Editorial

Candidates need to do better

Friday, March 20, 2015

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum spent more time in Iowa campaigning for the 2012 Republican nomination for President than any other candidate. He remained in competition with Mitt Romney for the nomination longer than anyone else who the media were willing to acknowledge as a serious candidate.

Santorum is apparently running for the 2016 nomination, although he has not officially made that announcement.

During a recent South Carolina National Security Action Summit, Santorum received a comment and question from an audience member regarding why the Republican Party is allowing the "Communist dictator" to remain in the White House.

"If he was not a citizen, he could have been removed a long time ago," Virginia Eleasor said.

Her comment/question lasted more than two minutes and concluded with, "Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago and the three Admirals and Generals, he has totally destroyed our military. He has fired all the Generals and all the Admirals who said they wouldn't fire on the American people if they ask them to do so if he wanted to take the guns away from them. This man is a Communist dictator."

Santorum's response began with,"I'm not a sitting member of the Senate, so I can't take blame for any of that stuff. I will tell you this: you've hit on one point that I absolutely agree , "this is a complete lack of leadership."

Santorum''s four-minute response went on about President Barack Obama exceeding his constitutional authority. At no point did he challenge any of Eleasor's assertions.

Really, that's your best response to the deranged rants of a mentally disturbed birther?

It's amazing that candidates who know that they are in the public spotlight fail to even pretend that they have the integrity expected of a presidential aspirant.