Rick Santorum On Rand Paul: He ‘Sounds like Bernie Sanders’


The Republicans have already started to eat their own. It began with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who took heat for his rapidly evolving position on Iraq.

Now, it’s Senator Rand Paul’s turn to face the firing squad, so to speak, and Rick Santorum, just days off declaring his own presidential ambitions, is first on the plate.

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Rand Paul, GOP war hawks, and the ‘broken’ Republican brand

In his newest book, released on Tuesday, Paul took a potshot at the Republican party, saying, “the Republican brand sucks” and adding, “I believe the Republican Party and minorities have common ground.”

Paul has tried to edge away from the Republican party recently, most memorably by filibustering the PATRIOT Act, a move that will certainly win him support among the members of the base who view it as a government overreach.

What set off presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, however, were Paul’s remarks about Iraq.

Paul slammed the GOP “war hawks,” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” saying:

ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party loved — they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it

He also said it was a “mistake” to topple Saddam:

“All the way back to the Iraq War, I think it was a mistake to topple [Saddam] Hussein. Hussein was the bulwark against Iran. The Sunnis didn’t like the Shiites, now Iraq is a vassal state for Iran,” Mr. Paul said at headquarters of the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools in Brooklyn, according to the New York Observer. “I’m worried [Iran] is twice as strong as it was before the Iraq War.”

This did not set well with Rick Santorum, who followed right behind to attack Paul.

“It sounds like Bernie Sanders”

Just a day into his bid for president, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” where he huffed, and puffed, and tried to blow down Rand Paul’s house of cards.

Santorum echoed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, another Republican with presidential aspirations, and then said, “You know, it sounds like Bernie Sanders, not like some Republican running for President.”

After re-treading the old lie that it was Obama’s “failure to maintain a presence in Iraq” that led to the rise of ISIS in Syria, Santorum added that the remarks show “a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the enemy that we face”

Santorum, however, knows all about the enemy we face. A self-described scholar of Islam, Santorum gave us this gem of a quote in 2009 during a lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

“A democracy could not exist because Mohammed already made the perfect law,” Santorum said. “The Quran is perfect just the way it is, that’s why it is only written in Islamic.”

It’s a tricky language, that Islamic. It almost confuses you into thinking it’s a religion.


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