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Rick Santorum Takes A Shot At Rick Perry, Redux



Shot fired (again):
Q: Do you consider Rick Perry to be a true conservative?
Santorum: “I’m still waiting to hear. This is one of these candidates that’s come out of the block and been recognized as a top-tier candidate really having done very little explaining his record and we’ll see in these debates if his record on a whole variety of issues is going to bode well for people in a Republican primary. The reason his numbers are great is because everybody is talking about him. Well, he was governor of Texas and he can certainly take credit for the record of job creation in Texas. But he also has to take responsibility for the decisions he’s made as Governor and so far that hasn’t been talked about. Let’s see what his positions are and what he’d do when he comes to Washington as opposed to the fact that Texas — even before he was governor — was pretty attractive to jobs and has done well as a result of that.”

Q: Can you pinpoint any one aspect of Gov. Perry’s record that voters need to turn a more skeptical eye on?

Santorum: “I’ll leave it up to the debates. There are a lot of issues that I have a lot of concerns about. Everything from his immigration policy to his social policy to some of his health care pronouncements — a lot of things — raising taxes. He’s got a record as ten years as governor that’s a very mixed bag. Plus his political endorsements. Having a guy running for president who says he’s a conservative who supported Al Gore for President in 1988 — this was after Ronald Reagan so he was at least a little slow on the uptick when it came to the conservative movement.”

Q: What about Perry’s reversal on the wisdom of mandatory HPV vaccinations for young girls in Texas? Is it enough for him to say, “oops, I made a mistake”?

Santorum: “It’s enough to say oops if when fully briefed on what he did that after being fully briefed he made a mistake. But he kept this position for years and in fact was hostile towards those that opposed him. It’s only in recent months that he has decided it’s an oops. That is an election day flip flop for no other reason except that his position is an untenable one. And having the government step in and require this type of vaccination for 12 year old girls without, with parents not having the right but to object. I mean it was forced other than parent’s objecting.”
Dang.

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