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June 26, 2013 - 9:32 am

In a wide-ranging interview with Andrea Tantaros today, former Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum blasted the US Supreme Court for striking the Defense of Marriage Act down.

“I’m incredibly disappointed that the Supreme Court would continue a pattern of stepping in and making decisions that were very clearly left for the public and the Congress to make,” Santorum said. “The Founding Fathers established a country that said that the people are the one who get to make these decisions. Not five unelected people on the Supreme Court. And the federal government has a right in my mind to define what marriage is. Just like every state has a right to determine and define what marriage is. That these are not decisions that were to be implemented by the court. They’re to be handled by the collective will of the American public, that’s how our republic functions. And, when the Supreme Court steps in and says ‘No, we’re the ones who know best how to decide these things,’ I think it’s a real problematic issue in our society. And whether you’re on the left or on the right, the idea that a court should have the power to take this power away and freedom away from the American pubic to make these decisions to me is very, very disconcerting.”

When Tantaros turned the subject to the Senate immigration bill, Santorum warned that supporting it now could have consequences later for those Republicans who back the bill.

“Do you think that Marco Rubio has maybe ruined his chances to run for president with this immigration bill?” Tantaros asked. Santorum replied that many issues and candidates will come and go between now and 2016. Tantaros asked again, what impact may supporting the immigration bill have on 2016?

“The issue of immigration and respecting the rule of law in this country is a very, very important thing for Republican voters across the country,” Santorum said. “The idea that there are Republicans in Washington, D.C. who are going to say ‘Well, you know, the rule of law isn’t that important, the idea that we have people coming into this country illegally and we’re gonna basically treat them the same as people who came here legally’ is just not going to go over well in a Republican primary. I certainly respect senators from states with different opinions on that but I think there’s going to be certainly consequences for folks who don’t understand the importance of the respect for the rule of law that Republicans have.”

Santorum is currently CEO of EchoLight Studios, a film company that seeks to promote faith-based entertainment. But he told Tantaros that he is “certainly open” to running for president again.

Listen to the entire interview here.

The Andrea Tantaros Show is produced by the Fox and Rice Experience for Talk Radio Network.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I don't know what kind of president Santorum would make. Maybe a fine one. But he makes a lousy candidate.
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"And the federal government has a right in my mind to define what marriage is. Just like every state has a right to determine and define what marriage is."

Does he not realize that he's contradicting himself in the space of one sentence? The Feds and the States can't both define what marriage is, one entity or the other has to have the last word.
1 year ago
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Santorum contradicts himself routinely.
It's blah blah blah Rule of Law! and then when the Supreme Court exercises its lawful power, he has a problem with that.
1 year ago
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He can blast it all he wants to, but it was the only option for those who support the Constitution. The "full faith and credence" clause is pretty clear, and it's clearly directed at just this issue - marriage. (Among other things.)

Getting DOMA passed was a tragic squandering of political capital and resources. There was never any chance it would stand.

We should have put our efforts at that time into an Amendment. It would have been an uphill battle, but at least it would have had a small chance of success.


With DOMA, when the first state legalized homosexual marriage it was GAME OVER. The fat lady had sung, but some pretended not to hear.

Now, the first state to legalize polygamy will decide the issue for the nation.

Likewise the first state to legalize marrying animals, children, etc.

The floodgates are wide open, thanks to those who thought a federal law could trump the plain language of the Constitution.



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"The floodgates are wide open, thanks to those who thought a federal law could trump the plain language of the Constitution."

Wrong. The floodgates aren't open at the state level because a federal law was struck down. They are open, because people in our country have lost their moral compass. In this particular instance the impact is being felt in individual states, with consequences for the entire country. In other instances the failure is being shown at the federal level.

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