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Santorum: ‘It should be illegal to read off a teleprompter’

By Andrew Jones
Monday, March 12, 2012 11:07 EDT
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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Image via AFP.
 
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In Rick Santorum’s perspective, no presidential candidate should ever be allowed to use a teleprompter on the campaign trail.

The former Pennsylvania senator expressed his unorthodox view in his latest attack of the speech reading device Sunday afternoon, according to CNN. While campaigning at a restaurant in Gulfport, Mississippi, Santorum questioned the authenticity of any candidate using a teleprompter.

“See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter,” he said. “Because all you’re doing is reading someone else’s words to people.”

He added: “You’re voting for someone who is going to be the leader of our government. It’s important for you to understand who that person is in their own words, see them, look them in the eye…hear what’s (in their) heart.”

Santorum not only has been among the Republican critics of President Barack Obama’s usage of teleprompters, but also called out Mitt Romney’s choice to include the device for his speeches.

Santorum has chosen not to use a teleprompter during his speeches.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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