By The Right Scoop


I’m always impressed these days when watching Santorum do interviews with the MSM. He is very articulate and if you listen to what he says, it makes sense. And this morning, he stepped into the ring on Meet The Press and did quite well. He talked about the contraception issue, Obama overreaching if he gets a second term, radical feminism, gay marriage, the election and more.

The biggest thing that bothers me is how the media treats him as the “social conservative” more than anything else, a premise that even he fought back at this morning noting what he’s really talking about, be it the economy, national security, or other issues like liberty and conservatism.

Here’s the full interview:

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  • http://twitter.com/shelly99032 Shelly Sands

    Scoop, I agree. He did very well with every question thrown at him. The question about not allowing single women w/o children was just plain stupid.

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

      I forgot about that, but yeah, it was a stupid question.

      • http://twitter.com/mopenshaw Michael Openshaw

        It was a lame attempt to feed to outlandish meme that religious conservatives only was women barefoot and pregnant. the left is ANTI-CHOICE on this; they have contempt for women who make the VOLUNTARY decision to be stay-at-home Moms.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that Conservatives always have to give radicals lessons on biology and physiology? I mean these are supposed to be the most “educated” among us are they not? And yet, when it comes to issues of gender and reproduction their little brains just can’t seem to wrap around the fact that men and women are different and that a n a l banging and all that’s associated with it is medically unhealthy.

    Can only single women work in his administration??

    David Gregory, you’re a moron!

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit Rick Santorum is sounding a lot more confident, as he should, and is a lot less edgy in his interviews. Trying to make social issues into a hurdle or burden to our candidates just shows how far we have strayed from societal norms and our Judeo/Christian heritage.

  • Anonymous

    Good interview Rick.

    Was that a serious question though? “Would you allow women to work in your cabinet?” Really??? The LSM is obviously desperately trying to paint Rick as some anti-woman crazy and hope he slips up or gives them something they can take out of context. I mean really? Does he really believe that Rick wouldn’t allow women to work in his cabinet?

    As to the question of women in combat. “Are they physically up to the job to serve on the front lines?” NO! As Rick stated men and women are physically different. Thats why ones a woman and ones a man and we don’t reproduce asexually. Are there some women who may be able to keep up with the physically demanding rigors of front line training and combat? Sure, but they are the exception and not the rule. Do we create rules for the exception in this country? (don’t answer that as more and more it seems like we do so no ones feelings are hurt) But the true question isn’t the physical aspect even though that is a major point. What happens when young men and young women get together?? Anyone?? S-E-X….especailly after enduring close living and stressful dangerous situations together. That one aspect is going to crush front line units and take away from the mission at hand and the combat readiness of the unit. Even if a female gets pregnant from her husband at home guess what…..SHE CAN’T DEPLOY. And therefore is taking away from that front line units combat power. What if she is a squad leader? A platoon sergeant or a Platoon leader?? That unit is going to deploy without that person?? Are you going to tell women then that they can’t get pregnant and become a mother if they are serving in a front line unit??

    Plus if they serve in the front lines then ALL women are eligible for the draft. So sign your daughters up, your sisters up for the selective service board as all males have to do. You can thank the feminists and the handful of women that want to serve in the infantry later for that one ladies.

    And in reality what kind of a society puts their women, their mothers, their daughters into front line combat. What society does that? What does that say about us as a society?? Spartan women were probably some of the toughest women to have ever lived and they didn’t serve on the front.

    • Anonymous

      I’m usually not surprised by MSM questions but this was almost a comedy sketch.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! It was like another bad SNL skit… so annoying and frankly, a complete waste of time imo. However, Rick held his own and did well, and their little commedy routine may have backfired on them. One can hope anyway.

    • StNikao

      Israel did a study because they had women in combat and combat training and found that women suffered more hip and other fractures than men…PLUS longterm feminine injuries and dysfunctions…loss of fertility, uterine prolapse, etc. Elevated incidence of fractures in younger women are much more significant finding than in the elderly. It is not a good idea to try to make women into men, or front-line warriors.

      • Anonymous

        Vey interesting and a great point.

      • sara holy land

        you ara wrong, we have pilots , (women, you know ? )
        which must undergo a very difficult training ,precisely,exactly like pilots male.
        the level of the training is the toughest military servise.

        • Anonymous

          Being a pilot is nowhere near as physically demanding as being in a front-line combat unit. It is also nowhere near the intamacy that SOF and Infantry troops experience in killing people who are trying to kill them a lot of the time in very close proximity. Pilots don’t see the faces of the people they kill they don’t see it up close and personal as SOF and the Infantry does.

          Trying to claim that female pilots are the same thing is retarded. Pilot training is more mental than it is physical anyways. So their level of training is in respect to what they do. Its not the physically toughest training. I know pilots….I know it’s not physically demanding (save for some g-forces in fighter pilots).

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

    SANTORUM 2012!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.sheinfield Steven Sheinfield

    They truly go after him to defend what they perceive as an evil position. It’s comical to watch. As a former liberal, I see what they’re doing and it’s condescending.

  • Anonymous

    It would be so unsettling to have to do an interview with that a$$ David Gregory…he really boils my blood.

  • cabensg

    They view him as a social conservative because that’s all he was involved in when he was in Congress.

    Santorums credentials are so thin I can put them in one small paragraph.

    Richard John “Rick” Santorum was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. Rick Santorum started his political life at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1980. While working as an assistant to State Senator J. Doyle Corman, Santorum earned a graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1981) and a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law (1986). After a short time practicing law, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served two terms from 1991-95. He was elected to the Senate in 1994 and reelected in 2000 but lost his 2006 bid for re-election.

    That’s it folks. Except for lists of committee’s he served on while in office and bills he supported, writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer and commenting on Fox, there is nothing there that qualifies him to be president of the United States.

    Here are Gingrich’s credentials for serving as president.

    Architect of “Contract with America” leading to first Republican House majority in 40 years. Under his leadership Congress passed welfare reform, passed the first balanced budget in a generation, and passed the first tax cut in sixteen years. In addition Congress restored funding to defense and intelligence capabilities actions later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 commission.

    Author:
    Twenty three books fiction and nonfiction New York Times best-sellers.
    Non-fiction books. A Nation like no other.
    Rendezvous with Destiny about Ronald Reagan
    To save America – Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine
    Rediscovering God in America
    5 Principles for a Successful Life
    Drill here Drill Now and Pay Less
    Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America
    To renew America, Lessons learned the hard Way
    Saving Lives and Saving Money
    Window of Opportunity
    The art of Transformation and Rediscovering God in America
    Historical Fiction. Gettysburg Grant comes East
    Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant the Final Victory
    1945 Peal Harbor
    December 8, Days of Infamy
    To Try Men’s Souls
    Valley Forge

    Documentaries. A City upon a Hill
    Nine Days that Changed the World
    Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny
    Rediscovering God in America I and II
    Our Heritage
    We have the Power

    Organizations. United States Commission on National Security/21st Century

    Hart/Rudman Commission to examine our national security challenges As far out as 2025 (the commission report concluded that the number one threat to the United States was A nuclear, chemical or biological weapon used against a large American city unless Our defense and intelligence structures underwent massive transformation. the report was Published six months before September 11th.

    General Chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future
    Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
    Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
    Honorary Chairman of the Nanobusiness Alliance

    Volunteerism. Donated time and money and raised money for Habitat for Humanity, United Cerebral Palsy, The American Cancer Society and Zoo Atlanta.

    In 1995 Washington Times called him an indispensable leader while speaker and Time magazine named him man of the year.

    Bachelors degree from Emory University
    Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History Tulane University
    Before his election to Congress he taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for 8 years.

    And this doesn’t even include the extensive information on his website Newt/2012. Which includes a 52 page report on how to handle judges who legislate from the bench. His “21st Century Contract with America” lays out plans about what needs to be handled to get the country back on track. For those interested they can submit ideas to be included in presidential directives to be published in it’s entirety in October. This list also doesn’t include facts about his hundreds of speeches on different subjects all over the world.

    Sorry but there is no comparison as to who is qualified and has the ideas and plans to be a successful president. Romney is not my choice but he also has qualifications out the roof compared to Santorum.

    Santorum, Representative, Senator, Lawyer. No governorship experience, no business experience. This is not a popularity contest for president of the Senior Class this is a serious contest for who will lead this country against our enemies domestic and foreign and create the atmosphere for American superiority, financially, militarily and industrially.

    Gingrich/2012

    • Anonymous

      This is exactly why I still support Newt more than Rick Santorum, when it comes down to actually governing, I believe Newt has a stronger, better, and more experienced resume to offer. Rick Santorum would still be a huge improvement over Romney and Paul.

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

      You make a good case for Gingrich but Rick Santorum isn’t the main problem so I really don’t see the need to make the case against Rick Santorum because both of those candidates biggest competition is Mitt Romney.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly my point. I almost view this sort of lengthy comparison as a desparate act to renew interest in Newt. Newt will rise or fall based on his platform and debate performances. I’m getting a little annoyed by anyone that feels compelled to fill up screens worth of credentials – especially in an effort to demean or diminsh another candidate. This is what Ron Paul supporters used to do – attack candidates (especially Santorum) who they want to pick off. Isn’t that what Romney does? Give it a rest.

      • cabensg

        I consider Santorum a problem if people decide he is the alternative to Romney. As far as qualifications and ability to follow through are concerned this is a two man race. Gingrich and Romney are the choices if we want competence. Santorum is a side track we can’t afford.

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

          I think it’s very unfair to call him a side track, he’s won just as many states as Romney, yet Gingrich has only won South Carolina. Yet I still want Newt to keep going!

    • Anonymous

      You know, Newt has backed off the inter-candidate trash and slams… maybe you should too. I understand this is a blog and we all get to vent and say our piece… but come on. You really want to lay out his laundry list of accomplishments (again?)?

      And before you all dogpile on me again, I like Newt a lot. Many of his positions are superior to what the others are offering. He remains a solid second choice to me. So while you support Newt – which is great, I support him too. Just not as much as Rick.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ajtelles Art Telles

      Excellent itemization, cabensg…

      In addition to the “conservative” pluses that you outline, Gingrich’s “progressive” tendencies, aka negatives, need to be included for a fair and balanced Gingrich history.

      You probably have the Gingrich pro-progressive and pro-Woodrow “real politik” Wilson and pro-Franklin D. “the best President of the 20th century” Roosevelt (NOT conservative Ronald Reagan ???) YouTube videos already bookmarked, so I won’t list the URLs here.

      Now, if Santorum can’t maintain the momentum of being the #1 non-Romney and finally winning the primary wreath and fades like Ron Paul has, and if Gingrich succeeds in regaining the momentum as the #1 non-Romney, I will vote for Gingrich to win the primary wreath and to defeat Romney.

      However, I’m for Santorum for POTUS.

      But, if Gingrich wins the primary wreath, I will also vote for “progressive conservative” (aka a conservative with progressive tendencies) Gingrich in the general election to replace “progressive socialist marxist” BHObama.

      And for my vote in the general election for Gingrich, the ONLY thing that I would DEMAND of Gingrich is for Gingrich to do a variation of what Rush Limbaugh means when he says that he is “tying half my brain behind my back to be fair” with the liberals.

      The ONLY thing Gingrich MUST do is to “tie his progressive tendencies behind his back”…

      … and FORGET about em… and never, never, EVER, never propose “progressive” ideas again.

      That’s all.

      The question is, is that “conservative” only doable and something Gingrich would commit to?

      I don’t know… time will tell.

      So far, Gingrich has not mentioned the difference between “progressive” ideas and “conservative” ideas… and WHY the distinction is important.

      So, we wait… time will tell.

      Art

  • Anonymous

    You get to be host of Meet The Press by asking ridiculous questions like this? Gregory’s questions sound like an angry high school student just being brainwashed for the first time.

  • Anonymous

    Good interview Rick!

  • Anonymous

    I’m done with Mr David Gregory. The guy is a punk. Yeah I said it. Tim Russert was an improvement over the obvious leftism of a political swinehund like Gregory. Oh well its NBC (NBC -Nothing But Commies) – same like same…different day. Like Breitbart said yesterday…I’m tired of their BS.

    • Anonymous

      Lol… you sound like Mark Levin (yeah I said it). :)

      Love it.

      P.S. Meant as a compliment.

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

    They lost me on who Richie Cunningham was, a bit too young to remember, so I had to look it up, Oh Happy Days!

    Thought Rick did a good job smacking back in Gregory’s face that he’s not the anti-woman candidate he was trying to paint him as.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Kuestner/1513152331 Chris Kuestner

    I saw this interview live this morning. He did an excellent job deflecting the attacks by David Gregoy and the liberal NBC media.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFJ7TFEB76QRDY3OZM6BGGLDI Chuck you Shoomer

    Love Ya Rick, but Newt 2012. Santorum 2020.

  • Anonymous

    While that’s part of what I like about him, I think that will be the primary target the lame stream media will focus on if he gets the nomination. There is indeed a LOT more to him than just his social conservatism. So annoying.

    “Would the women who work for you in your administration only be single women?” What an absolutely assinine question. This is a classic example of why MSNBC shouldn’t be taken seriously. They are an embarassment to “journalism”. Idiotic excuse for “news”. And to talk about the sweater vest was just pathetic. Buffoons…

    Rick remained composed and steady… I thought this was an excellent interview. Excellent football metaphore. Great Job Rick.

  • cabensg

    I filled it up because people don’t seem to be making an honest comparison. I’m not demeaning Santorum by say he isn’t prepared the facts speak for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    good job by santorum but I have a hard time getting past gregory’s smug face.

  • cabensg

    I think Gingrich has laid out the differences in his speeches. Obama is progressive and when Gingrich compares where he stands to where Obama stands it is comparing conservative to progressive.

    Gingrich’s past negatives are also our past negatives. We wanted bi-partisanship. Co-operation between the parties. Gingrich like the rest of us have come to the conclusion there is no bi-partisanship or co-operation when there are no common values to compromise on. I know we’re all pure as the driven snow conservatives now but it took a Democrat Congress pushing through Obama care and Obama trying to turn America into a Dictatorship to get us here. I’m not going to judge Gingrich differently than I judge myself or many of us who weren’t always as conservative as we are now. We’ve seen the light and I believe he has to.

  • Anonymous

    Rick did fine but….

    he should have VIGOROUSLY called out Gregory repeatedly for the insanity of the questions (feminism, women in combat, gay marriage, “role of women in society”, “can single moms get a job in your administration?” etc..).

    Make it a you tube moment.

  • Anonymous

    Rick Santorum is very personable in this video. I bet he must be very tired yet he comes on as a very leveled-headed individual who knows his stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Rick Santorum is very personable in this video. I bet he must be very tired yet he comes on as a very leveled-headed individual who knows his stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. This is weird.

    I’ve been fine all day. But I just finished listening to this interview conducted by David Gregory and suddenly find myself with this driving urge, almost a compulsion, to bang my head against the wall.

    Just thought I’d share that.

  • Anonymous

    Look Rick… sweater vests may be dorky… but Stephen Harper
    won his majority parliament with his sweater vest front and centre.

    Importing Canadian oil is definitely a winning strategy… and importing Canadian
    sweater vests just may be your ticket as well… Good Luck!

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IIUQRxbVgyE/TZC7XXhokbI/AAAAAAAAE6o/6Qz398Zi7as/s1600/harper_sweater1.jpg

  • Anonymous

    That ladies and gentlemen is a principled conservative talking openly honestly and boldly. Obama should be shaking in his boos, if Santorum is the nominee.

  • Anonymous

    That was the kindest interview I’ve ever heard outta DG. The sweater vest bit at the end blew me away……DG was actually laughing WITH Rick, not AT him!

  • Anonymous

    Dork Gregory needs an interviewee to just slap that smirk right off his face one of these days….

  • http://twitter.com/PJRodman Paula J Rodman

    No…on a general level we are not physically equal on the military level…there are exceptions but not many. I can shoot the eyes out of a gnat at 100 yards, run a big bad machine, knock the crap out of most men…but not most marines…there you have it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Smith/100001229096868 Tom Smith

    “FANTASTIC STORY OF MIKHAIL KRYZHANOVSKY ” – Operation “Barack Obama”

    prof7prof@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with a lot of comments on this. This interview was terrible, David Gregory is true scumbag of the left, he goes in every interview with an agenda and it was glaring and shameless in this interview. He’s an Alinsky bully and all he was doing was painting Santorum as extreme, fringe and lame.
    The real problem was Santourm though. Media scum will be media scum and you know that going on NBC. Santorum just smiled his way through this interview even when he’s being insulted in ‘cute and clever’ ways by Gregory. This is where Santorum really needed to channel Newt Gingrich, this interview was a golden opportunity to kick a media weasel in the balls on live TV. Disagree with the premise, STOP the interview by making the ‘journalist’ the issue, because Gregory WAS the issue, not any of his condescending idiotic questions.
    Sorry but this was a painful interview, Santorum lost that one and Gregory got his high fives afterwards. If Santorum really wants to take Newt out, he better develop some of Newt’s strengths.

  • http://twitter.com/ccsunnydazey amanda citizen

    The Left wing media is absurd. It is ridiculous to attempt to paint Santorum as only a social candidate. He is the most well rounded candidate we have. Thank God, someone is standing up for the conservative cause before the liberal minority stomp it out. Santorum will be our next President. He has them running scared. It’s hilarious to see him outsmart them at each and every turn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2229169 Michael Balkin

    For everyone claiming that Romney is not “electable” for various reasons, you really have to stand back and take a good hard look at Santorum. This man would never beat Obama – the election would be about his social views and not a referendum on Obama’s failed policies. I weep if my party nominates Rick. He’s a good man that will lose. And to describe him as THE TRUUUE CONSERVATIVE candidate is an insult to conservatism and y’all know it.

  • B. W. Wright

    It’s very nice to see Conservatives recognize the “game” of liberal LSM interviewers. And just as nice to see the candidates see it too. George Step and others think we are so stupid! So I am proud that we are seeing their absolute stupidity! Not one of the candidates is perfect. I am sure that some of them have learned their lesson from the previous mistakes they made. I am surprised that we, as Conservatives are not willing to forgive them those mistakes! Remember, Romney DOES NOT think he made a mistake with Romneycare!! Because of this, I was very disappointed in the CPAC straw poll! Understand though, I will vote for Romney IF he ends up being the nominee, holding my nose all the while! I have seen comments from so-called Conservatives that say if their candidate does not end up being the nominee, they just won’t vote at all!! How Sad. This is like being a VERY bad sport!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E2BNSIG6IDISDUWYJ2LPESKQ3I LollyPolly1

    A man of common sense-based intelligence, of substance and conviction… Hmmm. I think Rick’s our guy. Honesty and sincerity is the new sexy.

  • kritt11

    Please remember to vote for Rick in the primary. I can’t wait to watch him go down in the general election as the weakest GOP candidate since Goldwater.
    The majority of Americans do not support what he stands for or his beliefs about contraception, women in the workforce or abortion.