Obama and Santorum Campaigns Square Off Over Faith

Did Rick Santorum go too far in his discussion of the president's beliefs?
2:00 | 02/18/12

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Your voice your vote and a sharp exchange this evening between the Obama campaign and Rick santorum's camp. Santorum increasingly on the White House radar with his recent surge this weekend. Questioning the president's Christian values linking the president's beliefs to a quote phony theology and -- the Bible. ABC's this week -- of the president's top advisors Robert Gibbs shot back saying Santorum went well over the line. Here's David -- Increasing his lead in some polls Santorum touched a nerve seriously ratcheting up his attacks on the president now questioning his values. It's about some phony ideal. Some believe theology. Or not theology based on the -- the -- theology. The former senator says he was calling for more use of the country's resources and criticizing the president for putting the environment ahead of human needs. But he had no problem broadening its critique -- the president just minutes later press United States is exercising. His values. And trumping the values of the church. In a terse response the Obama campaign called this a new low complaining about santorum's distortions -- -- and this morning called it over the line. It's wrong it's destructive. It makes it virtually impossible to solve the problems that we all face together as Americans it isn't just environmental policy Santorum claimed the president stand on contraception insurance coverage. And even neo Natal testing. Our -- is quote theology but. For me as a Christian. It also coincides -- Jesus is teaching that. -- to whom much is given. Much Shelby required. The president has talked about his religion. He attends church so -- Santorum saying mr. Obama is not a man of faith. I was in suggesting the presence -- a Christian. I accept the fact -- the presents a Christian. This back and forth is an indication that the Obama campaign is now taking Santorum seriously. Campaign aides told ABC news circumstances have changed. So some of the so called opposition researchers staffers to fact check an opponent's record are now being shifted to Santorum. And that is the reason that you saw a campaign spokesman -- today Robert -- refuting Santoro and that will continue. As long as santorum's search continues David David -- in Washington as always our thanks to you.

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