WATCH: MSNBC Host Asks Santorum This Question About Marco Rubio 3 Different Times – He Can’t Answer It

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa, struggled Thursday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when asked to name one accomplishment of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who Santorum has endorsed for president.

After hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski pressed Santorum to name anything for which Rubio should be known, Santorum finally told them, “The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question.”

“He’s been in the Senate for four years,” Scarborough noted. “Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate — actually working in the Senate doing something that tilted your decision to Marco Rubio?”

“If you look at being in the minority in the United States Senate in a year when nothing got — four years where nothing got done, I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments,” Santorum said. “I mean, tell me what happened during that four years that was an accomplishment for anybody? It was complete gridlock.”

 

Scarborough then asked about anything Rubio had accomplished since the GOP took control of the Senate.

“Joe, look, the Republicans have been in the majority for one year and one month, of which, as you know, he was running for president primarily,” Santorum said. “The first four years he was in the minority, and nothing got done. And by the way, what happened this year under the Republicans?”

Brzezinski then tried to offer a different approach, essentially asking Santorum to cite the accomplishment for which Rubio should be best known.

“OK, Marco Rubio was, No. 1, the speaker of the Florida House, which is not something that’s a minor deal,” Santorum answered.

“No. 2, yeah, he spent four years in the United States Senate being frustrated like everybody else that nothing got done, and then you can’t point to him and say well nothing got done and therefore he has no accomplishments,” Santorum added, saying that leveling that argument against Rubio is “bogus.”

“You got a completely feckless congress and you can’t say ‘well he was there and therefore it’s his fault,’” he said.

“It’s actually not a bogus argument,” Scarborough said, asking Santorum again for one accomplishment of Rubio’s in the Senate.

“Well, I know he included something that went after the insurance companies in the most recent omnibus. I know that he fought for that– to stop bailing out insurance companies,” Santorum said. “That’s one thing that I’m familiar with that I just saw recently, but — and again, he was on the campaign trail and accomplished that. The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question.”

Speaking later Thursday on Fox News, Rubio noted that Santorum had only endorsed him on Wednesday.

“Rick just signed onto the campaign, so obviously he’s working with us and, you know, we’ll have to continue to work on telling our story,” Rubio said.

h/t: The Right Scoop

BREAKING: Second GOP Candidate Of The Day Just Dropped Out

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum announced on Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign for the presidency.

The winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucus drew less than 1 percent of the vote in Monday night’s contest.

Santorum joins Sen. Rand Paul, who also announced his was suspending his presidential campaign on Wednesday, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who pulled out of the race on Tuesday.

The Republican field of contenders has now narrowed to nine candidates: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Gov. Jim Gilmore.

“Santorum will endorse a candidate for the nomination, two GOP sources said. He, along with Huckabee, previously appeared with Trump at the billionaire’s event for veterans that was held opposite the Fox News debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday,” according to CNN

“Santorum is scheduled to appear Wednesday evening on Fox News Channel, where an aide said he will make ‘two major announcements.’ According to several national Republicans familiar with his plans, he will discuss his decision to end his 2016 campaign and he will likely make an endorsement of one of his GOP rivals,” the Washington Post reported

The social conservative firebrand served in Congress for 16 years, representing Pennsylvania first as a member of Congress from 1991 to 1995, and then in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007.

ABC’s ‘The View’ Gets Schooled On Planned Parenthood By GOP Candidate

Video Transcript:

As Congress debates defunding Planned Parenthood, the liberals on ABC’s The View disagreed with some of the hard truths.

Rick Santorum: Planned Parenthood, for example, doesn’t provide mammograms. I know they say they do, but they don’t. In fact…

Whoopi Goldberg: Yeah they do.

Santorum: No, Cecille Richards yesterday at the hearing said, in fact, they do not. In fact there are no, there are no Planned Parenthoods that provide any mammogram services.

Santorum said he would like to see every dollar that goes to Planned Parenthood reallocated to more comprehensive women’s health centers.

I’m for reallocating every dollar that goes to Planned Parenthood and put them in women’s health centers that actually provide more comprehensive services than Planned Parenthood does.

One of the hosts was concerned about what would happen when the nation’s most prolific baby butchers were no longer funded.

Paula Faris: So you’re saying if you reallocate all of that money away from Planned Parenthood to these clinics, will those clinics then provide abortions or where do you want these displaced women to go?

Santorum: Yeah, well, there are obviously, Planned Parenthood is one abortion provider in the country. There are others that provide abortions.

Santorum had to explain what few services Planned Parenthood does.

Santorum: They basically provide abortion, contraception, STD’s and…

Host: Morning after pill.

Santorum: …pregnancy tests. That’s it. If you said we were going to take the Planned Parenthood money, reallocate it to, actually clinics that do provide a whole host of other women’s health services, women are probably going to get a more holistic health screening at those places than they would at Planned Parenthood.

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Watch: ‘The View’s’ Gay Co-Host Asks 2016 GOP Hopeful 1 Question About Marriage, Instantly Gets Shut Down

On Wednesday’s episode of The View, Rick Santorum was asked by Raven-Symoné “Why can we not have equal marriage rights?”

Santorum answered the question with apparent conviction. He said, “The greater purpose of marriage that society has always valued is to bring men and women together so when they have children, there’s a permanent bond by which those children can be raised by their natural mother and natural father.”


Current research supports Santorum’s statements in the following ways.

Children of homosexual parents, compared to children raised by their biological parents:

  • Are much more likely to have received welfare
  • Have lower educational attainment
  • Report less safety and security in their family of origin
  • Report more ongoing “negative impact” from their family of origin
  • Are more likely to suffer from depression
  • Have been arrested more often
  • If they are female, have had more sexual partners–both male and female

When Raven-Symoné added that same-sex couples can and do have children who are healthy, Santorum responded, “Historically, and I think sociologically, if you look at today, is in the best interest of that child to be raised by their natural mother and their natural father.”

Santorum’s statements reflect the statistical findings reported by the Family Research Council, which summarized a recent study published in the journal Social Science Research;

Children of lesbian mothers:

  • Are more likely to be currently cohabiting
  • Are almost 4 times more likely to be currently on public assistance
  • Are less likely to be currently employed full-time
  • Are more than 3 times more likely to be unemployed
  • Are nearly 4 times more likely to identify as something other than entirely heterosexual
  • Are 3 times as likely to have had an affair while married or cohabiting
  • Are an astonishing 10 times more likely to have been “touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver”
  • Are nearly 4 times as likely to have been “physically forced” to have sex against their will
  • Are more likely to have “attachment” problems related to the ability to depend on others
  • Use marijuana more frequently
  • Smoke more frequently
  • Watch TV for long periods more frequently
  • Have more often pled guilty to a non-minor offense

Raven-Symoné’s question may not seem relevant given the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, coupled with the reality that same-sex couples have been raising children for many years under the protection of the law to do so. But the question does demonstrate Santorum’s personal convictions, important to note in an election year.

Santorum is still in the race for president but only has 1 percent in the polls, yet he remains hopeful of a win in Iowa.

In light of the current research, do you believe, like Rick Santorum, that it’s healthier to be raised by one’s biological parents or homosexual parents?

Watch: Whoopi Tries Taking A Stand For Planned Parenthood, Then A Republican Stops Her Right In Her Tracks

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was the guest on a recent episode of ABC’s The View when the discussion turned toward an ongoing conservative push to defund Planned Parenthood.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg kicked off the conversation by asking Santorum what he would do with the money that currently goes to fund the nation’s most prolific abortion provider.

“I’m for reallocating every dollar that goes to Planned Parenthood,” he replied, “and put them in women’s health centers that actually provide more comprehensive services than Planned Parenthood does.”

He went on to explain that there are many health services and screenings – such as mammography – that the organization does not provide. When Goldberg attempted to dispute his point, Santorum was ready.

“Cecile Richards yesterday at the hearing,” he said, recalling the Planned Parenthood president’s recent congressional testimony, “said, in fact, they do not. In fact, there are no Planned Parenthoods that provide any mammogram services. They basically provide abortion, contraception, STDs and pregnancy tests. That’s it.”

Santorum reinforced his case by noting that defunding Planned Parenthood should have no bearing on the organization’s ability to kill unborn children since it is already illegal to use federal funding for abortion.

“So when you reallocate that money away,” he said, “it shouldn’t affect abortions, unless of course they are commingling funds – and that’s one of the questions that people have.”

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