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Rick Santorum on Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Iran

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum appeared on yesterday’s radio show and previewed what he will be saying to Rick Perry next week in Simi Valley.

We also discussed (and I applauded) Santorum’s rebuke in the last debate to Ron Paul’s wacky isolationism which has no part in the GOP and which ought to get him booted from every stage on which serious Republican presidential candidates appear:

HH: What are you going to say to Rick Perry on stage next week?

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RS: Welcome to the race, and now he’s got to go through what ever other candidate for president is going through, which is, you know, to be grilled on his record, and let’s find out what he actually believes in, and just as importantly, why he believes it. And I think obviously you can look at his record, and see what he’s actually done. And I think people are beginning to examine that now, and they certainly will during the debate.

HH: Do you think your record compares favorably with his when it comes to conservative values and governing?

RS: I think I blow him away, to be very honest with you. I mean, look, I think we’ve got the most conservative record of accomplishment in this race, and that’s why I’m staying in the race, and that’s why I believe we’re going to win this race. If you look at all the issues, from national security to moral/cultural, to economic and fiscal, I’ve been a Reagan pro-growth Republican, never voted for a tax increase. I’ve been someone who has stood up and reformed entitlement programs like welfare, which I was the author of. I’ve been a strong supporter of the state of Israel, and a strong national defense…I served on the Armed Services Committee and passed two major pieces of legislation on foreign policy. And as you know, there’s nobody who’s been more of a leader on the family and life issue than I am. So I’ll put my record up against anybody.

HH: And you’ve won a blue state twice in statewide elections. Rick Santorum, I was in Israel during the last debate, and I read and I was grateful for, and want to thank you for your taking on Ron Paul and this abhorrent, isolationist, head in the sand, simply not Reagan or Republican at all foreign policy nuttery that he espouses. And I hope you do it again.

RS: I’ll take him on, because you heard crickets from the other candidates, is because the other candidates don’t have any experience in that area, and they don’t understand the area as well as I do. You know, he was talking about Iran. I passed, I authored and helped pass the Iran Freedom Support Act, which said back in 2004 that Iran was still developing a nuclear program, even though we had some of our intelligence community saying that wasn’t the case, and that Iran had designs on developing that nuclear weapon to dominate the region, and eventually push Israel into the sea. That’s what I believe. I still believe it today. And we have a president who’s doing nothing about it, and we have a member running, a person running for president in our party who agrees with him.

We discussed a few other subjects as well, and the complete transcript is here. To support Rick’s campaign go to RickSantorum.com.

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