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Rick Santorum Dodges Questions: Penn State, Catholic Sex Abuse

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On Sunday night, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum chatted with Chicago radio talk show host Bruce DuMont about Santorum's criticism of President Obama for “favoring pornographers over children” for allegedly not targeting child pornography.

DuMont asked: “Do you really believe the president really does not care about protecting children and going after pornographers?”

Santorum answered: "He does not. The Bush administration had a very active program of going after folks who were purveying pornography to children, and this administration has halted most of those prosecutions.”

DuMont asked: “If we were to replace ‘Barack Obama’ with the name ‘Joe Paterno,’ could we say that Joe Paterno seemed to be favoring a child rapist over the Penn State football program?”

Santorum responded: “That’s sort of an insulting question. It’s a ridiculous question, Sir, and I’m not going to answer it. You’re welcome to ask a question. That doesn’t mean I’m going to answer absurd questions.”

Santorum did not mention that he attended Penn State and sponsored Assistant Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky for a 'Congressional Angels in Adoption' award.

DuMont then asked: “What grade would you give the Catholic Church on aggressively pursuing child abuse within the church?”

Santorum dodged that question as well: “My job is not to grade the Catholic Church — it to talk about what I’d do as president of the United States … I am concerned about protecting children.”


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