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As election heats up, parties target Santorum, Rosie O'Donnell

Published: Monday September 18, 2006

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As the '06 election nears, Democrats and Republicans alike are searching for easily recognizable figures to target their criticism. As Democrats strike out at embattled Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), whose re-election is largely in doubt, Republicans are focusing their attention on talk show co-host Rosie O'Donnell, RAW STORY has learned.

"Rick Santorum is losing it," a statement from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee begins, "and we’re not just talking about his campaign."

This weekend, Santorum reportedly accosted a Pennsylvania reporter, saying "I have to raise tens of millions of dollars because of the junk you feed the people of Pennsylvania.” Santorum then allegedly used an expletive to describe the reporter's coverage before going on to attack the paper.

A release issued by the DSCC includes retellings of Santorum "tantrums" on KQV radio, the Don Imus radio show, and C-SPAN--where the Senator repeatedly mouthed the word "bitch" during a debate with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

"We are talking to Senator Rick Santorum," Imus began one segment, "who has clearly lost his temper."

Democrats also accuse Santorum of harassing a woman after striking the open door of her taxicab. The alleged harassment, according to Santorum's account quoted in the release, amounted to three phone calls for insurance information.

Republicans, for their part, turned their attention last Friday to TV talker Rosie O'Donnell, for observing on last Wednesday's broadcast of The View that, "as a result of the attack and the killing of 3,000 innocent people, we invaded two countries, and killed innocent people."

"We are bombing innocent people in other countries," she added.

Though the US has never claimed that no civilians were killed during strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan, a release issued by the Republican National Committee targets the statement as a controversial claim.

A more controversial statement is also singled-out by the RNC: O'Donnell's assertion that, "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state."

The RNC also lists eleven Democratic candidates O'Donnell has donated money to this election cycle--including Ned Lamont, whose Republican rival has yet to be endorsed by most well-known Republicans, including President Bush.