RNC Chair stands up for Santorum on his comments about the unemployment rate

posted at 5:35 pm on March 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It was outrageous outrage indeed. By omitting the full context of the quote, Mitt Romney and his camp yesterday were able to make hay of Rick Santorum’s remark that he doesn’t care what the unemployment rate is going to be by election time. Santorum never should have said it, as it’s easy, easy ammunition for Obama. It’s sad, though, that the attack on such a stupid statement come not from Obama, but from a fellow Republican.

Fortunately for both Romney and Santorum, who has taken cheap shots at Romney just as Romney has taken cheap shots at him, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus isn’t losing sight of the forest for the trees. Just as Santorum tried to imply with his ill-advised remark, this election is about something even more foundational than the unemployment rate. It’s about freedom. Priebus backed that up in an appearance on CNN this morning.

“I think that Rick Santorum’s right. I mean, this election is about big things. It’s about liberty and freedom,” said Priebus on CNN’s “Starting Point.” …

Priebus tried to shift the focus away from the Republican hopeful’s gaffe to President Obama’s healthcare legislation, slamming the law for what he said is a failure to decrease health costs or increase access to medical care.

“We’ve got the two-year anniversary of ‘ObamaCare’ that’s coming,” he said. “ObamaCare isn’t what everyone thought it would be and in fact it’s the opposite and it isn’t working and it isn’t improving anything.” …

Priebus told CNN that the presidential election is going to be about “not only what the Department of Labor says the unemployment rate,” but also healthcare, the debt and deficit and the recently released GOP budget plan.

“Those are the big issues that this campaign will be about,” he added. “Some of these things come and go, but I think they can be explained pretty easily when they’re taken one at a time.”

As I’ve written before, the GOP candidates have to always be mindful of the medium: If there’s a camera catching their words, they have to be careful not to utter an easily twistable soundbite. It’s tedious to watch your tongue, but presidential contenders have to do it. Both our frontrunners could stand to improve in that respect.

Perhaps because he’s not under the pressure of running for president, Priebus maintains message discipline for the TV particularly well. In this instance, he showed Rick Santorum how he could better have made his point — and delivered a silent reprimand to Romney for twisting Santorum’s words to the detriment of the GOP at large. Republicans are lucky this guy is on their side.


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Both of them really need to stay on-message. The no. 1 issue by far, and the one that will get them cross-over votes is the economy. Unemployment is still very high and real income has dropped as well. I can’t believe there are any other issues to talk about.

Apologetic California on March 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Perhaps because he’s not under the pressure of running for president, Priebus maintains message discipline for the TV particularly well.

He’s no Joe Biden!

Roy Rogers on March 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

There is nothing rnc can’t defend. i’m quite certain rush bimbo would be giving keynote speech at cpac again next year. just like he did 3 years ago.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

“The economy is not an issue in this election.”

mythicknight on March 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Michael Steele Part. 2

Falz on March 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Now, now 0syndrom, don’t be all hateful. Oh, and capitalize the I and first letters of your sentences would ya? You don’t want folks here thinking you’re dumb, do ya?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

“ObamaCare isn’t what everyone thought it would be…”

Ummmmmm…

… Yes it is.

That’s why we didn’t want it shoved down our throats in the first place…

… Home boy needs to get out of D.C. a little more.

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Priebus backed that up in an appearance on CNN this morning.

Here is another thread that Tina writes of a “CNN”. What is this “CNN”?

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

It’s sad, though, that the attack on such a stupid statement come not from Obama, but from a fellow Republican.
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Good Gawd,Viciousness/overLoad,I do hope this zeal
is carried into the General against Team Hopey The Failure!!

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Man o man the little lady doing that interview hates Santorum. Its obvious.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This election is about big things.

That’s what she said!

lorien1973 on March 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Rick “Porn Police” Santorum said he isn’t concerned about the unemployment rate, which isn’t any surprise since Santorum is probably spending more time obsessing over things like whether his adult next-door neighbor is downloading nudie pics on the internet.

Here, in Santorum’s own words, are some other things the social issues extremist is concerned about:

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does.”

-Rick Santorum defending government bans on private, consensual homosexual activity between adults.

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. [Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen…This is special and it needs to be seen as special.”

-Rick Santorum

“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have.”

-Anti-birth control Rick Santorum, happily asserting that states can ban birth control

“The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.”

-Rick Santorum

Santorum Quote:

“This idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do,” Santorum complained to NPR in 2006, “that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues … that is not how traditional conservatives view the world.”

“America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography.”

-Rick Santorum, wanting to crack down on distribution of porn viewed by adults.

“Every single speech I say that the issue in this race is not the economy.”

- Rick Santorum, March 19, 2012

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Michael Steele Part. 2

Falz on March 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I have to disagree with that. Priebus is much better than Michael Steele.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

So it turns out Santorum is the establishment guy…

Swerve22 on March 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

You forgot the disclaimer: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.”

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Where was this guy when the lib media was hammering Mittens for his “not concerned about rich or poor, focus is going to be on the Middle Class“…. where’s was the love then?

FlaMurph on March 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Priebus maintains message discipline for the TV particularly well.

I’m sorry, but did watch the same thing I did? For the most part Priebus response was a rambling mess, topped only by his monotone voice that damn near put me to sleep.

lowandslow on March 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Where was this guy when the lib media was hammering Mittens for his “not concerned about rich or poor, focus is going to be on the Middle Class“…. where’s was the love then?

FlaMurph on March 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Maybe Priebus thinks that Romney isn’t really a Republican.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Glad you showed up. You had asked me many moons ago to look over the ads being done for Rmoneys campaign. Wanted to get your take on this one Allah posted a bit ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bxch-yi14BE

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Santorum said something incredibly stupid and he got what he should have gotten for making such a statement. He is in the midst of a PRIMARY and so it is appropriate that the rebuke for that statement should come from his opponent.

Just as Santorum would have nailed Romney for saying anything as ridiculously tone deaf as that…. Romney nailed Santorum.

Rest assured that Romney won’t hesitate to nail Obama with alacrity over all of the many stupid things that Obama has said and will be saying during the general.

It amazes me how many on this forum have expressed concern that Romney wasn’t hard hitting enough and yet, now that he’s hit the candidate that many of you support, suddenly its considered ‘inappropriate’. I see a great deal of ado about this one singular statement from Romney when Santorum has already been guilty of several that were ‘cheap shots’, as Tina pointed out, however I didn’t see any great fervor over THOSE remarks.

thatsafactjack on March 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Michael Steele Part. 2

Falz on March 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What is with this idiot leading the RNC? it looks as if the want to lose the 2012 elections, I guess the tea party will have to evict those who want to lose.

grapeknutz on March 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

And so the “establishment” speaks…..I always news Santorum was the establishment candidate…now it is confirmed for me.

oceansidecon on March 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Maybe Priebus thinks that Romney isn’t really a Republican.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

or “too weak” of a front runner ! – LOL

FlaMurph on March 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Crush much, Tina?

These pro-Santorum threads are pathetic.

That’s what you get when you hire an intern because of a decent headshot.

Maybe Ed should focus less on his “radio show” and more on his day jog. And how long until AllahPundit jumps ship from this Titanic blog.

Michelle got out at the perfect time.

Metal Head on March 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

So it turns out Santorum is the establishment guy…

Swerve22 on March 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

No, I think Priebus’ refusal to pile on and do Mitt’s bidding shows he MUST be an O-bot.

ddrintn on March 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

The RNC is clueless and impotent. They have no idea how to bang the drum on an issue – any issue or respond to a heinous attack from the Ds. It’s time we replace the establishment Rs and start from scratch with people who will fight to the death to get this country back on track.

jb34461 on March 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

ahae will beat that RINO Romney!

EnochCain on March 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM

It IS the economy…stupid!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Now, now 0syndrom, don’t be all hateful. Oh, and capitalize the I and first letters of your sentences would ya? You don’t want folks here thinking you’re dumb, do ya?

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Does the zero in his/her spelling of Bammie’s name mean agreement that Bammie is a zero?

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

You forgot the disclaimer: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message.”

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yup I am sure Mitt disagrees with every word.

Course today he will agree, disagree, then agree again.

Delegate count important, not important, very important, no not important all in same day. “Romney”

Steveangell on March 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

It was outrageous outrage indeed. By omitting the full context of the quote, Mitt Romney and his camp yesterday were able to make hay of Rick Santorum’s remark that he doesn’t care what the unemployment rate is going to be by election time.

Oh please, Tina! You’re one to talk, after your ludicrous non-gotcha gotcha when Mitt stated as a matter of indisputable fact that Presidents can’t precisely set gas prices. You really should have updated that thread but you didn’t and now it’s going to haunt you for a long time.

But back to Santorum, in or out of context, it made no difference. Moreover, the “freedom” argument falls flat coming from his lips, what with some of his prior statements about the right of government to intrude in the bedrooms of married heterosexual couples and stuff. And all his populist whining about money and Wall Street, as well as his past opposition to Right to Work legislation is a bit contradictory for someone who claims it’s all about freedom. So yeah, this election is about Big Issues but Santorum is not making that argument in any way close to effectively.

It’s sad, though, that the attack on such a stupid statement come not from Obama, but from a fellow Republican.

Okay, fine. How about we reject those who encourage a brokered convention, and get this primary over with so we can focus on Obama?

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Crush much, Tina?

These pro-Santorum threads are pathetic.

That’s what you get when you hire an intern because of a decent headshot.

Maybe Ed should focus less on his “radio show” and more on his day jog. And how long until AllahPundit jumps ship from this Titanic blog.

Michelle got out at the perfect time.

Metal Head on March 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Romney isn’t the only candidate in the field. Therefore the others deserve coverage too.

Bluray on March 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Priebus should have asked O’Brien if she had figured out the meaning of Critical Race Theory.

Tater Salad on March 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

It IS the economy…stupid!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Show me the quote where Mitt says he will drastically cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. All which would have to be drastically cut to balance the budget and save the economy.

No the economy will lose this election because no one will touch entitlements in a real way.

But how could Mitt win anyway. There simply is no real Mitt

Steveangell on March 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Crush much, Tina?

These pro-Santorum threads are pathetic.

That’s what you get when you hire an intern because of a decent headshot.

Maybe Ed should focus less on his “radio show” and more on his day jog. And how long until AllahPundit jumps ship from this Titanic blog.

Michelle got out at the perfect time.

Metal Head on March 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I would like to see more bloggers on this site with a wider range of perspectives and opinions. People such as BuyDanish, War Planner (or others who are obviously very sharp and know a lot) would be good additions. Sometimes I learn more from reading the comments than I do from reading the main blog posts.

I just read Tina Korbe’s Kirk Cameron post, where she defends the idea that homosexuals are a threat to human existence. Those kinds of embarrassing posts actually made me feel embarrassed for HotAir.

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Okay, fine. How about we reject those who encourage a brokered convention, and get this primary over with so we can focus on Obama?

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Spoken like a true communist.

To heck with the people just make Mitt the nominee.

Wondered if he was of that thinking guess I know now.

Steveangell on March 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I’m just glad we finally found someone to hold Santorum’s hand and to attempt to translate from Santospeak to something remotely resembling English.

whatcat on March 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I just read Tina Korbe’s Kirk Cameron post, where she defends the idea that homosexuals are a threat to human existence. Those kinds of embarrassing posts actually made me feel embarrassed for HotAir.

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Just ask anyone in Sodom or Gomorah.

Wait you can’t God killed all of them for Sodomy. Guess maybe it really could mean the end of the world.

You can change the law of the land. You can not change Gods laws. He only authorizes sex between a man and his lawfully wed wife. Many of us believe the time is near when he will indeed punish the wicked like he did in the bible. We are not afraid of the Godless children of Baal.

Steveangell on March 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Steveangell on March 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Spoken like a true communist.

Yes! Brokered conventions were like #9 on the list of important items in the Communist Manifesto!/

Wondered if he was of that thinking guess I know now.

Huh? If only I wasn’t a Communist that might make sense!

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Those kinds of embarrassing posts actually made me feel embarrassed for HotAir.

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU to prove just how embarrassed you really are.

listens2glenn on March 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Obama is 0

0bamaderangementsyndrom is 0syndrom as in his/her syndrome is caused by 0. Typical lib took a long winded name and misspelled it. ; ) Oh and because its a troll.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I just read Tina Korbe’s Kirk Cameron post, where she defends the idea that homosexuals are a threat to human existence. Those kinds of embarrassing posts actually made me feel embarrassed for HotAir.

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Not to bright are you? Since you have intentionally not responded to my request posted to you above. I know know one of your other negative traits. Thanks.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Okay, fine. How about we reject those who encourage a brokered convention, and get this primary over with so we can focus on Obama?

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Sure. All Romney has to do is get the required number of delegates and away we go. Meanwhile, you and your plastic studmuffin are free to focus on Obama all you like.

ddrintn on March 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Huh? If only I wasn’t a Communist that might make sense!

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Sorry that was meant as sarcasm. I even put sar after it but it did not come out.

The process is what it is and should be followed. Mitt has not won this because he can not garner enough support to do so. That is simply a fact. He is a horrible candidate so far another fact. If there is a brokered convention it is his and his fault alone. McCain proved he was a horrible candidate but got more support than Mitt has in most states. We changed the rules to not be locked into another McCain. Well Mitt is exactly what the rules sought to stop and the rules are working. Mitt is a horrible candidate no whining will ever change that. He changes positions in as quickly as four hours (delegates are important or not) twice. He supposedly changed from a self proclaimed “liberal moderate to the left of Kennedy” to a “conservative Republican” in 2005 but in 2009 was championing Obama Care and in 2012 still loves his version of it. His son feels Obama is doing a great job.

Santorum can win Obama can NOT. Santorum is even now doing better in battleground states than Mitt and those are the ones that matter.

Steveangell on March 20, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Sure. All Romney has to do is get the required number of delegates and away we go. Meanwhile, you and your plastic studmuffin are free to focus on Obama all you like.
ddrintn on March 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

At some point fairly soon, before Tampa, it should be patently clear that Santorum cannot win under any circumstances. At that point, as a patriot, he should step aside so we can focus on getting the Marxist out of the White House. Time for you and your comrades to put your petty revenge scenarios aside and focus on saving this country.

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM