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Santorum Camp Backtracks after 'Radical Islamic' Remark
chicagotribune.com ^ | February 20, 2012 | Michael A. Memoli

Posted on 02/20/2012 1:21:36 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion

In trying to clarify recent comments from Rick Santorum about President Obama's "phony theology," the candidate's new national press secretary made a gaffe of her own, saying Obama had pursued "radical Islamic policies" .

Alice Stewart, who had worked for Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign before signing on with Santorum earlier this month, made the slip during an appearance this afternoon on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

The segment focused on the former Pennsylvania senator's line of attack on Obama for his environmental policies, which were guided, he said in Ohio this weekend, by "some phony ideal. Some phony theology."

"As he has clarified the statement, he was talking about radical environmentalists," Stewart told Mitchell. "There is a type of theological secularism when it comes to the global warmists in this country. That's what he was referring to. He was referring to the president's policies, in terms of the radical Islamic policies the president has."

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1 posted on 02/20/2012 1:21:43 PM PST by BarnacleCenturion
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The official Santorum camp response should be: “Even the President made a gaffe about his muslim beliefs when talking to George Stephonopolus”...


2 posted on 02/20/2012 1:25:34 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: Maverick68

The TRUTH is a complete defense.

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3 posted on 02/20/2012 1:28:03 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: Maverick68

The TRUTH is a complete defense.

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4 posted on 02/20/2012 1:28:53 PM PST by oldplayer
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5 posted on 02/20/2012 1:30:06 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
...saying Obama had pursued "radical Islamic policies".

Is that a gaffe, or a politically incorrect truism?

6 posted on 02/20/2012 1:30:21 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Well, he is a radical Islamist, but she didn’t mean to say it.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 1:32:04 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Michael A. Memoli, writing in the Chicago Tribune, Bearer of Absolute Truth ping.


8 posted on 02/20/2012 1:35:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I wonder if Santorum is playing the MSM along? He is getting a great deal of attention and even the “gaffs” are not doing too much damage.


9 posted on 02/20/2012 1:37:21 PM PST by HChampagne
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To: BarnacleCenturion

This article makes no sense. The author is trying to blend two different comments by different people at different times into one.

Weird.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 1:38:44 PM PST by dforest
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To: BarnacleCenturion

“Gaffe” ?

Keep it up. Those of us in the know get it!

LIKE!


11 posted on 02/20/2012 1:41:23 PM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: atc23

I’m not a huge fan of Santorum (not yet at least) but I love what he’s doing. I think what he said about the “theology” was well thought out and planned. I knew what he was talking about...and it got everybody focused in on him.


12 posted on 02/20/2012 1:45:50 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: BarnacleCenturion

By showing the picture of Obama bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, Rick will be able to make his point about Obama’s Islamic allegiances at a strategic moment during the presidential campaign. In the meantime, Rick should keep his campaign spokespeople away from leg-tingling harridans like Andrea Mitchell, who are outraged at hearing the truth spoken on their propaganda shows.


13 posted on 02/20/2012 1:53:52 PM PST by Bluestocking
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To: BarnacleCenturion
"As he has clarified the statement, he was talking about radical environmentalists," Stewart told Mitchell. "There is a type of theological secularism when it comes to the global warmists in this country. That's what he was referring to. He was referring to the president's policies, in terms of the radical Islamic policies the president has."

LOL! Good for Alice Stewart, very clever! What better way to get the media to out Obama than by inserting a one-word gaffe in a statement the media has to quote in order to point out the gaffe!

14 posted on 02/20/2012 1:56:22 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Pigsley

Bingo!


15 posted on 02/20/2012 2:03:03 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Santorum is quickly feeding those that desire to give him the ‘weird guy’ jacket.


16 posted on 02/20/2012 2:09:32 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. President Newt Gingrich--"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.")
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Yo, Conservative Candidates, here is a clue.

It is difficult to honor a religion that honors Honor Killing.

17 posted on 02/20/2012 2:12:15 PM PST by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: Gator113

18 posted on 02/20/2012 2:16:02 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

When Bob Schieffer interviewed Santorum on Sunday, he was genuinely bewildered by Santorum’s reference to theology. Libs don’t hear these things that are so familiar to us. They don’t understand when we talk about environmentalism as a sort of blind religion, because they just never hear that metaphor. And Santorum wasn’t talking to libs when he said it, but to Schieffer he had to translate the shorthand.

We need to be more careful. Santorum’s not my #1 choice but I’d vote for him if he won the nomination; he won’t win it if he isn’t more careful. He needs to avoid the social issues as much as possible and stay on economic issues. Everybody understands the American economy is going to hell in a bucket. If you have to talk about enviromentalist idiotics, talk about the economic impact of enviro-whackism. Don’t just say things you have to explain and translate.

I understand that RS is still talking to conservatives because he needs to get our votes, but he has to remember that others are listening to.


19 posted on 02/20/2012 3:00:13 PM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Rule 1- Someone please help Rick hire only competent people

Rule 2- STFU, The MEdia is trying to hang Santorum and will use anyone in his name

Rule 3- NEVER EVER apologize. There is no defensive.


20 posted on 02/20/2012 3:02:53 PM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: silverleaf
RUSH: "And you know what's really scaring them? It's so predictable. What's scaring them is that Santorum is coming out and he is unabashed being honest and truthful about his beliefs when it comes to so-called social conservative issues. And they are in a panic."


21 posted on 02/20/2012 3:05:55 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: HChampagne
I wonder if Santorum is playing the MSM along?

Sorry. Santorum's not that bright.

22 posted on 02/20/2012 3:30:03 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: BarnacleCenturion
He was referring to the president's policies, in terms of the radical Islamic policies the president has."

Oh for God's sake. She clearly meant radical environmental policies. The media really is stretching.

Hell, Obama told George Stephie he was a Muslim. Did we see headlines "Obama Backtracks on his Childhood Religion"?

23 posted on 02/20/2012 3:42:59 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: HChampagne
I wonder if Santorum is playing the MSM along? He is getting a great deal of attention and even the “gaffs” are not doing too much damage.

Don't be surprised if Obama's campaign tries to make Rick's campaign formally apologize to them.
24 posted on 02/20/2012 5:04:39 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: CainConservative

I think, too, that they’re also a bit scared because Rick Santorum bears a striking physical resemblance to the Kennedys, though not an idealogical one. He’s good looking, tanned, losing a bit of weight, looking fit, and, yep - the Democrats are afraid of him.


25 posted on 02/20/2012 5:37:14 PM PST by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: HChampagne

“Even the gaffs are not doing too much damage”

The “gaffs” may not be doing much damage in the primaries. Come on! Every time he opens mouth someone has to come to his rescue to interpret what he meant to say. He is giving Obama political ad sound bytes every day. He can not perform this way in the general election, the media will destroy him. We can not make a mistake this time people.


26 posted on 02/20/2012 5:45:11 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Sooth2222
..or a politically incorrect truism?

Here's an unrepentantly non-pc truism:


   almost ^

27 posted on 02/20/2012 8:13:23 PM PST by tomkat (FUbo .. Galt '12)
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To: Toespi
The “gaffs” may not be doing much damage in the primaries. Come on! Every time he opens mouth someone has to come to his rescue to interpret what he meant to say. He is giving Obama political ad sound bytes every day. He can not perform this way in the general election, the media will destroy him. We can not make a mistake this time people.

What do you mean "will destroy him", the MSM is trying it now. Hell, Drudge has been trying to play up Santorum negatives as much as possible, and has been making sure that everybody knows about what Santorum's campaign folks said about Obama. Drudge on his own has been trying to hurt Santorum in favor of Willard.
28 posted on 02/21/2012 5:41:28 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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