Glenn interviews Rick and Karen Santorum

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Former GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his wife Karen phoned in to radio today and talked with Glenn about the Democratic Convention and President Obama’s speech last night. Why were the Democrats so focused on talking war and not the economy?

Read the transcript of the interview below:

Rick Santorum and Karen Santorum are on the phone with us now. Karen, Rick?

VOICE: Good morning, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: Very good. First of all, can ‑‑ how’s Bella doing?

KAREN SANTORUM: Oh, she’s doing great. Thank you so much for asking. And it was so nice to be with you and Tania the other night. I should have shared with you her picture. She’s beautiful and healthy and we just thank God every day for her life.

GLENN: We had ‑‑ we had dinner in Dallas, what was it, two nights ago? And ‑‑

KAREN SANTORUM: Yeah, it was so fun.

GLENN: Yeah, we had dinner with this roomful of billionaires. I mean, we were the two couples that were like, we were the slugs in the room. And you guys were running for president just a few months ago. And we’re sitting in this room and they’re billionaires but they all were broke in the Nineties, all of them.

KAREN SANTORUM: Yeah.

GLENN: And we talked about one of them said, you know, I had to push my hill ‑‑ my car down the hill to jump, you know, to get it ‑‑

PAT: Start?

GLENN: Yeah, pop the clutch on it to get it to start?

SANTORUM: Yeah. Well, I thought the best one, Glenn, was when he said he had to turn in his toll tag when he ‑‑ because he used a 50 cent toll when he went to work but he turned in his toll tag because if he hadn’t used the toll tag, it was 55 cents. So to save 5 cents a trip, he turned in his tag and paid his cash.

GLENN: Now, these guys ‑‑

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: These guys ‑‑

PAT: That’s amazing.

GLENN: ‑‑ said, I had to cancel my call waiting because it was $3 a month.

SANTORUM: Yeah.

GLENN: He turned in his toll tags because it saved him an extra 5 cents a day. That’s how broke they were in, like, 1996. They’re billionaires now. And we were talking about, look at this country. Look at what you can do. And Barack Obama and the Democrats don’t believe that any of us exist. Or that any of us are putting anything of value into our society.

We’ve been talking today, Karen, about how the Democrats really focused on foreign affairs and war and everything else, and they think this is going to be a winning strategy for them. I think they’re wrong. I think the economy’s the only thing that matters. But you have, with patriotvoices.com, a new poll that you have seen. Can you tell us about the poll? It’s of mothers, right?

KAREN SANTORUM: There was a recent survey of American mothers and what it revealed was that a majority of mothers believe that this country is on the wrong track and they are very concerned about national security issues. You know, President Obama’s number one responsibility is to protect us and I think what this study’s showing is that he has failed miserably and moms care about that. They care about security.

GLENN: Let me just show some of the polls. The top three concerns of moms in America: Unemployment, most concern, 42%; high gas and energy prices were the number two; and third choices of the moms, hay gas prices directly responsible, energy prices. The president is on record saying his policies would make energy prices necessarily skyrocket. The cost of groceries. The average grocery is up 15% in the last 18 months. But there are some other things here. 73% of mothers are concerned about the type of nuclear strategy that President Obama might pursue.

SANTORUM: Yeah, this is ‑‑ I’m sorry. Let me jump in there.

GLENN: Go ahead.

SANTORUM: That really has to do with this whole conversation with Medvedev, that he’ll be more flexible on the START II treaty which gives Russia a built‑in huge advantage on tactical. It’s a huge advantage, you know, 10:1 advantage over the United States. And it’s now a built‑in advantage that Barack Obama negotiated and agreed to. And said that, you know, he was going to be more flexible. And I think this, I’m convinced that they brought this issue up is because, you know, that swing vote. A lot of these moms are very concerned about this issue of security and they look around the world and they see the hostility and the brewing anger and the hatred for America and our weakness, the president bowing, the president whispering that he will be flexible and they see weakness of this president and they don’t want a president who’s willing to sacrifice the security of our country so expend more money on entitlement programs.

GLENN: 78% of moms think the United States should increase offshore drilling. 79% of moms think government regulations need to be trimmed to incentivize people to start small businesses are expand existing ones. 53% of moms say it was inappropriate for President Obama to tell Israel that it should alter its borders. 62 of moms are concerned that President Obama said transmit this to Vladimir to President Medvedev. When informed that ObamaCare cuts Medicare funding, only 12% of moms thought that was a good idea.

This is all upside down for the president. What do you think this means in November?

KAREN SANTORUM: I think it ‑‑

[ OVERLAPPING SPEAKERS ].

GLENN: Wait, wait.

STU: Double response.

GLENN: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

STU: Communication between spouses is very important.

GLENN: We’ve got to talk to you about this. Are you guys even in the same city or the ‑‑ are you guys in the same area?

SANTORUM: Yeah, we are at the airport. We’re just about to take off.

GLENN: All right.

SANTORUM: We’re headed to Denver.

GLENN: You’re not flying American Airlines, are you?

KAREN SANTORUM: We’re not going to do that again, Glenn.

GLENN: Good. Thank you very much. All right. Tell me ‑‑ Karen, let’s start with you. What do you think this means in November?

KAREN SANTORUM: I think it means that moms care more about just (inaudible). The overriding issue of concern for most of them was jobs. About half are concerned equally with energy and then the national debt and protecting America from the outside, from outside threats was huge. And I think that, you know, a lot of times moms ‑‑ I think it’s an insult to women, too, is that we just care about abortion or the life issue. And it goes so far beyond that. It’s ‑‑ I think that the moms care a lot more about a broader spectrum of issues, and I know for me personally and all the moms I’ve talked to, national security is a big deal. And, you know, things like, you know, the nuclear threats, electromagnetic pulse, things like that. You know, once moms are educated on that, they share their concerns.

GLENN: Rick?

SANTORUM: I would throw on top of that that, you know, the reason Obama talked about this last night, because it’s a weakness for him. And America doesn’t feel better about itself. You know, remember Obama’s going to bring back this age, not only are the fees going to go back down but America’s preeminence in the world and how people looked at America was going to go up and prestige was going to increase and he was going to get the Nobel Prize and it’s just been a complete nose dive since then and that’s a real problem because people do look at a president as someone who is, you know, respons ‑‑ that’s the one thing the presidents are responsible for and that most Americans look to him with respect to our security.

GLENN: You know, I’m feeling really optimistic about the election but I was really optimistic about your election as well. So do you have any feelings, either of you, on where you think this is headed? How’s Romney going to fare? Is Romney going to win or not?

KAREN SANTORUM: Oh, I’m praying he does. I’m concerned because of those issues that we’re not talking about that we should be talking about and, you know, we’re obviously hoping and praying he gets through. I think four years of Obama would be devastating to our country. And the effects, you know, may not be reversible. So we all just need to work really hard to help Romney get elected. But personally I’m concerned that I wish we had more issues to talk about.

PAT: Yeah, I notice that you guys have skipped the most important issue, Rick, and that’s the issue that you started was the incredible war on women where you tried to remove contraception from all women and control their lives in every way. And I just, I find that missing here from the mom survey, too. They gotta be concerned about that, right?

SANTORUM: Oh, yeah, absolutely. There’s a widespread fear that the government’s going to come in and abolish birth control.

GLENN: Well, I have a bumper sticker. I have a bumper sticker on my car: Rick Santorum out of my fallopian tube.

SANTORUM: You have a bumper sticker on your car?

GLENN: Yeah, I do. I do. The real question there is, you have fallopian tubes?

SANTORUM: Yeah, I’m sort of ‑‑ I don’t know.

GLENN: All right, guys. Thank you so much and have a safe flight and I’m glad to hear you’re not flying American.

KAREN SANTORUM: Thank you, Glenn. Have a good day.

GLENN: Bye‑bye. Rick and Karen Santorum.

  • landofaahs

    Obama knows that Israel could strike Iran at any time and odds are better before election so Obama wants that cred in case BB goes it alone.

  • landofaahs

    Obama knows that Israel could strike Iran at any time and odds are better before election so Obama wants that cred in case BB goes it alone.

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    People here in the states, men and women, are concerned about the economy and such matters as national defense and security; the key most people are forgetting is that the land still needs to be educated as to the truth of these matters.
    Obama’s plan for the economy, nuclear zero (no nukes in the US), allying with our nations enemies and backstabbing our long term allies, a state of national weakness in the leadership of Obama…etc, etc, etc.
    Obama is a communist to the core; along with a narcissist and growing more and more insane by the day. Understand clearly he is capable of doing anything once he is defeated this November.

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    Clear warning with regards to Israel: When they are forced by events to strike, Iran will of course retaliate and events will go along these lines:

    Israel initiates hostilities when the red line is crossed. Combination strikes at facilities, cyber warfare and assassinations of key scientists and officials as well.

    Iran responds with SRBM’s and MRBM’s; conventional and possible chemical/radiologic

    Hamas from Lebanon strikes with Chem/Conventional attacks (estimate of ground troop strength by Strategic Studies Institute is 10-14 combat effective brigades (30k troops)

    Egypt strikes north from the Siani; conventional operations carried out in tandum with the others.

    Possible attacks from the directons/support with of Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and even Syria if the Assad regime survives.

    Intervention by Obama against Israel is all but inevitable as well. In the betrayal and destruction of that nation; he can claim to have come in to save the ‘People of the Palestinian state’ from genocide.

    Remember that with Obama, he already has tried to fabricate one ‘wag the dog’ moment with the Saudi Ambassador. He will never hesitate to create another, especially if he loses in November just to have one more mess for Romney to deal with…and to blame Bush for.

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    Acutally land I can come up with a half dozen or so credible reasons Obama would turn upon Israel given the chance:

    Become a hero to the arabian states saving the ‘palestinians’ from Israeli genocide
    Because he wants to be a ‘war hero’
    Because he wants to be the ‘great peace maker’ who solves the problems there.
    Interfere so the mess becomes Romneys after he takes office
    To win points with the local arab extremist leadership (Egypt, Iran)
    To correct what he sees as a colonial imposed mistake on the Arab people with Israel coming about by colonialist America and Britian.

    These ideas are not as bizzar as it sounds when you consider the fact Obama sees himself as a god-king on earth; a narcissist; and is totally insane.
    God help us if he does strike at Israel; for she will not spare her wrath against us as well if it comes down to it in the end.

  • landofaahs

    Exactly right. It’s why BB would be better off striking before the election because obama would not dare dis Israel for political reasons. He’s lose in a landslide and he knows it.

  • Anonymous

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