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Santorum: Obama Won't Prevent Iran From Going Nuclear

Friday, 28 Sep 2012 07:17 PM

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

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President Barack Obama won’t stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV.

“This is the real big problem with President Obama,” the former Pennsylvania senator tells Newsmax. “He says he doesn’t want Iran to have a nuclear weapon, but he’s been very clear that he is not going to authorize any type of actions on the United States that will have any detrimental impact to civilians in Iran.

“Well, you can’t stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon unless you take away their capability of doing so — and to do that requires taking down their electric grid, taking other things that would stop their development of this technology, which would have at least some impact on civilians.

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“The president’s been very clear and his positions don’t jibe,” Santorum concluded. “You can’t say I want to stop Iran and then say I won’t do anything policywise that will stop Iran, and that’s why Benjamin Netanyahu has said what he said: that we have to have policies that draw a red line and this president is refusing to do it.

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“That is putting Israel in a box and requiring Israel to contemplate doing things that heretofore they wished they didn’t have to, which is to unilaterally act,” he said.

Santorum, the chairman of Patriot Voices who stars in the Citizens United film “Our Sacred Honor,” said Obama’s indifference towards Iran reflects a disastrous foreign policy that has allowed radical Islam to spread throughout the Middle East. It peaked with the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The Obama administration had initially attributed the attacks to a video clip of a film by a California real estate developer that Muslims found offensive. Under increasingly Republican pressure, however, the administration has since admitted that the assault was terrorism.

“You saw protests in countries of this movie that didn’t t even have the Internet,” Santorum said. “This is absurd — and, then, for the president to go up to the United Nations and continue to apologize for America about our freedom of speech and this video, when it’s clear that that’s not what’s going on around the world.

“What’s going around the world is a response to his policy of allowing radical Islam to take root, saying that we will negotiate with it — which is what we’re doing when we negotiate and we deal with the Muslim Brotherhood and other types of radical organizations, like Iran.

“We are setting a template that is allowing this type of viral strain of Islam to gain further and further ground in this region and it’s a threat to the country, and it’s obviously a very present danger right now to the state of Israel,” he said.

Turning his attention to the Nov. 6 presidential election, Santorum said the biggest problem Republican candidate Mitt Romney is having is not with President Obama, it’s with the media.

“No campaign goes smoothly and, as I’ve witnessed in my political career, you’re up against a mainstream media that is trying to create problems and doing its best to carry President Obama’s water,” he said. “I would not pay any attention to the naysayers.”

“The economy is in shambles, still, today — and directly because of President Obama’s policies. You see a government takeover of healthcare, which is going to have chilling effect on growth going forward and freedom’s being taken away.

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“These are all things that are now becoming clearer and clearer and once the American public focuses in on how dangerous another four years of Barack Obama would be, Mitt Romney will be just fine.”

Santorum added: “The Romney campaign is starting to get their act together as far as the driving message on important issues, and that will make all the difference coming down the stretch.”

And it is those issues —– stabilizing the economy, creating jobs, reducing the national debt — the former Massachusetts governor must hone in on in his three debates with President Obama. The first televised debate is on Wednesday at the University of Denver.

“He has to, first, point out that this administration’s policies have been disastrous and will be disastrous for average Americans and talk about what he’s going to do to help everybody in America to be able to get a job and better opportunity and better education.

“Laying out those plans that are rooted in the traditional values that made this country great, which is a country that believes in self-sufficiency, a country that believes in families and communities — not big government that dictates from the top down,” Santorum added. “If you draw those stark comparisons and how one has failed America and has failed the world with this top-down, elitist approach of designing the economy and running businesses from the government down, as opposed to the system that has created the most prosperous country in the history of the world, you can paint a pretty good, strong contrast.”

Regarding the Senate contest in Ohio, Santorum elaborated on his endorsement on Wednesday of embattled GOP Rep. Todd Akin.

Akin had faced pressure to quit the campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill after his televised comments that women's bodies have a natural defense against pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."

Akin has repeatedly apologized for the comment, but he lost financial support from top national Republicans, including Romney.

Tuesday was the final day Akin could withdraw from the race. GOP Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party star from South Carolina, also endorsed Akin.

“Claire McCaskill was the deciding vote on Obamacare. She has supported the president right down the line on all of his extreme policies and is someone who would be 180 degrees in voting from Todd Akin,” Santorum said. “Todd said some ridiculous, foolish, wrong things but if that’s the worst thing that Todd Akin does as a senator is to say something stupid, I’d rather have him vote right and carry the causes that are important to the country than someone who may not make any gaffes but votes the wrong way.”

He said Akin can still win and attacked the national party for abandoning him, especially as the GOP seeks to regain control of the Senate.

“I’ve just seen two polls from Missouri that have the race tied or within the margin of error, so that race is a long, long way from being over,” he said. “If Republicans would rally around the candidate who’s going to give us the 10-seat majority and replace someone who has been an unmitigated disaster as a senator, then we could we win the Senate.”

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In other comments in his exclusive Newsmax interview, Santorum:
  • Declined to criticize Romney’s campaign agenda. “Gov. Romney has run a campaign that he’s comfortable with, a campaign that talks about the issues that, frankly, were able to help him win the Republican primary and that he believes — and a lot of folks believe — has a lot of appeal to a broad base of Americans.”
  • Said that no matter who the GOP presidential candidate is, they will not be covered fairly by the media. “We’ve been told that if we nominate John McCain, the media likes John McCain and, therefore, they won’t be so tough on him — and nothing could have been further from the truth. The media is in the tank for whoever the Democratic candidate is, and we as Republicans need to go in there and not assume that we’re going to get a fair break.”
  • Said he is touring the country speaking on the importance of electing Romney to the White House. “Mitt Romney has to be elected to really preserve the kind of traditional values — and I’m not talking social values. I’m talking economic values. I’m talking national security values. I’m talking about, comprehensively, the values that made America great that are at risk of being lost.”

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