Thursday, December 29, 2011

Santorum still "proud" of earmarks

On Fox News this afternoon, Rick Santorum responded to Rick Perry's attacks over the former PA Senator's record on earmarks.

"I'll say the same thing that, actually, Congressman Paul said when Rick Perry went after him on his earmarks.

If you look at the Constitution, the Constitution gives the power of the purse to the Congress. The Congress is the one that's supposed to spend the money; so the idea that earmarks are somehow against the Constitution or something that is elicit that Congressmen can or shouldn't do is just simply factually incorrect.

.... I've defended my earmarks in the sense that I'm proud of the money that I did set aside for things that were priorities in my state."

Considering their current hostilities, it's ironic that Santorum is alluding to Paul to defend earmarks, but it might be an acknowledgment of Paul's still-superior fiscal credentials with many.