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Santorum: 'I Don't Care' about US Unemployment Rate

http://youtu.be/o9UOXjvwS-I

Monday, 19 Mar 2012 08:18 PM

MOLINE, Ill. — Republican White House hopeful Rick Santorum said on Monday he did not care about the U.S. unemployment rate, perhaps the nation's most closely watched economic indicator, despite being embroiled in a campaign largely focused on the still-sputtering economy.

"I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates," Santorum said during a campaign appearance in Illinois, which on Tuesday holds the next contest in the state-by-state battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania known mainly for a strong religious conservatism, is battling Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the frontrunner in the race to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election.

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His comment is half-true, but naive.

Should government be involved with employment? NOOOO!!

But his naive statement just shows how profoundly ignorant he is.

OUR GOVERNMENT ALREADY DOES AFFECT THE RATE OF EMPLOYMENT!!!

This is the issue; through things like the FED, unfriendly business regulations, crap like NAFTA etc. big brother has their hands in it, big time. The very definition of fascism is the merging of corporate and state powers; which is where we are today.

I grew up in an area that was mostly agriculture, where almost all of them had to sell out because their livelihood had been destroyed by NAFTA etc. ( some of which were 3rd generation farmers )

So yes his comments are vaguely correct, but they are made from a perspective of ignorance that just further shows he is a man of the status quo.

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Ron Paul can make it look easy...

Santorum gets some credit for trying so hard to pick up the 'liberty' message. But like anything else that is brand new to someone, its gonna take a little practice for him to get the liberty message just right. Besides if he starts saying it enough times he might end up believing it by the time hes Ron Paul's age.
(For those who dont know the full context was that Santorum (cough cough) believes in liberty, not full employment)

I agree with Santorum. The president has

I agree with Santorum. The president has no business caring about the unemployment rate because they have no business controlling employment.

Please take this down.

Even though we don't agree with Santorum, I don't believe that this is the way to defeat an opponent. I haven't seen the rest of the speech and I'm guessing it has been taken out of context(even if it hasn't the video leads one to believe that it has). I would rather win by policy than by cheap tricks commonly used by the status-quo.

Media problem: Fundamentalist Democrat != "Conservative"

Ron Paul is the only conservative on the Republican ticket, by a long shot. Santorum and Obama agree on everything except race and abortion.

It's outlandish that anybody could prefer Frothy Rick over either Milquetoast Mitt or the genuine conservative Dr. Paul. Except, naturally, other fundamentalist Democrats--who I think have infiltrated the GOP along side the neocons.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

You know what?

"If we legalize heroin heroin tomorrow, everyone is going to use heroin." -Ron Paul.

See what I did there? It's posts like these videos and links to articles/blogs with mispelled words that makes me start to think Daily Paul has lost credibility.

True Nature - Not Hidden

Are the "crooked" politicians just playing a role in hopes that we wake up. It's not as if they hide their intentions.

Obama stumbled and laughed when taking the oath of office

Romney clearly stated on camera he is influenced by big donors

Rick Santorum said, if you want a conservative, vote Ron Paul

Gingrich almost plays a Joker role. He doesn't even attempt to make you think he's honest.

Sure, Obama told us he was going to end wars. But his campaign logo was him staring as Two-Face.

They use one tactic to prepare the people with war in Iraq. After being caught lying, they use the exact same tactic to prepare them for Iran.

Some people hire the cheapest plumber, agree verbally, and fret when the price is raised and the job needing of repair a month later. Shame on both parties.

Others, pay an honest wage, examine credibility, and sign a contract.

Moral: Don't hate dishonest politicians. They are the natural result of a people seeking dishonest (get more than you pay for) results.

I copied this from a headline in a google search

"Ron Paul: End Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid"

That may be taken out of context and I don't like it.

Of course you don't care

Of course you don't care about our middle class, the unemployeds, the liberty, what the people feel. No. You only care about instauring a rightwing hate state against anybody who doesn't agree with you. Thanks Rick for your sincere words.

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"My campaign hinges on taking

"My campaign hinges on taking advantage of the morons only voting for me because of religion"

Stop feeding the propaganda machine. Turn off your TV.

This Catholic family will not vote for Sanatorum

Unfortunately like in Samuel in the Old Testament.Give them the King that they want and deserve.Your children will be sent to war.You will do the bidding of your king and do what your King tells you to do.
Sad but history repeats with humans.King Obama,King Romney,King Santorum.We need debt slaves.

Money talks and dogs bark

No credibility

Come on guys, a 4 second clip is completely out of context and carries no credibility. We can do better.

Thank you, Agreed. This is

Thank you,
Agreed. This is like people taking Romney's "I like to fire people" out of context. Thankfully RP defended Romney on that one.

Let us attack the establishment candidates for their real faults!

I guess he won't mind not getting the job as POTUS..

What was he thinking? LMAO

BTW, I am sure Ron Paul cares about the unemployment rate or he would not have dedicated so much work trying to get the government out of the way of job creators.

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I try to change people every day. Do You?

The real problem is not the unemployment rate

The real problem is not the unemployment rate,the but huge numbers of people who are being paid for producing virtually nothing of value.

stop it

We are better than this, using a 5 second sound bite taken out of context is beneath us . Anyway, it's not like there is a dearth of crazy in context santorum quotes we can pick and choose from. He is a freaking crazy quote factory for God's sake.

This I actually agree with....that pains me to say cause I despise this clown.

agreed

We are above a slip up in verbiage when he clearly did not intended for it to come out the way it did.

Voted you up anyways but

to be fair, some context was given in the description right below the vid:

"I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates," Santorum said during a campaign appearance in Illinois, which on Tuesday holds the next contest in the state-by-state battle for the Republican presidential nomination."

Santorum was saying, rather poorly,

that he's not going to drop out or change his message just because "official figures" for unemployment go down slightly. And he's absolutely right about that. He could have explained himself better, but it's not a bad position to have.

Yet another

taken out-of-context quote. I don't like him either, or Mitt for that matter. But what I also don't like are silly misquotes that misrepresent what was said. We have an obligation to the truth and to defend honesty.

Yes, he and Paul are on the same page here

He was critiquing small-minded Americans and opportunistic politicians for obsessing about short-term problems like the unemployment rate (and I would add gas prices). The country is in a spiritual abyss and on the verge of imploding. The bigger fish need to be fried. Yet, most react to these immediate anxieties.

In 2010 after the midterms, Congress finally seemed to mustering the fortitude to reject another debt ceiling increase, a decision Paul supported. Sure enough, Obama and his media partners appealed to short term anxieties in order to defeat the resistors. It worked. It always works because most people don't look any further than their next bill payment. We need real leadership that enacts fundamental economic reforms.

Santorum is correct. He was trying to inspire people rather than cater to their immediate self-interests. Whether you like Santorum or not, this is the type of leadership we need.

Paul's statement in response to the Paul Ryan recent budget release is also very powerful but it will be demagogued by both the left and the right.

I thought it was common

belief among "libertarians" that the president isn't suppose to run the economy aka worry about unemployment rates? So why are Paul supporting libertarians so ready to jump on the MSN band wagon to attack on this issue when you supposedly hate the MSN.

I find that many of my fellow Paul supporters are hypocrites to the core.

Actually you have it exactly

Actually you have it exactly backwards. It is precisely because libertarians do care about the economy, prosperity, employment, a better world, that they want the government out of the economy. If one did not care about these things, then they would not care whether the government ran the economy.

The way to improve the economy and employment is to stop and reverse the sweeping boundless expansion of “regulations,” licensing, taxation, and control over every minutia of life and commerce. It is because we do care about employment and want greater prosperity, better economy, free commerce, freer lives and a better world that we do not want government to run the economy.

Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.-Sophia Magdalena Scholl

COME ON

Hypocrites to the core? .... that is very harsh. Perhaps a bit opportunistic in this case, but not hypocritical to the core.

Theres a difference between

Theres a difference between not caring and caring but not believing the federal government can or should solve it with laws. I think Ron Paul cares about the unemployment rate. My understanding is that he sees its high rate, expanse, and extended duration as a symptom of long term ills like federal meddling and weak FED currency, among other things. Using his position as President, I'm sure Ron Paul would push for all the removal of these ills as he could get and urge all of us to vote in reinforcements in Congress.

I'll be honest...

I'll be honest... my thoughts were along these lines too when I saw this post. Don't get me wrong, I DO NOT CARE FOR SANTORUM AT ALL!!! However, I will not delve into the sad depths of the opposition by adopting their tactics of 5 second snippits and out-of-context statements. I immediately wondered what the context of the statement was. And you're right, we don't (and shouldn't) believe the president should "run the economy".

Now, whether Santorum is genuine in his statement of the president not running the economy or not... that's an entirely different issue. I personally believe he's trying to spout the "conservative line" of "not running the economy" because he thinks it helps him with conservatives. I believe his record tells a different story. How hypocritical it is to say the president should run the economy, but on the other hand believe he should start wars and tell people what they should do with their personal lives (i.e. run most everything else).

Also, he is likely genuine in saying he doesn't care about the unemployment rate (though he clarified/retracted this statement later on). As has already been pointed out, he is focused on issues more important to him... like bombing Iran. Even those of us that do not believe the president should run the economy care about the employment rate. It is BECAUSE WE CARE that we believe the president SHOULD NOT run the economy. :o)

Anyhow, let's try not to adapt the tactics of the opposition by taking things out of context and posting 5 second snippits of what people say. It drives me nuts when people do it to Ron Paul, so if I follow the Golden Rule -- as Dr. Paul says I should -- I won't do that to other candidates either.

Onward and upward! The movement for Liberty is growing!

correction...

"...should ***not*** run the economy, but on the other hand..."

Sorry! I need to check for errors before posting! :o)

I give you an UP

for that one. :) When I see left wing tactics being used here it makes me a bit sad/angry. And it seems we see them more and more.

EMPLOYMENT GOOD.........FIRE BADDDDD!

Even among libertarians - we prefer that people have jobs. Its better than people not having jobs.

With more libertarian economic policy (basically - government stay out of the way with regulations, and don't tax business out of existance for programs the Constitution makes no allowance for) WE think that employment would go up.

So ANY policy that overtaxes or overregulates would be bad policy.

It has nothing to do with liking the MSM. EVERYBODY (even libertarians) cares about employment - because we want people to be able to support themselves, and not have to have us pay to support them.

Do I need to explain why putting your hand into fire is bad too, whether or not the MSM is for it or against it?