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Santorum supporter: Obama ‘not president’ and an ‘avowed Muslim’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, January 23, 2012 17:30 EDT
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Rick Santorum in Keene, New Hampshire
 
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At a town hall meeting in Florida, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum failed to repudiate a woman who claimed that President Obama was a Muslim and not legally the President of the United States.

Many of the so-called “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that Obama was born in Kenya in 1961 and that his birth certificate was faked in order to make him eligible for the presidency.

“I never refer to Obama as ‘President Obama’ because legally he is not,” the unidentified woman told Santorum. “He constantly says that our Constitution is passe and he totally ignores it, as you know. He 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 our government? He has no legal right to be calling himself President.”

“Well, yeah, I’m doing my best to get him out of the government,” Santorum responded. “And you’re right about how he uniformly ignores the Constitution. He did this with these appointments, over the quote recess that was not a recess.”

The women interjected: “He says our government is passe, our Constitution.”

“I think I’ve made the case here that I agree with you,” Santorum said. “In the sense that he does things that are against the values and founding principles of our country.”

It is not the first time Santorum has failed to correct his supporters regarding Obama’s birthplace. At a campaign event in South Carolina last week, he ignored comments questioning Obama’s citizenship. He also recently touted the endorsement of WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah, who has promoted birther conspiracies.

Santorum’s response to his supporter’s birther question has been markedly different than former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. When Gingrich was asked about Obama’s eligibility to be president last month, he said there was “every reason to believe he is a citizen of the United States.”

Watch video, clipped by Think Progress, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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