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article imageSantorum says Obama's agenda is not based on the Bible

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 19, 2012 in Politics
Columbus - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a devout Roman Catholic, has accused President Barack Obama of running an agenda in office on a theology not based on the Bible.
Reuters reports that Santorum, speaking to supporters of the Tea Party movement at a Columbus Hotel, said Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology."
The Wall Street Journal reports that when questioned whether he meant to say that Obama was less than Christian, Santorum said: " “No one’s suggesting that...Obviously we all know in the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity....If the president says he's a Christian, he's a Christian."
Yet Santorum insisted that Obama's "values" are not Christian values and accused him of "...imposing his values on the Christian church." He added: "He can categorize those values anyway he wants. I'm not going to."
According to The Wall Street Journal, Santorum's spokesman Hogan Gidley, in an email message, explained that: “Rick was talking about the President’s belief in the secular theology of government – and how believing that theology is dangerous because government theology teaches that it’s perfectly fine [to] take away our individual God-given rights and freedoms.”
Digital Journal reports Santorum is currently riding the crest of a polls surge, and he is working to present himself to conservative evangelical voters as the best choice in the interest of conservative social values such as contraception, abortion and gay marriage.
Santorum, after his comment that Obama's agenda is not "Bible based," addressed a luncheon of the Ohio Christian Alliance, during which he criticized federal and state involvement in education. He said public schools were like factories of the industrial revolution. Conservatives, since the federal government sponsored policy of desegregation busing in the 1970s, have favored home schooling and have been critical of the public school system.
Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign spokesman, responded to Santorum's statement that Obama's agenda is not Bible based. He said: "This is just the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness, and searing pessimism and negativity - a stark contrast with the President who is focused everyday on creating jobs and restoring economic security for the middle class."
Obama's campaign turns attention to Santorum
Observers have commented that this is the first time Obama's campaign is reacting directly to a statement credited to Santorum in his presidential campaign, and Reuters comments it signals a new regard for Santorum as frontrunner in the Republican presidential nomination race. Obama's campaign had previously concentrated on Mitt Romney.
AP similarly reports that Obama's campaign has "shifted gears in recent days to consider the possibility his GOP opponent will...be Rick Santorum." Obama's campaign officials, according to AP, confirmed they have begun researching on the former Pennsylvania senator's background, looking for weak points of attack. Obama's campaign emailed Obama's supporters in Pennsylvania asking for material that could be used against Santorum.
Obama's Pensylvania campaign director, Bill Hyers, commenting on Santorum's sudden surge, said: "I mean, who'd have guessed?..Here's someone...whose extreme-right social views are as out of touch as they are memorable."
Digital Journal reports Santorum has attacked Mitt Romney on an issue Romney's campaign frequently refers to as one of the major accomplishments of its candidate. Santorum said the former Massachusetts governor's rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics required millions of dollars in earmarks from the federal government, suggesting that Romney benefited from "big government" while portraying himself as an opponent of the same.
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