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

Santorum: Maher, Letterman Trash Backers of Christian Values

Candidate alleges 'double standard' involving leftist comics and Rush Limbaugh.

March 12, 2012

Rick Santorum on Monday joined the conservative counterattack on Bill Maher, accusing the liberal comedian and David Letterman of making unjust attacks on the right while at the same time Rush Limbaugh has received fierce criticism for his recent harsh remarks.

"It's an absolute double standard," Santorum said on Fox News in response to a question from host Sean Hannity. "There wasn't an interview where I wasn't asked about Rush Limbaugh. Folks on the left, Maher or Letterman, they are out there trashing [anyone] who stands up for Christian values."

Conservatives have targeted Maher for what they consider his misogynistic comments about conservative women such as Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell -- and because the comedian has pledged $1 million to the super PAC Priorities USA that is backing President Obama. Hannity played a clip while interviewing Santorum in which Maher said the former Pennsylvania senator home-schools his children because he "wants them locked up in a Christian madrassa, which is the family living room."

 

"Anybody who dares to actually teach their children faith in their home -- all of a sudden if you are instilling faith and teaching God, you are a madrassa," Santorum said. "My 12-year-old will outreason Bill Maher when it comes to understanding how logic works."

Maher and comedians of his ilk, he added, "have absolutely nothing to offer this country."

Santorum did not defend Limbaugh when the talk show host described birth control activist Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and "prostitute." He called those comments "absurd" while adding: "An entertainer can be absurd. He's in a very different business than I am." 

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