Santorum laughs off ‘Satan has his sights’ on the U.S. remarks

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Radical Rick Santorum is getting hit for his Satan remarks from 2008.

“Satan has his sights set” on the U.S. and “the Father of Lies” is using vice to go after the nation’s great institutions, Santorum told a group of students at Ave Maria University (AMU), a private Catholic university in southwest Florida, on Aug. 29, 2008.

Santorum citied academia, the church, pop culture and politics/government as the first four institutions to fall.

Last night, reporters pressed Santorum on his four-year-old comments:

“Its a joke, its absurd. You know, if a person I‘m a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. 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.”

When asked whether he stands by his 2008 assertion that Satan is attacking the U.S., Santorum replied:

“I’m going to talk about what Americans want to talk about, which is creating jobs, getting our country safer and secure and yeah, taking on the forces around this world who want to do harm to America. You bet I will take ‘em on.”

2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin defended Santorum’s Satan comments on Hannity last night, using the phrase “wee-weed up” to make her point:

“They will attack any conservatives who boldly proclaims 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.  And this was a speech that he gave back in 2008, where he named evil as Satan. And for these lame-stream media characters to get all wee-weed up about that, first you have to ask yourself, have they ever attended a Sunday school class even? Have they never heard of this terminology before?  And that’s why they got so, you know, just whacked out about the speech.”

But New Jersey and Mitt Romney backer Gov. Chris Christie (R) told ABC News the Satan remarks are relevant.

“I think anything you say as a presidential candidate is relevant. It is by definition relevant. You’re asking to be president of the United States. I don’t think [Santorum’s] right about that. 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.”

Ed will have a lot more to say on this tonight at 8pET on msnbc with Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University.

Chris Christie, Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin

Santorum laughs off 'Satan has his sights' on the U.S. remarks

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