View Poll Results: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

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  • Yes, he had no reason to correct the woman

    12 41.38%
  • No, he should have stood up and stated Obama is not a muslim

    14 48.28%
  • No, He did not need to correct, but he should have handled the question differently

    3 10.34%
  • Obama is a Muslim

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    Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    Santorum ignores charge Obama is a Muslim – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

    "I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not," the woman in the audience began. "He constantly says that our constitution is passť, and he ignores it as you know and does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim and my question is, why isn't something being done to get him out of government? He has no legal right to be calling himself president."

    Rather than disagreeing with the questioner or correcting her assertion by reminding her that President Obama is in fact a Christian, Santorum entirely ignored the more controversial parts of her question.


    "Well look, I'm doing my best to get him out of the government right now," Santorum said. "And you're right about how he uniformly ignores the constitution. He did this with these appointments over the recess that was not a recess, and if I was in the United States Senate I would be drawing the line."
    Now, the pundits I am seeing are making a big deal of the fact that Santorum did not correct the woman. Do you think he should have corrected the woman in the audience, do you think he handled it correctly?

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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    While I'm not a Santorum fan by any stretch of the imagination, I will give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

    All the candidates expect this kind of rhetoric to come from supporters, and I think by their staffs they've all been advised to side step people like this as best they can, you can clearly see by his body language as she began her muslim tirade he was clearly concerned given all the cameras there, and I think he just went with the "ignore it" option which obviously to some pundits didn't work in his favour but honestly I'm more concerned about all the people that clapped at her muslim accusation then Santorum side stepping her.

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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    I voted that he should have corrected her, but not because I expect any candidate from either side to do so. And it can be very difficult to do while trying to win the bloody contest. So, no, I don't think it will ever happen, at least not often. But leaders lead, and just as I told Grassly when he didn't correct the death panel nonsense, I can't follow someone who won't lead. I would like to see more standing up to their nutters on both sides.

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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    I think I'd have handled it similarly if I were him. Trying to correct her delusions would have created a larger issue and distracted from the rest of the event. "Look, I agree that Obama doesn't respect the constitution on the basis of how he's manipulated and bent the rules to reach his goals. That's why I'm trying to run against him, and I need your vote to do it. Okay...next question?"

    I don't see any other way to get out of that situation without pissing SOMEBODY off in such a manner that you drop like a stone in the polls...and he can ill afford a drop.
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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    He could have handled it like McCain did. Just saying.

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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    It's not his job to defend Obama, any more than it is Obama's to deny on behalf of GOP candidates that they are greedy and cold-hearted. (Not the best analogy since that seems to be his actual position, but you get what I mean.)

    And Santorum did distance himself from the questioner's preface

    And you're right about how he uniformly ignores the constitution.
    which tacitly says, "you're incorrect about the other stuff."
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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    He could have handled it like McCain did. Just saying.

    You know what I find funny about that clip though? With the full knowledge that what I'm about to say is not what McCain thinks.

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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    You know what I find funny about that clip though? With the full knowledge that what I'm about to say is not what McCain thinks.

    "He's an Arab".

    "No Mam, he's a decent man".

    Yeah, I took note of that at the time and just now when I found it. I know what he was trying to say, and it was very good of him to address it directly.
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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Santorum ignores charge Obama is a Muslim – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

    Now, the pundits I am seeing are making a big deal of the fact that Santorum did not correct the woman. Do you think he should have corrected the woman in the audience, do you think he handled it correctly?

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    Well, it's certainly no big deal, but if he'd have thought fast enough, he might have corrected her at least on her first point that legally he's not the president of the United States. I think he did the right thing overall, though. Idiocy rarely needs exposure when one has a microphone in one's hand.
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    Re: Did Santorum Handle This Right?

    On one hand, tv cameras are there and people could use it against him if he didn't respond directly. Then on the other, you could ignore it and stay on message. He mostly took the second approach while slightly distancing himself from the woman's positions. It was unlikely that anyone will remember much of this in a month, so some of the outrage delivered by pundits is short-sighted.
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