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Senator Rick Santorum thinks Senator Clinton’s comments today about her husband would have stopped 9/11 is disgusting.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
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HH: Joined now by United States Senator Rick Santorum from the great Keystone State of Pennsylvania. Senator Santorum, always a pleasure. www.ricksantorum.com. Senator, you’ve just come from the White House. Did the National Intelligence Estimate come up?

RS: It came up, and the President was, can I say, hot under the collar was probably a mild way of putting it. I think he’s just really incensed at the politicization of the left, the Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid wing of the Democratic Party just deliberately trying to undermine our security by politicizing…now, again, intelligence. We don’t know how this information leaked to the New York Times. We can only suspect. But the bottom line is, to take a piece of an NIE, and turn it into a political document as they have done, is really reprehensible. And I think if you look at the three and a half, four pages that are out there, I think it shows a much more balanced approach. Look, these folks have been recruiting terrorists off of a variety of things, whether they’re recruiting terrorists off of our non-response to the first World Trade Center bombing, or the other events that have led up to it, or the publishing of cartoons in a Dutch newspapers, or a whole variety of things that exacerbate or offend the sensibilities of some people in the Islamic world. It’s not the point. The point is that these folks are a serious threat, and we’d better start taking them seriously, and quit playing silly, political games, which is what the Democrats are doing.

HH: Now Senator Santorum, it begins, this declassified document, which was being manipulated, and actually misrepresented by the New York Times and others on the left…

RS: Yeah.

HH: It begins, United States-led counter-terrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al Qaeda, and disrupted its operations. In other words…

RS: You didn’t hear that reported, Hugh, did you?

HH: No.

RS: That wasn’t reported in the New York Times, oddly enough.

HH: Well, they are once again emerging as fanatical or chumps, one or the other. They got played by intelligence agency operatives hostile to the Bush administration, or they’re fanatics who will lie and distort to help hurt the Bush administration and its Congressional allies. My question is, how widely distributed will this be? And will the message get out that in fact, the Bush administration strategy is the winning one?

RS: Well, it is the winning strategy, but look. It’s going to be as widely distributed as the media will distribute it. And of course, that’s the issue here. There is no question that the mainstream media is trying to exact a price against this administration, and is cooperating with the Democrats to try to help them in the next election. I mean, I see it in spades in my race in the United States Senate. For example, yesterday, I had two debates scheduled, one with Leslie Stahl, where she did a debate with me and my opponent who didn’t show up, and the gubernatorial candidates, both of whom who did. And there wasn’t a single article anywhere in a paper, a major paper in the state that reported that my opponent didn’t show up, and they didn’t even cover the thing. So I mean, it’s just amazing the complicity of the press, with the attempt by the Democrats to seize control, and that a selective use of intelligence that is politicizing everything that goes on in this war, and not focus in on the fact that we are fighting an enemy that I believe is the most serious enemy that this country has ever faced. And we are not taking it seriously.

HH: I can’t say I’m surprised that a cut and run candidate wants to join a cut and run caucus. But is he being perceived as such in Pennsylvania?

RS: You know, I think…the bottom line is that this race is being perceived as a race around the Bush national security plan. My opponent runs 98% of the time that I vote with George Bush. The entire Democratic team runs the idea that Rick Santorum is in lock-step with the President on the issue of the war. And the war in Iraq is not popular. But if we look at it through the eyes that the war in Iraq, which is the reality, is a front on the war against Islamic fascism, and the terrorists that it breeds, then there’s a completely different point of view. But that’s not the point of view that is being driven by the mainstream media.

HH: You are the number one target of the Democrats, Senator Santorum, and I know they’re pouring in a gazillion dollars from every which way. You and Mike DeWine are getting hit with this tsunami of outside money.

RS: Right.

HH: Are the resources there for you to battle back? Philly’s an expensive market, Pittsburgh’s not far behind.

RS: We’re doing…well, look. We can always use more money. You gave my website, Ricksantorum.com. And obviously, any contribution would be helpful. Look, this is the biggest Senate race in the country. There is no race that is going to reflect more as to the future direction of this country, or is going to be perceived by the media…we’ve actually, believe it or not, not just in this country, but internationally. We’ve already gotten two calls…we’ve got two volunteers coming over from Great Britain. Believe it or not, we’ve got now 14 volunteers coming over from Great Britain who want to spend the week before the election to come and campaign, because they recognize how serious this is, and they don’t want to lose this race, because they realize the implications of what it means against our ability to fight these Islamic fascists. You know, I really do believe, Hugh, it happens so often in history. When you’re living it, you don’t recognize the gravity of the times in which you live. I really do believe that we are in such a time, and that your children and grandchildren will look back and say wait a minute. Why didn’t these guys get this? What were you doing, Dad, or Granddad, or Grandma? What were you doing? What side were you on? Were you with the people who didn’t recognize this threat, who had their head in the sand, who were the appeasers, who were the cut and run folks? Or did you stand up and recognize the threat before you, and have the courage to be against the popular media, and the popular opinion polls, and stand for what was right?

HH: Senator Santorum, today, your colleague, Senator Clinton, came out and suggested that if her husband had been president, and they’d received the warnings that the Bush administration received, that they would have stopped 9/11. This is the level to which this campaign has already sunk, five weeks ahead. Any response to Senator Clinton? And do you expect this sort of disinformation campaign to continue?

RS: There’s only one word for that, and it’s disgusting. It’s absolutely disgusting. From someone who for years, saw warning after warning of terrorist threats, warning after warning of an increasing presence, that was going to attack this country, and ignored it, and went to war in Bosnia instead of fighting…which had no national security implications for this country, instead of facing up to the asymmetric threat that we were talking about on the Armed Services Committee for years and years, asymmetric meaning atypical threats. And they ignored them, and for her to say that, again, is…and for her to get credibility by the mainstream media for saying it just tells you how far gone we really are.

HH: Senator Rick Santorum, thanks. Ricksantorum.com, America.

End of interview.

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