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Santorum kicks off his campaign with an attack on Obama

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Former Senator Rick Santorum officially kicked off his presidential campaign today with a speech attacking President Barack Obama for not recognizing America’s greatness.

Hitting on the disappointing unemployment rate released Friday and high gas prices, Santorum denounced Obama.

“He’s not just devalued our currency, he’s devalued our culture,” Santorum said, pointing to the Obama administration’s decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and saying that his administration supported “federal funding of abortions.”

Santorum said that there is “a group of people led by president Obama who believes that America’s greatness is in government and not it’s people,” a statement met with boos in the crowd.

The “lynchpin” of that idea, he said “is Obamacare.” It “does something that no other entitlement has ever done…it makes you buy something.”

Santorum said that the purpose of new healthcare law was to “create dependency.”

(Santorum officially announces campaign for president)

“Every single American now will be hooked to the government with an IV,” he said. “And they will come to you every time they want to do more and say, ‘you want that IV, you want that healthcare?’” as a way to get more power.

“Why do you think they cared so much about passing this bill?” Santorum asked. “Power,” he answered. “They knew they would get you.”

Santorum said this was the reason why Obama had pushed so hard to pass this bill, despite polls showing that it was unpopular, and the fact that it contributed to the Democrats losing seats in the midterm elections.

“They want to hook you, they don’t want to free you,” he continued, reiterating that Obama did not believe in the people, but rather thought big government was the answer.

“They believe in themselves: the smart people, the planners, the folks in Washington who can make decisions better than you,” he said. He pointed to “Mediscare,” referring to the argument that Paul Ryan’s budget will kill Medicare, as a tactic that amounted to saying, “we can’t trust seniors to make decisions.”

Santorum, who would go a step beyond Ryan’s budget and alter Medicare for those over 55, argued that seniors should be allowed to “choose themselves what is best for themselves.”

“In 2008, a wearied public … looked to elect a president who they could believe in,” said Santorum. “And that president, President Obama, took that faith… and wrecked our economy, and centralized power in Washington, DC, and robbed people of their freedom,” he said to chants of “no more” from the crowd.

“I believe now that Americans are not looking for someone they can believe in, they’re looking for a president who believes in them,” Santorum concluded, before declaring that he was running for president.

Both the timing and the location of the speech were symbolic. He chose to announce on Monday, June 6, the anniversary of D-Day. According to a press release, the place is also “significant because it was where Senator Santorum’s grandfather settled in America after leaving Fascist Italy to work in the Pennsylvania coal mines until he was 72 years old. He chose America for the freedom our nation offered him.”

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  • AngryWhiteDoofus

    Rick Santorum sounds like a good man and we need a few, America, ’cause I’m scared of this radical islamo fascist Manchurian socialist that’s commandeered the White House. Who is this Barack Hussein Obama foreigner and what’s he stand for besides income redistribution, George Soros, and tantra sex? Who knows when B. Hussein Obama is gonna unleash his legion of militant lesbian transvestites upon us? When this happens we’re all gonna be doin’ the downward dog in bondage straps while Janet Reno and her goons are nibblin’ foie gras off our bare derrieres! America, I’m scared that the Mexican narcos and Arizonan she-males are in cahoots with the ChiComms to annex the American southwest and turn it into the Dirty Sanchez caliphate. Before you know it, we’re all gonna be hablando mexicano, eatin’ piñatas and worshippin’ cinco de mayo! Comprende amigos?
    I’m scared that B. Hussein Obama and his Keynesian comrades – Fidel, Chairman Mao and Jane Fonda, want to impose an illegal alien hot gay porn abortion ideology on us. Step one – his army of angry butch feminist trial lawyers mandates that all non-homosexual males sleep with Jeff Striker blow up dolls! Step two – castrating all of us not thereafter converted to anal beads, San Francisco bathhouses, and Barney Frank! America, I’m scared that the only chance we’ve got, Sarah Palin, is being demonized by the left wing media elites. The libs hate her ‘cause she’s for truth, ammo, t.v. and cheez-its. Sarah’s the only thing standing between us and the libs theology of tofu burgers, bare backin’ on the down low and welfare queens.!
    America, I’m scared that we’re on the road to Obamastan where there’s no room for Jesus, only Kwanzaa, Ramadan, MSNBC, and pre-op trannys. These lib constitution haters won’t stop until their new world order of diplomacy, sudoku and hermaphrodites has turned us into a nation of chardonnay sippin’ castrati! It’s time to stand up America! It’s time to stand up to their global warmin‘, Fire Island and hippies! It’s not too late to avoid a future of Kabbalah, gender identity studies and suckling’ organic soy milk from Al Gore’s breasts!

  • billsebe

    …Who?

  • diamndgirl

    Great speech he made today….he has my vote in a second flat…watched him in the Senate for over a decade, he’s a great conservative patriot.

    • whynot

      Oh, yes. Politically, a giant among mere mortals. I lived in Pennsylvania when this loon was Senator…an embarrassment without equal. In 2006 he lost to the Dem candidate 59%-41%—and Rick was the incumbent!!

      He now wants to dismantle Medicare AND Social Security…yes, a great conservative patriot and the American voters will en masse break their legs to get away from this guy.

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  • cmccartn

    I’m just happy he didn’t compare Obama to the Nazis, I think he has stopped doing that. He typically only does that when Democrats complain about changing the rules about cloture in the Senate
    http://socialmoderatefiscalconservative.blogspot.com/
    Just whatever you do…. Don’t google Santorum

    • jjsmithers

      I’ll be sure to stop by the blog for even more enlightenment.

      • cmccartn

        you’re welcome Mr. Smithers