Thursday, February 9, 2012

DeMint: Santorum has flip-flopped on earmarks

Jim DeMint, taking a moment out on Greta Van Susteren's show last night to talk about Rick Santorum's record on earmarks.

DEMINT: There are some of them [candidates] like Rick that have changed his position on earmarks.

VAN SUSTEREN: Has he changed his position?

DEMINT: Yeah, well, when he first started to campaign, he was defending them, but now he's saying he's like DeMint, that he's for an all-out ban. There's just not anyplace for parochialism when our country's about to go bankrupt.

A bit later, DeMint said he wasn't earmarking Santorum for criticism, that they all had problems on various issues, and that "there's not any finer person than Rick Santorum."

Nevertheless, let's see if the Romney campaign slips this into Mitt's stump speech.

And by the way, Santorum has totally defended earmarks, in the past -- even the recent past -- as in December.

"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."




His earmark defense.