Ron Paul Calls Rick Santorum ‘a Fake’

paul santorum debate Ron Paul Calls Rick Santorum a Fake

Ron Paul and Rick Santorum on stage in Arizona. (Photo: Getty)

Ron Paul was asked to explain an ad in which he brands Rick Santorum “fake” during tonight’s Republican presidential debate in Arizona and his answer was quite succinct.

“Because he’s a fake,” Mr. Paul said.

As Mr. Paul continued to speak, Mr. Santorum protested saying.

“I’m real, I’m real, I’m real,” he said.

Mr. Paul went on to explain his rationale for branding Mr. Santorum as inauthentic.

“I find it really fascinating that when people are running for office, they’re really fiscally conservative. When they’re in office, they do something different. Then, when they explain themselves, they say, ‘Oh, I want to repeal that,’” Mr. Paul said. “So, the senator voted for ‘No Child Left Behind,’ … but now he’s running on the effort to get rid of it. So, I think the record is so bad with the politicians.”

Mr. Santorum defended himself by citing a recent Weekly Standard article, which said, “considering the state he was representing, one could certainly make the case that Santorum was the most fiscally conservative senator during his tenure.”

“Ron, the Weekly Standard just did a review looking at the National Taxpayer’s Union … and they measured me up against the other fifty senators who were serving when I did, and they said that I was the most fiscally conservative senator in the Congress in the 12 years when I was there,” Mr. Santorum said. “By the way Ron, you ranked 145th in the bottom half of republicans this year in a conservative voting record from that same organization.”

Mr. Paul argued it was a “cop out” for Mr. Santorum to compare himself to another member of Congress given the abysmal current approval rating for members of Congress.

“That’s always a cop-out when you compare yourself to the other members of Congress,” Mr. Paul said. “People are sick and tired of the members of Congress. They get about a nine percent rating.”

Comments

  1. Jay says:

    I was hoping Paul would call Santorum a statist, warmongering douche bag.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Well, basically he called him a hypocritical statist Douchebag- So… Same effect. Even more telling is how the only response Mr. Frothy had was to touch himself and say ‘I’m real, I’m real!’. Shows he is incapable of even understanding his own hypocrisy (Like most in D.C.).

      1. Jay says:

        He is as real as Pinocchio.