Rick Santorum says Paul Ryan’s new tax plan “headed in the right direction” on radio

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Rick Santorum has had a busy couple of weeks, but managed to find the time to call into the radio show to discuss some of the top stories in the news today. What does he think of Paul Ryan’s new tax plan?

“I talked to Paul last week. As you know my tax plan is 10 and 28% This one is 10% and 25%. But it very much models the two rate idea I’ve been putting out there, and he does a lot of simplification in his tax plan. Not as dramatic as the tax plan that I go through,” Santorum said.

“It’s headed in the right direction,” he added.

“His changes in the entitled programs were consistent with what they did last year which I embraced. He has a little twist on the Medicare which is the widen Ryan plan now. But it’s a strong plan. It waits a little bit to do some entitlement reform. Which is I think is a mistake. I think we need to move forward quicker, and I think we need to get that $5.4 trillion over five years to be more like five trillion over five years so we’ve got to accelerate this to get to a balanced budget. He doesn’t get to a balanced budget until after the budget window. We need to shrink government faster than that.”

Ultimately, though, Santorum does not have a lot of confidence it will pass.

“But you know this was in a sense it’s a budget document. He knows that the Senate will never approve this. He’s put forward a great blueprint for people to campaign upon and shows clearly progress dramatic progress in the direction of shrinking the size of government, and liberating the economy through lower taxes and less regulations”

You can read the full rush transcript below:

GLENN: Rick Santorum is here, and I don’t want to waste any time with him because there’s serious issues happening in the country. And we’re not going to talk about contraception or anything else. I’m going to talk about some of the serious issue that are happening in our world today. First of all J.P. Morgan Chase is closing down the Vatican’s account. It seems to be economic terrorism leveled at the Vatican. Comment from Rick Santorum. Hi, Rick.

SANTORUM: Good morning.

GLENN: I know it’s a big day for you. Can you comment at all on J.P. Morgan Chase and the President listing the Vatican as a possible money laundering organization.

SANTORUM: That’s sort of shocking to hear. I don’t know the details of it so I have to tell you I mean I flew in late.

GLENN: J.P. Morgan Chase has closed down the Vatican’s account after last week the President put them on the watch list for a money laundering organization, and now J.P. Morgan Chase has closed down their account.

SANTORUM: You’re going to give me a pass on that. I’ve got to dig into that. I know there are certain things that of course there are laws that provide certain triggers for this. I’m not familiar with this. We’ll ‑‑ the idea that somehow the Vatican would launder money is absurd to its face. I guess it’s not absurd with the Obama Administration.

GLENN: Bloomberg is now banning food donations to the homeless. He says that the DHS commissioner says that the ban on food donations is consistent with the mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers. There’s a new document that controls what can served at homeless facilities including serving size, as well as fat content, sodium consent plus fiber minimums, and condiment recommendations, and people who’re dropping food off. Organizations that have dropped food off for 10 years now in New York are being banned. This is happening also in Philadelphia. It is happening in Houston, Texas where you’re not allowed just to drop food to homeless shelter became it may not be the most healthy for homeless.

PAT: Well, can you imagine if starving people got too much saturated fat in their diet. I mean, that could really cause some issues.

GLENN: What is happening to us, Rick.

SANTORUM: It’s the nanny state. Welcome to the nanny state, and it’s also opens up the question as to these are ‑‑ these are folks who believe that they should control what people’s intake, and of course these are folks as you know that believe in government programs, not private sector donations. Because if the government controls these things then they can of course have a closer relationship directly with the individual. The individual becomes more reliant on the government not on private sector donations or their neighbor. This is deeper than trying to control what food ‑‑ what calories intake, and how healthy your food is. This is also about the government knows best. And they need to get things directly from the government not from their neighbor. Because their neighbor isn’t going to do what’s right for them. The government is going to do what’s right for them.

GLENN: It’s not possible to slash the budget if you don’t have ‑‑ if you don’t have neighbors, local farms, other organizations.

SANTORUM: Glenn, what makes you think that they want to slash the budget.

GLENN: Oh no.

SANTORUM: They continually try to go out and grow the budget food stamp program. Try to grow the Medicaid program. They take pride in the fact that more and more people are covered by S chip and everything else. This is a source of accomplishment for them noting that should be reduced or changed.

GLENN: Paul Ryan has his budget out. It is slashing another $5.3 trillion. GOP tax plan is two tiers. It’s 25% and 10% We are now at the end of the month we will now have the highest corporate tax rate on planet earth, and yet they’re still talking about more. Are you for the Ryan tax plan. Where did you stand on this.

SANTORUM: Yeah, I talked to Paul last week. As you know my tax plan is 10 and 28% This one is 10% and 25%. But it very much models the two rate idea I’ve been putting out there, and he does a lot of simplification in his tax plan. Not as dramatic as the tax plan that I go through. It’s headed in the right direction. His changes in the entitled programs were consistent with what they did last year which I embraced. He has a little twist on the Medicare which is the widen Ryan plan now. But it’s a strong plan. It waits a little bit to do some entitlement reform. Which is I think is a mistake. I think we need to move forward quicker, and I think we need to get that $5.4 trillion over five years to be more like five trillion over five years so we’ve got to accelerate this to get to a balanced budget. He doesn’t get to a balanced budget until after the budget window. We need to shrink government faster than that. But you know this was in a sense it’s a budget document. He knows that the Senate will never approve this. He’s put forward a great blueprint for people to campaign upon and shows clearly progress dramatic progress in the direction of shrinking the size of government, and liberating the economy through lower taxes and less regulations.

GLENN: You’re in Illinois today because of the primary in Illinois. Play the audio of the police officer there. There’s a real gang violence on the streets of Chicago. This is a police officer yesterday ‑‑ it was in Chicago talk about First Amendment rights that I want to hear a little bit of this, and I’ll translate. Because it’s a little hard to understand.

[Tape played]

PAT: He’s telling news reporters to get across the street.

GLENN: News reporter.

PAT: I don’t give an F about the news, and all telling them to go across the street.

VOICE: I’m going to kill you. I’m giving you a legal notice.

GLENN: That’s all I’m going to say. So he then says your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re making a scene or whatever. That’s a quote.

CALLER: First Amendment aren’t terminated when ‑‑ if they’re causing a public disturbance or block agriculture street. I don’t know what was going on. Certainly First Amendment like there’s no absolute right. There is clearly is the right to exercise your First Amendment as long as you do so in a way that’s not causing harm to anybody else the police have to recognize them and respect people’s right to protest, and to get information. And this you know, again I don’t know the details. I don’t want to be critical of it. But there is a balancing act here, and we should balance in favor as I do in certainly in our campaign of letting the news media, and letting them cover what you want to cover.

STU: Senator, are you denying the making a scene clause in the constitution?

PAT: Which is of course right in the separation of church and state.

SANTORUM: Yeah that’s in the fine print.

PAT: Senator, have you I know that you and Newt at least friendly before this started. I don’t know how things are. Have you contacted him personally personally to get out. Get out.

SANTORUM: No. I have not.

PAT: Oh man.

SANTORUM: Look I didn’t ask Newt to get in. I’m not going to ask him to get out. Obviously in Illinois it’s a two person race. And Newt is picking up 12; 18% depending on the poll, and obviously we feel like a lot of those votes would be ‑‑ in fact last night the coordinator for Newt who put together his delegate announced that he and all of the delegates were going to vote for me. And we’re encouraging Newt supporters throughout the state of Illinois to help us. And the same thing happened in Tennessee. So it’s beginning to happen irrespective what Newt is doing. And hopefully that will be a little bump to us the day of the Illinois primary.

GLENN: Let me ask you one quick question before you go, and that is this is a question I would ask Mitt Romney if he would ever come to the show. But he doesn’t return any of our phone calls. But it’s important to me that the next President of the United States understands that we are dealing with radicals, revolutionaries, socialists, and communists anarchists. Tonight on GBTV we’re showing video of all these literal communists gathering together to plot the overthrow of the United States and it’s all part of Occupy Wall Street. Is there any doubt in your mind that there are forces that are ‑‑ that are almost cartoonish sounding. Communists, socialists, anarchists that are actively working to destroy our country inside.

SANTORUM: Well yes. I think that’s been the case in this country for a long time. With the files being revealed from the old Soviet Union. We have verification of lots of people in this country who were working with the Soviets who were trying to overthrow, and cause chaos in this country, and it’s because of the Soviet union failed doesn’t mean all these people oh well, it failed, and therefore I must be wrong. No, I mean these people are committed. I think it’s a relatively small group of people but that doesn’t mean. ‑‑ they are very much engaged in the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s clear you see it with the protests in Washington D.C. with the anarchists coming out. I see them at my rallies. We had a couple of rallies yesterday, and you see some unsavory characters out there trying to disrupt things, and you know push their very radical agenda.

GLENN: Here’s the Left Form 2012 Occupy the System. It’s a conference where people gathered in New York City for the weekend. The speakers Pearl Granat. Jarvis Tyner of the communist party Gary Hicks Marxist library. Bill Wharton from the Socialist party. Peter Eichler Socialist Action. Larry Holmes Worker World Party. And Pearl Granat, vice president of SEIU. When SEIU, and Steven Lerner are actively engaged, is not SEIU a danger to our country.

SANTORUM: Well look. They’re most labor unions are not as radical as SEIU. But SEIU is the one much the most radical left wing organizations. It’s of course represents government workers, and these are folks that believe in huge and expansive government. It’s good for their business and they’d like more ‑‑ the bigger the government is the more jobs they have, and more control folks like the person that runs the SEIU has in our country. So there’s clearly a symbiosis between the radical left, and SEIU. You see the connection right before your eyes.

GLENN: I’m sorry. One more question.

SANTORUM: One more after one more.

GLENN: There was a big story that came out last night. It’s being scrubbed from the Internet. It’s about the President and I don’t want to ask anything about the daughters. But the President allowed his two one young daughter 13‑year‑old to go down to Mexico which the State Department says is dangerous saying that the Americans shouldn’t go. With 12, 13‑year‑old friends, 25 Secret Service agents. There’s got to be adult supervision besides the Secret Service. Do you send your daughter as President of the United States to a place where the State Department your own State Department says don’t go on spring break. It’s a danger at 13?

SANTORUM: What I would say is that the President’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying. If the administration is saying it’s not safe to go down there just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think this is what presidents do. You should set an example. And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there. Again, I’m not at all being critical of what his daughter wanted to do. She obviously had friends going there. I think she wanted to go along. But I think you have a higher duty when you’re President to set that example as to what ‑‑ you’re not above the law. You’re not someone who can say one thing to one group, and then do something else. I think that sets a very bad precedent.

GLENN: Rick, good luck today.

SANTORUM: Hey, thank you very much. I appreciate all of the folks in Illinois. Please get out there and help us out. We pulled out a big upset in Mississippi and Alabama when nobody thought we could win, and conservatives get out and vote.

GLENN: We cut him off. Rick, thanks a lot. All right.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The plan in and of itself is a good one, we need to get the ball rolling; and yes, like with a balanced budget amendment, so long as Obama and Reid are in office this will go nowhere. The effort still has to be made.

    Actions speak louder than any word; let the actions of the Right show they are serious about the budget gettng balanced, debt tamed and elimiated as all the hard choices that need to get done.

    The old paradymes went out the window in 2010; lets make the changes we need to and show on the record where we stand. Get them to do the same. If Reid tables the matter, then it shows the proof of yet more Obstructionism from him.

    Let the record testify across the board.

  • landofaahs

    Of course the dumbocrats will condemn it as killing the poor.  As if spending ourselves into oblivion will be good for poor people.  How can you dumbocrats look at yourself in the mirror?  It is time to ridicule dumbocrats for the idiots they are.  It is no longer kind to hide the truth from them because it is cruel to allow idiots to roam the “occupy” streets thinking they have brains when they are in truth, vacuous tards.   

  • General Kota

    Like I said before I don’t like any of our picks we have here but Rick did make some good points.

  • landofaahs

    I agree.  Except for RP of course.

  • Anonymous

    I hope everyone will get out and vote for Romney!  Romney is the candidate who can defeat Obama.  Romney has the better plan and it is much like Ryan’s.  It is important for Romney to have a victory in Illinois today so that he can move forward on his campaign against Obama.  He needs to be our (conservatives) candidate as he will, with his experience and expertise, be able to bring our country back and restore our freedoms, much more so than Santorum could ever do.  Vote for Romney!  Romney is out there campaigning against Obama, and all Santorum ever does is use distortions and inaccuracies against Romney.  Santorum will never be accepted in the general election and can’t win.

  • Anonymous

    “How can you dumbocrats look at yourself in the mirror?”

    Dumbo’s an elephant, I’m pretty sure he’s a republican. Anyway the answer is very easily. Ending the wars, reducing the military spending, and getting rid of the bush tax cuts for everyone (not just the rich, I won’t play that stupid card) would get rid of about 70% of the annual budget deficit. So we’d just need to cut a couple hundred billion more and we’d have a balanced budget. Taking military spending and revenue increases off the table is the fastest way to guarantee a budget won’t be balanced.

  • Anonymous

    You realize the more we attack Muslims and Sharia Law in financing… the more they attack Christianity.  It is a holy war… God is on our side. 

  • Anonymous

    Side bar to Pat’s “Get Out” comment:  I actually believe having this Rep candidacy run long and hard prevents Obumber and alike in hammering ONE opponent with is hundreds of millions of dollars.  So I think it’s a good thing it’s going on this long… the longer it is the less time he has to jockey himself and overpower. 

  • Anonymous

    INTERVIEW DONALD DUCK   –  HE DOSEN’T HAVE HIS HEAD UP HIS ASS.

  • Anonymous

    Is any one else as tired as I am of Santorum?  And of Glenn pushing him?

    Beating a dead horse.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I am.
    Regardless of what many of us write on here..Glenn Beck really does not care.
    Let us see where Glenn Beck is in a year.
    No one hears much about his end of July International Tea Party. If it happens…he better get a much smaller stadium.
    Former Beck fan.

  • Anonymous

    Former Beck fan? Yet you still come here. On another note, I believe this site and Glenn’s show are his own, what makes you think you have the right to tell him what to put on HIS show or site? You disagree with him, so that gives you the right? And think actually think you are any better than the left wing communist idiots? You really should look in the mirror. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • Anonymous

    So, you think Glenn should not have the right to freedom of speech and should parrot whatever talking points the GOP approve of? I am not a Santorum supporter, but people like you think Glenn or I should just fall into line. Good luck with that, let me know how that works out for you.

    P.S. You do have the freedom to not listen, please exercise it.

  • Anonymous

    I love people like you, keep parroting the lame stream media. Unfortunately, you are wrong. The candidate that has the best chance is Ron Paul. He is the only one that can get enough of the Independent vote. He would probably get quite a few Democrap votes also. Too bad there are so many people that believe the media/establishment B S.

  • Anonymous

    Another dunce heard from. Obamao has been in office for over three years and has not ended any war. In fact, he has us in three more.
    Get rid of the Bush tax cuts? Hey dunce, Obamao has extended those same tax cuts, TWICE. The first time he had a super majority in congress.
    Reduce military spending? How about we make the Feds follow the Constitution and Bill of Rights and only spend money on the very few things that those documents actually grant them? Unfortunately, the military IS one of those powers.
    The fastest way to balance the budget is to restrict the Feds to spending on only the SPECIFIC powers granted to them by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • http://profiles.google.com/davebex13 dave bechhofer

    Well, it appears Santorum is the Talk Show candidate. What a joke.

    Frankly, I think Glenn Beck would LOVE for Obama to win. If he loses, what material will Beck have for his show? 

  • Anonymous

    No matter who wins, (except for Ron Paul) you think Beck would lack for material? You are the joke.

  • Anonymous

    Excuse me…and where did I tell Glenn what to say?
    You do not know Beck very well…he is doing exactly what he said HE WOULD NEVER DO.
    No hypocrisy on my end…try the person you are defending.
    The left wing communist comment..pretty low blow…but I will forgive you.

  • Anonymous

    I really do not give a shyt whether you forgive me or not. As YOU stated, Beck does not care what you write on here. You are damn right, it’s his show and site. He owns it and can say whatever he likes. Whether anyone on here agrees with him or not. Writing on this forum does not mean he is forced to listen. He has just provided a forum for others to express their opinion.
    You claim to be a “former Beck fan,” yet there you are, opening your pie hole. Hypocrisy at its finest. 

  • Anonymous

    I know you are cranky because Mitt won tonight. Have a beer..relax and get a good nights sleep. Although..when you wake up..Mitt will still be the front runner.
    So..is that a Scottish coat of arms you got there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/walkin.one.man.genocide Carl Stull

    Paul Ryan’s budget proposal is a freaking joke. All cuts are done in projected spending. It’s just another lying budget produced by the establishment. Their not cutting entitlements, they’re just moving them around to benefit a different group of people. This country was founded on individual freedom and not freedom for groups, until people realize that, entitlements will never be seriously cut. People need to also learn to live within their means and quit working a job where you get paid nothing and buy shit you don’t need, the people that seem to be in the most need are the ones with iphones and big screen TVs. This country needs austerity not some baseline budget proposal.

  • General Kota

    He is not that great none of them are I am just half temped not voting on till the main race kicks in. Ron Paul is to gun shy when it comes to war but the others seem like that want to shoot everyone that looks at this country funny and don’t get me started with Mitt and Newt that is all we need more progs running the country. Rick can’t stop talking about birth control it is driving me nuts. this race seems to me to be pointless anymore.

  • landofaahs

    If you took all the money that the rich have, and I mean 100% of it, we could only continue our spending levels for about 1 and 1/2 years. Then where do we get the money from dumbass? You are a typical liberal idiot. Why can’t you losers take care of yourselves for a change.

  • landofaahs

    Well, there is always WALTER. LOL

  • Anonymous

    greywolfrs
     You sure took my comments about Santorum personally. You come out attacking and bullying with your comments, a lot like the people you called ” left wing communist idiots” I happen to still be a fan of Glenn and the program. However I am tired of him pushing a candidate that no longer has a chance at getting the Peoples vote. its a lot like you Still pushing Paul.

    How is that for freedom of speech?

  • Anonymous

    What will all the Romney supporters do when he loses to Obama, walk away with their tail underneath?    “Oh well” won’t cut it!

  • Anonymous

    The last election was “fixed”, McCain took a “dive”. The fact none of the Rep “contenders” are resonating with the voters would indicate to me that this upcoming election is simply a formality, the Elite have already decided to give Obama a second term; the sheep never get it. 

  • Anonymous

    A hah!
    I was wondering why you were such a nasty person…A Ron Paul supporter.
    Ron Paul is a pretty decent guy..you people have hurt him greatly.

  • Anonymous

    Mitt is not my front-runner, I am not a Republican. Nice try, but assumption is the mother of all fv ck-ups. Someday, you may learn that. A scottish coat of arms? NO, it’s a Los Angeles Kings logo. You know, NHL hockey? Again, you make the assumption that I am saying what I am saying because you have Irish in your name? Those assumptions, keep making them, it proves just how smart you really are.

  • Anonymous

    A hah?
    We people? Just because you are too dumb to realize what is going on, it’s all of us who are nasty…

  • Anonymous

    Keep writing. I love to expose Ron Paul followers. Pretty vile.
    Best not to bring assumptions into anything or to bring up how smart someone is when YOUR candidate is polling 8% nationally.

    Now are you sure that is not Scottish??? Duh!

  • Anonymous

    You are tired of him pushing a candidate that can not win? The only person who can not win is the one who does not run. Obamao, case in point. If you do not like who or what he talks about, feel free to leave at any time. This is Glenn’s show and site, which means he has the FREEDOM to do as he wishes. I was bullying no one, I was simply speaking the truth. I know, you hate that because it makes you look like an idiot. It is what it is.

    P.S. It is just as easy to hit the “reply” button.

  • Anonymous

    Expose Ron Paul followers? What an idiot. What’s vile is your lack of intelligence. You think that polling at 8% is bad, just wait till you morons put up one of these other clowns and he loses. The thing idiots like you just can not seem to get through your thick skulls is that it takes the Independent vote to win. None of the other clowns will get enough to win.
    I am positive it isn’t a Scotish coat of arms, but what if it were? Man, you are a really dumb.

  • Anonymous

    Hey greywolfrs….
    Sending hugs your way…….

  • Anonymous

    Hey greywolfrs….
    Sending hugs your way…….

  • Anonymous

    Hey greywolfrs…..
    Sending hugs your way…………………