Rick Santorum Defends Earmarks

Former Penn. Senator believes there have been good and bad earmarks.
2:20 | 02/22/12

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Lot of anger in the base of the party about some of the things that have happened in the past and the Tea Party especially -- earmarks the pork barrel spending it's a tiny slice of the budget I think we all know that but. If you doctor Tea Party activists they think -- example a gateway to corruption senator you have said there are good earmarks in bad earmarks and you have talked about your erection are marks in the past. Any that you specifically regret and why have you criticized -- do you think those -- money that went to governor Romney for security at the Olympics I was that a bad -- I didn't suggest it was a -- mark I voted for and about half the money that little over half the money that went to the Salt Lake games. The governor Ronnie asked for that -- that's really the point here. Is out there on television -- right now unfortunately attacking me. For saying -- I'm on this greater -- when he not only ask for earmarks for the Salt Lake Olympics and -- -- in the order of tens of millions of dollars. -- those your mark and use them. And he did as the governor of Massachusetts three -- 400 million dollars CD's that I would be something like and be foolish and I didn't go out and try to get federal dollars cell. The idea that somehow it earmarks during the time that I was in congress where this thing that drove up. A spending in Washington DC if you actually look at it as I said before as a percentage of GDP actually the deficits went through the the debt went down. What what what happened is there was abuse when abuse happened I said we should stop the earmarking process but I did say there were good earmarks and better marks. We wouldn't have the V 22 osprey which is the most essential air air platform. -- -- our Marines in particular in in the war against. Against the radical islamists who inhabit the wasn't for an earmark that -- would have been killed. Under George Bush 41. Dick Cheney Defense Department wanted to kill that program many of us including myself. Sit up and make sure that was there congress has a role to play when it comes to appropriating money and sometimes. The the president the administration doesn't get it right. What happened was an abuse of the process but I abuse occurred I stepped forward as Jim DeMint did who by the way was in your marker. As as almost everybody else in congress was why because congress has a role. And allocating resources when they think the administration has it wrong. I defended that at the time. I'm proud I defended the time because I think they did make mistakes I.

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