate yourselves, do some independent thinking. We are not going to win this thing if we allow the other side to control the message.

      • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

        It is, first and foremost, Santorum himself who is to blame for this perception. No other candidate keeps pushing his religious (Catholic) views like him!!!

  • Sober_Thinking

    Santorum is a threat to the precious… Stick to your position, principles, and message Rick!

    Once again, it’s sad that our candidates have to make the rounds on rag shows like this.

    • cabensg

      This is only the beginning and we’d better hope the nominee gets on all of these rag shows. They’re free, you just show up and the inattentive, uninformed who watch these shows might actually learn something. Until we can replace them we need to use them and when I say use them I mean USE them to get our message out.

    • klaffner

      Sticking to positions and principles is not Santorum’s strong point.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Thank you.

  • cabensg

    Newt the Dragon (Obama) slayer congratulates Santorum the interviewer slayer.

    Well done grasshopper.

  • sara holy land

    As usual, he’s right, great.

  • NYGino

    The questions that kept coming on what Santorum would do in Afghanistan are typical of the left. They are phrased so that there can only be a lose, lose answer but Santorum was smart enough to unravel the web of entrapment. He separated out the element of time that was obscured, they’re asking him what he would do now, now that the damage was done by Obama.

    It’s like asking someone to take another’s place in a chess game twenty moves in. All you can do is try to salvage what you can, the pieces on the board are not the result of your thinking or what moves you might have made.

    You can’t tell me these questions were not discussed, analyzed and phrased beforehand to obtain the most damage possible. Good job by Santorum, sounds like he took a page from Newt’s book and gave it right back to them.

    • klaffner

      It is always very tough to ask a candidate who is looking to replace an incumbent what he would do. He doesn’t have access to all the intelligence and he doesn’t want to undermine the commander in chief. If you are too specific and something changes next week, you look like an idiot.

  • NYGino

    It’s been estimated that body language is up to eighty percent of communication and Mika Brzezinski is saying volumes. Words not needed to express her contempt for America and it’s true values.

  • marketcomp

    Fantastic interview. Way to take it to’em!

  • wodiej

    Santorum supported some economic heavyweight things too. That’s a non-argument.

    Joe is full of it-he brought up contraception because they want to keep the narrative going but Santorum falls for it every time. Whenever they ask Gingrich he just moves it along w a short, stern answer and won’t talk about it anymore. Santorum spent 1/3 of the interview talking about it. They talked for a few minutes about Afghanistan then they talked about his lack of money and organization. Very little said about Obama or his policies, about economics and how to fix it.

    He abruptly interrupted the one female interviewer as she was beginning to ask him a question-rude.

    When Gingrich is asked the Afghanistan question, he sees no way for us to win there and then goes into detail why and how we should leave. Santorum gives a generic answer that we need to have a new policy to get rid of the Taliban or get out.

    Santorum does not have the organization or the financial resources but he thinks that he won 10 states despite that. No, he won despite that because Gingrich did not compete in all of them, some Democrats crossed over party lines, Romney is a liberal, Romney pounded Gingrich w negative advertising before Iowa, and because of his strong religious views shared by some voters.

    And people, don’t think for one single second that anyone at MSNBC supports Santorum for any reason but thinking he is the easiest candidate for Obama to beat.

  • blueboypink

    How does the Main Stream Liberal Media- -get their minds so warped??

  • 3seven77

    First two minutes spent bashing Romney, then 8 minutes of chasing his tail over the contraception issue. Although I gotta give Santorum credit, he FINALLY made an attempt to frame the issue properly. Then back to attacking Romney, a few minutes of whine, whine, whine, and then the discussion of a “path to success” in Afghanistan, a path Santorum never defined. So what’s the “path to success” Rick?

    Honestly, this guy is not ready for prime time. I can’t believe he’s actually in the hunt for the Presidency.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

      hey its just in that stage, its all out war against each other, any and every time your able, tear the other guy down. That’s just the nature of politics, but Santorum has been good because he has been hitting Romney on legit issues that separates them like Romneycare, his liberal record in MA, and the such. Romney on the other hand is being a hypocrite on attacking Santorum as a “big spender” (thats the only thing Romney’s got on him) when in fact Romney requested tons of Earmarks, spent so much money that he needed the feds to bail him out. So Santorum has the higher ground in the cat fights between him and Romney, least Santorum isn’t a hypocrite.

      • klaffner

        Nice try, but not going to cut it. Santorum’s main case rests on making the voters believe that Romney is flat out lying when he says he is going to repeal ObamaCare. I don’t think even you believe that. Santorum’s secondary argument that Romney is ill equipped to debate Obama is just silly. As the voters process that reality, they look to the resume’s of the candidates. Romney just has a plainly solid argument on that front. His life record is just totally stronger in all the important ways.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

          well think of it this way, Romney has out spent Santorum 10 to 1 on average, having every advantage over Santorum, but still can’t close the deal. why? The guy’s only advantage in this election is because of big money and the idea that he’s going to be the nominee no matter what, advantages he won’t have come November. Also being unable to debate Obama on Healthcare is a legit issue. we have vids of him support individual mandates in Obamacare, http://www.therightscoop.com/2009-romney-op-ed-obama-should-use-my-individual-mandate-in-obamacare/ and don’t you dare even think that Obama won’t put that clip on most every ad against Romney in the general.

          P.S. and actually there is some goodly amount of doubt as too Romney’s commitment on repealing the whole thing http://amerpundit.com/2012/01/25/romney-adviser-romney-wont-fully-repeal-obamacare/

      • 3seven77

        Santorum’s not a hypocrite? Ummmm… go back and watch that interview that Scoop posted from ABC’s This Week with George Snuffulupagus. Watch to the end. Pay attention to the part about Arlen Specter’s run for the Presidency. Note that Specter had a one-issue campaign, namely “womens’s right to abortion”. Notice who supported Specter’s run on that “one issue”. Notice that he’s right there on stage behind Specter. See who it is? None other than Rick Santorum.

        Notice who keeps using the excuse of “taking one for the team” everytime he is questioned on his bad/hypocritical decisions? It’s none other than Rick Santorum.

    • BigHurt29

      Right, Rick’s “not ready for prime time” – he should instead follow Mitt Romney’s example.

      Mitt: I believe we’re in recovery mode, finally.
      Hannity: You REALLY think that?
      Mitt: Uh….well…what I meant to say was…Duh, I’m running on the economy, I can’t say it’s going well now, can I?? I knew that, why can’t I REMEMBER it!

      Add that to the tall tales of Davy Crockett in TN; grits in AL; wide streets, tall green trees and American cars in Detroit; Ann’s 2 Cadillacs, and the like, and you’ve got yourself a winner, right 3Seven?

      • 3seven77

        Sorry, I’m not a Romney supporter.

    • 3boojums

      sorry, Rick, i don’t want to win in Afghanistan, i want out. time to cut our losses. as they say in the market, “your first loss is your least loss”

  • klaffner

    Latest from Gallup:
    Romney, Santorum Tie as Gingrich Voters’ Second Choice
    Romney second choice of 40% of Gingrich voters, Santorum 39%

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/153308/Romney-Santorum-Tie-Gingrich-Voters-Second-Choice.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication

    Looks like if Gingrich drops out, it would help Romney rack up delegates even faster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    Just heard Santorum say he doesn’t care about the unemployment rate today… I don’t know the context he was speaking about it but now that sound bite is out there and will hurt his chances for the nomination and of course if he made it to the general election with Obama it’s going to be played over and over again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9UOXjvwS-I

    This could possibly be the death nail into Rick’s campaign =(

    • http://www.facebook.com/adamgraham Adam Graham

      Full context, “Santorum: I don’t care what the unemployment rate is going to be. My campaign doesn’t hinge on unemployment and growth rates.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

        Santorum walked back from his comments later in remarks to reporters. “As far as my political campaign … of course I care about the unemployment rate. I want the unemployment rate to go down, but I’m saying my candidacy doesn’t hinge on whether the unemployment rate goes up and down. My candidacy is about something that transcends that; it’s about freedom. It’s not about Governor Romney’s idea that he is going to fix the economy,” he said.

  • Marky_D

    The more I see of Rick Santorum the more I like him. You could do a hell of a lot worse – oh, hold on – you did. :)

  • DebbyX

    He needs to wipe that pasted on smile off his (sunburned) face. Guess he lounged a little too long in the sun.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7WRB5ISQSG6B4HBO6TVZ64L4K4 Noz

    I watched the interview this morning. It was a cross between a feeble attempt at a Gingrich accusation of the media as biased and a Romney awkwardness with a question that he didn’t want to answer. This guy will get destroyed in the general election if he gets the nomination.

    • 3seven77

      I’m glad to see someone else recognizes that.

  • Shawn Holmes

    You know I’m surprised that a lot of so called conservatives here are bashing this interview with Santorum. If you actually listen to the content of his answers, and the successful ways he deflected attacks and obvious partisan questions to stay on message and attack Romney, there wouldn’t be all these emotional responses we typically see from liberals attacking Santorum.

    Did any of you people listen to the questions and the dishonest way they were framed? It was purely from the mindset of the left. Santorum’s answers were straight up principled conservatism.

    A lot of conservatives need to start doing some soul searching. Romney is not a conservative. Not even remotely a conservative. We were fooled by Bush in 2000 who was an establishment Republican. We defended Bush. We have to admit we were tricked, and the it was more important to deflect attacks from the left than it was to seriously question Bush’s domestic spending. Oh sure we saw the off handed misgivings, but nothing serious. There are many people who even defend TARP. (Michael Medved among them)

    All of those domestic policies by Bush were Big Government domestic programs. Bush increased domestic spending. He didn’t lower it. If you look at Reagan’s domestic spending record, there is no question he reduced spending domestically. True conservatism. Bush domestically was a Big Government Establishment Republican. I have to say this election cycle has truly exposed the fake conservatives who have lose their way. Ann Coulter, Christie, Huckaphony, Romney, Huwett, Medved, all of these people are fakes. They sold out their principles because they didn’t want to be embarrassed by how the far left objectifies our candidates. Not only that, but horribly objectifies our candidates who are black, women, or worst of all, Christian.

    Romney is a “Here. Take it or leave it” candidate from the Establishment Republicans. The Karl Roves of the world who live in a bubble. If you’re a principled conservative there is no question the obvious pick is Rick Santorum.

    • 3seven77

      “Bush domestically was a Big Government Establishment Republican.”

      Santorum domestically is a Big Government Establishment Republican.

      “If you’re a principled conservative there is no question the obvious pick is Rick Santorum.”

      If you’re a principled conservative there is no question the obvious pick is Newt Gingrich.

      Fixed it for you.

  • Santa Gasparro

    This is so sad, did he once hit Obama, does he really think MSNBC viewers will vote for him that felt the need to constantly knock down the inevitable republican nominee, while barely mentioning the guy he as a republican should be aiming for, especially because this audience never hears the truth about Obama.

    Hilary and Obama never attacked each other, they always left the shots for Bush and republicans.

  • giomerica

    Contraception?… Really?… Like anyone can’t just walk into their local Walgreens and grab all the contraception they want for less than 10 bucks. But if the liberals want to talk contraception, then here goes:

    Under Obama we now have a 15 plus trillion dollar debt, Unemployment is at (well… they’ll fudge the numbers to admit that it’s at) 8.3% (real numbers are much higher), gas prices are soaring, our constitutionally protected rights are being trampled upon daily, 10,000 bay boomers are retiring per day which will explode the costs of the already bloated Obamacare, and yet the liberals want us to ignore all of this and talk about some made up “War on Women’s rights”.

    So let’s talk contraception… If we don’t take care of all the issues mentioned above, we’re all screwed!