Mark Levin’s no more gotchas interview with Rick Santorum

Mark Levin said that he’s tired of all that gotchas and decided to interview Santorum on substantive issues instead. The topics they cover are energy, Supreme Court justices, presidential vacations, border security, and more.



Here’s the full interview:

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97 thoughts on “Mark Levin’s no more gotchas interview with Rick Santorum

  1. I do not care for Santorum at all, I dont beieve he is anywhere ready to lead this country than Obama was. Im ready for a businessman, a man who has great integrity and common sense and this Gov Mitt Romney

    1. 1) Santorum is sorry he endorsed Romney
      2) Hes sorry he voted for no child left behind
      3) Hes sorry he voted with Planned Parenthood Title 10
      4) Hes NOT sorry he added ANOTHER GUBMENT program (Title 20)(attacking cotraception) to COMPENSATE for a vote he was sorry about voting yeah on !
      5) Hes NOT sorry for voting for Sphincter over Toomey (with Cavaet) Sphincter promised CON scotus>> Which Sphincter says is a LIE !
      6) He has NOT SAID that he has changed his mind on “TEAM SPORT CONCEPT”

      And his one word for himself IS, GET THIS>>>> COURAGE— LOLOLOLOLOLOL

      1. 1) Romney lost to McCain
        2) Romney “I respect the fact [Bush] put in place No Child Left Behind. I know a lot people in my party don’t like it, but I do like it.”
        3) Romney donate his own money to Planned Parenthood
        4) Romney voted for Democrats
        5) We know team Romney would have played for Not Reagan/Bush

        What one word do you call that? Hypocrite!

        1. I Totally AGREE with everything you just said ! This Makes Romney look like Garbage, but it sure doesnt make Santorum smell any better ! NEWT 2012

    2. There are those of us who do not feel Romney is a man of integrity. For example, is record on life, even after he claims to have changed his mind because of embryonic stem cell research.

      http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/12/30/mitt-romney-didnt-just-give-planned-parenthood-money-he-gave-them-extra-power/

      And he says he believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, yet he said in a debate in answer to the question when was the most recent time you did something to advance “gay” rights. He said just now. Someone who would be for advancing special rights for people based on their immorality is not a man of integrity. He also demonstrated how he does not have a conviction about true marriage in MA. If the info on this link is correct, he is even worse than I thought on the issue:
      http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/

  2. Mark asks the questions conservatives want to ask about really critical issues. After watching Stossel’s ‘Illegal Everything’ last night, I want to add one more question for the candidates: When are you going to shut down the EPA?

    1. Wow. See, rick isn’t all he is says he is. I like what he says but what he does is different. He calls others flip floppers and what do you know? He is a flip flopper himself. This video will make no difference to santorum supporrters though. The guy can do no wrong except for his vote for Unions, debt ceiling increase, support for Specter over a real conservative, bridge to nowhere and I can’t think of all the others right now. Too early. But he gets a pass on everything. I’m not saying I wouldn’t vote for the Guy if he is all that’s left but his hypocrisy is pretty overwhelming.

      As we see in the video you posted he isn’t all he is cracked up to be. Who would’ve thunk it. How we ended up with these losers is beyond me. Don’t need a Guy who can’t even win his own Senate seat and got pasted to the wall at that. We are screwed with these fellas.

  3. Looks like Michigan will be as stupid as Florida. Rasmussen now has Romney up by 6. All this and Romney looked the American people in the eye and blatantly LIED about making Catholic hospitals use the abortion pill.

    The one thing I wished Newt would have done during the debate, was say, “Before we get started, let’s cover three things you said last debate. Three things we now know were absolutely untrue….”. Unfortunately both he and Rick just let Romney talk and talk, and in all that talk was some absolute LIES.

    I have no problem if our candidate isn’t “my choice”. (I voted for Newt already). But I have a REAL problem morally voting for someone who looks in the camera and flat out lies, knowing that 99% of the viewers won’t know the difference.

    This is obviously how his handlers have told him to debate. Just say whatever sounds good, don’t worry because no one is going to follow up with you. I wish Hannity or someone else would press this guy the next time he is on, saying, “well I have the documents right in front of me, what you said was false.” BUT…he still gets away with it, because people watching the debate are not all listening to the follow up. *SIGH*

    1. Rick doesn’t need Sarah to stand for what he believes in. Sarah, who cannot endorse because of being a Fox contributor, from what I understand, came as close as she dared by suggesting people vote for him. Rick is doing well with those who are pro-life and for marriage as its Creator designed and defined it.
      With a recent news article I saw, if Newt winds up being the nominee, I’d be holding my nose to vote for him as the lesser of two evils:
      http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/02/24/gingrich-least-states-are-using-bills-not-judges-legalize-same-sex-marriage
      If Romney is the nominee, unless he has a true conservative (which he is not) as his running mate who will fight for life and true marriage, I will not vote for if he is the nominee.
      I was happy to vote for Santorum in early TN voting and am praying, if it’s God’s will, he will be our next President!

  4. We’d be so much better informed about all of the candidates if they bagged the debates with leftists, Dem apologists and operatives for moderators and took their messages directly to the people like this. Thanks for the post, Scoop!

  5. Newt’s support of a mandate was led by the Heritage Foundation as a way to fight against Hillarycare… and Newt has recognized that it was a bad idea. That works for me. People and ideas evolve over time. Newt has conservative credentials the others can’t match. Santorum has his share of weaknesses within his voting record and his religious ideology that Obama will be able to use against him. His tax plan is still progressive without a flat tax option (which Newt’s plan has) and he does not have the substantive solutions that Newt has, nor does he have the ability to communicate them as Newt does. We have a whole generation of Americans who are only familiar with the demonized view of conservatism and free market principles and we need a candidate who can teach them, and inspire them… that man is Newt!

    1. Newt supported individual mandates all the way up to 2008 maybe even until the point he decided to run for President, that’s way after the fight against hillarycare.

      Obama is going to use his religious ideology against Rick? Bad move for Obama to compare and contrast next to Santorum. Have you seen Obama’s religious past? Hello, Jeremiah Wright! Yes, Bring that back into Light!

      You have to ignore the fact that Newt Gingrich is one of the most toxic names in american politics today. His unfavorability is very high, the highest of all the candidates, he’s hated from the left, middle, and right. Is this the game plan for Newt to defeat him — Negative ad him to death? It worked when Romney did it. Obama will surely do the same.

      1. You have to ignore the fact that Newt Gingrich is one of the most toxic names in american politics today. His unfavorability is very high, the highest of all the candidates, he’s hated from the left, middle, and right.

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        Newt supporters just don’t want to see this reality. Rick clearly has the better chance to keep Romney from the nomination, and that is the key thing here.

      2. They only accomplishments for Santorum was Obviously always voting for things that were against his conscience and oh, K-STREET !! That will come out shortly and Santorum will be cooked !

        1. Your use of the word “always” is an obvious exaggeration.
          If you are referring to Title 10 funding, please see the following:
          This first site outlines Rick Santorum’s pro-life record… please see a list of votes against abortion and on the side of his conscience at the last part of the article:
          http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/21/paul-ad-makes-it-appears-santorum-suppots-planned-parenthood/

          http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/03/santorum-paul-compete-to-prove-pro-life-credentials/
          This second one says that the money allotted to planned parenthood is not supposed to fund abortions. They mention since the house got a Republican majority, they have been trying to completely get rid of any funding at all for Planned Parenthood.

          If you are like me, I don’t trust Planned Parenthood at all and am glad that Rick indicated in the debate mentioned above that if he is President he would fight to have no federal government money going to Planned Parenthood.

          1. OHH, Maybe you should look up K-Street >> Have you ever heard of Jack Abramoff, Jim Hirni (Abramoff lobbyist that ran Santorums campaign in South Carolina) You obviously only follow politics by convenience ! Santorum was the head of K-street which was the epitome of crony capitalism.. Then he was caught on tape lying about ever knowing Grover Norquist or what Norquist did. Its very easy to locate on you tube ! That was a scandal of epic proportion and is BIGGER than Gingrich as a business owner doing work for a company noone likes ! I know>> You like the COVER of the book and you are afraid if you open the BOOK> Well, it really sucks !

            1. if it’s such the scandal you claim I wonder what’s taking so long to break out in the news. And I wonder why two conservative candidates Perry and Bachmann have hit Newt Gingrich with ads about being Mr. K Street, and the King of K Street, but nothing about Santorum. And it looks like only Lefties are attacking Santorum about something about a K Street Project scandal.

    2. I have heard he supported the individual healthcare mandate for many years- I think I heard at least 20. This makes for a less sharp contrast with Obama on the issue than Santorum has, since he did not support that idea.

      Santorum’s beliefs about the right of the unborn babies to live and not have their lives taken away from them and his agreeing with the Creator of marriage about the definition of it are not weaknesses. They are great positives!

      In this interview, he has a flat tax plan for businesses of half the current rate, with the exception of a zero tax for domestic manufacturers to try to level the playing field with other nations and bring back jobs to the U.S. that have been outsourced. He also has a plan to cut back individual tax rates to those that were in place during the Reagan era. All of this, God willing, would go a long way in stimulating this economy.

      I think he’s doing a pretty good job at communicating his platform, though he is not as smooth at speaking as Gingrich and he hasn’t the money Romney has on his side for advertisements. Santorum does quite well at sounding like he is speaking from his heart.

      1. You are right my friend. He really speaks from the heart with lots of caring, humble and knows what he is going to do.
        So I figured that since I met him first, and it strengthens my position more and more as I hear and see him.

  6. You have to be careful here. What’s the most important thing? Speaking well or having the best policies AND the record to back it up?

    Santorum isn’t the best speaker, but he’s pretty good. The problem with Newt is he’s been on the wrong side of too many core conservative issues like the mandate (supported it last year) and global warming (supported cap and tax in 2007). Newt even supported the Fairness Doctrine back in the day (Reagan vetoed it).

    Newt is a better speaker, but Santorum is the better conservative and has the record to prove it.

    1. Newt never supported Cap & Trade because he recognized it would hurt the economy. He was concerned (along with much of the world) before the fraud was revealed regarding global warming, and he felt more research was necessary, but he refused to support any energy policy that would hurt the economy! Santorum’s voting record has been posted online with links to the actual voting documents, and there were MANY votes that are a concern to conservatives, not just the ones that were brought up at the debate. Newt spent 16 years creating the first Republican majority in 40 years in the House and everything Bill Clinton got credit for in terms of the economy was because Newt pulled him to the center and forced balanced budgets, paying down the debt, and welfare reform! None of the other candidates can compete with his record of conservative accomplishment!

      1. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hotpolitics/interviews/gingrich.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=pressRelease
        Toward the bottom of the above website page, an interview with Gingrich, Gingrich indicates he would support strongly mandatory caps on carbon, a system of trading within the caps, and tax incentive for new technology investment.

        Newt did work hard and did many helpful things for the country, but I don’t think he deserves all of the credit for the first Republican majority in 40 years… for example, without the voters voting them in, it would not have happened.

        On Welfare reform, you might find this article about Gingrich and Santorum:
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/rick-santorum-and-welfare-reform-fact-checker-biography/2012/01/12/gIQAmmUTtP_blog.html

        And also, Santorum was a main sponsor of Partial Birth Abortion Ban legislation as well as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act during his time in the U.S. Senate.

        Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/21/krichert/idaho_antabortion_group_endorses_santorum#storylink=cpy

      2. I think we can all agree that both Newt and Rick have their warts, right? I’m doubtful that either of them were our first choice (or even 2nd/3rd) when this thing got started, but the reality is that this is who we’re stuck with. It doesn’t sound like either of them are getting out anytime soon so they (and we) are going to need to work together to dethrone Mittens and then go for the real enemy of the state, BHO. I think we can agree that either of these two would be a vast improvement over the current occupant & tearing one or the other down does nothing to further the cause of the big picture. We’ve got to think strategically, folks. 1st Mittens, then Barry.

    2. No, Santorum actually doesn’t have the record to prove it. You just think he does, because he’s told you so while waving a photo of himself with his kids. He doesn’t even have much of a platform either.

      1. This is argumentum contritum record (a broken record argument). We know you are in the bag for Newt. You don’t need to stir up things by making these sorts of inflammatory remarks in every thread about Santorum. Just support your guy and stop dumping on the other guy.

        If you have something new to reveal about Santorum, then bring it. But the same old tired accusations are what trolls do. You don’t wanna be a troll, right?

    1. I like Santorum and will vote for him, but Newt’s was better. Santorum was heading into a big speech and didn’t seem focused too much on the Levin interview.

      Still, Newt’s the best at impromptu, other than maybe Ridy Giuliani. I might side with Giuliani, just because he can be funnier. His “nada” speech at the 2008 convention about Obama’s resume is still one of the best I’ve heard. Come to think of it, everything was fantastic about the 2008 convention – except for the Presidential nominee.

  7. I thought the entire interview was very refreshing and I felt Rick really hit his stride when he talked about his tax plan.

    I hope Scoop gets a chance to post his speech tonight in Michigan on his first 10 things he would do if elected president.

    1. His tax plan is not as revolutionary or beneficial to Americans as Newt’s plan. Newt’s plan polls much higher as being the best tax plan of all the candidates, the others don’t even come close!

      1. Nice rah rah cheerleading for Newt. =P He has his positives and negatives, I still I like him, I would support him if he shot through the top of the polls, I’m just with Santorum right now, I think his tax plan it’s a very good plan, if it was good enough under Reagan, I think it would be good for the country again under Santorum. The thing that bothers me the most with Newt is his past support for the individual mandates, it worries it might handicap him against Obama on Obamacare. That’s one of Obama’s most toxic issues, Santorum would be fierce at attacking Obamacare to shreds without any limitations in his past for not supporting individual mandates.

        1. So you admit that you support candidates based on the bandwagon effect. Totally bizarre. And if Newt’s baggage disturbs you, certainly Santorum’s baggage should have a similar effect. When it comes down to it, we have to vote for the guy with the most positives. Newt has the leadership experience and the plans that simply go much farther for Santorum. The time of Reagan is over. It’s time to go Reagan to the second power and utterly reform the system of government while we can before it’s toolate. Managing the decline, which is what Santorum offers to do with his lackluster platform, is not what I want for America.

          1. Not Bizarre at all, My goal is to beat Romney. If Romney wasn’t in this race I wouldn’t even be worried who won the nomination. You think Newt has the most positives, I see a candidate that I like way better than Romney but I also see a lot of negatives with Newt. When Newt is next to Romney I can ignore most of those Negatives because Romney has no positives. I see Rick with a lot positives and the least negatives of all the candidates. I see a candidate that’s better than Romney with a smaller gap needed to beat Obama.

          2. You listened to the interview on here? You think appointing conservative judges who care about the intention of the constitution’s framers and not about trying to change the constitution to suit themselves and his plan to cut domestic manufacturing tax to zero and cut other businesses tax rate in half to stimulate job creation in this country is lackluster?

            Do you think his willingness to fight for the lives of unborn and a U.S. Constitutional amendment with the definition of true marriage, as the Creator designed it are not huge positives? I sure believe they are!

            You think Rick’s stance on coming into this country the right way, legally and his recognition of real threats in the world and his desire for energy sources to be tapped into with those who are not professed foes of the U.S., and his willingness to take on entitlement reform like he did welfare reform is part of a lackluster platform? What is it you want for America?

  8. Wow! I love Santorum.
    Finally, a true interview to get to know what a candidate’s policy really is rather then looking for a combative gotcha argument where you manipulate the narrative.

  9. I don’t really get to hear Levin unless it’s on this site, so I’ve been going through Levin withdraws all week since the last time I heard him on this site. A 15 minute clip awesome!

    1. Why, dude? Download the show, and listen to him while you are pumping iron. Your bench and squat will increase 50%.

    1. I wonder if she gets on the roof with a foot on each, and drives them like a chariot?

      My Bad, that is where the Dog Kennel goes.

  10. …finally a series of INTELLIGENT QUESTIONS which should be asked to all the candidates for their opinions and insights on such subjects.Though I feel Romney , Paul ,Gingrich and the DEAR LEADER Mao Obama would chicken out on the GREAT ONE .Giving two thumbs UP to the next President of the United States RICK SANTORUM .”

    1. Gingrich? Why do you think Newt would “chicken out”? He would do no such thing. I like Santorum but Gingrich’s well-articulated solutions and his plan is better in my opinion. Newt doesn’t get rattled easily like Rick does either. In the last debate Santorum was clearly unsettled and sputtering on the defense.

      1. You are right on both counts. But again, it was Rick’s first time in the hotseat, he got beat up pretty bad, and he seems to speak from the heart mostly (not prepped like Romney). However, he absolutely needs to be on his A-game… so you have a point.

        I support Rick first but Newt is a very close second. I feel that either would serve this nation well.

        1. Newt can teach Americans about conservatism and how it benefits our country far more effectively than Santorum can… and Obama will wreak havoc with Santorum over the social issues and Santorum will be unable to keep the focus on Obama’s failures. Newt is the right leader to rescue America from this existential crisis. He is uniquely qualified because he is brilliant, fearless, bold, and experienced in fighting the Washington establishment and the liberals.

          1. I’m sure not only the Obama, but the media will go after Santorum on the social issues- think some of this has already begun. But if you look at a number of polls, it looks like Rick’s whole message is getting out and a lot of people are liking him. I like him especially for his willingness to fight for the right of babies to not have their lives taken from them by people and for his willingness to fight for a U.S. constitutional amendment with the true marriage definition in it- the one the Creator of marriage gave it. People also worry that there is a past with Newt that might make the election more about him than issues too. Newt would have been my choice had Rick dropped out. But I’m thankful Rick hasn’t and I got to vote for him in early TN voting.

        2. Man, Santorum is now saying “He regrets endorsing Romney in 08” SOOOO
          1) He regrets endorsing for Romney
          2) He regrets voting for No Child Left Behind
          3) He added ANOTHER Gubment program (Title 20), because he voted for (Title 10), that he really DIdnt want to vote for!
          4) He said “Its a team sport, he took one for the team>>>> Notice> He never claimed that he has stopped believing that “It is a team sport”
          5) He is still defending his Specter with Cavaet( Specter promised SCOTUS vote)> Which Specter now DENIES !
          ohhhh, His word for himself is COURAGE ! LOLOLOLOL

      2. I thought he sputtered a lot in this interview too. In fact, I found it very hard to follow his line of thought in several places because of his speech being broken up. When he can get his words out they are certainly worth hearing. But he does not have the level of skill at that that Newt has. He wasn’t rattled here. It was clearly a very friendly interview, even friendlier than Newt’s that followed. Yet there was still that sort of tripping to get his words out. It discouraged me so much I almost turned the interview off and would have to listen again to know for sure what he said on some things.

        1. I’m a Santorum supporter and I notice he has some stuttering, though I think he has improved as the campaign has gone on in that regard. I don’t think he uses a teleprompter however and sounds a lot like your average guy in communicating. And it is his conservative principles of conviction and wanting to make this country friendlier for job creation that are appealing to me. I know Newt is skilled at debate, but even he is not without flaw in speech- I’ve been noticing a love of the word fundamentally with Gingrich. I encourage you- please take the time to try to get past the flaws and listen to Rick’s message? It’s worth a second try!

        2. We were all witness to a silver-tongued, traitor, orator, whose speeches caused women to swoon– the communist currently occupying the Whitehouse.
          I don’t care if Santorum stammers, stutters, or has a speech impediment. Moses stuttered but God was not swayed by that argument. He saw into Moses’ heart and knew that he should lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt.
          We should not be swayed, either. IMHO Newt may be a smooth orator but he has so ADULTERATED his soul, and has lost all moral compass, that who knows what he would do once in office. Romney has deluded himself into believing that goverment is supposed to take care of people and that the people exist to fund more of that “taking care of.” HOW on earth is that foolish thought going to help our Nation?

          1. What we saw in ’08 was crafted, staged, rehearsed, and dependent on a teleprompter. Obama does not actually speak well. He needs a teleprompter or he is helpless. The only thing Obama and Newt have in common is an appearance of speaking well. Newt actually does speak well. Obama has to fake it. And when Newt speaks it is to legitimate ends, not to manipulate with crafty words: to blow away mental smog, not create it.

            I disagree that Newt has disqualified himself due to past immorality from which he has repented. If you want to disqualify Newt due to immorality, Moses is a bad choice of comparison. True, Moses had speech issues, but he was also a murderer. Moses could be used to support either candidate.

            I understand and certainly agree with your point in saying God does not need men to be in possession of certain talents or skills to accomplish His purpose for them. But it is not out of character for Him to call on people to use talents and wisdom He has given. He instructed certain individuals to build Israel’s temple according to the wisdom and skill He had given them, i.e. the fabric makers and metal workers. See Exodus 35:30-36:2. He built David’s whole life around His purpose for him as a warrior king for Israel. David was able to kill Goliath because of the practice he had slinging stones as a shepherd in protecting his flock. The same with killing dangerous wild animals. This was all training. God wove all those experiences into His purpose for David. Yes, He could have had David kill Goliath without any skill whatsoever. But He didn’t. (And David was an adulterer and a murderer. Not good and he is not praised for it. Still, God used him greatly.)

            I would not dismiss Newt because of his past immorality, nor would I discount his God given speaking abilities. His is an invaluable skill and neither it nor the one who has it should be cast aside lightly, especially at this time. Given his specific history and prior experience in dealing with the very issues we have now, it could well be that God has been equipping and training him for just this moment in our nation’s history. Rather than his speaking skills being irrelevant, it may be they are just what God deems necessary.

    2. Gingrich is fearless… he would not chicken out on anyone! He was awesome on Mark’s show and has more substantive solutions and is a better communicator than Santorum. Did you see Newt’s 30-minute talk on his new energy plan and how that would help restore our economy? It was done without a script or teleprompter and he was like Ronald Reagan … explaining everything in a clear and concise way so that everyone can understand. His policies are clear and concise and very thorough. NEWT for President! Santorum is a good man, but I do not believe it is his time… we need Newt to beat Obama!

  11. One can only imagine the personal sacrifice Mark Levin has made on behalf of this country; tantamount to running for president. We owe him deeply.

  12. I LOVE MARK LEVIN!!!!!!!

    Thank you Right Scoop! You are soooo fast ! Just heard Mark on the radio, and
    here it is on RS!!

    I Love you too RS!! I learned of your web site listening to Mark Levin!!!

    You guys go hand and hand!!

    God bless USA!!

      1. “… tendencies”…

        Another way to look at it.

        Scoop is simply spreading the wealth around from a free market perspective and objective.

        Trading his money for “stuff” that, uh, “moves” him.

        Art

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