Skip to comments.Santorum Pressed on Satan Remarks (Media wants to make his 2008 speech an issue)
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.
Im a person of faith, he said. I believe in good and evil. I think if somehow or another because youre a person of faith you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, were 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 whats being discussed in America today. What were talking about in America today is trying to get America growing. Thats what my speeches are about, thats what were 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 Im going to stay on message and Im going to talk about things that Americans want to talk about, which is creating jobs,
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This speech will be a bigger issue than Obama’s 20+ years going to “Reverend” Wright’s nazi-racist church.
Must have been one hell of a speech if people are still talking about it four years later.
Listen to his 2008 speech at a Catholic University — Ave Maria here:
He sounded like my Pastor.
But why is that a problem again?
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.
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.
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
Hey, Satan is another name for evil. Santorum can say that quite easily.
“Satan’s greatest triumph was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
>>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?
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.
Because this is a primary, not a pastoral search committee.
He is making all the right enemies and making all the right people squirm.
Gingrich is still my #1. But I like this guy.
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.
>>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.
>>But why is that a problem again?<<
Sorry, I realized I might have mistaken a sincere comment for sarcasm. If so, I apologize.
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
Yeah, I was listening last night. The MSM is a sneaky bunch.
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