Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum doesn’t think he’s getting adequate respect from the media, especially given his victory in the Iowa caucuses and his finish ahead of Newt Gingrich in the New Hampshire primary, Politico
Gingrich and Mitt Romney are getting all the attention, Santorum complains.
“Here’s what I really get a kick out of: The media, for some reason, wants to make this a two-man race all the time, when every time they make it a two-man race, it turned out to be the wrong two people,” Santorum said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “There’s still this desire to have this binary choice, when they should all understand that this is a much more complex situation.”
Santorum criticized CNN’s John King for offering Gingrich a “beach ball” question in a South Carolina debate last week about his ex-wife’s allegations that he requested an open marriage.
“He [Gingrich] should be paying John King a retainer for the question he threw at him,” Santorum said. “Sometimes I wonder, no offense, you guys, if you’re not that smart.”
Santorum also lit into MSNBC analyst John Heilemann for asking him about his handling of a remark made about President Barack Obama at a town hall meeting Monday. Heilemann said a town hall participant claimed Obama was an “avowed Muslim” and that Santorum didn’t reply.
“Guys, I’ve spoken on that repeatedly throughout the course of this campaign. Everybody else has, too,” Santorum said. “I’ve said repeatedly that I don’t believe President Obama is a Muslim, and he’s qualified. ... When the media and others say lies about me, and call me things, that’s OK, and in fact it’s promoted and encouraged and made fun of when we do it. Stop it.”
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