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Rick Santorum: 'Ridiculous' Criticism of GOP Debate Flap Is 'Classic Obama'

 

By    |   Tuesday, 03 November 2015 05:12 PM

President Barack Obama's jokes about Republican Party turmoil over its presidential debates are "ridiculous" and an audacious case of "the pot calling the kettle black," GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania tells Newsmax TV.

The commander in chief, speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, wondered aloud why the GOP's presidential candidates were so roiled by last week's CNBC debate, which they say was unfair and biased and needs major changes for future forums

"They say, 'When I talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, he's going to straighten out' — and then it turns out they can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators," Obama quipped. "If you can't handle those guys, I don't think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you."

To which an incredulous Santorum said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show:

"You talk about the pot calling the kettle black right there. This is ridiculous. The president avoids every tough interview, won't go on Fox News, gets really [annoyed] with anybody who dares to ask him a tough question.

"You talk about a punching bag for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and for the Iranians. This is a president who can't handle any foreign leader.

"And to have the audacity to challenge Republicans in this outrageous conduct by CNBC is just classic Obama. Here's a guy who's the epitome of 'I'm not standing up to tough leaders.'"

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Santorum, who has remained a blip on the radar of most GOP presidential polls, said he disagrees with billionaire developer Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner in some polls, that candidates lagging way behind with a couple of percentage points should drop out.

"I was at 2 percent at the national polls a week before I won the Iowa caucuses [in the 2012 GOP contest]. Experience is actually a pretty helpful thing. I don't go in and try to tell business people who are making real estate deals how to make their real estate deals as I have no experience in this," he said.

"It's not surprising that someone who has very little experience in how presidential elections are run makes statements that don't conform to what the reality is on the ground. He's entitled to his opinion. I like Donald Trump and he's a very colorful guy and says a lot of interesting things.

"But he doesn't say, in some cases, a lot of accurate things. In this case, we've seen case after case where people who are low in national polls early in races — and this is still really early, still three months to go — who can make things happen at the appropriate time and the appropriate state."

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President Barack Obama's jokes about Republican Party turmoil over its presidential debates are "ridiculous" and an audacious case of "the pot calling the kettle black," GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania tells Newsmax TV.
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