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Santorum: Obama Making America Less Safe

By By Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter   |   Friday, 29 Apr 2011 06:09 PM

President Barack Obama's ignorance of America and its role in the world is making the United States less safe and that should bar him from a second term in office, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum tells Newsmax.TV.

In an interview at the NRA’s 140th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Santorum gave a laundry list of ills Obama’s policies have inflicted on the country including higher rates of inflation, rising gas prices and an energy policy that “says let's focus on windmills not drilling for oil and gas.”

“We have a president who has created a vacuum, (who) suggests that we have to lead from behind — that's the most recent word out of the White House,” he said. “What superpower leads from behind? I mean if it’s worth leading you get out in front and you show people it’s worth leading and making sacrifices for.

“This president doesn’t understand …what makes this country great, doesn’t understand our role in the world and it is making America less safe, making our economy unstable and putting our fiscal condition in obviously in a very precarious position.”

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Santorum, who lost his reelection bid in 2006, is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination. While he said he had no announcement to make at this point, he did say he was taking steps to participate in the May 5 GOP debate in Greenville, S.C.

On what is to likely to be a major campaign issue, Santorum said he believes “we need to raise the debt ceiling, but we need to do some things to show that this is not going to be an ever-worsening problem.” He said he has been in too many negotiations that end with promises of future cuts.

"No more of those games,” he said “The game has to be now. We are going to cut now, we are going to change things now, we are going to put things in place to bend that cost curve of the federal government to restrain its encroachment on people’s lives. And if we don’t do that I would not vote for a debt ceiling increase."

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