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Rick Picks a Fight With the Times

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RUSH: Santorum has gotten into some trouble here because he claims he's being misquoted, misrepresented, taken out of context on purpose by the media. Particularly the New York Times.  Let's go Racine, Wisconsin, yesterday during a campaign event.  This is Santorum.

SANTORUM:  Why would we put someone up who is uniquely...? Pick any other Republican in the country! He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama. ... Why would Wisconsin want to vote for someone like that?

RUSH:  Now, what he claims he was talking about was Romney is the worst of all Republicans because of Romneycare.  Romneycare takes Obamacare off the table because the regime is out there saying that Obamacare got its idea from Romneycare.  Romneycare was the inspiration, if you will, for Obamacare. Santorum claims that what he was talking about there was Romney is the worst Republican because of Obamacare and Romneycare.  So Jeff Zeleny in the New York Times wrote a piece in which Santorum thought that he was misreported, misrepresented, taken out of context, purposely lied about and all of that.  On the rope line yesterday in Racine, after a speech to supporters, Santorum was shaking hands and signing autographs along the rope line. A CBS television camera was there and picked up an exchange between Santorum and Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times. 

Zeleny said, "You said Romney's the worst Republican in the country.  Is that true?"

SANTORUM: Stop lying. I said he was the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I was talking about.

ZELENY: You said he’s the worst Republican --

SANTORUM: I have said uniquely... For every speech I give, I said he's uniquely disqualified to run against Barack Obama on the issue of health care. Would you guys quit distorting what I'm saying?

ZELENY: Do you think he's the worst Republican --

SANTORUM: To run against Barack Obama on the issue of health care because he fashioned the blueprint. I've been saying it in every speech. Quit distorting our words. If I see it, it's bull(bleep). Come on, man!

RUSH:  So he just told Zeleny that what he's writing about in the New York Times is bull-bleep. "Come on, man!"  Taking it to Jeff Zeleny, New York Times. Zeleny loves this!  The media, they don't care if they write about you and upset you. They love it when you get upset.  They love it when they tick you off.  They love it when they think they've taken you off your game.  Santorum's not apologizing for saying bull-bleep to Zeleny.  He thinks the Romney campaign is behind this.  This was this morning on Fox & Friends, Gretchen Carlson said, "You used the BS word!  If you could have it back, would you do the same thing?  Is that the level of frustration where you finally just let it out?"

SANTORUM:  Yeah, you know, uh, if you haven't cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you're not really a real Republican is the way I look at it.  They had the (snickers) Romney press secretary in the back of the room spinning these guys, and he's out there just sort of parroting this. And, you know, I had already answered the question a couple of times and he comes back at me again, and I'm not gonna keep doing this.

RUSH:  Yeah, he's gonna call him on it.  Now, let's move forward here to audio sound bite number nine.  David Plouffe, Obama's campaign strategerist.  This is yesterday morning on Meet the Depressed. David Gregory is talking to Plouffe, and they're having a discussion about opposition to health care reform.  Gregory said, "[Y]ou're not really winning the argument.  Do you feel like you're winning the argument in terms of public approval for it?"

PLOUFFE:  By the end of this decade we're gonna be glad the Republicans called this Obamacare, because when the reality of health care is in place... But, listen, if Mitt Romney... By the way Mitt Romney is the godfather of our health care plan.  Okay?  If he's president -- remarkably he's running away from that past -- and he's gonna say he's gonna try and throw all this away, we're gonna have big fight about health care again.  We know we're have to do this for our economy, for our deficits, for the health and safety of the American people.

RUSH:  There you have it! David Plouffe of the regime saying Romneycare is Obamacare.  "Mitt Romney's the godfather of our health care plan." They finally admitted it.  Actually, they've it said before, but this is just out in the open now.  "Mitt Romney is the godfather of our health care plan," and that's Santorum's point.  And this is why a lot of people think that the regime wants to run against Romney, that he's the guy. Occupy Wall Street was about running against Romney, and now they're out there saying that Romney's the godfather of Obamacare. That's to take the issue off the table.  Go back and get sound bite number eight very quickly, 'cause Santorum said if you haven't criticized the New York Times, you're really not a real Republican. 

This is September 4 in 2000 Naperville, Illinois, on the campaign trail, right before he was to address the crowd in a rally. George W. Bush and Cheney are overheard having this exchange about Adam Clymer, who is at the New York Times.

BUSH:  There's Adam Clymer, major league ass(bleep) from the New York Times.

CHENEY:  Oh, yeah, big time.

RUSH:  Were you able to hear that?  "There's Adam Clymer, major league ass" blah, blah, blah, blah "from the New York Times."  And Cheney said, "Oh, yeah. Big time."

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