Santorum gives blogger exclusive interview

John Hawkins today posts an exclusive interview with Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Santorum is the third ranking Republican in Senate Leadership and faces the political fight of his life this fall against Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr. Hawkins covers the differences between Santorum and Casey in this interview as well as other issues. Of particular interest to me were Santorum’s comments on the recent revelations that the intelligence community has known about the discovery of certain Saddam WMD for a few years:

John Hawkins: What do you say to people who now know that we discovered 500 WMDS in Iraq, that Saddam had stockpiles of weapons, and yet they still say, “Aww, that’s not a big deal. What does it prove?” What do you say to those people, Rick?

Rick Santorum: Well, I say that it was one of the pieces of the puzzle that we believe helps put together the threat that Saddam was to this country and the world… One of the things that we asserted was that he had not destroyed his stockpiles of weapons from the previous war. We sent in weapons inspectors, as people will recall, not only to look at whether he had current weapons programs in place, but to determine whether he had destroyed the weapons he said he had destroyed. It is very clear that he did not destroy those weapons and that those weapons would have been available and unfortunately still are available to…terrorist organizations that could use them against us or other countries around the world.

Read the whole interview here.

2 Responses to “Santorum gives blogger exclusive interview”

  1. PoliticalCritic Says:

    The WMD found in Iraq is complete BS. They were pre-Gulf War and were degraded beyond any use whatsoever. Santorum has a lot of nerve telling us that this is why we went in. 2,500+ lives are worth far more.

    Santorum is getting killed in the polls and is getting desperate.

  2. Tim Says:

    I don’t think Santorum has ever said that these were the weapons that we said we went in for. They are most certainly not.

    But, they are WMD and they do prove Saddam possessed such weapons and that he lied to the international community about that possession. This discovery also raises questions…if he had those weapons and lied about them, then is it not plausible that there may be more that we do not know about?

    This is not the smoking gun and in my opinion to portray it as such would be wrong. But this is a serious revelation that deserves attention.

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