Rick Santorum Praises Steve King For The "Quality Of His Arguments"

August 17, 2010 3:36 pm ET — Walid Zafar

While on a tour of the Hawkeye State, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) stopped at a event for Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) Conservative Principles PAC.  In an interview with a local news station, Santorum, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012, poured accolades on the controversial congressman, saying:

It's very hard for a congressman from the Midwest to sort of break through on the national stage. He's broken through on the national stage because of the quality of his arguments and the convictions that he has, and I want to help him make a difference.

King is more a demagogue than he a legislator so in that regard, it's true that his notoriety comes from his arguments and firmly-held convictions. Calling them "quality," however, is an entirely different matter.

Here are some of King's less artful arguments:

  • King claimed that if then-Sen. Barack Obama won the presidential election, "The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida ... would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror."
  • King claimed that gay marriage equals socialism.
  • King: "All Americans have health care, every single one."
  • King claimed that record snow throughout much of the country disproved climate change.
  • King compared President Obama to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both men, according to him, are "clinging to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent."
  • King accused his colleague of treason, saying that Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) was "advocating for Mexico rather than the United States and against the rule of law."
  • King suggested that illegal immigrants could be spotted by their shoes or what he called a "sixth sense"
  • King responding to a constituent who called President Obama a "Muslim Marxist": "He's at least a Marxist. And he surely understands the Muslim culture."
  • King called the president a racist, telling G. Gordon Liddy, "The President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race - on the side that favors the black person."