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Bush has 'confidence' in Santorum

Posted By Les Kinsolving On 04/25/2003 @ 5:00 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled

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At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer about President Bush’s opinion of Sen. Rick Santorum following the senator’s declaration about a pending Supreme Court sodomy case.

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,” Santorum told AP this week.


WND: Ari, both Sen. Frist and Sen. Specter have publicly supported Sen. Santorum. And my question: Does the president believe they were wrong to do so, because while governor of Texas he never tried to get that state’s sodomy law repealed?

FLEISCHER: As I said this morning, Lester, the president has confidence in Sen. Santorum, both as a senator, as a member of the Senate leadership.

Jesus (the next reporter).

WND: Wait a minute, I have one follow-up.

FLEISCHER: Go ahead.

WND: The Culture and Family Institute estimates that 30 to 40 percent of Americans are evangelical Christians, and these plus loyal Catholics and conservative and orthodox Jews comprise a large portion of the Republican base, which so narrowly elected the president. Robert Knight of this institute says that the president’s refusal to support Sen. Santorum “looks like a suicide move.” Is your statement just now a refutation, in that he is supporting –

FLEISCHER: I can’t refute something that was asked me after I made my statement. I made my statement, and I would just say this, when it comes to faith –

WND: So he does support Santorum.

FLEISCHER: No, no, no, I want to say this – you raised a question whose premise deals with faith. Faith is an important part of life for many Americans, regardless of their party, regardless how one party or another has different people of different faiths. It’s one of the things that makes America one country, regardless of what party people fall into. And the reaction I gave is based on the president’s views as a governmental matter, and that’s how he approaches it.



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