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Rick Santorum 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 06:20 PM

There are few things that Rick Santorum and liberals could agree on. Liberal pundits enjoy pointing out their differences, especially when Santorum considers a run again for the presidency in 2016.

1. Liberals don’t like the idea of being compared with communists, and Santorum has been a champion of this idea through his theocratic conservatism, according to Luke Brinker of Salon.

Brinker took issue with Santorum pointing out that the words “separation of church and state” are not in the U.S. Constitution, but the phrase did appear in the constitution of the former Soviet Union. The claim avoids the founders’ expression of separating religion and government, Brinker wrote. Brinker also pointed out Santorum’s assertion that Marx also used the term “middle class”.

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2. Some pundits like to call attention to Santorum’s brand of social conservatism by poking fun at his lifestyle. Kia Makarechi of Vanity Fair noted an interview Santorum gave to the Daily Caller in which he explained his concerns about same-sex marriage. Santorum mentioned that he had seven kids, “so obviously sex isn’t a real problem for me …”

“There you have it,” Makarechi wrote. “Rick Santorum has probably had sex at least seven times.”

3. Erik Ose, an activist for the Democratic Party, connected Santorum to Jesse Helms, the late U.S. senator from North Carolina, in The Huffington Post. Santorum had said, “There was no one nicer than Jesse Helms.”

Ose called Santorum one of Helms’ ideological descendants. “But as sane observers are well aware, the real Jesse Helms spent more than five decades stirring the pot of bigotry and hatred to win elections and further his political career,” Ose wrote.

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4. Liberal commentator Rachel Maddow complained that Santorum made false claims during the 2012 campaign to please his audience, but these remarks were often not true, such as the time he said the euthanasia program in the Netherlands killed elderly people against their will.

“He doesn’t correct those things when he’s called out on them,” she said. “He’s running as a man of integrity, so correcting something, when you put something out there that’s false seems like a matter of honor, and I’m surprised he doesn’t do it.”


5. Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s "Hardball" labeled Santorum a “radical” for his social conservative views when considering a possible Santorum 2016 presidential run.

Matthews also accused Santorum of trying to create a theocracy to trump the Constitution. He said Santorum had commented on the "The O’Reilly Factor" about a state’s right to ban contraception. However, he added that although states have a right, they shouldn’t do it.

When Matthews was told on his show Santorum didn’t exactly say he wanted states to ban birth control, Matthews retorted, “He just did. And that’s what scares me. He thinks we should have a theocracy.”

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