Santorum in the Limelight

With the spotlight newly placed on Santorum, the vetting process of Santorum begins in earnest. The public and the press will now start to really pay attention to every word spoken. And after just one day as a front-runner, some comments made by Santorum drew some heat. The Drudge even posted a link to the controversial comments made by Santorum today. In an interview today, Santorum was asked whether women should be allowed to work on the front-lines of war as medics or involved in communication, and this is what he said:

“I want to create every opportunity for women to be able to serve this country . . . but I do have concerns about women in front-line combat.

“I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat,” Santorum added. “And I think that’s not in the best interests of men, women or the mission.”

It appears that Santorum is saying that women are not fit to be in front-line combat even when acting as medics or communication techs. I am not sure many women would agree with Santorum on this issue.

The article goes on to say that, in the past, Santorum has stirred up controversy in regard to women’s roles in society. In one of his books published in 2005, Santorum says that women’s desires to work outside the home are a result of “radical feminist propaganda” from the 1960′s. Again, I think there are many women out there who would be offended by these remarks, not just women on the left, but women on the right and especially independents.

UPDATE: Santorum’s comments have drawn criticism from women’s advocacy groups. An ABC/Washington Post poll last year found that 73 percent of women support women serving in frontline roles.

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5 Responses to Santorum in the Limelight

  1. K.G. says:

    I’m no Santorum apologist, but I read this differently. He didn’t say “women’s” emotions. Maybe he meant “men’s” emotions–that perhaps men’s protective emotions would kick in and women would be treated differently and chance the execution of the mission.

    Having said this, Santorum has a propensity to talk a lot and get out in the weeds with his comments.

  2. Ben says:

    Thanks KG. You may be right. The problem with Santorum’s comments are that he was so unclear about what he meant that people could easily take his comments the wrong way (or the correct way, depending on what he actually meant.) It is important that Santorum is held to the same standard by the press that Mitt has been held to from day one. In the past, Santorum has said many gaffes but no one cared because no one thought he had a chance. Now that he is in the limelight, even ambiguous comments and misstatements are going to get a lot of media attention.

  3. Annette says:

    “Women’s desires to work outside the home are a result of “radical feminist propaganda” from the 1960′s,
    I take offense to this comment. So Santorum has a problem with women wanting to work outside the home? He has a problem with women wanting to have career, to be ambitious, and to achieve something in life. Doesn’t he understand that women have desires and goals. He thinks the feminist movement in the 60′s was radical?…radical propaganda? He wrote this in 2005? Does Santorum think a women’s place is in the home only. Should a woman be seen and not heard. Not just women on left?…I am sure there are plenty of women on the right that would take offense to this statement. I certainly hope so!

    I also don’t like the fact that he compares gay marriage to polygamy or pedophilia. He starting arguing with a New Hampshire College student on this subject just recently. He tried to make a philosophical argument that a gay relationship and polygamy are the same. Very unpresidential. He was booed by the crowd and he should have been.

  4. Steven says:

    I must admit, I agree with Santorum on this issue. He did word it kind of funny, but I completely agree that women, out of respect, should not be sent to the front lines. I agree with Santorum that there are dynamics that we just want to avoid completely. But don’t get me wrong — Go Mitt Romney! Romney is a much better choice! Santorum likely would not be able to defeat Obama, and he wouldn’t be as qualified to address the issues our country faces as Romney is, if he were.

  5. Ben says:

    Thanks for everyone’s opinions.