Rick Santorum curses out NY Times reporter: Says that's what real Republicans do (Videos)

Santorum defends his profanity and now uses it to raise funds for his campaign. What's next? Photo: Rick Santorum on the steps of the Supreme Court AP

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2012 — A furious Rick Santorum lost his cool this weekend, blowing his Mr. Squeaky Clean image when he lapsed into some barnyard language, angrily lashing out at a New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny: “Quit distorting my words. It’s bulls–.” (see video below)

It all began at a Wisconsin rally on Sunday where Santorum ratcheted up his assault on Mitt Romney, saying to the audience: “Pick any other Republican in the country. He [Romney] is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama. Why would Wisconsin want to vote for someone like that?”

After the rally as Santorum signed autographs, Zeleny asked, “You said Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in the country. Is that true?” And then came the Santorum eruption, which he has since defended, claiming you’re not a real Republican until you’ve cursed out a New York Times reporter.

“What speech did you listen to?” Santorum snarled at Zeleny. “Stop lying! I said he was the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I was talking about!”

The more  Santorum spoke, the angrier he became: “Would you guys quit distorting what I’m saying?” and insisted that what he actually said was that Romney is “uniquely disqualified” to beat Obama because of Romneycare in Massachusetts.

“Quit distorting my words,” Santorum exploded. “If I see it, it’s bulls—! Come on, man! What are you doing?”

This follows similar attacks earlier this month. Just last week, Santorum got into hot water with Republicans by saying there is very little difference between President Obama and former governor Romney, who brought an individual mandate health care plan to Massachusetts, one that the President looked to as a model for the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Santorum supporter AP

Santorum has even hinted that Republicans might not vote for Romney if he is the GOP nominee:

“You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future.” 

Later a spokesman came out and protested that of course Rick would vote for Mitt. But all these remarks, culminating in Sunday’s outburst, have Republicans scratching their heads and wondering if the strain of the campaign is taking its toll on Santorum.

Since Sunday’s flare-up, Santorum has appeared on Fox News not to apologize for his swearing, but to say that only real Republicans curse out New York Times reporters. (see video below)

His outburst of profanity has now become his badge of honor as well. Santorum has already sent out an email blitz using his face off with Zeleny as a campaign fundraiser:

Santorum’s true Conservative buttons AP

“I’m Ready to Take On the New York Times.

“Earlier today, while campaigning in Wisconsin, I criticized Romney and Obama for their outrageous healthcare legislation. Predictably, I was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter all too ready to defend the two of them, and all too ready to distort my words. Let me assure you, I didn’t back down, and I didn’t let him bully me. I think it is high time that conservatives find the courage to expose the liberal press for what they are, a defender and enabler of Romney’s and Obama’s liberal agendas.

“Will You Join the Fight?

“As you already know the New York Times has plenty of ink, and Romney’s campaign, heavily financed by Washington lobbyists, has plenty of money.

But there is one thing they don’t have, the fighting spirit of thousands of people just like you who know our freedoms and values are under siege, and now is the time to fight back.

“Can I Count On You For a $30 Contribution?

“A subscription to the New York Times cost approximately $30. That’s how much I am hoping you will be willing to contribute to join me in my fight to become the next President of the United States. A fight we must win if we are going to kill Obamacare, and replace it with a healthcare plan that will not raise your taxes, will keep you in charge of your family’s medical decisions, and will preserve the freedoms guaranteed to each of us in the Constitution.”

Notice that Rick claims he was “viciously attacked” by the New York Times reporter. Anyone watching the video — and you can at the end of this column — will notice that the reporter was neither vicious nor attacking. In fact, he was quite mild-mannered, inquiring about Santorum being so upset over his question.

But never let it be said that Rick lets an opportunity go by to play to the media, no matter how he derides them. Today he was on the steps of the Supreme Court holding a campaign event, using the backdrop of the Court itself as part of his campaign.

“If you want Obamacare repealed, I’m the guy to do it, not Mitt Romney.”  

Meanwhile, pro and anti-health care law protestors marched and chanted, even singing “We Shall Overcome” until drowned out by Santorum supporters whooping “Rick, Rick, Rick.”

And reporters, whom Rick supposedly loathes, were there because he had sent them all press releases that he would be.

Slamming Romney for not appearing on the Supreme Court steps to speak out against health care reform, Santorum’s spokesman Hogan Gidley said, “This is where the fight is happening, at the Supreme Court. And there’s a reason Mitt Romney isn’t here, and that’s because Mitt Romney basically wrote this piece of legislation… Mitt Romney’s not here. Well, he can’t be. He’s not credible on this issue.”

So how desperate is Rick Santorum? His delegate numbers don’t look good. According to the Associated Press: Romney leads with 568 delegates, 273 are for Santorum with 135 for Newt Gingrich and 50 for Ron Paul. It takes 1,144 to win the nomination. 

Sadly, Santorum’s remarks reveal a candidate unraveling from too many hours on the campaign trail and too many losses. Even if he sweeps the South, Santorum will not win the primary and with his unrelenting attacks on Romney don’t look for him to have a big role at the GOP convention either. If you were Romney, would you want to share a stage with this guy?

 

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Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

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