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Santorum whacks Obama SOTU, Romney on health care

AP

Former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Santorum commented on President Obama's State of the Union address during an interview with a Des Moines radio station.


Likely presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) dismissed President Obama’s State of the Union address as “a speech of platitudes with very little substance.”

"I thought it was a speech of platitudes with very little substance,” Santorum said on Newsradio 1040 WHO in Des Moines, IA. “You know, he talked about, we're going to be pro-business and the only concrete thing that I saw there about business was raising taxes on job creators, by increasing the top rate. He said they want to do something about spending, and he spent the first half of his speech talking about more spending."

Obama did, however, also talk about cutting the corporate tax rate.

When asked a question about the constitutionality of health care reform, Santorum took the opportunity to hit a possible Republican opponent.

"When Mitt Romney gets up and says ‘RomneyCare’ is OK and Constitutional, he's right -- under Massachusetts [law],” Santorum said. “Massachusetts can require you to buy health insurance, auto insurance, to buy whatever they believe is in the best interest for the people to do, and it's bankrupting Massachusetts.”

Santorum also addressed his comments to Christian News Service where, when referring to President Obama’s pro-choice stance on abortion, he said, "I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'We're going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"

Today, he said he welcomes "this battle. I'm not someone who backs down from a fight when you know you're right. In this case, what I said was dead on, and I believe it. I'm glad that we're having this debate. It's a debate we need to have in America."