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Santorum: Gingrich puts social issues ‘in the back of of the bus’

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday compared his war against reproductive rights and gay rights to the Civil Rights Movement, and attacked Newt Gingrich for putting social issues “in the back of the bus.”

“In terms of social issues [Gingrich] has been married three times, he has two divorces, he’s admitted to infidelity,” ABC’s Christiane Amanpour noted during an interview with Santorum. “Should voters hold that against him?”

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“I think character is definitely an issue,” Santorum opined. “I’ve been married 21 years, I have seven children. That’s a factor that people are going to look at and should look at when it comes to the person you are going to have lead the country.”

“Is he a real conservative with the social values?” Amanpour asked.

“I think that Newt has consistently put those, let’s say, in the back of the bus,” Santorum replied. “He’s never really been an advocate of pushing those issues.”

Earlier this year, Santorum also likened the the fight against abortion rights to African Americans’ struggle for equality. The former Pennsylvania senator pointed to President Barack Obama’s stand on the subject.

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“I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, ‘We’re going to decide who are people and who are not people,'” the candidate told the Christian News Service.

“For decades certain human beings were wrongly treated as property and denied liberty in America because they were not considered persons under the constitution,” Santorum wrote in a message to supporters several days later. “Today other human beings, the unborn of all races, are also wrongly treated as property and denied the right to life for the same reason; because they are not considered persons under the Constitution.”

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Dec. 4, 2011.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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