Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Paul: Santorum Should Emphasize Liberty, Not Religion Paul: Santorum Should Emphasize Liberty, Not Religion

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Paul: Santorum Should Emphasize Liberty, Not Religion

Congressman says his campaign message resonates with all faiths.

photo of Lindsey Boerma
March 5, 2012

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Ron Paul suggested on Monday that personal religion is too large a part of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign message, and said his own message appeals to people of all faiths.

Asked by a voter during a town hall session at the Bonner County Fairgrounds here why an evangelical Christian would vote for Paul, the Texas congressman told the crowd of about 1,000: “The same reason everybody else should vote for liberty.”

Based on that answer, reporters asked Paul after the event whether he believes Santorum, known for his religiously motivated social-conservative stands, relies too heavily on his faith to carry his message.

 

“Well, I think so,” Paul said, “because I would think that, you know, [other candidates] think that you have to have a special-interest group; how do you satisfy this special-interest group? And then you have to do it at the expense of the other special-interest group. And my answer, which I tried to point out, is freedom shouldn’t be that way.

“If you’re evangelical Christian, you should welcome liberty just like a Catholic or a Jew or a Mormon or anybody else, because it’s the same principle,” he continued. “It shouldn’t be something special or different.”

Heading into Super Tuesday, which he will spend campaigning in Idaho and North Dakota, Paul said he expects to be able to sustain his presidential bid despite not having won a primary state because he’s managed to avoid the roller-coaster poll numbers of some of his rivals. He added that he has “a very good chance” of winning Idaho.

He also suggested that the former Pennsylvania senator’s moment in the sun could be almost up.

“I just have to keep going, and that’s one thing I have done,” he said. “The other candidates you’ve seen, they come on the scenes, they blip up, they’re in the lead, and then they crash. And a bunch of them have done that. And I think it looks like Newt [Gingrich] has done it maybe twice, and I think that can certainly happen to Santorum. In contrast, we have steady growth.”

 

More The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field
Job Board
Search Jobs
Intern - 6 months - Computational Fluid Dynamics
American Society of Civil Engineers | MD
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Structural Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | New Haven, CT
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
American Society of Civil Engineers | Bedford, MA
Mid-Level – Electrical Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Warner Robins, GA
Engineer, Development Sr. (Application/Software Development) -Vernon Hills, IL
American Society of Civil Engineers | Vernon Hills, IL
Engineering Field Technicians
American Society of Civil Engineers | Campbell Hall, NY
CAD Technician
American Society of Civil Engineers | Warner Robins, GA
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Architectural Engineer / Technology Consultant Top Pay!
American Society of Civil Engineers | New York, NY
Quality Assurance Director/Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chantilly, VA
Assistant Project Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers | Yonkers, NY
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus