Santorum declares that Obama is beholden to 'radical environmentalists'
Candidate says that president practices 'different theology' different from Bible
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made a series of
bold statements that casts U.S. President Barack Obama in a most
unflattering light. Santorum says Obama is beholden to "radical
environmentalists" and has "a world view that elevates the earth above
man." Furthermore, Santorum maintains that Obama practices "a different
theology" that is "not a theology based on the Bible."
Rick Santorum denies that he was attacking Obama's religious faith. 'I've repeatedly said that I believe the president's Christian,' the former Pennsylvania senator said. 'He says he's a Christian, but I am talking about his world view and the way he approaches problems in this country. I think they're different than how most people do in America.'
"I was talking about the radical environmentalists," Santorum says. "That's why I was talking about energy. This idea that man is here to serve the earth, as opposed to husband its resources and being good stewards of the earth, and I think that is a phony ideal."
Santorum appeals to many social conservatives. Staunchly anti-abortion, he is seeking to portray Romney as too moderate to excite core Republican voters and beat Obama in November.
The most recent Gallup poll released found that 36 percent of registered Republicans say they prefer Santorum, while 28 percent back Romney. The poll is a five-day rolling average of support among registered Republicans.
Santorum says that he is the Republican best able to draw a clear contrast with the Democratic president.
"It's about some phony ideal, some phony theology," Santorum said of Obama in Ohio, which holds a Republican primary on March 6. "Not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology."
Robert Gibbs, an Obama campaign adviser and former White House press secretary declared the speech as "destructive" and is undercutting turnout among Republican voters in the party's nomination contest.
"I can't help but think that those remarks are well over the line," Gibbs told television reporters. "It's wrong. It's destructive."
Santorum denies that he was attacking Obama's religious faith. "I've repeatedly said that I believe the president's Christian," the former Pennsylvania senator said. "He says he's a Christian, but I am talking about his world view and the way he approaches problems in this country. I think they're different than how most people do in America."
Santorum also said Obama has "a very bad record on the issue of abortion and children who are disabled in the womb."
He criticized the idea of requiring insurance plans to cover amniocentesis, a prenatal test used to detect fetal maladies.
"A lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions," Santorum said.
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