Friday, October 29, 2010

Santorum disagrees with DeMint on earmarks

In South Carolina yesterday, Rick Santorum said that, while he admires Jim DeMint, he doesn't agree with his stand against earmarks.

The Greenville Online:

[Santorum] said the Constitution gives Congress control of the purse strings and that he supported earmarks for port deepening while a senator – the opposite of the position that DeMint is taking.

.... "If the tea party folks say, ‘We need to get back to the Constitution,' well, back to the Constitution means members of Congress should be spending this money, not the executive branch. And we're going the opposite direction, saying, ‘No, we're going to give all the power to the president,' ” Santorum said.

Well, if you look at the Constitution, the Constitution doesn't say the president spends the money, it says Congress spends the money.

So I just think it's a little bit off.”