Get BlazeTV
News

Santorum on Glenn Beck Program: Clears Up Positions on Contraception, Fiscal Conservatism

Republican presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum called in to Glenn Beck's radio program Monday to talk about Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, in addition to clearing up what he claims are misconceptions about his stance on certain issues.

The former Pennsylvania senator was first asked about his position on contraception, something that critics have accused the social conservative of being against.

"This is crazy," said Santorum, in explaining that his opposition in the landmark Supreme Court Case Griswold v Connecticut, is not to the court's decision to invalidate a Connecticut law prohibiting the use of contraceptives. Rather Santorum is opposed to judicial activism, and "the creation of new rights because the court says so." In the Griswold case the Supreme Court decided that the contraceptives law violated "the right to privacy," which later led to the decision in Roe v Wade which said that the same "right to privacy" invalidated state laws that banned most abortions.

Santorum went on to defend attacks that the former two-term Republican U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania is an "economic liberal."

"This economic liberal has proposed five trillion dolars in spending cuts over five years, a balanced budget in five years," Santorum said over the phone before going on to point to his emphasis on entitlement reform, rebuking those who have questioned his fiscal conservatism.

Santorum also criticized those who have accused him of stereotyping African-Americans based off a video where he became tongue-tied and sounded as if he made insensitive remarks, when in reality only stumbled over his words. 

"It's an absolute absurdity," said Santorum. "It simply is not what I said, and certainly from my actions, nothing close to the record that I have."

Santorum was quick to poke a little fun at his own campaign when Beck asked how his fundraising efforts were going.

After Santorum said his campaign raised more money in the three days following the Iowa caucuses than it had over the entire previous year, Beck joked "I think you were running your campaign off of candy wrappers."

"That's an insult to candy wrappers," Santorum quickly responded.

Take a listen to the entire interview, where Santorum goes on to discuss his position on gun rights and takes a jab at Ron Paul's record on Second Amendment protections:

One last thing…
Watch TheBlaze live and on demand on any device, anywhere, anytime.
try premium
Exclusive video
All Videos
Watch BlazeTV on your favorite device, anytime, anywhere.
Subscribe Now
Recommended
Daily News Highlights

Get the news that matters most delivered directly to your inbox.