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Santorum Talks about Iran, Spending, Obamacare, and Why He Decided to Run

9:05 AM, Feb 22, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Just before the start of the holiday weekend, Rick Santorum gave a thoughtful and wide-ranging interview in Michigan.  Over the course of 25 minutes, he discussed Iran (4:05-6:55), saying, “Israel shouldn’t be leading this. This is a national security issue for the United States...we should be leading this.”  He discussed his spending record (8:14-11:31):  “I look at the things that they’re hitting us on, and they’re almost laughable.” He discussed Obamacare (13:33-15:22):  “I don’t think the government should be mandating coverages.”  And when asked what made him decide to run for President (12:20 to 13:33), he answered, 

Rick Santorum

“President Obama . . . Obamacare in particular.  I just see this huge overreach of government . . . not just with the government trampling on people of faith, but the government trampling on your economic rights. . . . This is the future of America unless we get back and say, look, America was a great country not because the government told you what to do.  America’s a great country because we believed in limited government and free people, and building a great and just society from the bottom up, not the top down.”

At one point (14:24-15:22), in response to Santorum’s claim that health insurance shouldn’t cover things that are akin to having car insurance cover oil changes, Kathy Barks Hoffman of the Associated Press asked, “But aren’t there many people who don’t even go get preventative care because they can’t afford that $30 doctor visit, or they can’t afford to go spend $60 on medicine?”

Santorum replied:

“So, you’re making the assumption that people aren’t smart enough to figure out what’s best for them. . . . You figured, well, because insurance doesn’t cover oil changes, people don’t get their oil changed.  Well, as a matter of fact they do, because they figure out that that’s actually good for them in the long term.  And, you know, people will figure out that these are good things for them. . . . And you shouldn’t have government there to force people to cover things and do things that cost everybody more just because there may be some irresponsible people who don’t do what the right thing is. Guess what: There are people who don’t get their oil changes, they end up with higher bills, and they pay the consequences for it.  That’s how America works.”   

Watch the whole thing here.

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