Andrew Breitbart: Rick Santorum Mourns Conservative Firebrand

Mar 1, 2012 9:57am
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Dalton, GA–After a speech where he focused on mostly social issues and urged Georgians to make this a “two man race” by voting for him on Super Tuesday, the press asked Rick Santorum about the death of Andrew Breitbart. News of the conservative firebrand’s death broke in the middle of his speech at city hall here.

“Really? Oh I’m crestfallen that’s terrible. Do you know what happened,” Santorum asked the press. “Oh that’s shocking. Obviously prayers go to him and his family and it’s a big shock. What a powerful voice. It’s almost you mean you think of anyone who’s more energy who’s out there constantly driving and pushing he would be.  What a huge loss in my opinion for our country and certainly for the conservative movement and the prayers go out to my family. I’m sorry to hear it.”

Despite constantly saying he doesn’t focus on social issues, the press does that was clearly the focus of this event.

He began by saying, “I’m a social conservative, I’ve led the charge.”

He said it’s one thing to say you are a social conservative like some of his rivals, but it’s “another thing to fight and lead on those issues. I’ve led… every single moral cultural issue,” touting his work on anti-abortion rights, trying to ban same sex marriage, and he even mentioned conservative judges, which we know he does not have a perfect conservative record on. This isn’t a new line, but interesting since he is consistently saying it’s the press trying to pigeonhole him as the socially conservative candidate.

UPDATE: At 10:22 a.m., Mitt Romney also tweeted his condolences.

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