Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared on Meet the Press Sunday. Viewers were treated to typical mainstream media bias by host David Gregory who tried to bait Santorum with a ridiculous question about employing working women in his administration if he were elected. Santorum took it all in stride and answered calmly and with a smile. Perhaps he needs a few lessons from Newt?
Gregory said, "Let me ask you one more question about women. If you are President of the United States, and women want to work in your administration. Do single women without children only need apply? Are you going to respect the decision of women to come work for you if that's the choice they make, or would they be somehow held by radical feminists?" Unbelievable! Rick Santorum doesn't advocate for mothers not to work. Gregory was obviously trying to rattle the former senator.
Unfortunately for Gregory, he failed to bother Santorum who answered, "Well, I think if you go back and look at the people who have worked for me you'd find single women, we have married women, you've got all sorts of folks. You know, those are decisions I affirm. If women want to come into the workforce, great. If they don't, that's great. You know, we're going to look at the best qualified people and there will be plenty of working moms who will be in our administration and be adding greatly to the conservative cause I believe in."
Later, Santorum was faced with more antagonistic questioning on ABC's "This Week". Condescending host George Stephanopoulos asked about Santorums book, It Takes a Family, he said, "...you seem to suggest that a lot of women feel pressure to work outside the home because of radical feminism." He added "...what do you say to those who worryÂ—believe that those kind of comments are going to alienate women, make you an easier candidate to beat in a general election?" Some websites are calling Santorum's book comments "sexist" and clearly Stephanopoulos was implying it as well. Maybe it's because George has never given up his career to be a stay-at-home mother. Perhaps if he had endured the frequent "Oh, you're just staying home now?" or worse from radical feminists who didn't want to see him "waste his life," he'd understand.
Santorum replied, "I think it's important that women both outside the home and inside the home are affirmed for their choices they make, that they are, in fact, choices, and society, you know, treats them in a sense equally for whatever decision they make that's best for them." Stephanopoulos wasn't satisfied with that answer and tried again with comments from the book. Santorum didn't recall the context of the quote given, but it was along the same lines.
In a nutshell, Santorum has or had an issue with radical feminists and wrote about it, as did his wife, in his book. His wife is a nurse and a lawyer and chose to stay home to raise her children. She wrote about the pressure she felt from others about her choice. Santorum recently talked about his concerns about women in combat and has had to explain himself several times. He makes a good argument for his view but the topic has made his ultra conservative values a hot topic of discussion. He better keep that good-natured attitude handy because there will be much more word-twisting, lies and attacks on all sides before this is over.
Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen are the parents of eight children, seven living, one deceased. Website.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012