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Santorum: "I don't care" about unemployment rate
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57400375-503544/santorum-says-i-dont-care-what-the-unemployme ^ | Mon Mar 19, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan

Posted on 03/19/2012 7:03:28 PM PDT by Josh Painter

Rick Santorum is coming under fire for saying that the unemployment rate and economic growth are secondary issues to that of freedom in his campaign, a statement that rival Mitt Romney's campaign quickly seized on as being tone-deaf to the plight of out-of-work Americans.

"We need a candidate who's going to be a fighter for freedom. Who's going to get up and make that the central theme in this race because it is the central theme in this race," Santorum told a crowd of about 200 voters during a rally here on Monday. "I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. Doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. It's something more foundational that's going on."

The event had barely ended when Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul e-mailed reporters to offer up the statement as evidence of Santorum being an "economic lightweight," a charge that Romney has been making in recent days. The former Massachusetts governor gave a speech in Chicago on Monday attacking President Obama's stewardship of the economy.

"Wow. Sen. Santorum may not care about the unemployment rate in this country or the nearly 24 million Americans struggling for work, but Mitt Romney does and is running to get people back to work," Saul said. "If anyone needed evidence that Rick Santorum is an economic lightweight, they needn't look any further than his various statements today. We're not going to turn around this economy by replacing one former senator with zero job-creating experience with another senator with zero job-creating experience. He has proven it once again," she wrote.

Romney himself, in a subsequent appearance at Bradley University, reaffirmed his concern for unemployment.

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Santorum sought to clarify his comments to reporters after the event...

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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KEYWORDS: disaster; economy; emptyvest; gop; santorum; santorumunemployment; santorumvsteaparty; unemployment; whatanidiot; whatasnob
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Santorum is an idiot who will never learn to engage his brain before he shoots off his mouth.
1 posted on 03/19/2012 7:03:38 PM PDT by Josh Painter
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Correct link: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57400375-503544/santorum-says-i-dont-care-what-the-unemployment-rates-going-to-be/


2 posted on 03/19/2012 7:06:07 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("We intend to change Washington, not accomodate it." - Newt Gingrich)
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To: Josh Painter

Screw jobs, let’s talk about porn!


3 posted on 03/19/2012 7:06:07 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: All

Correct title: Santorum says “I don’t care what the unemployment rate’s going to be”


4 posted on 03/19/2012 7:07:30 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("We intend to change Washington, not accomodate it." - Newt Gingrich)
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To: EEGator

Porn is a screw job of sorts...


5 posted on 03/19/2012 7:07:37 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: EEGator

agreed. LOL. Saint Rick is imploding.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 7:08:33 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Josh Painter

We got the two worst of the eight who started out on top of the charts now. Congrats America.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 7:08:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Josh Painter

I agree with that statement. I also think the country is too far gone. Most people are concerned with making their car and cable payment, the hell with freedom.


8 posted on 03/19/2012 7:09:35 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Josh Painter

I dont care either because the hussein numbers are all lies.


9 posted on 03/19/2012 7:09:42 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Josh Painter

Santorum doesn’t care about the unemployment rate, Romney isn’t worried about the poor. What a bunch of knuckleheads. We’re gonna get killed in November...


10 posted on 03/19/2012 7:09:48 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: Josh Painter

Big “Political” mistake!


11 posted on 03/19/2012 7:10:19 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Josh Painter
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT. and yes I am screaming at all the idiots that think Rick is some messiah.

This guy was/is nothing without NEWT GINGRICH, who once tried to make something out of RICKY. Ricks failure is self inflicted.

12 posted on 03/19/2012 7:11:05 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: Josh Painter
Santorum is an idiot who will never learn to engage his brain before he shoots off his mouth.

I agree, and think of the idiots who are going to vote for this dork.

13 posted on 03/19/2012 7:11:14 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Josh Painter

Santorum needs duck tape ASAP!

14 posted on 03/19/2012 7:11:40 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Josh Painter

What a coincidence, I don’t really care what the media thinks. He’s head and shoulders above Obamney and that’s a;ll that matters.


15 posted on 03/19/2012 7:12:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Josh Painter
Santorum is a loser, idiot, and mental case.

Same as his lawyer comrade MYTH ROMNEY, whom he endorsed for POTUS in 2008, and who's supporters money he is using to run this very day.

Except Romney and his entire family are cowards who have avoided military service going back generations, while sweater vest idiot man's family are GIGANTIC ITALIAN COMMUNISTS.

Not sure if they are cowards,but they are definitely RED.

16 posted on 03/19/2012 7:12:48 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Josh Painter

santo meant to say who cares about the unemployment rate if we are all communists.


17 posted on 03/19/2012 7:13:11 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Josh Painter
So let's recap. Romney goes where the wind blows. Santorum is going to be Bush Jr. all over again, in more ways than one. Paul is a nutball. And apparently Gingrich is a mean, unpredictable old man. Fantastic. We're truly, whole-heartedly, unforgivably f!@#$d. Between this and the welfare video someone posted a while ago I need to finish preparing to go Galt.
18 posted on 03/19/2012 7:13:27 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: Sun; antonius; Impy; BillyBoy

There goes Illinois. If he doesn’t care about the unemployment rate, he’s the only one.


19 posted on 03/19/2012 7:14:16 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: annieokie

Yeah lets talk about the Jolly green Gingrich shall we?

Continues to support ethanol subsidies, just like Obama. Wants to incentivize green vehicles, just like Obama. Wants to create whole new federal agencies, just like Obama.

Unlike Obama, he’ll never be president.


20 posted on 03/19/2012 7:14:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Good catch. I didn’t even mean to do that.


21 posted on 03/19/2012 7:15:04 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: biggredd1

I got his meaning and none of it means squat if we aren’t free.


22 posted on 03/19/2012 7:16:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TheZMan

they are all better than a commie usurper fraud and forger.


23 posted on 03/19/2012 7:16:51 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: cripplecreek

She oughta send you up cripple creek, ‘cause Gingrich never said those things. Why don’t you respond to the list of what he promised to do on the first day of Presidency!

Rick sucks as much as Mitt!


24 posted on 03/19/2012 7:18:01 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Josh Painter

I actually agree. If we have to go through hard times to correct the country’s course, I’ll get through it. Freedom is what made this country great in every aspect including financial.

The alternative is promises of “jobs” and “security” but instituting Marxism and true poverty for all.

But hey, why don’t we all act like this is just another election with the unemployement rates and tax codes being the prime considerations. Yeah, that’ll work.


25 posted on 03/19/2012 7:18:22 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Josh Painter

I think he might of had a stroke. I want to see Santorum and Biden in front of a mic for an hour of unscripted debate. The PPV take would be huge.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 7:20:19 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Josh Painter

at this point i’d take Pauly Shore as prez over the Bishop or Zero


27 posted on 03/19/2012 7:20:56 PM PDT by AnTiw1 ("The buffalo hates the tiger, but the tiger loves the buffalo." ShirKhan)
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To: Josh Painter
Well this has been my argument all along.

Santorum is a Social Conservative only.

Without serious help from the Fiscal Conservatives he will never attract the Independents. He needs the Independents to win the GE.

28 posted on 03/19/2012 7:21:18 PM PDT by Bailee
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To: cripplecreek
You talking about Gingrich that took Ricky under his wings, Gingrich who taught Ricky many things in his young career. Gingrich who truly liked Ricky. Gingrich the gentleman who saw the brilliance of Ricky? That Gingrich?

Ricky is now shooting off his mouth about Mittens DOG, Ricky is getting to be a BORE and a clone of Joe Biden.

Only reason he may have something to say on substance is when NEWT GINGRICH speaks out on an issue and RICK grabs it as his own. THAT NEWT GINGRICH?

29 posted on 03/19/2012 7:21:53 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: Josh Painter

“We have one nominee who says he wants to run the economy. What kind of conservative says the president runs the economy? What kind of conservative says, ‘I’m the guy because of my economic experience that can create jobs?’ I don’t know. We conservatives generally think government doesn’t create jobs,” Santorum said.

The man does have a point.


30 posted on 03/19/2012 7:22:58 PM PDT by Kansas58
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“We have one nominee who says he wants to run the economy. What kind of conservative says the president runs the economy? What kind of conservative says, ‘I’m the guy because of my economic experience that can create jobs?’ I don’t know. We conservatives generally think government doesn’t create jobs,” Santorum said.

The man does have a point.


31 posted on 03/19/2012 7:23:01 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Josh Painter
(Disclaimer: I am not a huge Santorum supporter, but he IS an "ABR") The MSM is determined to make Rick LOOK like an airhead. His statement, which really is profound, big picture stuff, is being spun by all opponents. Should he do better not to play in to this? If he did he'd end up sounding like McCain & Romney. No pale colors. Win or lose boldly. IMHO, even if it is Romney he'll be a darn sight better that Obama, and a conservative House & Senate will do wonders for legislation.
32 posted on 03/19/2012 7:23:18 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: AnTiw1

What about Carrot Top?


33 posted on 03/19/2012 7:23:22 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Revolting cat!

The serious man without a plan!

Sideshow Santorum has really taken the constituency for a ride.


34 posted on 03/19/2012 7:23:37 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Josh Painter

Hoo boy.
(Newt Newt Newt Newt Newt Newt Newt)

Santorum would make such a fine Attorney General. Why NOT, Senator?


35 posted on 03/19/2012 7:24:07 PM PDT by KGeorge
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Santorum sought to clarify his comments to reporters after the event...

Famous last words from the bug waiting to be splattered on the windshield of the Obama juggernaut.

36 posted on 03/19/2012 7:25:36 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Josh Painter

Both of your links, one from Reuters, have absolutely NO context to the quote.

Until I read the whole statement, I don’t believe any spin by the MSM.


37 posted on 03/19/2012 7:25:49 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: Josh Painter

What does he mean by freedom? Platitudes arent positions.


38 posted on 03/19/2012 7:26:37 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: annieokie

Rick has a point here quite frankly. The problem is he’s too politically inept to tie the loss of freedom to short term economic indicators, and to realize that his comments are going to be taken out of context by the media (hence titles like “Santorum doesn’t care about unemployment”).


39 posted on 03/19/2012 7:26:43 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Josh Painter

Slowly but surely the left is eliminating all Obama’s competition. Once there was a strong field of competitors, competitors that the left has been able to eliminate via propaganda, innuendo and downright lies one by one. Rick is the latest.

Soon Newt will be gone and we will be stuck with Mittens. Same circumstances that took place in the last election. We ended up with Mclame. The left once again chooses our candidate.

As soon as Mittens is the only one left, the left will start their attack on him and we will be stuck with Obama for another four years. The end of the US as a free country will ensue.


40 posted on 03/19/2012 7:27:00 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Bailee

Probably right but pray tell who is the all around conservative running here? In truth, we have none! You just have to pick the one who has some conservative values that you would like. Not so easy unless you have biases.


41 posted on 03/19/2012 7:28:47 PM PDT by Deagle
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The serious man without a plan! Sideshow Santorum has really taken the constituency for a ride.

What BS! When did this country start taking the last statement made as the whole? Santorum's given his whole economic plan at least 50 times but suddenly he's a man without a plan?

And please spare me any more wringing of the hands about what Obama will do. A good percentage of Americans, many apparently right here on FR, are willing to play these silly media games and destroy a candidate who will fight for us. Are willing to let Obama destroy this country.

Well, I'm with Rick. I'm for freedom first.

42 posted on 03/19/2012 7:31:49 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: cripplecreek
I got his meaning and none of it means squat if we aren’t free.

THANK you for being one of the only rational people posting on this thread!

Did you ever imagine a day when FREEPERS would call a candidate 'an idiot' for proclaiming that the most important thing at stake is our FREEDOM??

Hell has surely frozen over, cripplecreek. It's a sad day.

43 posted on 03/19/2012 7:32:41 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Kenny

Freedom of what?


44 posted on 03/19/2012 7:33:19 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Kenny

Yeah he’ll fight for us........right before he takes one for “the team”


45 posted on 03/19/2012 7:33:59 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: cripplecreek

Rick is saying he won’t waste trillions on “stimulus” to “create jobs” like Obama did. Good.


46 posted on 03/19/2012 7:34:39 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: EEGator

Is he really that hell-bent on getting rid of porn?

Porn has existed for a while now.

It’s not going away.

It’s nasty and vile,but Santorum is just deluding himself if he thinks he can eliminate it.

There are so many more pressing issues on the table.


47 posted on 03/19/2012 7:34:52 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Josh Painter

Santorum is smart enough to realize that Obama is manipulating the numbers.

And they ARE manipulating the numbers.

Everyone knows it. Santorum covered that base by saying that rates are not what his campaign is about.

Good for him.


48 posted on 03/19/2012 7:34:56 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: Josh Painter
Yeah.........anyone who says that freedom is the most important thing to fight for is surely an 'idiot.'

Or more likely, the people who think that he's wrong about that fit that description.....

49 posted on 03/19/2012 7:35:11 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Kenny

>> And please spare me any more wringing of the hands about what Obama will do.

What are talking about? Is that some kind of Rick-encoded message?


50 posted on 03/19/2012 7:37:49 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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