Santorum Walks Back ‘Vote For Obama’ Comment

Not surprisingly, Rick Santorum’s comments yesterday in Texas have resulted in the campaign walking the statement back:

Rick Santorum on Friday said he would never vote for President Barack Obama after he made controversial remarks Thursday suggesting the president’s re-election might be better than electing GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, who he said does not represent a clear contrast.

“I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican and to suggest otherwise is preposterous,” Santourm said in a statement. “I was simply making the point that there is a huge enthusiasm gap around Mitt Romney and it’s easy to see why – Romney has sided with Obama on healthcare mandates, cap-and-trade, and the Wall Street bailouts.”

Santorum’s comments followed those from his Press Secretary Alice Stewart, who compared the visions of Romney and Obama and said Santorum would back the eventual GOP nominee.

“What we need in order for the GOP to win is we need to have a choice. We need to see a clear vision that is different from what we currently have,” Stewart said Friday on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “And with Mitt Romney it’s the same vision, and it’s one that’s not the right direction for this country. And he was worried that voters would have that feeling.”

Like Bryan Preston, I’m not sure that these statements completely address what Santorum said yesterday, but it is what it is. More importantly, though, walking back the statement doesn’t address the fact that Santorum’s campaign is for all purposes dead.

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Comments

  1. al-Ameda says:

    Santorum’s remarks go to temperament, and clearly, he does not
    have the right stuff to be president. He comes off as the guy who
    plays the game, loses, and blames everyone else for the loss.

  2. LeftyLucy007 says:

    Does anybody have a tally of how many times the GOP hopefuls have had to walk back the crazy talk and outright lies? I know gaffes happen but I cannot remember that this was so prevalent in the last primary/presidential election.

  3. Hey Norm says:

    Good luck…that sound bite will be in all kinds of ads. Not as bad as the Goodle Santorum problem. But a problem he is powerless to walk back.

  4. legion says:

    walking back the statement doesn’t address the fact that Santorum’s campaign is for all purposes dead.

    Well, any potential campaign for Romney’s VP slot is certainly dead…

  5. deathcar2000 says:

    Now who’s the flip flopper. . . Hmmmm, vote for Obama, don’t vote for Obama. I can no longer keep up with these changing positions. These clowns are a gift that seems endless.

  6. anjin-san says:

    Santorum seems to have his own Etch-A-Sketch…

  7. I’m reminded of the one episode of South Park where Cartman is pretending to have Touret’s Syndrome, and over the course of the episode gets so used to saying whatever he wants that he eventually begins saying everything that enters his mind whether wants to or not.

    The GOP has kinda gotten into the same problem… they’re so used to saying whatever over the top rhetoric they like that they’ve completely lost the ability to keep things to themselves, even when it’s in their best interests to do so.