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Santorum: I Can‘t See Why Trump ’Would Be Any Worse’ of a Moderator than the Mainstream Media
The Blaze ^ | 12-06-11 | Tiffany Gabbay

Posted on 12/06/2011 8:38:52 PM PST by Lazlo in PA

Speaking to radio host Steve Malzberg on Tuesday, Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum weighed in with his thoughts on Donald Trump serving as moderator of the Newsmax ION Television Presidential Debate in Iowa on December 27.

When asked how he felt about a Trump-hosted debate, Santorum explained that, given the recent string of left-leaning journalists who have served as moderators — some of which he has “not felt comfortable” with — Trump could not be any worse.

“Brian Williams, I wasn’t comfortable with,” started Santorum, adding, “and I had every right not to be, given the questions he asked.”

“You go down the list of all the people they’ve had, these reporters who have tried to make this debate about them and not about the candidates and what they believe in, and rearranging time to make sure the people that they wanted to have time, get time.”

“I can’t see, in some cases, where Donald Trump would be any worse than what we get from the mainstream media,”

Some of the reporters who drew scorn in the radio segment included Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Charlie Rose to name a few.

Santorum also blasted previous debates for asking for “silly 30-second answers on how to solve world peace.”

“They don’t really make any bones about hiding their opinion,” Santorum said in reference to the mainstream media. “It used to be that the media may have quietly kept their own counsel and tried to do a reasonably fair job of reporting the news. Now they’re very explicit about the positions they take and the criticisms they level against conservatives.”

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Makes a whole lot of sense to me. These debate moderators have been downright terrible. How much worse could Trump be?

1 posted on 12/06/2011 8:39:00 PM PST by Lazlo in PA
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To: Lazlo in PA

Sorry. Audio at LINK. Not clip.


2 posted on 12/06/2011 8:40:04 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Gotta agree, there.


3 posted on 12/06/2011 8:40:56 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Trump may actually be better. The MSM does not take kindly to encroachment upon their annointed territory.

Wish we could have debates without their sorry #$@%$es.


4 posted on 12/06/2011 8:42:55 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Lazlo in PA

True actually! It is just why should Trump have any sway over any Republican contestants. He is trying to do that and that is wrong when he does it this way. He can object or support a candidate - he should not have anymore sway than that.

For some reason, he has become more influential (thank you MSM) than that and well, it’s not supported by the voters.

He can have his thing, but it should not be assumed to be detrimental to those that do not attend.


5 posted on 12/06/2011 8:43:49 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Deagle
He can have his thing, but it should not be assumed to be detrimental to those that do not attend.

As far as I can tell, the only ones not attending right now are Mittens and Paul. Who cares if they get dinged?

6 posted on 12/06/2011 8:49:13 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

No kidding! Trump has to be better than 98% of the liberal hacks at those MSM debates. Why have any liberals involved in the Republican primary process? The Republican primary is for the Republican party not the nation as a whole.


7 posted on 12/06/2011 8:51:45 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Trump is a fraction of the threat to conservative discourse in a debate setting than the Ed Schultz types who wholly dominate today’s media elite.

It was the RINO establishment who dissed Trump, on the birth
certificate, and the conservative base who embraced his straight up approach to the facts on the table. Now, you have RINO ROMNEY, who is propped up by the RINO establishment, dissing Trump again by declining the debate invitation, certainly acting on orders from headquarters.

Maybe Trump has had enough, and though it is possible that he favored Romney, Trump may hand the RINO crowd their head and decide to go hard straight at them, by endorsing and showering cash upon Newt, or one of the other conservatives. Trump has been manhandled by the moderates and the establishment—the very people who own Romney. It is doubtful that he likes it very much.


8 posted on 12/06/2011 8:54:45 PM PST by RitaOK (Rasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Heh, Well... You made my point, didn’t you?


9 posted on 12/06/2011 8:56:06 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Lazlo in PA
With Trump doing it, I demand Ring Girls!


10 posted on 12/06/2011 9:00:05 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Lazlo in PA
Santorum also blasted previous debates for asking for “silly 30-second answers on how to solve world peace.”

Exactly. Even Miss America gets more time than that.

11 posted on 12/06/2011 9:01:11 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: RitaOK
...dissing Trump again by declining the debate invitation, certainly acting on orders from headquarters.

You better believe that the GOP establishment circled the wagons when Trump called out Rove for the waste of space he is. They probably told Mittens to boycott for that slight to their golden boy.

12 posted on 12/06/2011 9:03:18 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
So all of the candidates are going to perform for Trump, and afterwards he is going to award the winner his endorsement? It's an episode of ‘Candidate Apprentice’.
13 posted on 12/06/2011 9:04:54 PM PST by turn_to
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To: Lazlo in PA

14 posted on 12/06/2011 9:06:03 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Score! Excellent point, Rick.


15 posted on 12/06/2011 9:07:31 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: smoothsailing

This is discrimination of the worse degree! All blondes, a dirty blonde, and 0 Brunettes? 0 Redheads?


16 posted on 12/06/2011 9:15:52 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: parksstp
I bet they're really all brunettes! :)
17 posted on 12/06/2011 9:19:41 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: TigersEye
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,

That is what I was thinking. If the GOP candidates have any FREAKING BRAINS, why would they demean/hurt themselves by attending some shitty %$#@@ LEFTY shows? like MSNBC and the lesbian there? WHY??????????????

When I am sure there plenty of other more respectable conservative organizations who would be willing to hold them?

WE DON'T NEED THE FU**** LEFT, holding Republican debates!

18 posted on 12/06/2011 9:31:42 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: Lazlo in PA

‘How much worse could Trump be?’

At least Trump doesn’t want Obama to win again.

I don’t even care for Trump, but I care even less for the Obama media robots.

Trump said, one of the things he will focus on is Red China, and he said it’s not covered, and they are taking our jobs, manipulating our currency, and China’s a huge reason why we are down.

It’s a good thing Trump is bringing this to the table.


19 posted on 12/06/2011 9:40:47 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: ElPatriota

Huckabee’s forum was actually a very good example of how to do it. Conservative questioners. Conservative moderator. (eh, more or less. It was Huckabee.)


20 posted on 12/06/2011 10:07:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

“Huckabee’s forum was actually a very good example of how to do it. Conservative questioners. Conservative moderator. (eh, more or less. It was Huckabee.)”

I agree, Huckabee’s forum was surprisingly good considering who the host was.


21 posted on 12/06/2011 10:16:45 PM PST by lquist1
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To: Lazlo in PA; All

I don’t like Trump and I don’t understand why anyone would.


22 posted on 12/06/2011 10:16:55 PM PST by Rick_Michael ( 'REAL' Conservatives who witch hunt their own, are no better than Obama.)
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To: TigersEye
Agree again!

But Huckabee is not Trump!... Trump, I am sorry, is a MIMBO! (male bimbo) a "media personality" that goes together with the Enquirer (I know, they get it right sometimes and they fulfill a purpose) but again, not the KIND of people/organizations we want them "handling" the affairs of the Republican Party.

I love Santorum (not getting any points with me in Trump but I can understand he might be a little desperate to brake through...) and even "like" Newt (with hesitations), and saw him with Gretta talking about the Trump fiasco (so far, for me)... and Newt's explanation was NOT brilliant... it was kind of stupid, trying to explain how something "serious" with a guy like Trump, using words like "Oh Donald is such a character!" or "he is exciting..." or BS like that... It reminded me of the criticisms about him... he is smart yes... but sometimes... he just does things that makes you wonder, etc. I just HOPE that the years that have gone by have matured him and made him wiser!... But his infidelities to his wives, still bother me... Because CHARACTER matters, as far as I am concern. Of course I am also aware that OHOMO has to go!... so I am very willing to "compromise" and would even vote for Newt if does not do something stupid, etc etc.

23 posted on 12/06/2011 10:30:25 PM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church in protecting our culture from perversion is ** DEAFENING **)
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To: ElPatriota

The candidates make their own choices. I would hope.


24 posted on 12/06/2011 10:33:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I agree. Trump couldn’t possibly be as bad a moderator as the ones the DNC media keep sending out.

I’ve said several times that it was high time for the candidates to organize their own debates, with their own moderator asking the questions they want to debate. The whole purpose of the debate is to let the candidates discuss the questions they consider important. It is not an opportunity for some DNC hack to make his bones trying to debate the candidates himself.

They are fools if the continue to let the DNC media manage their debates.


25 posted on 12/06/2011 11:49:59 PM PST by marron
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Thanks Lazlo in PA. sidebars:
26 posted on 12/06/2011 11:58:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Lazlo in PA

He’s absolutely right about that. The Candidates showing up at the debates emceed by the likes of Wolf Blitzed and Brian Williams but NOT showing up for a debate moderated by “the Donald” is ridiculous. And to top it off, if they publicly humiliate him by not showing up, he’s VERY liable to run as an independent, which will screw over the Republicans big time, as far as the White House goes.


27 posted on 12/07/2011 12:15:21 AM PST by patriot preacher
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To: ElPatriota

GOP, DEMS and MEDIA have their trifecta and mean to protect it. All cooperate in choosing the winners and losers every election cycle... voters not really required. If the voters look a bit rebellious they just step up the slander machine and cheating.


28 posted on 12/07/2011 12:19:32 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: patriot preacher

I beginning to wonder which side these candidates are on! There’s no good reason to decline his offer..none at all. I heard Bachmanns excuse and she’s completly off my list now....and it was hard keeping her there with all the stupid things she’s saying and doing.


29 posted on 12/07/2011 12:31:36 AM PST by caww
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To: Lazlo in PA

Like Maria Bartoroma and Jon Harwood were good!! They were AWFUL....They are AWFUL PEOPLE>>>>


30 posted on 12/07/2011 2:06:15 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

What part about Obama, Pelosi, and Reid did he not get just 1 year ago when Trump supported Harry Reid?


31 posted on 12/07/2011 3:21:32 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

In the hopes someone puts the Reid support question to Trump and makes him answer for being politically bipolar?


32 posted on 12/07/2011 3:22:52 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Trump on Fox yesterday morning admitting/slipping on one reason he’s having the debate “to let them go at each other”.


33 posted on 12/07/2011 3:25:45 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The candidates are probably afraid of the questions.
Trump pulls no punches.


34 posted on 12/07/2011 3:36:43 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

“How much worse could Trump be?”

I’d bet that the candidates who have declined a Trump moderated debate are more afraid of his not playing the game than than that they have suddenly developed some kind of high standard in politics.


35 posted on 12/07/2011 4:25:48 AM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: parksstp

“This is discrimination of the worse degree! All blondes, a dirty blonde, and 0 Brunettes? 0 Redheads?

It reminds me of Fox News ... I am not sure what they have against brunettes.


36 posted on 12/07/2011 5:38:41 AM PST by chickpundit
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