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Santorum Socks Heilemann: MSM's Job To Defend Obama, Not Mine
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 01/24/2012 6:15:41 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Rick Santorum to John Heilemann [and by extension to MSM at large] on today's Morning Joe: "it's your responsibility to defend the president, not mine." Ouch! If Newt's deft dicing of John King and Juan Williams paid huge electoral dividends, Santorum might anticipate a much-needed bump after running roughshod over the New York mag reporter.

Heilemann had called on Santorum to explain his failure to correct a woman at a town hall meeting in Florida yesterday who said President Obama was an "avowed Muslim" and legally unqualified to be president. After noting that he has repeatedly been on the record saying that he doesn't believe PBO is a Muslim and recognizes that he is legally qualified to be president, Santorum said that he chose not to chastise an elderly and infirm lady. Then came Santorum's grand slam, as set forth above. Heilemann only dug himself deeper when he responded by saying that prez candidate McCain had always defended Obama on the campaign trail.

View the video here.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: barackobama; johnheilemann; muslims; ricksantorum

1 posted on 01/24/2012 6:15:58 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

lol...”Why can’t you be more like John McCain? He was SO easy to beat!”

The media gets more pathetic every day.


2 posted on 01/24/2012 6:20:38 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That, is a good one.


3 posted on 01/24/2012 6:23:55 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Santorum is a very likable guy and having seen him debate in the senate, I know he’s a lot tougher than he seems.


4 posted on 01/24/2012 6:26:15 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Future Snake Eater

That was pathetic of Heileman....and childish. “Wah-wah! You should defend Obama!”


5 posted on 01/24/2012 6:28:36 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: cripplecreek

Every one is entitled to an opinion. Mine is that Santorum is the least likeable of the four candidates. But as another Freeper said, “I would vote for Charles Manson over Obama.”


6 posted on 01/24/2012 6:31:00 AM PST by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That was funny. It got even better at the end.


7 posted on 01/24/2012 6:32:31 AM PST by dforest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That was hardly an attack and he was kinda wimpy on the President being Mooselip. How can anybody believe he isn’t and then calls the lady bizarre? Not exactly Newt.

Pray for America


8 posted on 01/24/2012 6:32:34 AM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Game ON!! Red meat. I love it! Let us really get in their faces this cycle. They will back down. They are libs. It is their nature They are chicken shi-ites. —AiT / 12 years on FR and 10s of thousands of informative posts provided.


9 posted on 01/24/2012 6:34:45 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Conservatism is probably best described not so much what a man says but how a man has lived his life)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Lesson from Newt: people want a candidate who will fight back, not some one with a s$@# eating grin who will take it.

No more McCains who will praise the enemy (re: Obama is an honoable man, you have nothing to fear).


10 posted on 01/24/2012 6:36:49 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: bray
Really, why is it necessary for every Republican to show how open-minded they are by paying lip service to the "He's not a Muslim meme?"

They should just say that they don't believe Obama places any God before himself. Much closer to the truth.

11 posted on 01/24/2012 6:37:39 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I thought Heilemann was going to cry there for a second.
12 posted on 01/24/2012 6:40:31 AM PST by jpf (phillies)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I like what Santorum says about McQueeg there at the end...


13 posted on 01/24/2012 6:48:04 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Not strong enough.

Tell the media to do their job. Specifics.
We want to know about B0’s background.
British citizenship. Indonesian citizenship.
College records. Medical records.
Frank Marshall Davis. William Ayers. Rezko.

Good lord he tee’d it up for you.


14 posted on 01/24/2012 6:48:18 AM PST by Zuse
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
“President Obama was an “avowed Muslim” and legally unqualified to be president.”

So? Both things are true. What's the problem?

15 posted on 01/24/2012 6:49:08 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

The problem is that no one can claim to know what some else believes if the person has not articulated it.

The press would use it to tear the candidate apart. Santorum’sresponse was as good as he good do, other than to say that it was Obama’s own actions that have caused voters to lose confidence in his words.


16 posted on 01/24/2012 6:50:00 AM PST by Eva
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wishful thinking from a wannabe…


17 posted on 01/24/2012 6:51:33 AM PST by bksanders (I think I just had my backslashed on a carriage return)
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To: csmusaret

Santorum kinda rose to the top in the debates last night, but only because of the nasty infighting between Mitt and Newt.

Newt should not have allowed Mitt to control the debate to the extent he did in the first half hour.

However, Santorum was not attacked because he’s not considered a factor and his petulant, whiny side comes out when he’s attacked.

He would be my choice over Mitt and Ron Paul but ....


18 posted on 01/24/2012 6:53:13 AM PST by altura
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The most despicable moment from the 2008 campaign was when a town hall woman told McCain that Obama scared her, and the stupid assclown McCain told her shouldn’t be, and that Obama was a “good man”. Someone ask Chris Christie if that “embarrassed the party”. John McCain is a disgrace, and that should be mentioned by all Republicans at every opportunity.


19 posted on 01/24/2012 7:11:03 AM PST by montag813
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
OFFICIAL TALKING POINT FOR CONSERVATIVES, MEMORIZE IT AND SPEAK IT:

IT IS A FACT THAT IN THE MUSLIM RELIGION IF YOUR FATHER IS MUSLIM - YOU ARE MUSLIM.

WE CANNOT CHANGE THEIR RELIGION TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS.

I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY WAY TO BECOME "UN-MUSLIM." PERHAPS A MUSLIM CLERIC COULD SHED SOME LIGHT ON THAT!

20 posted on 01/24/2012 7:18:52 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
"Lesson from Newt: people want a candidate who will fight back, not some one with a s$@# eating grin who will take it."

Kind of like the one Newt had when he was sitting on that couch with Pelosi, huh? I can't understand why Santorum is still down so far, but hopefully that will change!

21 posted on 01/24/2012 7:19:19 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: missnry

And the fact that there is no fatwa issued for the beheading of the apostate means that he is assumed to be exercising taqiyya and furthering the cause of Islam.


22 posted on 01/24/2012 7:22:21 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Zuse

I’d like to see one of these candidates retort with

“if only the press were as interested in 0bama’s past as they were in digging through Sarah Palin’s garbage, maybe we’d know for sure who this guy is”


23 posted on 01/24/2012 7:24:18 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: missnry

I’ll assume you’re correct. In such case, it would be accurate to say that under Islam, Obama is considered a Muslim. But wouldn’t you agree that every person has a right to define his religion for himself? Isn’t that the point of missionary work, to invite people to change their religion?

I’m sure you’re aware that Mormons have a practice of converting people posthumously to their church. If such were done to, say, a Baptist, would a Baptist family be unable to claim that their loved one who passed away was a Baptist, simply because the Mormon church claims him as one of theirs?


24 posted on 01/24/2012 7:24:44 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But wouldn’t you agree that every person has a right to define his religion for himself?

Yep.

Point - Baptists and Mormons are honest about their religious affiliation.

25 posted on 01/24/2012 7:26:31 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Lesson from Newt: people want a candidate who will fight back

This is what a lot of left wingers (and Fox News pundits) don't get. It isn't that Newt is fighting back against the media, it's that he's fighting back. Period. It doesn't have to be about the media -- though they're a justifiable target -- we just want a candidate who will flipping fight back.

Newt doesn't accept the premise of leftist questions, doesn't apologize for conservatism, doesn't operate from a defensive position, and can articulate conservative values. The party base hasn't had a candidate who can do those things in a long time.


26 posted on 01/24/2012 7:32:57 AM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Exactly, how could anyone know other than those closest to Hussein.

The Republicans should stick to the truth on Hussein’s religion (if any) “You’re asking the wrong person. Only he and God know.”


27 posted on 01/24/2012 7:46:08 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
he is legally qualified to be president

Sorry Ricky. Someone who, by his own admission, has a foreign national father is not Constitutionally eligible to be President.

Didn't you swear an oath when you took office as a Senator?

28 posted on 01/24/2012 7:52:35 AM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

jheil John Heilemann

Brian: Sen Santorum, wld you like to take the opportunity to kick Gov Romney in the nuts? Santorum: Why yes, Brian, how nice of you to ask.
12 hours ago

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29 posted on 01/24/2012 7:58:33 AM PST by kcvl
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To: GBA

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30 posted on 01/24/2012 8:01:01 AM PST by kcvl
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

CLASSY guy ..../s

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31 posted on 01/24/2012 8:03:56 AM PST by kcvl
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@jheil
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32 posted on 01/24/2012 8:09:12 AM PST by kcvl
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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33 posted on 01/24/2012 8:12:17 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Future Snake Eater

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34 posted on 01/24/2012 8:16:03 AM PST by kcvl
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It was a bit refreshing that Heilemann didn't feign outrage at Santorum's accusation that it is the media's job to protect the president.

It wasn't too long ago that the leftwing media still pretended that they were unbiased. They used to work up a "gambling at Rick's!" facade of shock when you pointed out the undeniable truth that they are unpaid workers for the Democratic party.

Now, you call them Obama's lapdog, and they lick your hand and look for a treat. Good dog.

35 posted on 01/24/2012 8:23:14 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: missnry
IT IS A FACT THAT IN THE MUSLIM RELIGION IF YOUR FATHER IS MUSLIM - YOU ARE MUSLIM.

Well said. "I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother......Graham further explained: "The confusion is, is because his father was a Muslim, he was born a Muslim. The Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs. That's why Gaddafi calls him 'my son.' They see him as a Muslim. But of course the President says he is a Christian, and we just have to accept it as that."
36 posted on 01/24/2012 8:26:23 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: GBA

“Someone who, by his own admission, has a foreign national father is not Constitutionally eligible to be President.”

With respect, having a foreign national father does not render someone ineligible to be president. The requirement is simply that someone be a natural-born citizen. If Obama was born in Hawaii, that is sufficient even if both his parents were foreign nationals.


37 posted on 01/24/2012 8:28:03 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I’ll assume you’re correct. In such case, it would be accurate to say that under Islam, Obama is considered a Muslim. But wouldn’t you agree that every person has a right to define his religion for himself?

I agree that a person has a "right" to define it himself. BUT we have the "right" to discern! Taqiyya in the Muslim religion is the "license" to lie to advance the cause of Islam. Barack Obama is on record as speaking perfect Arabic quoting the Shahada. (In an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times) When I travel to the Middle East it is the Muslims that tell me BO is Muslim and I never argue with them.

My whole point is to frame the Muslim issue where it belongs. It is an issue with Islam that we cannot change. We don't need to tell 1 billion Muslims that BO is NOT Muslim when in their eyes he is! Let the talking media idiots try to take up the argument with a local imam at a nearby mosque!

We don't have to let the lamestream media idiots tell us that we need to "defend" BO! Any time someone calls BO a Muslim in a town hall we should just ignore it. If the media asks why the audience member is not being confronted we need a valid coherent response. That is what I am referring to in my "talking point."

38 posted on 01/24/2012 8:34:02 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: missnry

Thanks for clarifying. Having written the original item at NewsBusters, I certainly agree that Santorum was under no obligation to correct the lady at the Florida town hall.


39 posted on 01/24/2012 8:38:34 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
With respect, you are misinformed.

obama may be a citizen thanks to his mother, but he is not a Natural Born Citizen unless both parents were citizens when he was born here, assuming he was born here.

There are numerous threads here documenting NBC in great detail, along with several cases coming before the courts.

You might find what is currently happening in Ga. of interest.

40 posted on 01/24/2012 9:10:43 AM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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