Due to some scheduling matters we're not sure if there will be a Daily Santorum® for tomorrow, so here's a little bonus Santorum just in case.
In a speech to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Monday, Santorum went after Obama on abortion. "Any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his own words, can be killed," the ex Pa senator said. "Now who’s the extremist in the abortion debate?"
Now we know Santorum tends to go to the edge when the subjects of Obama and abortion come together -- see: it's hypocritical for blacks "to decide who are people and who are not people" -- but that one seemed especially edgy so the folks at the St. Pete Times PolitiFact looked into it.
For 1,500 words. While going through 2003 documents (when Obama was a state senator) from the Illinois State Archives during the 2008 campaign. And investigating further. And getting a response from Santorum's spokeswoman.
Their conclusion: his statement was a "Pants On Fire" fib:
To reiterate what’s not in dispute: Obama opposed "born alive" legislation in Illinois and gave several reasons for opposing the proposals. But at no time did he make the argument that infants who survived botched abortions should be killed.
Santorum may feel that abortion is tantamount to infanticide, but that does not give him the license to put words in Obama's mouth that he never uttered. Santorum said, "Any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his own words, can be killed." Obama didn’t say that. In fact, he said that abortion should be legal, but that children that are born should receive medical care. Obama never said that any child born prematurely can be killed or anything like that. Santorum crosses a line with his rhetoric in distinguishing the difference between his position and Obama’s. We rate Santorum’s statement Pants on Fire.
The Obama statements come at 11:45 of the video below: