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article imagePres. candidate Rick Santorum: 'Satan has his sights' on the U.S.

By Andrew Moran     Feb 22, 2012 in Politics
Phoenix - Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in hot water this week after a speech he delivered four years ago surfaced. In his remarks, Santorum said, “Satan has his sights set on America" and "Satan is attacking the great institutions of America."
Is Satan focusing his attacks on the United States? Well, former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate believes so, at least according to a speech he delivered four years ago at a university.
The Drudge Report originally discovered the audio. Santorum, speaking at the Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008, warned that Satan is setting his sights on the U.S., attacking its institutions and government and politics are falling to Satan.
“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition,” said Santorum, who has soared to the top of the polls ahead of Wednesday night’s CNN debate.
“This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?"
Reporters pressed Santorum on his four-year-old comments and the former senator defended them by saying it was just a joke, according to Politico. When asked if he still believes Satan is attacking the U.S., he replied that the media is not asking relevant questions to the campaign. Instead, he will talk about issues Americans want to talk about.
“It’s a joke, it’s absurd. You know, if a person I‘m a person of faith. I believe in good and evil,” responded Santorum. “I think if somehow or another because you’re a person of faith you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we’re going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president."
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, said in an interview with ABC News that Santorum’s statements are “relevant” to the presidential race.
“It is by definition relevant. You’re asking to be president of the United States. I don’t think (Santorum’s) right about that,” said Christie, who was believed to be a presidential candidate last year. “I think it is relevant what he says. I think people want to make an evaluation, a complete evaluation of anyone who asks to sit in the Oval Office.”
Meanwhile, former Alaskan Governor and candidate for the 2008 vice presidency Sarah Palin defend Santorum’s remarks. Palin, who was also considered to be a presidential candidate, stated that the “lame-stream” are getting “wee-weed” up about his remarks.
“They will attack any conservatives who boldly proclaim their faith and talks about there is good in the world and there's evil in the world and that's what Rick Santorum was talking about,” said Palin in an interview with Fox News.
“I gave a speech back in 2008 where I asked college and high school students if they would pray for our troops and pray for our efforts overseas in war zones and they ran that tape over and over again in the Vice Presidential race trying to make me sound like a whacko talking about good and evil in our world.”
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