Santorum: Cain Scandal Won't Be 'Big Issue' for Iowans

Monday, 07 Nov 2011 03:59 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Brett Sandala

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Escalating charges of sexual harassment against GOP front-runner Herman Cain may not be a big issue in the minds of voters when Iowa holds its nominating caucuses in January, former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., tells Newsmax.TV.

Santorum made his comments at the Florida State Tea Party Convention in Daytona Beach before a fourth woman came forward to publically charge that Cain groped her when she met with him to discuss a job.

“I think that will all wash out and people will look at everything,” he said when asked if the allegations had hurt Cain’s campaign. “I think they’ll look at all of our backgrounds, they’ll look at all of our experience, our positions on the issues and come January 3, when Iowa votes, I have a feeling that that’s not going to be a big issue in people’s minds.”






Santorum said that in the scheme of the campaign for president, a more important issue is the government’s intervention into the nation’s economy with the Wall Street bailout. He said the top four GOP candidates, businessman Cain, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, all supported government intervention.

“And I think that’s a bigger issue,” he said. “Are we going to have a candidate out there that’s going to have clear contrast with President Obama who was not only part of the Wall Street bailout,  part of the GM bailout, all the things that many of us at the time were saying this was not only a bad idea because it was huge intrusion of government into the private sector, but it would lead to more intrusions into the private sector. And we didn’t have to wait long for that to happen.”

Santorum also made critical comments on another brewing scandal, the Solyndra mess and the White House’s rejection of a subpoena from House Republicans seeking all communications about the failed solar panel manufacturer.

“If the White House had nothing to hide I’m sure they would submit those documents,” Santorum said. “This is a process, a process that should be a public process as to how resources were allocated that were congressionally chartered resources. So the Congress has every right to look and see how that decision was made. There’s no immunity or privilege to these documents. These are documents that are pursuant to a process that should be open and discoverable to the American people.”

White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler said the subpoena was nothing more than partisan politics. The White House has turned over 85,000 pages of documents on Solyndra, which filed for bankruptcy after receiving $528 million in federal backing.

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