Indecision 2012 - Rick Santorum's Conservative Rhetoric

  • Aired:  02/23/12
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John Oliver explains why the Republican Party objects to Rick Santorum's unadulterated conservative dogma. (6:25)

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW.

WELL, IN THIS YEAR'S

PRESIDENTIAL RACE RICK

SANTORUM HAS BEEN SURGING

ALL OVER-- LEV LAUGH--

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: RICK SANTORUM IS

DOING VERY WELL, FOR MORE ON

SANTORUM'S NEW FOUND SUCCESS

WE TURN TO CERTIFICATERIER

POLITICAL ANALYST JOHN

OLIVER.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> JON, RICK SANTORUM MIGHT

BE FEELING GOOD ABOUT HIS

RISE IN THE POLLS BUT HE'S

ABOUT THE ONLY REPUBLICAN

WHO IS.

>> SANTORUM IS NOT AN IDEAL

CANDIDATE.

HE SEEMS TO ENJOY THOSE

DEBATES, A LITTLE TOO MUCH T

SCARES PEOPLE.

>> THE POINTS HE IS BRING UP

ARE HURTING THE PARTY.

HE SHOULD NOT AND WILL NOT

BE OUR NOMINEE FOR

PRESIDENT.

>> Jon: WOW.

NOW WHY, WHAT IS IT ABOUT

SANTORUM THAT HAS

REPUBLICANS SO ALARMED.

>> BECAUSE, JON, AS YOU SAW

IN THE DEBATE HE'S A LITTLE

TOO OPEN AND HONEST ABOUT

HIS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.

>> Jon: BUT THEY ARE

CONSERVATIVE THOUGHTS AND

CONSERVATIVE FEELINGS.

WHY IS THAT A PROBLEM?

>> BECAUSE, REPUBLICANS

AREN'T IDIOTS, JON.

THEY KNOW THAT AMERICA LOVES

ITS CONSERVATISM CUT WITH

PLENTY OF BAKING POWDER.

BECAUSE ONE HIT OF THE PURE

STUFF AND YOU'LL WAKE UP

WITH ERIC STOLTZ STRANGLING

YOU AND PLUNGING AN

ADRENALINE NEEDLE-- NEED

IL-- NEEDLE INTO YOUR HEART

AND SANTORUM DOESN'T GET

THAT LOOK HOW HE ANSWERED

THE QUESTION OF DON'T ASK

DON'T TELL.

>> WHAT WE ARE DOING IS

PLAYING SOCIAL

EXPERIMENTATION WITH OUR

MILITARY RIGHT NOW.

AND THAT'S TRAGIC.

I WOULD JUST SAY THAT GOING

FORWARD, WE WOULD

REINSTITUTE THAT POLICY OF

RICK SANTORUM WAS PRESIDENT,

PERIOD.

NICE GOING, [BLEEP].

YOU'RE RUNNING FOR

PRESIDENT!

DONLT PEOPLE WHAT YOU ARE

GOING TO DO.

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE

SAID.

>> WE OUGHT TO BE TALKING

ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND JOBS.

BUT GIVEN THE FACT YOU ARE

INSISTENT, THE ANSWER IS I

BELIEVE THAT DON'T ASK DON'T

TELL SHOULD HAVE BEEN KEPT

IN PLACE UNTIL CONFLICT WAS

OVER.

>> Jon: SO HE IS SAYING IT'S

OKAY THEN FOR GAYS TO BE IN

THE MILITARY AS LONG AS WE

ARE NOT FIGHTING.

IS THAT --

>> IS HE SAYING THAT, JON?

IS THAT WHAT IS SAYING?

OR DO YOU THINK HE'S SAYING

SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU

WOULD AGREE WITH EVEN MORE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: SO YOU ARE SAYING SO

HE'S SAYING EVERY NOTHING.

>> PRECISELY.

PRECISELY, JON.

>> Jon: I GET THAT.

>> JUST LIKE THE

CONTRACEPTION DEBATE WHICH

SANTORUM WAS STUPID ENOUGH

TO MAKE ABOUT CON

EXTRA-- CONTRACEPTION.

>> MANY CHRISTIAN IN THE

235I9 SAID WELL, THAT'S OKAY,

YOU KNOW, CONTRACEPTION IS

OKAY.

IT'S NOT OKAY.

IT'S A LIFE SENTENCE TO DO

THINGS IN A SEXUAL REALM

THAT IS COUNTER TO WHAT

CATHOLICS ARE SUPPOSED TO

BE.

>> IS THIS YOUR FIRST DAY IN

POLITICS, RICK?

YOU JUST MADE THIS ABOUT

CONTROLLING A WOMAN'S ACCESS

TO HEALTH CARE BASED ON

IMPOSING YOUR CODE OF

MORALITY UPON OTHERS.

>> Jon: BUT THAT IS WHAT IT

IS ABOUT.

THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

>> RIGHT, BUT YOU DON'T TELL

THEM THAT!

JON, THIS IS WHAT YOU TELL

THEM.

>> IT'S REALLY NOT ABOUT

CONTRACEPTION, IT'S ABOUT

VIOLATING OUR FIRST

AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND

CONSCIOUS.

>> I'M A RELIGIOUS MAN.

SI HAVE NO INTEREST IN YOUR

LADY PARTS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I JUST WISH TO PRAY IN

PEACE.

>> Jon: SO I GUESS IT'S LIKE

THE STATE'S RIGHTS ARGUMENTS

DURING THE EARLY 60 ITSEE.

IT WAS REALLY ABOUT HE IS

GROWGATION BUT YOU NEED SOME

KIND OF AGREED UPON CODE

TO --

>> EXACTLY.

AND RICK, THE [BLEEP] JUST

GAVE EVERYONE THE ENIGMA

MACHINE.

JON, LOOK AT THE WEALTH GAP.

NOW THAT SAY TOUCHY SUBJECT.

A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS

THINK THERE IS SOMETHING

UNFAIR IN OUR ECONOMIC

SYSTEM.

BUT YOUR PLATFORM IS DARWINNIAN

FREE MARKET.

SELL IT.

>> THERE IS INCOME

INEQUALITY IN AMERICA.

THERE ALWAYS HAS BEEN.

AND HOPEFULLY, AND I DO SAY

THAT, THERE ALWAYS WILL BE.

>> WE DO NOT ACCEPT THAT

OURS WILL EVER BE A NATION

OF HAVEs AND HAVE NOTS.

WE MUST ALWAYS BE A NATION

OF HAVEs AND SOON TO HAVEs.

>> YOU SEE?

>> Jon: OKAY.

>> MITCH DANIELS IS USING A

DOG WHISTLE WHERE SANTORUM

IS USING ONE OF THESE.

OUT, JESUS.

>> DOW HEAR THAT, JON.

>> Jon: YES.

>> YOU CAN HEAR THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND

THIS.

DOW HEAR THAT.

>> Jon: OKAY, YES, STOP IT!

>>S SO HE'S NOT AFRAID TO

STATE EXPLICITLY REPUBLICAN

DOGMA.

IT'S KIND OF REFRESHING THIS

IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING

IN DEBATES.

PUT IDEAS OUT THERE IN THE

MARKETPLACE IN THEIR BARE

FORM, AND LET THE VOTERS

DECIDE, FREE MARKET.

>> NO, NO, NO.

WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THAT,

JON.

AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHY.

BECAUSE THEN VOTERS HAVE TO

TAKE YOUR PLATFORM TO ITS

LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS.

FOR INSTANCE, RICK SANTORUM

IS PRO-LIFE.

CONSISTENTLY IN A

PRINCIPLESED WAY IN ALL

SITUATIONS.

SO LET'S PLAY THAT OUT, WE.

>> I BELIEVE AND I THINK THE

RIGHT APPROACH IS TO ACCEPT

THIS HORRIBLY CREATED, IN

THE SENSE OF RAPE, BUT

NEVERTHELESS GIFT IN A VERY

BROKEN WAY, THE GIFT OF

HUMAN LIFE AND ACCEPT WHAT

GOD IS GIVING TO YOU, AS YOU

KNOW, WE HAVE TO, LOTS OF

DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF OUR

LIFE WE HAVE HORRIBLE THINGS

HAPPEN.

I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING

MORE HORRIBLE, BUT

NEVERTHELESS, WE HAVE TO

MAKE THE BEST OUT OF A BAD

SITUATION.

>> Jon: YOU'RE SAYING HE

JUST NEEDS TO HAVE LIKE A

SOON TO HAVE MITCH DANIELS

TYPE EUPHEMISM FOR YOU HAVE

TO CARRY YOUR RAPE BABY.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Jon: SO THAT'S WHY ROMNEY

GETS THE NOMINATION.

>> PRECISELY, JON.

NOT THAT THE REPUBLICANS

WANT ROMNEY, THEY JUST

ACCEPT WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO

THEM.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THIS HORRIBLY CREATED

GIFT, AND OUT OF SOMETHING

BAD, TO MAKE THE BEST.

>> Jon: OF A BAD SITUATION.

>> OF A BAD SITUATION.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, JON OLVER,

EVERYBODY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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