Rick Santorum: Media 'perversion' of Indiana law was rammed 'down the public's throat'

In what is likely a prelude to yet another presidential run, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R) spoke to members of the of the Iowa state legislature, touting his history of anti-gay rhetoric as a sign of his leadership qualities, in video captured by Caffeinated Thoughts.


Speaking to members of the legislature in the state that holds a defining straw poll in the year preceding a presidential election, Santorum defended Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), blaming the "firestorm" of criticism of the anti-gay legislation on the media because "leaders didn't lead."

“I know you all as state legislators have seen what happened in Indiana and Arkansas.  What happened there was the media creating a firestorm and leaders didn’t lead," Santorum said. "I have been through that firestorm.  I can go back 13 years when I was in the United States Senate and stood up and said if the Supreme Court decides a case this way  then all of these bad things are going to start happening and I said we would have same-sex marriage in 10 years.  I was wrong – it was five.”

He continued, "I always say when it comes to religious liberty now or the marriage issue or a whole bunch of other things we are losing these arguments simply because we are not making them.  We’re not making them because we are intimidated from making them.  That’s just a… if that continues then life as we know it, particularly the family, is going to be on a very, very bad track in the world."

Santorum went on to promote himself as the leader the Republican party is looking for because he was  “fighting for the truth and not the perversion that we saw the media try to ram down the public’s throat about what Indiana and Arkansas were doing,” during the RFRA controversy.

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