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Rick Santorum Says Founding Fathers Right to Limit Voting Rights (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed that some countries are not ready for democracy and that the Founding Fathers were right to limit voting rights (to only white men who owned property) in the early years of the U.S. for "continuity and stability."

Santorum was asked on C-Span today if monarchies such as Saudi Arabia or Jordan should become democracies, reports RawStory.com (video below).

“I think the ideal and goal is a good one," stated Santorum. "The question is how do you get there and how long do you take, and what measures do you take. And, you mentioned Egypt, I don’t think Egypt was ready for elections.”

Santorum was referring to Mohamed Morsi, who was democratically elected in 2012 by Egyptian citizens.

“Were we ready for an election when the United States was formed to have everybody in the United States vote? Well, our Founders didn’t think so,” said Santorum, noted Mediaite.com. “They limited the people who could vote in an election. Now you could say that’s horrible, that’s terrible. Well, maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, but it was a decision that was made to make sure that there was some continuity and stability within the government.”

“We can’t go out and say the objective is a free election; that should never have happened," added Santorum. "Democracy is something that comes when it is appropriate to come.”

Sources: Mediaite.com and RawStory.com