Santorum: Drudge headline was a joke, absurd

This is the video I’ve been waiting for all day. After his speech tonight, Santorum was asked by CNN reporters about the Drudge headline today (“SANTORUM’S SATAN WARNING”). He responded by saying “It’s a joke…it’s absurd.” He then said:

I’m a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. If somehow or another because you’re a person of faith and you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we’re going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president.

But after they persisted, Santorum then challenged the media and said they can dig up old speeches if they want to, but he is going to continue to talk about America and stay on message:

Guys these are questions that are not relevant to what’s being discussed in America today. What we’re talking about in America today is trying to get America growing. That’s what my speeches are about. That’s we’re going to talk about in this campaign. If they want to go ahead and dig up old speeches to a religious group they can go right ahead and do so. I’m going to stay on message. I’m going to talk about the things Americans want to talk about which is creating jobs, getting our country safer and secure, and yeah taking on the forces around this world who want to do harm to America. And you bet I will take them on!



Here’s the full clip:

Also, Erick Erickson defended Santorum today regarding the Drudge headline/story. Go read here.

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111 thoughts on “Santorum: Drudge headline was a joke, absurd

  1. Not surprised. If I were speaking to a Catholic school group, I most likely might include the words ‘evil’ ‘good’ ‘God’ ‘sin’ or whatever vernacular the administration of the school wanted me to use. The press just can’t take it – “In God We Trust” still exists in America despite their every move to bury it.
    Rick – you go guy!!! We’ve got your back.

  2. Isn’t their false God Obama a Christian? If he is a true Christian he believes in the devil, so why are they mocking Rick Santorum for believing what Obama believes?

    I’m a Roman Catholic, went to Catholic schools, and was taught about the devil. The devil represents evil. So as a true Christian, Obama would know that. I would have to ask, Is Obama a Christian? A true Christian believes in the Devil, so how can you say Obama’s a Christian, when you’re mocking a Christian belief?

    Propaganda media, you can’t have it both ways. Which is it, Muslim or Christian? Does he speak of Jesus and the Devil or doesn’t he?

  3. What is hilarious is the comments on CNN, the comments I see on Facebook and the comments of the media. These people are truly lost. I just read one comment on Facebook that said this is just “creepy” (the speech), and 96 people gave her “likes”. These people don’t understand that THEY are seriously lost.

    Really, how many of these people call themselves Christian but don’t believe in Satan? I guess you can do that, but you really don’t know you’re own beliefs then.

  4. Drudge earns his money on the number of hits his site gets. Let’s hit hime where it hurts. Just say no the next time you think about clicking on Drudge.

  5. Please allow me to post this once more. I posted it once, this morning at the Santorum sign removal thread.

    Come to find out…The man in question who was paying the guy to remove Santorum signs is named Lennox. My wife recognizes him. He is not liked at all by many in the Tea Party and Republican party here in Michigan.

    A year or so ago, this same guy had to step down as Drain Commissioner in Cheboygan because he was using donations for his own personal use. He wasn’t convicted but he apologized and was forced to step down.

    He needs to be charged this time. Paying dirtdobbers to break the law.

    Romney has quite a bit of Chicago style political blood coursing through his veins doesn’t he?

    More on Lennox:

    http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=626803

    http://www.dennislennoxdiary.com/p/about-dennis-lennox.html

    1. The truth always hurts for the Romney-bots….

      I agree, RS-Romney, his Super PAC sure has been praying at the Obama altar of thuggery and intimidation.

    1. The truth is>> He ran his mouth about someone else’s religion.. he degraded someone elses religion ! He stated that someone elses religion was in shambles>>This coming from a Catholic ! I am a baptist and if the catholic religion is having problems, I dont preach it from the pulpit… I will try to take care of my house, you take care of yours ! Judgment is b____, especially when you have no right to do so !

  6. Is there an real evidence/truth to Matt dating Ann Coulter? No matter…just interesting.

    I have long thought the left was delirious when always referring to Drudge as biased when he constantly put up links from politico, huffpo, ect. and his headlines didn’t seem to help either side too much one way or the other. (i.e., Monday there is a bad headline about Pelosi, Tuesday a bad headline about Boehner, etc.)

    So, it was a real surprise to me when he went after Newt, and then in turn went after Santorum. I still didn’t want to believe it when it started happening to Newt. Now, it is indisputable. There is no way to explain or defend what he is posting. He is cherry picking headlines, posting bizarre photos, and anything on Romney is usually buried in Column 2 or 3–that is–unless it helps Romney.

    So, is Matt Drudge in bed with the elitists in the Republican Party, or is he in bed with Ann? or both?

  7. I have been very disappointed in what seems like very biased reporting on Drudge’s site. The Drudge Report isn’t supposed to be a political blog, such as this one. Granted, Drudge has always been on the right, but even so, I always thought it was a great place to check out what was happening – just straight facts. But, in this election cycle, it has been very obvious to me who he supports. His headline wording of his links and placement of stories on his site have been intentionally set up to do as much damage as possible to both Gingrich and Santorum, and it’s very obvious. If I can’t trust Drudge to be impartial during the GOP race, then I don’t need to go there at all. And, I no longer do.

    1. Constance, your post is very very interesting. If Drudge is having a relationship with Ann Coulter then that certainly explains a lot! I know that Mark and Rush believe that Drudge is non-partisan, I guess, but I have a difficult time believing that. Just last week Drudge posted Santorum’s voting record which was generated by the Ron Paul camp. Some of the Ron bots said that they emailed Drudge the link and were surprised and happy that Drudge posted Santorum’s voting record. Although Santorum’s voting record is public why have we not seen Romney’s Governing reocrd, or Ron Paul’s voting record especially his paper on why he left the Republican party! It certainly makes one wonder! Rick Santorum seems to be able to articulate and express his ideas perfectly and that is refreshing to see!

      1. Did you try to send him any link to posts?
        I am also a bit disappointed in what seems to be a push for Romney by Drudge, but I also believe that Santorum can turn this issue to his advantage and it will only make him stronger. And it’s better to have everything out on the open then in the fall.

  8. As I said yesterday, the more I hear Santorum talk, the more I like him! He seems to be a man of great integrity. I’d love for him to be our next Commander in Chief. God bless him!

    1. So, let me get this straight !! A catholic has the right to speak from the pulpit, while trashing someone else’s religion ? Is that Right ? A CATHOLIC has the right to say that “ANOTHER religion is in shambles”.. The Catholic religion is just fine ! Is that Right ? I find it to be Sanctimonious, holier than thou HOGWASH ! If he would have ended it at “Satan is always looking for the GOOD to convert” Well, I agree ! But, dont go out of your way to trash an entire religious sector, especially when your house aint in order ! A CATHOLIC telling me that my religion is flawed ! You are KIDDING, Right ! He runs his mouth too much !

  9. Another article on the subject.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/michael-savage-santorum-is-right-about-satan/
    “I think Santorum is right, and I think that anyone who attacks him is not seeing this for what it is,” Savage told his radio audience.

    Savage said he agrees that America is primarily a Christian nation, and its churches and synagogues are “filled with parishioners who are screaming for preachers and pastors and rabbis to speak the truth, and they’re not getting it.”

  10. He started to say that he would “take on the forces of ev… the forces that want to do harm to America”. I wish he would have stuck with “forces of evil” like Obama, Iran, the Taliban, Islam, socialists, George Soros, most of Hollywood …..

  11. Good for you Rick, but next time you say it use a little more conviction. There is good and evil in the world, people instinctively know that. You are going to reach more people by standing firm and making them feel secure that you stand on the side of good.

  12. Way to handle CNN who continually wants to distract and misreport. Good job… don’t open the door to the corrupt media. Way to go Rick.

    Thanks for this clip Scoop!

  13. Geez too many media types and a few Repubiks got their little panties in a wad just because Rick here can distinguish good from from evil and not in the Enlightenment sense either.

    God-forbid that the Repubiks nominate as their candidate a man of virtue. That would just mess up their whole program. Coulter, Rove, Will, Buchanon and the Kraut would just lose their cookies over that possibility. All the while, the evil propaganda arm of the Grand Ayatollah administration would go out of their way to push their schophancy of their Messiah into overdrive.

    Drudge is in the tank for Romney. I’ll have to give him the International salute of derision and contempt for this attempted smear.

    Guess Drudge just doesn’t get it. Some hear the Master’s voice, others….ah…not so much.

  14. The more the establishment challenges Rick on trivial issues, since thats all they have, the more prepared he is in his responses if he gets the nomination and the less the left will have to try and throw at him in the general.

    Great response Rick. Keep it up!

  15. Satan trying to reach out and destroy Good is JUST FINE.. But,(Rick, being a CATHOLIC ) When your house is filled with ills, one ought not make it a point to throw rocks at someone else’s !! Very Sanctimonious and I resent a Catholic telling me that MY religion has problems > If I have a problem in my home, I will deal with it as best I can !~ If you have a problem in your home, its not my business to trash YOUR family !

  16. so——–The Soviet Style Propaganda Machine….is no longer protected by the Constitution because they have become the attack arm of the Regime…i think we should get a class action law suit going on behalf of the 60% of Americans who need to know the truth and are being lied to by the so called “PRESS”…maybe collusion with the intent to deceive the public…or maybe out and out treason….what the treasonous press is doing is a crime….that should be their name from now on “The Treasonous Press”…instead of the Free Press….cause they sure are not looking out for our interest or the well being of our Country

    1. NPR and PBS need to be defunded. For the rest all we have to do is turn off the channel, cancel the subscription and stop buying the advertisers’ products. And not just the news shows, the entire channel.

      1. Sorry “jollyjellybean”… Ain’t going to happen… You’re asking a lefty to use something they don’t have – deductive reasoning. Or, as we say in the heartland – common sense!

      2. People do not want to understand what the Crusades actually were. Self loathing of America and Christianity is ingrained in our ministry of public education, and is much easier than facing the reality of history, or the present.

    1. Does it? You must be a sound tech. I’m gonna drop a feather on the ground and you tell me if it doesn’t sound like a cross between thunder and the Niagara.

      Ding + bat = Dingbat 🙂

  17. I don’t really care about what Santorum said about his beliefs to a college of clergy and some students from a Catholic college. For that, I don’t think Drudge was fair.

    What I DO care about is Santorum’s seemingly unending attacks on small government right wingers — people who DO support rugged individualism, personal autonomy and the pursuit of happiness — concepts all which Santorum has ridiculed.

    That is what scares me. That the flag bearer of the small government right (the GOP) is about to nominate a statist who has openly called for more government intrusion “in the bedroom,” who wants to give the biggest subsidy in history to the manufacturing sector, and who spent years undermining call for smaller government.

    Could there possibly be a candidate who is more of an “F U” to the tea party movement than Rick Santorum?

  18. I see nothing wrong in Rick Santorum’s comments at all. Satan is here.

    This sick attack on Christians just makes me want to be more faithful to the religion. The most sickening part is that our children have been trained in our public school systems and Hollywood that Christianity is bad. I think it is important to believe in a creator, a higher being if you will, that gives us our unalienable rights as opposed to believing Government gives me my rights. I honestly think it is time for everyone to get their butts back to church and remember what is important, Family, Good morals and values, Peace, Love, Forgiveness. Everything we have in this nation is built upon the Christian Faith. Why do we let them trash such a kind and loving God?

    May God Bless All of You and your Families

    1. Does it bother you that Rick has openly attacked the principles of individualism and pursuit of happiness? That he wants government anywhere and everywhere? That he spent his entire career making backroom deals on the taxpayer’s dime?

      He so exults his pro-life beliefs, but then so vigorously campaigns for Spectre over Pat Toomey?

      I just don’t get it.

      Since when did being “the true conservative” mean ridiculing our First Principles in favor of right wing Big Statism? How can “the true conservative” be one of the biggest spenders in Congressional history?

      I’m sorry; I just don’t understand.

    1. “Just to remind you folks…Drudge and Coulter are very good friends”

      Also to remind you, Drudge and Coulter have done more for the cause of small government conservatism than Senator Earmark “Alan Spectre or Die” ever has.

  19. Conservatives in AZ and MI we are counting you! Don’t let Romney off the hook! Don’t leave an unabashed conservative like Santorum out on the battlefield! Pick Rick! Santorum 2012!

  20. I want someone who believes in good and evil leading the country. And not the namby-pamby, relativist, “political opponents are the only real enemy” kind of evil, either. We face serious existential threats posed by people with the most evil motives, and anyone who doesn’t understand that has no business leading our country.

  21. Ms Rick is toast with this one, the bible belt won’t like those comments about Protestants all going to hell. Bye!

    1. As a Protestant, I have no problem with what he said. It’s true. Most mainline protestant churches have abandoned biblical principles for social justice.

      It’s a fact.

        1. As it is defined by radicals, yes it is.

          Social Justice involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution.

          The key word is “egalitarianism.” This word coupled with the phrases “income redistribution,” “property redistribution,” and “equality of outcome” says a great deal about social justice.

          As an economic doctrine, egalitarianism is the driving force behind socialism and communism. It is economic egalitarianism that seeks to remove the barriers of economic inequality by means of redistribution of wealth. We see this implemented in the social welfare programs where liberal tax policies take proportionately more money from wealthy individuals in order to raise the standard of living for people who lack the same means. In other words, the government takes from the rich and gives to the poor.

          The problem with this doctrine is twofold: first, there is a mistaken premise in economic egalitarianism which asserts that the rich have gotten their wealth by the exploitation of the poor. Much of the socialist literature of the past 150 years promotes this premise. This may have been primarily the case back when Karl Marx first wrote his Communist Manifesto, and even today it may be the case some of the time, but certainly not all of the time. Second, these socialist programs tend to create more problems than they solve; in other words, they don’t work. Welfare, which uses public tax revenue to supplement the income of the underemployed or unemployed, typically has the effect of recipients becoming dependent on the government handout rather than trying to improve their situation. Every place where socialism/communism has been tried on a national scale, it has failed to remove the class distinctions in society. Instead, all it does is replace the nobility/common man distinction with a working class/political class distinction.

          1. From a purely Christian standpoint, Socialism is wrong because it negates free-will. When responsibility for everyone’s well-being is relegated to a central government, the ability of the individual to choose to lovingly help his neighbor is lessened and sometimes eliminated. Can’t the individual just claim he pays his taxes, so it’s not his fault there are still poor around? (This is a common opinion expressed by people on the left already.)

            The widow Jesus praised gave her last two mites to the church, not to the publicans.

          2. Well put! The art and virtue of explaining issues by going back their basic principles has been lost.

            In fact the progressive movement depends upon obfuscation, over-complication and distraction to keep people from seeing their true agenda.

            There is a simple truth and principle of liberty in our founding documents. That is why those who try and bring us back to the Framers’ principles are dismissed as simpletons and extremists.

        2. I’ve been reading about it for years. Even Readers Digest used to run stories about how the National Council of Churches was a hotbed of socialism. One denomination used to have a TV ad that showed how inclusive they were. Not a word about repentance and turning away from what the Bible clearly labeled as evil in both the Old and New Testaments. Nope, just take your same-sex lover by the hand and come join their church….and, of course, bring your donations with you.

        3. From each according to his ability to each according to his needs…..social justice??? Yeah its a bad thing. The rich are evil because they have more money than me….social justice??

          And out of curiosity why do thing Rick is Satanic??

    2. Mainline Protestantism is liberal. It is a shell that wouldn’t be recognized by Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, etc.

  22. I hope Breitbart will hurry and deliver some of Obama’s speeches…from college when he talks about Islam and Marx and Alinsky…and his cherished goals for the US.

    Time we got a few rounds of Jeremiah Wright as well.

    1. The day I heard Obama talk about his collective salvation is the day i hit the breaks and I knew he wasn’t a true believer, his view as a christian did not match mine, when it comes to salvation me and Obama don’t walk the same path and will always question his phony theology, because it’s not Biblical!

      1. When I heard that collective salvation crap, I was shaking my head knowing my belief that he was a marxist was right. When I heard the kind of crap his REV. Wright was spewing, and knowing he had not only attended that church for 20 years, but also had his kids baptized there, I knew he was not a Christian. When he called Bible passages he didn’t agree with “obscure” yet said the muslim call to prayer was the most beautiful sound, I knew he was not a Christain. Add to that, his offense of the Federal Born Alive act, his considering pregnancy “punishment”, calling Bible believing Christians clingers, saying it was above his pay grade to say whether life starts at conception, saying “his god would never send anyone to hell” (eventhough true Christians know God doesn’t send anyone there, people choose to go there when they deny Christ), saying one should not wear their religion on their sleeve, and not knowing if there really is a heaven….

  23. Drudge is fair & balanced: They lied about New Gingrich just before a debate trying to control the debate,(remember the dump they did) and I suspect they will try to do the same thing this time using Santorum as the bait.
    I think if any reference is made to drudge report it should be neutralized by simply saying that the reports lately have been way over the top and factually not true. End of story.
    If pushed by narrator, the simple answer is ” I just answered that question”. But I would like to talk about energy.
    I think this debate will be tailored to Romney, trying to give him the edge that he needs. The other candidates need to make sure Romney does not try to filibusterer on his answers like he did last time. I noticed that this is the same coach Bachman had and she also filibustered. Gingrich & Santorum should fight for their time, reminding the narrator that Romney is taking advantage of the clock and it comes off as bullying. Trust me that will work.

    Just My thoughts.

      1. He’s more prepared than Romney and Paul give him credit for (oops, ended with a preposition – sorry grammar police). Romney and Paul are as shocked as the MSM regarding the fact that in the past month, Rick Santorum has explained his positions, policies, and philosophy as eloquent as Newt. Rick was supposed to be bumbling. But they mistook his early fighting in debates to get some time as bumbling. Now that Rick has equal time at the debates, he can explain his positions in a manner that resonates with everyone. That completely floored MSM, Romney and Paul. They thought Newt’s baggage would bring down the greatest orator of the 4. They did not expect that Rick would be a very close 2nd to Newt in eloquence, even surpassing the great Romney (in his own mind).

        Speaking of the debate, you remember how your stomach twisted and you felt like vomiting every time Huntsman said “we have a trust deficit”? That is how I feel when Romney says “I’ve actually worked in the private sector. I know how jobs come and go.” He forces that in his stump speeches, his debate answers, and in interviews. That would make an interesting drinking game.

      2. True, even Paul is running anti-Santorum adds in MI where he is a distant third and really has no chance of winning. What’s the deal with that?

        1. According to the WaPo: Paul and Romney have a deal. Paul is angling for a speaking spot at the convention. But, that still doesn’t explain how a guy like Paul who claims to be ideologically pure never attacks the most liberal candidate who started state run healthcare.

          1. I was just thinking that this morning… Why would he make a deal with Romney, who is supposedly the polar opposite of everything Paul stands for.

            So much for steadfast, loyal to his ideals Ron Paul. He’s as ‘in bed’ with the establishment as anyone else.

            1. And if Ron Paul’s so pure and conservative ….. why no criticisms of a guy who supports mandates, global warming, TARP, the unions etc.? But instead goes after Santorum?

              1. I think the debate last night proved that Paul is in the Romney camp. All Paul did was attack Santorum and ignore Newt and Romney.

                1. Seriously, if Santorum is a “fake” according to Ron Paul, then what is Romney, his new BFF? Kind of hypocritical.

      3. I think its really weird that Paul has yet to attack Romney, the most liberal of the bunch, but he goes after the most conservative.

        Does anyone else find this odd?

    1. I can see it now, as they walk on stage RINOmney has that big smile on his face, but we just can see one on Santorum or Newt. As the camera pans in closer, and closer it becomes apparent we can’t see their smile because their mouths have been duct taped to even the playing field.

    1. Exactly! Just ignore their words for the moment (especially Solidad), and focus on their tone. MSM cannot believe that they are not having an impact on affecting the direction of the Newt and Rick campaigns the way they affected Romney and Paul. Yes, I think MSM affected Paul because libertarians also believe in functioning families and living a life of purpose, but Ron sticks to the technical policy facts only so not to offend the MSM and look “cool” to young voters.

      Newt and Rick are standing on character and principle, which is what a leader should do, right? Nope. The MSM expects leaders to mold like Gumby to the pressure from their liberal pulpits.

    2. I believe Newt’s direct and pointed shot at the media in the SC debate, and the crowd’s reaction to it, was a turning point in American politics. It was a sign that Americans are figuring things out. It will not be easy to carry that momentum, as all the forces have aligned to quench it.

      The complete control of the media by the progressive/globalist cabals is the linchpin of their final assault on America and our Constitution.

      1. Well said.

        My hope is that this does represent a turning point – that candidates will adopt the skill of questioning false framings, false premises. Unfortunately, many are not nimble enough to do it. Romney certainly is inconsistent in this because he’s got a high cognitive load going in, calculating how to couch and triangulate his responses. Mitt and Newt have the priciples internalized. Their answers are authentic and almost automatic (in a good way). In other words, honesty has its advantages.

  24. I heard Erick defend Rick on the radio. It is about time. Of course he always has to throw in a dig at Rick.

    What is Drudge’s problem? To be that in the tank is not just support…. it’s idolatry!

    1. Who knows? Romney’s campaign is only built on money and on tearing his opponents down with attack ads, so what’s a little payoff or two to ol’ Matt Drudge hurt anyone?

      This just in: Matt Drudge is a biased fool. Didn’t need the siren for that, either.

    1. Just because Obama is an extreme Islamist, doesn’t make it right for Rick to be an extreme religious preacher running for President.

      The election would be a disaster. I’m sure there are many tapes of him “preaching” to the evil Americans.

      1. What is it with you people who come out and claim that Santorum is “preaching” to “evil” Americans? That is so unfounded, so snyde, so contemptuous… If you don’t like him, fine. But this is the wrong blog site to slam the guy like this – especially with no evidence. I don’t understand the dark-toned contempt.

      2. “Just because Obama is an extreme Islamist”

        The most fundamental thing to understand about islam is that no adjectives like “moderate” to “extreme” precede it. There is only one islam and it is absolutely dedicated to ensure that anything and anyone else, submits or dies.

        1. no… that’s called extreme. Don’t believe that every muslim is what you see on the news. There are moderates and liberal muslims too.

      3. Huh? Is Santorum an extreme religious preacher running for president? This particular speech was done back in 2008, specifically to a religious group. He wasn’t running for president, but he was “preachin’ to the choir” there. I haven’t heard anything that sounds scary to me on the video, and I’m not a very religious type. Religious people don’t scare me. Extremists do. I’m scared of only one man right now, and he is sitting in a big white house.

        1. My concern lies with those that put him there in that big white house. They intend Romney as the relief man. We have the power to remove them all. If we see it If we use it.

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