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Santorum Pressed on Satan Remarks (Media wants to make his 2008 speech an issue)
New York Times ^ | 02/22/2012 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

Posted on 02/22/2012 8:23:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind

PHOENIX — Rick Santorum more or less acknowledged Tuesday that he said in 2008 that Satan was planning to attack America, but said it was irrelevant to voters today.

The Drudge Report blared at the top of its page Tuesday a speech that Mr. Santorum had delivered to students at Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008 in which he warned, “Satan has his sights on the United States of America!”

In the speech, Mr. Santorum added, “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that have so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

After Mr. Santorum addressed a small crowd here Tuesday evening for more than an hour on topics including Central America, education and limited government, he was shaking hands with voters when reporters asked about the Satan references.

“I’m a person of faith,” he said. “I believe in good and evil. I think if somehow or another because you’re a person of faith 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.”

Pressed on whether Satan was attacking America, he said: “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 what we’re going to talk about in this campaign.”

He added: “If they want to dig up old speeches of me talking to religious groups, they can go ahead and do so, but I’m going to stay on message and I’m going to talk about things that Americans want to talk about, which is creating jobs,

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: santorum; satan

1 posted on 02/22/2012 8:23:24 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Let ‘em.


2 posted on 02/22/2012 8:28:50 AM PST by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The (Satanic) Chickens....

Are comin' home.......

To ROOST!

3 posted on 02/22/2012 8:28:56 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

This speech will be a bigger issue than Obama’s 20+ years going to “Reverend” Wright’s nazi-racist church.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 8:30:55 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: SeekAndFind

Must have been one hell of a speech if people are still talking about it four years later.


5 posted on 02/22/2012 8:31:13 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: SeekAndFind
And the same media can't even dig up Obama’s school records. Funny media, selectively digging and reburying such as pleases them.
6 posted on 02/22/2012 8:32:42 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell ( Go Obama! Go! Go! Go! Go away!!!!!)
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To: Norseman

Listen to his 2008 speech at a Catholic University — Ave Maria here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4jopm7hYFk

He sounded like my Pastor.

But why is that a problem again?


7 posted on 02/22/2012 8:34:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It seems Obama has directed every abortionist, secularist and leftist out there is trying to make an issue of this speech from 2008. I listed to the whole thing, and it is an excellent speech!

I suggest everyone listen to it - it is very positive and inspiring.

http://dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Santorum-at-Ave-Maria-Univrsity.mp3


8 posted on 02/22/2012 8:34:52 AM PST by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

The stupid media a-holes think this is a winner for them, but the more people who hear what Santorum actually said the more will agree that his comments weren’t controversial for words spoken from the pulpit.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 8:35:03 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

he might be correct, alinsky’s book is dedicated to satan and we’re under assualt from alinskyites left and right.

full disclosure, I’m for Newt


10 posted on 02/22/2012 8:38:06 AM PST by Jeff Vader
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, Satan is another name for evil. Santorum can say that quite easily.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 8:38:06 AM PST by Crucial
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To: Crucial

“Satan’s greatest triumph was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”


12 posted on 02/22/2012 8:42:28 AM PST by doyle
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm frustrated by how easily he caves when pressed by the media. I believe Satan, has and IS attacking the US. We need someone with a backbone to lead not a wishy washy person who seems to be lead by popularity instead by his convictions.
13 posted on 02/22/2012 8:48:08 AM PST by lula (Newt 2012! We need him now more than ever because the establishment is scared.)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>He sounded like my Pastor.

But why is that a problem again?<<

He gave a speech that sounded like your paster; the speech was in 2008 when he was, to my knowledge, a private citizen not running for office. So, yes, why was that a problem?

The only “problem” I would have is if your pastor sounded a lot like Rev. Wright. If Santorum sounded like Rev. Wright (who Obama listened to Sunday after Sunday incidentally), then, yes, I guess I’d have a problem.

I didn’t listen to the speech, by the way. Is that indeed the problem? If so, why do you bother to listen to your own pastor? Please elaborate. Or is it that we would never, ever, elect a man of the cloth to public office, should he/she decide to run for office? Just how well has the Left in this country succeeded in marginalizing those who hold, and demonstrate, religious views?


14 posted on 02/22/2012 8:52:37 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: doyle

Yes, but the image conjured up is that a red guy running around with a pitchfork is coming after American. A big part of the American population will think that’s nuts.


15 posted on 02/22/2012 8:54:50 AM PST by Crucial
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To: SeekAndFind
Why is that a problem?

Because this is a primary, not a pastoral search committee.

16 posted on 02/22/2012 8:56:54 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Santorum says he isn't a visionary. Sorry Rick, without a vision the people perish.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is making all the right enemies and making all the right people squirm.

Gingrich is still my #1. But I like this guy.


17 posted on 02/22/2012 8:58:14 AM PST by marron
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To: b4its2late

Mark Levin said last night in the beginning of his show that the candidates are being attacked by the MSM so they get off message. First it was about condoms, now it is about Satan and a certain campaign is behind this. He said to stay focused and attack the MSM back. We have nothing to lose.

http://rope.zmle.fimc.net/player/player.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpodloc%2Eandomedia%2Ecom%2FdloadTrack%2Emp3%3Fprm%3D2069xhttp%3A%2F%2Fpodfuse%2Ddl%2Eandomedia%2Ecom%2F800185%2Fpodfuse%2Dorigin%2Eandomedia%2Ecom%2Fcitadel%5Forigin%2Fpods%2Fmarklevin%2FLevin02212012%2Emp3


18 posted on 02/22/2012 9:02:57 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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To: lula

>>I’m frustrated by how easily he caves when pressed by the media.<<

He didn’t cave in the least. If he’d have done as you imply he should have, and went into a full-fledged defense of his speech, which needs no defending, he’d have taken the bait, and all we would see up until next Tuesday’s Michigan vote would have been sound bites taken from his defense, in Romney’s commercials, attempting to depict him as someone running to be the religious leader of the U.S., instead of the President.

The important take away is: “Do you think he’s disavowed, in any way, what he said in 2008 in that speech?” I sort of doubt it, so you know where he stands. But right now he’s running to be the President, not be appointed our religious leader. But it doesn’t hurt to know where he stands, does it? After all, we know where Obama stands, given his obeisance to Rev. Wright over the years.

Let the media try to make hay with this one. All it’s going to do in the general election is resurrect the good Rev. Wright for comparision. The ads will write themselves.


19 posted on 02/22/2012 9:13:32 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>But why is that a problem again?<<

Sorry, I realized I might have mistaken a sincere comment for sarcasm. If so, I apologize.


20 posted on 02/22/2012 9:16:49 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Republican Party, in order to have the best candidate win and be the candidate for the conservative party, ... will by necessity come together in cohesion and get behind our candidate. Too many will stay home and not bother to vote if the candidate is lack luster and has no powerful stance on conservative ideas.

Santorum has definite convictions, believes in God, Satan, the Bible, family, truth, honesty. He is Christian, against abortion, ... which is the prime conviction of many voters. He means it, it is not hype. MO

21 posted on 02/22/2012 9:25:53 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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22 posted on 02/22/2012 10:31:59 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Yeah, I was listening last night. The MSM is a sneaky bunch.


23 posted on 02/22/2012 10:33:54 AM PST by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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